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Content tagged with Semiconductors posted in June 2011
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Electronics and the environment: Five technologies to watch
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6/21/2011   42 comments
We examine five electronics technologies that are fueling green power: 3-D transistors, solid-state lighting, energy harvesting, superconducting cable and silicon carbide components.
Circadian Solar prepares for pilot production
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6/21/2011   1 comment
Circadian Solar prepares for pilot production Concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems supplier, Circadian Solar, has taken on additional premises in the UK in preparation for pilot production of its concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems.
Analyst: low yield drove Globalfoundries change
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6/21/2011   7 comments
Management changes recently announced at Globalfoundries Inc. are related to problems with the yield of chips made using a 32-nm process and the slowness of creating a foundry-like operation at the Globalfoundries' Dresden facility in Germany, according to analysts at Nomura Equity Research.
Gartner: chip market to grow 5.1% in 2011
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6/21/2011   1 comment
The global semiconductor market will be $315 billion in 2011, an increase of 5.1 percent on 2010, according to market research firm Gartner Inc. This is down from Gartner's previous forecast, given in the first quarter, for 6.2 percent growth this year.
AMP: Freescale’s answer to exploding Internet traffic
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6/21/2011   1 comment
Freescale is rolling out a next-generation multi-core platform called the Advanced Multiprocessing (AMP) series at 28nm.
TTTech's high-speed 20 Mbit/s TTP product line complies with SAE AS6003
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6/20/2011   Post a comment
TTTech has launched a high-speed 20 Mbit/s TTP (Time-Triggered Protocol) product line compliant to the SAE AS6003 standard. TTTech has combined the existing TTP controller with a faster RS-485 physical layer to build high-speed TTP integrated product solutions.
Nanotubes not toxic, researchers say
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6/20/2011   9 comments
Nanotubes may not be toxic, after all, according to a study that blames contaminants mixed in during their manufacture for their adverse health effects.
Samsung to pay Spansion $150M in settlement
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6/20/2011   2 comments
South Korea's Samsung Electronics agreed to payl pay Spansion $150 million over five years as part of a seven-year patent cross licensing agreement that settles all ongoing litigation between the two companies.
TI rolls out two SoCs for small cell base stations
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6/20/2011   Post a comment
Texas Instruments is launching two new SoCs, both designed for metro, pico and enterprise base stations.
Analog expert Bob Pease dies in tragic accident
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6/20/2011   116 comments
Legendary analog IC designer Bob Pease of National Semiconductor died in a car crash over the weekend after leaving a memorial service for another analog luminary, Jim Williams of Linear Technology.
Nokia Siemens Networks invests in ClariPhy
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6/20/2011   2 comments
Telecommunications equipment supplier Nokia Siemens Networks has led a $14 million round of funding for ClariPhy Communications Inc., a fabless chip company founded in 2002.
CSR cuts offer for Zoran
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6/17/2011   8 comments
CSR decreased the value of its offer to acquire Zoran in the face of Zoran's falling earnings. CSR's new offer is valued at about $484, a decrease of nearly 29 percent from the original offer of $679 million.
ST's Portland updates x86 compilers for Cuda
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6/17/2011   6 comments
C/C++ compilers from Portland Group have been updated to let Cuda developers target standard servers based on microprocessors from Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Smartphone processor sales surged in Q1
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6/17/2011   Post a comment
Global revenue from smartphone applications processors reached $1.68 billion in the first quarter, up a whopping 108 percent compared to the first quarter of 2010, while cellular baseband sales grew 20 percent year-to-year, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.
Chip equipment book-to-bill slips
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6/17/2011   Post a comment
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.62 billion in orders on a three-month average basis in May and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.97, according to the fab tool trade group SEMI.
Air Products buys equipment vendor
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6/16/2011   Post a comment
Gas and materials supplier Air Products & Chemicals said it acquired the businesses of Poly-Flow Engineering, a semiconductor equipment supplier.
