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Broadcom enters analog, OpenCable tuner markets
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9/23/2003   Post a comment
Broadcom Corp. (Irvine, Calif.) significantly widened their address to the market for set-top box and TV electronics today with the introduction of an analog cable tuner. The company has a couple of years experience with tuners designed for QAM cable systems (where a good QAM system may require -82 dBC phase noise and -52 dBC distortion), but the requirements for the CableLabs Open Cable specification are considerably more stringent. Ron Wilson has this report.
Power amp cuts space
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9/23/2003   Post a comment
Intel brewing a batch of processors for servers
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9/23/2003   Post a comment
Intel Corp. last week announced several new server products"from a dual-core 32-bit Xeon processor to a blade server built around its 64-bit Itanium 2.
Via CEO vows to bring chipset fight to Intel
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9/23/2003   Post a comment
Via Technologies Inc.'s chief executive, Chen Wen-chi, believes his company must surpass Intel Corp. on chipset technology within the next six months if it is to recapture market share lost during a two-year legal battle over bus licensing fees.
Xilinx goes to bat for Taiwan foundry
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9/23/2003   Post a comment
Xilinx Inc. is taking a more forthright position in the comeback campaign of foundry United Microelectronics Corp., averring that UMC and IBM Corp. are equals in technology development and reiterating its strategy to stick with UMC for high-volume manufacturing.
DDR2 SDRAM is coming, but at what price?
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9/23/2003   Post a comment
DRAM makers are readying production capacity and Intel Corp. is lining up chipset support, but questions surrounding the initial price premium of DDR2 memory chips are complicating industry efforts to predict how quickly PC OEMs will adopt the next-generation technology.
DRAM contract prices continue to rise
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9/22/2003   Post a comment
When Micron Technology Inc. provides its fiscal fourth-quarter revenue estimate this week, some analysts believe it will zip effortlessly past the consensus forecast.
CAN controller chip tackles serial communications apps
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9/18/2003   Post a comment
Microchip Technology's newest standalone controller-area network (CAN) device now offers the option to address serial communications challenges.
Dual-mode regulator works as PWM, LDO
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9/18/2003   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor's NCP1501 can alternate between functioning as a pulse-width modulation (PWM) buck converter and low-dropout (LDO) regulator.
Military-qualified FPGAs hit densities up to million gates
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9/18/2003   Post a comment
Actel Corp. says its reprogrammable, nonvolatile ProASIC Plus field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have been tested and verified to operate over the full military temperature range of -55 degrees C to +125 degrees C.
Logic gates lay claim to smallest packages
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9/18/2003   Post a comment
Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc.'s VHS series of LMOS logic is now available in the industry's smallest and thinnest package for single-gate CMOS logic.
ChipCenter's Paul O'Shea does his own assessment
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9/18/2003   Post a comment
TI's two analog-to-digital converters aren't typical in any way.
TI's announcement touts a 'best-in-class' mix
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9/18/2003   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. introduced the industry's highest-performance analog-to-digital converters for industrial applications from the company's Burr-Brown product line.
2003 semi outlook brightens a bit
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9/17/2003   Post a comment
The market research firm iSupply Corp. on Tuesday tweaked its outlook for 2003 semiconductor sales and revealed vendor rankings for the first half of the year, with newly formed Renesas Technology coming in as the third-largest chip maker in the world.
Operating System Wars: Coming to a Power IC Near You
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9/16/2003   Post a comment
The advent of Digitally-Controlled Power (DCP) in electronic equipment promises to bring the flexibility of software programmability to the traditionally hard-wired world of analog power control ICs and subsystems. However, the ascendance of DCP also could spur a battle over power Operating Systems reminiscent of the market fight between Microsoft Windows and Apple's Mac OS. iSuppli analyst Gary Vick has these insights.
Texas Instruments supports 1.5V to 3.3V level translation with a 32-bit wide device
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9/16/2003   Post a comment
Texas Instruments announced Tuesday (September 16) a 32-bit wide level translator. This device allows bi-directional level translation between 1.5V, 1.8V, 2.5V, and 3.3V logic levels. The AVCB324245 implements an interface between two systems that have dissimilar trigger and out voltages, while maintaining signal integrity and speed.
Digital audio processing in package deal
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9/15/2003   Post a comment
For engineers designing digital audio systems, choosing the right audio codec isn't always a straightforward exercise. A sampling of different audio technologies-MP3, Dolby AC-3, MPEG-2 AAC, MPEG-4 AAC, DTS and others-shows how tough choosing one standard can be. Anthony Cataldo reports on Tensila's efforts to implement audio decode in software.
Chip makers looks for new ways to take PC's temperature
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9/15/2003   Post a comment
As processors get hotter and the desktop systems they go into get smaller and more complex, some engineers believe it's time for a new way to track the PC's internals. National Semiconductor has had a head start in this area. Rick Merritt has preview of what they'll show at the Intel Developers' Forum.
Altera to ride TSMC's 90-nm process
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