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Strong April chip sales drive prediction higher
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
Actual global chip sales were $23.41 billion in April, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association, which quotes numbers from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics. Cowan LRA model moves annual prediction up.
April averaged chip sales beat expectations
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for April was $23.579 billion, up 2.25 percent compared with the previous month and up 50.4 percent compared with the year before, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association.
Saxony agrees to aid Abu Dhabi with technology
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
The German state of Saxony has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi's Executive Affairs Authority agreeing to set up opportunities to share and exchange knowledge and expertise in advanced technology R&D, in particular in microelectronics, according to the Advanced Technology Investment Co.
ST-Ericsson launches feature-rich mobile internet platform in China
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
ST-Ericsson has launched a new platform that will enable manufacturers to build feature rich handsets with high-speed internet capabilities at an affordable price point.
Wireless mesh network chipset targets smart lighting
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
Semtech and Virtual Extension have announced a two-chip wireless mesh network chipset that brings a new level of performance and signal robustness to smart lighting applications.
Startup proposes SOI JFETs for low power
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
SuVolta Inc., a startup formerly known as DSM Solutions Inc., has revealed some details of the company's plan to achieve low power IC operation through the use of complementary junction FET technology.
Maxim sponsors EV startup
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
Chipmaker Maxim Integrated Products said it is supporting, financially and technically, OptaMotive, a Californian startup that is building an electric vehicle (EV) to compete for a $10m competition for clean, production-capable vehicles that exceed the electric equivalent of 100mpg (MPGe).
Strengths and weaknesses of common resistor types
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5/31/2010   3 comments
Understand the key parameters of this vital passive component and how they trade off against each other
True-shutdown circuit cuts current drain to zero
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
Don't settle for almost-complete shutdown, when you can get a true shutdown when using this step-up DC/DC converter plus a clever circuit.
Power-saving processor strategy is a tough call
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5/29/2010   1 comment
The obvious solution may not be the best, but the analysis is also tricky
Wi-Fi IC shipments set to grow 33% in 2010, says ABI
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5/28/2010   Post a comment
Global shipments of Wi-Fi ICs are forecast to surpass 770 million units in 2010, up almost 33 percent compared to 2009, according to the ABI Research wing of Allied Business Intelligence Inc.
Analyst sees chip market uptick over next decade
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5/27/2010   Post a comment
The global chip market will likely rise annually by about 8 to 10 percent on average over the next decade, due to the demands of environmental engineering on semiconductor technologies, according to an industry analyst.
TSMC to invest $5 million in Shanghai VC firm
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5/26/2010   Post a comment
Foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has said it will invest $5 million, or about NT$160 million, in a venture capital company based in Shanghai, according to a Focus Taiwan report.
Analog FastSPICE Multi-Core Parallel solution offers up to 50x higher performance
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5/26/2010   Post a comment
Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of the Analog FastSPICE unified circuit verification platform (AFS Platform), has unveiled a new platform - the AFS Multi-Core Parallel operating mode (AFS MCP).
Wideband speech communications for automotive: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
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5/26/2010   Post a comment
This paper reviews some of the main benefits, challenges and unresolved issues with wideband speech communications in an automotive environment.
16-bit DAC enhances connectivity, system efficiency in remote industrial apps
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices' 4-to-20 mA 16-bit digital-to-analog converter for smart transmitters integrates precision converter with power management circuitry to simplify design and boost available power.
Three-output DC-DC controllers seamlessly control core, I/O voltages
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Maxim's new buck controllers offer three regulated output voltages and integrated tracking/sequencing to seamlessly control core and I/O voltages.
2.4-GHz RF SoC delivers CD-quality wireless audio
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Targeted at consumer, portable and high-end audio applications, TI says the first RF device in its new PurePath Wireless product line can reduce bill of materials cost by 50 percent.
Intel extends business plan competition
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel Corp., has launched the 2010 Intel Challenge, a competition for university students who are asked to submit business plans for the chance to win $150,000. Otellini launched the competition during a speech at the World Congress on IT in Amsterdam.
IBM, MediaTek to debut 60-GHz chipset
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5/24/2010   Post a comment
IBM and MediaTek plan to debut their 60-GHz transceiver chipset at the IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Symposium in Anaheim, Calif.
Microsemi enters solid state lighting market
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5/24/2010   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp., a provider of analog and mixed-signal circuits, is venturing into products for power conversion and light management of soild state lighting fixtures.
Understand how to implement the vital thermal-monitoring function needed for reliable and safe higher-power LED operation
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5/24/2010   3 comments
Understand how to implement the vital thermal-monitoring function needed for reliable and safe higher-power LED operation
Extreme Design: The old story, but even-more true--It takes a team with disparate skills and dedication to develop a leading-edge product
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5/24/2010   3 comments
A look at the engineers and skills needed for Agilent's Infiniium 90000-X series of 32-GHz analog oscilloscopes
12-bit ADC clocks 3.6 Gsps with nearly invisible noise floor, strong noise power ratio and IMD
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5/24/2010   Post a comment
National Semiconductor ADC12D1800 family tops out with -147 dBm/Hz NF, 52 dB NPR, -61 dBFS IMD
PLL synthesizer incorporates 30V charge pump
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
ADI's latest PLL features a 30-V charge pump, which can be used to directly drive high tuning-voltage external VCOs, removing the need for active loop filters.
