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Analog Devices' decoder gets Dolby certification for surround-sound format
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12/27/2000   Post a comment
NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices Inc. this week announced certification of its Melody audio decoder chip set by Dolby Laboratories Inc. for the new Dolby Surround Pro Logic II format.
TI introduces ADC supporting 8 input channels
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12/27/2000   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc has introduced a highly-integrated delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter (ADC) from the company's Burr-Brown product line, which features 24 bits of no missing code (NMC) performance, operates from 2.7V to 5.25V, and consumes less than 1mW of power, according to TI.
TI's 24-bit ADC packs eight-channel multiplexer, programmable gain amplifier
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12/27/2000   Post a comment
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Texas Instruments Inc. today claimed unmatched integration and performance in a new 24-bit analog-to-digital converter that features an eight-channel multiplexer, programmable gain amplifier, input buffer, burn-out current sensor, dual independent current DACs, and other functions for measurement and control applications.
San Diego-based REMEC buying RF assembly/test firm in Philippines
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12/27/2000   Post a comment
SAN DIEGO -- REMEC Inc., a publicly-traded supplier of high-frequency subsystems here, announced it plans to acquire Pacific Microwave Corp., a device assembler and testing house in the Philippines. Privately-held PMC specializes in backend production and testing of radio-frequency (RF), microwave, and millimeter-wave gallium-arsenide (GaAs) devices, subsystems, and boards for broadband wireless applications.
Microtune bucks industry trend, holds to revenue forecast
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12/21/2000   Post a comment
Microtune, Inc., Plano, Texas, said today that based on quarterly results to date, the company believes that its guidance for fourth quarter 2000 revenue remains in line with the revenue guidance provided during the company's most recent quarterly earnings conference call. On that call, the company increased guidance for the fourth quarter from a consensus estimate of $17.5 million to a range of $21 million to $22 million in revenue.
Intersil, Sony develop support for wireless home networking of video, audio
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12/20/2000   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif. -- Intersil Corp. said it has teamed with Sony Corp. in Japan to develop Point Coordination Function (PCF) technology for high-speed wireless local area networks in homes. The PCF technology is being added to Intersil's Prism chip set offering for IEEE 802.11b WLANs.
TI rolls out front-to-back digital audio chip set
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12/19/2000   Post a comment
DALLAS — Texas Instruments Inc. here this week announced an all-digital amplifier chip solution. The company's TDAA chip set provides a totally digital signal processing chain from line-level input to high-power output. (Apogee Technology unveiled a pulse-width modulator, the front end to a digital amplifier chain, at November's Comdex computer show).
BitBlitz unveils 8-channel CMOS transceiver
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12/18/2000   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif. -- BitBlitz Communications Inc. here this week will launch an eight-channel part that incorporates the low-power CMOS technology the company unveiled last summer. The BBT3800 transceiver has eight data channels running at 3.125 Gbits per second each. Power consumption is 200 mW/channel.
Cypress to mix programmable logic, high-speed serial I/O in new chip series
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12/18/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. here today announced plans to offer a new series of devices that mix programmable logic and serial interface functions for high-bandwidth communications applications. Cypress said its new family of programmable serial interface chips, called PSI, will reduce system development, complexity and cost.
3dfx to liquidate, sell assets to NVIDIA
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12/15/2000   Post a comment
3dfx Interactive, Inc. plans to sell most of the company's assets to NVIDIA Corp. for $112 million, it announced today. It called the move "an effort to protect its creditors and maximize shareholder value."
TI rolls out low-frequency RF chip for keyless entry systems
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12/15/2000   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced a new low-frequency RF chip designed to simplify the design of vehicle access systems while cutting cost, development time and broad space requirements. TI's new 3D analog frontend IC, designated TMS37122, supports passive entry, including anti-collision, "passive go," immobilization, and remote keyless entry features all in one system, said the company.
Mitel to become pure-play chip company, sell telecom systems unit
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12/15/2000   Post a comment
OTTAWA--Mitel Corp. today announced plans to turn itself into a pure-play semiconductor company by agreeing to sell off its communications systems division for $350 million in cash and a minority interest in a business controlled by Terence H. Matthews, a co-founder of Mitel. The transaction is expected to be completed in February 2001.
