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TSMC's sales fell 11.2% in 2009
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1/8/2010   Post a comment
December sales at foundry chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. were more than double what they were in the same month in 2008, but annual sales fell by 11.2 percent.
3-axis compass chip enables low-cost, high-accuracy positioning
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1/8/2010   Post a comment
Honeywell launched the HMC5883, a 3-axis compass chip that provides up to one-degree accuracy with auto calibration, in a 3x3x0.9mm package.
TI delivers high power, integrated Class-D audio amplifiers
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1/7/2010   Post a comment
Capable of driving 600 watts, the TAS5630 and TAS5631 Class-D audio amplifiers feature the highest stereo output power in the industry, more than twice that of the closest comparable devices, according to TI.
Handset chip sales bounced in Q4, says analyst
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1/7/2010   Post a comment
Connectivity chips showed the greatest growth within the mobile phone semiconductor market, according to ABI Research. The total revenue for handset Bluetooth, GPS, and WLAN in 2009 is forecast to grow 16 percent compared to 2008, exceeding $1.9 billion, and to show a CAGR of 11 percent between 2009 and 2014, the market researcher said.
Integrated voltage regulator maximizes system efficiency for DC-DC applications
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1/7/2010   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced the IR3870M SupIRBuck integrated voltage regulator for notebook and desktop computers, game consoles, consumer electronics applications such as set top boxes, and general purpose point-of-load (POL) DC-DC converters.
Prepare for 2010 demand surge, says analyst
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1/7/2010   Post a comment
Looking forward to 2010 Bill McClean of IC Insights (Scottsdale, Ariz.) observed that both PC and cellphone unit volume shipments are forecast to increase at double-digit rates in 2010 and that this indicates an IC market boom is coming.
Single-chip demodulator/decoder for Internet-TV
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1/7/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics announced the Sti7167, a single-chip demodulator/decoder for Internet-TV, terrestrial or cable set-top boxes, enabling economies of scale and time to market acceleration.
China is en route to double its IC production capacity over ten years says SEMI
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1/7/2010   Post a comment
A recent research by SEMI indicates China is committed to narrow the gap between its IC production and consumption, leading to doubling the country's global equipment and materials market in ten years.
SMSC posts smaller profit on better sales
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1/6/2010   Post a comment
Citing market share gains and improving business conditions in end markets, mixed-signal IC vendor SMSC said it posted sales of $87.2 million for the quarter ended Nov. 30, 2009, up 16 percent sequentially and up 4 percent year-to-year.
Resistive multi-touch single-chip controller targets advanced multi-touch screen market
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1/6/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced an advanced multi-touch 'resistive' touchscreen controller chip to optimize the Bill of Materials of the electronics supporting the advanced multi-touch capability of smartphones, mobile internet devices and netbooks that feature touchscreens to support increasingly sophisticated 'apps' and games.
Fully integrated synchronous buck regulator offers 95 percent efficiency over a broad load range
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1/6/2010   Post a comment
Micrel has unveiled a high power density family of buck regulators that features 10 A integrated SuperThermal MOSFETs and is optimized for highest efficiency.
Power Supply Design Considerations for Modern FPGAs
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1/6/2010   Post a comment
Today's FPGAs tend to operate at lower voltages and higher currents than their predecessors. Consequently, power supply requirements may be more demanding, requiring special attention to features deemed less important in past generations. Failure to consider the output voltage, sequencing, power on, and soft-start requirements, can result in unreliable power up or potential damage to the FPGA.
PMIC lets users configure start-up sequences with software
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1/6/2010   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has introduced the AS3607, a highly integrated power management IC (PMIC) that it claims features a level of start-up sequence programmability not found in competing devices.
November chip sales up 27.5% on a year ago
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1/6/2010   Post a comment
November's global market for semiconductors was $21.63 billion, according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization. This was slightly down on the upwardly revised figure for October of $22.19 billion, but exceeded the November 2008 actual sales figure of $16.96 billion by 27.5 percent.
High definition set-top box system-on-a-chip reduces costs
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1/6/2010   Post a comment
Broadcom Corporation has added the BCM7408 client high definition (HD) set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution to its Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA®) product family.
