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ViASIC introduces 2-mask standard-metal structured ASIC fabric
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6/30/2006   Post a comment
ViASIC have introduced a new standard metal structured ASIC fabric intended for use in reconfigurable SOC designs.
Qimonda delivers DDR3 SO-DIMM samples to ATI for future notebooks
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6/30/2006   Post a comment
Qimonda AG has delivered sample quantities of its new Double Data Rate 3 Small Outline Dual In-line Memory Module to 3D graphics supplier ATI.
Spartan recall could cost Xilinx $30 million, analyst says
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6/30/2006   Post a comment
An analyst said Xilinx' recent Spartan-3 recall is a material issue and could cost Xilinx $20 million to $30 million in revenue.
Toshiba to license Staktek's NAND flash
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6/30/2006   Post a comment
Staktek Holdings Inc. has agreed to license its NAND flash memory stacking technologies to Japan-based Toshiba Corp., under an agreement that runs through 2008.
High density FPGA prototype for space-bound systems cuts design risk
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6/30/2006   Post a comment
Aimed at space-bound systems, Actel's four million-gate RTAX4000S FPGA prototype enables designers to obtain the same architecture, density and timing properties, and packaging options offered by space flight-quality RTAX-S devices, without the added costs of MIL-STD 883 qualification and hermetically sealed packaging.
NAND to invade PCs, analyst says
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6/30/2006   Post a comment
The combination of Microsoft's forthcoming Vista operating system and initiatives sponsored by big-name IC suppliers like Intel and Samsung Electronics will result in NAND flash memory being designed as a cache between PC hard drives and main memory, according to a new report by market research firm Semico Research.
Renesas expanding Vietnam design subsidiary
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6/30/2006   Post a comment
Japanese chip maker Renesas Technology plans to expand capability at its Vietnam design subsidiary, adding a new building and increasing the number of engineers at the site to 500 from 100, the company said.
Polysilicon shortages seen curbing semi growth
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6/29/2006   Post a comment
An undersupply of polysilicon could cause semiconductor market growth to fall short of WSTS estimates this year and possibly stagnate in 2007, according to an analyst with Tokyo market research firm J-Star Global Inc.
Buck regulator for portables offers four output-voltage options
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6/29/2006   Post a comment
Semtech Corp.'s SC194A 1-amp DC/DC buck regulator provides a digitally programmable 1- to 1.8-volt output for portable applications.
Atmel's AVR32 gets $499 development kit support
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6/29/2006   Post a comment
Atmel is offering a $499 "program-and-go" development kit based on its AVR32-based AP7000 family of 32-bit digital signal controllers for multimedia, point-of-sale and small office/home office applications.
Monolithic quad-band GSM/GPRS PA debuts in CMOS
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6/29/2006   Post a comment
Stemming from breakthrough technology developed at the California Institute of Technology, cellphone device supplier Axiom Microdevices says it's sampling a patented quad-band CMOS-based PA that will give you access to the advantages of mainstream CMOS instead of GaAs. This device should help make cellphone design smaller and more highly integrated.
Watchdog timer touts automotive edge
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6/29/2006   Post a comment
EM Microelectronic says its EM6152, EM6152A, and EM6153 are the only system power ICs for automotive applications that incorporate a multi-mode windowed watchdog timer, reset logic, and 5-volt, 400-mA LDO.
Fujitsu Microelectronics launches mobile WiMAX SoC
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6/29/2006   Post a comment
Fully IEEE 802.16e-2005 compliant, the SoC optimizes performance and power consumption.
Pre-matched PAs serve WiMAX applications
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6/29/2006   Post a comment
RF components supplier Mimix Broadband rolls out samples of internally pre-matched PAs designed for linear WiMAX applications. Its surface-mount plastic-packaged PAs are slated for operation in 700-MHz, 2.5-GHz, and 3.5-GHz circuits.
Simtek raises Q2 guidance
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6/29/2006   Post a comment
Nonvolatile static RAM supplier Simtek Corp. announced that revenue for the quarter ended June 30, 2006 are expected to exceed $6.0 million, topping the high end of the company's previous guidance.
