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IR agrees to $90 million class action settlement
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7/31/2009   Post a comment
International Rectifier has reached an agreement to settle a class action lawsuit for $90 million, the company said.
AMD, HP propose extensions for PCI Express 3.0
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7/31/2009   Post a comment
Researchers from Advanced Micro Devices and Hewlett-Packard have written two extensions to the PCI Express 3.0 specification which aims to enable lower cost chips that could support multiple protocols and reduce processor overhead.
ADI unveils low-power, zero-drift op amp
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7/31/2009   Post a comment
ADI's chopper stabilized ADA4051-2 op amp minimizes power use and prolongs battery life for portable instruments requiring high dc precision and measurement stability.
Microprocessor supervisor monitors up to six power-supply voltages
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7/31/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX16055, hex-voltage microprocessor supervisor with integrated reset timing, which eliminates the need for an external capacitor.
Analog resistive touch-screen controllers debut for embedded markets
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7/31/2009   Post a comment
Microchip Technology's universal touch-screen controllers provide fully processed, reliable touch coordinates for a variety of consumer, industrial and medical applications.
Wolfson launches advanced PMIC line
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7/31/2009   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics' latest power management chips are the first to employ its BuckWise regulator technology, helping to cut support components and facilitate advanced multitasking.
Silicon Valley, Wall Street meet at interconnect event
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
The Hot Interconnects conference will move from its longstanding home on the Stanford campus to Lower Manhattan next month as organizers try to bring together Silicon Valley technologists and bleeding edge systems users on Wall Street, in part to debate the competition between 10 Gbit Ethernet and Infiniband.
From incredible images to Flitter Fairies
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
Artist paints himself invisible, landing on the moon today, alternative search engines, sandwich thieves, flitter fairies, Thingamakit audio synthesizer, more...
Arria II GX FPGAs achieve PCI-SIG compliance for PCIe 2.0
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
Altera Corp.'s 40-nm Arria II GX FPGAs are achieved compliance with the PCI Express 2.0 specification.
Virtex-6 achieves PCIe 2.0 compliance
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
Xilinx said its new Virtex-6 FPGA family is achieved compliance with the PCI Express 2.0 specification.
NI expands FlexRIO line
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
National Instruments announced the expansion of its NI FlexRIO product line with multiple forthcoming adapter modules, said to provide engineers with application-specific I/O for RF, digital, time-domain and vision inspection systems.
Quad and dual 14-bit 125 Msps ADCs dissipate one-third the power
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7/29/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation has announced a family of 24 low-power 14-bit/12-bit, 125-Msps to 25-Msps, quad and dual ADCs that dissipate as little as one-third the power of competing ADCs. The flagship ADC is the LTC2175-14, a quad 14-bit, 125Msps ADC that dissipates only 558 mW (140 mW per channel).
Actel posts wider loss on declining revenue
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7/29/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic supplier Actel reported a net loss in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices of $45.1 million on revenue of $45.2 million for the second quarter.
ST widens loss in first half
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) reported that its second half net loss was $860 million, or $-0.98 per share, compared to a net loss of $131 million, or $-0.15 per share in the first half of 2008.
Quad/Dual 14-Bit, 125Msps ADCs Dissipate One-Third the Power
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation announces a family of 24 ultra low power 14-bit/12-bit, 125Msps to 25Msps, quad and dual ADCs that dissipate as little as one-third the power of competing ADCs.
Storage controller dissipates low power of 293mW
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
PLX Technology's OXUF943SE targets portable external storage market, and offers flexible integrated encryption as well as powerful firmware.
Digitally programmable 5A LDO features 85mV dropout, 25µVRMS noise
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp. has designed its LT3070, a digitally programmable linear regulator, with what it claims is the lowest dropout voltage, lowest noise and fastest transient response of any monolithic 5A LDO currently available.
Maxim designs compact LNA for automotive systems
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has rolled out a low-noise amplifier (LNA) optimized for remote keyless entry (RKE) and tire pressure monitoring (TPM) applications operating in the 315MHz and 433MHz bands.
ST samples Cartesio+ automotive application processor
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7/28/2009   1 comment
European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV has produced an application processor with an embedded GPS for next generation in-car and portable navigation systems.
ST uses Cadence signoff suite for 65- to 32nm design
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV said it has selected integration signoff solutions from Cadence Design Systems, Inc., including QRC Extraction and Encounter Timing System, for 65- to 32-nm design. It is qualifying the system for 32-nm process technologies.
Texas Instruments : PCI to PCIe bridge offers an easy migration path
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7/27/2009   Post a comment
The XIO2001 is a single-function bridge IC that provides users with an easy migration path from conventional PCI to the latest PCI Express technology.
TU Dresden brings power efficient MPSoC to DAC
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7/27/2009   Post a comment
At the Design Automation Conference (DAC) that currently takes place in San Francisco, a group of researchers and chip designers from the Dresden Technical University present what they hope it could offer a solution for the challenge of modem signal processing for upcoming wireless communications generations.
Agilent to pay $1.5B for Varian
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7/27/2009   1 comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay $1.5 billion for Varian Inc. as it continues to seek growth opportunities outside of its dominant position in the electronic test and measurement equipment market.
LucidPort, Fujitsu bring USB 3.0 to mass storage
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7/27/2009   Post a comment
Silicon is arriving for the new USB 3.0 specification from LucidPort and Fujitsu, and a new class of consumer mass storage devices have become the first target to ride the fast interconnect.
Samsung, Intrinsity pump ARM to GHz rate
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7/26/2009   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. and Intrinsity Inc. announced they have first silicon for Humming bird, an ARM Cortex A8 that runs at a GHz and delivers more than 2,000 Dhrystone Mips, competing with Intel Atom processors in an expanding market of mobile devices.
