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Freescale DSP tackles scalable video coding
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9/13/2010   4 comments
Freescale Semiconductor's embedded DSP enables cost-effective media gateways and IPTV distribution systems by eliminating the need for Pentium-grade processors for coding.
Nomura backs Hynix, expects 21-nm NAND
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9/13/2010   3 comments
Nomura has maintained a buy recommendation on memory chip company Hynix despite falling average selling prices for DRAM and flash.
Qualcomm still sees NFC as third-party IC
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9/13/2010   4 comments
Even though Qualcomm has engineers working on NFC it is not offering its own silicon and steers handset makers to work with third-party suppliers of NFC chipsets.
TSMC's August sales show low growth
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9/10/2010   5 comments
Foundry giant TSMC reported August sales of about $1.17 billion, an increase of 0.5 percent over July 2010 and an increase of 25.4 percent over August 2009.
Biomechatronics expert keynotes ESC Boston
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9/10/2010   6 comments
ESC Boston keynoter Hugh Herr will draw on his life-altering personal experience in a talk that will bring the dual disciplines of biology and mechanics into focus for the embedded system design audience.
Analyst predicts TI will lower sales target
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9/9/2010   4 comments
Texas Instruments narrowed its third quarter sales target within the previously guided range, but did not its estimates as a Wall Street analyst earlier predicted.
Beam-forming firm secures $3.8 million
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9/9/2010   1 comment
Socowave, a 2008 mobile communications startup with connections to University College Dublin, has announced that it has secured a €3 million (about $3.8 million) series A investment round led by Balderton Capital.
RMS detector protects basestation PAs
Product News  
9/9/2010   1 comment
Linear Technology just released its model LTC5583, a 40MHz to 6GHz dual-channel, matched RMS power detector that seems exceptionally well suited to monitor VSWR in a basestation transmitter RF power amplifier (PA).
Samsung's Orion is an ARM graphics win, says analyst
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9/9/2010   4 comments
The graphics unit in the recently launched Orion dual-core Cortex-A9 processor from Samsung is based on the Mali intellectual property from ARM, according to an analyst with Royal Bank of Scotland.
ARM announces Cortex A-15 Eagle microprocessor
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9/9/2010   14 comments
ARM Ltd. executives sketched the broad outlines of an ambitious but potentially risky move into high-performance computing, disclosing the 2.5-GHz Cortex A-15 processor.
TI's lowest power DSPs run at 150 MHz
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9/8/2010   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated's TMS320C5504 and TMS320C5505 ultra-low-power digital signal processors (DSPs) run at 150 MHz, providing 25 percent higher performance than previous C55x devices,allowing designers to create energy-efficient portable and battery-powered applications at higher levels of performance.
New TI C2000 Peripheral Explorer Kit and free Teaching ROM
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9/8/2010   1 comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated is offering its enhanced floating-point F28335 Delfino microcontroller (MCU) Peripheral Explorer Kit and free C2000 MCU Teaching ROM to give students and new real-time control developers an easy-to-use, cost-efficient foundation for jumpstarting designs.
Siemens medical unit ties in with National Semi ICs
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9/8/2010   2 comments
Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. and National Semiconductor Corp. have formed a wide-ranging strategic alliance to create next-generation ultrasound imaging systems with enhanced image quality but that consume less power than current systems.
High-value MEMs forecast to have 20% CAGR through 2014
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9/7/2010   1 comment
Revenue for so-called "high-value" MEMS is projected to is projected to grow robustly this year and beyond, thanks to a number of issues ranging from global warming to aging populations, according to market research firm iSuppli.
SEMI: 150 fab projects to drive spending in 2010, 2011
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9/7/2010   2 comments
Front end wafer fab equipment spending is projected to be up 133 percent this year compared to 2009 and is forecast to grow another 18 percent in 2011, according to a forecast created by the SEMI trade group.
Silicon photonics uses vapor-filled waveguide
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9/7/2010   4 comments
A new technique harnesses vapor-filled optical waveguides on silicon chips to process data streams encoded on light, sidestepping the sidesteps the current requirement to convert optical signals to electrical signals in applications that detect, buffer, multiplex and store photonic information.
NXP wins Sochi 2014 Olympics tech trials
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9/7/2010   4 comments
Russian authorities have chosen NXP's contactless microcontroller for the Russian city of Sochi to power the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system of its ground transportation network at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Voice/audio IC offers low-cost playback in industrial, automotive apps
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9/7/2010   Post a comment
The ChipCorder ISD15D00 from Nuvoton Technology is offered as the lowest-cost voice/audio playback device for industrial, medical and automotive applications.
XMOS co-founder takes COO post at Toumaz
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9/7/2010   2 comments
Noel Hurley, who was a co-founder of XMOS Semiconductors Ltd. and served as vice president of marketing there, has taken up the position of chief operating officer at Toumaz Technology Ltd.
Broadcom's NFC play: Because time is right
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9/7/2010   8 comments
Broadcom executive Craig Ochikubo discusses why his company acquired a small developer of intellectual property in the area of near-field communications.
Samsung launches dual-core A9 processor
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9/7/2010   10 comments
Samsung has introduced a dual-core Cortex A9-based applications processor, codenamed Orion, capable of running at a clock frequency of 1-GHz and intended for advanced mobile applications.
