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Report: Analyst upgrades AMD despite price war
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
A Merrill Lynch analyst upgraded the stock of microprocessor supplier Advanced Micro Devices Inc. to neutral from sell, but cautioned about competitive challenges facing the company, according to an Associated Press report.
Clock buffer devices feature programmable skew, termination
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
Lattice expanded its ispClock5300S family of in-system programmable, zero-delay, single-ended clock buffer devices with the production release of 8- and 4-output chips.
Single-chip home gateway supports triple-play services
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
The Danube ADSL2+ chip from Infineon enables home-gateway systems to support triple-play services, including VoIP, video-conferencing and IPTV, using 60% fewer chips than competitive products.
HVIC controller improves resonant half-bridge supplies
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6/22/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' L6599 controller for series-resonant half-bridge topologies facilitates smaller, more efficient, and lower noise resonant converters.
Capacitor-free LDO has 1 percent accuracy
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6/22/2006   Post a comment
Holding stable with or without an output capacitor, Texas Instruments' TPS74xxx family of 1.5- and 3-amp low-dropout linear regulators (LDOs) feature 1 percent voltage regulation accuracy over line, load, and temperature.
Intel opens third 65nm plant, in Ireland
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6/22/2006   Post a comment
Intel Corp. has opened its next wafer fab in Leixlip, Ireland. It is the chip maker's third facility to use 65-nm process technology and reportedly the industry's first 65-nm production plant in Europe.

Sunplus first to license TTPCom's 3G engine
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6/22/2006   Post a comment
TTPCom Limited has revealed that Sunplus Technology Co. Ltd., a fabless IC design group based in Taiwan, has become the first licensee of CBEmacro 3G, the company’s latest version cellular baseband Engine.
Pelikon partners with Memtron for integrated displays
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6/22/2006   Post a comment
Pelikon , a spin-out from Cambridge Consultants Ltd. that develops and makes inorganic electroluminescent displays including flexible, plastic versions, has signed an integrator partnership with Memtron Input Components, the membrane switch division of U.S. group Esterline.
Variable-gain amp touts highest gain and bandwidth
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6/21/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices says its AD8336 DC-coupled variable-gain amplifer delivers the industry's highest gain and bandwidth - 100 MHz bandwidth over a gain range of 60 dB (-14 to +46 dB).
Philips rolls next-gen RFID chip for libraries
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6/21/2006   Post a comment
Royal Philips Electronics introduced a new RFID chip geared to the library industry offering enhanced, password-protected security and privacy features.
Le PDG d’Inside Contactless expose les objectifs 2006
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6/21/2006   Post a comment
Revendiquant un esprit dynamique propre aux jeunes pousses, Inside Contactless, concepteur de puces sans contact, jouit d’une croissance soutenue sur la scène internationale. Son Président-directeur général, Rémy de Tonnac, s’est exprimé laconiquement sur les attentes et objectifs à court terme de la société lors d’une récente visite d’EETimes.fr au siège à Aix-en-Provence.
Strong iPod sales to drive NAND growth, Gartner says
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6/21/2006   Post a comment
Strong growth in the market for Apple's iPod and other portable media players is expected to be a significant driver for sales of NAND flash memory in the second half of this year, according to market research firm Gartner, which is predicting a NAND shortage in the fourth quarter.
TI unveils LDO family with one percent accuracy
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6/21/2006   Post a comment
The TPS74xxx LDOs meet the sequencing requirements for high-current applications use FPGAs and TI's DSPs.
Philips targets end '06 for chips unit IPO or merger
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6/21/2006   Post a comment
Royal Philips Electronics has reiterated its intention to float or sell off a majority stake in its semiconductors division by the end of this year.
Fabless comms IC firm establishes Argentinean design center
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6/21/2006   Post a comment
Fabless communications IC provider ClariPhy Communications has completed the incorporation of its Argentinean development center near the National University of Cordoba.
Buck converter with LDO meets GSM specs
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6/21/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies' AAT2505 combines a fast-responding 600 mA step-down converter with a fast 300-mA low dropout (LDO) linear regulator for GSM handset applications.
ITC delays Actions Semi-SigmaTel patent decision
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6/20/2006   Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission has extended the target date for completion of an investigation of a patent infringement claim brought by U.S.-based SigmaTel against Chinese fabless IC provider Actions Semiconductor.
