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IBM settles chip suit with U. of Wisconsin
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8/31/2005   Post a comment
IBM Corp. this week reached an out-of-court settlement with the University of Wisconsin over alleged patent infringement in chip manufacturing, according to the Associated Press.
Market for MEMS microphones takes off
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The MEMS-based microphone and speaker markets are taking off due to growth in consumer electronics products, according to The Information Network.
LED driver claims world on a string
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Austriamicrosystems bills its AS3691 chip as the world's first high-current with high-precision LED driver. "The IC's absolute current accuracy of 0.5 percent allows for highly accurate brightness settings and is thus ideal for supporting sophisticated color management applications like LCD monitors with RGB backlighting," said Ronald Tingl, marketing manager for Power Management. The AS3691 includes four independent high precision current sources each capable of sinking 400 mA (for four strings
Efficient engines will lead to hydrogen economy
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8/31/2005   1 comment
Automotive electronics will be key for fuel efficient engine and emission controls, says panel.
Codec expands portable features
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Wolfson Microelectronics plc introduced a stereo codec for portable multimedia apps, including cellular phones — that is said to integrate high-quality audio performance and enhanced mixing capabilities, with low-power consumption.
Fairchild reiterates Q3 guidance
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8/31/2005   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has reiterated guidance for third quarter 2005 sales to be flat and gross margin to flat to slightly higher sequentially.
Intel-led alliance stirs angst over future wireless spec
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Intel has convinced Broadcom, Atheros and Marvell to join forces outside of an IEEE wireless LAN standards group to develop an interoperable physical and media access control layer.
Infineon defends memory stance
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8/31/2005   Post a comment
Allaying recent rumors about plans to spin off its memory unit, Infineon Technologies AG defended the business despite a lackluster outllook for the sector.
128-Mbit NAND flash device shifts to 90-nm process
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8/31/2005   Post a comment
; STMicroelectronics has started to produce 128-Mbit NAND flash memory using 90-nm process technology. The company also plans to shift production of its 256-Mbit and 512-Mbit flash memory devices using the advanced manufacturing process this year.
Simtek completes sale of Q-Dot for $2.2 million
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8/30/2005   Post a comment
Simtek has completed the sale of the assets of its Q-Dot subsidiary to Hittite Microwave for $2.2 million in cash.
Tundra's sales jump 6%
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8/30/2005   Post a comment
Chip maker Tundra Semiconductor Corp. (Ottawa) reported sales of $18.2 million in its first fiscal quarter, up 6 percent quarter-over-quarter but down 20 percent from a year ago.
Semtech blames cautious customers for mixed 2Q results
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8/30/2005   Post a comment
Semtech reported fiscal second quarter 2006 net income of $7.4 million, or 10 cents per diluted share, down 57 percent from the net income of $17.4 million, or 22 cents per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2005.
Infineon to supply memory technologies for XBox
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Infineon Technologies said it would supply several key technologies for Microsoft's Xbox 360.
Sigma Designs earnings flat on higher sales
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Digital media processor supplier Sigma Designs Inc. posted net earnings of $0.1 million, or zero cents per share, on sales of $7.9 million in the second fiscal 2006 quarter ended July 31, compared to a net loss of $0.7 million, or 3 cents per share on sales of $6.4 million the previous quarter.
DRAM vendor begins to ship 8-Gbit NAND flash in volumes
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Micron Technology Inc. has started to ship in volume quantities 4-Gbit and 8-Gbit qualified NAND flash memory products to support growing customer demand in the MP3, USB drive and flash card sectors.
Samsung opens RFIC design center in Atlanta
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Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd. has opened a North American research center at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Georgia Electronic Design Center in Atlanta.
Tracker/sequencer ICs ease basic power-up designs
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Maxim Integrated Products' MAX6877-MAX6883 are dual/triple power-supply trackers/sequencers for controlling power-up and power-down of up to three rails. They're the company's first hardware programmable (versus programmable memory) trackers and sequencers for cost-effective design in simplified power management systems. Users adjust key performance parameters such as voltage thresholds, slew rates, and timing parameters with (external) resistors and capacitors.
