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Ceva rolls third-generation TeakLite DSP
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Intellectual property supplier Ceva Inc. announced its third-generation DSP architecture dubbed TeakLite III with native 32-bit processing.
White LED drivers deliver 90% efficiency
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Vishay Intertechnology has released two 1.25-MHz current-mode boost converters optimized for white LED applications. The SiP12510 and SiP12511 white LED drivers offer a 90% typical efficiency, said to be the highest rating for this type of device.
Line interface units enable last-minute device configuration
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Exar Corp. has expanded its T/E solutions portfolio with two 8-channel line interface units (LIUs). The XRT83VSH38 targets T1/E1/J1 applications, while the XRT83VSH28 is aimed at E1-only environments.
Power controllers enable efficient notebook PCs
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ON Semiconductor's NCP5371, NCP5218, and NCP5215 power controllers meet the efficiency requirements of notebook PCs for Vcore, DDR memory and CPU chipsets.
2.4-Gbit DDR2 SDRAM encapsulated in plastic material
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Austin Semiconductor Inc. has released the DDR2 SDRAM family of iPEM devices, which is packaged in a 32-mm x 25-mm, 255-ball BGA with a ball pitch of 1.27-mm.
Low-cost MCU development kit touts Ethernet connectivity
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The $49 USB stick from STMicroelectronics eases networked embedded system development.
Standard aims to expand use of flash in PCs
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Dell, Intel and Microsoft agreed to work on a standard for NAND flash memory controllers that the trio expects will expand the use of flash memory in notebooks and desktops.
Standard aims to expand use of flash in PCs
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Dell, Intel and Microsoft agreed to work on a standard for NAND flash module controllers that the trio expects will help expand the use of flash memory in notebooks and desktops.
Input ADC offers fault protection up to ±30 V
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Linear Technology released the LTC1856, a 5 V, 16-bit, 8-channel, 100 ksamples/s analog-to-digital (ADC) converter with ±10 V input ranges and additional fault protection. An overvoltage fault up to ±30 V on one or more unused channels will not corrupt the accuracy of the selected channel and provides protection on 24 V (±10% tolerance) industrial supply lines.
SMD op amps meet rugged requirements of military applications
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Intersil Corp. developed ten high-bandwidth SMD op amps. These devices, certified to operate over the full military temperature range of -55°C to 125°C, target applications including military avionics, navigations, weapons and control systems.
Regulators use I2C interface for overvoltage, overcurrent protection
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Intersil released the ISL6422B and ISL6423B low-noise block (LNB) supply and control voltage regulators. These regulators use an I2C interface to improve system reliability by reporting diagnostics and protecting a satellite set top box (SSTB) against overvoltage, overcurrent, overtemperature and backward current.
32-bit SoC tailored for car navigation systems
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Renesas Technology America has developed a 32-bit SoC that delivers 1-GIPS/4.2-GFLOPS throughput capabilities, a 3D-graphics engine, and GPS baseband module for car navigation systems.
DSP delivers 112-GMACs of compute performance
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With 112 GMACs, Storm-1 SP16HP offers a cost-effective, easy-to-design, C-programmable alternative to FPGA and multi-DSP designs.
Intel opens Itanium design center in Colorado
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Intel Corp. opened a microprocessor design center in Colorado after closing a separate state facility earlier in 2007.
R&D jobs to go in Tundra restructuring
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Communications chip group Tundra Semiconductor is reducing its headcount by 7 percent, and will not fill several vacant positions as it restructures to shore up its finances.
Gartner cuts chip forecast
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Gartner has lowered its 2007 worldwide semiconductor forecast to $269.2 billion, a 2.5 percent increase from 2006. In its previous forecast, the research firm predicted a 2007 revenue increase of 6.4 percent.
Sensors, safety pace auto chip market growth
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A new Strategy Analytics study highlights an increase of $1.12 billion in auto chip vendor revenues in 2006, paced by new sensor applications and safety requirments.
