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3-LED driver optimized for high-volume applications
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5/31/2006   Post a comment
Honing in on simplicity and cost-effectiveness, Catalyst Semiconductor's CAT3603 is a fractional charge pump in a 3-by-3 mm TDFN package specifically optimized for high-volume, three-LED backlighting display applications for cellular phones, digital still cameras, and handheld devices.
Qimonda offers DDR2 memory modules for Intel server platforms
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Qimonda AG is manufacturing its Double Data Rate 2 (DDR2) fully buffered Dual-In-line memory modules (FB-DIMMs) in high volume for Intel’s Bensley server platforms in 533MHz and 667 MHz for densities ranging from 512 MBytes to 4GBytes.
32-bit SuperH-based processor targets telematics systems
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Based on a 300MHz, 32-bit SH-4A SuperH superscalar architecture that achieves processing performance up to 540 MIPS and 2.1 GFLOPS, Renesas Technology's SuperH Processor is tailored for cost-sensitive telematics systems.
ZigBee-compliant software stack and development kit simplifies wireless home automation
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Freescale Semiconductor hopes to ease customers’ development of ZigBee applications with its BeeKit wireless connectivity tool kit. BeeKit provides an easy-to-use interface and framework for developers to configure parameters for their point-to-point, 802.15.4 and ZigBee applications.
AMCC to investigate stock option practices
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Applied Micro Circuits Corp. has announced that an independent audit Committee is reviewing the company's historical stock option grant practices and related accounting.
Chipidea extends USB controller core IP
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Analog and mixed-signal semiconductor intellectual property (IP) group Chipidea has started sampling a USB controller core, a block designed to complement the company’s range of USB physical layer transceiver (PHY) IP.
Renesas licenses capacitorless RAM to Canadian company
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Renesas Technology Corp. has licensed its capacitorless twin transistor RAM (TTRAM) technology to Ottawa-based Emerging Memory Technologies Inc., which develops embedded memory intellectual property.
Panelists explore system-to-silicon link
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5/31/2006   Post a comment
Panelists at the Medea+DAC conference in Germany offered suggestions for designing system-level silicon, including formal specifications, abstracted hardware-software interfaces and the use of regularity in silicon fabrics.
Modem chip reduces desktop PC bus size by 80%
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5/31/2006   Post a comment
The SV92U2 from Agere Systems is a USB-based modem chip set that is intended to replace the PCI modem in desktop PCs.
Integrated OHCI Link/PHY squeezes 1394b interface into more notebooks
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5/31/2006   Post a comment
TI recently launched an integrated open host controller that stacks two link and physical layer (PHY) devices into a package that's less than half the size of existing 1394b silicon.
3-part chipset makes a wide-range RFID reader
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5/30/2006   Post a comment
Anadigm's RangeMaster5 chipset for RF identification (RFID) allows system vendors to design and maintain a combination HF and UHF reader.
Omron, Canadian MRAM firm ink RFID pact
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5/30/2006   Post a comment
Toronto-based MRAM developer Micromem Technologies and Japanese RFID component supplier Omron have agreed to collaborate on the investigation of viable MRAM technology.
IXYS, Atmel release light ballast demo kits
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5/30/2006   Post a comment
IXYS released dimmable and non-dimmable demo kits for light ballast applications. These kits are the result of the cooperation between IXYS and Atmel Corp. to develop design tools and speed up the implementation of ballast solutions for the lighting market, IXYS said.
Altera reaffirms Q2 guidance; expects stock options expenses
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5/30/2006   Post a comment
Altera reaffirmed previously given second quarter guidance and said that it expects to report "several million dollars" of expense related to the company's previously announced review of historical stock options granting practices.
France's Minatec takes aim at IMEC, Silicon Saxony
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5/30/2006   Post a comment
Newly established Minatec hopes to challenge Belgium's IMEC and Dresden's Silicon Saxony as a major European center dedicated to innovations of micro and nanotechnologies.
Altera, partners offer FPGA-based MOST interface
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Programmable logic supplier Altera announced the availability of the MediaLB intellectual property core developed in partnership with design services provider IFI and chip vendor SMSC.
