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AMI to buy ultra-low power SRAM business
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7/31/2006   Post a comment
AMI Semiconductor said it has entered into an agreement to acquire the ultra-low power six-transistor SRAM and medical system-on-chip ASIC businesses of NanoAmp Solutions for approximately $21 million in cash, plus an adjustment for closing inventory of the business.
Giga-tronics posts loss
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7/31/2006   Post a comment
Microwave components supplier Gigatronics Inc. reported a net loss of $1.0 million, or 21 cents per fully diluted share for the first fiscal 2007 quarter ending June 24, 2006. This compares with a net profit of $0.2 million, or 4 cents per share in the year-ago quarter.
Power Integrations faces delisting
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7/31/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier Power Integrations faces delisting from the Nasdaq exchange after stating it does not expect to update its SEC filings by the previously announced deadline of Aug. 2, 2006.
Intel and Micron sample 50 nanometer NAND flash memory devices
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7/31/2006   Post a comment
Micron Technology, Inc., and Intel Corp. have begun sampling NAND flash memory built on 50 nanometer (nm) process technology. The samples were manufactured through IM Flash Technologies, a joint development and manufacturing venture from Micron and Intel.
Updated: TSMC vaults to No. 4 in IC rankings
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7/31/2006   Post a comment
IC Insights semiconductor company revenue rankings for the first half of the year showed TSMC jumped from No. 8 to No. 4, and Qualcomm became the first fabless company to crack the top 15.
Ikanos acquires Doradus technologies
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7/31/2006   Post a comment
Ikanos Communications Inc. has acquired the privately-held Doradus Technologies Inc., a digital TV DSP specialist founded by Ikanos' former director of engineering Sam Heidari.
Ikanos acquires digital TV DSP company
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7/31/2006   Post a comment
Ikanos Communications Inc. has acquired the privately-held Doradus Technologies Inc., a digital TV DSP specialist founded by Ikanos' former director of engineering Sam Heidari.
Don't Ring Death Knell For ASIC Career Just Yet
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7/31/2006   Post a comment
The rumor that ASIC design is dying a slow death is one a consultant wants to put to rest completely.
Report: Graphics chip shipments decline
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7/31/2006   Post a comment
The latest edition of Jon Peddie's Market Watch, the firm's quarterly graphics survey, has Intel showing a 1.5 percent sequential decline in graphics shipments in Q2 06.
DC/DC chip packs the most power management for 3-amp applications
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7/31/2006   Post a comment
Product Review - Affording a one-chip solution for basic power-with-power management designs, Zilker Labs says its ZL2105 is the industry's only such offering for 3-amp service with complete digital-power management facility, and is the mostly easily configured.
NEC Electronics' recovery linked to its game chip
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7/28/2006   Post a comment
With the goal of restoring profits this year, NEC Electronics started its first quarter with 13 percent increase in sales and halved its operating loss year on year.
Why You Don't Want To Jump Off The ASIC Career Path So Fast
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7/28/2006   Post a comment
ASIC designers have a pretty rosy career future. That is, if they don't stand still too long when it comes to boosting their skill sets.
DC/DC controller for all n-channel MOSFETs drives 20-amp applications
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7/28/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC3822 is a 750-kHz step-down DC/DC controller that's suited for driving all n-channel MOSFETs in 20-amp applications. The synchronous device further improves efficiency by using MOSFET drain-to-source resistance for current-sensing, doing away with the sense resistor traditionally employed.
Express Logic's ThreadX RTOS supports Luminary Micro's Stellaris microcontrollers
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7/28/2006   Post a comment
Express Logic's ThreadX real-time operating systems now supports Luminary Micro's Stellaris microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller core.
Spintronics research targets GaAs
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7/28/2006   Post a comment
Researchers claim to have perfected a method for brewing exactly the right molecular arrangement for the doping of magnetic atoms needed for spintronics.
TTPCom's 3G stack first to gain testing accreditations
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7/28/2006   Post a comment
TTPCom has raised the stakes in 3G mobile phone development and has become the first company to have its third generation multi-platform protocol technology accredited by both the GCF and IOT handset testing organizations.
