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Intel preps many-core 'Knights Corner' processor
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5/31/2010   1 comment
Intel Corp. has said it plans to offer many-core processors targeting certain applications in high performance computing. The first product, codenamed "Knights Corner," will be implemented on Intel's 22-nm manufacturing process and integrate more than 50 processors.
Strong April chip sales drive prediction higher
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
Actual global chip sales were $23.41 billion in April, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association, which quotes numbers from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics. Cowan LRA model moves annual prediction up.
April averaged chip sales beat expectations
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for April was $23.579 billion, up 2.25 percent compared with the previous month and up 50.4 percent compared with the year before, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association.
BOARDS - COM Express modules are compact, low power
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
congatec's new COM Express modules conga-CS45, conga-BS45 and conga-BM45 have 13 variants and re compact, low power.
Saxony agrees to aid Abu Dhabi with technology
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
The German state of Saxony has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi's Executive Affairs Authority agreeing to set up opportunities to share and exchange knowledge and expertise in advanced technology R&D, in particular in microelectronics, according to the Advanced Technology Investment Co.
ST-Ericsson launches feature-rich mobile internet platform in China
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
ST-Ericsson has launched a new platform that will enable manufacturers to build feature rich handsets with high-speed internet capabilities at an affordable price point.
Wireless mesh network chipset targets smart lighting
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
Semtech and Virtual Extension have announced a two-chip wireless mesh network chipset that brings a new level of performance and signal robustness to smart lighting applications.
Digi launches out-of-the-box M2M cloud connectivity for embedded platforms
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
Digi International has announced that all Digi and Rabbit embedded products will be configured to easily connect to the iDigi "cloud" out of the box.
Startup proposes SOI JFETs for low power
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
SuVolta Inc., a startup formerly known as DSM Solutions Inc., has revealed some details of the company's plan to achieve low power IC operation through the use of complementary junction FET technology.
PicoChip cofounder joins antenna, backhaul firm
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
Peter Claydon, co-founder and former chief operating officer of PicoChip Design Ltd., has joined Deltenna Ltd., a developer of wireless communications systems, according to a report in the Silicon South West newsletter.
China taps Nvidia for world's second biggest computer
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5/31/2010   1 comment
Using Intel and Nvidia processors, a Chinese computer maker has installed in Shenzhen what experts say theoretically is the fastest supercomputer in the world, an indication both of the rise of China and of graphics processors as a growing ingredient in high-performance but relatively low power systems.
BOARDS - PICMG 1.0 full-size SBC is based on Intel Atom N450, D410 and D510
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5/30/2010   Post a comment
Axiomtek’s SBC81207 SBC, based on Atom N450, D410 and D510 processors, provides an optimized balance between power consumption and system performance, and offers a variety of onboard I/O configurations.
Wi-Fi IC shipments set to grow 33% in 2010, says ABI
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5/28/2010   Post a comment
Global shipments of Wi-Fi ICs are forecast to surpass 770 million units in 2010, up almost 33 percent compared to 2009, according to the ABI Research wing of Allied Business Intelligence Inc.
Nokia, CEA-Leti to present high-speed NFC
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5/28/2010   Post a comment
CEA-Leti and Nokia have developed a radio frequency front-end IC that supports high-data rate short-range communications between a reader, typically a mobile phone, and a memory tag, which is due to be presented at the upcoming VLSI Symposium.
Smart grid standards expected by mid-2011
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5/28/2010   2 comments
Engineers aim to deliver within a year a broad suite of standards needed to build smart electric grids and reported on stepwise progress at the end of Connectivity Week here.
Report predicts 75 million stereo 3-D PCs in 2014
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5/27/2010   Post a comment
Nearly one million PCs will ship this year equipped to display stereo 3-D content, rising to 75 million by 2014 valued at a whopping $30 billion, according to a new report from Jon Peddie Research.
Oclaro backs ClariPhy in $24 million VC round
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5/27/2010   Post a comment
ClariPhy Communications, a vendor of mixed-signal, digital signal processing (MXSP) integrated circuits for optical networks, has raised $24 million in Series C funding.
