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MIPS, friends tape-out IC at 40nm for 2.4GHz
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9/21/2010   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies Inc., Open-Silicon Inc. and Dolphin Technology Inc. have announced the tape-out of an ASIC processor intended to operate at a clock frequency of more than 2.4-GHz when manufactured in a 40-nm manufacturing process.
Fujitsu invests in Tensilica
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9/21/2010   9 comments
Tensilica Inc. has announced that is has received a strategic investment from the corporate venture fund of Fujitsu Ltd.
Project maps ARM core variability at 32-nm
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9/21/2010   Post a comment
A European collaborative research project has spent about $5.8 million performing a characterization of an ARM926 core for the statistical variability that is inherent at the 32-nm manufacturing process node.
Plessey plans to run GaN, SiGe at UK fab
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9/21/2010   Post a comment
Plessey Semiconductors Ltd., a once-famous semiconductor name reborn as a management-owned buy-out company, is planning to extend its chip manufacturing capabilities to include gallium nitride and silicon-germanium.
NAND usage in tablets expected to triple
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9/20/2010   6 comments
The use of NAND flash memory in tablet computers such as Apple's iPad is expected to triple from 2010 to 2011, according to iSuppli.
Nanocrystalline alloy improves PRAM
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9/20/2010   4 comments
Binary eutectic-alloy nanostructure offers new phase change memory material that could increase density, lower temperature and speed switching of phase-change random access memory.
Low-cost FPGA-based SPI-4.2 solution from Lattice
Product News  
9/20/2010   1 comment
The chaps and chappesses at Lattice Semiconductor have just announced the immediate availability of their full rate SPI-4.2 solution based on a low-cost, low-power FPGA fabric.
Mentor and GateRocket streamline the FPGA verification flow
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9/20/2010   1 comment
The folks at Mentor Graphics have teamed up with the guys and gals at GateRocket to provide an integrated solution to streamline the FPGA verification-through-synthesis flow.
RF Engines extends digital RF core offering for FPGAs
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9/20/2010   1 comment
RF Engines Limited (RFEL) has extended its digital RF FPGA core offerings to encompass the next processing stage of the communication system pipeline – demodulator cores.
STMicroelectronics launches first enhanced audio for start/stop and hybrid cars
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9/20/2010   3 comments
STMicroelectronics has launched a new series of chips that allow in-car entertainment equipment to operate without interruption as the engine is turned off and restarted in start/stop cars. The first of these is the TDA7850LV, a 4x50W audio power amplifier that is the first start/stop-compatible IC of its kind in production.
Whoosh! Altera demos next-gen 25-Gbps FPGA transceivers
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9/20/2010   9 comments
Altera has become the first company to successfully demonstrate 25-Gbps transceiver performance in programmable logic.
ESC - Klocwork Insight extended to address endian and concurrency coding issues
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9/20/2010   Post a comment
Klocwork's static analysis engine, Klocwork Truepath, has been enhanced to address two critical issues related to multicore and multiprocessor development: endian incompatibilities and concurrency defects.
IPextreme markets Freescale's 32-bit V4 ColdFire core
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9/20/2010   6 comments
Semiconductor intellectual property vendor IPextreme Inc. said it has extended its licensing agreement with Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and now markets and supports Freescale's V1, V2 and V4 ColdFire cores to SoC designers.
Femtocells lure embattled net operators
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9/20/2010   14 comments
Femtocells, small basestations designed for homes or small businesses to extend cellular networks’ indoor coverage, are poised to enter the public access infrastructure market, posing a possible disruption to the traditional macro basestation industry.
ARM makes market moves in Brazil
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9/20/2010   10 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM has announced it has retained FastCompanyBrazil to help it develop its business in South America.
Silicon nanosprings target microreactors in biomed apps
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9/17/2010   7 comments
Oregon State University researchers are fashioning nanosprings as carriers of biological catalysts in medical electronics devices.