Ness, Pulsic set up India development center
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6/29/2006   Post a comment
Global IT solutions provider Ness Technologies Inc. has established an extended development center (EDC) with Pulsic Ltd., a supplier of physical design solutions for analog, mixed signal and custom digital design. The development center is located at Ness' facility in Bangalore, India.
Dual UART rolls with 16-Mbits/s data rate
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6/29/2006   Post a comment
Exar claims that its latest UART product family dubbed the XR16V2x5x series is the first to support a data rate of 16-Mbits/s.
Reference design optimizes six-channel, Class D audio amp
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6/29/2006   Post a comment
International Rectifier's IRAUDAMP3 Class D audio reference design is a complete six-channel, 120-watt half-bridge Class D audio power amplifier.
Updated: Xilinx issues Spartan-3 recall
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
Programmable logic supplier Xilinx has issued what appears to be a sizeable recall of Spartan-3, Spartan-3E and Spartan-3L FPGAs made between early September 2005 and late April of this year, according to a posting on the company's Web site.
HiFn to close design facility, cut 22% of workforce
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
Security chip provider Hifn plans to close its Carlsbad, Calif. facility and reduce its overall workforce by about 22 percent, the company said.
Italian mobile TV provider has signals covered
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
Technology companies involved in the ballyhooed launch of mobile TV launch are scrambling behind the scenes to gather data on "real-world" broadcast reception.
Secure processor touts integrated RFID
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
Broadcom's BCM5890 secure processor with integrated radio frequency identification technology is designed to secure personal authentication transactions associated with physical access, logical access (into a PC or network) and contactless payment applications.
Chartered joins alliance to commercialize photonic chips
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
Chartered Semiconductor hopes to leverage a new alliance with a Singapore research agency and a U.S photonics specialist to move high-performance photonic chips into mass production.
AMD, IBM climb in latest supercomputer rankings
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
AMD and IBM Corp. are on the rise while Intel Corp. declined slightly in its dominance of microprocessor technology in the latest rankings of the top 500 supercomputer systems.
European groups hover around ZigBee
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
Two European heavyweights — ST Microelectronics and Schneider Electric — have joined the ZigBee Alliance’s board of directors, increasing their involvement with the wireless sensor and home control networks effort.
Lighting management unit ICs drive up to 20 LEDs
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
National Semiconductor's LP3958 and LP5526 lighting management units (LMUs), for cell phones and other handheld devices, control up to 20 series-connected LEDs in display backlights, and keypad, RGB and camera flash LEDs.
TI targets digital power conversion with DSP controllers
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
Targeting digital power conversion, TI's new TMS320F28015 and F28016 controllers offer 60MHz of performance starting as low as $3.25. TI also offers a new Digital Power Development Kit, supported by hardware and software.
Dual-channel logarithmic detector IC to measure and control RF signals
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of of an RFIC that works from 1-MHz out to 10-GHz, comprising a dual detector/controller. When it debuts in quantity later this year, the 6-stage demodulating chip will be able to be used to closely measure and control gain across a transmitter and receiver signal path, letting it serve in AGC circuits, power-level control circuits, and even to measure VSWR.
Fairchild refinances debt
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has completed the refinancing of its senior credit facility.
Wireless startup debuts VoIP evaluation kit
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
Wireless startup xG Technology LLC has started sampling a simulation kit for companies to evaluate the performance of its first product using proprietary wireless broadband technology.
Marvell buys Intel's handheld processor unit for $600 million
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
Struggling Intel Corp. agreed to sell its communications and application processor business to Marvell Technology, a storage, communications and chip developer, for $600 million.
Wintegra IPO finally hits the street
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
Communications chip developer Wintegra Inc. will launch its IPO.
Samsung doubles flash memory performance
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics said it has developed a 2-gigabit OneNAND flash memory chip based on 60-nm process technology, claiming it is the world's fastest memory device.
Nokia, G&D form Near Field Comms venture
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
Nokia is forming a joint venture with Giesecke & Devrient , a specialist developer of smart cards, to develop applications and management systems for use with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.
ClearSpeed, IBM extend supercomputer collaboration
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
ClearSpeed Technology and IBM have extended their partnership for building powerful supercomputer installations by integrating ClearSpeed Advance accelerator boards into the IBM System Cluster 1350 range of computers.