China chip market entering cooling phase
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After a hot 2004, China's chip market may be settling into a more sustainable growth phase. Growth is expected to hit a cyclical peak this year, expanding 20 percent to $51.7 billion.
Lenovo unveils laptops supporting WAPI
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Lenovo releases laptops that support China's domestic wireless-LAN standard.
R&D jobs to go in Tundra restructuring
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Communications chip group Tundra Semiconductor Corporation is reducing its headcount by 20, or about 7 percent of the company's global workforce, and will not fill several vacant positions as it restructures to shore up its finances.
Mitsubishi advances solar cell conversion efficiency
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Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has achieved photoelectric conversion efficiency rates of 18.0 percent in a 150mm square practical use multi-crystalline silicon solar cell. The company claims this is a 1.2 percent improvement over previous models and is the best conversion rate achieved to date in the industry.
New high-speed memory card format ready for mass market
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After three years of work, Taiwan says its new high-speed memory card format is ready to roll. It promises the 60Mbyte per second transfer speeds of USB 2.0.
Single-chip processor replaces discrete components; reduces board space
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Ramtron International Corp. introduced the FM33x product family, a line of FRAM-enhanced processor companions with a high-speed serial peripheral interface (SPI).
China semi market to peak in 2007, iSuppli says
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While China's overheating economy and tech industry have raised concerns about a possible market crash, the Chinese semiconductor segment has already settled into what research firm iSuppli Corp. called a more sustainable growth rate.
Samsung joins in $20M round for SiGe Semi
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Samsung's ventures unit has joined in a $20 million Series E round of financing at RF chip specialist SiGe Semiconductor Inc., which has raised around $132 million in VC funding since 1999.
Samsung cranks up capacity of embedded storage for 3G phones
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Samsung Electronics is bumping up the storage capacity in 3G mobile phones with a four gigabyte multi-chip package that it says will prompt some phone makers to design out external memory card slots.
European groups join 'Fab Club'
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Two of the three companies that have joined the Fab Owners Association (FOA) are based in Europe and brings the number of semiconductor and MEMS manufacturing facilities owned by member companies to over 60.
Video IC delivers high resolution video
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The ISL51002 10-bit video digitizer from Intersil Corp. combines ease-of-use and high-resolution video performance to offer a solution for digitizing analog YPbPr video from HDTV tuners, set-top boxes, SD and HD DVDs, as well as RGB graphics signals from PCs and workstations.
Optical controller simplifies GPON transceiver designs
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Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a highly integrated optical control, calibration, and monitor IC. The DS1865 integrates GPON power-leveling functionality, a laser bias APC loop, video amplifier control, and SFF-8472 diagnostic and alarm features.
Samsung joins in $20m Series E round at SiGe Semi
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Samsung's ventures unit has joined in a $20 million Series E round of financing at RF chip specialist SiGe Semiconductor Inc. (Ottawa, Canada).
REVIEW: PMBus point-of-load DC-to-DC chip has 500-mV to 8-V output ranges
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Here's a nifty power conversion and power management IC for synchronous DC-to-DC converter designs. The chip is configured to regulate two independent outputs, or two phases in a single output mode, and supports two types of current-sense topologies. Output range spans 500-mV to 8-V. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
RF packaged multi-function circuits ease manufacturing
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Check out TriQuint's first three packaged devices in its Multi-Function Circuit (MFC) family that it says offer manufacturing ease and cost advantages. The devices address OEM needs for frequency upconversion (amplification) in the transmit and local oscillator chains for digital radio and satellite communications systems.
Connectorized hermetic I/Q mixers cover 6-GHz to 23-GHz
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Check out Hittite's latest connectorized passive GaAs MMIC I/Q mixer modules for telecommunications, military, space and test equipment applications. They provide a high level of image rejection, wide IF bandwidth, and high isolation.
