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Analog Devices says digital audio IC removes analog processing from stereo players
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11/30/2001   Post a comment
NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices Inc. today announced a new integrated audio IC aimed at replacing low-cost analog systems designs with new digital processing capability that increases sound quality in consumer automotive and home stereo players.
Sirenza claims 25 million-unit milestone in SiGe products
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11/30/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Sirenza Microdevices Inc. today said it has now shipped over 25 million products, based on high-performance silicon-germanium (SiGe) process technology. The SiGe chips--including a range of radio-frequency (RF) devices--are fabricated by Atmel Corp., which is supplying foundry services to Sirenza.
Communications ICs will recovery slowly after 30.6% drop this year, says report
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11/30/2001   Post a comment
SCOTTSDALE, Calif. -- Worldwide revenues for communications ICs will plunge 30.6% to $28.8 billion in 2001 compared to $41.5 million in 2000, and chip sales in this troubled sector will not exceed last year's record until 2004, according to a new forecast from IC Insights Inc.
Fairchild Semiconductor expects to meet guidance
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11/28/2001   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. confirmed its guidance for the fourth quarter of 2001, calling for revenues to be flat to 5% down sequentially from the third quarter.
Pipelined A/D and Quadrature transceiver simplifies set-top box design
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11/28/2001   Post a comment
The name set-top box, because of its usual location, is used for many related types of devices. Some simply allow a television set to become the user interface to the Internet. Others allow a TV to receive and decode digital television broadcasts. Others combine a Web browser with email, an Internet picture phone, video-on-demand, TV picture-in-picture, interactive TV, and other features. Analog Devices' engineers suggest a front-end topology that supports a wide variety of these configurations.
Dual-output converter supports digital-camera applications
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11/28/2001   Post a comment
Digital cameras require a low-power negative rail, in addition to a 15V positive rail, both from a battery cell. LTC shows a charge pump circuit that does the trick.
New techniques re-time data signals for plesiochronous communication
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11/27/2001   Post a comment
In large systems, where designs are typically partitioned into two or more subsystems, clock distribution becomes prohibitively complex. Each subsystem may have its own local clock. The intra-system interfaces require data transmitted synchronously from one subsystem, to be re-timed or synchronized to the local reference in the receiving subsystem. A communications expert examines some techniques for doing this well.
Analog Devices expects sales to fall 5% this quarter
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11/20/2001   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc., Norwood Mass., today announced revenues of $423 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2001, which ended November 3, which were 47% below the prior year's fourth quarter and 12% below the immediately prior quarter.
IMP posts second consecutive profit in quarter as it continues cost cuts
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11/19/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- IMP Inc. here today posted a $6,000 net profit on revenues of $6.8 million in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended Sept. 30. The analog chip maker's revenues fell 15% from $8.0 million in the same quarter last year.
Intersil says task group vote will speed use of faster wireless data networks
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11/16/2001   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif.--Intersil Corp. today gave a loud endorsement to an industry task group, which voted on Thursday to move ahead with plans to set standards for higher-speed wireless networks with data rates up to 54 megabits per second in the 2.4-GHz spectrum.
Anadigics considers sale of fiber optics product line, hikes Q4 growth estimates
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11/16/2001   Post a comment
WARREN, N.J.--Anadigics Inc. today announced additional measures to restore profitability at the company, including plans to partially outsource chip-testing operations and an effort to find "strategic alternatives" for its fiber optics product line.
Modeling phase noise leads to lower BER in fixed wireless design
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11/14/2001   Post a comment
Understanding the impact of phase noise and phase jitter can improve Bit Error Rates in QAM systems. AWR engineers offer this noise modeling tutorial.
MPEG-7 tackles multimedia content
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11/12/2001   1 comment
The September 2001 debut of the MPEG-7 standard heralds a new wave of applications for managing the exponential growth and distribution of multimedia content such as content over the Internet, digital broadcast networks and home databases.
Metadata captures multimedia diversity
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11/12/2001   Post a comment
In 1974, Chicago writer, poet and pianist Gil Scott-Heron proclaimed, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." In 2001, we sadly know better.
How MPEG-4 trade-offs affect design
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11/12/2001   Post a comment
Video compression and wireless communications technologies are enabling wide access to various video sources on demand.
End user reaps benefit of wireless multimedia structure
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11/12/2001   Post a comment
Wireless multimedia standards come together with technology platforms to provide an end user with quality multimedia services on a mobile device.
Streaming audio needs interoperability
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11/12/2001   Post a comment
Commercial radio networks with enough bandwidth to support streaming audio and video services are now a reality. General Packet Radio Service systems, cdma2000 (1X) systems and wideband code-division multiple access systems are either already in use, or quickly coming online in countries around the world.
MPEG-4: A system designer's view
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11/12/2001   Post a comment
MPEG-4 is a unified standard that allows the streaming of both graphics and video in the same interactive, rich multimedia experience.
Object-based MPEG offers flexibility
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11/12/2001   Post a comment
The debate over MPEG-4's future is heating up. Its specifications have been available for some time, the MPEG-4 Industry Forum (M4IF) just welcomed its 100th member and the Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA) last month released its open specification for Internet streaming based on MPEG-4.
Latest MPEG efforts: solutions or confusion?
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11/12/2001   Post a comment
System designers are working harder than ever to reconcile the increasing complexity of new formats and standards cropping up for mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), camcorders, Web tablets, set-top boxes, personal video recorders and digital TV.
Semiconductor market projected to grow slowly in 2002
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11/7/2001   Post a comment
The worldwide semiconductor industry will experience a lackluster recovery in 2002, with growth of about 6%, according to a forecast made by the Semiconductor Industry Association. The SIA projected that while global semiconductor sales would decrease 31% this year to $141 billion, the industry would conversely report growth of 6% in 2002 to $150 billion, 21% growth in 2003 to $181 billion, and 21% in 2004, totaling $218 billion worldwide.
To integrate or not? Analogue, digital strategies diverge
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11/7/2001   Post a comment
As enthusiasm for application-specific, system-level semiconductor solutions grows, some analogue-IC makers maintain there is increased need for a "less is more" approach that allows discrete and mixed-signal functionality to remain partitioned from the digital blocks
To integrate or not? Analog, digital strategies diverge
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11/6/2001   Post a comment
As enthusiasm for application-specific, system-level semiconductor solutions grows, some analog-IC makers maintain there is increased need for a "less is more" approach that allows discrete and mixed-signal functionality to remain partitioned from the digital blocks. Others, however, disagree.
Cellular base station IC sales to regain momentum after 2002, says new report
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11/5/2001   Post a comment
OYSTER BAY, N.Y.-- Integrated circuit revenues for cellular-phone base stations will remain relatively flat at around $380 million in the next year or so, but IC sales are expected to gain momentum after 2003, when carriers move to next-generation wireless services and increase the volume of their networks, according to a new forecast from Allied Business Intelligence Inc. here.
SyChip hires TI executive as CEO, gets in funding for integrated RF products
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11/1/2001   Post a comment
PLANO, Tex. -- SyChip Inc. here today announced it has hired a former executive from Texas Instruments Inc. as its chief executive officer, and the startup said it has closed on the first part of $20 million in funding for radio-frequency ICs and chip-scale modules aimed at wireless Internet appliances.


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