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After Intersil earnings report, analyst still says hold
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7/30/2004   Post a comment
Intersil reported an inline quarter, but American Technology Research analyst Doug Freedman views guidance as disappointing. He says Intersil continues to lose ground to its peer group.
Intersil reports profit, completes Xicor acquisition
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7/30/2004   Post a comment
Analog semiconductor supplier Intersil Corp. reported net income of $27.2 million on sales of $144.2 million in its second quarter, compared to $20.1 million on sales of $125.5 million in the year-ago quarter.
Resurgent IT market drives International Rectifier's revenues
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7/30/2004   Post a comment
International Rectifier reported revenues of $298.6 million for the quarter ended June 30 - up 30 percent from last year. Power management needs in the IT sector is driving it, IR's chief (right) told Steve Ohr.
IBM's eFuse technology portends adaptable chips
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7/30/2004   Post a comment
IBM Corp. unveiled new chip technology it said is able to adjust its own functionality and perform trade-offs between performance and power consumption without human intervention.
8-bit MCUs proliferate with on-chip peripherals, flash memory
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7/30/2004   Post a comment
With many new offerings now being rolled out by the semiconductor industry, the well-established 8-bit microcontroller could be one of the hottest chip markets this year. For details, see the focus report by Marty Gold.
Intersil reports profit, completes Xicor acquisition
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7/30/2004   Post a comment
Analog semiconductor supplier Intersil Corp. reported net income of $27.2 million on sales of $144.2 million in its second quarter, compared to $20.1 million on sales of $125.5 million in the year-ago quarter.
Resurgent IT market drives International Rectifier's revenues
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7/30/2004   Post a comment
International Rectifier reported revenues of $298.6 million for the quarter ended June 30.
DRAM market seen headed for recession
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7/30/2004   Post a comment
The booming DRAM market is expected to head toward recession next year, according to a market researcher.
Xicor shareholders approve merger with Intersil
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7/29/2004   Post a comment
Analog semiconductor supplier Intersil Corp. reported that its pending acquisition of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor supplier Xicor Inc. was approved by 96% of voting Xicor shareholders.
Satellite multimedia broadcasts set for launch in Japan, South Korea
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7/29/2004   Post a comment
A new satellite TV service to be launched here and in South Korea in October promises to deliver programming along with radio and data broadcasting to mobile terminals.
Conferees ponder Taiwan's design rise
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7/29/2004   Post a comment
Taiwan's ascendancy in the electronics design food chain seemed official on the floors of the fourth annual Embedded System Conference-Asia and the twelfth annual Electronics Design Automation & Test-Taiwan Conference & Exhibition here this week. From Hsinchu, Majeed Ahmad filed this report.
NEC targets 8-bit MCUs at automotive, industrial and consumer apps
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7/29/2004   Post a comment
NEC Electronics America's newest 8-bit microcontroller line called the 78K0S/Kx1+ family targets cost-sensitive applications; the higher-end 78K0/Kx1+ family offers larger memory sizes and more on-chip peripherals for more complex applications.
Katsuhiko Hara ist neuer Präsident von Epson Europa
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7/29/2004   Post a comment
Epson Europe hat einen neuen Präsidenten: Katsuhiko Hara hat die Nachfolge von Masao Ueno angetreten, im Juni nach kurzer Krankheit verstorben war.
Suchmaschinen-Chip löst IPv6-Probleme
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7/29/2004   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor bringt mit dem 'Ayama 20000' ein neues Mitglied seiner Familie von Network-Search-Engine-Chips (NSE) auf den Markt. Der neue Chip ist speziell für umfassendere Such- und Klassifizierungs-Anforderungen von neuen IPv6-Netzdesigns ausgelegt.
PIC MCU boasts CAN 2.0B interface, 64 Kbytes of flash
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7/28/2004   Post a comment
Microchip Technology has beefed-up its PIC MCU line, offering a CAN 2.0B interface for the automotive electronics market. The unit packs 64 Kbytes of flash in 28-pin package.
