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Imagination licenses graphics IP to Taiwanese group
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England), a licensor of graphics processing cores, has sealed another licensing deal for its Power SGX graphics processor IP, this time with Taiwanese fabless group MediaTek.
Samsung, Toshiba renew NAND patent pact
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. and Toshiba Corp. have extended their patent cross licensing deal related to NAND memories.
Freescale claims billionth sensor shipped
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor's micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) division acquired from Motorola has produced its one billionth sensor chips after 30 years since its founding in 1980.
Graphene said to outperform copper interconnects
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
Carbon interconnects form from sheets of graphene will outperform copper interconnects below 30 nanometer sizes according to the Georgia Institute of Technology.
UPDATE: B'com, Toshiba win sockets in iPhone 3GS
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
Teardowns of the third generation Apple iPhone reveal a more integrated—and probably lower cost--handset thanks in part to new design wins for Broadcom and Toshiba that caused one analyst to quip the 'S' in the iPhone 3GS may stand for savings.
Industry insiders, EE Times editors on Moore's Law
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6/19/2009   2 comments
Another prediction about the demise of Moore's Law, this one from market research firm iSuppli, has the industry talking. Here's what industry insiders and some EE Times editors have to say.
Broadcom again extends deadline on Emulex offer
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
Broadcom extended the deadline on its $964 million tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Emulex until July 1, saying that only about 2.3 million of the 82.6 million outstanding shares of Emulex had been tendered.
Watch Out: WAPI is back on the Wi-Fi agenda
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6/19/2009   4 comments
WAPI, the controversial Made-in-China wireless LAN security protocol that the government tried to force companies to adopt three years ago as a de facto standard, is being re-submitted to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for consideration as a global standard.
Miserable Q1 sales for semis, says ISuppi
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
Global chip sales in the first quarter declined to $44.3 billion, down 18.8 percent from $54.5 billion in the fourth quarter, and a decline of 33.8 percent from $66.8 billion in the first quarter of 2008, according to market tracker iSuppli.
Technosoft : Intelligent servo drive satisfies high power needs
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
ISD720 is an intelligent servo drive developed by Technosoft for high power needs and cost-sensitive applications.
Texas Instruments : Integrated load switch has controlled turn-on
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced a family of integrated load switches with controlled turn-on and quick output discharge to simplify subsystem load management.
Xilinx sponsors Peking University-UCLA research program
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6/18/2009   Post a comment
Xilinx said it would donate more than $500,000 worth of the company's flagship Virtex FPGA development systems and electronic design software to a new Joint Research Institute of Science and Engineering by China's Peking University and the University of California-Los Angeles.
TV chips seen poised for growth after rough Q1
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6/18/2009   Post a comment
Revenue from semiconductors used in televisions is projected to rise to $13.9 billion in 2013, up from $9 billion in 2008, despite a projected decline for 2009, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Downconverting mixer debuts for WCS, LTE, WiMAX, and MMDS base stations
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6/18/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' fully integrated, 2000MHz to 3900MHz downconverting mixer features an on-chip LO buffer.
Keynote: Help is on the way for multicore software
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6/18/2009   2 comments
Help is on the way for programmers trying to wrestle greater performance from multicore processors, but the big leaps forward in parallel programming are still in the labs, according to a keynoter at the Multicore Virtual Conference.
LCD-TV sales seen surging in Europe
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6/18/2009   Post a comment
Sales of LCD-TVs will surge in most European countries this year, indicating a recovery in the EU countries' economic activity, according to market research group iSuppli Corp.
32 GB DDR3 memory module targets low-power server operations
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6/18/2009   Post a comment
Aimed at server systems, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has developed a 32 Gigabyte (GB) DDR3 module that operates at 1.35-volts in support of the global trend to cut power usage in mass storage computing environments.
Active cable IC startup supports HDMI 1.4
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6/18/2009   Post a comment
Irish fabless chip startup RedMere Technology confirmed the availability of silicon to support new active cable designs for the high definition multimedia interface specification version 1.4 .