Mosaid seeks dismissal of Micron complaint
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
Mosaid Technologies Inc. has filed a motion to dismiss Micron Technology Inc.'s Complaint for Declaratory Judgment, filed in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, San Jose Division on July 24, 2006.
Conexant loss widens despite higher sales, margins
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
Broadband communications semiconductor supplier Conexant Systems Inc. reported a GAAP net loss of $67.1 million, or 14 cents per share on sales of $251.6 million in its third fiscal quarter ended June 30. By comparison, Conexant lost $10.1 million, or 2 cents per share on sales of $242.6 million in the previous quarter.
Programmable in-amp yields outsized specs
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
Precision op amp offers dc and ac performance with small size, low power
Airbee, ZMD team on 900-MHz ZigBee technology
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
A complete reference design with the Texas Instruments' MSP430-1612 ultra-low power microcontroller was also released.
Mixed results for semi companies
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Semiconductor suppliers continue to produce a mixed bag of earnings results.
Commentary: Boom time for U.K. chip groups
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
Things are on the up for the UK’s small band of chip designers, Intellectual Property licensors and manufacturers. Over the past few days, ARM , Wolfson Microelectronics and Cambridge Silicon Radio have reported stellar performances for the first half of the year.
Updated: Panasonic, NEC, TI join forces on future mobile phones
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
Matsushita and NEC Corp. are teaming with Texas Instruments to form a mobile phone joint venture that will share R&D activities as the Japanese companies seek to become global wireless players.
Microcontroller reset IC meets core requirements
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
Renesas Technology says its RNA50C27AUS is the industry's first reset IC that incorporates a core power-on sequencing function for microcontrollers that operate core logic circuits from a 1.8-volt power supply and I/O peripheral circuits from a 3.3-volt supply.
Stand-alone differential encoder ICs cut cost, real-estate overheads
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
Product Review - Inphi Corporation's 13650DE and 13651DE, which the company says remain the only stand-alone differential phase shift keying (DPSK) and Duobinary encoders in the industry, are now offered in a QFN plastic package to cut cost and footprint and to provide a measure of compatibility with the company's new 13-series flip flops for use in NRZ applications.
Details of ST's Nomadik processor disclosed
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
An STMicroelectronics executive provided a glimpse of its future Nomadik multimedia processor platform consisting of multiple CPUs, DSPs and subsystems on a single chip.
Atmel, Tundra team on interconnects
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7/26/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor suppliers Atmel Corp. and Tundra Semiconductor Corp. have made an agreement enabling Atmel to deliver leading-edge system interconnect products to the extended-reliability markets.
Profits tumble at UTAC
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7/26/2006   Post a comment
United Test and Assembly Center announced its 12th consecutive quarter of revenue growth, but said profits slipped due to relocation expenses and weakness in its memory business.
South Korea's Core Logic licenses Java
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7/26/2006   Post a comment
Core Logic, one of South Korea's leading mobile multimedia SoC companies, said it has licensed Java Platform, Micro Edition (ME) technology from Sun Microsystems to help accelerate the expansion of Java technology in the mobile market
Samsung flash disk aims to boost Vista performance
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7/26/2006   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics said its 4-Gb solid state disk will serve as a high-speed NAND flash cache for notebooks and PCs running Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system.
3-port switch supports all 10/100 Ethernet optical standards
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7/26/2006   Post a comment
Micrel is sampling a highly integrated 3-port switching device dubbed the KSZ8893FQLdf that is designed to interface to 10BaseFL or 100BaseSX networks.
JPEG IP cores optimized for Lattice-brand FPGAs
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7/26/2006   Post a comment
Art of Silicon has ported, optimized and tested Grayscale and Color versions of JPEG encoder and decoder IP cores on LatticeECP2, LatticeSC and LatticeXP FPGA devices.
Buck regulator-with-LDO chip eases slim wireless designs
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor's NCP1526 is a synchronous buck regulator with LDO for powering "application microprocessors" and associated RF circuitry in higher density multimedia portable devices such as portable media players (PMPs), MP3 players and DMB or DVB-H mobile TV chipsets in cellular phones.
Lattice FPGA IP support expands with multimedia cores from Art of Silicon
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
Art of Silicon has ported grayscale and color versions of its JPEG encoder and decoder IP cores on LatticeECP2, LatticeSC and LatticeXP FPGA devices.
