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Updated: Juniper challenges Cisco on the edge
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
In a splashy New York City event, Juniper Networks announced its next generation of silicon, systems, software and partnerships around a family of networking products geared to serve businesses and service providers and attack archrival Cisco Systems.
Bluetooth group drops ultrawideband, eyes 60 GHz
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10/29/2009   6 comments
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has shelved any plans to use the ultrawideband technology it acquired from the WiMedia Alliance when that group decided in March it would fold, and in its place is conducting due diligence on 60 GHz technology as a possible transport for a future high-rate Bluetooth.
Dual-SATA RAID storage controller features real-time encryption
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
PLX Technology announced the OXUFS946DSE, claiming it to be the industry's lowest-power (391mW), highest-performance dual-storage controller that bridges two SATA hard disks with eSATA, FireWire800 or USB2.0 serial interfaces.
Conexant launches SoC line for embedded audio applications
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Conexant Systems has launched an audio system-on-chip (SoC) product line for embedded audio and voice applications.
CISPR-compliant digital EMC-EMI receivers
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
The Narda PMM 9010 EMI receiver from Teseq is a fully digital receiver covering the frequency range 10 Hz to 6 GHz, aimed at EMC emission and immunity testing.
Broadcom beats Q3 estimates, but sees flat Q4
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10/23/2009   Post a comment
Fabless chip vendor Broadcom reported a second consecutive quarter of greater than 20 percent sequential revenue growth, but the company warned it expects fourth quarter sales to be flat.
Forum split on future of chip startups
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10/21/2009   1 comment
A discussion panel organized here by Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) revealed some of the dynamic tension between the fabless chip startup community and their key suppliers — the EDA companies and the foundries. Held immediately before an evening meeting intended to put hopeful startups in front of venture capitalists, the round-table aired a number of issues facing startups but drew few conclusions.
EU project set to make chip cards more secure
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
Three of Europe's leading chip makers, Infineon Technologies AG, ST Microelectronics and NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH, as well as its largest supplier of chip cards, Giesecke & Devrient GmbH and Gemalto, have joined forces with several other companies and research organizations to develop a high-security chip card platform.
Off-the-shelf USB host controller chip measures just 4x4mm
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
Elan Digital announced what the company claims to be the world's smallest off-the-shelf USB host controller chip, just 4x4mm in a 36-pin QFN package.
PC maker sees slow road for USB 3.0
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10/21/2009   1 comment
Description: Intel's decision to wait until 2011 to support USB 3.0 in PC chip sets will put mainstream adoption of the interconnect on hold for a year, said a senior technology manager at a top tier PC maker who also called for separate 60 GHz industry groups to unite in the wake of the failure of wireless USB.
STMicro narrows loss on improved sales
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics posted a net loss of $201 million on revenue of $2.28 billion for the third quarter, as sequential gains in revenue across all markets were not enough to push the company to profitability.
Gennum samples single-chip 10G EPON transceiver
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Gennum Corp. has started to sample in limited quantities the GN7350, a single-chip 10G EPON transceiver for next generation PON systems that it says will help reduce power and cost while enhancing ONU (optical network unit) performance.
8x8 keypad controller with eight GPIOs and LED drivers
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
The MAX7360 key-switch controller from Maxim Integrated Products offers a complete solution for keyboard control and backlighting while reducing external component count in portable applications.
Low power Bluetooth set to be energized
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Just over 2.5 billion Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) chipsets will ship in 2014 in a market that will grow at 78 percent CAGR between 2009 and 2014; but less than a third of those shipments will be for the single mode ICs, according to market research group ABI. The forecast comes as the low energy Bluetooth community gathers in Munich, Germany for its first international technology conference at which, for instance Texas Instruments will showcase an ultra low-power coin cell demo using the upcom
Analog strength helps TI top forecasts
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments reported a net income of $538 million on revenue of $2.88 billion for the third quarter, exceeding analyst expectations.
Researcher paves alternate path for hard drives
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
Carnegie Mellon University professor Jimmy Jian-Gang Zhu is developing a microwave-assisted magnetic recording technique he believes will pack three terabits of data in a square inch of a hard disk, opening a third path in an ongoing debate about the future of the hard drive.
