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Medical electronics seeks role in health care debate
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9/22/2009   1 comment
The medical electronics sector is under pressure to prove its value in the debate over the high costs of health care, believing its biggest contribution could be developing devices and networks that drive a shift to lower cost care at home, but market hurdles have stymied early efforts.
Europe releases report on Intel antitrust investigation
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9/21/2009   1 comment
A day before the opening of the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, the European Commission has released a 518-page report detailing its allegations of antitrust violations against Intel Corp. for which it levied a $1.45 billion fine in May.
CIP claims breakthrough performance for integrated SOA-EAM
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
CIP Technologies (Martlesham Heath, England) has unveiled a monolithically integrated reflective amplifier-modulator for wavelength division multiplexing and DWDM networking applications.
40Gb Ethernet set to be major feature at ECOC
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
40GbE transceivers and other parts, including testers, are set to be a major talking point at both the exhibitor stands and conferences at this week's European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (ECOC) in Vienna, Austria.
Phyworks integrates more functions into 10G transceiver
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
Optical component specialist Phyworks (Bristol, England) has started sampling a single chip transceiver in CMOS that integrates a temperature sensor and diagnostic reporting.
Long, bumpy transition seen for USB 3.0
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9/21/2009   1 comment
The Intel Developer Forum is expected to generate buzz around SuperSpeed USB this week, but the transition to the 5 GHz interface may be slower and bumpier than many would hope due to cost, power and support issues.
Altera boosts 40-nm Stratix IV E FPGAs to 820K LEs
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
Altera has kicked it up a notch in its high-end density line of 40-nm Stratix IV E FPGAs, boosting the number of logic elements (LEs) to an industry-leading 820K
ZeroG and Micrium Deliver Wi-Fi to Embedded Designs
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9/20/2009   Post a comment
Embedded Wi-Fi chip supplier ZeroG Wireless has partnered with middleware developer Micrium to bring Wi-Fi solutions to leading microcontroller platforms.
International Rectifier introduces a 150 V high-side driver IC
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9/18/2009   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced the AUIRS2016S for automotive gate drive applications including common injection rails, diesel and gasoline direct injection applications and solenoid drivers.
Tough challenges ahead seen for fast growing MediaTek
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9/18/2009   Post a comment
Fast growing Taiwanese cellular chip supplier Mediatek has made huge strides over the past few years, but now faces some challenges identifying new growth opportunities, according to market research group Strategy Analytics.
InterDigital targets M2M modules sector, but market seeing little bounce
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9/18/2009   Post a comment
Wireless IP specialist InterDigital Inc. is entering the M2M sector with a deal to license its 2G/3G patents to Cinterion Wireless Modules GmbH (Munich, Germany), a specialist supplier of M2M modules.
IC analyst sees tighter supply, ASP growth
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9/18/2009   Post a comment
A historically low level of capital spending by chipmakers is paving the way tight supply conditions that will result in increased average selling prices but may have unforeseen ramifications, according to an industry analyst.
Rambus demos threaded modules at IDF
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9/17/2009   Post a comment
Rambus Inc. has partnered with Kingston Technology to create a prototype DDR3 memory module that increases performance and lowers power for main memory access, and they will demonstrate the prototype targeted at use with multicore processors at next week's Intel Developer Forum.
Diodes : Low drop out regulators improve system stability
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9/17/2009   Post a comment
Diodes has introduced a range of low drop out linear regulators (LDOs) designed to drive low ESR (equivalent series resistance) 1 uF MLCC capacitors in order to reduce system-level manufacturing cost and improve control loop stability and transient response.
Companies partner for space qualified modules
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9/17/2009   Post a comment
C-MAC MicroTechnology (Great Yarmouth, England) and Linear Technology (Milpitas, Calif.) have joined forces for a deal that will allow manufacturers outside of the U.S. to purchase space grade and rad-hard monolithic and multichip modules from a European manufacturer without the bureaucratic restrictions they have to face.
