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Startup debuts e-paper for signage
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7/18/2012   5 comments
Startup Altierre debuted a new e-paper for signage applications that lets customers take advantage of wireless updates.
Micron claims first high-volume production of PCM
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7/18/2012   36 comments
Claiming to offer the first phase change memory in high-volume production, U.S. memory chip vendor Micron Technology announced availability of its 45-nm PCM for mobile devices.
Former Intel exec Gelsinger named CEO of VMware
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7/17/2012   1 comment
Pat Gelsinger, a longtime Intel executive who has been president and chief operating officer at EMC Corp. since 2009, was appointed CEO of virtualization software vendor VMware.
Intel cuts 2012 sales target
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7/17/2012   7 comments
Intel cut its target for 2012 sales growth, citing macroeconomic uncertainty and reduced projections for consumer spending.
Vicor Power offers efficient buck regulators
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7/17/2012   Post a comment
Vicor has introduced Picor PI33XX Cool-PowerZVS buck regulator series with Zero-Voltage Switching (ZVS) topology that can convert input supplies ranging from 8V to 36V to output voltages from 1V to 16V and output current up to 10A for power delivery up to 120W.
TI offers integrated small size boost power module
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7/17/2012   Post a comment
Texas Instruments introduced what it considers the industry’s smallest integrated step-up (boost) DC/DC power module for smartphones, tablets and other portable electronics.
Chip sales likely slowed in June, says analyst
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7/17/2012   2 comments
Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group, said worldwide semiconductor sales in June were likely down from May on a seasonally adjusted basis.
Xilinx Artix-7 FPGAs – For applications on the "edge"
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7/17/2012   Post a comment
Xilinx Artix-7 sets a new FPGA performance standard for power and cost, raising the performance bar for portable and small form factor applications at the ‘Edge’.
Atomic Rules – OK?
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7/17/2012   4 comments
Atomic Rules Expands Technical Staff with Internship Hire of University of Arkansas grad student Christina Smith.
6-axis MEMS chip gets motion engine
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7/17/2012   3 comments
STMicroelectronics has shrunk its 6-axis accelerometer-gyroscope combo chip while adding a smart motion processing chip.
DSP chip makes mobile sound louder
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7/17/2012   8 comments
An audio DSP chip from NXP is able to boost the output power of small speakers used in smartphones and tablet computers by a factor of five while still preventing damage to the speakers.
Samsung acquires CSR's mobile business
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7/17/2012   13 comments
Samsung has agreed to pay CSR plc $310 million for its handset connectivity and location operations and the associated technology. Samsung has also agreed to invest an additional $34.4 million to take a 4.9 percent stake in publicly-held CSR.
Novocell expands one-time-programmable NVM IP
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7/16/2012   Post a comment
Three new NVM product families serve system-on-chip and fabless firms.
Assembler optimized software libraries for TI DSPs
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7/16/2012   Post a comment
Assembler optimized products includes a DSP Vector Library; an ECC LINPACK Library, an EISPACK Library and an ECC BLAS Level 1/2/3 Library.
Energy Micro opens design center in Kraków, Poland
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7/16/2012   Post a comment
Engineering team already in place to develop embedded software and radio protocols.
Analyst lowers 2012 chip market growth forecast
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7/13/2012   7 comments
The global market for semiconductors will grow by 4 percent in 2012, according to market research company Future Horizons Ltd. (Sevenoaks, England).
PWM controllers enable smaller, greener power adapters up to 40W
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7/13/2012   Post a comment
The new PrimAccurate iW1699 and iW1760 digital pulse width modulation (PWM) controllers from iWatt Inc. allow power adapter designers to meet stringent emerging global energy regulations for AC/DC power adapters.
Xilinx CTO: Focus on what matters to customers
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7/12/2012   4 comments
The value of Moore's Law—the doubling of the number of transistors in a chip every 18 months—is not just in the cost reduction it offers but more importantly in the added value that chip makers can create for customers, according to Ivo Bolsens, chief technology officer at Xilinx.
