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Soft ASPs force Future Horizons to trim chip forecast
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Market research group Future Horizons has revised downwards to 6 percent its estimated growth for global chip sales for 2007, to $222 billion, having forecast 11 percent growth in January and reiterated this estimate as late as May.
Dual mode 3G WCDMA programmable wireless CPU targets automotive
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Wavecom SA has launched a fully programmable 3G wireless CPU, the Q26 Ultra, that employs high-bandwidth cellular capabilities to address the growing automotive and alarm/security markets.
AVR picoPower line expands with four 32-pin MCUs
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Check out Atmel's 32-pin picoPower AVR MCU with flash memory densities ranging from 4 to 32-Kbytes. The 32-pin devices consume as little as 340-µA in active mode at 1.8V running from the internal RC oscillator at 1-MHz, 650-nA in power-save mode with real time counter running, and 100-nA in power-down mode.
Altera delivers first FPGA-based IP support for key industrial Ethernet protocols
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Industrial OEMs can flexibly and cost-effectively implement key Ethernet communications protocols in a single hardware design using Altera's FPGA-based IP support.
Kodak rolls sub-$100 camera with CMOS image sensor
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Eastman Kodak Co. is unveiling an entry-level digital still camera priced under $100. The new camera is powered by a proprietary 5-megapixel CMOS image sensor.
Dialog stabilizes after crash
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
In the second quarter, Dialog Semiconductor could stabilize its situation after last year's refocusing process. The company even returned to an albeit small growth.
NXP warns of soft IC market for Q3
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors is warning that the chip market remains soft and said it anticipates single digit sequential growth in sales for the third quarter as it announced second quarter sales of Euros 1.14 billion, almost the same as for the previous quarter and a 4.6 percent decline over the corresponding period last year.
Instrumentation amplifiers deliver lowest offset voltage, first quad device
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Intersil has released a family of rail-to-rail input/output instrumentation amplifiers that includes the ISL28470, which the company says is the industry's first quad instrumentation amplifier.
DC/DC controller draws 30-microamps in automotive systems
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Check out Linear Technology's ultra-low quiescent current, two-phase dual output synchronous step-down DC/DC controller that draws only 30µA when one output is active and only 50µA when both outputs are active, making it well-suited for automotive applications.
Line-card chips meet Synchronous Ethernet timing requirements
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. is sampling a range of integrated analog/digital PLLs (phase-locked loops) that meet all Synchronous Ethernet timing requirements, including the latest recommendation from the ITU-T (International Telecommunications Union).
PMC/XMC module offers complete software radio system
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Pentek has released its Model 7140-420 dual digital transceiver with wideband digital downconverter (DDC) core and interpolation filter. This is a complete software radio system in a PMC/XMC module with a GateFlow FPGA IP core that provides high-performance DDC and interpolation.
Greater power efficiency for Xilinx high-performance Spartan-3A DSP FPGAs
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
Addition to XtremeDSP portfolio optimizes power consumption for high- performance Spartan-3A DSP FPGAs from Xilinx.
Intel does 10 Gbit without TOEs
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
Intel Corp. rolled out a 10 Gbit/second Ethernet controller supporting its I/O Acceleration Technology and PCI Express, but not the Remote Direct Memory Access and TCP Offload Engines getting broad support in future networks.
TI, Ericsson collaborate to develop 3G handset platforms
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
Texas Instruments and Ericsson join forces to develop 3G handset platforms and in doing so add another nail in the coffin of single-function chip suppliers to handset manufacturers.
Avnet to distribute Samsung components in North America
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
Avnet Inc. said it has agreed to start distributing electronic components manufactured by Samsung Semiconductor Inc. to customers in North America, expanding on a distribution agreement it already has with the Korean company.
Semicon panel: Design-for-manufacturability no longer a luxury
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7/23/2007   1 comment
As the semiconductor industry tries to resolve design-for-manufacturability (DFM) issues, it can learn from the history of design-for-test, a panel of EDA gurus observed at Semicon West.
Zero-drift high side current sense amplifier provides 10-microvolts offset
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC6102 is a zero-drift high side current sense amplifier that provides a maximum input offset voltage of 10µV and is capable of accepting differential sense voltages up to 2-V.
Cypress deal advances 'labless engineering'
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
In a move that advances "labless engineering," Presto Engineering Inc. has acquired a test facility from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. to provide engineering services to Cypress and other chip manufacturers.
