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Window comparator triggers pulse-width to voltage converter
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
Analog circuits are often used to advantage to offload tasks from microcomputers freeing them up to concentrate on higher priority tasks while the analog circuit performs its function independent of the microcomputer, writes a Linear Technology Corp engineer in July's Planet Analog magazine. But when an event or condition requires the analog circuit to generate an interrupt to request the microcomputer’s attention, it must be capable of responding in a fast time window — and in a way
On Semi posts profit on flat sales
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
Chip maker On Semiconductor Corp. said revenues in the second quarter of 2005 were $302.8 million, approximately flat with the first quarter of 2005.
Altera meets expectations, sales up 8%
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
FPGA chip specialist Altera Corp. reported second-quarter sales of $285.5 million, up 8 percent from the first quarter of 2005 and up 6 percent from the second quarter of 2004.
Quarterly revenue up at Atheros, PortablePlayer
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
Atheros Communications and Portable Player each reported increases in quarter-over-quarter revenue for the second quarter.
Anadigics narrows loss as broadband sales improve
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
Wireless and broadband communications supplier Anadigics Inc. reported a loss of $9.1 million, or 27 cents per share on sales of $23.9 million in the second quarter, compared to a loss of $11.5 million, or 34 cents per share on sales of $21.8 million in the year-ago quarter, and $11.7 million, or 36 cents per share on sales of $22.7 million in the year-ago quarter.
Atmel Corp. joins Z-One power alliance
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier Atmel Corp. has joined the Z-One Digital Power Alliance, which currently includes power supply manufacturers Power-One, Inc. and C&D Technologies.
Audio A/D converter touts eight-channels
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
Cirrus Logic Inc. rolled out an audio analog-to-digital converter (A/D converter) IC that is said to eliminate the need for multiple stereo A/D converters for surround-sound or multichannel applications.
D/A converter cuts power by 70 percent
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. has developed a lower-power version of its TxDAC transmit digital-to-analog converters (D/A converters) that is said to reduce power dissipation by up to 70 percent over the previous generation.
North American handsets get a boost from dual-band PA module
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
Anadigics introduces a family of dual-band power amplifiers (PAs) that pack functionality into a 3 x 5 mm package and simplify board design.
Serial EEPROM line expanded with pair of high-density devices
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. has expanded its serial peripheral interface (SPI) serial EEPROM line with a pair of 256-Kbit devices that can achieve speeds of up to 10-MHz.
Serial flash market heats up as vendors launch new products
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
The serial flash memory market is starting to see some serious action as two major chip vendors launch new product families based on the serial peripheral interface (SPI).
Alliance retains Needham to consider stockholder proposal
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7/22/2005   Post a comment
Alliance Semiconductor said a special committee formed earlier in the month to evaluate share accumulation and proposals made by a large investor has engaged Needham & Company LLC to provide financial advice as it considers the matter.
Analyst says consumer WLAN adoption still in its infancy
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7/22/2005   Post a comment
Wireless LAN is a hot commodity in consumer products, but it's only the beginning according to an industry analyst and top executives at Marvell.
Silicon Labs' second quarter profit, revenue down sharply
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7/22/2005   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories reported second quarter net income of $15.6 million, or 28 cents per diluted share, down roughly 32 percent from the $22.8 million, or 41 cents per diluted share, that the company reported for the second quarter of 2004.
Infineon attempts to vindicate former exec
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7/22/2005   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG attempted to vindicate the company’s former memory boss over alleged irregularities in sponsorship contract payments.
Analog Devices rolls out multi-channel DDS devices
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7/22/2005   Post a comment
Analog Devices introduced what it called the industry's only multi-channel direct digital synthesis (DDS) devices, the four-channel AD9959 and two-channel AD9958.
Clocking requirements spur buffer demand
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7/22/2005   Post a comment
Alliance Semiconductor Corp. expanded its product offering with a new family of high-performance zero delay buffers (ZDB's) and non-zero delay buffers (NZDB's) in response to precise, high-performance clocking requirements.
Microchip PICkit 2 MCU developer starter kit due in August
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7/22/2005   Post a comment
The low cost PIC microcontroller starter kit that Microchip Technology has been hinting about will be available in August.