Camera kit for automotive black box recorders from Lattice and friends
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7/12/2012   2 comments
New black box camera kit from Lattice Semiconductor and Leopard Imaging enables video processor from Texas Instruments to interface to two 720p image sensors.
Six-axis MEMS sets new size/power low
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7/12/2012   2 comments
Invensense says its latest six-axis MEMS combo chip combining a three-axis accelerometer and three-axis gyroscope sets a new low in size and power.
XpressGX5LP low profile PCIe FPGA design kit from PLDA
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7/11/2012   Post a comment
Based on Altera Stratix V GX FPGA, new half-height board delivers PCIe 3.0 x8, 40G Ethernet and DDR3 SDRAM interfaces, enabling quick time-to-market
Altera introduces new 40GbE/100GbE IP core
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7/11/2012   Post a comment
New 40GbE/100GbE IP core provides a complete solution for customers integrating Ethernet into their FPGA-based systems.
Xilinx to invest $50M expanding operations in Ireland
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7/11/2012   Post a comment
Xilinx will recruit 60 highly qualified new staff for Dublin and Cork
Increase your FPGA design skills for free
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7/11/2012   2 comments
I recently received a jolly friendly email from the folks at Altera inviting us to partake of their free online technical training courses…
Ecosystem emerges around new mobile chip tech
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7/11/2012   13 comments
A consortium touting fully depleted silicon-on-insulator technology for mobile apps is presenting a united front in promoting the process technology as a viable alternative to Intel’s FinFET manufacturing approach.
Microsemi AAHS298B octal source driver ICs
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7/11/2012   Post a comment
Microsemi's octal source driver ICs support -55 to 125 degrees C operating temperatures.
Thin Film printed electronics selected for smart packaging
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7/11/2012   6 comments
Bemis Company Inc. (Neenah, Wisc.), a producer of films and packaging for the food and healthcare industries, is working with printed electronics pioneer Thin Film Electronics ASA (Oslo, Norway) to develop a flexible sensing film that can wirelessly communicate data.
More jobs added, but unemployment rate unchanged
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7/11/2012   13 comments
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the U.S. saw the number of employed people jump by 128,000 in June.
KLA wafer inspection system 'first domino to fall' on road to 450-mm
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7/11/2012   2 comments
KLA-Tencor announced the first installations of its Surfscan SP3 450 wafer defect inspection tool for 450-mm wafers.
Intel keynoter: Power consumption hurdles litter path to exascale computing
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7/11/2012   8 comments
Thanks to parallelism and technology scaling, exascale computing will become a reality before the decade is out, but it won't live up to its full potential unless fundamental power consumption barriers are overcome, according to Intel Fellow Shekhar Borkar.
Hot news! Lattice announces strategic partnership with UMC
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7/10/2012   Post a comment
New strategic partnership leverages the non-volatile memory technology Lattice recently acquired as a result of its acquisition of SiliconBlue.
Elpida bondholders to propose alternative to Micron takeover
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7/10/2012   13 comments
A group of bondholders of bankrupt Japanese DRAM vendor Elpida Memory will vote against Micron Technology's proposed $2.5 billion acquisition of Elpida, according to multiple media reports which cite a filing made with Tokyo district court.
Applied cuts annual sales target on foundry weakness
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7/10/2012   Post a comment
Semiconductor production equipment vendor Applied Materials cut its sales outlook for its fiscal year 2012, which ends in October, citing weaker than expected near-term demand in its semiconductor business, primarily among foundry customers.
TSMC's June sales surge 20% year-over-year
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7/10/2012   Post a comment
Foundry giant TSMC said sales in June were up more than 20 percent compared to the same period of 2011, but down compared with the previous month.
