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Energy-efficient 3-axis accelerometer enables faster and more accurate motion detection
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2/15/2010   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced its MMA8450Q accelerometer, a highly accurate, power-efficient solution that extends battery life for smart mobile devices and captures precise movement via highly sensitive gesture and orientation detection capabilities.
RF configurable power core covers multiband, multi-mode cellular air interface standards
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2/15/2010   Post a comment
RFMD launched its PowerSmart power platforms, based on a new RF configurable power core for increased functional efficiency and delivering state-of-the-art processing for all known cellular communications modulation schemes
Grace: Setting course in a consolidating foundry market
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2/15/2010   Post a comment
Grace Semiconductor of China has been a rather low-profile company in the past. Nevertheless, the foundry service provider makes most of its profits in Western geographies, mostly in Europe and the U.S.
Freescale says low-power MEMS smarter, too
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2/15/2010   Post a comment
Freescale's latest three-axis accelerometer for mobile devices offers multiple low power modes as well as smarter gesture recognition algorithms.
ISSCC, A4 processor, Micron lead weekly story ranking
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2/12/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 7, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 12. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
NXP Semiconductors achieves high speed converter interoperability with FPGAs from Altera and Xilinx
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2/12/2010   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has announced that its CGV series of JESD204A-compliant data converters are now interoperable with FPGAs from Altera and Xilinx.
Compact current output of laser diode controller doubles to 30-A
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2/12/2010   Post a comment
VueMetrix has released a new laser diode controller that claims to achieve twice the current output (30 A) of the existing all-digital LV-15 devices, with no increase in size and no decrease in performance.
Long range Bluetooth module offers 1000 meter range
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2/12/2010   Post a comment
2001 Electronic Components has made available a long range Bluetooth module, designated, WT41.
Intel's Gargini pushes III-V-on-silicon as 2015 transistor option
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2/12/2010   Post a comment
A presentation prepared by Paolo Gargini, Intel's director of technology strategy, to give to the Industry Strategy Symposium Europe, held in Dublin, Ireland, earlier this week, stressed Intel's progress in adding compound semiconductor layers to silicon as a means of continuing scaling and reducing power consumption.
Transmit/receive switch protects ultrasound circuits from high voltage pulses
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2/12/2010   Post a comment
High voltage analog and mixed signal IC company, Supertex, Inc., has introduced the MD0100, a high voltage, two terminal, bi-directional voltage protection device that consumes minimal power while protecting receiver circuitry of ultrasound systems from high voltage transmitter pulses.
Broadcom sees feature phones getting smarter
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2/11/2010   Post a comment
EE Times caught up with Robert Nalesnik, senior director of marketing with Broadcom's Mobile Platforms group, to ask him questions about trends in wireless handsets as part of a series of interviews with wireless chip vendors in advance of Mobile World Congress.
First CMOS 3G power amp heads for Mobile World Congress
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2/11/2010   2 comments
Javelin Semiconductor will demonstrate working samples of a 3G CMOS handset power amplifier (PA)--what Javelin's CEO "the holy grail of the handset IC design"--at the Mobile World Congress.
Wolfson unveils world's first digital audio hub solution for mobile phones
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2/11/2010   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics is claiming the world's first digital audio hub solution for mobile phones.
UMC sees January sales drop 9% sequentially
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United Microelectronics Corp., the world's second largest foundry, had January sales of NT$8,600 million (about $268 million), a decrease of 9.25 percent from the December 2009 sales figure of NT$9,292 million (about $290 million).
Bosch launches fab for automotive semiconductors
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2/11/2010   2 comments
Automotive supplier Robert Bosch GmbH (Gerlingen, Germany) currently is adding the finishing touches to its 200mm wafer fab in near-by Reutlingen.
What did you see @ ISSCC? Join the Conversation
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2/11/2010   5 comments
What did you think was surprising or significant at this year's ISSCC? We invite you to chime in whether you were in San Francisco or just browsed stories from the conference online.
Audio amplifier pair brings high-quality sound to the masses
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics is offering two cost-effective audio amplifiers that provide high quality audio and low power consumption for optimal audio playback time due to highly efficient headphone and speaker drivers.