8051-based MCU touts integrated nonvolatile ferroelectric RAM
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Ramtron’s newest 8051-based MCU is the first in a series of planned products leading to a microcontroller based entirely on FRAM, where FRAM will be used for program, data and register memory, eliminating the need for flash and SRAM altogether.
Philips scores in China with ULC handset design
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5/30/2006   Post a comment
Philips Semiconductors has scored a major win in the Chinese market with the country’s third largest mobile handset maker, Haier , choosing its Ultra Low Cost (ULC) reference platform for a model targeted at the fast growing sector.
IQE sees strong growth in epitaxial wafers
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Epitaxial wafer maker IQE plc. expects sales in the first quarter of its financial year to be 19 percent ahead of the previous quarter, and 53 percent better than in the corresponding quarter of last year.
NEC joins forces with Matsushita on mobile phones, courts TI
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Seeking to boost its mobile phone business, NEC Corp. has forged an alliance with Matsushita and is seeking a similar deal with Texas Instruments.
STMicro, Airgo partner on wireless STB ref design
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ST Microelectronics has embedded Airgo Networks, Inc.’s MIMO Wireless LAN technology into its STx7100 platform and the companies have collaborated on a set-top-box reference design that will allow video content to be streamed wirelessly around the home.
AMD to invest $2.5 billion in new Dresden fab
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Advanced Micro Devices said it will invest $2.5 billion in its Dresden, Germany, operations, adding a new 300-mm fab.
Gartner: FPGA/PLD market to grow 14 percent in '06
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5/26/2006   Post a comment
The market for FPGAs and other programmable logic devices is expected to grow from $3.2 billion in 2005 to $6.7 billion in 2010, according to Bryan Lewis, a vice president and chief analyst of ASIC, SoC and FPGA research at market analyst firm Gartner Dataquest.
2-Gbyte miniSD memory card targets cell phones
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5/26/2006   Post a comment
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.’s 2-Gbyte flash miniSD memory card is said to be much smaller than a standard SD Memory Card but delivers increasingly large capacity. Its primary application is in mobile devices with miniSD slots, but it can also be used in standard SD slots with an adapter.
Fast triple mux extends video performance
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5/26/2006   Post a comment
Intersil's ISL59448 is a triple- channel, high-bandwidth (500 MHz) 2:1 multiplexer with a slew rate of 1600 V/microsecond to meet the high resolution requirements of monitors, projectors, and KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) peripherals.
JAM Technologies launches Singapore operations
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JAM Technologies opened facilities in Singapore that the firm said would better position it to serve customers in the consumer electronics industry.
Dow Corning sees LED makers transitioning to silicones
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Dow Corning has launched an expanded family of silicone materials for the light emitting diode market, including three new LED-protecting encapsulants and a moldable resin.
Linear Tech's power manager targets USB
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Wih the bus connected, the LTC4085 directs power through the USB bus rather than extracting power from the battery.
Bluetooth: A-OK or RIP?
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The main point of controversy is on the proposed 6-GHz, OFDM PHY/MAC.
Siano launches chipset for mobile digital TV
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Mobile digital television (MDTV) chip developer Siano Mobile Silicon will introduce a standard receiver chipset for mobile digital television (MDTV) to the Asian market.
ARM9-based MCU line touts upgrade path from ARM7 devices
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Atmel’s AT91SAM9260 is the first member of the pin-compatible ARM926EJ-S -based MCU family that shares the same integration levels and programming models as the company’s ARM7-based devices, allowing direct migration between controllers based on different ARM cores.
MCU packs FlexRay networking protocol for automotive apps
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Freescale’s MPC5567 MCU based on the PowerPC core enables fault-tolerant communication at high bandwidth rates of 10Mbit/sec. The device is said to be the first 32-bit flash-based microcontroller with the FlexRay networking protocol.
AMD mum on Dresden fab plans, fueling speculation
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5/26/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices appears to have reached a decision about the future of its production facilities, but it remains unclear if the chip maker is going to build another fab in Dresden, Germany.
