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What is JESD204 and why should we pay attention to it?
Design How-To  
7/31/2012   6 comments
As system designs become more complex and ADC/DAC performance improves, the JESD204 standard should be able to adapt and evolve to continue to meet the new design requirements.
Apple captive Cirrus gagged
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7/31/2012   39 comments
With almost 60 percent of its business is coming from a single customer – in this case Apple, Inc., it’s not quite kosher to call Cirrus Logic an independent fabless chip company any more.
Analog sector to post modest sales growth, boost 300-mm production
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7/30/2012   2 comments
The worldwide analog semiconductor market is on track this year to grow 5.1 percent, increasing at a slower clip than the overall semiconductor industry, according to a market report from Semico Research Corp.
Wireless is bright sector in slow chip market, says IHS
News & Analysis  
7/30/2012   2 comments
Global semiconductor component revenue is expected to rise by 3 percent to $320.8 billion 2012, according to IHS iSuppli. The market research firm said that wireless market growth would be a highlight in an otherwise lackluster year.
Semtech rolls sub-GHz multi-PHY mode transceiver
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7/30/2012   1 comment
Analog and mixed-signal semiconductor vendor Semtech Corp. said it has introduced the SX1257, a low power digital I/Q RF multi-mode PHY transceiver. Suitable for smart metering applications, the SX1257 supports mandatory and optional 802.15.4g PHY modes, including orthogonal frequency division multiplexing.
Clemmer: NXP debt under control, focusing on design wins
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7/27/2012   6 comments
NXP CEO Rick Clemmer (shown) said the chip maker has reduced its debt by $900 million, allowing it to devote more of its resources to key design wins.
TI makes good on NS buy to lead industrial sector
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7/25/2012   1 comment
Market research firm IHS iSuppli, in its latest report, has confirmed Texas Instruments’ purchase of National Semiconductor has boosted TI’s market share, reinforcing its dominance in 2011, as its revenue from the industrial electronics chip space grew to $2.2 billion, up 24.9 percent from $1.8 billion a year earlier.
Losses up at NXP on increased sales
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7/25/2012   2 comments
Mixed-signal chip company NXP Semiconductor NV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has posted an increased loss on sales that climbed sequentially in the second quarter but were down year-on-year.
Higher gas prices drives car, automotive IC sales
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7/24/2012   3 comments
The market for automotive ICs is forecast to grow 8 percent in 2012 to an annual value of $19.6 billion, according to market research company IC Insights.
ST trims losses, cuts capex
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7/24/2012   3 comments
A combination of continued losses and renewed market softness for Europe's leading chip company STMicroelectronics NV has led the company to make a 25 percent cut in its capital expenditure budget for 2012.
VC chip funding: Down in June, up in quarter
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7/23/2012   Post a comment
Venture capital investments in semiconductor companies fell 76.2 percent to $32 million in June but were strongly up for the quarter, according to the GSA.
Using FPGAs to solve tough DSP design challenges
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7/23/2012   16 comments
A short, practical review of DSP vs. FPGA technology and a specific comparison of both architectures in a FIR filter application.
Best of the web -– July 20th
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7/20/2012   Post a comment
Blogs from around the web that made my “best of the web” list this week…
TI targets smart meters with analog front end
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7/20/2012   4 comments
TI released its first integrated e-metering product line that it claims offers the lowest power, delivering just 2mW per channel.
VCs bolstered silicon investments in Q2
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7/20/2012   Post a comment
Venture capital investments in the U.S. teetered in the second quarter of 2012, but chip deals got a significant boost, according to figures from Dow Jones VentureSource.
IDT buys NXP's data converter assets
News & Analysis  
7/19/2012   1 comment
Analog and mixed-signal chip vendor IDT announced the separate acquisitions of NXP's high-speed data converter assets and Alvand Technologies, an analog IP company specializing in data converters. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
TI pursues smart-meter sector with ADS131E08 lowest power AFEs
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7/19/2012   Post a comment
TI released its first integrated e-metering product line that it claims offers the lowest power, delivering just 2mW per channel.
Linear Tech moves to integrate Dust Nets' wireless sensors
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7/19/2012   3 comments
Linear Technology is quickly integrating wireless sensor technologies it gained through the acquisition of Dust Networks. Product offerings will take a little longer, company executives say.
Does RedMere + Fresco = Spectra7?
News & Analysis  
7/18/2012   8 comments
By marrying two startups – each solid but neither quite ready for its IPO – to form “a new superset company,” Tony Stelliga believes he can ensure that the two, RedMere and Fresco Microchip, will live happily ever after.
Industry view: Strategy Analytics on the RF market
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7/17/2012   Post a comment
Christopher Taylor, director of RF and wireless components, weighs in on market dynamics, the biggest technology challenges, and the one place companies should spend their R&D dollars.
TI offers integrated small size boost power module
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7/17/2012   Post a comment
Texas Instruments introduced what it considers the industry’s smallest integrated step-up (boost) DC/DC power module for smartphones, tablets and other portable electronics.
Startups to merge to form new analog chip venture
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7/17/2012   1 comment
Redmere Technology and Fresco Microchip announced they would merge with a holding company to create a new analog semiconductor company, Spectra7 Microsystems.
Samsung acquires CSR's mobile business
News & Analysis  
7/17/2012   13 comments
Samsung has agreed to pay CSR plc $310 million for its handset connectivity and location operations and the associated technology. Samsung has also agreed to invest an additional $34.4 million to take a 4.9 percent stake in publicly-held CSR.
IC supplier, customer cooperation methodologies drive up electronics system quality
Design How-To  
7/13/2012   1 comment
Although IC manufacturers have been extremely successful in reducing defects, on the other hand a significant part of the quality drive for printed-circuit-board module makers is stemming from reducing electrical over-stress (EOS), electrostatic discharge (ESD), and cases of no-trouble-found (NTF). Solution of these problems requires the involvement of the PCB module maker and the automotive manufacturer as well.
Microsemi AAHS298B octal source driver ICs
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7/11/2012   Post a comment
Microsemi's octal source driver ICs support -55 to 125 degrees C operating temperatures.
Linear Tech offers step-down switch regulator
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7/9/2012   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp. is offering a quad 1A output, 40V step-down switching regulator with 100 percent duty cycle operation.
Touchstone targets 'everything in signal path'
News & Analysis  
7/6/2012   2 comments
Touchstone Semiconductor CEO Brett Fox wants to expand the analog startup beyond a "one category" company.
Dolphin Integration rolls 20 bits analog front-end for smart metering
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7/6/2012   Post a comment
Dolphin Integration SA (Meylan, France) announced it has released sensAFE-20x32-PM-mono.04-LB, an analog front-end solution for power-metering reaching 20 bits of sensitivity.
IMS2012: Show in review
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7/3/2012   Post a comment
Here's a wrap-up of some of the things I saw at the IMS2012 in Montreal June 19-21st, 2012.


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