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Virtex Reaches $2 billion Milestone
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8/31/2003   Post a comment
Virtex, which really consists of five different product families, has been Xilinx's flagship product series for some five years. Virtex was first introduced in October 1998 using a 0.22 µm process, and shipments of this family reached $25 million in August 1999. This was followed with the introduction of the 0.18 µm Virtex E in September 1999. Virtex EM, a limited family with increased embedded memory, was introduced after Virtex E. The company was able to report total Virtex shipmen
Power FET outputs give two-phase stepper motors a boost
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8/28/2003   Post a comment
Combining low-power CMOS logic with high-current, high-voltage power FET outputs, the Series SLA706xM translators/drivers from Allegro Microsystems Inc. provides a complete control and drive from a two-phase unipolar stepper motor with pulse-width modulation (PWM) control of the output current in a power multichip module.
Power FET outputs give two-phase stepper motors a boost
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8/28/2003   Post a comment
Combining low-power CMOS logic with high-current, high-voltage power FET outputs, the Series SLA706xM translators/drivers from Allegro Microsystems Inc. provides a complete control and drive from a two-phase unipolar stepper motor with pulse-width modulation (PWM) control of the output current in a power multichip module.
Trial begins in bias suit against AMD, Sanders
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8/27/2003   Post a comment
The opening arguments will begin today (Aug. 27, 2003) in a bias suit filed by a former executive of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. against AMD and its chairman, W.J. Sanders III, according to a report from the San Jose Mercury News.
Two-phase scheme used for dc/dc
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8/27/2003   Post a comment
Tiny LDOs tout low output voltages
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Chips charge up for lithium-ion
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Philips' reference design upgrades CRT-based tuners to LCD TVs
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8/27/2003   Post a comment
Practically all the consumer electronics manufacturers are "moving into LCD TV sets," says Philips Semiconductors. They are looking for a solution that lets them "jumpstart quickly in the new market." Junko Yoshida reports on a reference design that enables TV set manufacturers to make a quick and painless migration from CRT to mid-end LCD TV designs.
Shortages, price hikes hit flash, MPUs, DVD chips
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8/26/2003   Post a comment
It only seemed like yesterday when the semiconductor industry was suffering from overcapacity and otherwise lackluster demand for chips. But suddenly, there are signs of spot shortages--and even price hikes--for select parts, such as DVD chips, microprocessors, and NAND-based flash memories.
Getting 12-bits of Resolution out of your 10-bit A/D
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8/26/2003   Post a comment
Cost sensitive designs benefit from using lower resolution A/Ds and simple signal processing techniques. Including software solutions in you're A/D selection process can reduce your system cost without sacrificing performance. In Part 1 of this multi-part tutorial, FAE Fugerer looks at sample "averaging" as a means of increasing A/D resolution. In Part 2, he examines "oversampling." (Be sure too to look at the Appendix material that accompanies these articles.)
Elpida to acquire NEC Hiroshima fab
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8/26/2003   Post a comment
Structured-ASIC debate building in fervor
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
A custom-chip design approach that was initially dismissed by critics as a fad is proving to have staying power as system architects increasingly seek a middle ground between cell-based designs and FPGAs. Crista Souza has these insights.
Odds increase for an IC recovery, says IC Insights
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry has rolled the dice and the odds for an IC recovery have slightly changed for the better in 2003, according to the latest forecast from IC Insights Inc.
The logic price wars
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
Despite tough market conditions and aggressive pricing tactics, suppliers of commodity standard logic remain committed to their products. A number of these companies appear well positioned to take advantage of the industry's next upswing as they continue to expand wafer manufacturing capabilities, shift to larger 6in. wafer sizes for cost advantages, and launch hundreds of new products targeting the growing wireless and handheld sectors.
Actel sends FPGAs to military front
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
Actel Corp. is extending the reprogramming capabilities of its flash-based FPGAs to military applications with its launch today of Mil-Temp ProASIC Plus.
Danish start-up nibbles on Ethernet
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
A small Danish engineering firm with roots in Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) is positioning itself as a center of expertise for Metro Ethernet Forum semiconductors and firmware by supplying chipsets, modules, and design assistance for small OEMs moving into Ethernet access.
Tezzaron delivers challenge to SRAM, DRAM
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
Tezzaron Semiconductor Inc. last week announced a new type of pseudo-static memory technology intended to provide an alternative to embedded SRAM or DRAM in discrete memory ICs and systems-on-chip.
Structured-ASIC debate building in fervor
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
A custom-chip design approach that has come to be known as "structured ASIC" was initially dismissed by critics as a fad, but it is proving to have staying power as system architects increasingly seek a middle ground between cell-based designs and FPGAs.
Broadcom's ServerWorks struggles as Intel turns up heat
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
When you go up against the electronics industry version of King Kong, you can get bruised badly, as Broadcom Corp. and its ServerWorks unit are finding out after engaging Intel Corp. in a struggle for dominance in the server I/O chipset market.
eXtreme Graphics muscles into the mainstream market
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
Fresh off its acquisition of Trident Microsystems Inc.'s PC graphics division, Taiwan start-up eXtreme Graphics Innovation (XGI) is expected to field two lines of processors in the fall that will inaugurate its pursuit of the mainstream and high-end markets.
Dongbu Anam, Hynix report uptick in foundry business
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
Korea's two major foundries, Dongbu Anam Semiconductor and Hynix Semiconductor Inc.'s nonmemory group, are reporting improvements in business conditions and expect solid growth in the months ahead.
Chips charge up for lithium-ion
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8/21/2003   Post a comment
A variety of linear and switch-mode chips continues to emerge in the IC battery charger market, triggered by shrinking real estate requirements and the need for improved thermal management in charging lithium-ions, today's battery of choice.
Pressure is on Third-Party Memory IP
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8/20/2003   Post a comment
Silicon-proven third-party IP has emerged as a way for fabless companies to effectively meet market pressures by enabling them to focus on the portions of the SoC that constitute their core competencies.
Chip Designers Move Back from Bleeding Edge
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8/20/2003   Post a comment
The Hot Chips conference, which opens at Stanford University, has long been the showcase for processors that hit blistering speeds by way of advanced architecture, bleeding-edge processes, and full-custom design. But this year two papers will offer a different perspective, touting unconventional semi-custom design methodologies that wring the same kind of speed from familiar architectures and ordinary processes.
Get increased output from an improved Howland current pump
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8/20/2003   1 comment
Pump up the output of an Improved Howland Current Pump. Our Texas Instruments analog maven in Tucson shows us how to wire op amps for higher bi-polar current. From the August 18th issue of Planet Analog magazine.
Programmable analog chases discrete market pricing
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8/19/2003   Post a comment
This isn't exactly "I told you so." Or maybe it is: Anadigm is dropping the entry price for its programmable analog chips below $5 to be more competitive with the discrete devices that they are designed to replace. Crista Souza reports.
For Korea, flash is the new DRAM
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8/19/2003   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., riding the crest of surging NAND flash memory demand, expects to double its NAND revenue this year from $1.1 billion in 2002.
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