Spansion bumps 2Q guidance
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6/20/2006   Post a comment
Flash memory specialist Spansion raised its second quarter revenue guidance, saying it now expects revenue to be in the range of $605 million to $635 million.
Low-noise boost converter drives up to 10 LEDs
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6/20/2006   Post a comment
Catalyst Semiconductor points to the low-noise, fixed-frequency switching scheme and integrated over-voltage and soft-start functions in its CAT4238 boost converter, which can drive up to 10 LEDs, as key product differentiators.
1/18-inch CMOS sensor targeted at medical imaging
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6/20/2006   Post a comment
CMOS image sensor specialist OmniVision Technologies, Inc. has started sampling a 1/18-inch sensor targeted at medical diagnostic applications.
ADI completes acquisition of TTPCom's modem software IP
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6/20/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. has completed the acquisition for about $23 million of TTPCom’s GSM/GPRS mobile phone modem software operations and IP.
EL drivers cut down the noise a notch
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6/20/2006   Post a comment
Supertex' HV835 and HV857L high-voltage drivers for single and dual-segment electroluminescent (EL) lamps leverage the company's patented technology for futher cutting audible noise.
Lattice offers IP portfolio for LatticeSC Extreme FPGAs
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6/19/2006   Post a comment
Programmable logic supplier Lattice Semiconductor announced the immediate availability of an intellectual property portfolio for the LatticeSC Extreme Performance FPGA family.
Boomer audio subsystems add RF suppression
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6/19/2006   Post a comment
National Semiconductor's two new Boomer audio subsystems, the LM4946 and LM4947, integrate radio-frequency (RF) suppression technology to improve noise performance in cell phone and other portable applications.
Toshiba packs 2 GB NAND flash with SD card interface controller in multichip package
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6/19/2006   Post a comment
Toshiba's new GB multichip package incorporates two devices that add to the functionality and performance of mobile phones: a new NAND flash memory with a capacity range of up to 2GB multi-level cell NAND flash memory, and an SD card interface controller on a chip.
Integrated software development tools support Blackfin DSP
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6/19/2006   Post a comment
ADI's multimedia starter kit offers development tools for Blackfin DSP. The kit is supported by the integrated software development and debugging environment.
Callpod picks CSR chip for Bluetooth conferencing reference design
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6/19/2006   Post a comment
Callpod is also developing an ASIC to allow its technology to be directly embedded into any device.
Altera's Stratix II FPGAs provide complete IP protection solution
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6/19/2006   Post a comment
Altera claim that Stratix II devices are the industry's only high-density, high-performance FPGAs with a non-volatile design security feature.
Dual-phase PMIC extends its reach into digital-power
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6/19/2006   Post a comment
Extending its reach into next-generation power applications, Primarion's dual-phase PX7520, part of the company's Di-POL family, sets claim to the industry's first dual-phase programmable digital-power conversion and power management IC.
Automotive interface controllers support 50-Mbits/s data speeds
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6/19/2006   Post a comment
In an effort to bring higher performing multimedia systems to the automotive industry, SMSC recently launched a line of intelligent network interface controllers (INIC) called MOST50 that is capable of transmitting data at 50-Mbits/s over a single plastic optical fiber or an unshielded twisted pair of copper wires.
Intel lures India to parallel programming
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6/16/2006   Post a comment
As it is moves to multi-core processor technology, Intel Corp. is trying to get the large Indian software development community into parallel programming.
Spansion to invest $1.2 billion in 300-mm fab
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6/16/2006   Post a comment
Spansion will invest about $1.2 billion in a 300-mm fab at its Aizu plant in Japan.
Buck controller/charger delivers 300/500 mA for portables
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6/16/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's stand alone LTC4080 includes a 300-mA synchronous buck converter and USB-compatible battery charger that can deliver charge currents to 500 mA for a single-cell lithium-ion battery.
Power IC combines DC/DC step-down and charger
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6/16/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies' AAT2556 is the company's first multi-function SystemPower IC to combine a battery charger and step-down converter.
Ultrawide regulator tips consumer scales
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6/16/2006   Post a comment
Allegro's A8498 3-amp buck regulator is especially suited to consumer and industrial applications where the range of input voltages can be expected to vary widely.
