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Apex reemerges as analog chip company
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8/20/2012   4 comments
Apex Microtechnology, Inc., which Cirrus Logic acquired in July 2007, has been re-established as a stand-alone corporation as the result of Cirrus Logic selling its Tucson-based Apex Precision Power business unit for $26 million to a group of private investors led by Alerion Capital.
Mentor sues EVE—again
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8/19/2012   Post a comment
EDA vendor Mentor Graphics filed another patent infringement suit against French emulation tool vendor EVE, the latest in an escalating legal battle between the two companies that has simmered for years.
In Asia-Pacific region, local firms enjoy Apple-like chip buying perks
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8/19/2012   3 comments
OEMs based in the Asia-Pacific region are increasing chip spending in the area at a faster rate than No. 1 global chip buyer Apple—and gaining greater influence among suppliers—according to IHS iSuppli.
Sidense claims legal victory over rival Kilopass
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8/17/2012   3 comments
Non-volatile memory IP vendor Sidense claimed legal victory over rival Kilopass Technology after a U.S. federal court ruled that Kilopass could not present its claims of patent infringement by Sidense in front of a jury. Kilopass said it plans to appeal the ruling.
Microsemi diversifies as DoD budget cuts loom
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8/17/2012   7 comments
While Microsemi's revenue growth remains vulnerable to U.S. budget cuts, declines could be offset by expansion into communications and industrial markets.
Samsung Semi to expand Silicon Valley R&D facility
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8/17/2012   4 comments
Samsung Semiconductor signed a deal with California's governor and the Santa Clara County board of supervisors to expand its R&D facility in San Jose, Calif.
Fab tool book-to-bill slips again
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8/17/2012   Post a comment
The book-to-bill ratio for North America-based semiconductor equipment vendors slipped to 0.87 on a three-month average basis in July, the fourth consecutive month that the figure has declined, according to the fab tool vendor trade group SEMI.
Marvell misses estimates on macro sluggishness
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8/16/2012   5 comments
Chip vendor Marvell Technology Group reported sales for the quarter ended July 28 that came up short of analysts' expectations and gave a sales target for the current quarter that also fell short.
Fujitsu Semi's top U.S. exec spies opportunities for growth
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8/16/2012   Post a comment
EE Times recently sat down with Satoru Yamaguchi, a 32-year veteran of Fujitsu Semiconductor, who in April was tapped to lead the company's U.S. subsidiary, for a wide ranging discussion on plans for the subsidiary and opportunities for growth in North and South Amercia
Applied sees semi equipment orders bottoming by October
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8/16/2012   2 comments
Applied Materials said it expects orders and sales to bottom out in its current fiscal quarter, thanks to a decline in semiconductor equipment demand.
Three students named winners of Synopsys optical design award
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8/16/2012   Post a comment
Synopsys announced that two students from the University of Rochester and one from the University of Alabama-Huntsville are the winners of the 2012 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition.
Hans Camenzind, 555 timer inventor, dies
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8/15/2012   46 comments
Camenzind was an inventor, entrepreneur, author and inspiration to generations of engineers.
Updated: How Mars rover got its 'dream mode'
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8/15/2012   23 comments
The Curiosity rover now preparing to explore Gale Crater on Mars has an FPGA-based reptilian brain that keeps its systems going while main computers are in "dream mode".
Toshiba cancels ARM-based computer
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8/15/2012   18 comments
Toshiba Corp. has cancelled plans to sell computers that run the Windows RT operating system from Microsoft Corp. and that are based on an ARM-based processor, due to delays in getting adequate supplies of components, according to reports.
Bondholders say Elpida is grossly undervalued
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8/14/2012   3 comments
Micron Technology’s planned takeover of Japan’s failed chip maker Elpida Memory has hit a snag.
RFMD releases Rx/Tx module
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8/14/2012   1 comment
RFMD’s RF6549 transmit/receive module features separate ports for Rx and Tx paths, and two ports on the output for connecting a diversity solution or a test port.
Freescale brings out 1- and 2-cycle cylinder controls
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8/14/2012   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has one-cylinder (MC33813) and two-cylinder (MC33814) electronic control semiconductors for small internal combustion engines for transportation, industrial and consumer applications.
Freescale MEMS sensors target mobile
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8/14/2012   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced a smaller, cheaper MEMS device that doesn't compromise on accuracy, noise and power specifications for the next-generation of low-cost smartphones and tablets.
IR rolls automotive-qualified 600V trench IGBTs for EV applications
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8/13/2012   Post a comment
International Rectifier released a family of automotive-qualified 600V IGBTs for electric and hybrid vehicle applications
TI's 32-bit C2000 Piccolo F2802x microcontrollers
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8/13/2012   3 comments
32-bit microcontrollers feature integration in small packages and robust hardware and software ecosystems to ease development for white goods and industrial applications.
Microchip expands serial SRAM lineup
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8/13/2012   Post a comment
Also debuts non-volatile, battery-backed serial SRAMs at significantly lower cost than any other non-volatile SRAM, FRAM, or parallel SRAM.
Report urges U.S. effort to recapture optics lead
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8/13/2012   4 comments
The National Research Council recommends a series of bold, coordinated initiatives to improve manufacturing, invention, materials development and applications to maintain global leadership.
Samsung, Osram settle LED patent battle
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8/13/2012   3 comments
Two leading manufacturers of light-emitting diodes, Samsung and Osram, have settled patent differences and have been granted a joint-motion to end an investigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission, according to reports.
Expert: Samsung infringed ‘915 patent 24 times
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8/10/2012   10 comments
Samsung infringes a key Apple patent on scrolling and zooming in 24 of its smartphones and tablets, said an expert testifying for Apple.
