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Micron claims fastest enterprise SSD with PCI Express
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6/13/2011   Post a comment
Micron Technology, Inc. announced a new portfolio of PCI Express (PCIe) solid-state storage systems, the RealSSD™ P320h solid-state drive (SSD) series.
Kingston unveils its first SandForce-based SSD
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6/13/2011   Post a comment
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has teamed up with SandForce® Inc. to launch its first SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s) based SSD targeted at enthusiasts, gamers, and performance users.
2 Mbit serial EEPROM goes for memory density record
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6/12/2011   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics reports that it is the first to launch a 2-Mbit serial EEPROM chip for write-intensive applications.
Renesas rolls range of 4G microcontrollers with support for Ethernet, MOST networks
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6/12/2011   Post a comment
Renesas Electronics has announced the availability of six new 4th-generation (X4 generation) V850-based S-series MCUs aiming at car infotainment systems and networking.
Advanced metrology solution focuses on smart grid energy measurement
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6/12/2011   Post a comment
An advanced metrology solution to meet the demanding energy measurement needs of smart meter devices achieves 0.1% accuracy across a dynamic range of 2000 to 1.
Development kit with touch pad eases transition from infrared to RF
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6/12/2011   Post a comment
The first device in Freescale Semiconductor's MC1323x family optimised for consumer applications using ZigBee RF4CE technology is now available in production quantities.
Smart parking sensor platform helps city motorists save time and fuel
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6/12/2011   6 comments
New smart parking technology from Libelium enables cities to make efficient use of their parking resources. The new platform allows consultancies and system integrators to customise and deploy the solution in their local area.
Production-ready Bluetooth low energy heart-rate belt works with any Bluetooth version 4.0 smartphone
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6/12/2011   3 comments
Dayton Industrial Co. Ltd, a world leading OEM/ODM of wireless monitors for global sports & fitness consumer brands, has unveiled the world's first Bluetooth low energy heart-rate chest belt that is ready to go into volume production.
Toshiba GaN HEMTs include PA for satcom
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6/11/2011   1 comment
At IMS2011, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. announced the TGI1314-25L, a gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductor high electron mobility transistor (HEMT), the latest addition to its power amplifier (PA) product family.
Touchscreens being integrated inside LCDs
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6/10/2011   10 comments
Touchscreen controller makers are working to solve noise problems so that touchscreens can become standard-equipment on LCDs.
Enecsys rolls 480W Duo micro-inverter for solar PV modules
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6/10/2011   Post a comment
Solar photovoltaic micro-inverter manufacturer Enecsys Ltd. (Cambridge, UK) has introduced the SMI-D480W-60, a 480 Watt micro-inverter that is claimed to mount on the railing system and accept DC input from two individual solar modules.
Renesas shakes up post-quake plan
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6/10/2011   1 comment
Renesas is moving up the target date for full supply restoration to the end of September -- one month ahead of the previously announced goal.
National Semiconductor SolarMagic arc detection reference design
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6/9/2011   1 comment
According to National, this is the first commercially available chipset to detect hazardous DC arc faults in photovoltaic (PV) systems.
STMicro claims memory density record
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6/9/2011   1 comment
STMicroelectronics claimed a new memory density record, launching what it described as the first 2-Mbit serial EEPROM chip for write-intensive applications.
Fusion-io IPO raises $200 million
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6/9/2011   2 comments
Fusion—io Inc., a solid-state server memory company, has priced its initial public offering of 12.3 million shares at $19.00. The stock opened Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange at $24.5 before settling back slightly to $24.35.
Micrel MIC4811/MIC4812 white LED drivers
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6/9/2011   Post a comment
Micrel's latest WLED drivers are designed to drive up to six high current WLEDs for signage lighting.
Spreadtrum buys into 3G modem firm, finds CTO
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6/9/2011   5 comments
Spreadtrum Communications Inc., China's leading fabless chip company, has announced that it has acquired 48.4% of MobilePeak Holdings Ltd., a fabless chip company that designs UMTS/HSPA+ modem chipsets.
