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Small basestations will be big
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5/21/2012   4 comments
Femtocells and disruptive cellular technologies designed to occupy the no-man’s land between femto and macro basestations are driving silicon architectures toward systems-on-chip.
Silicon Labs to buy wireless mesh networking technology firm
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5/21/2012   2 comments
Silicon Laboratories signed a definitive agreement to acquire wireless mesh networking technology firm Ember for about $72 million.
Aquantia closes $35 million Series F funding round
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5/21/2012   Post a comment
Rusnano, the technology investment arm of Russia, has led a $35 million Series F financing of Ethernet chip company Aquantia. Rusnano is investing $25 million and current and other new investors will contribute $10 million to the financing round.
ARM signs HiSilicon to use Mali GPU cores
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5/21/2012   Post a comment
HiSilicon has licensed a range graphics processing units (GPUs), including the Mali-400 and Mali-T658, from ARM. ARM claimed that Mali combined with its Cortex processor cores is most energy efficient way to build "richer" user experiences.
Buck regulators target automotive designs, but their attributes can take them further
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5/21/2012   Post a comment
The LT8610 and LT8611 synchronous DC/DC converters from Linear Technology address the voltage level, switching frequency, and quiescent current mandates of this big niche.
Marvell sees return to normalcy following Thai floods
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5/19/2012   2 comments
Chip maker Marvell Technology Group said it benefited from supply chain recovery in the wake of last year's devastating floods in Thailand and that it expects the impact of the disaster on its business will be completely negated by July.
Amkor plans back-end chip facility in South Korea
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5/18/2012   Post a comment
Semiconductor packaging and test services provider Amkor Technology said it plans to build a state-of-the-art test and packaging facility and global research and development center in the Incheon Free Economic Zone, near Seoul, South Korea.
Living virus generates electricity
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5/18/2012   6 comments
Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs have discovered a way to genetically engineer a living virus to be piezoelectric, enabling self-assembling arrays of them to produce enough electricity to power small electronic devices.
Report: ARM aims to take 20% of notebook PC market
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5/18/2012   11 comments
Warren East, CEO of processor IP licensor ARM Holdings plc, has said he expects companies making processors based on the ARM cores will take between 10 and 20 percent of the notebook PC market in 2014 or 2015, according to a Dow Jones report. That would be much higher penetration than Intel would make into the smartphone market, the report also quoted East saying.
Weightless standard for IoT outlined in book
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5/18/2012   Post a comment
Professor William Webb, CTO and cofounder of Neul, has written a 200-page book outlining the Weightless standard for machine-to-machine communications using white-space radio.
Applied sees flat to declining sales
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5/18/2012   1 comment
Semiconductor capital equipment vendor Applied Materials reported sales that beat consensus analysts' expectations for its fiscal second quarter, but said it expects sales for the current quarter to be flat to down 10 percent sequentially.
Hybridization of processors increasingly rapidly, says report
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5/18/2012   Post a comment
Hybrid processors with two or more different types of processor cores accounted for half of the $111 billion processor market in 2011, according to a new report by market research firm IMS Research.
MEMC's CFO resigns to take job at Praxair
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5/17/2012   Post a comment
Mark Murphy, chief financial officer at silicon wafer supplier MEMC Electronic Materials, resigned to take a job as president of Praxair Surface Technologies, MEMC said.
Report: UMC benefits from TSMC 28-nm supply shortage
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5/17/2012   3 comments
Chip foundry United Microelectronics Corp. has been the leading beneficiary of 28-nm chip supply shortages at the leading foundry and rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., according to a Taiwan Economic News report.
Silicon Labs’ flexible 8-bit and 32-bit MCU die sales program
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5/17/2012   Post a comment
I just heard from the folks at Silicon Labs about their new, customer-friendly microcontroller die sales program.
ESilicon set to reap rewards of Asian gamble
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5/17/2012   Post a comment
Jack Harding, CEO of design services provider eSilicon, says the company's move to Asia is beginning to pay off as it helps customers navigate two very different chip markets in Taiwan and mainland China.
Semtech SX1243 RF transmitter
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5/17/2012   Post a comment
Semtech's latest RF transmitter has very low current consumption and operates between 310MHz – 928MHz.
Texas Instruments DS90C187 and DS90C185 dual LVDS transmitter
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Texas Instruments' low-power FPD-Link serializer offers industry's highest resolution for tablets.
Taiwan expects 14% boost in IC output in Q2
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5/17/2012   Post a comment
Taiwan expects its integrated circuit output for the second quarter to increase 14.3 percent compared to the first quarter, according to a government report.
Former Apple, Google, Facebook engineers launch IoT startup
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5/16/2012   30 comments
One-year old startup Electric Imp has developed a Wi-Fi node in a memory card physical format that it hopes will become a standard way for things to be given an IP address and linked to the Internet to form a Wi-Fi mediated Internet of Things.
GSA spies venture capital investment uptick in April
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5/16/2012   Post a comment
Investment in semiconductor industry startup and private companies jumped up in April to $194.2 million, according to the Global Semiconductor Alliance industry body.
Virtual file system speeds data access, reduces storage needs
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5/15/2012   1 comment
EDA company IC Manage has introduced its IC Manage Views storage acceleration software--a version aware, virtual file system that presents complete workspaces views, while only transferring data on demand to a local file cache.
Avago, TriQuint settle litigation
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5/15/2012   Post a comment
Rival analog and mixed-signal chip vendors Avago Technologies and TriQuint Semiconductor announced a patent cross-licensing agreement and agreement to dismiss all related litigation between them.