Design chiefs weigh in on SoC options
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
The ASIC versus FPGA debut took an interesting turn Wednesday (Sept. 16), as high-ranking executives from two design tool firms offered dueling keynote address on the virtues of and challenges facing FPGA-based and ASICs-based system-on-chip (SoCs) designs.
Patent office again finds in favor of MMP portfolio
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
The US Patent Office has again affirmed the validity of US’336, the most widely recognized patent in the Moore Microprocessor Patent (MMP) portfolio jointly owned by Patriot Scientific Corporation and the TPL Group (Cupertino, Calif.)
DisplayLink raises a further $8 million
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
DisplayLink Corp., the start-up developing semiconductors and software for network display applications, has raised $8 million in fourth-round funding, according to a regulatory filing.
Analyst: IC sales set for 'V' shaped recovery
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
Sales and unit volume shipments of NAND flash between January and July of this year increased by a massive 98 percent and 67 percent respectively, with healthy figures also for other categories, suggesting that the industry is headed towards swift recovery and a ‘V’ shaped rebound, says market trackers IC Insights.
e2v targets 1.3MP and 2MP sensors at industrial apps
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
Image sensor specialist e2v (Chelmsford, England) will start shipping by the end of this year a range of 1.3MP CMOS sensors targeting industrial applications and having embedded features.
Rambus ups guidance for third quarter
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
Memory technology licensor Rambus Inc. (Los Altos, Calif.) has revised upwards a revenues guidance issued in June and now expects sales for the third quarter to be between $27 million and $28 million rather than between $22 million to $25 million.
GPS low noise amplifiers feature integrated pre- and post-high-rejection FBAR filters
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
Avago Technologies has introduced the ALM-1812GPS low noise amplifier, which integrates an LNA and pre- and post high-rejection filters in a miniature compact package to provide a complete, compact and high-performance GPS RF front-end module that will help simplify the design of a wide range of GPS handset applications.
EDGE power amplifier boasts smaller size and higher performance
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
ANADIGICS has launched the AWE6159 quad-band polar EDGE power amplifier (PA) module which is designed to meet the stringent performance requirements for GMSK and EDGE modes in mobile devices using open-loop polar modulation schemes required by top-tier 3G chipset providers.
Low jitter clock generator targets broadcast applications
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories has expanded its Any-Rate Precision Clock family with the Si5324, claiming to be the industry's lowest jitter, most highly integrated clock IC optimized for professional broadcast video applications.
NEC, Renesas seal chip merger
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
The merger of Japanese chip groups NEC Electronics Corp and Renesas Technology is back on again, and with the help of about a $2.2 billon injection from the parent firms, NEC, Hitachi Ltd and Mitsubishi Electric Corp.
Ethernet caught in demand/cost squeeze
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9/16/2009   1 comment
In one of the central ironies of the Internet era, popular Web sites and service providers are driving bandwidth requirements through the roof while pushing the costs of systems through the floor, according to presentations from Facebook engineers and others at a meeting of the Ethernet Alliance.
Beating the Design Change Blues
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor adds two new PSoCs, expanding potential uses to include automotive and industrial apps
Apple hires Intel's former top lawyer
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
Apple Inc. has named Bruce Sewell, the ex-Intel Corp. top lawyer, as its new general counsel as the company seeks to strengthen its legal team in anticipation of problems that might arise from its growing expansion into new market sectors.
Video: Terabit ASICs need 25G links
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
Engineers called for 25Gbit/second channels to serve the future chips and systems now in design for tomorrow's 40 and 100 Gbit/s Ethernet networks.
Intel appeal says EC antitrust ruling was based on mistakes
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
Intel's appeal to the European Court of First Instance to annul or reduce the Euros 1.1 billion ($1.45 billion) fine imposed by the EC in May for anti-trust offences is based on claims that the EC provided insufficient proof of wrongdoing.
Numonyx regains top spot in NOR flash
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9/15/2009   1 comment
Numonyx jumped back into the No. 1 position among NOR flash memory vendors in the second quarter, taking advantage of problems at chief rival Spansion, according to market research firm iSuppli .
Dual-channel bipolar audio op amp caters for professional audio market
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, Tx) has added to its Burr-Brown Audio line with the OPA1612 dual-channel, bipolar-input audio operational amplifier.
