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HP keeps strategy, names Whitman CEO
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9/22/2011   15 comments
Hewlett-Packard named Meg Whitman its new chief executive, reaffirming strategic decisions of Leo Apotheker but seeking a new leader to execute on them.
Maxim to demo NFC Smart Poster technology
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9/22/2011   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products introduced a new line of near-field communications inlays for the 2-billion-unit-per-year automatic identification and electronic cash markets.
Cypress rolls new PSoC design environment
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9/22/2011   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor introduced version 2.0 of its PSoC Creator design environment for the PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 programmable system-on-chip families.
MultiPhy MP1100Q PHY IC for 100G metro transport market
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9/22/2011   Post a comment
MultiPhy Ltd. is getting ready to sample next quarter the MP1100Q, claiming it as the first 100G PHY IC designed to meet the low-cost and low-power needs of the growing 100G metro transport market
Zarlink's board approves new Microsemi offer
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9/22/2011   Post a comment
Microsemi and Zarlink Semiconductor have entered into a so-called support agreement which looks to clinch the deal to finalize Microsemi acquiring Zarlink.
IDT 840N202I, 849N202I and 849N212I universal frequency translators devices
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9/22/2011   Post a comment
IDT's new family of universal frequency translators allow any output frequency, regardless of input frequency, for flexibility and ease-of-use in high-performance networking and communications applications.
MEMS chips entering mass consumer markets
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9/22/2011   6 comments
As MEMS enters the mainstream, the high-volume markets will favor mergers and acquisitions over the next five years, as the larger player fill in the gaps of their integrated solution for OEMs, who must fuse the outputs of multiple MEMS sensors for a wider variety of applications than just tablets and phones.
IHS again cuts chip market forecast
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9/21/2011   2 comments
Market research firm IHS iSuppli cut its forecast for 2011 semiconductor market growth for the second time in two months, citing the impact of increasing economic woes and consumer pessimism.
QML-V op amps provide SEL immunity
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9/21/2011   Post a comment
Rad-hard operational amplifiers for aerospace applications tolerate total ionizing dose of 300 krad (Si).
TI-National deal clears regulatory hurdles
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9/21/2011   4 comments
The proposed $6.5 billion acquisition of National Semiconductor by Texas Instruments has cleared all regulatory reviews and is now expected to close late this week.
Cypress rolls low-power 2.4-GHz wirelessUSB transceiver
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9/21/2011   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor has introduced its next-generation 2.4-GHz WirelessUSB Radio-on-a-Chip.
SemiSouth Laboratories SDB05S120 SMT diodes
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9/21/2011   Post a comment
SemiSouth Laboratories has launched new 1200V/5A diodes in the true, compact DPAK (TO-252) surface mount packaging, which provides the necessary creepage distance and does not require a center pin.
Infineon offers driver ICs for LED lighting
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9/21/2011   3 comments
Infineon Technologies AG has introduced a family of switch-mode LED driver ICs for a broad range of general lighting applications.
LTE sales overtake WiMax, says analyst
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9/21/2011   3 comments
The market for mobile communications infrastructure is growing strongly, according to market research firm Infonetics Research Inc., which said that LTE infrastructure equipment spending greater than that of WiMax for the first time in 2Q11.
Cypress drops distributors from ITC suit
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9/21/2011   2 comments
Cypress Semiconductor said electronics distributors Arrow Electronics and Nu Horizons Electronics will be removed from a complaint pending at the U.S. International Trade Commission concerning alleged infringement of Cypress's SRAM patents by GSI Technology.
Gartner: Chip inventory levels 'worrisome'
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9/20/2011   1 comment
Semiconductor days of inventory are forecast to plateau in the third quarter, reaching "worrisome levels" given current conditions and the likelihood that consumer and business spending will be weaker than expected, according to Gartner.
USB audio/video codec in 38x70mm footprint
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9/20/2011   Post a comment
Model 2253 is a compact and robust USB-compatible audio/video codec that is powered from a single USB port. Its 38x70mm footprint and low power consumption (1.5 Watts) make it well suited for both portable and embedded applications.
