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TriQuint Semi cuts jobs
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4/30/2012   Post a comment
TriQuint Semiconductor cut about 70 jobs in Florida and plans to also cut jobs in Costa Rica as part of a plan to restructure the company's SAW filter manufacturing operations.
IDT buying PLX Tech for $330 million
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4/30/2012   6 comments
IDT said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire connectivity chip vendor PLX Technology in a cash and stock deal were about $330 million.
NeoPhotonics deals with Rusnano, plans facilities in Russia
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4/30/2012   Post a comment
Russian government entity Rusnano has acquired 4.97 million newly-issued common shares of San Jose, Calif.-based NeoPhotonics Corp. in a private placement transaction worth $39.8 million.
Samsung tapes out Gigahertz+ ARM Cortex-A15 processor
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4/30/2012   Post a comment
Hardened core used in industry's first ARM Cortex-A15 processor-based SoC for mobile computing devices.
Innovative IC can't trap lightning, but can let you know it's coming
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4/30/2012   10 comments
Austriamicrosystems AS3935 Franklin Lightning Sensor IC senses approach via analog circuitry plus waveform-analysis algorithms
Huawei to give Intel LTE development support in China
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4/30/2012   4 comments
Intel's aspirations selling chips for mobile equipment have received a boost with the news that Huawei has agreed to work with Intel on the testing and rapid deployment of the time division duplex format applied to Long Term Evolution standard.
2012 chip market to grow 7%, says analyst
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4/30/2012   1 comment
Growth in the semiconductor market will accelerate in the second half of 2012 and achieve an annual percentage figure of 6 to 7 percent, according to Mali Venkatesan, research manager for semiconductors at International Data Corp.
PolyCore upgrades multicore development tool
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4/29/2012   3 comments
PolyCore Software Inc. (Burlingame, Calif.) has upgraded its Poly-Platform tool to version 2.0 with the inclusion of Poly-Mapper which provides control of memory used for messaging in multi-core software.
VIA Labs VL812 USB 3.0 Hub Controller features low power, low cost
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4/28/2012   Post a comment
The VL812 USB 3.0 hub controller from Via Labs, Inc., incorporates a new low-power design featuring an industry-first integrated 5V DC-DC switching regulator.
Switching buck regulators optimized for infotainment
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4/27/2012   Post a comment
Automotive devices operate at 2 MHz and offer high conversion ratios.
Fairchild, Power Integrations found to infringe patents
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4/27/2012   5 comments
A jury in U.S. federal court found that Fairchild Semiconductor and Power Integrations infringed on each others' patents.
ST’s SPIRIT1 wireless transceiver cuts power budget 50% in smart meter apps
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4/27/2012   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has launched a high-performance, ultra-low-power wireless transceiver for Automatic Meter Infrastructure and other wireless sensor node applications.
Dialog signs up to use Intrinsic-ID on-chip security
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4/27/2012   1 comment
Fabless chip company Dialog Semiconductor plc has integrated security technology from startup Intrinsic-ID BV into its SC14453S voice-over-IP processor.
ARM TechCon 2012 – Call for abstracts closes on Friday 27 April 27 2012
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4/26/2012   Post a comment
This year's ARM TechCon will be held October 30 – November 1, 2012 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
CAST’s Talos eval kits help designers choose the best MCU Cores
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4/26/2012   1 comment
Talos Series Evaluation Kits are part of the full line of microcontroller and processor IP cores available through and supported by CAST
GE's new PCIe packet processor delivers low latency, high throughput, long life
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4/26/2012   Post a comment
The WANic 66512 PCI Express Packet Processor from GE targets the High Frequency Trading (HFT) market. It leverages Cavium’s 10-core 1.5GHz OCTEON II processor to deliver very low latency and very high throughput to a broad range of applications.
LSI, Xilinx, Cadence beat estimates
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4/26/2012   2 comments
Chip vendors LSI and Xilinx and design automation software provider Cadence Design Systems reported quarterly results that exceeded analysts' expectations and offered guidance that was also better than expected.
Nvidia, BGI partner on cloud DNA sequencing service
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4/26/2012   3 comments
BGI, the world’s largest genomics institute announced on Wednesday it would launch a new cloud-based service for researchers to do next-generation sequencing bioinformatics analysis cheaply within the cloud.
Improve real-time-control system performance by 5x with these MCUs from TI
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4/25/2012   2 comments
New C compiler, motor control software library, and system examples expand access to integrated floating-point CLA co-processor for innovative, custom motor control designs.
Intersil's chip set enables Micron Tech LCOS display
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4/25/2012   4 comments
Intersil's mixed signal chip set targets novel pico-projector applications with a reference design using Micron Technology's liquid crystal on silicon display.
IHS boosts 2012 chip market forecast
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4/25/2012   4 comments
Strong demand for smartphones and media tablets spurred IHS iSuppli to increase its 2012 chip sales forecast.
Energy Micro unveils *giant* starter kits
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
ARM Cortex-M3 EFM32 Leopard Gecko and Giant Gecko in full volume production for memory-hungry and energy-efficient applications
MPSOC'12 advanced registration open until May 11th
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
MPSoC'12 will be held on July 9-13, 2012 at Chateau Montebello Québec, Canada
Emulation market growing. Mentor ups the ante.
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
The emulation market is growing and Mentor wants a bigger piece of the pie. It hopes the new Crystal2 chip will do just that along with VirtuaLAB…
Holt’s HI-4850 transceiver complies with RTCA/DO-160G
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4/25/2012   2 comments
Holt Integrated Circuits said its RS-485 transceiver family, HI-4850, now complies with lightning and EMI requirements of RTCA/DO-160G
Synopsys extends HAPS FPGA-based debug visibility by 100X
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
New HAPS Deep Trace Debug dramatically increases signal tracing capacity in FPGA-based prototypes
Second generation for FPGA software
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4/25/2012   7 comments
Today, Xilinx is launching their Vivado Design Suite, heralding the second generation of tools for programmable systems…
Microchip Technology MCP3911 energy-measurement analog front end
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
Microchip's next-generation AFE features two 24-bit, delta-sigma ADCs that operate at 3V with industry-leading accuracy of 94.5 dB SINAD and 106.5 dB THD.