Pixelworks buys display-chip specialist Panstera for $120M
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12/14/2000   Post a comment
Pixelworks Inc. today said it has agreed to acquire Panstera Inc., a fabless chip company that designs mixed-signal ICs for XGA-resolution LCD desktop monitors. The all-stock deal is valued at more than $120 million.
Pixelworks buying Panstera to expand chip offering for XGA LCDs
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12/14/2000   Post a comment
UALATIN, Ore.--Pixelworks Inc. here announced it will acquire privately-held Panstera Inc., a San Jose-based supplier of system-on-chip ICs for advanced displays. The acquisition, to be made with $127.4 million in stock, is aimed at expanding Pixelwork's mixed-signal device technology for high-volume, XGA-resolution liquid crystal displays (LCDs).
STMicro revamps cell-phone chip strategy after TI bought partner
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12/13/2000   Post a comment
SEDONA, Ariz. -- STMicroelectronics is quietly revamping its cellular-phone chip set strategy after its key technology partner was acquired last summer by one of the company's main competitors--Texas Instruments Inc.
I Have Heard the Future and It Thumps for No Reason
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12/13/2000   Post a comment
While fitting an engine with five alternators for a loudest car audio system contest is excessive, it does reveal the future of consumers' demands to auto makers. ANALOGnet site director Charles H. Small takes a look at the gadgets and power level requirements for the future's automobiles.
Acquisition of Galileo by Marvell clears regulatory hurdle
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12/12/2000   Post a comment
Marvell Technology Group Ltd.'s acqusition of Galileo Technology Ltd. moved closer to completion today, as the registration statement was declared effective by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Texas Instruments expands distribution pact with Insight
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12/12/2000   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. said today it has franchised its entire line of analog, mixed signal and DSP products to Insight Electronics LLC.
Dialog inks $200M foundry deal with ESM
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12/11/2000   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor plc today announced it has signed a new three-year manufacturing agreement with Welsh wafer foundry ESM Ltd. The deal is valued at over $200 million.
Coprocessor filters noisy paths
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WAP enables many wireless apps
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SHDSL takes best, trashes the rest
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DSPs: key to broadband's future
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DSL crosstalk gets embedded fix
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DSL flavors color designer choice
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OSGi: spec basics, interface issues
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Voice over cable faces QoS issues
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Creating a broadband digital home
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Cable modems tap high-speed data
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Anadigics chops Q4 results estimate, but sees rebound in 2001
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WARREN, N.J.--Anadigics Inc. today warned investors of lower-than-expected financial results in the fourth quarter due to inventory adjustments by communications systems makers and a slow production ramp of the company's new heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) power amplifier products. After a slowdown in sales, Anadigics said it expects a resumption of strong growth in the second half of 2001.
Microtune expands all-silicon RF arsenal with upstream cable amplifier chip
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12/11/2000   Post a comment
PLANO, Tex. -- Dallas area startup Microtune Inc. is adding a upstream amplifier IC to its single-chip TV tuner to deliver what the company says is the first all-silicon, two-way RF "gateway" for interactive applications over cable networks. The MicroStream MY1530 chip provides programmable amplification of return signals that are transmitted from cable network devices--such as set-top boxes and modems--in interactive applications. The BiCMOS chip is the first upstream amplifier IC to support bo
Peregrine believes SOS-based CMOS is now ready for mainstream
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12/8/2000   Post a comment
SAN DIEGO -- Having been labeled a developer of exotic technology for niche markets, wireless-chip specialist Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. is looking to break out in 2001. The San Diego supplier of chips based on a silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) CMOS process is beginning to leverage its technology into more mainstream markets, such as wireless broadband equipment, base stations, and, of course, handsets.
IBM shows Bluetooth-enabled jewelry, gadgets
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12/8/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- As chip and system vendors huddled over first-generation commercial products at this week's Bluetooth Developers Conference, researchers from IBM Corp. unveiled their long-term vision of how Bluetooth and other wireless technologies may transform users' involvement with computers.
