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NXP makes positive notes with debt reduction plan
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6/4/2009   Post a comment
In a trading update associated with attempts to further reduce its debt burden by purchasing notes for up to $300 million in cash, NXP Semiconductors (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) suggested that its second quarter sales could be 25 percent up on that achieved the previous three months.
CSR launches Bluetooth ROM device line
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Aimed at the Bluetooth mono headset market, the BlueCore series of ROM-based chips consists of three devices, two of which include CSR's powerful audio processing DSP core.
Innovasic Semiconductor : CAN controller replaces Intel part
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Innovasic Semiconductor has announced production units are shipping for the IA82527, a form, fit, and function replacement for the original Intel 82527 serial communications controller.
WSTS sees return to semis growth in Q1, 2010
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Global sales of semiconductors are expected to fall by 21.6 percent to $194.8 billion this year, according to revised figures from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization, who also suggest an increase next year in shipments to $209 billion, representing growth of 7.3 percent.
Update: Intel buys Wind River, targeting mobile market
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6/4/2009   1 comment
Intel Corp. has agreed to pay about $884 million for Wind River Systems Inc. as the world's biggest semiconductor company pushes for new revenue opportunities outside its core PC microprocessor market.
Researchers tout RF chip that mimics the inner ear
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Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a fast, low-power radio chip imitating the human inner ear, or cochlea.
Taiwan's ITRI phasing out phase-change memory, says report
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The Industrial Technology Research Institute (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has begun investigating Resistive-RAM (RRAM) as a universal non-volatile memory and plans to end its work phase-change memory, according to a report in MacWorld.
Nikon set to buy Belgian group Metris
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Nikon Corp has bid to acquire 3D inspection equipment manufacturer Metris NV (Leuven, Belgium) in a cash deal valued at Euros 72 million ($102 million).
Wolfson stock rises as market hears about Nokia deal
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Shares in Wolfson Microelectronics (Edinburgh, Scotland) rose sharply on the London stock exchange as the maker of mixed signal chips revealed that Nokia is using the company's myZone ambient noise cancellation technology in the latest Bluetooth Stereo Headset , the Nokia BH-905.
Maxim : Low-power op amps offer high precision, low noise
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The MAX9943/MAX9944/MAX9945 family of high-voltage, low-power operational amplifiers are designed for power- and space-constrained applications.
Adura Systems adopts Freescale's FlexRay automotive microcontroller technology
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6/3/2009   Post a comment
Adura Systems, an electric powertrain company, announced its selection of Freescale Semiconductor's FlexRay automotive microcontroller technology for high-speed in-vehicle networking.
Altera offers Stratix IV GX FPGA development kit
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Altera announced the availability of the Stratix IV GX FPGA development kit, featuring hardware and software for designs using 40-nm Stratix IV GX FPGAs with integrated 8.5-Gbps transceivers.
Crisis will change the way chips are designed, Synopsys CEO predicts
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6/3/2009   1 comment
As if the current economic recession weren't challenging enough, the semiconductor industry is also headed for increasing challenges from higher design costs and production at smaller geometries, according to Aart de Geus, chairman and CEO of Synopsys, speaking at the GSA & IET Semiconductor Forum.
More cool stuff
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Algebra Solver... Hydraulic Computer... Geek Atlas ... sending messages back through time ... and other "stuff."
Battery-free non-volatile RAM system offers high speed, density
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AgigA Tech Inc., a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp., introduced what it claims is the industry's first high-speed, high-density non-volatile RAM system dubbed AGIGARAM.
Groups partner for MEMS processing module
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The Fraunhofer Institute of Microelectronics Circuits and Systems (Duisburg, Germany) and Edinburgh, Scotland-based Point 35 Microstructures have collaborated to develop a process module for advanced MEMS manufacturing.
DS2, Cavium prep powerline based video distribution platform
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Powerline chip specialist DS2 (Valencia, Spain) has teamed with networking processor group Cavium Networks (Mountain View, Calif.) to develop a platform capable of 1080p60 HD video distribution to flat panel displays.
STMicroelectronics : 1.5-V op-amps come in single, dual and quad versions
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Three families of precision op-amps, released by STMicroelectronics, target low-power and portable products.
Power amplifier modules extend talk time in UMTS band handsets and data card applications
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Avago Technologies has announced the addition of five new CoolPAM™ power amplifiers (PAs) for Universal Mobile Telecommunications (UMTS) band handsets and datacard applications, designated the ACPM-73x2 series.
5.5 to 7.5 GHz linear power amplifier features on-chip temperature compensated power detector
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A QFN packaged GaAs MMIC linear power amplifier with 49 dBm OIP3 and 16.5 dB small signal gain, the XP1039-QJ, from Mimix Broadband, covers 5.5 to 7.5 GHz and includes an on-chip temperature compensated power detector.
Altera shipping Stratix IV GT FPGAs
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Altera has begun shipping Stratix IV GT FPGAs, which the company claims offer the industry's highest density and system-bandwidth for bandwidth-heavy 40G/100G applications.
