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Allegro Microsystems Sl-7321M two-phase microstepping motor driver
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7/12/2011   Post a comment
Allegro's new unipolar two-phase constant-current mode motor driver IC features an efficient unipolar driver design for full- and half-step operation, and 1/4 , 1/8 , and 1/16 microstepping.
ST lays out strategy for analysts in Hong Kong
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7/12/2011   1 comment
Senior executives from STMicroelectronics explained their view of the market and trends of strategic importance to the company at an investors' and analysts' meeting held in Hong Kong.
Samsung Foundry tapes out 20-nm ARM test chip
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7/12/2011   9 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has said that is foundry chip making business has taped out an ARM processor test-chip intended for manufacture in a 20-nm process with high-K metal-gate technology.
Globalfoundries engages startup for R&D
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7/12/2011   Post a comment
Globalfoundries will collaborate with startup Intermolecular on semiconductor process technology R&D under the terms of a multi-year collaborative development program and IP licensing agreement.
Globalfoundries says New York wafer fab is ready for kit
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7/12/2011   6 comments
Globalfoundries Inc., the foundry that is majority owned by an Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund, has said that its newly constructed cleanroom in New York and a cleanroom extension in Dresden have both had the first chip making equipment installed.
Consensus forecast sees 12% tool sales growth
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7/12/2011   Post a comment
The fab tool vendor trade group SEMI released its mid-year consensus forecast for the chip equipment industry, which calls for equipment sales to increase 12 percent to $44.33 billion in 2011.
Microchip warns it will miss sales target
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7/11/2011   5 comments
Microchip Technology said it expects sales for the quarter ended June 30 to be about $373.3 million, down 1.5 percent compared to the previous quarter.
Novellus misses Q2 estimates; bookings slip
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7/11/2011   Post a comment
Chip gear vendor Novellus Systems reported second quarter sales that came in slightly short of consensus analysts' expectations as the firm warned that bookings declined nearly 25 percent during the quarter.
ATMI CEO named chair of SEMI
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7/11/2011   Post a comment
Doug Neugold, chairman, president and CEO of process technology and materials developer ATMI, was named chairman of the board of directors of the fab tool trade group SEMI, effective later this week.
SiliconBlue launches 40nm mobileFPGA family (code name “Los Angeles”)
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7/11/2011   1 comment
Custom ultra-low-power mobileFPGA platform provides high-speed sensor management, custom connectivity, and video and imaging solutions.
Synopsys tips 65-nm PDKs for Globalfoundries
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7/11/2011   Post a comment
EDA and IP vendor Synopsys collaborated with Globalfoundries to develop, validate, support and distribute interoperable process design kits for Globalfoundries' mainstream and advanced process technologies.
EV Group to ship 450-mm wafer bonding tool
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7/11/2011   Post a comment
Wafer bonding and lithography equipment supplier EV Group announced the semiconductor industry's first bonding system for 450-mm-diameter wafers manufactured from SOI substrates.
Advantest announces NAND flash test solutions
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7/11/2011   Post a comment
Advantest Corporation announced the availability of two new solutions for next-generation NAND flash memory test: the T5773 for package test and the HA5100CELL, based on the Harmonic architecture, for wafer test.
IMEC exposes wafers on preproduction EUV tool
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7/11/2011   5 comments
Research institute IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) has said it has exposed its first wafers on the NXE:3100 extreme ultraviolet lithography preproduction tool from ASML Holding NV installed at IMEC's pilot fab.
Japan hit by magnitude 7.0 aftershock
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7/11/2011   4 comments
Northeastern Japan suffered an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 on Sunday morning. It gave rise to tsunami warnings, subsequently withdrawn, and is described as an aftershock to 9.0 earthquake of March 11, 2011 that devastated the region.
WSTS: Chip market now shrinking year-on-year
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7/11/2011   1 comment
Thanks to modifications made to April's actual chip market figures by WSTS, May becomes the second month on the bounce in which the global chip market has been smaller than it was in the same month in the year before.
Chip inventory continues to build, says IHS
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7/11/2011   Post a comment
Semiconductor inventory levels at chip suppliers worldwide excluding memory have risen for the seventh consecutive quarter, according to market research company IHS.
Freescale processors gain on-chip e-reader
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7/11/2011   3 comments
Freescale's i.MX family of application processors expanded its support of E-Ink by incorporating e-reader drivers into lower-end processors for applications ranging from signage to home/office automation.
Atmel samples SAM3S16 ARM-based MCU with 1MB embedded Flash
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7/11/2011   Post a comment
Atmel Corporation is sampling its SAM3S16 Cortex-M3 MCU, a 32-bit ARM Cortex -M3-based microcontroller with 1MB embedded Flash and 128KB SRAM. The new MCU's high performance, low power and large memory density suit it for user interfaces requiring capacitive touch, increased data processing, and connectivity.
ADC family yields direct-RF sampling architecture of 2.7 GHz signals, with 3.6 Gsps rate
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7/11/2011   Post a comment
National Semiconductor ADC12Dxx00RF converter quintet pumps 12 bits with bandwidth to 2.7 GHz, sampling to 3.6 Gsps, can replace major parts of radio signal path
First tweets over white space spectrum achieved
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7/10/2011   1 comment
Cambridge Consultants has successful trialled a wireless network using the unused spectrum between TV channels, or White Space.
