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Samsung preps 32-GB load-reduced DIMM for servers
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
Samsung is getting ready to mass produce later this year a 32 gigabyte (GB) load-reduced, dual-inline memory module (LRDIMM), for server applications.
Microchip integrates USB, large RAM in PIC MCUs
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6/29/2010   Post a comment
In an effort to improve throughput and data buffering in Ethernet connectivity, remote sensing, data logging and audio streaming applications, Microchip Technology has integrated USB for Embedded Host/Peripheral/On-the-Go and 96 Kbyes of RAM into its latest microcontrollers.
5 kV digital isolators replace traditional optocouplers in harsh application environments
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories introduced a line of 5 kV digital isolators designed to replace traditional optocouplers in harsh application environments and systems powered from universal mains supplies.
SerDes provides real-time bidirectional control for driver-assist cameras
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
National Semiconductor unveiled its FPD-Link III family of automotive-grade serializer and deserializer (SerDes) chipsets featuring the industry's first real-time, bidirectional control channel for driver-assist video cameras.
Class-D amps with AGC, DRC advance portable audio
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6/22/2010   Post a comment
Two Class-D amplifiers from Texas Instruments featuring automatic gain control and programmable dynamic range compression allow designers to compress the dynamic range of the audio to match the dynamic range of the speaker in portable applications.
Buffers boost penetration depth, sensitivity of medical ultrasound probes
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6/22/2010   Post a comment
Maxim has unveiled a pair of octal buffers designed to improve SNR in PZT- and CMUT-based probes.
Video filters support move to higher definition
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6/22/2010   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor is offering designers video filter products that support the move to higher video definition, mobile video and new output requirements, while optimizing system power consumption.
Cyclone provides single-chip solution for HD surveillance cameras
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6/22/2010   Post a comment
A high-definition (HD), surveillance internet protocol (IP) camera reference design on a single FPGA has been developed by Altera Inc. and features Cyclone III or Cyclone IV FPGAs and intellectual property from Eyelytics and Apical.
SmartFusion tool eases power management design
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6/22/2010   Post a comment
Actel Corp. has added a power management design kit for its SmartFusion intelligent mixed signal FPGAs which includes a complete reference design with graphical configurator to enter power sequencing and trimming requirements.
ICs - Imperas releases fast models of PowerPC processors Through OVP Initiative
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6/20/2010   Post a comment
Imperas has released fast models of PowerPC processors. These models work with the OVP simulator, OVPsim, where they have shown performance reaching over one thousand million instructions per second (MIPS).
NETWORKING - ASIX Launches Low-Power USB to Ethernet Controller
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6/18/2010   Post a comment
The AX88772B from ASIX Electronics Corp. is a USB to Ethernet controller with low power and low-pin-count for the Embedded Ethernet applications.
Microchip delivers multimedia development system for 32bit MCUs
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6/18/2010   Post a comment
Microchip has announced two development tools for adding advanced human interfaces to PIC32, 32-bit microcontroller-based designs.
MSC introduces complete POI/POS and digital signage solutions
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6/18/2010   Post a comment
MSC is offering a combination of a flexible integration platform and different full HD displays as complete POI/POS and digital signage solutions
Qualcomm delays dual-core Snapdragon for smart books
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6/18/2010   Post a comment
Qualcomm has delayed a promised dual-core Snapdragon processor for smart books from 2009 until the second-half of 2010, according to a company executive.
Toshiba launches 128-Gbyte NAND memory module
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6/18/2010   1 comment
Toshiba has announced the launch of a 128-gigabyte embedded NAND flash memory module, claiming it is the highest capacity yet achieved in the industry.
Broadcom offers $47 million to buy NFC pioneer
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6/18/2010   Post a comment
Fabless communications chip company Broadcom Corp. has announced that it has agreed to buy Innovision Research & Technology plc, a pioneer of RFID and NFC circuits and intellectual property, for $47.5 million in cash.
Samsung preps high-speed 512GB SSD using toggle-mode DDR NAND memory
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6/17/2010   Post a comment
In a push to accelerate the adoption of high-end SSD technology, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has developed the first solid state drive (SSD) using high-performance toggle-mode DDR NAND.
Group aims to set standards for multicore tools
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6/17/2010   Post a comment
The Multicore Association has formed a new work group to tackle the problem of incompatible software development tools for multicore processors and expects to have a draft standard for one or more common data format and a Linux-based reference implementation of its work within a year.