Philips to 'give away' $450 million stake in NXP
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9/7/2010   7 comments
Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV has announced it is selling its entire stake in NXP Semiconductors BV, formerly its chip making division, nominally worth about $450 million. However, Philips will be providing the cash for the sale.
UMC's August sales show slim growth
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9/7/2010   1 comment
Taiwanese foundry United Microelectronics Corp. announced its net sales for August 2010 were approximately NT$10.89 billion (about $340 million), an increase of 0.6 percent over July 2010 and an increase of 20.1 percent over August 2009.
Tuner chip firm raises $9 million
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9/6/2010   1 comment
Elonics Ltd., the CMOS RF tuner company, has announced it has raised £6.1 million (about $9.4 million) in a Series B investment round led by Scottish Equity Partners.
Automotive chip content growing fast, says Gartner
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9/6/2010   3 comments
Semiconductor content for safety systems will show a CAGR of 14.1 percent over the five years 2009 to 2014, according to market analyst Gartner.
Report: O-S-D sales records set to tumble in 2010
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9/3/2010   1 comment
More than a dozen product categories within optoelectronics, sensors/actuators and discretes market segments are likely to achieve all-time record highs for revenue in 2010, according to IC Insights.
Infinera transmits 100-G more than 800 miles
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9/3/2010   6 comments
Networking equipment supplier Infinera Corp. has said it has achieved 100-Gbit/s coherent transmission of data over a 1,348-kilometer route on the XO Communications fiber optic network.
Trident offers three new ideas to bring 3D to mainstream TVs
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9/3/2010   11 comments
Trident is rolling out three new digital TV ICs: a low-cost, connected-TV chip; a 3D TV chipset with 2D-to-3D conversion feature; and a 240Hz frame rate converter essential to frame sequential 3D TVs.
Piezotronics defines new semiconductor-device category
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9/2/2010   5 comments
Strain-gated transistors in piezotronics harness the piezoelectric effect to perform arithmetic and logic operations using mechanical motions for electronic control.
MEMS tackle HVAC/automatic-transmission markets
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9/2/2010   4 comments
MEMS startup Microstaq is pioneering promising new markets, using its micro-valve as a pilot to control the large flows necessary to tackle the lucrative heating, ventilation and air-conditioning markets with MEMS-control of automotive transmissions on the horizon.
Lime offers design kit for multi-transceiver
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9/2/2010   Post a comment
Lime Microsystems has introduced a design kit and reference design for its multi-band, multi-standard RF transceiver IC for femtocells, the LMS6002D.
Former NXP fab workers to get EU support
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9/2/2010   8 comments
Workers at a Nijmegen wafer fab made redundant by NXP in 2009 look set to get help getting back into employment from the Europe Union.
Startup offers 'variability' modeling service
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9/2/2010   4 comments
Gold Standard Simulations Ltd., a spin-off from the University of Glasgow, offers to help chip designers model how circuits made from variable nanometer-scale transistors will perform.
July 'actual' chip sales are above trend
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9/2/2010   7 comments
The "actual" global market for chips in July, as calculated by WSTS, was $24.57 billion, down sequentially 9.5 percent, which is less than the normal decline in July.
GlobalFoundries puts rivals on notice, tips 20-nm process
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9/2/2010   19 comments
Despite a sudden lull in the IC market, GlobalFoundries is moving full speed ahead with its aggressive silicon foundry strategy, putting competitors on notice and tipping a 20-nm technology node at its inaugural technology conference.
LTX-Credence beats estimates
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9/1/2010   Post a comment
Automated test equipment vendor LTX-Credence posted a net income of $14.1 million on sales of $73.2 million for the quarter ended July 31, narrowly beating consensus analyst expectations.
IBM claims fastest MPU
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9/1/2010   7 comments
IBM said it will begin shipping a new mainframe computer computer capable of 50 billion instructions per second, powered by 96 microprocessors with 5.2-gigahertz clock speeds.
GlobalFoundries to make big MEMS push
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9/1/2010   Post a comment
Following in the footsteps of TSMC, UMC and others, GlobalFoundries is making a big push in the MEMS foundry business.
ARM, GlobalFoundries to accelerate 28-nm foundry era
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9/1/2010   1 comment
GlobalFoundries said that it plans to get a jump on the 28-nm process era, making good on a previous promise, and taped-out a qualification vehicle based on ARM's Cortex-A9 dual processor.
Gartner raises 2010 chip market forecast
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9/1/2010   6 comments
Market research firm Gartner Inc. has raised its forecast for worldwide semiconductor revenue in 2010 to $300 billion, a 31.5 percent increase from 2009 revenue of $228 billion.
LED-backed LCD TVs on healthy growth path
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9/1/2010   Post a comment
LCD TV panel makers are targeting aggressive growth for LED panel shipments, with plans to reach 40 percent LED penetration in Q4’10, and to exceed 50 percent in Q2’11, according to the latest DisplaySearch report.
GlobalFoundries shows 28-nm AMS design kit
Product News  
9/1/2010   1 comment
GlobalFoundries is making a 28-nm analog/mixed-signal design flow development kit available to customers, the company said at the opening of its Global Technology Conference in Santa Clara, California.
Freescale forms joint lab with Chinese automaker
News & Analysis  
9/1/2010   1 comment
Engineers from Beiqi Foton Motor and Freescale Semiconductor will work together to integrate Freescale microcontrollers and sensors into automotive control systems for the powertrain, chassis, safety and "green" aspirations of the Chinese automakers.
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