GlobalFoundries, ASML linked to UMC fund raising
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
Foundry chip manufacturer United Microelectronics Corp. wants to involve a strategic partner in plans to raise capital according to local reports and market watchers have tipped GlobalFoundries as a candidate.
Clever mechanical design enables energy-saving bulb control
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5/21/2010   1 comment
It takes more than circuitry and software to make a viable photosensitive bulb control
Touchscreen chip mania hits market
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5/20/2010   Post a comment
Call it national touchscreen chip week.
Acoustics and Psychoacoustics Applied - Part 4: Fundamentals of sound reinforcement
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5/19/2010   1 comment
The fundamentals of sound reinforcement - including the effects of reverberation, multiple loudspeakers, noise, and directivity on speech intelligibility - along with some design examples are reviewed in part 4 of an excerpt from the book "Acoustics and Psychoacoustics," 4th edition.
Viewpoint: Buyer beware of semiconductor brokers
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5/19/2010   1 comment
Every customer should be aware of the risks associated with purchasing semiconductors from brokers or un-franchised distributors. Customers that routinely purchase product from even "reputable brokers" will ultimately pay the price of production delays, system field failures, or, if theyre lucky, the discovery up front that the parts are counterfeits.
Inside Microsoft's Kin reveals surprise
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5/19/2010   Post a comment
The heart of Microsoft's Kin is Nvidia Corp.'s Tegra APX2600 processor.
ART2.1 DRL IP doubles speed, shortens design times
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5/19/2010   Post a comment
Akya has enhanced its dynamically reconfigurable logic (DRL) IP. ART2.1 can now run up to twice as fast as its predecessor and is designed to work better with code generated by high-level-language compilers.
Analyst sees global chip sales decline in April
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5/19/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global chip sales for April is set to be $22.9 billion down slightly from $23.06 billion recorded for March, according to analysts at Carnegie Investment Bank AB.
CEO: Q2 was one of Analog Devices' best ever
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices posted sales growth on a sequential and year-to-year basis for the three months ending May 1, as the company once again handily beat consensus analyst expectations for revenue.
Three-phase step-down DC/DC controller targets high-current rails
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced a three-phase single-output high-efficiency synchronous step-down DC/DC controller with PolyPhase operation, differential output voltage sensing and integrated PLL clock synchronization for applications including high-power audio amplifiers.
Integrated codecs and DACs offer enhanced audio features in eBooks
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated has introduced audio codecs and DACs for eBooks, mobile Internet devices and portable navigation devices.
Low-power ANC ICs improve listening quality in mobile accessories
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems has released a duo of active noise cancelling (ANC) ICs for mobile accessories such as headphones.
Dialog Semiconductor licenses NXP's CoolFlux DSP and accompanying firmware
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor has signed a licensing agreement to use NXP's ultra-low-power embedded digital audio signal processor (CoolFlux DSP) technology and accompanying firmware, including NXP Software's LifeVibes Voice speech enhancement engine.
60 GHz groups face off in Beijing over Wi-Fi's future
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
Engineers appear to have struck a quick compromise in meetings in Beijing this week to hammer out the future of Wi-Fi in the IEEE 802.11ad group that includes members from two opposing camps in 60 GHz wireless technology.
ST, Micropelt launch energy-harvesting kit
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
Leading European chip company STMicroelectronics NV and Micropelt, a specialist in Peltier and Seebeck effect devices, have announced an autonomous wireless sensor evaluation kit.
Low-power wireless devices can achieve a reliable wireless link
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
This article examines causes, problems, tradeoffs, and solutions to this ongoing RF-link issue, complete with real-world data
High-speed op amp touts lowest noise
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
National Semiconductor claims that its latest high-speed operational amplifier delivers the industry's lowest noise (0.69 nV/sqrt Hz) with -3 dB bandwidth of 900 MHz at a gain of 10.
Radio module delivers complete custom solution without customer in-house RF
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
Shortlink's radio module realizes complete custom solution without customer in-house RF or electronics expertise and offers quick time to market
ZigBee PRO network module reduces time to market
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
Radiocrafts AS has expanded their product line with a compact ZigBee PRO Network Module (ZNM) for use in ZigBee based mesh networks.
Insulin pumps: design basics and tradeoffs
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
This case study looks at the interplay between design goals, up-to-date components, subsystem issues, and regulatory requirements.
Mixed-signal and power-integration packaging solutions
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
Understand the packaging options and tradeoffs available for power devices when used as mixed-signal subsystems
Update: Samsung doubles chip, LCD capex
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
As expected Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced on Monday (May 17) that it would double its capital spending to boost its capacity in semiconductor and flat screen manufacturing, according to reports.
Update: Samsung doubles chip, LCD capex
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As expected Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced on Monday (May 17) that it would double its capital spending to boost its capacity in semiconductor and flat screen manufacturing, according to reports.
SyChip rolls low-power smart energy device
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
SyChip Inc. has introduced SyNode, a smart energy embedded module that it claims is the smallest, lowest-power, fully compliant ZigBee module supporting Smart Energy and Home Automation profiles.
NXP tops automotive infotainment chip ranking, says iSuppli
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
Exposure to Chinese automobile makers helped Dutch chip vendor NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) take the top position in the global automotive infotainment semiconductor market in an economically difficult 2009, according to market research company iSuppli Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.).
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