Operators link to explore potential for 3G in notebooks
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The GSM Association (GSMA) has brought together a group of mobile operators and Microsoft to research cconsumer user trends and the mass market potential for notebook PCs with embedded 3G mobile broadband.
Realtek samples single-chip CMOS ultra-wideband product
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Realtek is sampling a single-chip CMOS ultra-wideband product that supports Certified Wireless USB device controller and WiMedia Logical Link Control Protocol functions and features a dual-band ultra-wideband radio.
TSMC partners with R&D foundry SVTC
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Looking to smooth the way for cutting edge products, TSMC is linking up with R&D foundry SVTC so that companies can quickly move from concept to commercial runs.
ADC drivers operate from single 3 V supply
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Linear Technology released the LTC6400-20 and LTC6401-20, ADC drivers which operate from a single 3 V supply. These fully differential amplifiers include gain-setting resistors, which aid in the driving of high-speed ADCs.
A/D converter targets small, battery-operated devices
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austriamicrosystems expanded their A/D converter portfolio with the AS1524 12-bit, low-power, single-channel full-differential A/D converter, and the AS1525 dual-channel, single-ended low-power A/D converter.
Jury rules for Broadcom in patent case against Qualcomm
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In a unanimous ruling, a federal jury Tuesday (May 29) awarded Broadcom $19.64 million in damages after finding that wireless chip rival Qualcomm had infringed three of Broadcom's patents.
Jury rules for Broadcom in patent case against Qualcomm
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A unanimous federal jury ruled in favor of Broadcom Corp., finding that wireless chip rival Qualcomm Inc.'s baseband chips and software infringed three Broadcom patents.
Power amplifier delivers high voltage for driving ceramic speakers
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National Semiconductor has introduced the LM485555, a single-chip Boomer audio power amplifier that is said to deliver the industry's highest voltage for driving ceramic speakers used in 3-V portable devices.
Design kit accelerates DSP development for Virtex-5 FPGAs
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VMETRO and Impulse Accelerated Technologies have released the V5+C DSP development kit, an advanced platform for rapid prototyping and algorithm development.
Solid-state MUX delivers 40-V switching
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Pickering Interfaces is expanding its PXI switching product line with the 40-682 versatile multiplexer (MUX) that uses high-performance solid state switching to provide it with long service life, no switch bounce, and low on resistance.
Sony shows flex twist on organic LED displays
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Sony Corp. has developed what it says is the first full-color active-matrix organic LED display on a flexible plastic substrate.
Lattice Semi tips 90-nm nonvolatile FPGAs
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The latest round of the FPGA ping-pong match begins this week, when Lattice will announce the availability of the LatticeXP2 family, its third generation of nonvolatile FPGAs, produced in a 90-nm process co-developed with foundry partner Fujitsu Ltd.
Analyst: Subscribers to BWA/WiMax nears 1 million
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Increased global deployments of WiMAX technology has lead to an 85 percent increase in subscribers and a corresponding growth in service revenue according to research firm Maravedis (Montreal, Canada) in the first issue of a planned quarterly newsletter tracking the broadband wireless access and WiMax sectors.
MacMullen to steer CSR's convergence drive
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Bluetooth chip specialist CSR (Cambridge, England) has appointed Neil MacMullen as Senior Vice President of the company's Convergence Business Unit, a job held until earlier this month by Glenn Collinson, one of the co-founders of CSR, who retired from the company a few weeks ago.
AMD, Micron to go private, says report
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Rumors are running rampant that AMD, Micron and Lexmark are separately mulling over plans to go the private-equity route.
April chip market up 10.9% annually, says analyst
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The three-month average of world chip sales for April is going to be $20.24 billion, according to Bruce Diesen, analyst with Terra Securities ASA.
Digital cable TV heats up in China, but challenges loom
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China's digital cable TV market hit 14 million subscribers in the first quarter, abd is expected to double this year. But issues over unpaid royalties continue to hang over local set-top box vendors.
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