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MediaTek cracks top 5 in smartphone apps CPU sales
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8/7/2012   24 comments
Taiwan's MediaTek ranked in the top five among smartphone applications processor vendors for the first time in the first quarter as the market posted 55 percent year-over-year growth, according to Strategy Analytics.
Analyst: Apple, Samsung snagged over 100% of Q2 handset profits
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8/7/2012   4 comments
The combination of Apple and Samsung accounted for all of the cellular handset industry's profit in the second quarter—and then some—according to an analyst.
Cypress, Ramtron continue standoff
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8/6/2012   3 comments
Cypress Semiconductor extended its hostile takeover offer for FRAM vendor Ramtron.
Diverse application base fuels sensor growth
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8/6/2012   1 comment
The market for magnetic sensors is projected to grow by 13 percent in 2012 after surging by more than 22 percent last year, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
MEMS enable 'human body on a chip'
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8/6/2012   4 comments
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and elsewhere have embarked on an ambitious $32 million "human body on-a-chip" research project that will use MEMS microfluidics to mimic people's reactions to substances-of-interest.
Startup demos 60-GHz Wi-Fi
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8/6/2012   2 comments
Nitero, a fabless chip company from Austin, Texas, with Australian roots, has announced it has begun demonstrating 60-GHz, multi-gigabit Wi-Fi ICs for mobile devices to selected companies.
Digital Core Design introduces DMAC-RMII
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8/6/2012   Post a comment
This IP Core, for use in ASICs/SoCs and FPGAs, supports 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX/FX IEEE 802.3-2002 compliant RMII PHYs.
Xilinx spotlights All Programmable Technology at NIWeek 2012
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8/6/2012   Post a comment
The folks at Xilinx have announced their participation at NIWeek 2012, booth #618, August 6-9, 2012 at the Austin Convention Center.
High-profile ex-Intel exec joins Qualcomm as new marketing chief
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8/6/2012   17 comments
After more than a year of silence, Anand Chandrasekher, a high-profile, former Intel executive once responsible for the microprocessor giant’s mobile group, has resurfaced, as chief marketing officer at Qualcomm.
Samsung plans ARM-based CPU for servers, says report
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8/6/2012   15 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is planning to introduce an ARM-based CPU for server applications in 2014, according to a Seoul Economic Daily report in Korean.
ADI offers front end chip for medical apps
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8/6/2012   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. introduced a low-power, single-lead, heart-rate monitor analog front end (AFE) for a wide range of vital sign monitoring applications.
Chip market could fall by 5% in 2012, says ABI
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8/6/2012   4 comments
Market researcher Allied Business Intelligence Inc. has decided that a lack of confidence in the global economy and a past lack of investment in semiconductor manufacturing mean the chip market will continue to be soft in the second half of 2012.
Wearable monitoring system for Parkinson's patients
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8/3/2012   8 comments
European researchers said they are developing a wearable monitoring system that automatically regulates the delivery of medication to Parkinson's patients.
June global chip sales stay soft on U.S. weakness
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8/3/2012   5 comments
Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached a three-month average of $24.38 billion in June for the month of June 2012, a decrease of 0.1 percent from the prior month when the averaged sales were $24.40 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Foundries soar, Japanese IDMs slide in IC sales rankings
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8/3/2012   9 comments
Chip foundries as a group outperformed the rest of the top 20 ranked semiconductor vendors in the second quarter, while Japanese IDMs took it on the chin, according to a new report by market research firm IC Insights.
What's in a name? Plenty, says CEO of former austriamicrosystems
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8/3/2012   2 comments
John Heugle (shown), CEO of the new "ams," says the company formerly known as austromicrosystems was a "mouthful." Armed with a sensor acquisition, the European company is shooting for double-digit growth as early as this year.
Texas Instruments AFE4300 front-end solution
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8/2/2012   1 comment
TI unveiled the industry's first analog front end that integrates two separate signal chain front ends for weigh scale and dual body composition measurements into a single device.