Skyworks turns in quarterly profit, meets revenue guidance
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7/21/2005   Post a comment
Skyworks Solutions reported revenue of $191.5 million for its fiscal third quarter, which ended July 1, up slightly from the $190.5 million that the company posted during its fiscal second quarter but down from the $207.4 million in revenue that it reported for the same period in 2004.
SanDisk readies 70-nm flash line, posts profit
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7/21/2005   Post a comment
Amid a 70-nm flash-memory chip and systems launch, SanDisk Corp., a supplier of flash storage card products, said second quarter revenues increased 19 percent on a year-over-year basis to $515 million and increased 14 percent compared to the first quarter of 2005.
TriQuint posts second quarter profit; revenue up slightly
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7/21/2005   Post a comment
TriQuint Semiconductor posted a net profit of $6.2 million on revenue of $67.9 million for the second quarter.
Intersil expects sales, earnings to rise
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7/21/2005   Post a comment
Analog semiconductor supplier Intersil Corp. reported net earnings of $17.3 million, or 12 cents per share on sales of $139.1 million in the second quarter of 2005, up from $12.8 million, or 9 cents per share on sales of $128.1 million in the previous quarter.
Power Integrations says design wins buoyed quarter results
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7/21/2005   Post a comment
Power Integrations specializes in voltage regulators that include both the PWM and the power transistor drivers on the same chip. The company reported new design wins — as well as an increase in revenues and margins.
Display IC companies post mixed results
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7/21/2005   Post a comment
Display and image processing semiconductor companies Genesis Microchip Inc. and Leadis Technology Inc. reported mixed results for their June quarters.
Xilinx profits up on 4% sales gain
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7/21/2005   Post a comment
Xilinx Inc. reported sales of $405 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2006, up 4 percent sequentially from the prior quarter but down 4 percent from the same quarter a year ago.
13-bit A/D converter boosts receiver performance
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7/21/2005   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc.'s 13-bit analog-to-digital converter (A/D converter) features 68 dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and 79 dB spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR), at the maximum sample rate of 210 megasamples/second and an input frequency of 230 MHz.
Double-balanced surface mount mixers cover 14 to 32 GHz
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7/21/2005   Post a comment
Hittite has introduced a line of RoHs-compliant passive mixers that require no external matching.
Powerful final-test memory system debuts
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7/21/2005   Post a comment
Automatic test equipment maker Agilent Technologies now has a new final-test memory tester targeting multi-chip packages and discrete flash. Dubbed the Versatest Series Model V5500, this ATE system offers a tester-per-site architecture.
Cypress falls short on profit expectations
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7/21/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier Cypress Semiconductor Corp. reported a second-quarter net loss of $15.3 million, or 12 cents per share on sales of $220.5 million, compared to earnings of $21.9 million, or 18 cents per share on sales of $264.3 million in the year-ago quarter.
ThreadX RTOS ported to ARC-700 processors
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7/21/2005   Post a comment
Express Logic, Inc. has ported its ThreadX RTOS to the ARC 700 family of configurable processors.
Tuning gets easier with industry's first multi-channel direct digital synthesizer
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7/21/2005   Post a comment
Analog Devices reports that it has released the industry's first multi-channel DDS, which promises to simplify complex designs and ensure precision balancing of multiple signals.
Camtek says August Technology suit has no merit
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7/21/2005   Post a comment
Camtek promised defend itself against a patent infringement lawsuit filed by rival August Technology.
Reference design for Bluetooth stereo headsets reduces costs by more than 20%
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7/21/2005   Post a comment
Breaking a barrier for market uptake of wireless stereo headphones, the new reference design includes CSR's BlueCore3-Multimedia chip.
Smaller power ICs facilitate extended PoE
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7/20/2005   Post a comment
Focusing on higher density for extended portable applications, Power Integrations has further expanded its DPA-Switch family for power-over-Ethernet (PoE). The company's four new DPA-Switch devices come in S-PAKs, which provide a footprint savings of 40 percent and reduce package height by 55 percent as compared to the existing TO-263. There's no tradeoff in equivalent thermal impedance.
Qualcomm’s sales fall 1%, profits up
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7/20/2005   Post a comment
Communications chip and systems vendor Qualcomm Inc. reported sales of $1.36 billion for its third fiscal quarter, up 1 percent year-over-year and down 1 percent sequentially.
Settlement money paces strong quarter at Cirrus Logic
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7/20/2005   Post a comment
Cirrus Logic reported net income of $26 million, or 30 cents per diluted share, on revenue of $52.8 million for the company's fiscal first quarter, which ended June 25.