QuickLogic enhances viewability of “Pop Video”
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5/15/2012   5 comments
Visual Enhancement Engine (VEE) delivers improved content viewability in all lighting conditions for Pico Projector for use with iPhone and iPod Touch
Fast models of MIPS’ new Aptiv-generation processor cores from Imperas
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5/15/2012   Post a comment
Released by Imperas and Open Virtual Platforms (OVP), these fast processor models have been developed under the MIPS-Verified program.
Open Virtual Platforms Selected by EU research project
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5/15/2012   Post a comment
OVP ease-of-use fast processor model of ARM processor key in decision process
Microsemi attains QML Class V qualification for space FPGAs
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5/15/2012   2 comments
Newly-qualified radiation-tolerant RTAX-S/SL FPGAs available now
EMC buys memory IT startup for reported $430M
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5/15/2012   2 comments
Enterprise IT hardware, software and services provider EMC has acquired XtremIO, a three-year old Israeli startup that develops flash memory technology for storage infrastructure, reportedly for $430 million.
IHS: Apple iOS to reassert tablet dominance in 2012
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5/15/2012   8 comments
Apple's iOS operating system is expected to reassert commanding leadership of the worldwide tablet space in 2012, following a temporary dip in market share in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
SMIC gets government backing for second Beijing fab
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5/15/2012   Post a comment
Chinese foundry SMIC said its Beijing subsidiary reached a deal with the Beijing municipal government that will result in a second 300-mm fab in Beijing.
Cadence forges closer links between verification components
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5/15/2012   1 comment
For a long time, it has been said that verification gets no respect. Aspects of this continue to be true, but tool development keeps heading forward…
Cadence releases IP to support NVMe standard
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5/15/2012   Post a comment
The controller used in the Cadence NVM Express solution supports advanced command management, data tiering and hardware command acceleration...
CWCDS debuts rugged Xilinx Kintex-based FPGA XMC cards
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5/15/2012   Post a comment
The new Kintex-7 FPGA-based XF07 XMC cards from Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) combine Xilinx’s new Kintex-7 devices with CWCDS’ new XMC modular block architecture.
Satin to introduce automated design monitoring at DAC 2012
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5/14/2012   Post a comment
The folks at Satin Technologies have a painful problem (and it's not one you can make go away by rubbing cream on it).
Qualcomm moves to No. 5 in chip sales
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5/14/2012   6 comments
Just over three years after slipping into the top 10 in chip sales for the first time, fabless chip vendor Qualcomm moved to the No. 5 position in the fist quarter, surpassing Texas Instruments and others, according to IC Insights.
STMicroelectronics and IS2T Perfect Java Platform for STM32
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5/14/2012   Post a comment
Design tool collaboration with Java specialist brings up-to-the-minute look and feel to appliances and industrial electronics.
Active Thunderbolt cables get transceiver, power management IC support
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5/14/2012   Post a comment
Intersil ISL37231, ISL80083 enable next-generation consumer active-PC cables
Transphorm delivers more 600-V GaN power components
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5/13/2012   5 comments
Power transistor startup Transphorm has produced gallium-nitride on silicon components with a breakdown voltage of 600-V.
Ailing Bauer resigns as Infineon CEO
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5/13/2012   3 comments
Peter Bauer (shown), CEO of chip maker Infineon Technologies, will step down at the end September for health reasons.
Applied to cut jobs, move solar manufacturing to Asia
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5/11/2012   24 comments
Applied Materials will cut about 250 jobs and relocate manufacturing for its solar wafer systems from Switzerland to Asia, the company said in a regulatory filing.
Nvidia sees strong sales increase in Q2
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5/11/2012   1 comment
Graphics chip vendor Nvidia reported better-than-expected sales for its fiscal first quarter, ended April 29, and said it expects sales to increase significantly in the second quarter.
Four reasons why MIPS new cores may make it relevant again
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5/11/2012   18 comments
Here’s the $64,000 question is: If you are already an ARM licensee (most likely you are, if you are in the mobile market), why even consider licensing MIPS now?
MIPS challenges ARM's Cortex with Aptiv launch
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5/11/2012   5 comments
In a move reminiscent of ARM's three-tiered Cortex product launch, processor IP licensor MIPS has introduced three families of Aptiv processor cores.
TI donates $2.2 million for UC Berkeley design lab
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5/11/2012   5 comments
Texas Instruments said it donated $2.2 million to the University of California-Berkeley to revamp the school's electronic design laboratory.
Toshiba backs LED firm Bridgelux
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5/11/2012   2 comments
LED developer Bridgelux said Japan's Toshiba made an equity investment in the firm of undisclosed size.
International Rectifier Gen. 1 COOLiRIGBT AUIRGC655A1N0, AUIRGC65A20N0, AUIRGC65G20N0 IGBTs
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5/11/2012   Post a comment
IR has introduced ultra-fast switching, rugged 600V high frequency IGBTs for automotive power supply applications.
IDT 4M piezoelectric MEMS oscillators
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5/11/2012   2 comments
Integrated Device Technology has announced what it claims to be the world's first crystal free piezoelectric MEMS LVDS/LVPECL oscillators for high-performance communications, consumer, cloud, and industrial applications.
Microsemi APT40GR120B, APT40GR120S and APT40GR120B2D30 NPT IGBTs
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5/11/2012   Post a comment
Microsemi introduced the first in a series of new generation 1200 V non-punch through IGBTs.
Cirrus Logic CS163X LED controllers
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5/10/2012   Post a comment
Cirrus Logic's newest digital LED controller features two-color mixing for efficient, high-quality light and near 100 percent triac dimmer compatibility.
ST's new STM32 F0 MCUs target budget apps
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5/10/2012   1 comment
STMicroelectronics has begun volume production of its 32-bit STM32 F0 microcontroller series.
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