Micrel launches smallest dual LDO family
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7/24/2009   Post a comment
This family is offered in a miniscule 1.0 mm x 1.0 mm 6 pin leadless thin MLF package, making them well-suited for advanced and smallest portable applications.
High linearity upconverting mixer supports all LTE/cellular bands
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7/24/2009   Post a comment
Linear's wide bandwidth active upconverting mixer delivers high dynamic range performance from 400MHz to 2.7GHz, supporting all of the allocated LTE (Long-Term Evolution) broadband wireless services.
Ramtron : Nonvolatile F-RAM offers 10-year data retention
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7/24/2009   Post a comment
Ramtron’s FM23MLD16 is an 8-Mb, 3-V, parallel nonvolatile RAM in a 48-pin fine-pitch ball grid array (FBGA) package that features fast access, virtually unlimited read/write cycles and low power consumption.
Lattice cutting 8% of workforce
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7/24/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor plans to cut its workforce by 8 percent to reduce costs after posting sequential improvements in sales and net loss for the quarter ended July 4, the company said.
Freescale CEO claims progress, but firm posts loss
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7/23/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor posted a net loss of $484 million on revenue of $824 million for the quarter ended July 3, but the company's top executive said the firm continues to make solid progress on its ongoing restructuring and goal of returning to profitability.
Engineer's suicide throws light on iPhone mania
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7/23/2009   3 comments
A 25-year old engineer working for a company that assembles Apple iPhones reportedly took his life this week in the wake of losing a prototype of a future Apple handset.
Global Foundries to sign new customer, raise cash
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7/23/2009   Post a comment
Global Foundries Inc. is getting ready to announce a wafer supply agreement with its first non-AMD customer since its spin off by Advanced Micro Devices Inc., as an independent company. The foundry is also expected to tap shareholders for additional capital although AMD is not expected to participate in the new round of funding.
ST-Ericsson raises sales, widens loss
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7/23/2009   Post a comment
In the second quarter, ST-Ericsson benefited from customers re-stocking and the demand picking up in China. Nevertheless, the company widened its operating loss.
Corpse-eating army robots (what could possibly go wrong?)
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7/23/2009   Post a comment
From corpse-eating robots to building an Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) in your basement to ... the mind boggles!
Silicon Valley eyes Taiwan stock markets
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7/22/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Valley executives are taking a close look at Taiwan's stock markets as a road for raising capital to fuel their growth given the tight U.S. venture capital and public markets.
Qualcomm back in the black, but outlook disappoints
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7/22/2009   Post a comment
Fabless chip vendor Qualcomm raised its fiscal 2009 revenue and operating income guidance after hitting its own revised sales target and beating analyst revenue expectations for the most recently concluded quarter.
Video filter amplifier integrates short-to-battery protection for auto apps
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7/22/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced MAX9532, an analog video filter amplifier that drives standard-definition (SD) video connections to an in-dash or rear-seat automotive display.
IDT : Video processor reduces compression artifacts
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7/22/2009   Post a comment
IDT has added the IDT HQV Vida to its Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) family of video processors.
Atmel : Radiation-hardened SPARC processor targets space applications
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7/22/2009   Post a comment
The AT697 Revision F delivers 90 MIPs at 100 MHz over full temperature and voltage ranges for only 0.7 W.
Video: Synaptics shows ten-finger multi-touch
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7/22/2009   Post a comment
Synaptics has launched new capacitive touch screen displays for smart phones and mainstream cellphones, including a high-end device that can track ten fingers at a time.
Media processor aims to clean up Web, mobile video
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7/22/2009   Post a comment
Integrated Device Technology rolled out the first consumer video processor from its acquisition of Silicon Optix in October, the Vida processor that aims to clean up artifacts in Internet and mobile video for today's big-screen TVs and digital media players.
Samsung producing 2-Gb DDR 3 at 40-nm
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7/21/2009   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics said it has begun mass production of 2-gigabit DDR3 devices using 40-nanomter class process technology.
AMD narrows loss, beats revenue expectations
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7/21/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices beat consensus analyst expectations for the second quarter, posting a GAAP net loss of $330 million on revenue of $1.18 billion, the company said.
Intel cutting 294 manufacturing jobs in Ireland
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7/21/2009   Post a comment
Intel announced it would eliminate 294 jobs in its Ireland fab operations and related service groups due to reduced demand for older 200-mm products manufactured there.
Intel claims first 34-nm NAND flash SSDs
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7/21/2009   Post a comment
Intel is shipping NAND flash solid state drives based on 34-nanometer process technology, an industry first according to the company.
Linear rolls 800MHz, 31dB range analog-controlled VGA
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7/21/2009   Post a comment
Linear's 800MHz VGA with 31dB analog control range delivers 35dBm OIP3 from 3.3V supply.
Cisco, Intel help power up smart grids
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7/21/2009   1 comment
A broad group of companies including giants Cisco Systems and Intel Corp. are rolling up their sleeves to help set standards and compete for Department of Energy grants to build smart electric grids.
Leti receives Mapper 300-mm e-beam lithography platform
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7/21/2009   Post a comment
After months of wait, Mapper Lithography BV and CEA-Leti announced that Mapper has shipped one of its 300-mm electron-beam lithography platform to CEA-Leti in Grenoble, France.
Report: Blackstone wrote down Freescale stake by 85%
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7/21/2009   1 comment
Private equity fund Blackstone Group wrote down the value of its investment in Freescale Semiconductor at the end of 2008 to $180 million, 15 percent of what it originally invested, according to a Reuters report.
Analyst upgrades AMD ahead of Q2 results
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7/20/2009   Post a comment
A Wall Street analyst upgraded his rating on Advanced Micro Devices, saying he expects the company to report strong second quarter results and third quarter guidance.
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