Embedded network security kit available for Zilog's eZ80Acclaim MCU
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7/28/2004   Post a comment
ZiLOG, Inc. has begun to offer an embedded network security kit for its eZ80Acclaim! family of 8-bit flash microcontrollers. The complete kit enables design engineers to develop embedded networking applications over any TCP/IP network that requires secured data transmission using SSL (Secured Socket Layer) technology.
Triple differential drives down cost for video signals over cable
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7/28/2004   Post a comment
The AD8133 triple differential line driver from Analog Devices is a single IC package that drives RGB signals over twisted-pair cable and cuts significant costs and board space.
Stepper-motor IC drives auto apps
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7/28/2004   Post a comment
Allegro MicroSystems' A3980, an automotive-friendly addition to the company's line of microstepping motor driver ICs, features a unique two-wire interface with translator for control of step, step-size, and direction. The interface and translator provide for operating bipolar stepper motors in full-, half-, eighth-, and sixteenth-step modes without the need for a complex system controller.
Atmel's AVR MCU targets high-end CAN networking
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7/28/2004   Post a comment
Atmel Corp.'s AT90CAN128, an 8-bit AVR Flash microcontroller with extended CAN (Controller Area Network) capabilities boasts 16 MIPS processing speed for many CAN networking and industrial applications, including factory and building automation, medical equipment, marine networking and print media.
AMD unveils processors for home market
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7/28/2004   Post a comment
Seeking to capitalize on the increasingly processor-intensive needs of the home and business PC market, AMD, Sunnyvale, Calif., has introduced a line of desktop and mobile processors designated the Sempron series.
Building Advanced Switching Backplanes: ATCA Hardware Issues
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7/28/2004   Post a comment
Advanced switching holds a great deal of promise in emerging Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture designs. But, to be an effective option, designers must first deal with issues like topology, cabling, trace routing, and interconnection. From CommsDesign.com, a Vitesse engineer explains some of the analog design issues.
Active mixer resolves local oscillator challenges common to passive designs
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7/28/2004   Post a comment
An RF active mixer from Linear Technology provides linearity and signal-to-noise performance matching that of passive mixers, allowing designers to build 3G cellular basestations that are more compact and at substantially reduced cost.
Low-cost, high-performance car radio tuner -- all on one chip
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
Philips Electronics solutions offers a family of one-chip analog car radio design that offers state-of-the-art tuning performance while reducing overall system costs.
Unique, dual-connected op amp enables two stages in one chip
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
Microchip's MCP62x5 family enables a standard two-stage amplifier signal chain to be implemented into an eight-lead package with a power-saving chip select. The internal connection of the two stages enables one operational amplifier to feed into the other making a more compact design.
Precision amps improve performance in communications, audio apps
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices announces a family of precision operational amplifiers that delivers the optimal combination of low noise and low power at the speeds required by communications applications, and the output drive capability necessary for audio applications.
Integrated multichannel Codec awakens next-gen AV Systems
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics releases the WM8777 codec that when combined with a DSP will enliven all the major audio functions for next generation of 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 Audio-Visual systems.
Rough ride predicted for cellular RF power amplifier makers
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
Manufacturers of the RF power amplifiers and RF power semiconductors used in cellular base stations are in for a rough ride over the next few years according to market research group ABI (Oyster Bay, NY). The main concern, according to ABI Research senior analyst Lance Wilson, is the inevitable slow down of large-scale GSM deployment. From London, John Walko filed this report.
Stand-alone digital audio receivers to remain a blip on the landscape
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
A forecaster, the Diffusion Group, predicts that u.s. market for digital audio receivers will flare up and die. According to the Dallas-based Diffusion Group, the early market for digital audio receivers (DAR) such as NETGEAR's MP101 and digital audio adapters (DAA) such as Apple's Airport Express will enjoy rapid growth through 2006 and then face a host of market challenges.
Samsung unveils HDTV System-on-Chip
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Korea, has introduced a system-on-a-chip (SOC) device for high-definition TVs and digital set-top-boxes to meet FCC requirements. The S5H2200 is a single-chip solution that incorporates dual HD MPEG-2 decoders, which can simultaneously provide high-quality audio and video for digital broadcasts to the sub-screen as well as to the main screen, an ARM920T-based 330MHz CPU, and the company's proprietary picture improvement function, DNIe (Digital Natural Image Engine).