Tablets seen as $4B opportunity for chips
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
The market for semiconductors going inside tablet PCs--including Apple's much publicized iPad--could be worth $4.1 billion by 2014, according to market research firm In-Stat.
Combining multiple sensors with microcontrollers helps boost gaming realism
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced the first members in its iNEMO family of multi-sensor Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) devices.
Synchronous POL regulator targets low-voltage ICs in Rad-Hard systems
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
Intersil Corporation has released what the company claims is the industry's most reliable, efficient, single-chip POL synchronous buck regulator for satellite systems, nuclear reactor equipment, down hole drilling applications, and other high-reliability systems.
Digital audio playback IC delivers up to 30 s
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
Using flash memory to provide non-volatile audio playback of up to 30 seconds, the ChipCorder ISD2100 family of single-chip audio-grade ICs offers up to 32-kHz sampling and can operate without a microcontroller.
TSMC sees sales drop in January
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
Foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) said its January sales on an unconsolidated basis, were approximately NT$29.16 billion (about $908 million) a decrease of 4.3 percent from December 2009 and an increase of 134.4 percent over January 2009.
Audio Myths Workshop video
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
This video of the Audio Myths workshop held at a recent AES show covers topics like the nature of human perception, "placebo tweaks," proper testing methods and examples of artifact audibility, among many others. A list of 20 topics and when they occur in the video is included here for easy reference.
S3 Group and Texas Instruments claim first Continua certified platform for telehealth devices
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) and S3 Group, a connected healthcare technology solutions company, have developed the first Continua Certified USB-enabled platform for building agent healthcare devices.
Audio processor with Bluetooth connectivity from CSR
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
The CSR7810 is what CSR claims to be the industry's first audio processor with Bluetooth connectivity readily integrated for handsets implementing noise cancellation.
Dual 500-mA LDO regulator with independent inputs provides ultralow noise benefits
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2/9/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation has introduced a dual low noise, low dropout regulator with independent inputs and independent shutdown control for each channel.
Low-power, single-key capacitive touch controllers target portable devices
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2/9/2010   Post a comment
Atmel has introduced a new family of single-key touch controllers for the portable device market that offers designers power consumption capabilities below 17uA for next-generation portable touch devices, including power buttons, hearing devices, consumer toys and proximity sensors.
Compact, low noise amplifier focuses on cellular Infrastructure applications
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2/9/2010   Post a comment
Avago Technologies has unveiled the latest addition to its family of ultra low noise, high gain, high linearity Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) active bias amplifiers for use in cellular infrastructure applications.
1.7V digital potentiometers bring digital control, calibration to power-sensitive apps
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2/9/2010   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX5391-MAX5393 operate from an industry-low 1.7V, allowing designers to enjoy the benefits of digital potentiometers in low-voltage systems.
SMIC expected to announce capital injection
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2/9/2010   Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (Shanghai, China) is expected to announce a capital injection from Datang Telecom Technology & Industry Holdings Co. Ltd., an existing investor, at a quarterly investor conference call on Wednesday (Feb. 9).
ST-Ericsson likes its odds in race to smarter smartphones
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2/9/2010   Post a comment
On the eve of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, wireless chip joint venture ST-Ericsson (Geneva) outlined the main trends in the mobile handset market for 2010 and detailed how the company aligns its business strategy with market opportunities.
Ikanos partners with picoChip to advance the Femtocell market
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2/9/2010   Post a comment
Ikanos Communications and picoChip announced a strategic relationship to advance the integration of smart mobile devices into the home network.
ISSCC: Bosch unveils integrated MEMS automotive sensor
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2/8/2010   Post a comment
To support his update on the state and future of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for automotive and consumer applications, Jiri Marek, senior vice president of Bosch's sensors division (Germany) used his opening slot at ISSCC's Monday plenary session to describe the first integrated inertial sensor modules, combining yaw rate and acceleration sensor stacked on an ASIC in a molded SOIC16w package.
ISSCC keynoter wants 100X power efficiency improvement
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2/8/2010   Post a comment
Power efficiency is the single biggest challenge facing the mobile handset industry, and collaboration and co-design are needed to enable the industry to deliver a 100X improvement in power efficiency for mobile devices, according to a keynote presentation at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
IMS: Electric cars propel IC demand
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2/8/2010   Post a comment
A new report from IMS Research forecasts that demand for electric vehicles will grow steadily throughout the decade.
