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Analyst lowers capital spending forecast for '05
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8/31/2004   Post a comment
A slight pause in the semiconductor industry prompted a research firm to increase its capital spending forecast for 2004 while lowering its outlook for 2005.
Programmability an increasingly viable option for analog
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8/31/2004   Post a comment
Observers of Programmable Analog as a business option may take heart in the announcement this week by Anadigm, Inc. that a Canadian recreational boat company, Teleflex, is using Anadigm's parts for steering controls. Steve Ohr filed this report.
Corrigan says chip industry in 'wait-and-see' mode
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The semiconductor industry has adopted a "wait-and-see" attitude marked by vast uncertainties over the direction of oil prices, instability in Iraq and the presidential election, LSI Logic Chairman and Chief Executive Wilfred Corrigan said. Brian Fuller did this interview.
Intel seen at lower end of Q3 guidance, says report
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8/31/2004   Post a comment
Faced with excess inventories and slow notebook PC sales in the market, Intel Corp. is expected to be at the lower end of its previous guidance for the third quarter of 2004, according to a report from SG Cowen Securities Corp.
At Your Own Trace
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
Training sessions combine conference calls with hands on labs and instructionals.
The Rocket Has Left The Building
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Industry's first FPGAs with production-quality transceivers at speeds above 3.7 Gbps.
At The 90 Yard Line, Pass or Punt
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Many go into production with FPGAs on board. But, many look for a lower cost high volume solution. Here's one.
The Right Tools for the Right Jobs
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New Suite of Tools is Setting Standards Everyone Wants to Be a Part of.
Flagship Tool Suite for Electrical Systems Design Is Focus of FPGA Makers
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When industry leaders make significant announcements, everyone wants to get on the bandwagon.
In Silicon We Trust
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For the most part, we all trust in the reliability of our semiconductor devices. This book addresses the soft error issues that can corrupt systems that otherwise function perfectly.
Servered The Way You Like It
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New standards are addressing the server memory issues which presently may be bottlenecking your attainable performance.
On The Cusp
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
One thing you can bet on with a reasonable level of confidence. That is that communications will not go away. Our societies and planet are 'wired', physically, or wirelessly.
NOR Shall We Flash
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
Are the days numbered for NOR Flash architectures? I think they will always be around, but, NAND Flash is making inroads at eliminating NOR altogether in som applications.
Soft Error Issues Become Sources of Increased Concern
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It is wise to know the enemy. Soft errors are that special class of enemy that can cause perfectly functioning devices to go astray.
NAND Flash Begins Chipping Awaw at NOR Flash Foothold
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NAND Flash has distinct advantages over NOR, but, also carries with it some issues.
Precision voltage reference helps applications eliminate effects of initial accuracy change
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Intersil announces the 1.25 V and 2.5 V power precision voltage references. The design can operate continuously biased so battery powered data acquisition circuits that normally disable the reference between conversions, can now provide high accuracy.
DSP-based fiber optic gyro comes in two configurations
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KVH Industries, Inc.'s new DSP-4000 series fiber optic gyro (FOG) comes in both single- and dual-axis configurations. They are specifically designed to provide the military with a high-performance, low-cost successor to mechanical gyros, according to KVH.
Memec to distribute PLX's PCI, PCI-X products
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
PLX Technology Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and Memec Unique, a division of the Memec Group (San Diego) have announced a distribution agreement for PLX's lines of advanced PCI and PCI-X bridging silicon.
Op amp with unity-gain stability and low noise zips along at 1GHz
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The Analog Devices AD8045 operational amplifier combines a voltage-feedback architecture, unity-gain stability, and a pin-out optimized for high-performance systems. Not bad, but there's more. It provides 1-GHz speed, low noise, and low distortion as well. It makes the op amp a good fit for medical instrumentation, ATE, and data-acquisition systems.
High availability systems save power, space with this diode-OR controller
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
The Linear Technology LTC4354 -48V diode-OR controller supports high availability systems and dramatically improves efficiency and eliminates bulky heat sinks with its design that controls external N-channel MOSFETs for the redundant supply paths instead of traditional ORing diodes.
Clock generator is dead-on for xDSL equipment needing low-jitter outputs
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Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX9486 clock generator with an 8kHz reference-clock input. The 9486 is a timing solution for ADSL/VDSL central-office line cards and telecom network systems.
Fast POLs meet VRM10 specs
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Artesyn Technology's new VRM10 series of point-of-load (POL) DC/DC converters, for meeting the core requirements of latest-generation processors and fast switching logic, offer up to 85 amps at 1.4 volts and a raw transient response of up to 930 amps/microsecond. The open-frame, single-board series includes the VRM10-80-12-P, with a maximum continuous current rating of 80 amps, and a load-line impedance of 1.24 milliohms (maintaining load regulation to 1.24 mV/A) for Pentium 4 processors. The VR
Cisco invests in chip maker Equator Technologies
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Equator Technologies Inc. said that Cisco Systems Inc. has invested in the supplier of multimedia processors.
Intel tips new strained silicon in 65-nm process technology
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Intel Corp. on Monday (August 30) disclosed more details about its 65-nm process, including an enhancement to its strained-silicon technology.
Ultrasound innards determine IC choices
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There are major trade-offs to be considered when designing ultrasound front-end ICs, writes an Analog Devices engineer. Performance parameters in the ICs affect diagnostic performance — and, conversely, system configuration and objectives affect the choice of components. It is essential for designers to understand these trade-offs, he says.
Wireless tech allies with low-power gear
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Ultralow-power radio-frequency technologies are spurring the development of innovative medical tools, from "camera capsules" that can be swallowed to implanted devices that wirelessly transmit patient data. A Zarlink engineer gives details.