Small PHY offers Hi-Speed USB host support in handhelds
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With a footprint of 6-mm X 6-mm, the USB3450 UTMI+ standalone device/host transceiver from Standard Microsystems Corp. (SMSC) allows designers to add low-power host support to portable consumer products without sacrificing board space.
Online tool speeds amp selection
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Analog Devices Inc.'s amplifier parametric evaluation tool is said to create a virtual evaluation board environment to remove the guesswork from selecting and implementing operational amplifiers.
Socket simplifies FPGA prototyping in portable applications
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QuickLogic Corp. announced the availability of the HiLo socket from Interconnect Systems Inc. that simplifies field programmable gate array (FPGA) prototyping in space-constrained, portable consumer-electronic designs.
AMI CEO receives contract extension
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Christine King, president and chief executive of AMI Semiconductor Inc., has received a contract extension through the end of 2008, according to a report from the Idaho State Journal.
16-bit converter targets precision apps
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This 16-bit, 10 Msamples/second delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter from Texas Instruments Inc. features 86 dB signal-to-noise ratio and 95 dB spurious-free dynamic range over a 5-MHz bandwidth.
Regulator delivers the boost to bias LCDs
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Allegro MicroSystems' A8483 is a 1.2 MHz step-up regulator chip suited for general purpose battery-powered work as well as such applications as bias/backlighting supplies for plasma and liquid-crystal displays. Other applications include cellular phones, PDAs, camcorders, personal stereos, MP3 players, cameras, and mobile GPS systems.
Indian designer eInfochips tackles hardware development
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Design services company eInfochips will unveil a keyboard video mouse-over-IP later this year based on an FPGA platform.
Ramtron acquires Goal Semiconductor
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Nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory supplier Ramtron International Corp. has acquired fabless semiconductor supplier Goal Semiconductor Inc., for $7.6 million in cash and stock.
Infineon gains design wins for Xbox 360
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Germany’s Infineon Technologies AG said that it will supply three components for Microsoft Corp.’s new Xbox 360 video game, according to the Xbox Users Group.
Pericom Semi voids Taiwanese investment, makes another
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8/29/2005   Post a comment
Pericom Semiconductor has cancelled a previously announced $12.5 million investment in Aker Technology and will instead buy Aker's 99.9 percent interest in eCERA frequency control products company for roughly $14.7 million.
Les partenaires dévoilent les premières caractéristiques du microprocesseur Cell
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8/29/2005   Post a comment
Suite à leur promesse faite en mai, IBM, Sony et Toshiba révèlent les premières caractéristiques précises du microprocesseur Cell.
Audio DSP line adds performance and features for consumer apps
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Texas Instruments has beefed-up its Aureus family of audio digital signal processing chips, a move that will enable consumer electronics manufacturers to provide more performance and features for applications requiring multi-channel decoding, including audio/video and DVD receivers and home-theater-in-a-box systems.
Pixelworks, AMD team on set-top box platform
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8/29/2005   Post a comment
System on-chip supplier Pixelworks Inc. has collaborated with AMD Inc. to co-design the Sailfish II platform, a reference design based on the Pixelworks PWBSP-16 broadband signal processor IC and the AMD Alchemy Au1550 processor that enables set-top boxes to integrate broadband video, voice and data access into a single device.
Intelsat acquires PanAmSat for $3.2 billion
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8/29/2005   Post a comment
Creating a powerhouse in the satellite arena, Intelsat Ltd. said that it has acquired PanAmSat Holding Corp. for $3.2 billion in stock.
Hynix, NanoAmp, Winbond join CellularRAM group
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8/29/2005   Post a comment
Hynix Semiconductor Inc., NanoAmp Solutions Inc., and Winbond Electronics Corp. have joined the CellularRAM work group, an organization creating common specifications for high-performance pseudo-SRAM (PSRAM) devices for future 2.5G and 3G handset designs.