Sapphicon partners AWR to develop Silicon-on-Sapphire process design kits
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2/8/2010   Post a comment
Sapphicon Semiconductor, a designer and manufacturer of high performance integrated circuits based on silicon-on-sapphire (SoS) process technology, and AWR Corporation, a high-frequency EDA solutions provider, have introduced process design kits (PDKs) for AWR software that support Sapphicon's advanced SoS processes.
ZigBee RF4CE coexistence with common 2.4-GHz ISM-band consumer electronics
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2/8/2010   Post a comment
Understand the challenges and tradeoffs when using this slice of spectrum, crowded with devices supporting different standards
An analyst's 10 reasons to be cheerful
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2/8/2010   Post a comment
Bill McClean, analyst with IC Insights Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.) has provided ten reasons that support the idea that 2010 could be between a good and a great year for the semiconductor industry.
Premo and Ihman partner to integrate radio modules in active RFID
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2/8/2010   Post a comment
Ihman and Predan, part of the Premo Group, will join their efforts in a commercial and marketing project to provide a radio communication module for integration in active RFID and telemetry applications
Engineers explore life beyond 10 Gbit links
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2/8/2010   1 comment
Electronics engineers are bumping up against the limits of their tools and techniques—and perhaps even physics--to keep pace with the rapidly expanding needs of an Internet-driven society as they coalesce around a move to 25 Gbit/second chips and ponder what comes next.
Metering chips feature isolated sensing technology
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2/7/2010   Post a comment
Teridian Semiconductor has begun sampling its fourth generation residential smart metering integrated circuits (ICs) that eliminate costly current transformers and associated copper wiring in 2-element residential meters, with up to class 0.2-accuracy.
Cognitive radio's foundation on display at ISSCC 2010
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2/5/2010   1 comment
The ethereal concept of cognitive radio will be seeking paths to corporeal form among the many wireless breakthroughs being presented at ISSCC 2010 conference in San Francisco. From highly integrated SAW-less front ends to multistandard, multiband systems on chip to emerging 60-GHz interfaces , the foundational elements of our ubiquitous wireless future will be on display for all to see.
Intel flash, Apple departures, ARM roadmap lead weekly story ranking
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2/5/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 31, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 5. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Power amplifier linearization SoC enables highly efficient broadband 3G and 4G networks
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2/5/2010   Post a comment
Scintera Networkshas made available its SC1887 adaptive RF power amplifier linearizer (RFPAL) system-on-chip (SoC).
Miniaturized comparators offer portable applications benefits
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2/5/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has completed its portfolio of industry-standard comparators in space-saving packages with the introduction of the LMV331 packaged in a choice of 2.00 x 1.25 mm SC70 or 2.90 x 1.60 mm SOT23 form factors.
Monopole antennas enable multiple M2M applications for Zigbee and ISM Band
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2/5/2010   Post a comment
Pulse, a Technitrol Company, is offering a set of monopole antennas that deliver Zigbee 2.4 GHz and ISM bands 868 MHz, 915 MHz, and 2.4GHz. These antennas are ideal alternatives to using trace antennas because they occupy very little printed circuit board space while maintaining their key properties regardless of changes to the board.
4 MHz synchronous buck regulator delivers 2.5 A of continuous output current at low output voltages
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2/4/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology has developed a high efficiency, 4 MHz synchronous buck regulator that incorporates a constant frequency/controlled on-time, current mode architecture.
CSEM offers transceiver-with-DSP for wireless networks
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2/4/2010   Post a comment
Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique (Neuchatel, Switzerland) has produced a one-volt RF transceiver with an integrated DSP tailored for portable wireless communications in such things as wireless sensor networks and body area networks.
Diodes unveils next generation low noise block controllers for DBS applications
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2/4/2010   Post a comment
Diodes Incorporated has introduced a new family of low noise block (LNB) controllers for direct broadcast satellite (DBS) applications.
C-MAC integrates CISSOID Vesuvio technology into high temperature DC-DC converters
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2/4/2010   Post a comment
C-MAC MicroTechnology has extended its agreement with CISSOID to integrate Vesuvio technology into high temperature DC-DC converter designs featuring their latest Magma and Hyperion semiconductor devices.
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