IDT acquires SigmaTel's codec lines
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier Integrated Device Technology Inc. has agreed to acquire SigmaTel's AC-97 and High Definition Audio (HD-Audio) PC and Notebook audio codec product lines, for $72 million in cash.
Freescale CEO: startup opportunities dwindling
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
The electronics industry has entered a consolidation stage that doesn't bode well for new companies, according to Freescale Semiconductor Chairman and CEO Michel Mayer.
Micron seeks damages from Mosaid
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor IP company Mosaid Technologies Inc. announced that Micron Technology Inc. filed a complaint for Declaratory Judgment in the Northern District of California, San Jose Division, seeking to declare 14 of Mosaid's U.S. patents invalid.
Chinese solar panel group raises $50 million on AIM
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
ReneSola, a Chinese company that recycles silicon wafers for use in solar panels, has raised $50 million from an initial public offering on London’s Alternative Investment Market, according to the FT.Com website.
UHF ASK/FSK receiver ICs lay claim to industry's smallest footprints
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
Low cost silicon can help implement remote keyless entry and tire pressure monitoring circuits in automotive subsystems. Here are two RF receiver ICs that lay claim to very small size and high performance. They can demodulate FSK and ASK transmissions.
Connect One's Wi-Fi chip assures secure machine-to-machine connections
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
The chip also supports switchable access to cellular, dial-up, 10/100BaseT Ethernet networks.
Freescale's 68K/ColdFire MPU core aims to ease 8- to 32-bit upgrade
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has developed a new 68K/Coldfire microcontroller core, that for the first time will enable OEMs to easily upgrade from 8- to 32-bit with the same on-chip peripheral functions and tools sets.
Future Horizons scales back 2006 growth forecast
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
Market research group Future Horizons has lowered its bullish forecast for semiconductor growth in 2006 to 14 percent from the 20 percent it predicted in January, coming significantly closer to the consensus of industry watchers of between 9 and 11 percent growth for the year.
FPGA vendor ships highest density device with embedded transceivers
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
Altera has begun shipping the second member of its Stratix II GX family, the EP2SGX130, which it claims is the industry's largest FPGA with embedded transceivers.
JTAG/boundary-scan software supports Altera USB Blaster
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
If you're embedding IEEE-1149.x JTAG boundary-scan testability into FPGAs, GoPEL has a software option for its existing software suite that supports Altera's popular USB-Blaster download cable. It lets the USB Blaster be used as a native JTAG/boundary-scan controller.
Chip switches USB 2.0, audio signals in single package
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
Pericom recently developed 3.3-V devices that it claims are the first to support both USB 2.0 High Speed and high-fidelity audio signals in a single chip. Housed in a 3.5-mm X 1.5-mm TDFN package, the PI3USB411 and PI3USB412 are aimed at handheld applications such as mobile phones and MP3 players.
Luminary Micro adds thirteen MCUs based on ARM Cortex-M3 Core
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
Luminary Micro has beefed-up its line of ARM Cortex-M3 processor-based microcontrollers with the launching of thirteen Stellaris family members and their associated development kits. The devices are all available now from $3.94 to $5.47 in 10K unit resale quantities.
Active x2 multipliers support circuits to 46-GHz
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
A variety of 2x multipliers can make it easier to craft circuits that develop RF at frequencies as high as 46-GHz. These devices are availabe in SMT RoHS-compliant packages, as well as in bare die form.
Chipset boosts mid-power DC/DCs
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
International Rectifier's 30-volt synchronous buck converter chipset (IRF6631 control MOSFET and IRF6638 synchronous MOSFET) brings higher efficiency and thermal performance at intermediate current levels (below 18 amps) for higher density notebook and desktop computers and telecom and datacom equipment.
Indian ASIC market to grow, but FPGAs gain traction
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
The domestic ASIC market could grow by more than 35 percent to $443 million in 2006, but growth will likely be slowed by rising use of FPGAs.
TI results meet guidance
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7/24/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier Texas Instruments Inc. posted second quarter sales of $3.7 billion, up 11 percent sequentially and 24 percent from a year ago. Earnings from continuing operations were $2.4 million or 47 cents per share, up 42 percent sequentially and 34 percent from a year ago.
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