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Silicon Image hits Analogix with infringement suit
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1/31/2007   Post a comment
Silicon Image filed a federal lawsuit against Analogix Semiconductor, alleging copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unlawful, unfair and fraudulent business practices.
DVD platform boasts Wi-Fi capability
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1/31/2007   Post a comment
Zoran has teamed with middleware provider Kestrelink to offer a wireless-connected DVD player platform with Wi-Fi capability, based on Zoran's Vaddis DVD multimedia processor and the KestrelMedia networking connectivity suite.
Four-channel LVDS SerDes delivers 5-Gbits/s bandwidth
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1/30/2007   Post a comment
With an eye toward supporting high-end multimedia applications, Mixel designed its latest four-channel LVDS SerDes to provide up to 5-Gbits/s data throughput.
UCSB researchers claim blue laser diode breakthrough
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1/29/2007   Post a comment
A team of University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) researchers led by Shuji Nakamura, a pioneer of laser diode science, have created a new type of blue-violet laser diode that they say could replace the c-plane violet laser diodes used for competing next-generation DVD formats. The researchers say they've achieved lasing operation in nonpolar gallium nitride semiconductors and demonstrated the world's first nonpolar blue-violet laser diodes.
Bluetooth chip integrates DSP to boost audio quality in headsets
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1/29/2007   Post a comment
Broadcom Corp. is sampling two single-chip Bluetooth products that are designed to improve the user experience of wireless mono and stereo headsets.
ADI, Legend open Chinese design lab for mobile TV
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1/26/2007   Post a comment
Analog Devices and Legend Silicon announced the opening of a joint design laboratory to develop reference designs for China's emerging mobile TV market.
ADI, Legend open Chinese design lab for mobile TV
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1/26/2007   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) and Legend Silicon Corp. announced Friday (Jan. 26) the opening of a joint design laboratory to develop reference designs for China's emerging mobile TV market.
Dolphin, Stargen merge to ride Express
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1/26/2007   Post a comment
Dolphin Interconnect Solutions ASA will acquire StarGen Inc. in a stock transaction that will focus the two companies on I/O and clustering products based on PCI Express
Analyst upgrades Broadcom rating
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1/25/2007   Post a comment
Citing positive feedback through channel checks and saying the company's touch screen technology may have a far larger market opportunity beyond Apple's iPhone, analyst Alex Gauna of UBS Securities upgraded his firm's rating on Broadcom's stock to "buy" from "neutral."
Broadcom restates, takes $2.2B in options charges
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1/24/2007   Post a comment
Broadcom announced the filing of amended and delayed 2005 annual and 2006 quarterly reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which included net readjustments of $2.2 billion as a consequence of improperly backdated stock options.
ST, ARM challenged by TI strategic shift
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1/24/2007   Post a comment
The decision by Texas Instruments to end leading-edge process development and rely on foundries will have important implications for European electronics firms, says one analyst.
Favorable tax claim lifts ST's Q4
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1/24/2007   Post a comment
Buoyed by the favorable resolution of a tax claim, STMicroelectronics posted a net income of $276 million, or 30 cents per diluted share, on revenue of $2.48 billion during the fourth quarter of 2006.
RF Micro quarterly revenue surges
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1/23/2007   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices posted fiscal third quarter revenue of $281.1 million, up 14 percent sequentially and up 35 percent year-to-year, the company said
Microtune makes SEC filings, takes $8.5M charge
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1/23/2007   Post a comment
TV tuner chip specialist Microtune said it has made required filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for three quarters of 2006 and for the full year 2005. As a result of improper past stock options granting procedures, Microtune said it took additional stock-based compensation charges of approximately $8.5 million.
TI bests Q4 expectations, plans layoff
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1/22/2007   Post a comment
Surprising Wall Street analysts who were expecting a weaker quarter, Texas Instruments reported a net income of $668 million on sales of $3.46 billion for the fourth quarter of 2006. But the company issued a first quarter revenue outlook that fell below analyst expectations and announced plans to eliminate about 500 jobs.
Multimedia codec claims flexible speaker driver
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1/22/2007   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics introduced a new audio codec with a dual-mode speaker driver, offering the flexibility to switch between class AB and class D operation.