20 Analog Product Picks of 2009
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1/5/2010   Post a comment
Analog Design Line Europe's 20 Product Picks of 2009 feature the star performing products that have been selected based on a mixture of web site page view statistics coupled with the Analog Design Line Europe editor's own opinion of what were the most interesting analog or mixed-signal products of 2009.
PMIC with integrated EEPROM reduces cost in notebook LCD panels
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1/5/2010   Post a comment
Maxim's latest notebook LCD PMIC integrates all devices needed for powering the LCD gate drivers, source drivers, and VCOM backplane.
Intersil launches low power, 40V precision op amp line
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1/5/2010   Post a comment
Intersil's op amps are capable of reducing signal conditioning error through a combination of lower noise, lower offset voltage, lower bias current and higher gain accuracy.
Consumer stereo ADC touts low pin count
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1/5/2010   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics plc has added to its Pure Sound audio portfolio a low pin count, low power stereo ADC that offers high quality line input audio performance in recordable media applications, including LCD TVs, set top boxes and DVD recorders.
Magnetic sensors attract in 2010
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
1/5/2010   Post a comment
The silicon magnetic sensor market is set to commence a period of strong growth in 2010 as demand surges from the automotive, industrial and consumer markets, according to iSuppli Corp.
PLL synthesizer enables cost effective implementation of FMCW radar systems
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1/5/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has introduced a new PLL synthesizer which enables flexible and cost effective implementation of FMCW (frequency modulated continuous wave) radar systems.
Integrated PMIC's start-up sequence programmability speeds up system design
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1/5/2010   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has extended its power and audio management unit portfolio with the introduction of the AS3607, a highly integrated power management IC (PMIC).
Avago Technologies expands family of low noise amplifiers with high-gain GPS
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1/5/2010   Post a comment
Avago Technologies has introduced the latest edition to its family of low noise amplifiers (LNAs) with a new high-gain LNA with variable current and shutdown functions for use in GPS, unlicensed Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) bands, and WiMax applications.
MEMS digital compass module combines accelerometer with magnetic sensor
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1/5/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has integrated a 3-axis digital accelerometer with a 3-axis digital magnetic sensor in a single 5x5x1mm module, aimed at enhancing mobile navigation and location-based services.
ITC probes infringement claims against AMD, others
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1/4/2010   Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission has opened an investigation into patent infringement claims filed by Taiwanese analog chip vendor Richtek Technology against AMD and others, the regulatory agency said.
Freescale reference design fits between smartphones, netbooks
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1/4/2010   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor will show a reference design for a new computer design that combines the best features of a netbook and a smartphone, without the phone.
Ultra-wide input range DC/DC converters offer high power density benefits
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1/4/2010   Post a comment
Minmax has launched a series of 50-w/in3 high power density, ultra-wide input range DC/DC converters comprising 12 different models that pack up to 20 W of power into a 1 x 1 x 0.4 inch package, with efficiency as high as 90 percent.
Easing the challenge of RF design (Part 1 of 2)
Design How-To  
1/4/2010   Post a comment
Designing in a wireless link need not be a nightmare--if you follow some simple guidelines
Single DC/DC controllers with digital power control simplify system design in multi-load applications
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1/4/2010   2 comments
Understand how digital control of analog power can affect multirail topology and approaches
SIA salutes resumption of chip sales growth
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1/4/2010   Post a comment
Commenting on the three-month average of global chip sales for November, George Scalise, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association, said that year-on-year sales growth had resumed and most markets were showing signs of strength.
November's averaged global chip sales beat expectations
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1/4/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors rose to $22.645 billion in November, ahead of expectations, and up 8.5 percent on the same figure in November 2008, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association.
Top 25 predictions for semis in 2010
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1/4/2010   9 comments
Looking into my crystal ball, I have released my own chip forecasts--and other predictions--for 2010. These are my top 25 predictions, which are strictly my opinions.
What's your power priority?
Power DesignLine Blog  
1/3/2010   Post a comment
Everyone is in favor of "low power", but their reasons may differ; what are yours?
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