Another Ikanos CEO quits
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6/16/2011   Post a comment
For the second time in 14 months, the top executive at communications chip vendor Ikanos Communications has abruptly stepped down.
S2C’s new FPGA-based TAI Verification Module for ASIC/SoC prototyping
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6/16/2011   1 comment
New module enables high speed data transfer between the FPGA-based prototype and the user’s verification environment and maximizes signal visibility.
Globalfoundries changes CEO, preps $6-bn spend
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6/16/2011   20 comments
Globalfoundries Inc. and its majority shareholder, the Abu Dhabi controlled Advanced Technology Investment Co. (ATIC), have announced Ajit Manocha has been appointed interim CEO. The move is part of a leadership change that sees James Norling becoming executive chairman of the board and Ibrahim Ajami, CEO of ATIC, appointed vice chairman.
Gartner boosts 2011 semi equipment forecast
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6/15/2011   Post a comment
Worldwide semiconductor capital equipment spending is projected to rise 10.2 percent to $44.8 billion in 2011 before declining slightly in 2012, according to Gartner.
SMIC names ex-Chartered exec to top U.S. job
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6/15/2011   1 comment
Chinese foundry SMIC appointed former Chartered Semiconductor executive Michael Rekuc to the position of president of the Americas region.
Updated C-to-FPGA compiler from Impulse C
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6/15/2011   1 comment
Latest and greatest version of the compiler accelerates image processing, national security, and high-frequency trading algorithm development.
The rise of China's fabless industry
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6/15/2011   23 comments
China's burgeoning fabless chip sector is leveraging competitive advantages like access to capital and foundry agreements.
The rise of China's fabless industry
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6/15/2011   23 comments
China's burgeoning fabless chip sector is leveraging competitive advantages like access to capital and foundry agreements.
AMD makes Fusion CPU, GPU agnostic
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6/15/2011   9 comments
Microprocessor vendor Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has declared that Fusion, its flagship processor project whereby it has combined x86 and graphics processors, will be CPU and GPU agnostic.
GPS system with IMUs tracks first responders
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6/15/2011   5 comments
TRX Systems unveiled a plan using Analog Devices' inertial measurement units to enable people or things to be tracked with pinpoint accuracy regardless of whether they are outside, inside or in the presence of electronic jamming.
Cirrus Logic CS1501, CS1601 digital PFC ICs boost performance
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6/15/2011   Post a comment
The CS1501 and CS1601 from Cirrus Logic are digitally controlled, variable frequency discontinuous conduction mode (VF-DCM), active power factor correction (PFC) ICs intended for use in switch-mode power supplies rated up to 300 watts.
Q1 fab tool bookings declined sequentially
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6/15/2011   Post a comment
Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings increased on both a sequential and annual basis in the first quarter, but bookings declined sequentially, according to the SEMI trade group.
Dialog adds ARM multicore support for next generation of system level power management ICs
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6/14/2011   Post a comment
Dialog has launched two third-generation advanced system-level power management ICs for tablet PCs, smartphones, embedded computers and multimedia players.
International Rectifier PQFN2x2 power MOSFET
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6/14/2011   Post a comment
IR is extending its packaging portfolio with a PQFN 2 mm x 2 mm package featuring its latest HEXFET MOSFET silicon.
Texas Instruments bq33100 super capacitor manager
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6/14/2011   Post a comment
TI has introduced the industry's first fully integrated Li-Ion battery management integrated circuit (IC) for super capacitor charge control.
Avago ACML-74x0 digital isolators
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6/14/2011   Post a comment
Avago's magnetic couplers feature low power consumption at high data rates for test and measurement equipment and medical imaging applications.
Court finds for AWR over ZTE in piracy case
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6/14/2011   4 comments
In a landmark ruling, a U.S. federal court found that China’s ZTE is liable for its employees using an unauthorized key code to access and use software marketed by high-frequency EDA vendor AWR.
