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Image sensor with MIPI interface targets netbooks and notebooks
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7/20/2009   Post a comment
The OV7739, with support for multiple interfaces including parallel and MIPI (mobile industry processor interface), targets single and multi-camera applications including notebook PC/Netbooks and gaming applications.
ISuppli: IC inventories down to appropriate levels
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7/20/2009   Post a comment
Global semiconductor inventories have declined to appropriate levels following four consecutive quarters of reductions, clearing the way for stockpile rebuilding and higher sales in the second half of the year, according to market research firm iSuppli.
NXP cuts more debt, interest payment
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7/20/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors said its total debts will go down $225 million and interest payments $16 million following a new financing deal with a private investment manager as the company continues to make headway in efforts to improve its operating condition by lowering debts and the servicing costs.
High-end niches are secret to success in analog, says Gartner
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7/20/2009   Post a comment
Gartner sees that the only way to grow revenue in analog seminconductors will be by capturing market share from competitors and to do this, investment in analog engineering talent is key.
Texas Instruments : Video amplifiers cut energy consumption
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7/20/2009   Post a comment
Two video amplifiers from Texas Instruments help manufacturers meet the demand for more energy-efficient home and portable entertainment systems.
CamSemi : PSS controllers deliver 5 star performance
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7/20/2009   Post a comment
CamSemi has announced the C2160 family of Primary Side Sensing (PSS) controllers enabling manufacturers to develop five star-rated mobile phone chargers easily and at low cost.
PMC-Sierra merges Sonet, IP for access nets
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7/20/2009   Post a comment
PMC-Sierra announced two chips that aim to drive the convergence of Internet Protocol on optical networks, the HyPHY 10/20G chips that integrate a wide range of features for both traditional Sonet/SDH time division multiplexing networks and emerging Carrier Ethernet services.
POWER - Tiny, programmable USB/AC switch-mode battery charger ICs have dual input and output source
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7/17/2009   Post a comment
Summit Microelectronics offers two programmable battery charger ICs, the SMB136 and SMB137B, that provide dual input source (USB or AC/DC) with arbitration, dual output for system and battery and system operation with a dead or missing battery.
Infineon, NXP, Soitec lead weekly ranking
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7/17/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, July 12 , as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, July 17. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Cypress beats Q2 expectations
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor said second quarter revenue increased 12 percent sequentially, while President and CEO T.J. Rodgers said company management is "cautiously optimistic" on the pace of the chip industry recovery.
Real-time clocks are small and thin
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
Claiming to be up to 73% smaller and 45% thinner than the competition, these real-time clocks simplify design of utility E-meters, multifunction printers, digital photo frames and many other portable devices.
Four-channel digital isolators housed in tiny package
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
ADI's latest iCoupler digital isolation products provide a 1-kV rms isolation rating, reduce board space up to 70 percent, and cut costs by 20 percent.
Big falls and rises seen for graphics chips
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
The graphics chip market is predicted to suffer its worst ever year-on-year shipments performance this year, to be followed by an amazing comeback in 2010, according to market tracker Jon Peddie Research (Tiburon, Calif.).
Linear Technology : Upconverting mixer supports all LTE bands
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
A wide bandwidth active upconverting mixer, the LT5578 delivers high dynamic range performance from 400 MHz to 2.7 GHz, supporting all of the allocated LTE (Long-Term Evolution) broadband wireless services.
Group harvested to demo energy harvesting platform
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
Wireless networking chip and modules group Jennic (Sheffield, England) has demonstrated a platform that harvests thermal, solar, RF and vibrational energy, to power wireless sensor networks based on the IEEE802.15.4 standard such as ZigBee PRO and 6LoWPAN.
June semi sales seen 4.5% up on May
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
Global semiconductor sales for June are estimated to come in at a month-on-month increase of 4.5 percent against that achieved in May, and the 3-month moving average should rise by $900 million to 17.4 billion, according to market trackers at securities house Carnegie AS (Oslo, Norway).
