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Analysis: Why Renesas is creating mobile IC spinoff
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10/31/2010   5 comments
Renesas Electronics' decision to spin out its mobile semiconductor products into a separate subsidiary is motivated not only by the differences between the markets for microcontrollers and baseband chips, but also to help protect Renesas' power amplifier business.
Cypress PSOC CY8C26443 helps trapped Chilean miners
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10/29/2010   6 comments
It's when products have an impact that's felt beyond the top and bottom lines that engineers can go home with a really warm feeling in their hearts.
So long, Walkman, we'll miss you. . . .or maybe not
Blog  
10/29/2010   18 comments
The once-radical, game-changing personal music player has been done in by CDs and SSDs
USB - the car-consumer connection
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10/29/2010   3 comments
In automotive environments, USB interface technology is about to conquer the pole position among competitive technologies. At chip level, the supporting infrastructure is already available.
Analog chip vendors post profits
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10/28/2010   5 comments
Analog chip vendors Maxim Integrated Products, Alpha and Omega Semiconductor and MaxLinear reported profits for their most recently concluded quarters
Design implications of Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)
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10/28/2010   Post a comment
On September 30th, the IEEE ratified IEEE Std. 802.3az-2010, specifying the technology and requirements for the development of Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) components and systems. This paper outlines the basic premise and features of the amendment and how it can impact your next design.
Audio hub codec enables HD audio in portable apps
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10/27/2010   Post a comment
The WM8958 audio hub solution from Wolfson Microelectronics is designed to help bring high-definition (HD) audio to the next generation of portable multimedia devices.
ARM TechCon Teardown Smackdown: Dell Streak vs. The Archos 7
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10/26/2010   11 comments
The promo for this ARM TechCon event is actually a bit misleading: “Which tablet PC will come out on top? Watch as EE Times Editors Brian Fuller and Patrick Mannion dissect the inner workings of the devices and explore which is the strongest contender, based on speed, power consumption, display, features and functionality.”
High-definition PC audio codecs offer 3-state Class-D modulation, extend battery life
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10/26/2010   Post a comment
Integrated Device Technology is claiming the world's first family of high-definition PC audio codecs to feature the DDX-based class-D modulation technology developed by Apogee Technology.
Power-efficient audio codec targets consumer electronics devices
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10/26/2010   Post a comment
Conexant Systems, Inc., has introduced a new power-efficient stereo audio codec targeted at consumer electronics products including mobile Internet devices, smartbooks, and Web tablets.
High-accuracy ADE7953 energy-metering IC resists tampering
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10/25/2010   Post a comment
The ADE7953 energy metering IC for single-phase meter configurations measures active, reactive and apparent energy along with rms voltage and current. It also provides neutral-current measurements that help designers develop tamper-proof smart meters.
Freescale sees gains in Q3
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10/21/2010   2 comments
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. narrowed its loss amid strong sales for the quarter.
Haptic module adds touch, sound to flat panels
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10/20/2010   Post a comment
NXT has launched a 15x10mm control module that, in combination with two 0.5W moving coil transducers, adds haptic touch to a flat panel whilst simultaneously turning the panel into a loudspeaker.
CSR launches CSR8810 dual-mode Bluetooth low energy platform
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10/20/2010   Post a comment
The CSR8000 series initially includes five variants, providing dual-mode Bluetooth connectivity with a dedicated DSP for advanced audio features.
Brazilian startup to make IC for blood bag tracking
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10/20/2010   4 comments
Brazilian analog ASSP vendor Ceitec said it signed a contract with a Brazilian government-backed company to develop an RFID chip for tracking and managing blood bags.
Xtrinsic sensors trigger satellite airbags
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10/19/2010   2 comments
Claiming to shrink the size, increase the reliability and lower the cost of satellite airbag sensors, Freescale Semiconductor unveiled smart Xtrinsic airbag accelerometers at the Convergence 2010 automotive tradeshow in Detroit.
Diodes’ ZXLD1374 LED driver
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10/19/2010   Post a comment
Diodes Inc.’s new multi-topology LED driver, the ZXLD1374, is designed to increase the performance of high brightness automotive, industrial and commercial lighting systems.
Japanese components vendors in the iPhone 4
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10/19/2010   17 comments
A focus on manufacturing is probably why Japan is winning design-ins with Apple.
AMI models: What, why and how?
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10/18/2010   Post a comment
IBIS AMI specifications are released by the IBIS committee. The specifications define the interface between EDA tools and an AMI model but the IBIS AMI model generation remains a challenge to many IC vendors. This paper discusses IBIS AMI generation flow by taking a simple example of a PCI Express transmitter.
Renesas execs singing from the same song book
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10/15/2010   5 comments
Renesas Electronics executives mostly stick to the script when talking about the merger with NEC. But behind the corporate speak there appears to be genuine enthusiasm for the new No.3 chip vendor.
