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Modular FPGA board for extreme hardware-accelerated computing
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9/30/2010   3 comments
The M-503 addresses the ever-increasing demands for memory and I/O bandwidth for High Performance Computing (HPC) applications in the bioinformatics, image processing, and signal processing domains.
Analyst: Report that Cirrus lost iPhone slot bogus
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9/30/2010   17 comments
A report that Cirrus Logic has lost the coveted audio codec socket in the forthcoming iPhone 5 from Apple is factually inaccurate and not credible, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Analyst cuts 2010 chip growth forecast to 32%
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9/30/2010   21 comments
Market forecaster iSuppli Corp. has decided it should curb its enthusiasm for the global chip market in 2010. The firm says it sees softening demand and rising inventories and has trimmed its forecast to 32 percent.
Renesas aims to gain market share with SoCs
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9/30/2010   12 comments
Renesas Electronics Corp. has announced measures it says will strengthen the company's system-on-chip (SoC) business for networking and industrial infrastructures that support the cloud-computing era.
Mobile video processor goes 3-D
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9/30/2010   20 comments
Fabless mobile video chip company Movidius Ltd. has launched the MA1133 video processor as the first chip in its Myriad 3-D range, capable of capturing and manipulating stereo imagery on a mobile phone.
Analyst: Cost of CMP slurries skyrocketing
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9/30/2010   2 comments
The price of slurries used in chemical mechanical planarization in semiconductor manufacturing is going up thanks to a Chinese embargo of rare earth oxides, according to an analyst.
Emcore could lose Nasdaq listing
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9/29/2010   Post a comment
Compound semiconductor vendor Emcore has been notified by the Nasdaq stock market that it could be de-listed because its stock price has been under $1 per share for 30 consecutive business days, the company said.
Silicon photonics pioneer snags 'genius' award
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9/29/2010   45 comments
University professor Michal Lipson was recently made a MacArthur Foundation Fellow--the no-strings-attached $500,000 "genius" award.
Sensor Products Tactilus heat-sink analysis system
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9/29/2010   1 comment
The Tactilus heat-sink analysis system detects surface contact and pressure distribution between a CPU and a heat sink.
MIPS Technologies touts MIPS32 1074K core as fastest fully-synthesizable multicore IP
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9/29/2010   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies, Inc. has introduced the MIPS32 1074K Coherent Processing System (CPS), a new processor that offers industry-leading speed for fully-synthesizable multicore IP, offering the high performance of a custom implementation with an off-the-shelf CPU core.
Semico: Sky not falling on ICs
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9/29/2010   5 comments
The semiconductor market has begun to crest after huge growth in the first half of the year, according to Semico Research.
Chip silicon shipments projected to jump 24%
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9/29/2010   5 comments
Worldwide shipments of silicon for semiconductor manufacturing will grow 23.6 percent in 2010 to a record 8.9 billion square inches, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Class-D amp offers cost-efficient, smartphone friendly solution
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9/28/2010   17 comments
Silicon Labs' Si270x stereo digital Class-D amplifier employs multilayer EMI mitigation technology to enable easier EMI compliance, AM/FM radio co-existence and smartphone compatibility.
European bank loans ST $470 million
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9/28/2010   42 comments
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a 350 million euro (about $470 million) loan contract with STMicroelectronics NV in support of the company's industrial and R&D concerning next-generation semiconductor circuits.
ARM micros rival Freescale's ColdFire
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9/28/2010   23 comments
Freescale Semiconductor's two new families of ARM- and ColdFire-based microcontrollers bring the price of battery-saving half-watt power consumption down to around a $5.
Tilera details 100-core processor
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9/28/2010   53 comments
Fabless chip vendor Tilera detailed its third generation of multicore processors, headlined by an SoC that features 100 64-bit cores.
Teardown finds Cypress, STMicro in new iPod nano
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9/27/2010   11 comments
Apple's sixth generation iPod nano features chips supplied by Samsung Electronics, Toshiba, Cypress Semiconductor, Cirrus Logic and STMicroelectronics NV, according to a teardown analysis conducted by market research firm iSuppli.