Efficient power conversion development board for systems using eGaN FETs
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9/20/2011   Post a comment
Efficient Power Conversion Corporation introduced the EPC9005 development board to make it easier for users to start designing with a 40 V enhancement-mode eGaN FET in applications such as high-speed DC-DC power supplies, point-of-load converters, class D audio amplifiers, hard-switched and high-frequency circuits.
Dolby goes Mobile
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9/20/2011   3 comments
DSP IP provider, Ceva, claims to be the first company in the semiconductor industry to offer a Dolby approved DSP core implementation of Dolby Mobile.
D2S tips mask-wafer double simulation tool
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9/20/2011   Post a comment
Computational design platform vendor D2S rolled out a mask-wafer double simulation accelerated workstation for chip designs featuring linewidths of 20-nm and below.
Fujitsu chooses Cadence DFM for 28-nm
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9/20/2011   1 comment
Fujitsu Semiconductor has adopted Cadence Design Systems' signoff for design-for-manufacturing technologies for its 28-nanometer ASIC and system-on-chip mixed-signal designs, Cadence said.
Compound semiconductors hot topic at IEDM
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9/20/2011   1 comment
Three papers to be delivered at IEDM to be held in Washington D.C in December will detail performance records achieved by compound semiconductor researchers.
Xilinx cuts sales target
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Programmable logic vendor Xilinx joined a growing list of chip vendors that have reduced their sales targets for the calendar third quarter.
Shipping firm drops Hynix bid
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9/20/2011   3 comments
South Korea's STX Group dropped out of the bidding to acquire a controlling 20 percent stake in Hynix Semiconductor, leaving SK Telecom as the only bidder, according to reports.
Switch chip vendor Mellanox set to go IPO
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9/19/2011   2 comments
Switch chip vendor Mellanox Technologies announced it intends to sell more than 3.4 million ordinary shares in an initial public offering, subject to market conditions and other considerations.
Intel invests in multimedia software firm
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9/19/2011   2 comments
ArcSoft, a provider of multimedia software technology, said it received investments worth a combined $20 million from Intel's venture capital arm and venture capital firm Tudor Ventures.
IHS: PC market returned to growth in Q2
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9/19/2011   3 comments
After contracting on a sequential and annual basis during the first three months of the year, the global PC market returned to growth in the second quarter, with total shipments of 85.6 million units, up 3.7 percent from the first quarter and up 6 percent compared to the second quarter of 2010, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
ASML tips new mask correction capability
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9/19/2011   Post a comment
Brion Technologies, a division of Holland's ASMLHolding, announced a new photomask correction capability for its Tachyon computational lithography platform.
ARM, Mentor define test flow for ARM CPUs
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9/19/2011   1 comment
ARM Holdings and Mentor Graphics said they have jointly developed a reference flow for manufacturing test of ARM processor-based designs.
Applied rolls EUV photomask etcher
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9/19/2011   1 comment
Semiconductor capital equipment vendor Applied Materials introduced a reticle etch system for next-generation extreme ultraviolet lithography.
U.S. research seeks transistor replacement
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9/19/2011   7 comments
Semiconductor Research Corp., a U.S. university-research consortium, and the National Science Foundation, the U.S. government agency supporting fundamental research, are funding 12 four-year nanoelectronics research grants at a cost of $20 million.
Anobit claims best-in-class flash SSDs for enterprise and cloud
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9/18/2011   2 comments
Anobit has announced its second generation Genesis SSDs, targeted at network and server attached storage, as well as enterprise business and cloud-based applications.
Automotive multimedia concept embraces Android, tablet computer
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9/17/2011   2 comments
Ingredients such as cloud computing, tablet computer hardware and open-source operating systems today are ubiquitous in the consumer corner of the IT world. Now IT services provider Tieto is about to bring all these ingredients into the automotive environment.
Multicore SoC targets latest STBs for the connected home
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9/17/2011   Post a comment
The chip, part of ST’s latest-generation home entertainment platform, will support a wide variety of open-source environments to provide value-added services such as state-of-the-art gaming, Over The Top (OTT) video playback via 3rd-parties over the Internet, app stores and secure High-Definition streaming to tablets, smartphones, PCs and TVs throughout the home.