Apple agrees to license Nokia patents
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6/14/2011   5 comments
Apple will make a one-time payment and pay on-going royalties of undisclosed amounts in a patent licensing agreement with Nokia that settles all patent litigation between the two companies.
Dialog adds ARM multicore support to PMICs
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6/14/2011   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor plc has launched two power management ICs (PMICs) for tablet PCs, smartphones, embedded computers and multimedia players.
ADI buys Lyric – probability processing specialist
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6/13/2011   9 comments
AS ADI acquired Lyric Semiconductor, the entire Lyrics' team, including co-founders Ben Vigoda (shown) and David Raynolds, are now ADI employees.
Chromebook’s hardware is key, teardown finds
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6/13/2011   23 comments
Samsung’s Series 5 Chromebook--the first of a new class of computers that use only Web-based apps and services--carries a bill of materials of $322.12 and features hardware very similar to a notebook, according to a teardown analysis by IHS iSuppli.
FEI claims ion beam breakthrough for MEMS, 3-D ICs
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6/13/2011   2 comments
Tool vendor FEI claims to have reinvented the focused ion beam to dissect MEMS and 3-D stacked chips much faster than is currently possible.
Lattice announces “Do-It-All PLD” design challenge
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6/13/2011   Post a comment
Engineers will compete within an innovative social networking community for cash prizes of over $5,000
FPGA Ethernet switch IP cores with HSR (IEC 62439-3) support from Lattice and Flexibilis
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6/13/2011   1 comment
These FPGA IP cores provide seamless redundancy with zero time to recovery from network failures.
CEVA and Carbon offer fast simulation models for CEVA DSPs
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6/13/2011   Post a comment
Carbon’s virtual models available for CEVA-X and CEVA-XC DSPs, enabling cycle-accurate, pre-silicon hardware and software development
Altium brings affordable, high integrity data management to electronic product design
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6/13/2011   Post a comment
The folks from Altium say that they’ve introduced a major innovation in data management for electronics design – the Altium Satellite Vault.
Tensilica licensees ship over one billion IP cores
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6/13/2011   Post a comment
Over one billion Tensilica dataplane processor units (DPUs) have now been shipped and the company's licensees are currently shipping at a run rate exceeding 500 million DPUs per year.
Passing of Jim Williams, analog circuit guru, mentor, teacher
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6/13/2011   75 comments
Our industry and profession has lost a true engineer, in the finest sense of the word
Freescale tailors MCU for Ethernet-based vehicle applications
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6/13/2011   1 comment
In the run-up to its annual Technology Forum event, Freescale semiconductor has announced a new microcontroller family aiming at automotive applications. Featuring Ethernet connectivity and video compression, the MPC5604E is intended to make parking assistant systems more affordable.
Tools harness power of APU
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6/13/2011   Post a comment
AMD has announced software development tools and solutions to enable developers to optimise their applications for OpenCL standards. It claims these advanced tools create a foundation for software companies to realise the full potential of the AMD Fusion Family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), harnessing the compute power of the heterogeneous computing platforms.
Image processing IC firm Ambarella plans IPO
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6/13/2011   5 comments
Image processing chip vendor Ambarella said it filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of shares.
Broadcom IC supports access to full cable spectrum
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6/13/2011   Post a comment
Broadcom rolled out its third-generation Docsis 3.0 SoC for the broadband gateway market, said to be the fastest growing area for cable equipment residing in customers’ homes.
Flat acoustic module targets tablet computer sleeves
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6/13/2011   Post a comment
The HIAM-SS2S 'SoundSleeve' module from HiWave Technologies comprises a pair of 2W peak audio power exciters attached to a lightweight honeycomb panel to create clear stereo sound.
Mobile audio initiative deploys high performance mixed signal technology
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6/13/2011   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor is stepping up its efforts to address what the company claims is one of the most significant challenges facing audio applications in the mobile industry today – the need to meet consumer demand for multimedia mobile devices that offer smaller speakers, sound louder and better, while minimizing impact on battery life.
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