Maxim's MAX6581 8-channel temperature sensor
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9/17/2010   Post a comment
Maxim's latest temperature sensor provides ±1 degree Celsius accuracy to monitor multiple hot spots with only a single I2C address.
SmartFusion A2F500 dev kit available from Actel
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9/16/2010   5 comments
The folks at Actel have just announced the availability of their A2F500 Development Kit for customers wanting to take immediate advantage of the highest density member of their SmartFusion intelligent mixed-signal FPGA family.
Actel's largest SmartFusion mixed-signal FPGA now in production
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9/16/2010   1 comment
The largest member of Actel's SmartFusion mixed-signal FPGA family is now in production.
Altium to acquire fellow Australian software firm
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9/16/2010   8 comments
Design software vendor Altium said it intends to acquire Morfik Technology, an Australian provider of software tools for building web-based applications, in a stock deal worth about $3.3 million.
Xilinx demos Intel QuickPath technology for FPGAs
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9/16/2010   15 comments
This is one of those things that is going to have some users jumping up and down with excitement while squealing like schoolgirls, while others are going to say "Ho Hum"...
STMicroelectronics’ STM32 Discovery Kit offers low-cost tools for 32-bit MCUs
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9/16/2010   Post a comment
The STM32 Discovery Kit for 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) is an ultra-low-cost and convenient starter platform particularly suited to the STM32 Value Line and designed to enable the easiest possible design starts.
IBM announces process for power management
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9/16/2010   15 comments
IBM has announced a 180-nm chip-making process technology for power-management applications that can combine wireless communications and sensors.
Sokudo joins CEA-Leti's e-beam litho project
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9/16/2010   9 comments
Sokudo Co. Ltd., a coating and track process equipment company, has announced it will join the Imagine research program based at CEA-Leti that is developing maskless lithography for IC manufacturing at 22-nm and beyond.
PicoChip launches public-access femtocell chip PC333
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9/16/2010   1 comment
PicoChip Ltd. has announced the PC333, a chip designed to form the baseband for public-access femtocells
August sees sales slip, says analyst
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9/16/2010   6 comments
The three-month average of global chip sales for August is set to be $25.3 billion, compared with $25.2 billion in July, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
TZ1090 XENIF SoC integrates broadcast receiver, Wi-Fi and apps processor
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9/15/2010   Post a comment
The TZ1090 XENIF from Toumaz is an advanced 32-bit processor based System-on-Chip (SoC) with integrated broadcast and connectivity. The XENIF is designed to be a highly competitive, cost-effective solution for advanced cost engineered digital radios, Wi-Fi-connected photo frames and Internet-connected consumer devices.
ESC Boston likely swan song for Actel's East
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9/15/2010   1 comment
When Actel CEO John East steps to the podium to deliver a keynote address at next week's Embedded Systems Conference in Boston, it is likely to represent a culmination of sorts for an electronics industry career that has spanned some 42 years.
Market share holds steady amid MPU rebound
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9/15/2010   Post a comment
Intel and AMD experienced virtually no change in their market share of the global microprocessor market as second quarter microprocessor sales improved dramatically from the historic lows of the second quarter of 2009, according to iSuppli.
MEMS oscillators expand to kHz region
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9/15/2010   8 comments
SiTime, looking to be a one-stop shop for timing, fills out its low end with the first CMOS silicon MEMS oscillator chip for the kilohertz space.
Report: ATIC plans $7B chip fab in Abu Dhabi
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9/15/2010   10 comments
ATIC, the majority investor in Globalfoundries, plans to spend up to $7 billion to build a semiconductor fab in Abu Dhabi, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
KaiSemi offers FPGA-to-ASIC replacement with a *Zero NRE* model
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9/15/2010   9 comments
Fabless semiconductor company KaiSemi say they can provide customers with a seamless, full turnkey FPGA-to-ASIC solution and sell fully compatible replacement chips at a fraction of the price.