NXP passes Chinese ePassport IC test
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors (Eindhoven, the Netherlands), one of the leading providers of secure ICs for global e-passport providers, has won a coveted deal to supply its SmartMX security chips to power the Chinese government's first ePassport scheme.
Microtune unveils integrated receiver platform, reduces workforce
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
Microtune has unveiled an ultra-small, low-cost technology platform dubbed MicroCeive that the company says will be the foundation for a new breed of tightly integrated receiver products for the digital TV and cable TV markets.
ARM takeover talk, CEO exits, upbeat Intel lead weekly story ranking
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 11, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Oct. 16. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
SMIC stretches 45-nm process to 40-nm, 55-nm
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
Foundry chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., which is fighting to catch up with the leading-edge semiconductor technology pace set by its rivals, has said it plans to extend its 45-nm bulk CMOS to 40-nm and 55-nm geometries.
Cypress Semi latest to top Q3 estimates
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10/15/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor became the latest chip company to top analyst expectations for the third quarter, reporting sales of $178.7 million for the period.
Acer targeting Dell's No2 spot in PCs
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10/14/2009   Post a comment
There will only be four to five players in the PC business in a few years and consolidation will continue apace until there is an even bigger shakeout, Gianfranco Lanci, CEO and president of Acer Inc. said at the Taiwanese group's annual conference here.
Sigma seals deal to buy CopperGate
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
IPTV chip developer Sigma Designs (Milpitas, Calif.) is acquiring for about $160 million CopperGate Communications (Tel Aviv, Israel).
Nordic Semi : SoC transceivers target price-sensitive market
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
Low cost variants of Nordic Semiconductor's 2.4 GHz SoCs, the nRF24LE1 OTP and nRF24LU1+ OTP target the most price sensitive consumer segments of the ULP wireless market .
Smart touch by Avago for touch-screens
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
With touchscreen technology becoming a major differentiator in the competitive smartphones and PMP markets, Avago Technologies has come up with an interface that the company suggests will do away with the problematic ghost points displayed by many of the screens.
Slow recovery seen for end-user electronics
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
The electronic equipment industry is on the road to recovery, but a sustainable recovery pattern will not emerge until next year, according to a forecast by market research firm Gartner.
ARC, Virage Logic "a done deal" says CFO
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
Shares in ARC International plc (St Albans, England), the specialist licensor of configurable processor cores, are set to be delisted from the London Stock Exchange early next month, following Virage
IBM claiming ultra-fast optical comms with carbon chips
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
IBM Corp. researchers have demonstrated that graphene, an atoms-thin layer of crystalline carbon, acts as a receiver of optical signals.
Analysis: NXP's Clemmer keeps cutting
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
How much smaller can NXP go in an industry where scale and critical mass has always been significant? How much more can be chopped off the once-great company before the whole thing flies apart?
Analyst: IC design outsourcing decline set to continue
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
Chip design outsourcing growth fell to 6.5 percent last year, down from nearly 34 percent the year earlier, and the number of chip design starts are expected to fall another 18 percent this year, analysts at Gartner have warned.
NXP to transfer CMOS IP, staff to Virage Logic
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10/12/2009   1 comment
Dutch chip company NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has agreed to transfer part of its advanced CMOS intellectual property (IP) rights, 160 staff and certain engineering equipment to Virage Logic Corp. (Fremont, Calif.).
ETSI plugs into femtocells interop testing
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
The first interoperability testing of multivendor UMTS femtocell equipment is set to take place in Sophia Antipolis, France next March to validate the 3GPP femtocell standard.
Rodgers banks on PSoCs to drive growth at Cypress
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10/9/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor's groundbreaking PSoC devices and derivatives are already driving the company's growth, according to President and CEO T.J. Rodgers. Now Cypress has upped the ante with more powerful PSoCs that can tap into a much larger total market.
Departing CEOs, Silicon 60 startups lead weekly story ranking
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10/9/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 4, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Oct. 9. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Qualcomm joins 'net neutrality' debate
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10/9/2009   Post a comment
The former and current CEOs of Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) -- Irwin and Paul Jacobs, respectively -- took the stage at the CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 2009 being held on their home turf, and entered the net neutrality debate in the U.S. with Paul Jacobs calling for heavy data users to be discriminated against as wireless networks reach capacity.