Stanford dean elected to Intel's board of directors
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7/20/2005   Post a comment
James Plummer, dean of the Stanford School of Engineering, has been elected to Intel's board of directors.
Audio converter boasts wide sampling rate
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7/20/2005   Post a comment
AKM Semiconductor's low-cost, audio analog-to-digital (A/D converter) for audio applications touts a dynamic range of 102 dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and -96 dB total harmonic distortion plus noise (THD+N).
Marvell rolls out low-power 90-nm WLAN single chip solution
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7/20/2005   Post a comment
Marvell introduced what it called the world's first ultra-low-power 90-nanometer wireless LAN (WLAN) single chip solution.
Otellini says Intel will win legal battle with AMD
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7/20/2005   Post a comment
Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini on Tuesday dismissed charges from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. that it has illegally dampened competition in the microprocessor market and said that Intel only agreed to sanctions in a recent ruling in Japan in an effort to resolve the legal battle.
Intel raises capex despite sales, earnings decline in Q2
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7/20/2005   Post a comment
MANHASSET, N.Y. Microprocessor company Intel Corp. posted second-quarter sales of $9.2 billion, meeting its mid-quarter guidance but falling 2 percent from $9.4 billion the first quarter.
Quad-output controller hits the books
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7/20/2005   Post a comment
Intersil's ISL6232 is a system quad-output power supply controller for notebook computers that's optimized for converting battery, wall adapter or network DC input voltage into system supply voltages required for portable applications.
Dual-input chip eases on-the-fly charging
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7/20/2005   Post a comment
Intersil's ISL6299 is a fully integrated dual-input battery charger IC for single-cell Li-ion/polymer applications. The chip, working off the USB port (7 volts maximum) or desktop cradle/AC adapter (up to 28 V, touted as the highest in the industry) is thus designed to offer compact support for cell phones, smart phones, PDAs, MP3 devices, portable multi-media players, digital still cameras, and other portable industrial and test equipment.
512-Mbyte microSD flash card hits the market
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7/20/2005   Post a comment
SanDisk has introduced a 512-Mbyte microSD card, which it claims is the largest capacity available in this form factor. It also plans to have a 1-Gbyte microSD card by the end of the year and a 2-Gbyte version in 2006.
Five-LDO chip eases power management
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7/19/2005   Post a comment
Semtech Corp.'s SC900, a power management IC with five ultra-low dropout regulators (ULDOs), includes an I2C interface to facilitate precise control of each regulator's output voltage, power-good monitor setpoint, reset logic and active/nonactive shutdown mode. The chip is suited to cellular phones, PDAs and similar portable equipment applications where it's essential to maintain performance as the battery voltage slowly declines.
New programmable device family combines CPLD and FPGA features
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7/19/2005   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor Corp. has introduced MachXO, a new product family that combines the key features of complex programmable logic device (PLD) and FPGA technologies in a single device.
ARM-based configurable system-on-chip ICs boost time-to-market
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7/19/2005   Post a comment
Using its own Structured Processor Enhanced Architecture and the ARM946ES CPU running at 192Mhz, STMicroelectronics has begun marketing a family of configurable System-on-Chip ICs for such applications as digital engines for printers and scanners among other embedded control uses.
Intel raises capex despite sales, earnings decline in Q2
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7/19/2005   Post a comment
Microprocessor company Intel Corp. posted second-quarter sales of $9.2 billion, meeting its mid-quarter guidance but falling 2 percent from $9.4 billion the first quarter.
Halbleitermarkt dümpelt vor sich hin
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7/19/2005   Post a comment
Der Umsatz mit Halbleitern hat im Juni stagniert. Weder gegenüber dem Vormonat noch gegenüber dem Juni des Vorjahres ergab sich eine Veränderung. Gegenüber dem Mai hingegen stieg der Umsatz um 2 Prozent an, meldet der Zentralverband Elektrontechnik- und Elektronikindustrie (ZVEI). Allerdings verzeichnet der Branchenverband eine leichte Besserung der Auftragseingänge.
Stereo codec targets portable apps
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7/19/2005   Post a comment
This low-power stereo codec from Cirrus Logic Inc. operates from a single 1.8-V power supply while delivering 46 mW into stereo 16Ω headphones.
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