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Toshiba to boost NAND production
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7/29/2005   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp. will boost investment in its memory fab in Yokkaichi, increasing capacity to 30,000 300-mm wafers a month, or 40 percent more than previously planned.
Energy saving products highlight IR's mixed-growth revenue picture
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7/29/2005   Post a comment
While International Rectifier's total annual revenues grew just $100-million over last fiscal year (from $1.06 billion in fiscal 2004 to $1.17 billion in fiscal 2005), the company's biggest growth was reflected in energy-saving products, followed by computer industry products and those for military and aerospace customers. Alex Lidow is enthused about energy-saving products.
CCFL inverter delivers sure strikes
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7/29/2005   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX8729 is a fully integrated controller optimized to drive multiple cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) used in LCD monitor and TV applications. Using a topology that the company touts as unique, the controller works in a resonant mode during striking and switches over to a fixed-frequency mode after the lamps are lit to ensure reliable striking and operation under all conditions while reducing electrical stress on the transformer.
RFID startup secures $66 million in funding
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7/29/2005   Post a comment
Startup RFID provider Alien Technology announced the completion of a $66 million round of financing, led by SunBridge Partners.
PLD vendor releases open IP core soft MCU
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7/29/2005   Post a comment
In a move to drive user development of its new 8-bit soft microcontroller core, Lattice Corp. is offering an open IP core license that eliminates the boundaries found in free reference designs that restricts the use of IP.
500mA VLDO grants fixed voltages
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7/29/2005   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp. is trumpeting what it claims is the first 500 mA very low dropout regulator (VLDO) with fixed low-output voltage options.
Tool kit modernizes PFC designs
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7/29/2005   Post a comment
International Rectifier's IRAC1150-D2 power-factor-correction (PFC) control design kit, with a complementary design tool that can be accessed from the company's myPOWER online site, brings PFC designs up to date. "This reference design allows designers to immediately see the benefit of IR’s one-cycle control performance without a major redesign or spending a lot of time evaluating and prototyping a new PFC circuit," said Stephen Oliver, marketing manager for AC/DC products.
Microsemi posts big increase in quarterly net income
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7/29/2005   Post a comment
Microsemi reported fiscal 2005 third quarter net sales of $75.2 million, up 3 percent from the $73.3 million that the company reported for the second quarter and up 17 percent from the $64.1 million it reported for the same period in 2004.
Microtune, MicroLinear narrow losses as sales rebound
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7/28/2005   Post a comment
RF semiconductor supplier Microtune Inc. posted a net loss of $0.6 million, or 1 cent per share, on sales of $13.5 million in the second quarter, compared to a net loss of $2.0 million, or 4 cents per share on sales of $12.2 million the previous quarter.
AMI Semi restructures business, sees profit shrink
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7/28/2005   Post a comment
Mixed-signal semiconductor supplier AMI Semiconductor has realigned its business by integrating its foundry services business into its mixed-signal business unit, a move the company said would offer customers a full range of options from applications-specific products to custom designs and foundry services.
Intel taps notebook CPU for power-sensitive servers
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7/28/2005   Post a comment
Intel Corp. will revamp its next-generation notebook microprocessor for use in servers as the first in a series of low-power server CPUs the company will release starting later this year.
Stand alone Li-ion chargers get even smaller
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7/28/2005   Post a comment
Billed as a complete stand alone linear charger in a 2-by-2 mm DFN, Linear Technology's LTC4065 and LTC4065A can deliver up to 750 mA for single-cell lithium-ion batteries and applications in digital still cameras, portable point-of-sale and diagnostic equipment, cell phones, PDAs and USB-equipped handheld devices.
DRAM maker sampling 2-Gbit DDR2 DRAM
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7/28/2005   Post a comment
Micron Technology Inc. is sampling 2-Gbit, DDR2 devices to a select server customer. The DRAM maker said the part, MT47H512M4HG, is designed to enable up to 8-Gbyte high density modules, providing more memory per server with less space and power consumption than current component offerings.
Decoder turns cellphones into media players
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7/28/2005   Post a comment
Atmel Corp.'s single-chip MP3 decoder allows mobile phones to play MP3 music and ring tones and to convert it into a pen drive.
Hitachi expects slow growth to continue after posting loss
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7/28/2005   Post a comment
Japanese electronics company Hitachi Ltd. reported sales of $18.2 billion with a net loss of $217 million in its first fiscal 2005 quarter ended June 30.