Can metal-insulator electronics do it better, sans semiconductors?
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
Ultrahigh-speed electronics is quickly approaching a "terahertz gap" between semiconductors that top out at hundreds of gigahertz and optical frequencies that hit hundreds of terahertz. Promising to span that breach, where wavelengths are measured in millimeters, is a new breed of metal-insulator electronics that inventor Phiar Corp. (Boulder, Colo.) has demonstrated at frequencies up to 3.8 THz.

Reconfigurable processors 'morph' weaponry
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
Much like the consumer electronics and wireless industries, where mobile devices are king, the U.S. military is developing its own version of mobility with autonomous weapons that use less power and are able to sift through and relay large amounts of sensor data using on-board processors.

Still dancing to Intel's tune
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
Competing with the world's biggest semiconductor company has been brutal on Advanced Micro Devices Inc. The company's sales, profits and operating margins have weakened considerably as Intel Corp. has unleashed a barrage of next-generation process technology, R&D and manufacturing initiatives to blunt the impact of any advances AMD has made in recent years.

PLS rolls XC2300 tool set
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
In time for the introduction of Infineon's new XC2300 microcontroller family, tool vendor PLS Programmierbare Logik & Systeme (Lauta, Germany) has introduced a set of debug tools.
Filtronic looks to return to profitability in '07
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
Wireless components and GaAs technology specialist Filtronic plc said it would return to profitability for the current financial year after progress in its U.K. defence operations and particularly in its point-to-point sub-assembly components sectors.
24-bit ADCs address precision industrial apps
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7/20/2007   Post a comment
TI's 4-channel ADS1274 and 8-channel ADS1278 analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) target demanding multi-channel signal acquisition applications such as vibration analysis, medical monitoring, industrial and energy metering equipment.
LED drivers eliminate need for external components
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7/20/2007   Post a comment
Sipex has developed the SP7120 family of multi-channel, linear LED drivers to minimize board space and simplify designs required to drive LED display backlights by eliminating the need for external components.
IEEE will write 40, 100 Gbit/s Ethernet specs
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7/20/2007   Post a comment
Engineers have struck a deal to pave a road map to both 40 and 100 Gbit/second options for Ethernet networking and create a single IEEE task group that will start writing the specifications which could emerge in draft form by early 2009.
AMD's Ruiz: 'Customers want us to succeed'
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7/20/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said it is intensifying efforts to rebalance its cost-structure and improve profitability by adopting what chairman and CEO Hector de J. Ruiz described as an asset-lite strategy. In pursuit of that strategy, the company expects to sell some plants and equipment as well as buildings and land to raise about $1 billion.
Google joins in femtocell pioneer's Round B
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7/20/2007   Post a comment
Femtocell technology and access point pioneer Ubiquisys Ltd has secured $25 million in a round B funding that included Google and existing backers, bringing the total venture capital raised to date to $37 million.
Telecom timing IC enables 10-GbE Synchronous Ethernet
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7/19/2007   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has developed a timing chip, designated the DS3104, that provides full carrier-class clock synchronization for Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) and mixed SONET/SDH/SyncE line cards in next-generation telecom systems.
Embedded Systems Design, Inc. launches StreamBlade MiniFX FPGA board
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7/19/2007   Post a comment
New StreamBlade MiniFX FPGA board from Embedded Systems Design, Inc. is ideal for streaming applications in telecom, SDR, Video and Voice.
AMD sales rise 13% on higher MPU shipment
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7/19/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s second quarter revenue rose and its net loss narrowed on a sequential basis on higher demand for the company's microprocessor products. AMD said it will continue efforts to bring down costs and reorganize its operations.
MiniFX FPGA board processes real-time streaming data
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7/19/2007   Post a comment
Embedded Systems Design has released the StreamBlade MiniFX, a 3.5 x 3.0-inch FPGA-based board, for processing real-time streaming data.
Power converters deliver high efficiency for portable devices
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7/19/2007   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has introduced a synchronous step-up DC/DC converter in a small TDFN 10-pin package. The 1-MHz AS1326 power converter delivers high-output currents and high efficiency of 96%.
