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AMD's Barcelona hits 2 GHz in August
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6/29/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices said it will ship in Barcelona, the industry's first native quad-core x86 processor, in August running at up to 2 GHz.
DC motor driver integrates Hall sensor for commutation
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Allegro MicroSystems has introduced a full-bridge motor driver designed to drive low-voltage bipolar brushless DC motors. This single-chip A1442 motor driver eliminates the need for any external support components.
Mosaid exits semi IP business
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Following a management shakeup, Mosaid Technologies Inc. has decided to divest the assets of its semiconductor intellectual property product business.
Micron faces layoffs, capex cuts
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Following a huge loss and a memory downturn, Micron Technology Inc. has cut its capital spending for fiscal 2008 and announced plans for a workforce reduction.
James Bond playing card firm set to market plastic memory in 2008
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Surely James Bond would never have anything to do with marked cards but now the company that supplied the playing cards used in the film 'Casino Royale' is going to add plastic memory to its products.
Philips sells stake in GaAs foundry Ommic
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6/29/2007   Post a comment
Continuing its strategy of divesting non-core activities, Royal Philips Electronics has sold, for an undisclosed sum, its controlling stake in French wafer supplier Ommic S.A.S to Financiere Victoire.
Infineon HDD read channel exceeds 3 Gbit/s
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Infineon claims it has demonstrated functionality and data rates in a read hard disk drive read channel exceeding 3 Gbit/s. The read/write channel IC is a result of a cooperation with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.
SATS market grew by 26.5% in '06 , says Gartner
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The global semiconductor contract assembly and test services (SATS) market grew by 26.5 percent in 2006 and reached $19.2 billion according to Gartner, Inc. Outsourcing's share rose to 43.5 percent of the total semiconductor packaging market.
Print head and LCD driver delivers fast switching
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Supertex has introduced a 32-channel, serial-to-parallel converter with high voltage, push-pull outputs. The HV610 driver IC is aimed at high-speed printers and LCD displays
Icera takes HSDPA lead, says report
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6/29/2007   Post a comment
Independent research suggests that British wireless technology specialist Icera's HSDPA device and chipset outperform parts from much larger rivals such as Qualcomm and Ericsson Mobile Platforms in terms of data throughput for commercially available devices.
Video filter extends battery life for handheld devices
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Intersil has introduced the ISL59118, a 9-MHz, dual-channel, low-pass filter that eliminates video glitch noise associated with the use of video DACs.
Contact-less switch operates in 1.65- to 3-V range for portables
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Handset component supplier Diodes Inc. has launched the AH1884, a contact-less switch for small portable applications.
AMC reference platform runs Freescale dual-core PowerPC in target mode
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GDA's Advanced Mezzanine Card or AMC offers Freescale's leading-edge MPC8641D on a high-performance industry-standard platform running seamlessly in target mode and supported with Linux source code.
Atmel samples ARM-based secure MCU for embedded systems
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6/29/2007   Post a comment
Atmel is sampling the AT91SC192192CT-USB, a flash-based, ARM SC100 powered, secure microcontroller that features 192 Kbytes of flash program memory, 192 Kbytes of high-performance EEPROM (fast erase/write time, high endurance) and 24 Kbytes of RAM.
Op amp pair offers 5- to 16-V operating range
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6/29/2007   Post a comment
Analog Devices' latest precision operational amplifiers (op amps) deliver a combination of accuracy, power efficiency and versatility with a wide 5-V to 16-V operating range for an assortment of industrial, medical and consumer applications.
16-Mbit, 32-Mbit serial flash memories hit the market in volume
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6/29/2007   Post a comment
Aimed at the computer, networking and consumer sectors, Winbond has available in production quantities 16-Mbit and 32-Mbit serial flash memories that feature a serial peripheral interface to support both Single-SPI and Dual-SPI operation. The memory maker is working on bringing to market a new serial flash family that will offer Quad-SPI with six times the transfer rate of standard serial flash.