Mitsubishi sales up, but earnings fall
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7/28/2005   Post a comment
The slumping Japanese economy took its toll on Japanese electronics supplier Mitsubishi Electric Corp., which reported net income of $98.8 million on sales of $6.6 billion in the first fiscal 2006 quarter ended June 30.
Applied Micro Circuits cuts workforce 5 percent, narrows loss
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7/27/2005   Post a comment
Storage and network semiconductor supplier Applied Micro Circuits Corp. announced it would reduce its headcount by 5 percent as part of a restructuring plan.
Microcontrollers target automotive passive-keyless-entry
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Microchip Technology's latest PICs combine data transmission security with power management.
Storage growth boosts Q2 results for LSI Logic
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7/27/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier LSI Logic Corp. posted second quarter 2005 net earnings of $25 million, or 6 cents per share on sales of $481 million, compared to $5 million, or 1 cent per share on sales of $450 million the first quarter.
Conexant meets guidance, narrows loss
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7/27/2005   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor supplier Conexant Systems Inc. posted a GAAP loss of $32.2 million, or 7 cents per share, on sales of $197.5 million in its third fiscal 2005 quarter ended July 1, compared to $73.2 million, or 16 cents per share on sales of $169.7 million in the previous quarter.
Fast parametric measurement-unit chips have small footprints
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7/27/2005   Post a comment
Expanding an existing line of standards-based per-pin parametric measurement unit ICs, chip maker Semtech is dishing up a family of three PPMU devices. They're claimed to have extremely fast settling times and the smallest form-factors for 40-mA devices. The use of BiCMOS also permits them to accommodate a 16.25-V range.
IDT sales fall short of expectations
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7/27/2005   Post a comment
Communications IC supplier Integrated Device Technology (IDT) Inc. posted GAAP earnings of $6.6 million, or 6 cents per share on sales of $93.8 million in the first fiscal 2006 quarter ended July 6, compared with $6.2 million, or 6 cents per share on sales of $97.0 million in the previous quarter.
Graphics chip sales edge up, says report
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7/27/2005   Post a comment
Shipments of PC graphics devices reached 61.4 million in the second quarter, up to 2 percent from the previous quarter and 12.9 percent over the year-ago quarter, according to a report by Jon Peddie Research.
Flash-based FPGA to integrate analog functions
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7/27/2005   Post a comment
In the next six to nine months, Actel Corp. will unveil products that employ its latest technology called Fusion, which combines mixed-signal analog capabilities with flash memory and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) fabric in a monolithic programmable system chip (PSC).
Standalone Li-Ion battery chargers deliver up to 750 mA
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7/27/2005   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation has introduced the LTC4065 and LTC4065A, tiny fully integrated standalone linear battery chargers that can charge a single-cell Li-Ion battery up to 750mA without overheating the device or surrounding components.
Transceiver targets cost-sensitive PHS applications
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7/27/2005   Post a comment
Micro Linear expands PHS transceiver lineup with a new cost-optimized device
RTC trait minimizes battery drain
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7/27/2005   Post a comment
Intersil Corp.'s real time clock (RTC) combines high-precision and low-power for a variety of applications that require accuracy and calendar functions.
Hynix reportedly sees Q2 profit fall 62 percent
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7/27/2005   Post a comment
South Korea semiconductor supplier Hynix Semiconductor saw its second-quarter net profit plunge 62 percent from a year ago due to a steep decline in memory-chip prices amid a supply glut, according to several online reports.
Buck regulator claims new size-efficiency high
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7/27/2005   Post a comment
Using a new analog process, Texas Instruments' TPS62110, a 1.5-amp DC/DC step-down regulator IC, boasts an efficiency of 95 percent to extend battery life in industrial handhelds, portable test equipment, and consumer devices powered by two- to three-cell lithium-based batteries or a 12-volt power source. TI says the device achieves the smallest solution size with highest power efficiency over a wide input range.
ARC trims losses and confirms good outlook
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7/27/2005   Post a comment
Configurable processor IP licensor ARC International confirmed its revenues for the six months ended June 30 were £5.4 million ($9.4 million), down 13 percent compared with the same period last year.
SPDT switch module spans 20GHz
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7/27/2005   Post a comment
Designed for military EW/ECM, space, wideband telecom, industrial, microwave radio, and test equipment applications, this GaAs MMIC switch offers high performance for rugged applications.
Open IP core license available for LatticeMico8 Soft MCU
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7/27/2005   Post a comment
On the heels of its just released MachXO crossover programmable logic devices, Lattice Semiconductor Corp. is making available under an open IP core license its LatticeMico8, an 8-bit "soft" MCU core for its various families of PLDs and FPGAs.
