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Qualcomm touts the smartbook to rival netbooks, smartphones
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
Wireless chip group Qualcomm Inc. has started promoting the concept of the 'smartbook', powered by the latest 1GHz versions of its Snapdragon chipsets, and described as taking the best of what a netbook and smartphone has to offer in terms of functionality and performance.
Linear Technology : PoE controller suits IEEE 802.3at
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
The LTC4266 is a 4-port Power over Ethernet (PoE) controller for Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) required to provide IEEE 802.3at (25.5W) or proprietary higher power levels.
RFaxis touts integrated, single die BiCMOS front ends
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
Wireless chip startup RFaxis (Irvine, Calif.) has started sampling its first two devices, both offering a replacement for traditional RF front-end modules, combining all the functionality into a single-die, single-chip that use "breakthrough and disruptive" design methodologies.
Xilinx may owe IRS after appellate court ruling
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Xilinx could lose more than $40 million after a federal appeals court overturned a 2005 ruling that favored the company in a tax dispute with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
Marvell posts sequential sales gain
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor company Marvell Technology Group reported a sequential increase in sales for the quarter ended May 2 and the company's chief executive said recent trends indicate an improvement in near term order patterns.
Seiko Epson preps inkjet-printed OLEDs for big picture
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Printing high-definition organic LED displays with ultrahigh-resolution inkjet printers will lower the cost and increase the color accuracy of flat-panel televisions, according to Seiko Epson Corp.
Gartner bumps up '09 chip sales forecast
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Market research firm Gartner issued a revised semiconductor industry revenue forecast that projects 2009 revenue will not fall quite as sharply as the firm predicted in February, thanks to better-than-expected first quarter PC sales.
Reconfigurable logic startup seeks funds, engineers
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Reconfigurable logic IP start-up Akya (Selby, England) is looking to raise further capital and has started recruiting design and applications engineers so as to expand its marketing and product development efforts.
ST leads the consumer charge in MEMS accelerometers
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has become the leading supplier of MEMS-based accelerometers because of its focus on supplying designers of consumer electronics and wireless products, according to market research group iSuppli.
Startup claims breakthrough in reconfigurable logic
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
A British company focused on dynamically reconfigurable logic, Akya (Selby, England), has launched its first licensable technology, dubbed the ART2.
AMS, Fraunhofer partner for encoder ICs
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Analog IC specialist Austriamicrosystems and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) have linked to develop a generation of magnetic motion sensing integrated circuits based on Fraunhofer’s patented HallinOne magnetic sensor technology.
Startup Netronome rolls new family of programmable network processors
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Programmable chip vendor Netronome Systems announced the availability of a family of network processors said to remove the barriers to unified computing architectures by combining high-performance network, content and security processing with general purpose processors, such as Intel's IA, through I/O virtualization.
Registration opens for X-fest technical seminar series
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
Registration has been opened for X-fest 2009, a 36-city global technical seminar series sponsored by Xilinx and Avnet.
Step-up dc-to-dc converters increase battery run times for portables
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
ADI's ADP1612 and ADP1613 dc-to-dc converters enable designers to boost input voltages as low as 1.8 V up to output voltages as high as 20 V.
Silicon Labs : 8-bit MCU has 2 x 2 mm footprint
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories has expanded its small form factor microcontrollers (MCUs) with the C8051T606 low cost 8-bit mixed-signal MCU.
A cornucopia of fun and frivolity
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
As promised, here's a bumper blog jam-packed with tempting tidbits of trivia and tasty nuggets of knowledge.
RF transceivers address short-range ISM-band, io-homecontrol protocols
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices' latest RF transceivers enable secure and robust transmission of remote data for smart grids and home and building automation.
Danish researchers target 4G test
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
The Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation has awarded Euros 6 million towards a project at Aalborg University in which the researchers there will work with Infineon Technologies and Agilent Technologies on topics such as high performance, easy test infrastructure and low power consumption.
Nujira's DPD module said to simplify basestation design
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
Power amplifier specialist Nujira (Cambridge, England) claims the digital pre-distortion (DPD) version of its Coolteq-h power modulator will simplify the design of cellular basestations.
AMS touts through-silicon via foundry process
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems has started producing on a foundry basis parts on its Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology, targeting suppliers of devices for 3D integration of CMOS ICs and sensor components.
SIM cards identified as a growing market
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
The mobile communications market as a whole may be suffering, notably as regards subscriber growth, but shipments of SIM cards are powering ahead, having reached record levels in 2008 and set to continue growing this year, according to market trackers IMS Research (Wellingborough, England).
U.S. flat-panel TV sales grew again in Q1
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5/26/2009   1 comment
Shipments of flat-panel televisions in the U.S. and Canada reached 7.8 million units in the first quarter, up 17.3 percent from the first quarter of 2008, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Feedback: 6 critical keys to IP licensing success
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5/26/2009   1 comment
The IP licensing market is complicated and in this response to a previous EE Times article on the history of Chipidea and MIPS, a reader lists six factors he believes are critical for success in the market segment.
Cree raises financial targets
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
LED vendor Cree increased its revenue and earnings targets for the quarter ending June 28, saying it now expects revenue to be between $143 million and $150 million and GAAP earnings per share to be 7 to 9 cents per diluted share.
Ceva, mimoOn partner for LTE baseband
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
DSP cores IP licensor Ceva Inc. has joined the growing list of companies to port mimoOn's mi!MobilePHY LTE software on to silicon targeting the emerging wireless broadband technology.
