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Regulator IC boosts power performance for portables
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7/24/2006   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems' AS1325 step-up DC/DC regulator boasts an efficiency of up to 96 percent for tight board layouts and low-power 3.3- and 5-volt portable applications.
Altera sales rise sequentially
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7/24/2006   Post a comment
Programmable logic device supplier Altera Corp. posted second quarter 2006 sales of $334.1 million, up 14 percent from the first quarter of 2006 and 17 percent from the year-ago second quarter.
Zero-crossover op amp delivers glitch-free performance
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7/24/2006   Post a comment
Product Review - Proclaiming a step advance for low-noise, high-performance operational amplifiers, Texas Instruments' OPA365 utilizes a zero-crossover input architecture to achieve glitchless rail-to-rail performance for precision data conversion applications.
Altera ships industry's highest density FPGA with embedded transceivers
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7/24/2006   Post a comment
The latest member of Altera's Stratix II GX family of FPGAs, the EP2SGX130, enables designers to implement and configure multiple protocols on a single device.
ASIC design down, but not out
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7/24/2006   Post a comment
LSI Logic's exit from the structured ASIC market prompted many analysts to downgrade their market predictions, but the market for structured ASICs remains significant, a market watcher said.
Equity firms reportedly could bid for Philips Semi
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7/24/2006   Post a comment
Three of the biggest private equity firms are in the final stage of bidding for the semiconductor division of Philips Electronics NV according to reports.
ARM demos generator tool for virtual prototyping
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7/24/2006   Post a comment
ARM has developed a system generator tool that it has already supplied to lead partners and will introduce generally in September that it says will allow platform providers to rapidly generate, by themselves, instruction-accurate virtual prototypes that are scaleable, reusable and fast enough to interact with in real time.
ARM upgrades interconnect tools and Fabric IP
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7/24/2006   Post a comment
ARM Ltd has unveiled the latest version of its Configurable Interconnect technology and said several major companies, including Toshiba and Agere Systems have already licensed the fabric IP.
Sequans almost triples funding for WiMAX development
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7/24/2006   Post a comment
WiMAX chip specialist Sequans Communications has raised $24 million in a new round of equity financing to ensure that its aggressive product development schedule in the emerging market remains on track.
Updated: AMD confirms ATI acquisition
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7/24/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices confirmed on Monday (July 24) that it will acquire ATI Technologies for about $5.4 billion.
Analog Devices plants DSP on TI's doorstep
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7/21/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. is creeping up on rival Texas Instruments Inc. in unexpected ways.
Weak microprocesor market dampens earnings picture
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7/21/2006   Post a comment
Like the lazy days of summer, it has been a somewhat lackluster season so far for the electronics industry, judging from early earnings results that ranged from poor to strong.
Low power IC design initiative to target EDA companies
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7/21/2006   Post a comment
The Power Forward Initiative (PFI), an industry group formed earlier this year to address obstacles to low-power IC design, is planning to attract more EDA companies into the project. The group will outline the initiative's roadmap at a special event at next week's Design Automation Conference in San Francisco.
China Video Industry Association to support HDMI
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7/21/2006   Post a comment
Silicon Image Inc., a supplier of semiconductors for the secure storage, distribution and presentation of high-definition content, has announced an agreement with the China Video Industry Association (CVIA), under which CVIA will promote and support the use of the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) by the consumer electronics industry in China.
TI's battery charger features LDO mode
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7/21/2006   Post a comment
The bq24060 charges the battery in three phases as required by battery cell manufacturers.
Tessera, Micron ink chip packaging pact
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7/21/2006   Post a comment
Tessera Technologies, Inc. and Micron Technology Inc. have sealed a technology license deal that gives Micron access to the former's chip packaging technology. The agreement also settles all outstanding litigation between the companies.
picoChip partners with KT for WiBro/WiMAX femtocells
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7/21/2006   Post a comment
picoChip has signed a breakthrough agreement with one of the most aggressive operators of broadband wireless in Korea. The non exclusive partnership with Korea Telecom (KT) calls for the companies to develop WiBro / WiMAX access points, sometimes called Femtocells.
Quad under/over-voltage monitor watches plus and minus supplies
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7/21/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC2914 precision quad voltage monitor, for multiple supplies, has dual inputs for each monitored voltage to keep watch over four separate under-voltage (UV) and four over-voltage (OV) conditions.
Ultralow-power HDD preamps boost performance in sub-2.5 inch drives
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' L6420 and L6440 hard-disk drive (HDD) preamplifiers for sub-2.5 inch drives, in the company's Near Zero Power series, tout significantly higher bandwidth and best-in-class power efficiency.
AMD expects rebound after weak second quarter
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
Declining average selling prices for high-volume desktop processors sent AMD Inc.'s sales and earnings tumbling for the second quarter of 2006.
Study: More wireless protocols to integrate
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
A study from WTRS forecasts integration of as many wireless protocols as possible into one chipset and thus one device.
SMBus interface bridges analog and digital circuits
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
Check out this SMBus to analog interface device that digitizes analog signals for use with digital microprocessors. Microsemi's LX1800 can be paired with its ambient light sensors to incorporate microprocessor-controlled digital dimming of backlight lamps in LCD displays.
Quad LVDS chips consume less power in high-speed data transmission apps
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has unveiled the first products in its new LVDS chip family, which offers a 500-Mbits/s data rate with only 300-ps pulse skew while reducing power consumption far below that of competitive products.
Semtech to restate five years of earnings
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
Semtech Corp. said today that it will restate its finances for the fiscal years 2002 through 2006.
