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SigmaTel profit falls, foresees loss
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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
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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
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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.
LVDS PHYs drive data rates of 400-Mbits/s in extreme environments
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
Aimed at automotive, industrial and military applications, National Semiconductor's LVDS PHYs are designed to drive signals through cable harnesses in systems operating in high-temperature environments.
Mapper provides key packet processing capabilities for last mile Ethernet access
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
PMC-Sierra has developed PM4390 ARROW M8xFE, its second generation data mapping device that delivers standards-based OAM features that carriers require for mainstream adoption of Ethernet in the last mile access.
Analysis: Accurate prognosis of electronics industry difficult
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1/27/2006   Post a comment
Two weeks into the earnings season, getting an accurate pulse of the electronics industry remains difficult as companies’ results continue to track unevenly.
First Indian semi study out next week
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1/27/2006   Post a comment
A gap in the Indian semiconductor industry-- the lack of any official statistics on the industry here-- will be filled next week with the release of a market research study.
15MBd optocouplers offer 250% higher CMR rating for industrial apps
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1/27/2006   Post a comment
Fairchild has developed single- and dual-channel optocouplers that deliver a 25-KV/µs minimum common-mode noise rejection (CMR) rating, a high bandwidth data rate of 15-Mbits/s, and low-power consumption—features that make the devices well-suited for industrial control applications.
Broadcom earnings beat guidance
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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
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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
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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.
Qualcomm results mixed, but demand grows
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1/25/2006   Post a comment
Wireless semiconductor supplier Qualcomm Inc. reported net earnings of $620 million, or 36 cents per share on sales of $1.74 billion in its first fiscal 2006 quarter ended Dec. 25, 2005.
Highly integrated LIN 2.0-compliant chip reduces board space
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1/25/2006   Post a comment
Tailored for automotive systems, Atmel's LIN 2.0-compliant system basis chip integrates a 5-V voltage regulator and a watchdog in a very small QFN20 package.
Maxim extends TDM to packet nets
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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.
NEC posts loss, reintegrates compound-semi group
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1/25/2006   Post a comment
TOKYO — Japan-based NEC Electronics Corp. posted an operating loss of ¥7 billion ($61 million) and a net loss of ¥2.6 billion ($23 million) for the fiscal 2005 third quarter on sales of ¥163 billion ($1.4 billion).
Wireless sales help STMicro post profit
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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
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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
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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.
36- and 28-port SAS expanders offer full interoperability with controllers
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1/24/2006   Post a comment
LSI Logic is shipping production units of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 36-port and 28-port expanders that operate at 3-Gbits/s. By adding the LSISASx36 and LSISASx28 to its product portfolio, LSI Logic can now offer storage equipment manufacturers SAS expanders and controllers that are interoperable.
TI meets guidance, but projects flat quarter
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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.
On-chip capacitive digital isolators transmit data at up to 150-Mbits/s
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1/23/2006   Post a comment
TI has developed what it claims is the first on-chip capacitive digital isolators—the ISO721 and ISO721M—that are three times faster than optocouplers, 35% faster than high-performance inductive and magnetic coupler devices, and offer up to 60% lower power than optical devices.
Broadcom launches 802.11n chipsets
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1/20/2006   Post a comment
Broadcom Corp. has launched wireless local area network (WLAN) chipsets to comply with the next-generation IEEE 802.11n specification.
Memory loss: Infineon back in the red
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1/20/2006   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG reported the latest in a string of quarterly losses, with its DDR2 product line particularly hard hit.
Former LG exec to head semi supplier Enuclia
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1/18/2006   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor supplier Enuclia Semiconductor Inc. has hired Bruce Berkoff, former executive vice-president and chief marketing officer of LG.Philips LCD, as its president and chief executive.
Using dual port interconnect to resolve multiprocessor system bottlenecks
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1/18/2006   Post a comment
To deal with multiprocessor bottleneck issues in board and system level designs, two Cypress Semiconductor engineers suggest that dual port interconnect devices - high speed SRAMs with two access ports - may be the most direct solution. Here's how.
STMicro lab-on-chip detects bird flu
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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
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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
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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 DSP finds way into VoIP phone
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1/17/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc.’s Blackfin DSP will be used in a collaborative Voice Over IP phone launched by Be Here Corp., a venture-funded conferencing specialist.
Statistics engine liberates processor in IP-based networks
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1/17/2006   Post a comment
Integrated Device Technology Inc. has developed a chip that tracks statistics in IP-based networks, allowing packet processors to focus on other computer-intensive tasks.
Dual-protocol transceivers offer 15-kV ESD protection in QFN package
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1/16/2006   Post a comment
Intersil's single-port and dual-protocol transceivers are not the first of their kind, but have features that are not available on competitive devices. The parts deliver ESD protection of 15-kV and can be packaged in a tiny QFN, two attributes that make them suitable for industrial applications.
ADI to sell ADSL ASIC line to Ikanos
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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
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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.
Video interface chip lets handhelds output video to NTSC, PAL TVs
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1/11/2006   Post a comment
A video interface chip from Chrontel enables mobile telephone handsets, PDAs and portable media players output video directly to a conventional NTSC or PAL television. The CH7023 accepts digital input resolutions from 220 X 176 pixels up to 720 X 576 pixels.
Single-chip broadcast decoder speeds transition to PCI Express
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1/10/2006   Post a comment
Designed for consumer electronics applications, the PCI Express 1.0-a-compliant and 1.1-ready audio/video (A/V) decoder from Conexant Systems captures and decodes analog and digital broadcasts.
Chip pair supports 36-bit color depth at 1080p resolution
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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.
Low-power transmitter puts HDMI capability into mobile devices
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1/4/2006   Post a comment
Silicon Image Inc. has released a discrete high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) transmitter that is low-power and housed in a chip-scale package, two features that make it suitable for mobile devices.
G.984-compliant transceiver features clock and data recovery
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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.


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