Silicon Labs lifts Q2 outlook
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
Mixed-signal IC vendor Silicon Laboratories lifted its second quarter revenue and earnings outlook, citing stronger-than-expected sales of new products, access and audio broadcast products.
CPUs gear up for--and some avoid--Hot Chips
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
The preliminary program for the annual Hot Chips conference says a lot about the state of the microprocessor industry both for what's on it, and for what's not in the latest server, mobile and graphics processors and the increasingly parallel software to drive them.
Freescale ColdFire processor cores available for eASIC's Nextreme NEW ASICs
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
Fabless ASIC vendor eASIC announced the immediate availability of Freescale's 32-bit V1 and V2 ColdFire processor cores for eASIC's Nextreme NEW ASICs.
Movidia licenses SD IP from Arasan
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
Fabless chip group Movidia (Dublin, Ireland) , which focuses on mobile video processors optimized for capturing and editing audio and video clips by users on a mobile phone and other consumer electronics equipment, is licensing IP from cores specialist Arasan Chip Systems, Inc.(San Jose, Calif.) for its next generation SoC.
Is that a penguin in your pocket or...
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6/17/2009   1 comment
In which we ponder some dreadful puns, a penguin mouse, Fawlty Towers (and John Cleese's middle name), a rather cool virtual jukebox, and...
Ricoh : Dual, 150-mA LDOs have shared or individual inputs
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
Ricoh introduces two types of dual 150-mA high performance LDOs, both combining significant circuit board savings with remarkable individual features.
SiliconBlue offers 'turbo' version of mobile FPGA family
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
SiliconBlue Technologies Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.), has announced the availability of a version of its iCE65 family of FPGAs that the company claims is 65 percent faster than the original family.
High isolation broadband switches target WiMAX, WiFI, antenna tuning and cellular infrastructure
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices have added four new high isolation broadband switches to their RF component portfolio: the RF3021, RF3023, RF3024 and RF3025
Torex : LI-Ion battery charger IC offers constant-current, constant-voltage modes
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
Torex introduces the XC6802 series of linear charger ICs for single cell lithium-ion batteries.
Competition heats up in smart-cards
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
Competition in the smart card market remains as fierce as ever for applications including SIM cards, ID, access, payment & banking cards, transportation and pay TV, according to market research group IMS (Wellingborough, England).
Letter to the editor: iSuppli predicts end of Moore's Law
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6/16/2009   Post a comment
ISuppli's prediction that Moore's Law will run out of steam for economic reasons in 2014 may well be true for consumer, commercial and industrial goods, but it would be interesting to get a bunch of industry heads together brainstorming on what kind of special applications might make use of finer geometries and justify the investment.
ISuppli: Gear costs to derail Moore's Law in 2014
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6/16/2009   5 comments
Moore's Law, which has held as the benchmark for IC scaling for more than 40 years, will cease to drive semiconductor manufacturing after 2014, when the high cost of chip manufacturing equipment will catch up with the industry and make it economically unfeasible to do volume production of devices with feature sizes smaller than 18 nanometers, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Two-stage LNAs deliver high linearity and minimize system noise figure
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6/16/2009   Post a comment
Skyworks Solutions has introduced several 2-stage, ultra low noise amplifiers (LNA) with high linearity performance, namely the SKY65037-360LF, operating from 0.7 to 1.2 GHz, and the SKY65040-360LF, operating from 1.5 to 2.4 GHz.
Trio set to demo femtocell interoperability
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6/16/2009   Post a comment
Three leading players in the emerging femtocells business, chip designer picoChip, mobile packet core router provider Starent Networks Corp., and Continuous Computing, have collaborated on what they suggest is the first demonstration of the latest 3GPP Iuh standard.
Nemotek starts wafer level packaging in Morocco
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6/16/2009   Post a comment
Nemotek Technologie, the Rabat, Morocco-based company readying production of wafer level lenses and cameras , has qualified the first parts at its newly built manufacturing and packaging facility, and expects to start shipping devices in the fourth quarter of this year.