Head of TI wireless chip unit stepping down
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1/19/2007   Post a comment
Gilles Delfassy, senior vice president and head of Texas Instruments' wireless terminals unit, will retire after 28 years with the company, TI said. Effective immediately, TI has promoted Greg Delagi to senior vice president and leader of the operation, which develops semiconductors for cell phones.
Camera for the car guy
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1/18/2007   Post a comment
If what you do behind the wheel qualifies as "action" (at least in your mind) here is a cool way to chronicle it--and impress that special someone.
NEC rolls EMMA3 series for HD DVD players, recorders
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1/17/2007   Post a comment
NEC Electronics rolled out its latest EMMA series of system LSI chips for digital consumer applications. The EMMA3 series is optimized for systems such as HD DVD players and recorders that handle the processing of next generation DVD content, according to NEC.
Electronic and mechanical pointing, signal processing, and clever element configuration come together in automotive hybrid sat-TV antenna design: Part 3
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1/17/2007   Post a comment
Beyond the antenna and tracking, key technologies include the physical radome, the low noise block amplifier/IF converter, motors, and rotary joints.
Optical transceiver tailored for avionics equipment applications
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1/17/2007   Post a comment
Check out this quad port hybrid optical transceiver from Stratos Optical Technologies that combines three key features for avionics equipment. It has a small footprint, is fully compliant with 1x/2x Fibre Channel standards, and rugged enough to withstand vibrations.
Capacitive sensing kit touts configurability
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1/16/2007   Post a comment
Capacitive sensing technology provider Synaptics unveiled a new product, OneTouch, described as a configurable solution that enables customers to develop custom interface designs for capacitive buttons and scrolling applications.
Reduce power consumption in embedded designs with dynamic voltage and frequency scaling
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1/16/2007   Post a comment
To reduce power consumption, processors, developers who use support dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS) will find it a useful in a wide range of mobile and embedded designs.
Design of High-Performance Balanced Audio Interfaces - Part 6
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1/14/2007   Post a comment
Balanced inputs benefit from specialized circuitry. The InGenius circuit silicon implementation differs from the discrete solution in many respects. Since all critical components are integrated, a well controlled interaction between resistor values and metal traces can be duplicated with similar performance from die to die. But the integration of certain components creates new challenges.
Design of High-Performance Balanced Audio Interfaces - Part 5
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1/14/2007   Post a comment
Balanced inputs benefit from specialized circuitry. The InGenius circuit silicon implementation differs from the discrete solution in many respects. Since all critical components are integrated, a well controlled interaction between resistor values and metal traces can be duplicated with similar performance from die to die. But the integration of certain components creates new challenges.
Electronic and mechanical pointing, signal processing, and clever element configuration come together in automotive hybrid sat-TV antenna design: Part 2
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1/12/2007   1 comment
This installment details the challenges of acquiring, locking onto, and tracking DIRECTV satellites while a car is in motion, multi-satellite capability, and the enhanced features made possible by incorporating a GPS receiver.
Renesas consolidates Chinese operations
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1/12/2007   Post a comment
Renesas Technology has unified its disparate sales and technology support operations in China to provide more uniform service to customers as they, themselves, expand in the region.
65-nm HDTV decoder chip handles two video streams
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1/11/2007   Post a comment
Intended for set-top boxes, digital video recorders (DVRs) and DVD players, STMicroelectronics is sampling a high-definition decoder chip that is capable of decoding two video streams simultaneously. The STi7200 supports both HD DVD and Blu-ray formats, in addition to high-definition satellite and cable TV standards. It is said to be the first dual HDTV decoder chip to be manufactured using 65-nm process technology.
Electronic and mechanical pointing, signal processing, and clever element configuration come together in automotive hybrid sat-TV antenna design: Part 1
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1/11/2007   2 comments
In bringing DIRECTV satellite signals into a car, design engineers had to ensure reliable, continuous service, all in a compact, aerodynamic package.
Allied adds 25,000 products
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1/10/2007   Post a comment
Allied Electronics Inc. today launched a significant expansion of its catalog of semiconductor and electrical components with the addition of 15 suppliers and 25,000 new products for 2007.
Chip surplus swells in 4Q as market cools
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1/10/2007   Post a comment
Amid signs of a seasonal slowdown in the semiconductor market, excess chip inventories continued to swell in the fourth quarter of 2006, leaving the industry with a surplus of parts worth $4.3 billion, according to iSuppli Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.)