Intel keynoter offers pep talk, vision of better days
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group, did his best to offer hope to beleaguered semiconductor equipment executives in a Semicon West keynote address, predicting that the convergence of communications and computing would mean big money for the industry in years to come.
PCI Express will scale to 8 GHz by next June
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7/15/2009   1 comment
The final specification for PCI Express 3.0 will be released by next June, the PCI Special Interest Group announced at its annual conference, providing more detail about the 8 GHz interconnect and challenges implementing it.
Front end IC simplifies board design, reduces cost
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
NEC's latest Front End IC combines a power amplifier, low pass filter, and two single pole double throw switches into a single chip.
Ten more free books!
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Would you like a free copy of my "FPGAs: Instant Access" book to peruse, ponder, and post a review on Amazon?
Meandering musings and cool "stuff"
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Reinventing gravity; a computer in every living cell; kilobit or kibibit; tagging technology used to track your trash; vacuum tube chess set; more...
University project selects Altera, Impulse for reconfigurable computer
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
The National Science Foundation Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing is developing what it considers the most power reconfigurable computing machine ever field for research, linking 96 high-end Stratix III FPGAs with 576 GB of memory and 20 Gb/s InfiniBand.
Analysis: 5 cautionary notes from Intel's Q2 results
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Intel Corp. performed better than expected during the second quarter but the company's results do not necessarily indicate the entire high-tech sector is about to embark upon another round of strong growth or that the global economy has fully recovered and is again on an upward trend.
Printed silicon pioneer raises another $20 million
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Kovio Inc. (Milpitas, Calif.), the startup developing manufacturing technology that combines the low cost of graphics printing with the functionality of silicon-based semiconductor integrated circuits, has raised $20 million in Series E funding.
New approaches urged for cellular antenna design
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Greater innovation will be needed to avoid an impending crisis in cellphone antennas, according to market trackers Strategy Analytics in a just published report on antenna technologies.
IMEC demo's scaling, 22-nm interconnect advances
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Independent research group IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) says it has achieved breakthroughs in the race to scale CMOS to 22-nm and below.
Analyst: Mobile phone segments set for smart rebound
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
The market for mobile handsets and the components that go into them is set to rebound next year in style, according to market tracker Forward Concepts (Temple, AZ).
edXact to release enhanced EDA tools at DAC
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
At the approach of the 46th Design Automation Conference in San Francisco, Calif., edXact SA, French EDA startup specializing in parametric extraction and physical verification, announced it will launch version 3.1 of its Comanche parasitic rule checking analyzer and version 4.3 of its Jivaro simulation acceleration software.
austriamicrosystems : Buck regulator features two LDOs for RF PAs
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
High efficiency and tiny packaging make the AS1339 step down regulator well suited for multiband WCDMA/NCDMA applications, such as cellular handsets, wireless PDAs, and smart phones.
EVE unveils scalable emulation system
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
On the eve of the 46th Design Automation Conference (DAC) in San Francisco, Calif., Emulation and Verification Engineering SA (Palaiseau, France) has introduced a scalable emulation system that is said to handle up to one-billion ASIC gates.
800 MHz VGA with 31 dB analog control range delivers low noise performance
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC6412, an 800 MHz analog-controlled variable gain amplifier (VGA) with outstanding noise and distortion performance, gain conformance, and gain flatness.
Digital predistortion µModule receiver simplifies base station design
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LTM9003, a wideband RF-to-digital receiver subsystem that includes a high performance 12-bit, 250Msps ADC, a bandpass filter, IF amplifier and a high linearity RF downconverting mixer.
Digital radio tuner for DAB and FM signals integrates fast RSSI function
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Designed for consumer and automotive applications, Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX2172 digital radio tuner for FM and digital audio broadcast (DAB) signals, with a high sensitivity for the FM, VHF, and L-band frequency ranges.
