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9/28/2001   Post a comment
Architecture planning avoids frequency spurs in third generation equipment
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
Third-generation cellular radio will require new RF architectures. Frequency planning will help avoid spurious images and duplex feedthrough in highly integrated circuits, writes Mitel's Peter Chadwick.
Hand-wound transformer builds isolated SLIC supply
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
The circuit here generates three isolated voltages from a 5V input: +3.3V @ 100mA, -24V @ 25mA and -72V @ 100mA. Efficiency is better than 80%. Maxim's Ron Young gives details.
Winbond packs speech synthesizer in system-monitoring chip
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9/26/2001   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Winbond Electronics Corp. today announced the first hardware-monitoring ICs with speed functionality and compliance to the new Alert Standard Forum (ASF) specification for Internet protocol (IP) capable systems.
Atmel joins German R&D center for advanced analog ICs in communications
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9/26/2001   Post a comment
ULM, Germany--Silicon Valley-based Atmel Corp. today announced it was joining Multilink Technology Corp. of New Jersey and five-year-old GaAs foundry supplier United Monolithic Semiconductors in a new R&D center at the University of Ulm to pursue ICs with analog functions for wireless and high-speed optoelectronics systems.
California Micro says orders continue to strengthen
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9/25/2001   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif.--California Micro Devices Corp. here said orders for products have continued to strengthen despite a brief pause following terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington on Sept. 11. The supplier of analog semiconductors and integrated thin-film passive devices estimated that revenues would be closer to the high end of its $7-to-$7.5 million forecast for the current quarter.
Canada's IceFyre aims three-engine modem IC at 5-GHz wireless LANs
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9/24/2001   Post a comment
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Seven-month-old IceFyre Semiconductor Inc. here today disclosed plans to introduce the industry's first single-chip modem solution for 5-GHz wireless local area networks using a proprietary architecture of three signal-computational engines to simplify waveform processing and lower power consumption.
LSI Logic says cable-modem tuner integrates all critical RF elements
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9/24/2001   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif. -- LSI Logic Corp. today claimed development of the industry's most highly integrated tuner chip for cable modems. The chip, called Hi-IQ, integrates all the critical radio-frequency elements for cable-based telephony and broadband access applications, according to the Milpitas company.
Agere says new 2.5G chips, support will cut one year from handset launch
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9/24/2001   Post a comment
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- In a move to raise the bar in chip sets for 2.5G handsets, Agere Systems Inc. today rolled out a new platform series, software, and testing support to reducing the total number of components in GSM-based cellular phones by nearly 50%, while accelerating product introductions by up to one year.
Optimizing digital video codecs in ARM cores
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9/20/2001   Post a comment
Expect multimedia applications to increase dramatically over the next few years, stimulated by the arrival of third-generation networks and explosive growth in the number of portable devices capable of displaying digital video.
Peer-to-peer option targets content distribution
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9/20/2001   Post a comment
The popularity of streaming media has highlighted the challenges of the drive to improve digital content delivery.
Does MPEG-4 meet creator's vision?
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9/20/2001   Post a comment
It's been eight years since MPEG-4 started as a speculative gleam in the eyes of engineers across the world, the ISO/IEC standard for creating, distributing and playing back rich media is finally gaining a foothold in the marketplace.
What are streaming multimedia processors?
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9/20/2001   Post a comment
To capture and process rich forms of media content, systems and design engineers are developing and continuously improving on a special kind of processor–a streaming-media gateway processor (SMGP) that simultaneously captures and processes, in real-time, multiple streams of rich media content and provides an enhanced experience for any display system.
Streaming multimedia challenges DSP design
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9/20/2001   Post a comment
If an application developer sat down with a semiconductor architect to design a digital signal processor (DSP) specifically tailored to streaming multimedia and streaming video applications, what features would the developer ask for?
Benchmark streamlines processor tests
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9/20/2001   Post a comment
When a manufacturer is considering using a microprocessor to handle multimedia applications, it must first identify a possible component and then determine its effectiveness.
ISMA eyes standards, open architecture
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9/20/2001   Post a comment
The Internet Streaming Media Alliance's goal is to provide an open specification for interoperability, allowing end users freedom of choice and vendors the ability to compete in a more open market.
