SigmaTel profit falls, foresees loss News & Analysis 1/31/2006 Post a comment Mixed-signal multimedia semiconductor supplier SigmaTel Inc. reported fourth-quarter earnings of $4.6 million, or 12 cents per share on sales of $82.0 million, compared to $19.5 million, or 52 cents per share on sales of $78.6 million in the year-ago quarter.
Pixelworks posts loss, says CFO will resign News & Analysis 1/31/2006 Post a comment Graphics system-on-chip IC supplier Pixelworks Inc. posted a net loss of $35.9 million, or 75 cents per share on sales of $43.3 million in its fourth quarter ended December, compared with earnings of $4.0 million, or 8 cents per share on sales of $38.5 million in the year-ago quarter.
Port expanders store user settings in non-volatile memory Product News 1/31/2006 Post a comment With Cypress Semiconductor's three latest I²C port expanders, designers don't have to perform reconfiguration after each power-up. The devices are designed with a proprietary addressing algorithm that allows them to store all user settings in non-volatile memory.
Broadcom earnings beat guidance News & Analysis 1/26/2006 Post a comment Communications semiconductor supplier Broadcom Corp. posted fourth-quarter 2005 net earnings of $194 million, or 50 cents per share on sales of $820.6 million, compared with $71.1 million, or 20 cents per share on sales of $539.4 million in the year-ago quarter.
IR meets guidance, expects flat quarter News & Analysis 1/26/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier International Rectifier Corp. posted GAAP net earnings of $24.3 million, or 34 cents per share on sales of $278.8 million in its second fiscal 2006 quarter ended December.
SiRF chip integrates GPS, Bluetooth Product News 1/25/2006 Post a comment Chipset vendor SiRF Technology has launched SiRFLinkI, a single-chip solution integrating GPS and Bluetooth functions the company said reduces size, cost, and power requirements.
Maxim extends TDM to packet nets News & Analysis 1/25/2006 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products and Dallas Semiconductor, its wholly-owned subsidiary, are working with RAD Data Communications to produce TDM over Packet (ToP) chips, the two companies announced.
Wireless sales help STMicro post profit News & Analysis 1/24/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier STMicroelectronics record net earnings of $183 million, or 20 cents per share on sales of $2.39 billion, compared with $187 million, or 20 cents per share on sales of $2.33 billion in the year-ago quarter.
Zarlink turns profit after divesting RF business News & Analysis 1/24/2006 Post a comment Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. posted earnings of $51.0 million, or 39 cents per share on sales of $37.4 million in its third fiscal 2006 quarter ended December, compared with a net loss of $7.6 million, or 6 cents per share on sales of $36.6 million in the year-ago quarter.
Agere loss meets guidance News & Analysis 1/24/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier Agere Systems posted a net loss of $19 million, or 11 cents per share on sales of $403 million in its first fiscal 2006 quarter ended Dec. 31, 2005, meeting the guidance the company provided in October.
TI meets guidance, but projects flat quarter News & Analysis 1/23/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier Texas Instruments Inc. posted fourth-quarter 2005 earnings of $655 million, or 40 cents per share on sales of $3.59 billion, compared with $490 million or 28 cents per share on sales of $3.15 billion in the year-ago quarter.
STMicro lab-on-chip detects bird flu News & Analysis 1/18/2006 Post a comment In light of the risk of a worldwide flu pandemic, the semiconductor maker STMicroelectronics NV announced it has teamed with the Singapore medical firm Veredus Laboratories to develop a disposable laboratory on a chip that can detect strains of Avian Flu and other influenza viruses within an hour.
SoC bolsters processing power in USB 2.0 peripherals Product News 1/18/2006 Post a comment Aimed at processing data faster than widely deployed 8051-based USB 2.0 device controllers, Agere has developed a system-on-a-chip with an on-board microprocessor that allows designers to add more features to USB 2.0 PC-based equipment through software. The SoC integrates an ARM7TDMS, which processes data at 40-MIPS.
Minimizing Servoamplifier-Sourced Noise Design How-To 1/17/2006 Post a comment PWM servo amplifiers energize servo motors with current waveforms under control of fast-rise voltage pulses. The faster the rise rate of the drive pulses, the lower the energy dissipation in the servo amplifier's MOSFET or IGBT power semiconductors, and amplifier efficiencies in 95% region become possible. Unfortunately, there's a rise-rate tradeoff: the faster the rise rate, the more likely is the amplifier to source noise currents that interfere with neighboring circuits.
ADI to sell ADSL ASIC line to Ikanos News & Analysis 1/12/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier Analog Devices Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Fusiv network processor and Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) product line to Ikanos Communications Inc., a Fremont, Calif.-based supplier of broadband products.
Zigbee on a new buzz cruise News & Analysis 1/11/2006 Post a comment Ember Corp., a lead member of the ZigBee Alliance, has partnered separately with both STMicroelectronics and Hitachi to bring more Zigbee-based wireless solutions for the embedded market.
Chip pair supports 36-bit color depth at 1080p resolution Product News 1/5/2006 Post a comment Pressure from TV manufacturers to develop a technology to replace low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) as they accelerate the move to 1080p HDTV resolution and 30- and 36-bit color depths has driven one chip maker to develop a transmitter and receiver that allow HDTVs achieve a much higher level of visual performance at no additional cost.
G.984-compliant transceiver features clock and data recovery Product News 1/3/2006 Post a comment Applied Micro Circuits Corp.'s G.984-compliant transceiver with clock and data recovery puts the chip maker into the burgeoning Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) market. The S3157 is designed to perform parallel-to-serial and serial-to-parallel conversion, clock generation, and system timing.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
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