VT Silicon develops 4G amp, pursues integrated 'front-end'
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10/9/2009   Post a comment
After 30 months of privately-funded development fabless VT Silicon Inc. (Atlanta, Georgia) has announced a silicon-based power amplifier capable of meeting the operating requirements of 4G wireless data transmissions. The company is planning to launch an integrated RF front-end for WiMax and LTE communications.
SiGe experts push CMOS envelope for Light Peak transceivers
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10/8/2009   Post a comment
Silicon germanium expert Ensphere Solutions Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) cranked up its complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) expertise to design a 10-Gbit/second, dual-channel optical-to-electrical and electrical-to-optical transceiver chip for Intel's Light Peak interconnection topology.
UMC to take Singapore fab to 40-nm manufacturing
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10/8/2009   Post a comment
Leading foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has said that its Fab 12i in Singapore has begun an expansion project to increase capacity and enable the 300-mm fab to use 45-nm and 40-nm manufacturing processes.
Image processing specialist seeks hard- and software engineers
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10/7/2009   Post a comment
Apical Ltd., a privately-held company based in central London, is looking for engineers in the areas of embedded software development, RTL design, FPGA design and image processing algorithm development, according to its website.
30 new Windows smartphones to hit stores by end of '09
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10/7/2009   Post a comment
Microsoft said it expects its partners to deliver more than 30 smartphones running its Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system by the end of 2009.
Fujitsu : Graphics SoC targets moduler automotive displays
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10/7/2009   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics has announced the MB86R02 ‘Jade D’, the latest device in its ‘Jade’ SoC family.
Americas region continues to lead semiconductor recovery
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10/7/2009   Post a comment
The Americas region achieved actual sales of $3.22 billion in August 2009, up 7.6 percent from the same month a year before, according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization. The Americas, which is dominated in terms of sales by the U.S., remains the only region able to demonstrate monthly sales growth year-on-year.
August 'actual' chip sales hint at double dip
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10/7/2009   Post a comment
Despite the optimistic commentaries heaped upon the global sales of semiconductors in August by the Semiconductor Industry Association and others, the months' sales returns show the gap between sales this year and last year increasing. The Americas is the only region bucking this trend.
Millimeter-wave startup raises $10 million in Series A
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10/7/2009   Post a comment
Peraso Technologies Inc. (Toronto, Ontario), a fabless semiconductor company focused on the development of multi-gigabit millimeter-wave transceivers, has secured CDN$10 million (about $9.5 million) in Series A funding. The investment group comprises Celtic House Venture Partners, iNovia Capital and VentureLink Funds.
Tiny WiMAX transceiver improves SNR by 10dB
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10/7/2009   Post a comment
Delivered in a wafer-level packaging, the MAX2839AS from Maxim is a 2.3 to 2.7GHz RF transceiver set to increases data throughput and link range in nomadic and WiMAX subscriber applications.
SiBeam readies 2nd gen Wireless HD chip
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10/6/2009   Post a comment
SiBeam, a pioneer in 60GHz chips for wireless video networking, is demonstrating its second generation chipsets based on the WirelessHD specification at this week's CEATEC Japan exhibition.
IMEC chief: Innovation only way out of recession
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10/5/2009   Post a comment
Spared the worst of the recession, IMEC researchers talked about advances in wireless, medical, solar and MEMS devices as well as their work in CMOS scaling at an annual press gathering.
Companies in trouble, companies with cash lead weekly story ranking
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10/2/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Sept. 27, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Oct. 2. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Power management startup appoints ex-Chipidea exec as CEO
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10/2/2009   Post a comment
SiliconGate LDA (Porto, Portugal), a developer of power management intellectual property cores for use in system-on-chip ICs, has appointed Floriberto Lima as president and chief executive officer.
D2S, Advantest speed up e-beam lithography
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10/2/2009   Post a comment
The eBeam Initiative, a forum for the promotion of chip manufacturing using e-beam lithography, has said that two of its leading members Direct2Silicon Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) and Advantest Corp. (Tokyo, Japan), have collaborated to enhance throughput.
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