Industrial temperature-qualified versions of LatticeXP2 FPGAs released to volume production
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Lattice Semiconductor said industrial temperature-qualified versions of all its non-volatile LatticeXP2 FPGAs have been released to volume production.
IBM reportedly cuts more jobs in New York
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Various news outlets reported that IBM Clet go off more workers at facilities in upstate New York.
Former Intel Fellow: AMD struggling to remain competitive
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Former Intel Corp. Fellow Fred Pollack is unambiguously bullish about his ex-employer.
Updated: PTO rejects Rambus claims, Nvidia says
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has initially rejected 41 claims challenged by Nvida in seven patents that Rambus has asserted in litigation against the company, Nvidia said.
Trip report: The search for ARM-based netbooks at Computex
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6/2/2009   1 comment
A veteran observer of the Asian electronics market provides a glimpse of what's happening at this year's Computex show in Taiwan.
Netbook hopefuls dive into Computex
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On the opening day of Computex, a handful of semiconductor companies announced new chips and software for netbooks and other mobile systems but software issues surrounding Adobe Flash and Linux still dog some of the mobile designs, and one underscored the cloud still hanging above the computer industry.
Intel, Psion settle their 'netbook' differences
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The legal spat between Intel and Psion Teklogix over ownership of the term 'netbook' has been settled 'amicably'.
French semiconductor market down 16.8% in 2008
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The French semiconductor market reported a 16.8-percent year-on-year decrease, to 2,722 million euros for the year 2008, according to the Sitelesc, the French Electronic Tube and Semiconductor Industry Guild.
Intel outlines ultra-thin future
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The future is 'ultra-thin' according to Intel executive vice president Sean Maloney, who used a keynote at this week's Computex trade fair in Taipei, Taiwan, to highlight new processors, including an ultra-low-voltage (ULV) processor, three new Core 2 Duo mobile processors, and a low-power mobile chipset.
WiMax interoperability, roaming trials gather pace
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Fourteen companies involved in the development of chips and device equipment and running of mobile WiMAX networks have linked in the first commercial WiMAX interoperability and roaming trials, the WiMAX Forum said at its global congress this week in Amsterdam.
CSR extends CVC capability, headset chips range
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Bluetooth chip specialist CSR plc (Cambridge, England) has started using the fifth generation of its Clear Voice Capture (CVC) noise suppression technology in devices and has deployed it in a range of advanced ROM chips for the Bluetooth mono headset market.
Micron selling majority stake in sensor unit
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Micron Technology has reached an agreement to sell a majority interest in its imaging solutions business, Aptina Imaging, to a pair of private equity firms, the company said. The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Private equity firm bids for MathStar
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6/1/2009   Post a comment
Private equity firm Tiberius Capital II has commenced a tender offer to acquire controlling interest in MathStar, the programmable logic vendor that ceased operations last year, the firm said.
Altera still sees sales up 2-7%
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Altera said it still expects sales for the second quarter to be up 2 to 7 percent from the first quarter, when it booked revenue of $264.6 million.
AMD rolls six-core server CPUs
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Advanced Micro Devices rolled out its first six-core, single-threaded server processors, on the heels of archrival Intel Corp.'s debut in late March 30 of its Xeon 5500 chips that sport four, dual-threaded cores.
Analysis: AMD's fab-light strategy; myth vs. reality
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6/1/2009   2 comments
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is already benefitting from its decision to spin off the manufacturing operation but it will take years before the company gets to reap the full benefits of its fabless manufacturing strategy due to the nature of its relationship with spin off GlobalFoundries Inc.
LA Metro upgrades security with Mifare Plus
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Ticketing and automated fare collection on Los Angeles' Metro network is about to get more secure, courtesy of NXP's Mifare Plus smart card IC contactless technology.
MIPS backs Android at Computex
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Android will get a boost at Computex in Taipei this week as MIPS Technologies announces it will help port the software to a range of MIPS-based processors, starting with chips from RMI and Sigma Designs.
Visibility still limited for IC sales, says SIA chief
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George Scalise, president of the US Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), reiterated that "visibility remains limited" for the global semiconductor market while welcoming the latest figures indicating that sales increased in April by 6.4 percent to $16.54 billion.
Atmel's first Cortex-M3 MCU features high speed USB, firmware protection
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Atmel Corporation announced their SAM3U Cortex-M3 Flash microcontroller with high speed USB Device, SDIO/SD/MMC Host and SPI interfaces on-chip aimed at applications such as high speed gateways in industrial, medical, data processing and telecom applications.
ViXS, ARC demo enhanced audio/video SoC
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Video codecs chip group ViXS Systems (Toronto, Canada) is demonstrating its XCode 3290 SoC targeting video and audio systems at this week's Computex trade fair in Taipei, Taiwan.
Chip sales see 6.4% improvement in April
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The three-month moving average of global chip sales in April was $15.64 billion, up 6.4 percent on that achieved the previous month, and the second straight monthly improvement, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA).
Freescale, Qualcomm mint smartbooks at Computex
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6/1/2009   2 comments
At Computex, Freescale and Qualcomm are minting a new term—smartbooks--for the ARM- and Linux-based portables their customers are designing that are bigger than smart phones, smaller than notebooks and different than netbooks.
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