Balanced low noise amplifiers target cellular infrastructure applications
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Avago Technologies' ultra-low noise, high linearity matched pair LNAs are economical, easy to install and supports all major cellular bandwidths.
CEA may set wireless charging standard
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7/14/2009   1 comment
The Consumer Electronics Association is investigating whether it should create a wireless charging standard for devices such as cellphones at a time when many competing technologies are emerging including one used in the Palm Pre Touchstone that has analysts scratching their heads.
Intel Q2 hurt by EU fine but sales beat estimates
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7/14/2009   Post a comment
Intel Corp. beat analysts' revenue and net loss estimates in the second quarter and the company is projecting continuing improvements during the current quarter with margins growing as demand picks up across the industry.
Amimon raises $10 million in round D
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7/14/2009   Post a comment
Wireless HD chip developer and supplier Amimon Inc. (Herzlia, Israel) has raised $10 million in Series D funding.
NXP dropping off speculators' death watch
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7/14/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductor's financial position has improved moderately enough over the last few months following two long-term debts reduction actions that speculators are beginning to give the chip vendor a better chance of surviving its current problems.
AMOLEDS display strong growth patterns
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7/14/2009   Post a comment
Global active matrix (AM) OLED revenues in the first quarter of 2009 surpassed passive matrix (PM) OLED sales, according to market research group DisplaySearch (Austin, TX).
Tensilica to power Blue Wonder's LTE designs
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7/14/2009   Post a comment
Design house Blue Wonder Communications (Dresden, Germany), which specializes in baseband chips and IP for mobile broadband applications such as LTE, is to use Tensilica's Xtensa dataplane processors for an LTE broadband modem design.
Quad D-A converter has non-volatile EEPROM
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7/14/2009   Post a comment
Microchip announces the MCP4728, a 12bit Quad digital-to-analog converter that includes non-volatile EEPROM, enabling its configuration to be loaded automatically during power-up.
Mosaid sues IBM for patent infringement
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
Mosaid Technologies filed suit against IBM in a U.S. federal court alleging infringement of six Mosaid patents.
Market for thin film IPDs set to grow fatter
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
The market for thin film integrated passive devices (IPD) is set to grow from $615 million this year to be worth just over $1 billion by 2013 and $1.8 billion two years later, according to market trackers Yole Developpement (Lyon, France).
Report sees WiMax slowdown, LTE concerns
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
WiMax networks are facing a slowdown in revenue and subscriber growth this year, and many carriers still harbor concerns about whether the rival fourth generation wireless technology, Long Term Evolution, is ready for deployment, according to a new report from Maravedis Research.
RS CEO takes a bullish view of Asia
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
"We are a hypermarket for engineers," Ian Mason, group chief executive of RS Components, described his company in an interview with EE Times Asia .
Renesas touts faster SiP design process
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
Renesas has started using new tools that the company says can halve system-in-package (SiP) design time since they rely on a top-down (predictive) design approach in which key characteristics, such as design quality and heat dispersion, are verified during the initial design stage.
Study: FPGAs to grow faster than broader IC market
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
FPGA revenue is projected to grow to nearly $3.5 billion in 2013 from $2.55 billion in 2009, a faster growth rate than is anticipated for the broader IC market, according to a study by market research firm The Linley Group.
Report: Q2 chip sales up 16% from Q1
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7/10/2009   Post a comment
The IC market embarked on the road to recovery in the second quarter, growing 16 percent compared to the first quarter, one of the best sequential growth rates in the past 25 years, according to a market research firm.
UMTS Band 2 duplexer features tiny footprint
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7/10/2009   Post a comment
Designed for use in UMTS Band 2 handsets, Avago's latest high isolation duplexer is one-third smaller than previous versions and provides designers with advanced RF performance.
Maxim offers a quad-output driver for multiple EL lamps
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7/10/2009   Post a comment
The MAX14521E is a ÷15 kV ESD-protected, quad-output driver for multiple electroluminescent (EL) lamps.
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