Kovio raises $15 million for printed NFC
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6/9/2011   2 comments
Kovio, a private company developing manufacturing technology that combines graphics printing with silicon-based circuitry, has raised $15 million to pursue NFC applications in a round of funding led by Tyco Retail Solutions.
China startup rolls 'unified' Android processor
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6/8/2011   33 comments
ICube Corp., a two-year old fabless startup out of Shenzhen, China, backed by a publicly listed holding company in Hong Kong, is going after the Android mobile computing market using its own architecture of multicore processor.
Former Accellera chair snags Synopsys award
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6/8/2011   2 comments
Shrenik Mehta, former chair of EDA standards body Accellera, was awarded Synopsys's 11th annual Tenzing Norgay Interoperability Achievement Award.
IHS: Apple ranked as top chip buyer in 2010
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6/8/2011   7 comments
Apple Inc. became the largest buyer of chips in 2010, overtaking Hewlett-Packard Co. by spending $17.5 billion to grab nearly 6 percent of global production, according to market research firm IHS-iSuppli.
World wafer fab capacity stats delayed
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6/8/2011   Post a comment
The global chip manufacturing capacity statistics for the first quarter of 2011 are late but will be posted in June, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
WSTS raises 2011 chip market growth forecast
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6/8/2011   2 comments
The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization has raised its forecast for the growth of the global chip market in 2011 to $314.4 billion, an annual increase of 5.4 percent.
UMC's May sales show signs of weakness
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6/8/2011   1 comment
Sales at foundry chip supplier United Microelectronics Corp. in May were lower than expected and lower than the same month a year before.
Former Anadigics CEO to lead Trident Micro
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6/7/2011   2 comments
Bami Bastani, who spent a decade at the helm of RF chip vendor Anadigics, was named president and CEO of Trident Microsystems.
Record fab tool spending projected in 2011
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6/7/2011   5 comments
SEMI said spending on semiconductor production equipment is expected to grow 31 percent in 2011 to a record $44 billion, but new fab construction spending is expected to be historically low in 2011 and 2012.
Intel tips second university research center
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6/7/2011   7 comments
The second Intel Science and Technology Center—part of a commitment by the company to pump $100 million into U.S. university research over the next five years—will focus on secure computing and will be hosted at the University of California-Berkeley in collaboration with several other universities, Intel said.
Qualcomm backs embedded MEMS firm Cavendish
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6/7/2011   4 comments
Qualcomm has joined investors backing Cavendish Kinetics, a fabless company that offers MEMS embedded in CMOS to create tunable devices for RF applications.
ARM set to play in games consoles, says analyst
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6/7/2011   12 comments
Having become the leading supplier of processor architecture for mobile phones ARM is set to start making inroads into the games console market, according to Semicast Research. which means variants of PowerPC, according to market research company Semicast Research.
Samsung tips 28-nm, low-power process
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6/7/2011   3 comments
Samsung said its foundry unit has qualified a 28-nm low-power process with high-k metal gate technology and is ready for production.
IDC slashes 2011 PC growth forecast
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6/6/2011   10 comments
IDC slashed its forecast for 2011 PC shipment growth to 4.2 percent from 7.1 percent, citing declining first quarter shipments, an increasingly conservative economic outlook and relative PC market saturation among consumers in developed countries.
Freescale inks Rambus patent license
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6/6/2011   2 comments
Freescale Semiconductor signed a patent licensing agreement covering the use of Rambus patents for memory controllers and serial links in a broad range of ICs, settling pending litigation between the companies.
Xilinx to demo optical transport network (OTN) portfolio
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6/6/2011   1 comment
Xilinx will showcase its optical transport network (OTN) portfolio and will discuss how it provides multiple solutions at the Linley Tech Carrier Conference.
Sematech names new manufacturing chief
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6/6/2011   Post a comment
Sematech appointed former Spansion and AMD executive Richard Young to the position of vice president of manufacturing.