IR rolls 120-W Class D audio amp reference design
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6/28/2007   Post a comment
IR's 120-W Class D audio power amplifier reference design shows designers how to reduce PCB space by 50 percent for the entire mid-voltage range of mid- and high-power amplifiers.
Charge pump offers three-bank LED driver design
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Sipex has released a 7-channel, charge-pump based light management unit (LMU) designed for mobile display and keypad LED backlighting.
Ethernet group may bless 40, 100G paths
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A group trying to chart the future of Ethernet is expected to propose at key July meeting in San Francisco a plan to set standards both for 40 and 100 Gbit/second versions of the technology to meet the diverging needs of computer and communication companies.
Load switches provide up to 2 A current-limit protection
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Fairchild introduces the FPF250X series, a family of IntelliMAX load switches with input voltages ranging from 4.5 V up to 20 V. These highly integrated devices provide full protection against potentially damaging over-current conditions impacting low-power designs.
LDO regulators are housed in SOT-23 package
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6/28/2007   Post a comment
Catalyst Semiconductor has announced two additions to its recently released low dropout (LDO) regulator product line. The CAT6217 and CAT6218 LDO regulators source 150 mA and 300 mA output currents, respectively, in a SOT-23 package.
Five chipmakers control 32% of manufacturing, says analyst
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Samsung, TSMC, Intel, Toshiba, and UMC had the five largest shares of the world's chip manufacturing capacity at the end of 2006, with a combined capacity of just over 2.9 million 200-mm equivalent wafer per month.
Low-power limiting post amplifier targets SFP transceivers
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Micrel launched the SY88973BL, a low-power limiting post amplifier that is designed for use in fiber optic receivers.
Qimonda DIMMs aim at high-end servers
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With its 8-GByte DDR2 FB-DIMM modules, Qimonda claims to be the first in the industry to offer this high memory density. Probably more important could be the vendor's second claim: The devices are said to dissipate up to 45 percent less power, compared with existing solutions.
secureAVR MCU targets banking SDA market, small ID programs
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6/28/2007   Post a comment
Atmel has replaced its AT90SC6404RT chip with the AT90SC9604RU secure microcontroller that it designed with additional ROM memory to allow its customers to implement sophisticated applications such as CPA (Common Platform Application) for the EMV banking, SDA (Static Data Authentication) market.
ST readies chips for Sirius' in-vehicle TV receiver
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STMicroelectronics NV announced it has developed a digital broadcasting chipset for Sirius Backseat TV, a TV service that delivers live TV from family TV networks to the video screens of select vehicles.
ST unveils front-end measurement ICs
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European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV has launched a family of energy-metering integrated circuits (ICs) that is claimed to implement a complete meter system without requiring any other active component.
LSI sells consumer IC biz, cuts 900 jobs
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
Amid a move to cut 900 jobs -- or 13 percent of its workforce -- LSI Corp. has sold its consumer chip business to Magnum Semiconductor Inc. The transaction will be funded by private equity investment.
Extensive IP portfolio for new 90 nm Flash-based FPGA family
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Lattice announces early availability of IP portfolio to enable rapid adoption of the 90 nm LatticeXP2 Flash-based FPGA family.
Small DC motor driver suits portable applications
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
Allegro's low-voltage A3903 bi-directional DC motor driver in a small 2 x 2-mm package offers high output current and a wide operating voltage range for portable and instrumentation applications.
USB evaluation kit designed for AX5042 RF transceiver
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
AXSEM AG has announced the availability of its AX5042-EVK USB evaluation kit in North America for the AX5042 narrow-band RF transceiver.
Freescale's Mayer: growth is in green, baby boomers, connectivity
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry's global opportunities are shifting to "green everything," an aging population and broadband, ubiquitous connectivity, Freescale Semiconductor CEO Michel Mayer said during a keynote address at the company's technology forum here this week.
WirelessHD readies 60-GHz spec
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The WirelessHD group has released for final review its specification for 60-GHz radios for short range, high bandwidth home networking.