Network processor delivers a faster, smarter and greener network experience
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7/10/2011   Post a comment
Alcatel-Lucent has announced a new network processor that delivers a fourfold increase in performance over the fastest Internet Protocol (IP) networks available today.
TI unveils sub-1GHz RF at sub-$1
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7/10/2011   Post a comment
A two-chip bundle costing less than $1.00 is aimed at enabling long-range wireless connectivity for cost-sensitive, low-power applications such as toys, security systems and more.
9-axis IMU BAN supports full body motion capture, gesture recognition
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7/10/2011   Post a comment
Movea's MEMS-based MotionPod solution can be used to enable more realistic avatar motion for gaming or highly accurate biomechanical analysis for sports applications.
TSMC posts weak June, Q2 sales figures
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7/8/2011   3 comments
Net sales in June 2011 for foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. were down on a sequential basis, running against historic trends for the month, which helped produce a weak second quarter net sales figure, although this had been forecast.
IDT teams with China MCU firm on smart meter reference design
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7/7/2011   Post a comment
IDT collaborated with Chinese fabless IC vendor Fudan Microelectronics to provide a turn-key smart meter reference design that meets Chinese smart meter standards.
Spectrum Sensors & Controls XL403A accelerometers
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7/7/2011   Post a comment
Spectrum Sensors & Controls has introduced a line of quick-ship analog accelerometers available in customer-specified configurations and fully calibrated.
ARM invests in smart grid startup
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7/7/2011   4 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc and Moonray Investors have participated in a $7 million Series A round of funding in digital power control startup Amantys Ltd.
Linear Technology LTC3617 switching regulator
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7/7/2011   Post a comment
Linear’s latest synchronous step-down switching regulator is capable of generating a bus termination voltage for DDR/DDR2/DDR3 and future standard memory applications requiring sourcing and sinking of current.
Tower sells stake in Chinese foundry
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7/7/2011   5 comments
Tower Semiconductor Ltd., a Israel-based specialist foundry chipmaker that trades as TowerJazz, has announced it has agreed to sell its 10 percent stake in Hua Hong Semiconductor Ltd. (HHSL) for $32 million in cash.
Study: Startups, multi-nationals drive innovation in India
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7/7/2011   11 comments
The real potential for innovation in India lies in cooperation between multi-national firms and Indian startups, a study has found.
Tessera warns of sales shortfall
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7/7/2011   4 comments
Tessera Technologies warned that sales for the second quarter fell short of its previously issued sales target due to lower than expected shipments of DRAM units by customers in the first quarter.
Valens Semi snags $14 million in funding
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7/6/2011   6 comments
Israel's Valens Semiconductor, inventor of the HDBaseT connectivity technology for transmitting high-definition content, said it closed $14 million in a second round of funding from a group of investment firms.
New Xilinx ISE Design Suite 13.2 boasts all sorts of cool stuff
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7/6/2011   Post a comment
Steps up designer productivity, brings partial reconfiguration to Kintex-7 and Virtex-7 FPGAs, improves QoR, enhances PlanAhead, and continues delivering on Plug-and-Play IP initiative
Cypress Semiconductor CYWB0263 USB 3.0 peripheral controller
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7/6/2011   1 comment
Cypress unveiled its West Bridge peripheral controllers, which enable streaming HD video, 2x IOPS, fast sideloading and increased charging current.
Microsemi acquires mixed-signal IC vendor
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7/6/2011   3 comments
Chip vendor Microsemi acquired privately-held mixed-signal IC vendor ASIC Advantage. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
PCIe 2.0 compliant low-cost FPGAs from Lattice
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7/5/2011   1 comment
LatticeECP3 PCI Express IP core solution enables low cost, low power single-chip programmable PCIe 2.0 endpoints.
TI, Wi-LAN reach settlement
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7/5/2011   6 comments
Texas Instruments reached an agreement with Canadian technology licensing firm Wi-LAN to end all litigation between the firms over Bluetooth.
Digital Blocks’ DB9100 BitBLT 2D graphics engine Verilog IP core family accelerates graphics display apps
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7/5/2011   Post a comment
New core accelerates graphics development for ASIC, ASSP, and FPGA design teams while off-loading the graphics function from the main Processor and enhancing software developer productivity.
Microsemi achieves AS9100 Rev C and ISO 9001 certifications
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7/5/2011   Post a comment
Microsemi says it is the first FPGA supplier to achieve compliance with key aviation, space, and defense-quality system requirements
MIT scientists claim 9-nm e-beam resolution
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7/5/2011   17 comments
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they have developed a technique for pushing the resolution of high-speed e-beam lithography to write patterns.
SIA releases Q1 SICAS fab capacity report
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7/4/2011   Post a comment
The Semiconductor Industry Association has released wafer manufacturing capacity statistics for the first quarter of 2011 that show that utilization in most areas has remained above 90 percent and that for the total semiconductor industry it averaged 93.7 percent.
MEMC, Suntech terminate wafer supply deal
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7/1/2011   3 comments
Solar panel provider Suntech Power agreed to pay silicon wafer supplier MEMC Electronic Materials $120 million to terminate a long-term wafer supply agreement between the two companies, MEMC said.
Global wafer fab statistics still missing
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7/1/2011   7 comments
Global chip manufacturing capacity statistics for the first quarter of 2011 have failed to appear on an industry body website despite an assurance from the Semiconductor Industry Association that they would be posted in June.
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