Elpida denies new fab will be in Taiwan
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
Elpida Memory Inc. has not finalized the location of a new wafer fab, the company said in response to a newspaper report stating the fab would be in Taiwan.
Europe blamed for slower growth in PC sales
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
Slow growth in the shipment of PCs in Europe held back global sales in the second quarter of the year, though they did manage to grow by 9.7 percent year-on-year, according to market research group IDC.
1.5-amp regulator gets by with as few as 3 external components
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' ST1S06 voltage regulator IC drastically reduces the required PCB area for portable and battery-powered devices such as MP3 players and digital cameras - it gets by with as few as three external components.
Sony rolls camcorder based on AVCHD format
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
Sony Corp. has unveiled its first high-definition video camcorders based on the AVCHD format.
Hynix profit falls short of expectations, report says
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
quarterly net income, but the profit of 324.4 ($338.8 million) billion won came in below analyst expectations, according to a Reuters report.
14-bit ADC boosts WiBro, WiMAX basestation performance
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7/19/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC2285, a 14-bit 125 Msps dual high-speed ADC is optimized for use in multicarrier wireless basestation transceiver applications, including WiBro and WiMAX.
Updated: Embattled Intel downgrades forecast after another weak quarter
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7/19/2006   Post a comment
Struggling Intel Corp. lowered its 2006 forecast after posting sales and earnings for the second quarter that declined both sequentially and from the year-ago quarter.
Rambus posts record 2Q revenue, withholds other info
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7/19/2006   Post a comment
Rambus said it posted record revenue during the second quarter, but that it was unable to report income or loss or other financial information for the second quarter due to its ongoing investigation into historical stock option grants.
India's MindTree expands design staff again
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7/19/2006   Post a comment
Seeing strong demand for design services, India's MindTree Consulting is expanding its 160-person IC design team to 300 by next April, after doubling in size from a year ago.
Rambus to restate earnings, face possible delisting
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7/19/2006   Post a comment
Rambus Inc. confirmed it would restate its previously issued financial statements to correct errors related to accounting for stock-based compensation expenses.
Atheros' wireless IP phone platform delivers high feature integration
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7/19/2006   Post a comment
The solution integrates DSP, memory, power management, keypad, audio and display interfaces, in addition to mixed-signal and RF.
Qualcomm demos HSUPA based mobile broadband
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7/19/2006   Post a comment
Commercialization of the emerging HSUPA standard for high speed data uplink on W-CDMA third generation networks took a step forward this week as Qualcomm said it has completed what it says are the first test calls delivering 2Mbit/s on the uplink.
Xilinx postpones earnings release over options investigation
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
Citing its ongoing internal investigation into historical stock options granting practices, No. 1 programmable logic supplier Xilinx it would delay its fiscal first quarter earnings announcement until July 25.
Survey says Micron leads in patents
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
ipIQ, an independent technology analysis firm, has ranked Micron Technology Inc. the top semiconductor supplier number in its 2006 Patent Scorecard, an annual industry-by-industry qualitative analysis measuring corporate innovation.
Report: Semi R&D spending exceeded $30B in 2005
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
Total R&D spending by semiconductor companies exceeded $30 billion in 2005, up 10 percent from 2004, according to a market research firm IC Insights Inc.
Newnham raises $13 million in Series B round
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
Network graphics chip specialist Newnham has raised $13.25 million in a Series B funding round, bringing the total invested in the company to $21.75 million.
Altera announces first AQEC-compliant FPGAs
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
Altera's programmable logic devices are claimed to be the first FPGAs to receive Aerospace Qualified Electronic Components (AQEC) certification.
Rad-hard SerDes transmits data at up to 2.7-Gbits/s
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
Tailored for demanding aerospace applications, TI's radiation-hardened (rad-hard) TLK2711HFGQMLV SerDes is designed for use in high-speed bidirectional point-to-point data transmission systems.
Chip maker launches I/O expander family
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
Catalyst's family of I/O bus expanders consists of the CAT9554 and CAT9554A, which are designed to provide a simple and cost-effective method of addressing eight I²C or SMBus I/O ports.
Funding secured for U.K. MEMS research center
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
The Institute for System Level Integration has received ?£1.12 million ($2 million) of funding from Scottish Enterprise to help U.K. industry adopt Micro-Electromechanical Systems [MEMS] technology. Other groups involved in the design and prototyping initiative include Heriot Watt University and Strathclyde University, the SemeMEMS open access facility run by Semefab and Coventor Inc.
Wi-Fi RF front-end chip slashes size, cuts cost
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
Promising to cut system-level integration cost and slash board area requirements, RF semiconductor maker SiGe Semiconductor announces a highly integrated RF front-end module. Slated for Wi-Fi systems compliant with 802.11b/g, the device is very small and eliminates several external discrete components. It packs all functions required between the output of a transceiver and its antenna.
Infineon touts first UWB transceiver
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
Infineon has finalized the tapeout of a dual-band ultrawideband transceiver that it claims will beef up mobile devices for broadband communications.
Hynix begins producing 80-nm DRAM
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor said it has begun volume production of 80-nm technology-based 512 megabit DDR2 DRAM chips.
TI sponsors MSP430 MCU eZ design contest
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
Hoping that embedded designers will jump at a chance to showcase their talent, Texas Instruments this week (July 17-21) inaugurated its MSP430 microcontroller (MCU) eZ design contest.
Group focuses on receivers for Galileo GPS system
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
British consultancy PA Consulting Group is to lead a five nation consortium to look into the enabling technologies needed to develop receivers for Europe’s Galileo GPS location based system.
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