Dell taps Android, Snapdragon for mini tablet
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5/26/2010   3 comments
On the same day Dell Inc. announced an ARM/Linux tablet, a panel of mobile experts—including a designer of the Dell device—suggested alternative platforms for tablets and netbooks are on a road of slow but steady growth.
Powerline backers spar over smart grid market
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Competing powerline proponents used the platform of the Connectivity Week event to fire off competing announcements to position themselves for success in the emerging smart grid market that has huge potential, but sees no end in sight to years of fragmentation over technical approaches.
16-bit DAC enhances connectivity, system efficiency in remote industrial apps
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices' 4-to-20 mA 16-bit digital-to-analog converter for smart transmitters integrates precision converter with power management circuitry to simplify design and boost available power.
Three-output DC-DC controllers seamlessly control core, I/O voltages
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Maxim's new buck controllers offer three regulated output voltages and integrated tracking/sequencing to seamlessly control core and I/O voltages.
2.4-GHz RF SoC delivers CD-quality wireless audio
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Targeted at consumer, portable and high-end audio applications, TI says the first RF device in its new PurePath Wireless product line can reduce bill of materials cost by 50 percent.
Videos: Net pioneers on smart grid, Web congestion
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5/25/2010   1 comment
In separate keynote addresses in Silicon Valley, Vint Cerf, co-developer of the Net's TCP/IP protocol, shared his thoughts with developers of the smart electric grid and Larry Roberts, who helped launch the forerunner of the Internet, explained his ideas for remedying the congestion that plagues the Web today.
Intel extends business plan competition
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel Corp., has launched the 2010 Intel Challenge, a competition for university students who are asked to submit business plans for the chance to win $150,000. Otellini launched the competition during a speech at the World Congress on IT in Amsterdam.
IBM, MediaTek to debut 60-GHz chipset
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5/24/2010   Post a comment
IBM and MediaTek plan to debut their 60-GHz transceiver chipset at the IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Symposium in Anaheim, Calif.
Intel rolls mobile CPUs for ultrathin notebooks
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5/24/2010   1 comment
Intel Corp. announced Core 2010 notebook processors geared to create a new class of ultra-thin, ultralow power portables expected to power as many as 40 systems designs less than an inch thick and weighing just two to five pounds.
Clients to become more like servers, says ARM's CTO
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5/24/2010   Post a comment
Processors for mobile clients are going to have to take on many of the functions associated with networking infrastructure, according to Mike Muller, chief technology officer of ARM. This will be part of an explosion of processing requirements for wirelessly-connected devices that will require multiple application-specific processors to keep power consumption down, he added.
12-bit ADC clocks 3.6 Gsps with nearly invisible noise floor, strong noise power ratio and IMD
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5/24/2010   Post a comment
National Semiconductor ADC12D1800 family tops out with -147 dBm/Hz NF, 52 dB NPR, -61 dBFS IMD
Freescale rolls microcontrollers for smart meters
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5/24/2010   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductors has rounded out its line of integrated microcontrollers targeted at use in smart utility meters with two new families targeting low and mid-range meters but communications modules remain separate given the fragmented state of that market.
Who'll provide the power behind the mainstream business tablet?
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5/24/2010   6 comments
I recently got An iPad to try as part of our analysis work on the Apple tablet, and it is becoming apparent to me that devices of this class will grow to be as popular as the current crop of e-mail-enabled smartphones.
POWER - Low-power MCU supervisory circuits boost reliability, lower cost
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
Maxim's new Low-power MCU supervisory circuits boost reliability, lower costs, and eliminate multiple external resistors. They are offered in a 1mm x 1mm chip-scale package for space-constrained portable applications.
New tube: Interview with GoogleTV's top engineer
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5/21/2010   7 comments
A day after the announcement, we spoke with Vincent Dureau, the engineer behind GoogleTV about the genesis and outlook of the project, its technical specs and why he doesn't see it as a problem that GoogleTV does not have any cable-TV partners yet.