Lfoundry to help build Malaysian wafer fab
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10/15/2010   16 comments
Landshut Silicon Foundry GmbH has signed an agreement with QT Hightech Malaysia Sdn Bhd to help build a 200-mm wafer fab in the Kulim High-tech Park in Malaysia, according to local reports.
TI buys former SMIC fab in Chengdu
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10/15/2010   17 comments
Texas Instruments acquired a 200-mm wafer fab in China which was previously operated by Chinese foundry SMIC. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Fairchild profits on steady sales in Q3
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10/14/2010   3 comments
Analog and power IC vendor Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. saw profits slide sequentially on sales revenue up 1 percent in the third quarter but its net profit beat analysts' expectations while its quarterly revenue was slightly lower than the consensus.
Renesas readies mixed-signal MCUs
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10/14/2010   15 comments
Renesas Electronics is likely to introduce its first mixed-signal microcontrollers within the next two years, according to top executive Yasushi Akao.
VC, M&A activity dipped in Q3, says GSA
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10/13/2010   Post a comment
The value venture capital deals and number of mergers and acquisitions involving semiconductor companies all dipped in the third quarter of 2010, according to the Global Semiconductor Alliance.
The case of the disappearing PCell
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10/12/2010   Post a comment
PCell caching in a multi-vendor custom IC design environment.
Linear Technology: RF to digital receive modules target base-station designs
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10/12/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology has released the LTM9004 and LTM9005, two RF-to-digital uModuledevices for use in the receive channel in cellular base stations.
How to reduce board management costs, failures, and design time
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10/12/2010   3 comments
The Lattice Platform Manager is a single programmable mixed-signal device that provides all the necessary building blocks to integrate board (platform) management functions.
Silicon Labs buys Irish sensor startup
News & Analysis  
10/12/2010   20 comments
Silicon Laboratories Inc. has acquired ChipSensors Ltd., a developer of a dielectric-as-sensor technology designed to detect temperature, humidity and gases. The amount paid was not disclosed.
Engineering optimization not always obvious
Blog  
10/11/2010   24 comments
Who would put a mere 4-speed automatic transmission in a new car model? Well Mazda did, and here's why.
Grace enhances automotive foundry offering
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10/11/2010   Post a comment
Chinese foundry Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. has rolled out an automotive-grade process control program and achieved ISO/TS16949 certification.
TSMC's September sales rise, beat trend
News & Analysis  
10/8/2010   46 comments
TSMC reported consolidated net sales of about $1.22 billion, a 0.7 percent increase over August.
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX9613/MAX9615 op amps
Product News  
10/8/2010   36 comments
Maxim's new rail-to-rail operational amplifiers include a unique self-calibration feature that automatically compensates for errors generated over time or by temperature changes.
SEMI wants easier access to European money
News & Analysis  
10/8/2010   40 comments
The SEMI industry trade organization has called for a simplification of the rules controlling access to the European Union Framework collaborative research program.
Exec: Microsemi to support all Actel products
News & Analysis  
10/6/2010   27 comments
Microsemi has no intention of killing off any Actel product lines following the anticipated close of the $430 million tender offer the company made for Actel earlier this week, according to a Microsemi executive.
Low-power stereo audio codec delivers high performance
Product News  
10/6/2010   53 comments
Aimed at mobile multimedia applications, AKM Semiconductor's AK4953A 24-bit low-power stereo audio codec is offered as featuring the industry’s best performance to power ratio.
Teardown finds iPad guts inside Apple TV
News & Analysis  
10/6/2010   31 comments
Apple's second-generation Apple TV features nearly the same internal design and key components as the company's iPad and iPod Touch products, according to an iSuppli teardown.
Microsemi acquires Actel-analysis
Blog  
10/5/2010   25 comments
Analog and digital integration are more crucial today than ever, and device makers are getting the message.
Intersil TW3801 TW3811 ISL59601
Product News  
10/4/2010   17 comments
Intersil rolls new video solutions, the TW3801 camera modem PHY, the TW3811 receiver modem PHY and the ISL59601 equalizer.
Microsemi CEO would kill some Actel products
News & Analysis  
10/4/2010   15 comments
Microsemi wants Actel for synergies in several markets, but the firm also plans to discontinue some Actel product lines, said CEO James Peterson.
Advancements in MRI architectures reduce design complexity while improving image quality
Design How-To  
10/4/2010   6 comments
Newer IC technologies and advances are changing MRI architectures and enhancing performance
M/A-COM Technology Solutions' 38 GHz surface mount technology (SMT) packaged GaAs MMIC chipset
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10/1/2010   Post a comment
M/A-COM Tech has developed for the point-to-point radio market a 38 GHz surface mount technology packaged GaAs MMIC chipset that includes an integrated up converter and receiver, driver and power amplifiers, a VCO and a multiplier.


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