Court upholds ITC ruling on Genesis patent case
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Image processor supplier Genesis Microchip Inc. announced that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld a U.S. International Trade Commission that MStar infringed Genesis Microchip's patent.
Qualcomm unveils universal mobile TV chip
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Qualcomm Inc. has introduced a single-chip Universal Broadcast Modem (UBM) solution supporting three of the world's leading mobile broadcast standards.
Altera target of investigations, shareholder suits
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California are looking into historical stock options granting practices at programmable logic supplier Altera.
USB manager/charger IC coordinates portable powering
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5/25/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC4085 for portable power applications integrates an autonomous power manager, "ideal diode" switch, and stand alone battery charger to provide seamless transition between USB input, wall adapter, and battery power sources.
RF development platform speeds time-to-market
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An RF development platform has been launched by Sundance Digital Signal Processing Inc. Combining four cards into one PCI (full and compact) compatible board, the SMT8101 aims to boost rapid prototyping and help development teams to get their products into production and to market quickly.
Spansion tops NOR flash suppliers, says iSuppli
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5/25/2006   Post a comment
Memory supplier Spansion LLC retained its position as the leading supplier of NOR-type flash memory in the first quarter, according to preliminary market-share data from iSuppli Corp.
Linear Tech slapped with shareholders suits over options grants
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5/25/2006   Post a comment
Two stockholder lawsuits have been filed in federal court against members of Linear Technology's board of directors and various executive officers alleging improper backdating of stock options.
Pixelplus delays Q1 earnings announcement
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South Korean fabless semiconductor company Pixelplus Co. Ltd. said it would postpone its first quarter 2006 earnings announcement originally scheduled for Friday, May 26, until its independent registered public accountants complete their audit of Pixelplus' financial statements for fiscal 2005.
Freescale names new GM for wireless IC unit
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Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. has lured Sandeep Chennakeshu from Ericsson’s mobile unit to head up its wireless IC division, the company said.
RoHS-compliant nvSRAMs deliver non-volatile memory with no battery
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Cypress Semiconductor Corp.’s newest non-volatile SRAMs internally store data when power is lost, with no battery required. The devices use a charge stored on an external capacitor instead of a battery, allowing the devices to be manufactured on a standard PCB assembly process for low cost.
Chip maker tailors CIR controller for Windows Vista Media Center systems
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5/25/2006   Post a comment
SMSC has introduced what it claims is the industry's first embedded consumer IR controller dubbed the SIO1049 for Media Center systems running the upcoming release of Windows Vista.
LVDS 1:2 fanout buffer touted as industry's smallest
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Micrel added what it claims is the industry's smallest LVDS 1:2 fanout buffer to its family of high-speed clock and data distribution ICs.
KLA-Tencor acknowledges subpoenas, forms committee
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5/25/2006   Post a comment
KLA-Tencor said that its historical stock options granting practices are being investigated by two U.S. Attorney's offices and that it has formed a special committee to investigate the issue internally.
Op amps optimize price-performance for industrial, instrumentation apps
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5/25/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices' expanded portfolio of industrial grade op amps include five new entries that leverage the company's iCMOS manufacturing process and DigiTrim technology to provide performance and cost advantages for a variety of industrial and instrumentation applications.
Axiom claims legal victory over Silicon Labs
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5/24/2006   Post a comment
Axiom Microdevices said Wednesday that a federal district judge in Austin, Texas, has entered a final judgment rejecting Silicon Laboratories' claims of patent infringement and technology trade secret misappropriation against the company.
Microsoft beats JPEG with new photo format for Vista
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5/24/2006   Post a comment
Microsoft Corp. unveiled a new photo format it claims will provide better quality at half the size of a JPEG image.
MCU targets Chinese market with 12KB flash unit
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5/24/2006   Post a comment
The newest members of Zilog’s Z8 Encore! XP family of 8-bit microcontrollers are aimed at the Chinese MCU market. Targeted applications for the F0830 include entry level universal and brushed/brushless DC motor control, digital power management, battery charging, environmental sensors and electronic control of appliances.
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