Analog Devices AD9467 16-bit ADC
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9/27/2010   17 comments
Analog Devices announced the AD9647 16-bit A/D converter operating at 250 MSPS (mega samples per second).
Synopsys enhances FPGA synthesis – 4X speedup plus team design capabilities
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9/27/2010   1 comment
Synopsys has just announced a bunch of enhancements to its Synplify Pro and Synplify Premier FPGA synthesis tools - 4X speedup, team-based eesign capabilities,and more...
MIPS offers multicore processor for Web-connected CE devices
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9/27/2010   35 comments
MIPS Technologies launched a new processor IP core designed for consumer chip vendors to develop high-performance multicore, multi-threaded SoCs with ease.
DSP analyst advises Intel to buy Via Telecom
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9/27/2010   26 comments
Will Strauss, president of market research firm Forward Concepts, has advised Intel to try to acquire Via Telecom for its CMDA technology.
HD-over-Wi-Fi startup raises $21 million
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9/27/2010   28 comments
Quantenna Communications Inc., a developer of silicon for wireless networking that adds beamforming to the 802.11n wireless standard to deliver guaranteed bandwidth, has raised $21 million in a Series E round of financing.
Vector processing accelerates QorIQ
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9/27/2010   5 comments
Freescale has added an AltiVec single-instruction-multiple-data processing unit inside every core inside forthcoming QorIQ chips being readied for announcement next year.
Mobile Internet apps moving e-commerce off the Web
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9/26/2010   34 comments
Mobile Internet apps are clicking with millions of smartphone users as e-commerce moves off the Web.
Innovation at home: Inside a 3-D desktop scanner
9/26/2010   9 comments
The desktop NextEngine 3D Scanner rivals the capability of more expensive scanners by creating mesh files of three-dimensional objects for industrial design, reverse engineering, CGI and content creation apps.
6-dB Directional coupler from Anatech spans 800 to 2500MHz
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9/26/2010   Post a comment
Anatech Electronics has introduced the AM1650DC838 directional coupler designed for wireless and general-purpose applications from 800 to 2500 MHz. It uses Type N connectors and measures 4.2 x 1.6 x 0.9 in.
Ultra-low-latency FPGA-based system stuns ITCH-parsing experts
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9/24/2010   2 comments
Financial organizations strive for microsecond advantages over their competition. This C-to-FPGA-based system bypasses CPU processing and puts "Trigger-to-Trade" capability into the FPGA.
Samsung mass producing 8GB DDR3 module for laptops
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9/23/2010   3 comments
Samsung said it as begun mass producing an 8-gigabyte small outline dual inline memory module for laptops and mobile workstations.
2D-FFT FPGA IP library for imaging and DSP apps
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9/23/2010   1 comment
These 2D-FFT library elements from OptNgn are intended for inexpensive, low power sensor data stream processing of convolution and filtering-based applications from video, medical, radar/sonar, and scientific-based real-time sources.
IBM characterizes single-atom DRAM
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9/23/2010   14 comments
IBM Research described a new pulsed-technique to stimulate and read-out the state of an individual atom for atomic-scale memories, solar cells and future quantum computers. atomic-scale memories, solar cells and future quantum computers.
PLD market to grow 43% in 2010, says iSuppli
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9/23/2010   25 comments
Programmable logic devices are set to beat overall semiconductor market in growth in 2010, according to analyst iSuppli.
Fujitsu introduces MCU with embedded FRAM
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9/23/2010   1 comment
Semiconductor Europe has introduced a second generation 8-bit microcontroller featuring embedded FRAM (Ferroelectric Random Access Memory).
Sharp to pay $305M for solar project developer
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9/22/2010   Post a comment
Japanese electronics giant Sharp signed a definitive agreement to acquire solar project developer Recurrent Energy for up to $305 million.