Mentor's next-gen emulator promises more performance, capacity
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4/25/2012   1 comment
Mentor Graphics announced the availability of its next-generation hardware emulation system, Veloce2, promising twice the performance, twice the capacity and four times productivity gain in the same footprint and power consumption as its predecessor.
Broadcom aims to spread 100-Gbit Ethernet with single-chip solution
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4/25/2012   7 comments
Broadcom announced its fourth-generation Ethernet network processor, which it claims is the industry's first chip to use massive parallelism by virtue of its 64 packet-processing cores running at one gigahertz. Providing full-duplex 100Gbit per second performance, it can also be configured to provide a dozen 10-Gbit channels.
Class-D amplifier device reduces distortion and prevents early phone software shutdown
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has developed the FAB3103 2.3 watt class-D audio amplifier with integrated boost regulator and battery AGC which is suitable for use in mobile handsets, smart phones, and tablets, as well as portable media players.
DSP-based AM/FM one-chip tuner drives car entertainment innovations
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors N.V. has made a new addition to its highly successful family of RFCMOS-based one-chip car radio solutions.
Flexible op amp design tool slashes product development time
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
Intersil has launched a highly flexible op amp design tool that it says will help slash the development time of new embedded products.
Xilinx unveils Vivado Design Suite for the next decade of ‘All-Programmable’ devices
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4/24/2012   9 comments
This IP and system-centric tool suite is built from the ground up to accelerate programmable systems integration and implementation by up to 4X.
Cray sells interconnect hardware unit to Intel
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4/24/2012   9 comments
Supercomputer maker Cray Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to sell its interconnect hardware development program and related intellectual property to Intel Corp. for $140 million in cash.
Apple expects quarterly sales decline
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4/24/2012   18 comments
Apple delivered quarterly sales and profit above consensus analysts' expectations, but said it expects sales to fall further than expected in the current quarter.
DCD's D16950 UART core for FPGAs and ASICs/SoCs
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4/24/2012   Post a comment
All in one UART core with IRDA onboard is one of the most advanced and flexible UART cores available.
GainSpan Wi-Fi reference design code for TI MSP430
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4/24/2012   Post a comment
Reference design offers easy Wi-Fi connectivity and access to extended capabilities; designers can take advantage of networking features not readily available on the market.
Tensilica aims at Chinese audio
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4/24/2012   2 comments
Tensilica is banking its future growth on the world's largest electronics market by adding support for China's Dynamic Resolution Adaptation standard to its entire library of over 100 audio encoders, decoders, an sound enhancement chips for adding high-fidelity audio digital signal processors to mobile handsets.
ST-Ericsson rescue plan underwhelms
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4/24/2012   4 comments
The plan put together to try and transform the fortunes of struggling mobile chip company ST-Ericsson NV by CEO Didier Lamouche, announced Monday (April 23), at one level makes a kind of sense but also looks like the last throw of the dice by an unlucky gambler.
Achronix announces new 22nm Speedster22i FPGAs
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4/24/2012   1 comment
Achronic announces two new FPGA families at the 22nm node: the synchronous high-density (HD) Family and the asynchronous high-performance (HP) family.
Achronix reveals 22-nm FPGAs, courtesy of Intel
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4/24/2012   Post a comment
Fabless FPGA vendor Achronix Semiconductor Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has announced details of its Speedster22i HD and HP product families, the first FPGAs to be built on a 22-nm manufacturing process technology.
ST's Bozotti says billings bottomed in Q1
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4/24/2012   Post a comment
European chip vendor STMicroelectronics reported a wider loss on lower revenue for the first quarter, but the firm's CEO said the company believes billings bottomed out during the quarter.
ST-Ericsson reports wider loss on declining sales
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4/24/2012   Post a comment
ST-Ericsson, the mobile phone chip joint venture between STMicroelectronics and Ericsson, reported a wider first quarter loss on declining sales due largely to lower sales to Nokia, one of its largest customers.
Toshiba to replace chip assembly plant in Thailand
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4/24/2012   1 comment
Toshiba will rebuild its chip assembly operations decimated by the 2011 Thai floods by relocating its Thai subsidiary to a new back-end facility in a different location in Thailand, Toshiba said.
TI's sales top estimates as orders, inventory swell
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4/23/2012   2 comments
Texas Instruments reported first quarter sales that beat analysts' expectations as the company's top executive said TI expects 2012 to be "a good year for growth."
Startup claims 'Holy Grail' of SoC design
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4/23/2012   23 comments
Startup Algotochip claims to have achieved the Holy Grail of chip design: the ability to create complete system-on-chip designs from a C-code specification and test stimulus vectors in eight to 16 weeks.
China mulls national CPU architecture spec
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4/23/2012   40 comments
Chinese officials have kicked off a program to define a national processor architecture that could become a requirement for projects seeking government funding.
Equipment book-to-bill ratios diverge in U.S., Japan
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4/23/2012   Post a comment
The three-month rolling average book-to-bill ratio for North America-based semiconductor capital equipment vendors improved for the sixth straight month in March, while the ratio for Japanese vendors declined for the third straight month, according to trade groups.
EE Times updates Silicon 60 list of emerging startups
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4/23/2012   1 comment
EE Times has updated its list of 60 notable emerging startup companies to version 13.0 with the inclusion of 18 companies.
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