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VLSI Symposium Eyes 65-nm Logic
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5/31/2003   Post a comment
Though 90-nanometer designs are not expected to move into early commercial production until late this year, about a dozen papers at the 2003 VLSI Technology Symposium will target 65-nm design rules.<
April chip sales up 10% year-over-year
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5/31/2003   Post a comment
Worldwide semiconductor sales rose 10% year-over-year in April but failed to budge from March as electronic equipment makers deferred purchases due to the absence of strong demand from corporations, according to a trade business organization.
Chip vendors zero in on wireless
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5/29/2003   Post a comment
Power-managing ICs in wireless products are now playing a major role in system-level solutions. Cell phones, which are being combined with PDAs and cameras, are becoming increasingly small, dense and power-hungry, offsetting the size and energy density advances made by the lithium-ion battery sources powering them.
Regulators drop out at 250 mV
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5/21/2003   Post a comment
Two low-dropout regulators from Vishay Siliconix come in a 3 x 3-mm PowerPAK MLP33 for battery-powered equipment like cell phones, wireless handsets and modems, PDAs, notebooks, pagers and digital cameras.
Darpa Takes on Optical Interconnects Challenges
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5/19/2003   Post a comment
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is overseeing development of optical interconnects that will be able to achieve 1,000 times the speed per power and volume of electronic interconnects.
Soft Peripherals
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5/16/2003   Post a comment
Do we really need another entry into the processor space, asks Jim Turley. Maybe, he says, if it's a processor "like no other." Turley examines Ubicom's new IP 3000 series.
LTC rolls out a buck regulator touting 100-micro-amps spec
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5/15/2003   Post a comment
Touting a step improvement in power management for 14- and 42-volt automotive systems as well as industrial and other high-voltage applications, Linear Technology Corp.'s LT1976 is a 1.5-amp, 200-kHz monolithic buck switching regulator with a quiescent current of 100 micro-amps, which the company bills as unique for regulators of this type.
Hynix 1Q loss deepens
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5/14/2003   Post a comment
Fujitsu claims industry first in 10Gbits/s ethernet chips
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5/14/2003   Post a comment
Fujitsu Ltd. On Wednesday said it has developed what it claims is the electronics industry's first single-chip 12-port 10Gbits/s Ethernet switch.
TI Guns DSP Clock to 1 GHz
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5/14/2003   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. has demonstrated a version of its C64xx DSP family that clocks at 1 GHz. TI believes that the world's fastest DSP will have immediate utility in such real-time signal-processing applications as cellular basestations and digital audio and video encoding.
IXYS reveals accounting flaws
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5/14/2003   Post a comment
TI exec forecasts growth in ASIC design market
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5/13/2003   Post a comment
Although ASIC design starts have dropped significantly over the past year, the good news, according to a speaker at the Memcon Boston conference Tuesday, is that growth will return to the market.
AMD introduces 400MHZ FSB Athlon processor
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5/13/2003   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Tuesday, as anticipated, introduced its highest performance Athlon XP 3200+ desktop processor with a new faster 400MHz front side bus.
AMD to introduce 400MHZ front side bus
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5/12/2003   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. on Tuesday will introduce a new 400MHz front side bus, its fastest FSB yet, along with possibly its highest performance Athlon XP 3200+ processor, according to sources in industry.
TI touts new 1GHz DSP as 'historic moment' for company, industry
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5/12/2003   Post a comment
Digital signal processor pioneer Texas Instruments Inc. last week announced that it had demonstrated a 1GHz DSP, reaching an unprecedented performance level the company said might even help bring improved eyesight to the vision-impaired.
Atmel adds density, speed to serial part
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5/12/2003   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. has begun shipping what is believed to be the largest and fastest serial flash device, designed to reduce system cost in data and code storage applications.
NAND flash supply scrutinized
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5/12/2003   Post a comment
The supply and demand picture in the NAND flash memory market is dramatically different, depending on who you talk to.

Analysts say there is an overabundance of NAND flash, a condition that is likely to drive prices down through 2004. And with two new players, STMicroelectronics and Hynix, getting ready to enter the market this year, the glut will only worsen.

National Semiconductor Redefines Power-Management Solutions for High-Voltage Power-Conversion Applications
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5/2/2003   Post a comment
Dr. Nasser Kutkut reports on two new switching regulators tailored for high-voltage power-supply designs for communications, industrial, and automotive applications. One part is a fully integrated current-mode PWM DC/DC regulator with a built-in 80 V power transistor. The other is a current-mode DC/DC PWM controller that can implement push-pull and bridge topologies.

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