DC/DC controller connects power modules for increased load handling
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
TI introduces a single-channel version of its TPS40K stackable controller family that converts power supplies in data centers and telecommunications equipment into fully scalable, interleaved power systems with increased load handling and higher efficiency.
Cell-transistor interface clears biolectronics hurdle
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute demonstrate a cell-transistor interface that allows cells to be studied without destroying them. In the lab, the interface enabled noninvasive monitoring of serotonin levels by a computer monitoring living cells in culture.
SiBeam takes wraps off Wireless HD technology
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Gigabit wireless technology startup SiBeam Inc. has revealed some details of the 60GHz technology that it and partners in the WirelessHD consortium plan to deploy to deliver a promised gigabit per second of multimedia content wirelessly in the home.
Vodafone's WiMax creep
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
WiMax has finally crept into Vodafone Group's service repertoire. The mobile giant has just launched commercial fixed WiMax services in Malta, and has been busy acquiring licenses, testing, and investing in the technology worldwide.
Samsung sampling multistandard mobile TV chip
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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., has started sampling a multi-standard channel decoder and multi-band radio frequency tuner chipset made using its 65-nm process that it says supports almost all mobile TV standards including DVB-H/T, DAB-IP, ISDB-T, and terrestrial DMB.
ADI Engineering bases platform on Intel IXP435 network processor
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ADI Engineering announced immediate availability of a CPU module based on the Intel IXP435 network processor.
Boost controller eliminates heat sink with 97% efficiency
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp. announces the LTC3814-5, a synchronous No RSENSE step-up switching regulator controller that eliminates the boost diode and the heat sink normally required in medium to high power non-synchronous boost converters.
High pixel density projection chip offers 20,000:1 contrast ratio
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
JVC has developed what it claims is the industry's highest pixel density projection chip that will enable future 4K2K projectors to be smaller, lighter and more affordable.
Freescale launches multi-core communications platform
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Freescale Semiconductor has unveiled its Multi-core Communications Platform based on its PowerQUICC processor families. The architecture is designed to help customers more easily migrate to multi-core environments while preserving the value of legacy software investments.
Freescale's Mayer: growth is in green, baby boomers, connectivity
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6/26/2007   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry's global opportunities are shifting to "green everything," the aging population and broadband, ubiquitous connectivity, said Freescale Semiconductor CEO Michel Mayer.
New kit cuts development time for industry's latest non-volatile FPGAs
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6/26/2007   Post a comment
Xilinx delivers Spartan-3AN starter kit for rapid evaluation of consumer communication infrastructure and industrial applications.
Xilinx now shipping Spartan-3A DSP FPGAs in production
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The Spartan-3A DSP-focused FPGA platform from Xilinx offers 20 GMACs for under $30 for a wide range of low cost, data intensive applications.
Applications processor optimized for mobile consumer and industrial apps
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Freescale is offering its ARM9-driven i.MX27 processor for designers who are looking for high resolution video, security, design flexibility, power management and re-use in one general-purpose multimedia applications processor.
Freescale's platform pitch: Lose the remote
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6/26/2007   Post a comment
Freescale says its entertainment control platform obsoletes today's remote controls, replacing them with controllers and controlled consumer electronic devices that wirelessly communicate among themselves.
Zarlink buys Legerity for $134 million
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6/26/2007   Post a comment
Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Legerity Holdings Inc., a developer and supplier of communications ICs, for $134.5 million in cash.
Mobilygen fields H.264 codecs to turn on flash-based TV
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6/26/2007   Post a comment
Fabless chip company Mobilygen (Santa Clara, Calif.) is betting its new family of next-generation H.264 codecs, in tandem with swiftly sinking prices for solid-state memory, will spur development of such products as TVs that can accomplish "pause" and "instant replay" of broadcast programming without a hard drive.
Vishay set to grab Infineon's crown in power semis
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6/26/2007   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies is in danger of losing its leading position as the world's largest supplier of power semiconductors (discretes and modules) this year according to market watcher IMS Research.
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