TI touts fastest 16-bit successive-approximation ADC
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments ADS8422 sets claim to the industry's fastest 16-bit successive-approximation ADC - at 4 MSPS, it's 33 percent faster than the nearest competitive device, according to the company.
Vcom calibrator chip for TFT-LCDs cuts production costs
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6/26/2006   Post a comment
Speeding the production process, Intersil Corporation's ISL45041 is a programmable Vcom calibrator with 7-bit EEPROM and data bus interface for setting the backplane common voltage in TFT-LCDs during panel assembly and test.
USB 2.0 programmable chip accelerates music file download in handsets
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6/26/2006   Post a comment
Cypress has developed what it claims is the world's first 1.8-V Hi-Speed USB 2.0 programmable microcontroller dubbed the MoBL-USB FX2LP18 that can enable cell phones to download music files in about two to three seconds compared with existing devices that take up to 30 to 40 seconds. And it can do this without compromising battery life.
Audio DSP aims for home theater, automotive apps
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6/26/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments 8-channel TAS3108 audio DSP enables up to 7.1-channel processing in digital TVs, home theater-in-a-box systems, and automotive head units and external amplifiers. The device perform five simultaneous instructions per clock cycle and operates at 135MHz, providing a maximum of 675 MIPS.
128 MByte DDR2 SDRAM module touts low power ECC
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6/26/2006   Post a comment
White Electronic Designs' 128 MByte DDR2 SDRAM module consists of three 32Mx16 bit DDR2 Synchronous DRAMs in FBGA
Digital PA developer nets $30 million in C round
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6/26/2006   Post a comment
PulseWave RF, a developer of digital power amplifiers for cellular basestations, formerly known as PropheSi Technologies, has closed a $30 million Series C funding round led by Oak Investment Partners.
Broadcom's Bluetooth enables Moto's Q phone
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6/26/2006   Post a comment
The Smartphone version of Broadcom's latest Bluetooth silicon and software has been designed in to the Q phones that Motorola is about to start shipping in global markets.
CMOS UV PROM family offers pin-for-pin replacements for Cypress units
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6/26/2006   Post a comment
QP Semiconductor's CMOS UV PROMS boast low-power consumption and high speeds to 15 ns. The devices are complete redesigns of popular Cypress high-speed PROMs.
PIC controllers boost next-generation digital power
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6/26/2006   Post a comment
Product Review - Taking digital power supply technology to the next level, Microchip Technology's dsPIC digital signal controller (DSC) family is designed to maintain the generality and flexibility of a DSP solution (versus a dedicated controller) without the accompanying high overhead.
Intel wows with dual-mode WiMax chip
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6/26/2006   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is set to announce a client chipset that supports both the fixed and mobile versions of the WiMax wireless broadband technology.
Tool suite hits the market for 65-nm Virtex-5 FPGAs
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6/26/2006   Post a comment
Xilinx's 8.2i Integrated Software Environment (ISE) tool suite supports its line of 65-nm Virtex-5 domain-optimized FPGAs. Leveraging the high-performance features of the Virtex-5 ExpressFabric technology, the ISE 8.2i design environment boosts performance by 30% compared with previous-generation FPGAs.
Qimonda seeks momentum in memory market
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
The word 'Qimonda' stands for breathing and flowing energy, and it is that philosophy the memory spinoff company from Infineon is using in an attempt to grab a major share of the memory market.
ST moving set-top box chip to 65nm
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
After a sluggish 2005 that marked a dip in its once-dominant share of the set-top market, STMicroelectronics is back to "kicking butt," according to Christos Lagomichos, vice president, general manager of ST's Home Entertainment Group.
Video filter ICs turn on with the signal
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
Maxim says its MAX9508/MAX9512 are the world's first standard-definition video filter-amp ICs equipped with intelligent power management electronics.
Half-bridge chip set for isolated DC/DCs delivers 90% efficiency
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
Vishay's 500-kHz half-bridge chip set, comprising a DC/DC controller and synchronous rectifier driver, offer an efficiency of greater than 90 percent for isolated DC/DC converters - even for output voltages below 3.3 volts.
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