Standards, architectures strive for 'flow'
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9/20/2001   Post a comment
For the majority of consumers with varying broadband capabilities, the streaming-multimedia experience is still likely to be unpredictable, inconsistent and dissatisfying.
Digitally controlled potentiometer adds programmability to phase-shift oscillator
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9/19/2001   Post a comment
Putting phase shift oscillators under the control of the digital portion of the system greatly improves overall system flexibility and performance. Xicor's applications guru offers this design idea for digital pots.
SiGe Semi uses ASAT's chip-carrier to reduce size of Bluetooth amplifier
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9/18/2001   Post a comment
OTTAWA -- Hong Kong-based ASAT Holdings Ltd. today announced it will supply leadless plastic chip-carrier (LPCC) packages to SiGe Semiconductor Inc. here for Class 1 Bluetooth power amplifiers. The 3-by-1.6-mm form factor is the industry's smallest size for a fully encapsulated Class 1 Bluetooth power amplifiers, said the two companies.
Startups collaborate on GPS antenna
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9/17/2001   Post a comment
Two European startups have combined their products to form a digitally-controlled antenna with digital output for Global Positioning Satellite systems
IBM pushes two ways for wireless
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9/14/2001   Post a comment
IBM has developed two chip production processes for wireless applications. One, which IBM has named 6RF, is based on its 0.25µm RF CMOS process. The other, called 5HPE, enhances the use of silicon germanium in RF devices.
IP models support codesign efforts
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9/13/2001   Post a comment
he mission of the CoDesign Methodology for System and Architecture (CMSA) team at STMicroelectronics is to provide system-level design support to several divisions for video, set-top-box and wireless applications.
Complexity alters verification strategy
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9/13/2001   Post a comment
The development process for a system as complex as NEC's next-generation Disk Array Subsystem required a verification method different from traditional practices.
End-user needs drive product design
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9/13/2001   Post a comment
The techniques of hardware/software co-design are simply not the end user's problem.
Soft design for cryptographic engine
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9/13/2001   Post a comment
Driver software for coprocessors is often developed concurrently with the hardware and needs to be validated long before silicon and evaluation platforms are available.
System specs key to SoC success
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9/13/2001   Post a comment
A major cause of failure in the design of silicon systems is incorrect or ambiguous specification. It is necessary to capture system specifications in an executable, unambiguous format in order to achieve agreement early on in a concurrent hardware/software design process between customer/provider and the various design teams.
Codesign tools aren't ready yet for SoC era
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9/13/2001   Post a comment
As chip designs reach larger gate counts and time-to-market windows shrink, the need will increase for tools that let engineers determine at the system level whether functions are best-suited to be implemented in hardware or software.
Oki, Intersil team up to offer circuits for analogue voice/data communications
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9/13/2001   Post a comment
Oki Electric Industry Co Ltd's semiconductor operation has announced a partnership with Intersil Corp to address wireless and other communications analogue markets with coder-decoder (CODEC) and Subscriber Line Interface Circuit (SLIC) chip solutions
Clare, Legerity pair up in chip offerings for voice communications
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9/13/2001   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Clare Inc. of Massachusetts has struck a semiconductor applications partnership in voice telecommunications and voice-over-broadband systems with Legerity Inc., the communications chip spin-off from Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Dialog, NTT DoCoMo to develop circuits for low-cost 3G phones in Japan
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9/12/2001   Post a comment
KIRCHHEIM-NABERN, Germany--Dialog Semiconductor GmbH here today announced a development pact with Japan's top mobile telephone carrier, NTT DoCoMo, to create integrated high-voltage and analog circuits for complex ICs used in future third-generation (3G) handsets.
Oki, Intersil team up to offer circuits for analog voice/data communications
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9/11/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd.'s semiconductor operation today announced a partnership with Intersil Corp. of Irvine, Calif., to address wireless and other communications analog markets with coder-decoder (CODEC) and Subscriber Line Interface Circuit (SLIC) chip solutions.
STMicro says integrated line-card IC for China's Huawei could reach huge volumes
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9/10/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics here today announced a development agreement with China's Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to create a new integrated power and network-processing IC for telephone line cards in switching office equipment.