Kozio adds support for Freescale's QorIQ P2
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6/6/2011   Post a comment
Kozio Inc. has expanded its in-system diagnostics solution to support Freescale Semiconductor's QorIQ P2 Platform Series, which includes the P2020 (dual-core) and P2010 (single-core) communications processors.
Efficient Power Conversion EPC2010 eGaN power transistor
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6/6/2011   Post a comment
Efficient Power Conversion has expanded its eGaN FET product portfolio with a 200 V power transistor and supporting development board.
SuVolta describes low power transistor
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6/6/2011   14 comments
Startup SuVolta comes out of stealth mode today with a transistor design that promises to cut power dissipation in half for fabs that adopt it.
Epson IMU melds precision, low-cost
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6/6/2011   2 comments
Epson's new inertial measurement unit combines a MEMS gyroscope with a MEMS accelerometer to create the world's smallest high-precision IMU.
MEMS device radically reshapes IR non-contact temperature sensing for consumer products
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6/6/2011   7 comments
TMP006 from Texas Instruments is complete infrared subsystem with thermopile, conditioning, ADC, references, and digital interface in 1.6 mm-square package
Target Compiler's MP Designer tool suite speeds development for heterogeneous multicore SoC architectures
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6/5/2011   Post a comment
Target Compiler Technologies has announced the upcoming release of MP Designer, a new tool-suite supporting the design of heterogeneous multicore systems-on-chip (SoCs). The tool suite supports key design tasks such as the parallelization of sequential C code for multicore architectures and the generation of a communication fabric between multiple cores in SoC platforms.
Imperas releases open source Fast Processor Models for ARM Cortex-A8, -A9 and -M4 cores
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6/5/2011   Post a comment
Imperas, a member of the ARM Connected Community, has released new models of the ARM Cortex-A and Cortex-M series of cores, available from Open Virtual Platforms (OVP). Example virtual platforms incorporating the cores and support for the cores are available in Imperas' advanced software development tools.
WSTS strips value from Q1 chip market
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6/3/2011   7 comments
The WSTS organization has reduced its figures for global chips sales for each of the months of January, February and March of 2011, in its latest updating of its spreadsheet.
Analyst: Qualcomm in, Intel out of iPhone 5
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6/3/2011   14 comments
Qualcomm has snagged the baseband socket on the next Apple iPhone, displacing Intel, according to Craig Berger, an analyst with FBR Capital Markets.
Japan 'actual' chip sales collapsed in April
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6/3/2011   3 comments
Actual chip sales for the Japan region in April were the lowest for 23 months, according to figures from the WSTS organization. It is likely to be due to the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Japan in March.
Analyst: OEMS cut tablet builds for 2011
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6/3/2011   6 comments
Production of media tablets in 2011—aside from Apple's iPad—is now expected to be significantly less than previously thought after lackluster sell through and other factors burst "the tablet bubble," according to a Wall Street analyst.
IHS: China's fabless to sell $10-bn in 2015
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6/3/2011   6 comments
China's fabless chip market is set to double from 2010 to 2015, according to market research company IHS-iSuppli.
Nanoscale waveguide boosts silicon photonics
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6/2/2011   4 comments
Berkeley Lab has invented a new quasiparticle called the "hybrid plasmon polariton" which it claims solves the problem of optical losses in silicon waveguides.
SIA: Semi industry exceeded emissions goal
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6/2/2011   4 comments
The worldwide semiconductor industry exceeded its initial 10 percent reduction goal for perfluorocompounds (PFCs) emissions, bringing total PFCs emissions down by 32 percent over a 10-year period, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
DRAM module market growing, says IHS
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6/2/2011   3 comments
The market for DRAM modules is set to increase to 812.8 million units in 2011, up 10.9 percent from 733.2 million units in 2010, according to market research firm IHS-iSuppli. This growth is down from the 14.6 percent market expansion seen in 2010.
Forte Design Systems ships latest ASIC and FPGA high-level synthesis
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6/2/2011   Post a comment
Latest upgrades improve the full-chip design experience and the quality of results
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