Decoder boosts compatibility between video formats
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8/29/2005   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp.'s video decoder is said to increase compatibility between different video standards — allowing consumers to output video directly from DVD players, gaming devices and other devices to their PC monitors.
Key Cell Processor technical documents released for download
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8/27/2005   Post a comment
In a simultaneous release on their respective web sites, IBM, Sony, Sony Entertainment and Toshiba announced the availability of key documents that describe technical details of the Cell Broadband Engine architecture
Freescale to supply Apple with PowerPC to '08
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8/27/2005   Post a comment
Apple Computer's transition to Intel microprocessors may not happen as fast as expected, as the computer maker has signed a microprocessor supply agreement with Freescale Semiconductor that lasts through 2008.
SigmaTel completes acquisition of Protocom
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8/26/2005   Post a comment
Analog and mixed-signal semiconductor supplier SigmaTel Inc. has finalized the acquisition of Protocom Corp., a privately held semiconductor supplier of multi-function imaging chips.
Serial flash offers PC BIOS code storage in Intel chipset-based systems
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8/26/2005   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics Inc.’s latest flash memory offering is an 8-bit chip with a serial peripheral interface (SPI) aimed at increasing network computing management capabilities and providing designers using Intel 945 Express chipsets with a PC BIOS solution.
Production FlexRay controller enables advanced by-wire automotive applications
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8/26/2005   Post a comment
Freescale device provides high bandwidth and deterministic, fault-tolerant data transmission for chassis control, body electronics, and power train uses.
Growth seen in medical chip market
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The medical electronics market for semiconductors will reach over $2 billion in 2005, according to market research firm Databeans Inc. (Reno, Nv).
Cypress, Cavium Networks ally on network solutions
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Network solutions provider Cavium Networks will team with Cypress Semiconductor Corp. to provide joint solutions for next-generation networking systems.
Broadband chip maker Passave files IPO
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Passave Inc. announced that it has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the initial public offering of its common stock.
Mosaid’s sales jump 54 percent
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Intellectual-property and ATE specialist Mosaid Technologies Inc. said revenues for the first quarter of fiscal year 2006 were $14.2 million, an increase of 54 percent over the revenues of $9.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2005.
Amino, Philips team on IPTV reference design
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Amino Communications has announced that its advanced software stack for IPTV set-top boxes will be combined with Philips Nexperia home entertainment engine PNX8550, for porting to the STB810 semiconductor set-top box reference and development platform.
Power IC with charger boosts management potential
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Summit Microelectronics' multi-output SMB122, a second-generation power management IC equally at home in either single lithium-ion cell or AC-input applications, brings power regulation and advanced power control to the designer's table. Indeed, this chip is billed as the world's first multi-output power IC that includes a fully programmable battery charger.
PA module cranks out +32 dBm for satellite applications
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Mimix Broadband introduces a 13.75 to 14.5 GHz +32-dBm power amplifier module for VSAT applications
Open-Silicon, Magma team on ASIC school in India
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8/26/2005   1 comment
Pushed to the brink by a severe shortage of IC design engineers in India, Open-Silicon is teaming up with Magma Design Automation to start an ASIC design school.
12-bit A/D converters conserve board space
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Maxim Integrated Products Inc.'s 12-bit family of tiny, high-speed, analog-to-digital converters feature two true-differential inputs, 3 V or 5 V single-supply operation, and a SPI-/QSPI-/MICROWIRE-compatible interface.
Opinion: Medical electronics represents strong growth opportunity for ICs
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Home diagnostics will propel growth in the medical electronics sector, which is expected to reach $3.5 billion worldwide by 2010, according to Databeans.
RTL generator produces FFT cores for FPGA families
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Actel Corp. has introduced CoreFFT, a register transfer level (RTL) generator that produces optimized fast Fourier transform (FFT) cores for use with its flash and antifuse-based families of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
256-Kbit FRAM aimed at automotive sector
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Ramtron International Corp.’s latest ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) is a 256-Kbit device with a serial peripheral interface (SPI).
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