It's party time! Actel's SmartFusion FPGAs win award
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9/22/2010   1 comment
Actel's SmartFusion FPGAs wim the Embeddy Award for Best in Show, Hardware, at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Boston 2010.
New SmartFusion FPGA motor control reference designs from Actel
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9/22/2010   Post a comment
The guys and gals at Actel have just announced the availability of a suite of SmartFusion intelligent mixed-signal FPGA reference designs targeting motor control applications.
Discrete prices, lead times rise, says iSuppli
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9/22/2010   4 comments
The prices of discrete electronic components are set to increase in the fourth quarter of 2010 as the lead times for obtaining those products lengthen, according to the market research firm, iSuppli.
Dialog PMIC and audio codec supports Renesas reference platform for HD video enabled mobile devices
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9/22/2010   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor's DA9052 system level power management (PMIC) and DA7210 Class G audio ICs have been incorporated in the Renesas Electronics' SH7724 reference platform, which is now shipping and generally available.
FitBit blends wireless, MCUs and MEMS with online interface
9/22/2010   20 comments
The FitBit personal fitness monitor combines wireless, MEMS and cutting-edge algorithms and packaging to keep us in shape, but behind its sleek design are lessons for any designer and aspiring inventor looking to turn what seems to be a simple idea into a truly viable, competitive end product.
Samsung launches 4G-LTE smartphone
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9/22/2010   8 comments
Samsung Mobile has announced the launch of what it claims is the world's first 4G LTE-enabled, multi-mode, CDMA handset, the Samsung Craft SCH-r900.
ARM adds Dolby for STB
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9/22/2010   Post a comment
ARM and embedded media processing systems company, Ittiam, announced the implementation of the Dolby MS10 Multistream Decoder on ARM Cortex-A Series of processors including optimization on NEON.
Headphone amp offers longer battery life
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9/22/2010   Post a comment
Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) has introduced a Class G stereo headphone amplifier delivering what it claims to be outstanding audio performance at ultra-low supply current.
Audio codec protects against loudspeaker damage, boosts audio fidelity
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9/22/2010   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced an integrated stereo audio codec that offers improved loudspeaker performance by optimizing the signal level and frequency response, while limiting the maximum distortion and power at the output to prevent speaker damage.
Tiempo works on DPA-resistant cryptographic cores
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9/22/2010   Post a comment
IP core designer Tiempo SAS and Cryptography Research Inc. said they have sealed an agreement regarding Differential Power Analysis (DPA) countermeasures patents.
Japan's fab tool book-to-bill ratio falls
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9/22/2010   1 comment
The book-to-bill ratio for Japanese chip-making equipment manufacturers dipped in August to 1.38 from 1.53 in July, according to a Dow Jones report that cited preliminary data released by the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan.
Nvidia hails Kepler, Maxwell in GPU roadmap
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9/22/2010   24 comments
Nvidia Corp. has unveiled a road map of graphics processors according to online reports from the GPU Technical Conference staged by the company in San Jose, Calif.
Analyst: Chip market correction 'imminent'
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9/22/2010   6 comments
While the semiconductor sector has in 2010 enjoyed a dramatic rebound from a disastrous 2009, the party is about to come to an end, according to an analyst.
Optical antenna said to boost signals
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9/21/2010   7 comments
Rice University researchers have created an optical antenna that boosts signals by up to a million times by exciting plasmons in between a sub-nanoscale electrode gap.
Intel taps junctionless transistor research
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9/21/2010   8 comments
Intel Corp. has announced that it has signed a three-year, $1.5 million research collaboration with the Tyndall National Institute at the University of Cork in Ireland.
Halogen-free CPLDs from Lattice
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9/21/2010   3 comments
Well, this one took me somewhat by surprise, because thus far I'd never seen the words 'halogen' and 'CPLD' in the same sentence (I've obviously lived a sheltered life), but we live and learn...
Infineon raises guidance for fiscal Q4
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9/21/2010   3 comments
Infineon Technologies AG has announced that its revenue for the fourth fiscal quarter, which ends on Sept. 30, will be better than previously expected.
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