Analyst: Qualcomm will maintain handset chips domination
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
Qualcomm has reached an almost unassailable, leading position in the wireless chip market according to a note from market tracker Strategy Analytics.
SiPort brings HD radio to Micosoft's Zune
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
Fabless chip group SiPort (Santa Clara, Calif.) is trying to give a much needed boost to HD radio in the U.S., and has persuaded Microsoft to include it in the latest version of the software giant’s Zune portable media player, which goes on sale this week.
Nujira raises funds, targets defence
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
Power amplifier specialist Nujira (Cambridge, England) has raised a further £10 million to accelerate development of its handset technology. The company has also set up a group to work on projects in the defense sector, targeting improved power efficiency for military gear using its High Accuracy Tracking amplifier technology.
Broadcom files infringement suit against Emulex
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Two months after dropping a hostile takeover bid for Emulex, Broadcom has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the rival network IC vendor.
Intel's Q2 MPU share hit 4-year high, says iSuppli
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Intel during the second quarter expanded its dominance of the global microprocessor market to levels not seen in nearly four years, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Altera boosts 40-nm Stratix IV E FPGA density range to 820K LEs
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
According to Altera, the Stratix IV EP4SE820 FPGA is the industry's highest density, highest performance and lowest power FPGA in its class.
Altera claims highest-density FPGA
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Altera said it increased the high-end density range of its 40-nm Stratix IV E FPGAs to 820,000 logic elements, making the device the highest-density FPGA on the market, according to the company.
45V 100mA LDO offers 30µVRMS noise
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Linear is offering a high voltage, low noise, low dropout voltage linear regulator that offers precision, programmable current limit and diagnostic capability.
Intel revamps organizational structure
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Intel has confirmed that Pat Gelsinger has left the company and also announced a raft of other senior management and organizational changes.
Multiband 3G transceiver needs no SAW filters, shrinks BOM and board space
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics MB86L01A uses innovative architecture, ultra-low-noise design, and IP to achieve long-sought objective
Element CXI targets 4G apps with computing array
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Element CXI, the Milpitas, California based fabless group developing reconfigurable processors, is launching at this week's 4G World Forum in Chicago its nGEN Elemental Computing Array (ECA) platform targeting multi-mode and multi-band wireless applications.
Startup's flash drives ride serial-attached SCSI
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Startup Pliant Technology has released two flash drives that ride the serial-attached SCSI interconnect and use a proprietary controller to deliver what it claims is a new level of performance and reliability.
Gelsinger to leave Intel for EMC in management shake-up
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Intel is expected to reveal later today major senior executive changes that will see its core chip business-head Patrick Gelsinger leave the company after 30 years.
Cypress expands PSoC family for sophisticated applications
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. expands the family of its Programmable System-on-Chips (PSoCs) towards the high end. With the move, the company seeks to gain acceptance in power-hungry embedded applications such as industrial embedded controls, automotive in-cabin devices, digital entertainment and portable medical implementations.
Video: Researchers craft automated surgical gear
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Going far beyond the scalpel, researchers are taping hybrid sensors, wireless technology and video to create tomorrow's surgical instruments.
3i disposes of European start-up investments
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9/13/2009   Post a comment
Venture capital group DFJ Esprit has sealed a deal to acquire a portfolio of high technology venture investments, mostly start-ups, from 3i Group plc, in a deal said to be worth £130 million (about $200 million).
MCUs - MCU for automotive engine control boasts on-chip 3.75 MB flash memory
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9/12/2009   Post a comment
Renesas Technology America, Inc., has announced the SH72546R automotive powertrain control MCU, which combines a 3.75 MB on-chip flash memory with 200 MHz operation. The SH72546R is the third in Renesas Technology's line of SuperH high-performance control MCUs to employ the 90 nm process node to integrate large-capacity flash memory.
Lattice Semi narrows Q3 guidance
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9/11/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor lifted the low end of its revenue guidance for the third quarter, saying it now expects to report revenue of between $46.9 million and $48.3 million.
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