Genesis reports loss, though unit shipments rise
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
Genesis Microchip Inc. reported a net loss of $1.3 million on sales of $52.8 million in its first 2005 fiscal quarter ended June, compared to net earnings of $1.4 million on sales of $53.9 million in the year-ago fiscal quarter. In the previous fiscal quarter ended March, Genesis lost $1.9 million on sales of $54.9 million.
Active mixer resolves local oscillator challenges common to passive designs
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
An RF active mixer from Linear Technology provides linearity and signal-to-noise performance matching that of passive mixers, allowing designers to build 3G cellular basestations that are more compact and at substantially reduced cost.
Tools; A Must For New Technologies
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
Third party design automation tools typically will lag behind the tools from the company which supports a their new and proprietary technology. Sometimes, we see a coordinated effort to release new technology along with a rollout of third party tool makers, but for the most part, the manufacturers tools precede the third party tools.
Not Just Higher Density, Methodology Improvements as Well
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
It's important to keep an eye on the PLD/FPGA device makers as they introduce new technologies and new parts. Often times, it is their innovations which lead the way. If really good enough, the industry will follow.
Is It Middle Of The Road, Or, A Road In The Middle
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
Design teams all over are debating. While time to market and risk can be substantially lowered by going the FPGA route, the ASIC path carries potential benefits that can't be ignored.
New Approach Combines ASIC and FPGA Benefits
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
There have been some hybrid approaches that provide designers with very low risk, fast turnaround ASICs, and even some that provide a structured ASIC with programmable functionality.
Advancing The State Of Military and Space Bound Designs
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
It's not an easy task to ruggedize some technologies. Making electronics for military and aerospace applications imposes many more scrutinizing tests and verifications.
Product-Term or Look-up Table? Decisions, Decisions
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
Since product-term architectures, embodied by CPLDs, and Look-up Table (LUT) based-architectures, embodied by FPGAs, have existed designers have been trying to determine which architecture is best suited for a given application.
Low-cost, high-performance car radio tuner -- all on one chip
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
Philips Electronics solutions offers a family of one-chip analog car radio design that offers state-of-the-art tuning performance while reducing overall system costs.
Technology Addresses Beyond 90 nm
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
The ability to move beyond 90 nm depends on clever innovations that are taking place now.
Targeting Hi Rel Core Designs With DRAM
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
It's not an easy task to ruggedize some technologies. Making electronics for military and aerospace applications imposes many more scrutinizing tests and verifications.
Caching In On High Speed DRAM
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
Aimed at enhancing performance of servers, network routers, PCs and other IT infrastructure components, two new techniques for DRAM technology were developed.
Increased Density Spawns Need for Increased Density
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
RAM based FPGAs need to be loaded and initialized from an external source. They cannot be looked at quite the same way as you do instant on parts.
Unique, dual-connected op amp enables two stages in one chip
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
Microchip's MCP62x5 family enables a standard two-stage amplifier signal chain to be implemented into an eight-lead package with a power-saving chip select. The internal connection of the two stages enables one operational amplifier to feed into the other making a more compact design.
Integrated multichannel Codec awakens next-gen AV Systems
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics releases the WM8777 codec that when combined with a DSP will enliven all the major audio functions for next generation of 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 Audio-Visual systems.
Samsung unveils HDTV system-on-chip
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7/26/2004   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Korea, has introduced a system-on-a-chip (SoC) device for high-definition TVs and digital set-top-boxes to meet FCC requirements.
Intel plans common Itanium, Xeon platform
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7/26/2004   Post a comment
Intel will move its separate Itanium and Xeon microprocessor architectures to a common system platform by 2007.
Anadigics meet guidance but posts loss
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7/26/2004   Post a comment
Anadigics Inc. recorded a net loss of $11.7 million on revenue of $22.7 million in the second quarter, up 7% sequentially from the previous quarter vs. guidance of a 5% increase. In the year-ago quarter, the Warren, N.J. supplier of wireless and broadband devices posted a net loss of $13.7 million on sales of $18.0 million.
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