AppliedMicro APM801xx 1-W processor family targets video-enabled consumer apps
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
AppliedMicro’s 1-W APM801xx family packs a Power Architecture into a 10x10-mm BGA for a range of consumer devices from gateways and energy meters to network attached storage systems and displays.
PLL synthesizer incorporates 30V charge pump
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
ADI's latest PLL features a 30-V charge pump, which can be used to directly drive high tuning-voltage external VCOs, removing the need for active loop filters.
Solarflare samples 40-nm quad-port 10GBASE-T PHY chip
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
In an effort to accelerate the mass adoption of 10GbE, Solarflare Communications has begun sampling the industry's first 40nm quad-port 10GBASE-T PHY chip.
Cypress debuts 32-, 64-Mbit fast asynchronous SRAMs
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
Aimed at storage servers, switches and routers, testing equipment, high-end security and military systems, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has introduced 32-Mbit and 64-Mbit fast asynchronous SRAMs, featuring fast response times and the smallest footprint at these densities.
Cable, MIPS missing in GoogleTV picture
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5/20/2010   7 comments
Two big pieces were missing when Google rolled out its picture of the future of integrated Web and TV services at Google I/O—cable TV providers who deliver most of the broadcast content and MIPS Technologies that powers many of the sets.
MCUs - ATtiny family boasts world's smallest flash MCU packages
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5/20/2010   Post a comment
Atmel's ATtiny family boasts world's smallest flash MCU packages. Low-power, ultra-small packaging expands design options for applications in the consumer, lighting and industrial control markets.
Touchscreen chip mania hits market
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5/20/2010   Post a comment
Call it national touchscreen chip week.
Coming this fall: GoogleTV on Intel-powered Sony TVs
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5/20/2010   10 comments
Google officially rolled out its GoogleTV initiative at its annual Google I/O conference in San Francisco, promising its designs for set-top boxes and related software and services will reshape television by integrating the Web and TV.
India 3G auction nabs $15 billion, but no national carrier
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5/20/2010   Post a comment
India’s month-long 3G auctions attracted industry bids totaling $15 billion, almost 50 percent above the government’s expectations.
Chip makers back Google's open source codec
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5/19/2010   1 comment
A handful of mobile chip makers--including ARM, MIPS, Nvidia and Texas Instruments--said they will support Google's move to establish V8, a video codec it acquired with On2 Technologies in August.
Mobile video processor startup raises $7.5 million
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5/19/2010   Post a comment
Fabless mobile video chip company Movidius has announced that it has secured $7.5 million in Series B investment.
Inside Microsoft's Kin reveals surprise
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5/19/2010   Post a comment
The heart of Microsoft's Kin is Nvidia Corp.'s Tegra APX2600 processor.
Three-phase step-down DC/DC controller targets high-current rails
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced a three-phase single-output high-efficiency synchronous step-down DC/DC controller with PolyPhase operation, differential output voltage sensing and integrated PLL clock synchronization for applications including high-power audio amplifiers.
Integrated codecs and DACs offer enhanced audio features in eBooks
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated has introduced audio codecs and DACs for eBooks, mobile Internet devices and portable navigation devices.
Low-power ANC ICs improve listening quality in mobile accessories
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems has released a duo of active noise cancelling (ANC) ICs for mobile accessories such as headphones.
Dialog Semiconductor licenses NXP's CoolFlux DSP and accompanying firmware
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor has signed a licensing agreement to use NXP's ultra-low-power embedded digital audio signal processor (CoolFlux DSP) technology and accompanying firmware, including NXP Software's LifeVibes Voice speech enhancement engine.
60 GHz groups face off in Beijing over Wi-Fi's future
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
Engineers appear to have struck a quick compromise in meetings in Beijing this week to hammer out the future of Wi-Fi in the IEEE 802.11ad group that includes members from two opposing camps in 60 GHz wireless technology.
Dell, IBM give thumbs up to ARM servers
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5/17/2010   6 comments
Dell Inc. will test this summer multicore ARM processors from Marvell for possible use in low-power servers for large data centers, a trend for which an IBM executive also expressed support in more general terms.
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