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Novellus warns of 'incremental caution'
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8/31/2011   Post a comment
Fab tool maker Novellus Systems narrowed its third quarter sales target to the low end of previously guided range as the company's CEO warned that customers were being "incrementally cautious."
Microsemi expands SmartFusion cSoC offering for industrial and military applications
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8/31/2011   Post a comment
New leaded 208-PQFP package reduces PCB manufacturing and debugging costs
NSA-approved, defense-grade cryptographic Spartan-6Q FPGAs now in production
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8/31/2011   1 comment
Third generation secure architecture with information assurance methodology and anti-tamper IP pass extensive qualification process and extends Xilinx capabilities in secure applications.
Analyst sees upside in 2H11 chip market
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8/31/2011   1 comment
Semiconductor Intelligence LLC, a consultancy formed by analyst Bill Jewell, sees some positive signs for the electronics economy in the second-half of 2011, but has nonetheless reduced its global chip market growth forecast for 2011 to 4 percent from a previous forecast of 9 percent.
MediaTek aims at 'partnership' with Philips
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8/31/2011   2 comments
Consumer chip company MediaTek Inc. has announced it has achieved a design win with consumer electronics company Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV and is planning to develop "a long-term and close partnership with Philips."
Electronics enters era of 'systemic risk'
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8/30/2011   8 comments
The electronics industry has entered an era of "systemic complexity" where growing ecosystems of companies need to collaborate closely, according to a panel of CEOs.
Zoran shareholders approve CSR merger
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8/30/2011   Post a comment
CSR is expected to complete the acquisition of fellow chip maker Zoran following approval of the deal by Zoran shareholders, the company said.
Microchip Technology MCP1754/MCP1754S low dropout regulators
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8/30/2011   Post a comment
Microchip's latest low dropout regulators feature a high PSRR of 70 dB at 1 kHz (typical).
Intel may cut capex, says analyst
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8/30/2011   7 comments
Intel may cut back on capital expenditures in 2011 and 2012 in the face of slackening PC demand, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe enhances F2MC-8FX family of high-performance 8-bit microcontrollers with embedded flash memory.
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8/30/2011   Post a comment
Fujitsu's new F2MC-8FX 8-bit microcontrollers integrate analog comparators and an op-amp for energy-saving efficiency.
ADI, TI DSPs debut for less than $2
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8/30/2011   2 comments
Two major DSP vendors—Analog Devices and Texas Instruments—have drastically cut price tags on its latest processors in an effort to bring sophisticated signal processing to a broader range of cost-sensitive applications.
Texas Instruments C553x DSP
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8/30/2011   Post a comment
Check out TI's $1.95 DSP and $55 development kit.
Freescale joins 4G-era small-cell basestation race
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8/30/2011   10 comments
Freescale has begun sampling new wireless basestation SoCs designed for picocells and femto cells, by using the company’s QorIQ Qonverge family of processors.
Analog Devices offers 200 MHz version of Blackfin embedded processor for $2 and $99 dev kit
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8/30/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. has introduced a 200-MHz version of its ADSP-BF592 Blackfin embedded processor that delivers 400-MMAC performance for $1.99 each in 1,000-unit quantities.
GlobalFoundries fabs 20-nm test chip
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8/29/2011   11 comments
GlobalFoundries taped out a 20nm test chip using design tools from Cadence Design Systems, Magma Design Automation, Mentor Graphics and Synopsys.
MIT chip spinout gets $6.5M in funding
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8/29/2011   12 comments
MTPV, a startup developing chips used to convert heat to electricity, has received $6.5 million in funding from 13 investors, according to a regulatory filing.
ABI: 97% of smartphones to have touchscreens
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8/29/2011   9 comments
By 2016, smartphones with touchscreens will account for 97 percent of all smartphone volume, up from 75 percent in 2010, according to market research firm ABI Research.
Analyst predicts DRAM price plunge in 2H11
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8/29/2011   13 comments
The second half of 2011 is shaping up to be a DRAM buyer's dream as the price for the memory component is set to go into free-fall, according to market research firm IHS.
Russian-backed Crocus buys NXP's MRAM patents
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8/29/2011   8 comments
Crocus Technology Inc., a developer of magnetic RAMs with French origins and Russian financial backing, has announced the acquisition of the MRAM patent portfolio of NXP Semiconductors NV.
A&O power chip firm to buy Oregon fab
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8/29/2011   4 comments
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Ltd., a power semiconductor IC vendor with strong connections in China, has said it intends to buy a 200-mm wafer fab owned by Integrated Device Technology Inc. and located in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Fujitsu launches Calypso single chip solution for automotive hybrid instrument clusters
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8/26/2011   Post a comment
Calypso MB9EF126 is the first member of Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe's FCR4 family of devices to be based on the ARM Cortex-R4 core, operating at up to 160MHz and offering more than 200 DMips processing power.
Calypto acquires Mentor's Catapult C
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8/26/2011   12 comments
Calypto Design Systems said it acquired Catapult C Synthesis from Mentor Graphics in a deal with undisclosed terms.
NEC releases first dedicated FPGA version of CyberWorkBench
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8/26/2011   1 comment
CyberWorkBench is a C-based high-level synthesis (HLS) design platform developed by NEC over the course of twenty years.
Maxim Integrated Products MAX13256 transformer driver
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8/25/2011   Post a comment
Maxim is helping designers quickly design a highly efficient isolated DC-DC converter with its latest device, an isolated power, 36V, H-bridge transformer driver.
Microsemi announces cost-optimized SmartFusion cSoC (mixed-signal FPGA)
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8/25/2011   2 comments
New cost-optimized solution is ideal for applications in the industrial, communications, medical and military/aerospace market segments
Efficient Power Conversion Corp. EPC2014 eGaN FET family
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8/25/2011   Post a comment
EPC has expanded its eGaN FET family with a 40V, 16 milliohm power transistor.