Anadigics raises revenue estimates, but plans layoffs, cost cuts
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9/10/2001   Post a comment
WARREN, N.J.--Declaring it has hit a rocky bottom of the steep downturn, Anadigics Inc. today announced it will report slightly better-than-expected revenues for the third quarter, totaling about $16.0 million instead of a projected $15.5 million. The supplier of radio-frequency ICs also upped its forecast for the fourth quarter to show a sequential increase of $18.0-to-$18.5 million.
Sanyo, Wolfson team up on MOS mixed-signal ICs
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9/7/2001   Post a comment
Sanyo Electric Co and Wolfson Microelectronics Ltd have teamed up to produce mixed-signal ICs based on MOS technology for next-generation audio/video equipment, mobile phones, PCs and PDAs
TI acquires Graychip for digital up and down converter technology
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9/7/2001   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc has announced it has purchased privately-held Graychip of Palo Alto, California, a supplier of re-configurable chip technology for digital down and digital up converters used in high-speed communications
Fairchild raises revenue forecast for third quarter
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9/6/2001   Post a comment
An uptick in orders has prompted Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. to raise its revenue guidance for the third quarter of 2001.
Integration key to packet voice
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9/6/2001   Post a comment
As packet voice is introduced into the local voice network, the transition from asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) to Internet Protocol (IP) requires an unprecedented number of new elements to support both new and legacy services.
Intelligent gateways move forward
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9/6/2001   Post a comment
As the communications industry moves from circuit to packet switching, the circuit switch will gradually disappear, but its intelligence will continue to exist in separate network elements.
Get ready for soft-switch challenge
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9/6/2001   Post a comment
For designers who want to migrate to a next-generation, packed-based network, the changes involved may be good, but they aren't easy.
Net traffic needs broadband loop
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9/6/2001   Post a comment
The digital loop carrier (DLC) systems and technologies used to transport and deliver services to telephone company subscribers are outdated.
Voice nets need evolutionary path
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9/6/2001   Post a comment
Most solutions for next-generation voice infrastructure involve both the packetization of voice and the separation of call-control intelligence from underlying switching systems.
Data throughput key to voice QoS
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9/6/2001   Post a comment
The buildout of broadband services is well under way, and today many businesses and homes enjoy affordable, fast Internet access.
Hosted applications key to voice
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9/6/2001   Post a comment
Next-generation voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) networks will be highly intelligent, with multiple components each delivering a portion of overall functionality.
Voice-over-IP architectures migrate to wireless
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9/6/2001   Post a comment
There is a clear impetus to move to a unified Internet Protocol-based network that can carry voice as well as asynchronous data.
Industry ramps up voice-over-IP deployment
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9/6/2001   Post a comment
Now that voice-over-Internet Protocol signaling protocols have been defined, and silicon has integrated more functions, the larger issues are deployment and overall system architectures of VoIP infrastructure equipment.
Fairchild buys Impala Linear to expand analog power chip portfolio
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9/6/2001   Post a comment
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine--In a move to strengthen its analog power business, Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. today announced it has acquired San Jose-based Impala Linear Corp., a supplier of power management chips for a range of applications. The purchase was for $6 million in stock and cash.
IMP interim president steps down
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9/5/2001   Post a comment
IMP, Inc., San Jose, today announced that interim president and chief executive officer Sugiva Reddy will step down next week from a position he has held since July 2000.
ON Semiconductor struggles with debt burden
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9/5/2001   Post a comment
Faced with having to repay nearly $1.3 billion of long-term debt in a frail business environment, ON Semiconductor is struggling to steer its ship back on course.
Philips to offer digital AM/FM radio ASICs for iBiquity's technology in U.S.
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9/5/2001   Post a comment
NEW ORLEANS -- During a radio broadcasters conference here today, Philips Semiconductors announced plans to develop and market application-specific ICs for iBiquity Digital Corp.'s digital AM and FM radio technology.
TI expands analog portfolio with Graychip acquisition
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9/4/2001   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc., the leading supplier of analog components, has expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of Graychip Inc.
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