STMicro posts second quarter profit
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7/26/2005   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics reported net revenue of $2.16 billion for the second quarter, up 3.8 percent first quarter revenue and down nominally from the same period a year ago.
Linear, Microchip post stellar results
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7/26/2005   Post a comment
Chip makers Linear Technology Inc. and Microchip Technology Inc. separately posted stellar results.
SigmaTel eyes diversification with two acquisitions
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7/26/2005   Post a comment
SigmaTel is set to acquire semiconductor supplier Protocom and the software, patents and engineering resources associated with D&M Holdings' Rio portable audio product line.
Actel sales up 3% in Q2
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7/26/2005   Post a comment
Chip maker Actel Corp. reported net revenues of $45.3 million for the second quarter of 2005, up 4 percent from the second quarter of 2004 and up 3 percent from the first quarter of 2005.
RF Micro narrows loss, expects September quarter profit
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7/26/2005   Post a comment
Radiofrequency IC supplier RF Micro Devices Inc. posted a net loss of $2.7 million, or 1 cent per share on sales of $159.4 million in its first fiscal 2006 quarter ended June 30.
Atmel to cut costs amid huge Q2 loss
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7/26/2005   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. said that it is looking to cut costs amid ongoing losses in its chip business. The company is looking at layoffs, R&D cuts and a shift towards chip outsourcing with outside silicon foundries.
Semico sees upswing for ICs thru 2008
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7/26/2005   Post a comment
Semico Research Corp.’s new Inflection Point Indicator (IPI) model shows two years of moderate growth for the worldwide semiconductor industry in 2005 and 2006, followed by a strong double-digit upswing in 2007 and 2008.
Agere posts profit on tax benefit
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7/26/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier Agere Corp. recorded net income of $120 million, or 66 cents per share, on sales of $433 million in its third 2005 fiscal quarter ended June, compared with a net loss of $68 million, or 38 cents per share on sales of $417 million the previous quarter.
Infineon's third quarter losses wider than expected
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7/26/2005   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies revealed wider-than-expected losses for its third quarter, blaming weak memory prices, further deterioration in its security and chip-card unit and the cost of phasing out production at its Munich-Perlach facility.
Aggregator IC extends Cortina's multiservice strategy
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7/26/2005   Post a comment
Communications chip maker Cortina Systems Inc. has started sampling an Ethernet aggregator chip dubbed Barcelona, the third device the company has added to its portfolio this year.
90nm device targets WLAN designs
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7/26/2005   Post a comment
With a total footprint of less than 50 x 50 mm, Marvell's new device integrates a CPU, host interfaces, and an 802.11 a/b/g transceiver.
Conexant enters CPE BPON chip fray
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7/26/2005   Post a comment
Conexant Systems Inc. has become the latest xDSL specialist to add passive optical network chips to its repertoire.
PCIe PHY IC delivers access time of 2.5-Gbits/s
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7/26/2005   Post a comment
Genesys Logic Inc. is offering in volume production its PCI Express (PCIe) GigaCourier GL9711 physical layer (PHY) IC for $5 each in quantities of 25,000.
Flexible PCIe PHY IC offered in both an 8- and 16-bit interface
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7/26/2005   Post a comment
In an move to expand its portfolio of PCI Express (PCIe) products, Texas Instruments Inc. has released the third generation of its discrete PCIe physical layer (PHY) chip.
Stratix II FPGAs available in higher speed grades
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7/26/2005   Post a comment
Altera Corp. is offering a faster speed grade for the two largest members of its Stratix II field programmable gate array (FPGA) family, the EP2S130 and EP2S180.
AMI to borrow $110 million to finance Flextronics acquisition
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
AMI Semiconductor plans to finance the majority of acquisition costs for the semiconductor division of Flextronics with an additional $110 million add-on to its current term loan.
TI beats expectations as sales up 9%
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
Citing strong growth for its digital signal processor (DSP) products, Texas Instruments Inc. reported revenue of $3.239 billion for the second quarter, up 9 percent sequentially and about even with the year-ago quarter.
Mindspeed meets guidance but posts loss
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
Mindspeed Technologies Inc. reported fiscal 2005 third-quarter loss of $9.5 million, or 9 cents per share, on sales of $27.7 million, compared to a loss of $18.4 million, or 18 cents per share on sales of $26.6 million in the previous fiscal quarter.
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