Swedish processor startup replaces CEO
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
Coresonic AB, the Swedish developer of programmable baseband processors targeting wireless and broadcast technologies, has appointed Johan Lodenius as its chief executive officer.
ARC, Realtek team for audio enhanced codecs
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
ARC International (St Albans, England) and Realtek Semiconductor (Hsinchu,Taiwan) have won the first design-in for a codec that to bundles ARC's Sonic Focus audio software with Realtek codecs.
Rambus targets DDR4 DRAMs
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5/26/2009   1 comment
Rambus has announced a set of new and existing interconnect technologies it says will meet the needs of main memory in 2011 and beyond and hopes the industry adopts them as part of a pending DDR4 DRAM standard.
picoChip : Femtocell SoC supports eight users
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
PicoChip has launched the picoXcell PC312 HSPA+ femtocell system-on-chip (SoC). The device supports eight users, with simultaneous voice and data services.
Diodes : Converter-amplifier improves audio performance
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
Diodes has introduced an 8 channel D/A converter and pre-amplifier chip offering designers of audio video receivers (AVR) and add-on sound cards the opportunity to reduce component costs while at the same time improving audio performance.
WiMAX power amplifier aims to drive evolution from Fixed-Point to Mobile Service
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
ANADIGICS has launched one of the first mobile WiMAX 4G power amplifiers (PAs) developed for use in the 3.4 to 3.6 GHz spectrum adopted by broadband wireless service providers in Europe and South America.
HSPA+ femtocell SoC supports true eight-user operation
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5/24/2009   Post a comment
The picoXcell™ PC312 HSPA+ femtocell system-on-chip (SoC), from picoChip, claims to be the industry's first such device to support eight users, with simultaneous voice and data services.
Court reverses ITC in Linear- AnalogicTech spat
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5/22/2009   Post a comment
A U.S. federal appeals court partially vacated a final determination by the U.S. International Trade Commission that found a patent held by Linear Technology to be invalid, according to statements released by Linear and Advanced Analogic Technologies.
Researchers warn of major flaw in transistor theory
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5/22/2009   Post a comment
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S have warned of a fundamental flaw in the understanding of transistor noise, and suggest that unless it is solved, it could stand in the way of developing more efficient, lower powered devices.
ip.access, picoChip team for enterprise femtocell SoC
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5/22/2009   Post a comment
Femtocell pioneer ip.access is likely to be the first to market with a high capacity device for enterprise use that integrates picoChip's picoXcell PC312 SoC.
Infineon, Indian researchers claim ESD advance
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5/21/2009   Post a comment
A joint research team from Infineon Technologies and the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, is claiming an advance in the integration of high-voltage functionality for advanced CMOS technologies.
'New' ST fights image of old ST
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5/21/2009   2 comments
STMicroelectronics N.V. appears to have won over some skeptical analysts as the company pushes ahead with efforts to transform its operations but the semiconductor manufacturer continues to be dogged by old concerns about its previous execution records.
Wolfson targets integrated DAC/amp at mobile devices
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5/21/2009   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has started sampling a single chip mono DAC and speaker amplifier targeted at improving audio quality in a range of devices such as mobile phones, conference speakerphones, digital radios and PNDs.
Solar panels sector set to dim and shine
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5/21/2009   Post a comment
Thin-film solar panels are expected to increase their share of the total volume of photovoltaic devices sold over the next five years, up from 14 percent last year to 27 percent in 2013, according to market trackers IC Insights.
IAR offers development support for SuperH microcontrollers
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5/21/2009   Post a comment
IAR Systems AB (Uppsala, Sweden) has said it plans to develop a version of Embedded Workbench for SH-2A core microcontrollers from Renesas Technology Corp.
Interoperable SuperSpeed USB devices, hosts demo'd
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5/21/2009   Post a comment
A clutch of companies demonstrated interoperable prototype hosts and devices for the upcoming SuperSpeed USB at this week's USB Implementers Forum in Tokyo, Japan.
Tessera wins ITC patent ruling
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a limited exclusion order prohibiting the import of chips from six companies it has determined infringe two packaging patents of Tessera Technologies Inc, overturning a December decision by an administrative law judge.
Did you see that?
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
Those cheeky chaps in the UK have made a bid to host Super Bowl 2014 in London, England (I kid you not!)
Altera shipping Arria II GX FPGAs
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
Altera said it has begun shipping 40-nm Arria II GX transceiver FPGAs.
TED claims first FPGA eval platform with DDR3 SODIMM socket
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
Tokyo Electron Device announced the release of Virtex-5 DDR3/LV-DDR2 SDRAM evaluation platform featuring high-speed DDR3 SDRAM memory and new LV-DDR2 SDRAM from Elpida Memory.
Servers get new energy metrics
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
Computer makers are testing the Transaction Processing Performance Council's energy specification, a new benchmark for measuring the energy use of servers that could be released as early as June just weeks after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its first Energy Star specifications for measuring the energy efficiency of servers.
Wintegra, 4M Wireless team for LTE interoperability
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
LTE terminal protocol stack specialist 4M Wireless (Luton, England) is partnering with communications processors group Wintegra (Austin, TX) for interoperability testing.
RFEL signals another 'exclusive' design win
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
Signal processing specialist RF Engines Limited (RFEL) is to develop an algorithm and the optimum architecture for determining the fine time of arrival of classified signals for SELEX Galileo, the military surveillance, navigation and tracking division of Italian engineering and defense group Finmeccanica.
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