This EE's systems whizz by at 60 mph
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12/7/2000   Post a comment
The top EE at Delco Electronics has more on his mind than chips. "Automotive electronics is driven by three things: silicon, software and system engineering," said Les Wilkinson, who became general director of engineering at Delphi Automotive's Delco division (Kokomo, Ind.) last month.
International Rectifier acquires analog-chip maker Unisem for $50 million
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12/5/2000   Post a comment
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- In a move to expand its analog-chip business, International Rectifier Corp. here today announced that it has acquired Unisem Inc. for about $50 million in cash. Based in Irvine, Calif., Unisem is a supplier of analog ICs for power-management applications in portable equipment, networking systems, and other products.
Cirrus Logic settles patent dispute with SigmaTel
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12/4/2000   Post a comment
Cirrus Logic Inc. and SigmaTel Inc. today announced that they have reached a settlement regarding Cirrus Logic's patent infringement litigation of U.S. Patent No. 4,851,841.
Chartered teams with Lucent to decide if 300-mm makes sense
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12/4/2000   Post a comment
DALLAS -- While major DRAM makers and other silicon foundry suppliers gear up for production on 300-mm wafers, Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. is still weighing the economics of those large-diameter substrates for communications ICs and system-on-chip applications, said company managers during a visit here.
Broadcom strengthens position in home networking with VisionTech buy
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12/1/2000   Post a comment
Already a top player in WAN and LAN devices via its $5 billion-plus acquisition spree, Broadcom Corp. is fortifying its position in home-networking chips by purchasing MPEG-2 leader VisionTech Ltd. for $777 million in stock. VisionTech offers MPEG-2 video- and audio-encoder chips for personal video recording, which enables instant replay or rewinding of live TV programs.
Smart sensors stimulate novel control protocols
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12/1/2000   Post a comment
The growing market for smart toys is an important trend away from merely useful appliances .
Smart toys pose design challenge
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12/1/2000   Post a comment
Smart toys can learn, follow behavioral patterns and change their actions based on environmental stimuli. And, although electronic toys have made noises for many years, we are now seeing the first wave of dolls, dogs and other critters that both speak and "understand" the child's response, then act accordingly.
Set-top box converges I/O needs
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12/1/2000   Post a comment
The packages that Santa drags down the chimney each year contain more electronic content than ever before, along with rising processing power in the internal components.
Biomorphics takes consumer spin
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12/1/2000   Post a comment
Many toys are becoming more 'robotic' by incorporating intelligent information processing onboard. On the high end of the market, Sony Japan has introduced the AIBO robotic dog, a sophisticated programmable pet surrogate.
Toys speak and some even listen
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12/1/2000   Post a comment
Toys are becoming increasingly interactive. Integrated circuits that combine audio and video are a reality and highly effective speech control chips will be available very soon.
DSP ICs ramp up toy intelligence
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12/1/2000   Post a comment
Frivolous items are sometimes good indicators of profound changes. Take toys. Many parents of young children will walk aisle after aisle of their local toy store this month and check out talking baby dolls, talking stuffed animals, talking games, talking puzzles and who knows what other talking toys-all ready to speak their electronic minds at the push of a button or the sound of a voice.
Access becomes key toy enabler
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12/1/2000   Post a comment
Toys and games are getting significantly smarter and more capable, thanks to a new generation of digital components that leverage the latest in semiconductor technology.
Smart toys revel in mobility, speech, control
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12/1/2000   Post a comment
The future of smart toys may be glimpsed in a robotic animal that is billed as "autonomous, sensitive to its environment, able to learn and mature." The latest version of the Sony Aibo, the ERS-210, announced in October, represents an outrageous use of analog and mixed-signal technology.
ISS offers shrink-wrapped cores for speech coding applications
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12/1/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE-- Intellectual property (IP) core developer Integrated Silicon Systems Ltd. today announced availability of a series of off-the-shelf design blocks for adaptive differential pulse code modulation (ADPCM) speech coding.
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