IDF 2010 products roundup
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9/14/2010   Post a comment
A round-up of product announcements at the 2010 Intel Developer Forum
Real estate firm spins off fab sale specialist
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9/14/2010   5 comments
Commercial real estate vendor Colliers International has spun off its advanced technology manufacturing services division into a separate, independent advisory firm.
Intel to invest $30M in four U.S. startups
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9/14/2010   11 comments
Intel's venture capital arm said it would invest more than $30 million in four U.S. technology startups.
Toumaz rolls WiFi-plus-DAB baseband TZ1090
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9/14/2010   1 comment
Toumaz, a supplier of wireless ICs for medical and consumer applications, has launched the TZ1090 baseband processor, supporting WiFi, radio and audiovisual applications.
Microsemi acquires VT Silicon
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9/14/2010   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. has acquired the assets of VT Silicon. Both companies have roots providing chips in the defense industry
Freescale rolls 32-bit automotive MCU for transmission apps
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9/14/2010   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has extended its embedded 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) portfolio with the introduction of the MPC564xA MCU aimed at automotive powertrain and transmission applications.
EDA modeling tool vendor names new CEO
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9/14/2010   1 comment
Sam Young, a 35-year veteran of the semiconductor industry, was named president and CEO of privately held EDA firm Lynguent.
ASML rolls predictive modeling tool for EUV
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9/14/2010   2 comments
Brion Technologies, a division of lithography leader ASML, rolled out a new software tool designed to provide accurate predictive modeling specifically for ASML extreme ultraviolet lithography scanners.
Accelerometer boosts resolution, cuts noise, power
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9/14/2010   4 comments
Freescale Semiconductor debuted a new family of smart accelerometers with lower power and noise, but higher resolution.
Smartphones, tablets drive growth in TFT LCD displays
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9/13/2010   3 comments
Sales of small- and medium-sized thing film transistor LCD panels are projected to increase at the fastest rate in three years in 2010, thanks to growing sales of smartphones and tablet PCs.
Tom St. Dennis becomes new FormFactor CEO
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9/13/2010   Post a comment
FormFactor, Inc. announced the appointment of Tom St. Dennis as its chief executive officer, and as a member of the Board of Directors, both appointments effective September 13, 2010.
Former Applied exec named CEO of FormFactor
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9/13/2010   1 comment
FormFactor named former Applied Materials executive Tom St. Dennis to the position of CEO and said it would halt the transition of its manufacturing operations to Singapore.
Actel FPGAs with cryptographic cores offer DPA resistance
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9/13/2010   2 comments
Actel just announced that several of its FPGAs are now usable with cryptographic cores offering differential power analysis (DPA) resistance.
Actel launches direct sales channel in North America
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9/13/2010   2 comments
Actel has just announced Actel Direct, a sales channel supplying North American customers with simple and streamlined direct sales, fulfillment, and application support.
QuickLogic introduces VEE Apps Builder for Android
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9/13/2010   1 comment
QuickLogic’s customizable VEE Apps Builder Android application facilitates mobile product differentiation by offering a better viewing experience and longer battery life.
Gartner lifts 2010 fab tool growth forecast
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9/13/2010   Post a comment
Gartner now expects worldwide semiconductor capital to increase 122 percent to $36.9 billion in 2010, up from a previous forecast of a 113 percent increase for the equipment market issued in June.
ARM, Trident, Ittiam make entertainment plans
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9/13/2010   1 comment
Trident has announced that is has produced a set-top box platform based on an ARM A-series processor. In a separate announcement Ittiam said it has implementated a Dolby MS10 multistream audio decoder on the A series of processors.
BenQ K60 e-reader: Trying to stand on the shoulders of giants
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9/13/2010   5 comments
Taiwanese electronics maker BenQ joins the e-reader party with its K60, a Wi-Fi-enabled unit aimed at Asian markets.
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