The lowdown on Telegent: Split three ways
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8/25/2011   Post a comment
Telegent did not crash and burn. The startup which distributed $100 million among shareholders and employees was a "success," say former managers and Reed Hundt, the ex-FCC chairman who served as a Telegent board member.
Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO
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8/24/2011   42 comments
Steve Jobs, the visionary and iconic leader who twice led Apple to prominence, resigned as CEO of the company he co-founded in 1976, alluding to lingering health issues.
Applied posts strong Q3, but sees Q4 decline
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8/24/2011   1 comment
Applied Materials, the largest supplier of semiconductor production equipment, delivered strong quarterly results that beat analysts' expectations but warned that it expects a sequential sales decline of 15 to 30 percent in the current quarter.
World's first 28-Gbps-enabled FPGAs now shipping from Altera
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8/24/2011   Post a comment
New 28nm FPGAs featuring 28-Gbps transceivers enables higher throughput, increased performance, and reduced power in high-end applications.
Embedded systems gaining secure footing
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8/24/2011   5 comments
Today's embedded system designers optimize mainly for performance and footprint, but with the rise of Internet-enabled devices, security has become the third leg of the embedded design process.
Micronas inks foundry agreement with X-Fab
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8/24/2011   1 comment
Analog/mixed-signal semiconductor foundry X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries and automotive sensor and IC supplier Micronas Semiconductor announced a strategic partnership by which X-Fab will manufacture Micronas products using its 0.18-micron high-voltage CMOS process with embedded flash.
Patent suit targets Intel, Freescale, Marvell
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8/24/2011   29 comments
A company going by the name Power Management Systems LLC filed a complaint earlier this week in U.S. federal court charging that semiconductor vendors Intel, Freescale Semiconductor and Marvell Technology Group market chips that infringe upon a U.S. patent controlled by Power Management Systems.
Freescale eyes post-PC era
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8/24/2011   13 comments
Freescale CEO Rich Beyer laid out the chip maker's strategy during an event in India.
NXP PCA9525 and PCA9605 no-offset I2C-bus buffers,
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8/24/2011   1 comment
NXP has designed its latest no-offset I2C-bus buffers to enable system designers to isolate capacitance and interface with other bus buffers.
IDC: Server demand to slow after strong Q2
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8/24/2011   2 comments
Demand for servers remained high in the second quarter, but weakening macroeconomic conditions throughout the world are likely to take a toll on server demand later this year, according to market research firm IDC.
China was largest PC market in Q2, says IDC
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8/24/2011   8 comments
PC shipments in China surpassed those in the U.S. in the second quarter, making China the largest PC market in the world, according to market research firm IDC.
Mindspeed exec named Lantronix CEO
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8/24/2011   Post a comment
Kurt Busch, a former executive at semiconductor supplier Mindspeed Technologies, was named president and CEO of smart connectivity technology firm Lantronix.
Texas Instruments DAC8562 family of 16-, 14- and 12-bit digital-to-analog converters
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8/23/2011   Post a comment
TI's new family of dual 16-, 14- and 12-bit DACs provides what the company says has the highest precision and lowest power consumption.
PCB production grew 19% in 2010, says IPC
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8/23/2011   2 comments
Worldwide production of printed circuit boards grew 19 percent in 2010 compared to 2009, reaching nearly $55 billion, according to a new report by IPC, an industry trade group.
On Semiconductor NCV8871 non-synchronous boost controller
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8/23/2011   Post a comment
On Semi's latest boost controller features a wide input voltage range of 3.2 V to 44 V, which can be used to drive an external N-channel MOSFET.
Students win Synopsys design competition
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8/23/2011   2 comments
University of Rochester students Bin Ma and Dustin Moore were named winners of the 2011 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition, sponsored by EDA and IP vendor Synopsys.
Intel's solar spinoff files for bankruptcy
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8/23/2011   32 comments
Spectrawatt, the solar cell manufacturer that was originally spun off from Intel in 2008, has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code, according to multiple reports.
Audio sub-system features programmable PLLs
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8/23/2011   Post a comment
IDT has launched what it calls the world’s first audio subsystem with integrated programmable clock generator for portable applications.
IHS: 300-mm manufacturing set to double
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8/23/2011   1 comment
Semiconductor manufacturing using 300-millimeter wafers will see production nearly double from 2010 to 2015 as chip producers increasingly employ them for older, more mature products, according to a report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Class D audio amplifier for flat panel TVs features digital power limit and selectable gain
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8/23/2011   1 comment
ON Semiconductor has introduced the NCS8353 stereo audio amplifier, a Class D device with high efficiency levels (greater than 87%), that eliminates the need for the inclusion of a heatsink in the system design.
Digital audio SoC family enables cooler new flat-panel TV designs
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8/23/2011   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has released two new Sound Terminal digital-audio system-on-chip ICs for home-entertainment applications, which will enable smaller new-product designs while also running cooler to help designers meet tough product-safety requirements.
Single and dual comparators aim to solve supply chain management challenges
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8/23/2011   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has developed the FAN156 low voltage comparator and the FAN256 dual low voltage comparator to provide supply chain flexibility.
New GaN FET offers high frequency switching with enhanced performance
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8/23/2011   Post a comment
The EPC2012 FET is a 1.6 mm 2200 VDS device with a maximum RDS(ON) of 100 milliohms with 5 V applied to the gate.
Analog Devices AD9648 and AD9642 A/D converters
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8/23/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices' 14-bit A/D converters meet demanding performance requirements of communications, instrumentation and test and measurement applications.
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