Intel speeds up single-chip cloud computer
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6/16/2010   Post a comment
At this week's 2010 Symposium on VLSI Circuits in Hawaii, Intel Corp. will provide an update on its ''tera-scale'' processor R&D efforts.
WiMAX group updates mobile standard
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6/16/2010   Post a comment
Amid threats from a rival standard, the WiMAX Forum has reached a milestone in advancing the speed of data and the efficiency of broadband wireless networks based on the 802.16e Mobile WiMAX standard.
RS-485 transceivers allow remote network configuration
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6/16/2010   Post a comment
Maxim has unveiled a pair of RS-485 transceivers that integrate switchable dual-termination (100ohm/120ohm) resistors to enable remote network configuration, enhancing scalability.
Interview: Stanford's top engineer from chips to ABCs
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6/16/2010   12 comments
We sat down recently with James Plummer, dean of Stanford's school of engineering, for a wide ranging interview on the outlook for CMOS, engineering, education and globalization.
Khronos upgrades parallel programming standard
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6/15/2010   Post a comment
The Khronos Group, an industry consortium focused on developing multimedia standards and application programming interfaces (APIs), has released version 1.1 of the OpenCL specification, a royalty-free standard for parallel programming of processors.
Elpida to partner for China fab, says report
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6/15/2010   Post a comment
Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. is planning to team up with a Taiwanese DRAM chipmaker to share the cost of a wafer fab in mainland China, according to a Taiwan Economic News report, which cited newswires quoting Elpida CEO Yukio Sakamoto as its source.
PicoChip raises $20 million for femto push
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6/15/2010   Post a comment
Baseband chip supplier PicoChip Design Ltd. has secured an additional $20 million of equity funding to support expansion plans in the femtocell market. The ten-year-old company said it is on track to achieve 50 percent quarter-on-quarter sequential revenue growth in the second quarter.
SMSC buys another wireless audio chip vendor
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6/14/2010   Post a comment
Mixed-signal IC vendor SMSC said it acquired Wireless Audio IP BV, a Dutch fabless audio chip vendor, for $22 million in cash plus performance-based payments worth up to $3 million.
DESIGN TOOLS - BEEcube launches BEE4, a full-speed FPGA prototyping platform
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6/14/2010   Post a comment
BEE4 is the fourth generation of BEE (Berkeley Emulation Engine), a full-speed FPGA prototyping platform from BEEcube, Inc. BEE4 is designed to address one of the biggest problems with multiple FPGA platforms used for system verification and validation.
Video: Philips tunes audio for Skype on TV
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6/14/2010   1 comment
Philips Research is exploring ways to improve the audio quality of consumer video conferencing services done over the Internet using a TV set.
Philips tests home health care devices
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6/14/2010   Post a comment
Philips Research is exploring the horizon for wearable sensors that measure an increasing number of vital signs to deliver devices that make meaningful predictions about health care while keeping a lid on the devices' power consumption.
IMEC ramps resistive RAM research
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6/14/2010   1 comment
Resistive RAMs in various forms are making their way on to the research roadmaps for memory at the IMEC research institute.
Wolfson gains Samsung smartphone design wins
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6/14/2010   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics plc has said that its audio hub IC, the WM8994, has been designed into the Samsung Wave and Galaxy S smartphones.
Microchip integrates graphics, display controller in micro
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6/14/2010   1 comment
Advanced graphics and touch sensing in portable electronics expected by users are putting the onus on designers to bring these interfaces to a vast array of embedded products.
Startup SeaMicro packs 512 Intel Atoms in server
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6/14/2010   2 comments
Startup SeaMicro announced a server that packs 512 Intel Atom processors in a 10U chassis to deliver the same performance at a fraction of their power and space as systems using conventional server CPUs, aiming to address the needs of the large data centers limited by the cost and complexity of the power and space they consume.
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for June 14, 2010; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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6/12/2010   Post a comment
Check out these interesting and tutorial items from other engineering and design publications, courtesy of "Planet Analog", as well as an archive of the "Planet Analog" Newsletter
Atmel analog companion chip enables ARM9-based multimedia solutions
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6/11/2010   Post a comment
Atmel has announced production availability of the Atmel AT73C246 analog companion chip to provide power supplies and audio I/O to match the Atmel AT91SAM9 ARM9-based MCUs (and equivalent 32-bit devices) to host multimedia applications.