GaAs LNAs to support cellphone infrastructure, WiMAX applications
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6/15/2006   Post a comment
Components supplier RF Micro Devices is in pre-production sampling of five GaAs pHEMT LNAs. They combine the bandwidth and performance necessary to support the design of highly linear WCDMA UMTS and OFDM WiMAX modulation systems.
RFMD's LNAs target WiMAX and cellular
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6/15/2006   Post a comment
RFMD's GaAs pHEMT low-noise amplifiers for GSM, CDMA, UMTS, EDGE and WiMAX offer low noise and a variety of LNA configurations.
Maxim sued over stock options investigation
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6/15/2006   Post a comment
The law firm of Finkelstein, Thompson & Loughran announced that a lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against certain officers and directors of Maxim Integrated Products Inc., resulting from allegations concerning improper backdating of Maxim options granted to Maxim employees.
RoHS-compliant GaAs amplifiers come packaged or as bare die
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6/15/2006   Post a comment
Microwave IC maker TriQuint Semiconductor is dishing up four GaAs amplifiers that should fill the bill for a variety of microwave applications. Available in packages or as bare die, these devices span the gamut from low-noise amplifiers to high power devices.
8-bit MCUs pack Ethernet MAC/PHY, flash on single chip
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6/15/2006   Post a comment
ASIX Electronics Corp.'s AX110xx family is among the first 8-bit microcontrollers to embed 10/100Mbps fast Ethernet MAC/PHY, the TCP/IP accelerator, and flash memory on a single chip.
Step-up DC/DC delivers 5 volts for portables
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6/15/2006   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems AS1321 is a high efficiency (96 percent) step-up DC/DC regulator with a fully integrated synchronous rectifier for battery powered portable applications requiring a 5-volt supply.
Stand alone supervisor simplifies sequencing
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6/15/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC2928 quad supply sequencer and supervisor simplifies monitoring, diagnosis, and configuration of turn-on and turn-off sequence.
Video deserializer gives boost to mobile multimedia processor
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6/15/2006   Post a comment
Chip giant STMicroelectronics has developed an interface IC dubbed the STCCP27A that allows multimedia processors with a legacy parallel interface to take advantage of SMIA-compliant camera modules that provide an output through the CCP serial interface.
Op amps extend high-end video applications
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6/15/2006   Post a comment
Expanding its existing high-speed, low-power op-amp portfolio, ON Semiconductor's cost-effective NCS25xx family of 500 MHz-1.4 GHz devices are designed for high definition video applications (set-top boxes, security video cameras, video switching).
Semtech delays 10-Q filing
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6/14/2006   Post a comment
Semtech Corp. has delayed filing its Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2006, past the extended June 14, 2006 due date.
Lattice Semi raises guidance
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6/14/2006   Post a comment
FPGA supplier Lattice Semiconductor Corp. has announced it expects second-quarter sales to grow 5 to 7 percent sequentially, as compared with previous guidance of 3 to 6 percent. In addition, the company expects other income of $4.0 million, up from previous guidance of $2.5 million.
NanoPolaris acquires nanotube company
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6/14/2006   Post a comment
Arrowhead Research announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary NanoPolaris has acquired the assets of Unidym, a Los Angeles-based developer of carbon nanotube-based electronics.
UWB RF silicon to deliver broadcast-quality video
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6/14/2006   Post a comment
Check out this 2-chip UWB chipset supported by reference design boards. The ICs will let you transmit near-flawless broadcast-quality video over wireless networks. It can meet the IEEE's link-reliability and MPEG packet error-rate requirements defined by Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony.
Mosaid, Infineon settle patent disputes
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6/14/2006   Post a comment
Mosaid Technologies Inc., one of the most aggressive companies in protecting its semiconductor IP, has settled its long running patent dispute with Infineon Technologies AG in a deal that sees both Infineon and its memory products spin-off, Qimonda AG, licensing the Canadian group's patent portfolio.
Unaxis takes "strategic" stake in US laser maker
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6/14/2006   Post a comment
Unaxis Optics has bought a "substantial strategic stake" in Novalux Inc., the California-based maker of solid state lasers. Terms of the deal — which includes the joint development of laser modules for mass production and its commercialization by Unaxis Optics — were not disclosed.
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