Infineon bets big on automotive growth
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7/19/2007   Post a comment
Driven by energy efficiency requirements, demand for comfort and safety functions and by the growing motorization in emerging markets, the automotive semiconductor market grows faster than the overall chip market. Within the automotive segment, Infineon presently grows much faster than the total market, said Peter Bauer, Infineon board member and head of the company's AIM (Automotive, Industrial, Multimarket) division last Thursday (July 19) at the roll-out of a new microcontroller chip for safe
DMB group slates EC decision on mobile TV
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7/19/2007   Post a comment
Members of WorldDMB -- the organization which promotes the adoption and implementation of Eureka 147 based technologies -- strongly criticized, and said they "continue to be mystified" by, the European Commission's unilateral support of DVB-H for mobile television in Europe, apparently to the exclusion of all other mobile TV standards, including those developed by European industry such as T-DMB.
When Intel speaks, do chip test execs listen?
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7/19/2007   Post a comment
Intel Corp.'s director of test operations threw down the gauntlet at a panel of automated test equipment executives at the Semicon West Test Summit.
Renesas expands 32-bit CISC MCU family
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7/19/2007   Post a comment
Check out Renesas' H8SX 32-bit CISC MCU family, which adds faster external interfaces, USB and TFT LCD direct-drive capability. The H8SX devices offer up to 50-MIPS performance and 1-Mbyte on-chip flash to meet the needs of home automation, office automation, consumer, and industrial applications.
Intel pushes on mobile Linux
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7/19/2007   Post a comment
Intel is stepping up its efforts in the development of mobile Linux with an initiative dubbed Moblin.
800-mA buck-boost converter targets Li-Ion-powered handhelds
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7/19/2007   Post a comment
Aimed at extending battery run time for Li-Ion-powered handhelds, Linear Technology's latest synchronous buck-boost converter can deliver a regulated output voltage at up to 800-mA of continuous current with an input voltage above, below or equal to the output.
Vishay rolls out ChipFET power MOSFET line
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7/18/2007   Post a comment
Vishay Siliconix PowerPAK ChipFET power MOSFETs replace TSOP-6 devices with 75% lower thermal resistance in 33% smaller footprint, and offer the same 3-W maximum power dissipation as larger SO-8 devices, but provide greater thermal efficiency.
Step-up DC/DC controller eliminates heat sink
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7/18/2007   Post a comment
Linear's LTC3813 is a synchronous No RSENSE step-up switching regulator controller that eliminates the boost diode and the heat sink normally required in medium to high power non-synchronous boost converters.
ADC delivers fast sampling
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7/18/2007   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has unveiled its high performance 8-bit, 2.2 Gsps analog-to-digital converter (ADC), aimed at broadband communication receivers, radar systems and high-end instrumentation.
LED driver achieves 94% peak efficiency, delivers gradual dimming
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7/18/2007   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor introduces the NCP5623, a tiny, high-efficiency triple-output LED driver with an I2C interface and built-in gradual dimming for driving RGB LEDs for fun lighting applications or LCD backlighting in portable devices.
Optical controller simplifies GPON transceiver design
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7/18/2007   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the DS1865, an optical control, calibration and monitor IC that is designed to simplify GPON transceiver design. All control, monitoring, and fault management functions are implemented in the optical controller's CMOS process.
DDR3 HyperX DIMMs achieve 1375-MHz bus frequency
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7/18/2007   Post a comment
Kingston said it is first to market with ultra low-latency PC3 1375-MHz DDR3 HyperX memory modules.
25-W power amplifier targets military applications
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7/18/2007   Post a comment
Stealth Microwave has introduced the SM1822-44, a GaAs FET amplifier designed for high performance military and commercial markets.
Chip foes serve up recipes for industry's survival
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7/18/2007   Post a comment
Semicon West keynoters from processor arch-rivals Intel and AMD explored differing aspects of what it will take to survive in the semiconductor industry going forward: cooperation today, innovation tomorrow.
VXS DSP card blends dual core PowerPC, dual Virtex-5 FPGAs
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7/18/2007   Post a comment
VMETRO announced the Phoenix VPF2, a rugged COTS DSP processing card, which integrates a Freescale MPC8641D processor, two Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs and a VXS based high-speed serial interconnect fabric.
Low-threshold MPU supervisory circuits tout low power
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7/18/2007   Post a comment
Monitoring supplies between 0.9V to 1.5V, the AS1925 and AS1926 from austriamicrosystems are well-suited for monitoring low-voltage core supplies or single-cell battery applications.
Silterra embarks on aggressive growth quest
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7/18/2007   Post a comment
Small foundry Silterra tries to improve its economies of scale with expansion plan.
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