Design of High-Performance Balanced Audio Interfaces - Part 4
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1/10/2007   Post a comment
High signal-to-noise ratio is an important goal for most audio systems. However, ac power connections unavoidably create ground voltage differences, magnetic fields, and electric fields. Balanced interfaces, in theory, are totally immune to such interference. Bill Whitlock describes a new type of IC used to create balanced interfaces.
HDMI chips switch three ports to a single display
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1/9/2007   Post a comment
Pericom has sharply enhanced its HDMI switch line with four devices that meet the high-bandwidth needs of consumer video electronics products. Signal conditioning and switching features allow designers to switch as many as three ports to a single display over cables as long as 20 meters.
Maxim adds UART multiplexing mode to USB 2.0 transceiver
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1/9/2007   Post a comment
In a move to help mobile device manufacturers reduce cost and part count, Maxim Integrated Products has developed a USB 2.0 full-speed transceiver with a UART multiplexing mode that allows UART or USB signaling through the same connector.
Consumer electronics storage processor offers content security
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1/9/2007   Post a comment
Check out Silicon Image's SteelVine consumer electronics storage processor for HDTVs, set-top boxes and PCs. It offers automatic drive locking, eSATA cascading and multi-RAID modes.
Sigma rolls Mini-PCI Windeo reference design
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1/9/2007   Post a comment
Media processor IC vendor Sigma Designs announced the availability of a Mini-PCI Windeo reference design kit that the company said enables consumer electronics OEM and ODM companies to develop digital entertainment products featuring wireless capability for in-home high-definition audio/video distribution.
HDMI receiver supports high-bit-rate audio
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1/8/2007   Post a comment
High-definition video IC provider Silicon Image rolled out a pair of VastLane High Definition Multimedia Interface 1.3 receiver chips, including the SiI9135, which it claimed is the first HDMI receiver to support high-bit-rate audio.
Silicon Image rolls Vastlane TMDS switches
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1/8/2007   Post a comment
High-definition video IC provider Silicon Image Inc. introduced the first generation of its VastLane transition-minimized differential signaling switches at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show.
Conexant rolls HDTV processors for set top boxes
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1/5/2007   Post a comment
Fabless chip vendor Conexant Systems unveiled a pair of new video decoders for personal video recording-enabled set-top boxes used to receive high-definition programming in worldwide networks.
Next-generation VDSL2 chipset debuts for triple-play broadband apps
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1/5/2007   Post a comment
The second-generation Accelity-2 chipset from Conexant is being marketed as the industry's highest density and most interoperable VDSL2/ADSL2plus convergence product for central office (CO) applications. It delivers downstream speeds beyond 140-Mbits/s and is targeted at triple-play voice, video and data equipment such as digital subscriber line access multiplexers (DSLAMs), digital loop carriers (DLCs), and remote terminals.
Conexant rolls out VDSL2 CPE gateway SoCs
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1/5/2007   Post a comment
Check out this family of integrated VDSL2 customer premises equipment SoCs from Conexant. Aimed at triply-play voice, video and data products, the SoCs feature a flexible architecture that supports all VDSL2 profiles up to "30a" for applications requiring 100/100-Mbits/s operation, an integrated voice-over-IP engine, and a powerful network processor.
Digital cable set-top box SoC supports latest video compression technologies
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1/5/2007   Post a comment
An advanced digital cable set-top box chip from Broadcom supports the latest generations of video compression technologies, such as advanced video coding (AVC-MPEG-4), VC-1 and MPEG-2, and combines the features of channel bonding with powerful security, enabling multiple system operators to provide new Internet-based IP and more secure video services to consumers.
Optimize your DSPs for power and performance
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1/5/2007   Post a comment
Mobile multimedia applications need chips with both high performance and low power. To design such a chip, you must use a wide range of techniques. Here's how to make it work.
SigmaTel cuts Q4 outlook as CEO resigns
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1/4/2007   Post a comment
Troubled media IC vendor SigmaTel slashed guidance for the recently concluded quarter and announced the resignation of the company's top officer, Ronald Edgerton.
Pixelplus claims split decision in patent ruling
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1/3/2007   Post a comment
South Korean fabless chip vendor Pixelplus said it obtained a favorable ruling from the Korea Intellectual Property Office granting the company's request to "effectively cancel and invalidate" a disputed contact hole process patent claimed by South Korean rival MagnaChip Semiconductor.


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