Tundra Semi shareholders OK acquisition by IDT
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
Shareholders of Tundra Semiconductor Corp. voted to approve the firm's acquisition by a wholly owned subsidiary of Integrated Device Technology.
SiliconBlue launches 'turbo' iCE65 mobile FPGAs
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
FPGA startup SiliconBlue Technologies announced the availability of a high-speed "turbo" option for its iCE65 mobileFPGA family.
NXP claims data converters are first to support JEDEC JESD204A serial interface
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
NXP has started to sample high-speed data converters featuring the new JEDEC JESD204A serial interface standard to lead customers.
Cypress : Programmable clock generators have ultra-low phase jitter
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor introduces the FleXO family of programmable high-performance clock generators.
Cypress PSoCs claim superior analog, digital performance
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor introduced two new PSoC programmable system-on-chips with enhanced analog and digital performance.
Texas Instruments : Step-down dc-dc converter supports up to 17 V
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
Extending its family of easy-to-use SWIFT power management ICs, Texas Instruments claims the industry’s smallest single-chip, 6-A, 17-V step-down synchronous switcher with integrated FETs.
Investment saves RadioScape's broadcast business
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
RadioScape Ltd, the developer of software and modules for digital broadcasting gear, has been bought out of administration by un-named investors, and will now focus on its professional broadcast technology.
RF Micro : Linear power amplifier is designed for WiFi and WiMAX
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
The RF5602 is a high-power, high-efficiency and high-linearity 2 GHz power amplifier designed for medium power applications including consumer premises equipment (CPE) and access point (AP) applications for WiFi and WiMAX.
Lattice releases Service Pack 2 for ispLever 7.2 design tool suite
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor announced the availability of Service Pack 2 for Version 7.2 of the company's ispLever FPGA design tool suite, the flagship design environment for the latest Lattice products.
Imagination sparks up video codec line-up
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
Mulitmedia processor technology licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England) will embed the Spark video decoder from Sorenson Media (San Diego, Calif.) in future versions of its Power VR VXD video decoder IP cores.
BOARDS - ECONA CNS2135 ARM processor provides high performance for networks and storage
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6/12/2009   Post a comment
Cavium Networks has introduced the ECONA CNS2135 ARM SOC solution for small form factor and low power network and storage applications, along with the CNS2135-TK module, a ready-to-use compact dongle module that enables quick implementation of network download stations with minimal development cost and time.
Author of Digital Britain blueprint set to leave government
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6/12/2009   Post a comment
Lord (Stephen) Carter, the man brought in some eight months ago to beef up the U.K.'s communications and media industry policy and who is due to present his long awaited and much anticipated Digital Britain report next week, is set to leave the government soon after the document is published.
Actel cuts second quarter sales target
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6/12/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Actel cut its second quarter sales guidance, saying it now expects to report revenue of between $44.1 million and $46 million, a decline of 5 to 9 percent compared to the first quarter.
Lattice : FPGA family is automotive-qualified
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6/12/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor has announced an automotive temperature qualified (AEC-Q100) low-cost Chip Scale 132 BGA (ball grid array) packaging for its non-volatile LatticeXP2 FPGA family.
Rambus, EC close on patent dispute deal
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6/12/2009   Post a comment
Rambus (Los Altos, Calif.) has agreed to cut its royalties on some parts to settle a long running and high-profile dispute with European antitrust regulators and will thus avoid paying a fine.
Skyworks unveils 2-stage low noise amplifiers with high linearity
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6/12/2009   Post a comment
Fabricated using Skyworks' advanced pHEMT process, the small and cost-effective products serve a number of demanding receiver applications, including global positioning systems (GPS), satellite digital audio radio services, WCDMA and LTE infrastructure platforms, and ISM base stations, repeaters and access points.
Peregrine expands UltraCMOS digital step attenuator line
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6/11/2009   Post a comment
Peregrine's 50Ω series UltraCMOS 5- and 6-bit DSAs feature high broadband linearity and a serial-addressable CMOS control interface.
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