New DSPs aid noninvasive diagnostics
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
Innovative DSP architectures are fostering the development of advanced medical diagnostic and monitoring equipment that simply was not possible even a few years ago.
Chips analyze the human body
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The application of fundamental semiconductor technologies to medicine, whether in the form of microarrays, microfluidics or neuro chips, is yielding tangible products, writes Junko Yoshida in an introductioh to an EE Times article package on medical electronics. She cites a report that says, as with automotive, semiconductor electronics are seen as the magic which saves the increasingly pressured health care industry.
More insights: Analyst still says hold
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
Doug Freedman of American Technology Research listened carefully to Semtech, a player in the market for Pentium VRM components. He saw a 53 percent revenue growth over the past year, but worries that the shrinking book-to-bill ratio is a sign for the coming quarter. He still has some favorites in the analog camp.
-48 V diode-OR controller saves power
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC4354 is a -48 volt diode-OR controller chip for high availability systems. It meets the requirements of the AdvancedTCA telecom spec. With the LTC4354, users control two external N-channel MOSFETs in the redundant supply paths instead of traditional OR-ing diodes (which have a higher voltage drop) to dramatically improve efficiency and eliminate bulky heat sinks. The IC is available in a 2-by-3 mm DFN package.
IBM adds immersion lithography to IC roadmap
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8/27/2004   Post a comment
Preparing for the next wave of devices, IBM Corp. has quietly added immersion lithography to its chip-manufacturing roadmap.
Hynix moving ahead with chip spin-off despite dissent
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8/27/2004   Post a comment
Hynix Semiconductor Inc. is moving ahead with the sale of its non-memory unit "despite the government's rejection to slash stock buyback prices for its dissenting shareholders," according to a report from the Korea Times.
The Week in Review: August 22 to 28
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8/27/2004   Post a comment
Gathered below are the top five stories for the week beginning Sunday August 22, 2004, as ranked by Silicon Strategies' readers, up to and including Thursday August 26. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Will the real offset voltage please stand up
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8/27/2004   Post a comment
Input offsets are composed of a lot more than the initial offset specified on the data sheet. There's also a drift with temperature, a drift with supply voltage, and more. How seriously should you take them? It depends on whether you are building toys or airplanes, says Bill Klein.
Samsung exec sees spot DRAM shortages
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Seasonal PC and cell-phone demand is expected to cause spot DRAM shortages in the second half of 2004, according to an executive from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
ASML, Novellus see chip slowdown, order pushouts
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8/27/2004   Post a comment
Front-end equipment vendors are beginning to see new — and dreaded — order delays in the marketplace amid a lull in capital spending.
Freescale reportedly to increase Taiwan outsourcing
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151 Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (Austin, Tx.) said Friday it would sub-contract more manufacturing to Taiwan companies and maintain its capital spending ratio, according to a Reuters report.
High availability systems save power, space with this diode-OR controller
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8/26/2004   Post a comment
The Linear Technology LTC4354 -48V diode-OR controller supports high availability systems and dramatically improves efficiency and eliminates bulky heat sinks with its design that controls external N-channel MOSFETs for the redundant supply paths instead of traditional ORing diodes.
Op amp with unity-gain stability and low noise zips along at 1GHz
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8/26/2004   Post a comment
The Analog Devices AD8045 operational amplifier combines a voltage-feedback architecture, unity-gain stability, and a pin-out optimized for high-performance systems. Not bad, but there's more. It provides 1-GHz speed, low noise, and low distortion as well. It makes the op amp a good fit for medical instrumentation, ATE, and data-acquisition systems.
Laser driver optimized for blue common-cathode laser diodes
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8/26/2004   Post a comment
The laser driver IC-WKM from IC-Haus is optimized for M-type laser diodes (common cathode) and permits safe continuous wave operation, particularly with blue laser diodes, from a single supply with the laser diode case grounded. It features current capacity up to 350 mA and a supply voltage range up to 15 V.
Intel rolls out trimode version of Centrino
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8/26/2004   Post a comment
Intel Corp. rolled out its new and long-awaited Centrino mobile microprocessor, equipped with a tri-mode, Wi-Fi capability.
DRAM Bulletin: spot-market price rally to be short lived
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8/26/2004   Post a comment
Despite a rise in prices on the U.S. spot memory market this week and several positive developments regarding DRAM demand, the present rally is doomed to be short lived, iSuppli Corp. believes.
Analog ASSP chip market to grow 27% in 2004
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8/26/2004   Post a comment
The market is ripe for application specific analog devices, according to a report from research house Databeans Inc.
China's consumer electronic industry to hit $94 billion
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8/26/2004   Post a comment
China's consumer electronics sector is projected to reach $49.6 billion in sales this year, growing by more than 20 percent annually to reach $94 billion in 2007 according to a report.
Gartner modifie légèrement ses prévisions 2004 pour le marché des circuits intégrés
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8/26/2004   Post a comment
En dépit d’une correction des stocks sur le marché des semi-conducteurs, Gartner Inc. modifie légèrement ses prévisions 2004 concernant le marché des circuits intégrés.
IBM, ASML investigate immersion litho at Albany NanoTech
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8/26/2004   Post a comment
Research organization Albany NanoTech on Thursday (August 25) said that it has begun processing 300-mm wafers using the world's first 193-nm "pre-production" immersion lithography system from ASML Holding NV of the Netherlands.
Precision voltage reference helps applications eliminate effects of initial accuracy change
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8/26/2004   Post a comment
Intersil announces the 1.25 V and 2.5 V power precision voltage references. The design can operate continuously biased so battery powered data acquisition circuits that normally disable the reference between conversions, can now provide high accuracy.
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