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Trident Microsystems appoints president
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11/30/2005   Post a comment
Video IC supplier Trident Microsystems Inc. has appointed Jung-Herng Chang, currently president of Trident Technologies Inc. (TTI), its new president, effective immediately. Frank Lin will remain as the company’s chairman and chief executive
Serial RapidIO 8-port switch provides 64-Gbits/s of bandwidth
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11/30/2005   Post a comment
Designed to perform multiple switching applications in the embedded, communications, wireless and storage markets, the MC432 is a 64-Gbits/s switch with eight ports of 4X lanes.
Wireless base station design gets streamlined
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11/29/2005   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics reports that its STW51000 is the industry's first baseband modem SoC that is bundled with multi-standard software libraries
Motorola, Skyworks team to develop digital radios
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11/28/2005   Post a comment
Motorola Inc. and Skyworks Solutions Inc. have agreed to produce complete Edge radios based on Skyworks’ Helios DigRF Radio solution.
Chip delivers Ethernet services to the last mile
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11/28/2005   Post a comment
TranSwitch Corp. is planning to sample EtherMap-PDH, a device that delivers Ethernet services into the last mile over existing copper infrastructure.
Zoran, Thomson team on digital TV reference design
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11/28/2005   Post a comment
Zoran Corp. and the Thomson Tuner Group have developed a digital-to-analog reference design that enables CRT makers to integrate, decode, and display digital television feeds compliant with the A-74 standard set by the ATSC committee.
Smart-card interface IC packaged in miniature 20-pin QFN
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11/28/2005   Post a comment
A 20-pin quad flat pack, no lead (QFN) package is now being offered with Teridian Semiconductor Corp.'s smart-card interface IC, part number 73S8024RN, making it what the company claims is the smallest chip of its type on the market.
ARCHITECTURES: Designers quietly tap async practices
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11/28/2005   Post a comment
Asynchronous logic design is becoming one of the better-kept secrets in the chip design community.
Interface chip can read up to five smart cards
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11/18/2005   Post a comment
A multiple smart-card reader interface device from Atmel Corp. is designed to handle up to five smart cards, making it suitable for Point of Sales (POS) terminals and health-card reader applications.
Commentary: Is Infineon going fabless?
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11/17/2005   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies’ decision to split its DRAM and logic businesses and seek an IPO for its memory business could foreshadow the German chip maker's move to a fabless model for CMOS manufacturing below the 90-nm node.
Chip bridges legacy PCI devices to PCI Express-based applications
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11/16/2005   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' XIO2000 is a single-function PCIe-to-PCI translation bridge that connects two different interfaces. It allows designers to bridge legacy PCI devices to the latest PCIe applications used in PCs, docking stations, ExpressCard, split-chassis systems and test and measurement instruments.
Silterra, Essensium target European market
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11/15/2005   Post a comment
Malaysian foundry Silterra and Belgium-based design company Essensium announced a new partnership that will see the two companies jointly develop turnkey solutions for European semiconductor customers.
Spansion to extend flash range with logic IP deals
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11/15/2005   Post a comment
Spansion, the flash memory venture between AMD and Fujitsu, is planning to collaborate with ‘strategic partners’ to integrate logic blocks into its MirrorBit technology that would form the basis of a new line of products dubbed Logic on Flash.
Design tools eye nanoscale realm
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11/14/2005   Post a comment
As the CAD community grapples with emerging technologies like silicon nanowires, biofluidic microchips and DNA self-assembly, one major question emerges: How are we going to design this stuff?
I/O expanders control up to six power functions in portables
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11/10/2005   Post a comment
The AAT4296 and AAT4298 I/O devices from Advanced Analogic Technologies Inc. allow designers to quickly expand general purpose input/output (GPIO) resources in battery-power systems.
SerDes chipsets communicate over single link
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11/9/2005   Post a comment
Two low-current differential signaling (LCDS) serializer/deserializer (SerDes) chipsets from Maxim Integrated Products are designed to communicate over a single twisted pair or differential line, helping to simplify design, reduce cost, and improve EMI.
Renesas posts loss as Japan's chip market staggers
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11/8/2005   Post a comment
Renesas Technology Corp. reported that sales for the first half of its 2005 fiscal year fell 10 percent to 439.3 billion yen (about $3.7 billion), with a net loss of 165 2 billion yen (about $17 million).
Kopin gets DoD contract for night vision display chip
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11/7/2005   Post a comment
Kopin Corp. has received a $750,000 contract from the Dept. of Defense (DoD) to develop an advanced display driver chip for its full-color CyberDisplay SXGA active-matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD).
More management changes at Applied Micro Circuits
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11/7/2005   Post a comment
Applied Micro Circuits Corp. has announced that Timothy Heenan has resigned as senior vice president of operations and quality effective Nov. 11, and will be replaced by Robert Bagheri.
Cambridge, Novaled claim OLED advances
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11/4/2005   Post a comment
Two companies active in organic-light-emitting-diode (OLED) technology, Novaled GmbH and Cambridge Display Technology, have announced advances in OLED efficiency and manufacturing, respectively.
STATS ChipPAC opens wafer bump plant in China
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11/3/2005   Post a comment
Singapore-based semiconductor test and packaging services supplier STATS ChipPAC has announced it will open a 200-mm wafer bumping operation in China specializing in gold bump services for the liquid crystal display (LCD) driver market.
PHY, digital core IP combo integrates HDMI in SoCs
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11/3/2005   Post a comment
Silicon Image Inc. has unveiled a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) digital IP receiver and transmitter core with a companion physical layer (PHY) chip for MPEG system-on-chip (SoC) designs.
Qualcomm sales meet guidance, earnings slip
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11/2/2005   Post a comment
CDMA technology supplier Qualcomm Inc. posted earnings of $538 million, or 32 cents per share on sales of $1.56 billion in its fourth fiscal 2005 quarter ended Sept. 25, compared to earnings of $560 million, or 33 cents per share on sales of $1.36 billion in the previous quarter.
Renesas to license SMSC's IP for digital content
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11/2/2005   Post a comment
SMSC and Renesas Technology Corp. have reached a licensing agreement enabling Renesas to incorporate SMSC technology providing Digital Transmission Content Protection (DTCP) for DVD audio and video, including copy-protected DVDs.
New expanders allow designers to choose I/Os in any combination
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11/2/2005   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has added 11 general-purpose input/output (GPIO) and LED drivers to its portfolio of serial-bus-controller products.
IXYS reports higher sales, earnings
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11/1/2005   Post a comment
Power and RF Semiconductor supplier IXYS Corp. posted earnings of $5.5 million, or 16 cents per share on sales of $63.4 million in the second 2006 fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30, compared to $3.8 million, or 11 cents per share on sales of $61.4 million in the year-ago fiscal quarter.
Lattice announce new programmable power management devices
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11/1/2005   Post a comment
New devices add power supply margining, trimming, and voltage measurement to existing power manager capabilities.
Chip vendor delivers low-cost SATA technology to enterprise sector
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11/1/2005   Post a comment
Bringing serial ATA (SATA) storage to the enterprise sector continues to gain momentum as PMC-Sierra is the second major chip maker last month to develop active-active multiplexers with native command queuing (NCQ).
Samsung inks codec agreement with Vimio
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11/1/2005   Post a comment
Ireland-based Vimio plc, a developer of mobile content distribution software, has signed an agreement to license its audio and video codecs to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. for use in mobile phones.


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