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EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – September 26th
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9/26/2012   Post a comment
Dongbu HiTek, EMA, Symtavision, Synopsys, Globalfoundries, element14, Cadence, Analog Devices, ProPlus, ChipEstimate, Aldec, CEDA, X-Fab and more made the lineup today. See here for their news…
High-performance, low-power switch supports Thunderbolt technology interface
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9/26/2012   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors N.V. has unveiled the company’s next-generation, high-performance switch supporting Thunderbolt technology.
Infineon eyes more cuts as sales fall
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9/25/2012   Post a comment
German chip maker Infineon said it is defining "measures to improve profitability" in advance of releasing its fourth quarter results in November.
Book excerpt: Mixed-signal methodology guide part 3
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9/25/2012   Post a comment
This book, Mixed-signal Methodology Guide provides a broad overview of mixed-signal design, verification and implementation methodologies…
Fujitsu said to be selling chip business
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9/24/2012   8 comments
Woes for Japanese IC sector continue as firm reportedly hires UBS to help sell its chip unit.
Japan Inc. reportedly moves to block KKR’s Renesas takeover
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9/21/2012   4 comments
Japanese manufacturers have teamed up with a government-backed turnaround fund to put together a rescue package for Renesas Electronics.
Maxim advances analog integration strategy
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9/21/2012   4 comments
The analog IC maker has released five new highly integrated products for the factory automation and automotive markets, as well as collaborated with the companies to product a reference design for a telehealth fitness shirt.
Touchstone CEO eyes Linear, Maxim, disruption
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9/21/2012   4 comments
Touchstone Semiconductor CEO Brett Fox (shown) is rapidly expanding the company's product line while eyeing potential competition with analog leaders like Linear and Maxim.
NXP accelerates into car connectivity
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9/20/2012   Post a comment
Telematics and inter-vehicle communications will boost an auto chip business approaching $1 billion annually,
Cypress grabs Ramtron, at last
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9/19/2012   2 comments
After several rejections, non-volatile memory vendor Ramtron agreed to be acquired by Cypress Semiconductor in a deal valued at $109.8 million.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – September 19th
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9/19/2012   Post a comment
Cadence, Synopsys, EVE, Kilopass, Aldec, Digital Core Design, Sisvel, SMIC and IC Insights made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Book excerpt: Mixed-signal methodology guide part 2
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9/19/2012   Post a comment
This book, Mixed-signal Methodology Guide provides a broad overview of mixed-signal design, verification and implementation methodologies…
Fab lite, fewer startups to fuel doubling of IC growth rates
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9/19/2012   2 comments
Three decades of shrinking semiconductor revenue growth rates are about to be reversed, according to a new estimate.
Cowan tips chip market growth for 2013
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9/19/2012   2 comments
The global chip market will contract by 0.5 percent in 2012 and then increase by 7.7 percent in 2013, according to market analyst Mike Cowan.
Collaborative Advantage: The Future of Fabless Design?
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9/18/2012   3 comments
Virtual reaggregation is necessary to re-aligning data dependencies that were split apart from disaggregation of the supply chain…
What’s the latest on LTE?
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9/17/2012   Post a comment
Where are we really at with LTE? And, what do we need to know to effectively test LTE products and networks.
Power domain verification: Beyond traditional DRC, LVS and ERC
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9/17/2012   Post a comment
For many power domain issues, functional simulation can be performed successfully without catching the circuit error...
Intel describes 22-nm SoC process, not chips
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9/14/2012   6 comments
In separate IDF talks, Intel described the system-on-chip variant of its 22-nm process technology but not the Atom-based tablet and smartphone SoCs to be made in it.
Hybrid medical imaging to spot tumors earlier
Research  
9/13/2012   1 comment
Researchers from the University of Southern California and the Washington University in St. Louis claimed they have developed a hybrid medical imaging technology that could help doctors detect tumors more quickly.
Maxim launches VC group
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9/12/2012   Post a comment
Analog and mixed-signal chip company Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has announced it has established a corporate venture group.
Book excerpt: Mixed-signal methodology guide
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9/12/2012   2 comments
This book, Mixed-signal Methodology Guide provides a broad overview of mixed-signal design, verification and implementation methodologies…
Fairchild appoints industry veteran president, COO
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9/11/2012   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has appointed Vijay Ullal president and chief operating officer, charging him with responsibility for all operating activities including product lines, sales and marketing, technology development, manufacturing and supply chain management.
Case study: Using Spartan to support green energy development
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9/11/2012   Post a comment
In this case study, engineers from Princeton Power Systems explained that the Xilinx Spartan-3A FPGA augments control algorithm implementation for a multi-terminal DRI power inverter.
ST plans production stoppages
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9/11/2012   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics is planning production stoppages at its wafer fabs in Crolles, France, and Catania, Italy, amid reports that CEO Carlo Bozotti will soon announce a reorganization of the company that may include a change of business model,
Linearity testing for power line comms drivers
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9/7/2012   Post a comment
Emerging wideband power line communication networks are pushing transmit frequencies through 50 MHz today and soon through 100 MHz carriers.
Rx for infotainment system design headaches
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9/4/2012   1 comment
System complexity and a brutal operating environment requirement a new approach to infotainment-systems design.
Microchip's new volatile digital-to-analog converter (DAC)
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9/3/2012   Post a comment
Low-power, low-cost 6-bit volatile DAC with command code features 1.8-5.5V wide operating voltage range along with I2C and SMBus compatibility.
Sensor fusion and MEMS for 10-DoF solutions
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9/3/2012   3 comments
The basic aspects of sensor fusion are described with an emphasis on 10-degrees-of-freedom solutions and their application in markets such as health care.


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