ON Semi plans more job cuts
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8/2/2012   5 comments
ON Semiconductor said it plans to cut additional jobs as part of a plan to save the company between $10 million and $15 million per year.
ADI expands D/A converter portfolio
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8/2/2012   2 comments
ADI has introduced AD5686/96 quad 16-bit nanoDAC+ and AD5316R/7R quad 10-bit nanoDAC D/A converters in tiny packages, targeting a wide range of instrumentation and communications applications.
ON Semi's CFO resigns
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8/2/2012   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor said Chief Financial Officer Donald Colvin will resign after the company identifies a replacement.
PCIe Gen3 switches boost throughput options
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8/2/2012   Post a comment
PLX Technology has boosted the throughput options in its ExpressLane line of Gen3 PCI Express switches with the addition of the PEX8796 (96 lanes, 24 ports), PEX8780 (80 lanes, 20 ports) and PEX8764 (64 lanes, 16 ports).
Animated characters brought to life by 3-D printing
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8/2/2012   4 comments
By reverse engineering the computer animation process, Harvard researchers have patented a method of creating personalized action figures using a 3-D printer from any gaming or other animation program.
Renesas forecasts flood of red ink
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8/2/2012   10 comments
Struggling Japanese chip firm Renesas Electronics Corp. has forecast it will make a net loss of 150 billion yen (about $1.91 billion) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, as it published sales down 11 percent sequentially for the first fiscal quarter, ended June 30.
Sharp to slash 5,000 jobs
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8/2/2012   10 comments
Japan's Sharp Corp. reported a significantly wider fiscal first quarter loss and unveiled its intention to cut 5,000 jobs by the end of March 2013. This will be the company's first personal downsizing since 1950.
Taiwan approves MediaTek's MStar buy
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8/2/2012   Post a comment
Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission has approved MediaTek's proposal to acquire up to 48 percent of rival MStar Semiconductor, saying the combination would not hamper market competition, according to a report by the Taipei Times.
Chip stocks hanging tough, says analyst
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8/2/2012   1 comment
Semiconductor stocks are showing surprising strength in spite of difficult global macroeconomic conditions, thanks to lower than expected estimate declines by chip firms and Wall Street, according to a JP Morgan analyst.
Venture capitalist named chairman of Cirrus Logic
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8/2/2012   Post a comment
Al Schuele, a venture capitalist and former semiconductor industry executive, was appointed chairman of the board of directors of chip vendor Cirrus Logic.
Live webinar on motor control apps with FPGAs
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8/1/2012   2 comments
I just heard from those nice folks at Microsemi that they are hosting a Free Webinar on August 28 2012 (8:00am to 9:00am Pacific Time).
NI LabVIEW uses HLS to improve FPGA design productivity
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8/1/2012   1 comment
The new LabVIEW FPGA IP Builder software from National Instruments incorporates high-level synthesis (HLS) technology to accelerate system design through increased abstraction.
Startup raises $30 million to bring MRAM to market
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8/1/2012   11 comments
A Moscow-headquartered investor has helped MRAM startup Avalanche Technology close a third round of equity funding at $30 million. The money will be used to "productize" the company's technology, which the firm says is ready for action in applications such as solid-state drives.
Wolfson predicts return to profit in 2H12
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8/1/2012   7 comments
Audio and MEMS mixed-signal chip company Wolfson Microelectronics has announced a reduction in its net loss in the second quarter as it has increased its sales revenue. The company said it expects to return to "underlying profitability" in the second half of 2012.
AMD recruits Apple processor guru as chief chip architect
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8/1/2012   17 comments
AMD has announced the appointment of Jim Keller as chief architect for microprocessor cores reporting to CTO Mark Papermaster.
Japan revives mobile chip joint venture
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8/1/2012   5 comments
Japan has revived plans for a mobile equipment chip joint venture but has come up with something smaller and less ambitious than a previous plan that was cancelled earlier this year.
China clears Microchip's SMSC acquisition
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8/1/2012   7 comments
China's antitrust regulatory body rubber stamped Microchip Technology's $939 million acquisition of Standard Microsystems Corp., clearing the way for the deal to close this week.
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