Mini-ITX motherboard features Atom, supports DDR3
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9/17/2011   Post a comment
Advantech has launched an industrial-grade, Mini-ITX motherboard featuring the single-core N455 and the dual-core D525 Atom processors which integrate Graphics (GMA 3150) and a Memory Controller Hub (GMCH) onto a single chip.
Front end modules for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth applications
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9/17/2011   Post a comment
The modules can be combined with a highly integrated, single chip radio - such as the Broadcom BCM4330 chipset - to provide a connectivity solution for the cellular phone, portable device, and person computer markets.
Bluetooth v4.0 low energy ready module
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9/17/2011   Post a comment
The ready-to-embed OBS421 module is a mid-range module tailored for the especially tough demands of industrial and medical applications.
CICC talk: Graphene could succeed CMOS
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9/16/2011   11 comments
CMOS semiconductor technology could run out of gas at about 7 nm in 2024, and graphene is the leading candidate to replace it, according to a keynote address at next week's Custom Integrated Circuits Conference.
IEDM: Hynix takes NAND to 15-nm
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9/16/2011   15 comments
Hynix has developed a 15-nm NAND flash memory cell which it plans to unveil at this year's International Electron Devices Meeting in December. At the same conference the company is due to present 42-nm half-pitch process for the production of 1-Gbit phase-change memories and beyond.
SK Telecom embeds NFC in SIM card
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9/16/2011   Post a comment
Korean mobile phone service provider SK Telecom claims that is has developed the world's first SIM card equipped with a Near Field Communications (NFC) chip which can be retrofitted to non-NFC handsets thereby enabling NFC-based services.
Ericsson, NSN invest in optical chip startup
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9/16/2011   5 comments
Skorpios Technologies, a 2009 startup developing composite silicon photonic technology as announced it has closed a $19 million Series B round of financing.
Intel to talk of compound FinFET at IEDM
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9/16/2011   Post a comment
An Intel-led team will reveal a tri-gate FinFET-type quantum-well InGaAs MOSFET at the upcoming International Electron Devices Meeting being held Washington D.C. December 5 to 7.
TI releases industry's smallest high-speed USB protection device
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9/15/2011   Post a comment
TI has released the first device to integrate protection against ESD, over-temperature, over-voltage and under-voltage events in a single package measuring just 2mm x 2mm.
SEMI book-to-bill falls again in August
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9/15/2011   Post a comment
North America-based semiconductor capital equipment makers reported a book-to-bill ratio of 0.80 in August, the fourth straight month the book-to-bill has declined and the eleventh straight month it has been below parity, according to the fab tool trade group SEMI.
Motion algorithms boost MEMS-based remotes
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9/15/2011   2 comments
Armed with a new deal to integrate its MEMS sensor algorithms into Texas Instruments' ZigBee-based radio frequency for consumer electronics hardware platform—RemoTI—Hillcrest Lab hopes to penetrate further into the fast growing markets for MEMS-based motion-control interfaces for Smart TV, streaming video, motion-based gaming and 3-D gesture control.
Freescale 32-bit Kinetic MCUs for cost-sensitive apps
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9/15/2011   1 comment
Freescale's 60 new 50 MHz 32-bit Kinetis MCUs address the growing need for low power and compact packages in industrial and consumer applications.
Analog Devices ADE7880 3-phase energy metering IC for polyphase meters
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9/15/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices has developed an energy metering IC that provides harmonic analysis for advanced power quality monitoring.
Lossy GCT files for $100 million IPO
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9/15/2011   1 comment
GCT Semiconductor Inc., a loss-making fabless chip company that supplies chips for WiMax and LTE communications, has filed papers for an initial public offering of stock to be traded on NASDAQ that would raise up to $100 million.
Chip sales slowing rapidly, says Gartner
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9/15/2011   7 comments
Market research company Gartner Inc. has joined rival prognosticators in predicting the 2011 global chip market will decline from the previous year. It has also halved its forecast for chip market growth in 2012 with the warning that a U.S. double dip recession would require a further downward sales revision.
Imagination takes stake in digital RF firm
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9/15/2011   1 comment
Graphics and communications IP licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc as teamed up with Orca Systems Inc. on the development of technology for broadcast television reception. Under the terms of the deal Imagination has also taken an equity stake in Orca, and Imagination CEO, Hossein Yassaie, has joined Orca's board of directors.
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