Lattice extends foundry deal with UMC
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7/10/2012   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Lattice Semiconductor said it signed a long-term technology partnership with Taiwanese foundry United Microelectronics Corp.
Fab tool spending to decline 2.6% in 2012, SEMI says
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7/10/2012   Post a comment
Sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment are projected to total $42.4 billion in 2012, down 2.6 percent compared with 2011, according to a mid-year forecast update released by the SEMI fab tool vendor trade group.
First 450-mm fabs to ramp in 2017, says analyst
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7/10/2012   12 comments
The first production semiconductor fabs to use 450-mm wafers are projected to commence operation in 2017, according to an analyst at the SEMI fab tool vendor trade group.
AMD warns of Q2 sales shortfall
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7/9/2012   1 comment
AMD cut its estimate for second quarter sales, citing lower than expected sales in China and Europe and a weaker consumer market for PCs.
Intel buys stake in ASML to boost 450-mm, EUV R&D
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7/9/2012   13 comments
Intel agreed to acquire a 15 percent stake in lithography tool firm ASML as part of a $4.1 billion deal to accelerate the development of extreme ultraviolet lithography and tools for 450-mm wafers.
Atmel unveils two serial EEPROM lines
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7/9/2012   2 comments
The AT24MAC series provides pre-programmed MAC/EUI node identity addresses, while the AT24CS devices include factory-programmed, read-only serial numbers for easier inventory control.
Arbitration panel sides with Tessera over Amkor
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7/9/2012   3 comments
The International Chamber of Commerce arbitration court issued a ruling favoring Tessera Technologies in an ongoing dispute with test and packaging provider Amkor Technology.
Marvell CEO named Indonesian diaspora innovator
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7/9/2012   4 comments
Marvell chairman, president, CEO and co-founder, Dr. Sehat Sutardja, has accepted an Indonesian diaspora lifetime achievement award for his efforts in global pioneering and innovation.
Indoor femtocell market flat in 2012, says ABI
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7/9/2012   4 comments
The market for enterprise and consumer femtocell equipment for communications, also referred to as indoor small cells, will be flat in 2012 in terms of volumes compared with 2011, according to market research firm ABI Research.
UMC June sales move into annual growth
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7/9/2012   1 comment
Foundry United Microelectronics Corp. has announced sales for June of NT$9,289 million (about $310 million) up 1.1 percent on the same figure in 2011 and up 0.9 percent on the sale in May 2012. June's sales result was UMC's first monthly sales figure to be ahead of its equivalent in 2011.
Aeroflex offers 16-Mbit, 64-Mbit rad-hard MRAMs
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7/6/2012   2 comments
Aeroflex Inc., a supplier of electronic components for military and aerospace applications, has announced the availability of three magnetoresistive random access memory components made using a manufacturing license from Everspin Technologies.
Touchstone targets 'everything in signal path'
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7/6/2012   2 comments
Touchstone Semiconductor CEO Brett Fox wants to expand the analog startup beyond a "one category" company.
Atmel delivers highest density Flash Cortex-M4 Processor-based MCU
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7/5/2012   1 comment
Atmel Corporation is sampling the Atmel SAM4SD32, which the company claims to be the industry’s first 2MB embedded Flash Cortex-M4 processor-based microcontroller (MCU).
Diodes AP9060 miniature overvoltage clamp
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7/5/2012   Post a comment
Diodes' latest device is designed to protect power management chips in portable applications such as smartphones and mobile PCs, which use battery power.
Russian component market to grow 9.5% in 2012, says study
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7/5/2012   1 comment
The Russian electronics component market is set to grow by 9.5 percent in 2012 to reach an annual size of about $2.6 billion, according to a report prepared by the Association of Suppliers of Electronic Components.
Ramtron rejects Cypress again, in talks with others
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7/5/2012   5 comments
The board of ferroelectric memory company Ramtron has rejected the latest, improved offer from Cypress and is now in discussions with "major semiconductor companies" about a potential strategic transaction.
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