PowerVR gets DirectX9, support
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6/11/2010   Post a comment
Graphics intellectual property licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc has announced its PowerVR SGX544 graphics core for embedded and mobile applications with support for Microsoft DirectX 9 and multi-processor capability.
IMEC set to take transistors 'sub-threshold'
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6/11/2010   Post a comment
Researchers at IMEC are investigating the operation of transistors below the threshold voltage. The goal is to further improve power efficiency.
Digital PFC ICs surpass analog PFCs on performance, price
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6/10/2010   Post a comment
Designed for energy-related markets, Cirrus Logic Inc. has launched a new product line of digitally controlled, discontinuous conduction mode, active power factor correction (PFC) ICs for use in power supplies rated up to 300 watts
ESC Chicago: Machines that Tweet... and some that shouldn't
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6/10/2010   Post a comment
It started well: Wade Patterson, president and CEO of Synapse Wireless, used his opening remarks at Wednesday’s ESC Chicago keynote address to outline how a wireless embedded network OS has fundamentally changed the game with regard to ubiquitous wireless connectivity, thus enabling 27.6 billion devices to talk to each other, potentially via 140 characters or less a la Twitter. Then reality set in.
16-channel, high-voltage switches replace relays
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6/10/2010   Post a comment
Maxim's new analog switches replace bulky, expensive relays to save up to 60% board space in high-channel-count applications.
Update: Synopsys to buy Virage Logic for $315M
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6/10/2010   1 comment
EDA and IP vendor Synopsys Inc. said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire IP provider Virage Logic for $315 million in cash.
ARM shares spike again
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6/10/2010   1 comment
Shares in processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc spiked on Thursday taking the stock up above 300 pence a share from an opening price of 273.4 pence.
VIDEO - VCE6467 Video Comm Engine serves 2-way HD video communications
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6/9/2010   Post a comment
VCE6467 Video Comm Engine for 2-way HD video communications has Texas Instruments hardware and RADVISION software on a single chip, providing 10x reduction in number of integration man hours.
On Semi buys Sound Design
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6/9/2010   Post a comment
In an effort to expand into medical chips, On Semi has acquired privately-held Sound Design Technologies Ltd. (SDT) from an affiliate of Global Equity Capital LLC, for approximately $22 million in cash.
Diodes enters standard logic product sector
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6/9/2010   Post a comment
Built on an advanced 5V CMOS process, Diodes has launched two series of single-gate logic products: the 74LVC1Gxx series, which provides users with the eight most popular standard logic functions in SOT25 and SOT353 package options, and the 74LVCE1Gxx series, which offers enhanced performance versions of these same functions.
Sensors Expo: Powercast demos a prelude to mobile network RF energy harvester
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6/9/2010   1 comment
After setting up an RF energy-harvesting demo at this week’s Sensors Expo collocated with ESC Chicago, Powercast’s director of marketing Harry Ostaffe presented a paper that outlined the concepts and paths to what he believes to be the endgame: full ambient RF harvesting capabilities that sip power from ubiquitous mobile networks and eliminate batteries and direct RF power sources completely.
Intel invests in touchscreen OEM
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6/8/2010   Post a comment
OpenPeak Inc. (Boca Raton, Fla.), a provider of multimedia touch-screen devices, has secured an additional $52 million of financing from existing investors and Intel Capital.
ST adapts, hangs tough in a tumultuous market
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6/8/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics N.V. is benefiting from the surging recovery in the semiconductor market but company executives said lower costs, a wave of new products, joint venture actions and the sale of the flash business at a profit have helped improve its financial standing while positioning the company for future sales improvements.
ESC Chicago: Microchip debuts embedded Wi-Fi and sub-GHz transceivers
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6/8/2010   Post a comment
Advancing its strategy to be a major player in the “wireless connectivity of things,” Microchip used ESC Chicago to announce an embedded Wi-Fi transceiver module and an ultra-low-power transceiver module for 868, 915 and 950 MHz networks.
Report: Samsung supplied ARM core in Apple iPad
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6/7/2010   4 comments
Korea's Samsung provided the ARM core at the heart of the Apple A4 processor that powers the iPad, reinforcing the growing competition between both Samsung and Intel and the ARM and x86 architectures.
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