Inside RIM Blackberry Playbook LTE
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8/10/2012   11 comments
UBM TechInsights found parts from TI, Samsung, Qualcomm, Freescale and others in a teardown of RIM's Blackberry Playbook LTE.
Apple-Samsung trial coverage
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8/10/2012   5 comments
EE Times' continuing coverage of the Apple-Samsung patent trial in San Jose, Calif.
Freescale closes French fab
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8/10/2012   4 comments
The Toulouse-based branch of Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (Austin, Texas) has permanently closed its doors this week, affecting some 500 employees.
Report: Intel preps wireless charging
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8/10/2012   2 comments
Intel may offer internally developed resonant wireless charging to improve the attractiveness of mobile equipment based on its chips such as Intel-based ultrabooks and smartphones, according to a Digitimes report that referenced unnamed sources.
Semi market growth seen as doubling
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8/10/2012   5 comments
Over the next five years the long-term growth rate for the semiconductor market is going be more than double what it has been, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Nvidia says Android tablets have arrived
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8/9/2012   10 comments
Google's Nexus 7 tablet is not a less expensive alternative to Apple iPad, but a product with a whole other value proposition, according to Nvidia's CEO.
Terasic, Altera FPGA-based boards for high-frequency trading
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8/9/2012   1 comment
Terasic to release new Altera Stratix V FPGA-based boards for high-frequency trading and cloud computing applications.
Inside TI's ADS1298 analog front end for health monitoring
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8/9/2012   4 comments
Chips from Texas Instruments have been playing a vital role in the evolution of vital signs monitoring systems. We take a closer look at what makes TI's chips tick.
Foundry Tower reports steady Q2, sees slower Q3
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8/9/2012   Post a comment
Foundry chip maker Tower Semiconductor reported second quarter financial results that were much as expected. The company made a reduced net loss on sales that were flat with those of the first quarter.
Semico cuts 2012 chip market growth forecast
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8/8/2012   4 comments
Semico Research this week became the latest market research firm to cut its forecast for 2012 semiconductor market growth, saying it now expects global chip sales to grow 6 to 8 percent this year.
Have you got the (inside) edge?
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8/8/2012   Post a comment
I just received my copy of Altera's monthly eNewsletter – Inside Edge. On the off-chance you haven't already signed up for this, the highlights are as follows…
Analog Devices 16-bit DAC provides transmit signal chain IF synthesis
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8/8/2012   Post a comment
Transmit DAC simplifies FPGA interface with JESD204 serial input
Xilinx takes Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC to 1 GHz
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8/8/2012   1 comment
New performance benchmarks and smaller form factor packaging for All Programmable SoC family.
LabVIEW FPGA innovation award
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8/8/2012   Post a comment
Xilinx honors NI LabVIEW FPGA innovation award winner at NIWeek graphical system design achievement awards ceremony.
SMIC hits new quarterly revenue high
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8/8/2012   2 comments
Chinese foundry SMIC reported a new quarterly revenue record for the second quarter, posting sales that exceeded analysts' expectations and the company's revised sales target issued last month.
Synopsys launches verification IP community website
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8/8/2012   Post a comment
EDA and IP vendor Synopsys launched a community website focused on system-on-chip verification engineers and users of verification IP.
Loss-making Peregrine prices IPO to raise $77 million
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8/8/2012   1 comment
Fabless RF chip vendor Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (San Diego, Calif.) has announced that its initial public offering of 5.5 million shares in the company has been priced at $14. The shares are expected to begin trading on the Nasdaq Global Market on Aug. 8, 2012, under the ticker symbol PSMI.
Low cost 32-bit MCUs ease development for white goods and industrial apps
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8/8/2012   2 comments
C2000 Piccolo TMS320F2802x microcontrollers from Texas Instruments Incorporated bring low-cost 32-bit real-time control to applications typically unable to justify the associated cost.
AMD names new sales chief
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8/8/2012   Post a comment
AMD promoted John Byrne (shown), a sales executive who joined the company in 2007, to fill the vacant position of senior vice president and chief sales officer.
KeyStone multicore DSPs offer increased density and improved scalability
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8/7/2012   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated is offering developers a highly dense and scalable solution for enterprise gateway applications such as session border controllers and IP PBX gateways, including development software.
Report: Nikon to work with Intel to develop 450-mm wafer steppers
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8/7/2012   3 comments
Nikon Corp., the world’s number two stepper manufacturer, will work with Intel Corp. to develop the next generation semiconductor manufacturing equipment capable of handling 450-mm wafers.
New eMMC multimedia cards deliver claimed fastest speeds for embedded memory
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8/7/2012   1 comment
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., has begun volume production of an ultra-fast embedded memory for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices in 16-, 32- and 64-gigabyte (GB) densities.
2nd gen Mali graphics processors target tablets, smartphones, smart-TVs
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8/7/2012   Post a comment
ARM has launched the second generation of its Mali-T600 series graphics processing units (GPUs), improving the user experience for tablets, smartphones and smart-TVs.
Mini PCI Express card enables wireless M2M for commercial and industrial apps
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8/7/2012   Post a comment
The HE910 with Mini PCIe Adapter from Telit Wireless Solutions offers M2M connectivity for embedded PCs in commercial and industrial applications.
Reports: Wafer discounts, rush orders from MediaTek, Nvidia
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8/7/2012   Post a comment
The supply of chips from foundries in Taiwan is being complicated by discounting and rush orders as companies try to benefit from more-available 40-nm silicon to win against chips design in less available 28-nm, according to reports.
London Calling: Wind River, Marconi and Mars
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8/7/2012   Post a comment
From Lincoln, England, to Gale Crater, Mars, is a very long way but the distance can be bridged with a couple of leaps of imagination.
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