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RF Micro : 3G front ends target next-generation handsets
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices has broadened its portfolio of 3G front ends for the open market with the release of two WCDMA/HSDPA power amplifiers (PAs) – the RF3267 and the RF6266.
CamSemi : PSS flyback controllers offer 5 percent I and V regulation
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
CamSemi has announced a breakthrough in the Primary Side Sensing (PSS) market, following on from the success of its C2470 series of Resonant Discontinuous Forward Converter controllers that were launched in late 2007.
Squeeze power efficiency out of processor-based designs -- Part two
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
In this two-part article, we offer tips and tricks for power optimization and power system design. Part two focuses how to minimize power consumption through efficient power supply design.
ISSCC points to tomorrow's cellphone
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Chip designs to be described at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in February will show a future for cellphones that pack 32 Gbits of flash, play high def video and range across networks from the oldest GSM to the latest 3G.
PCI Express gears for backplane role
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
PLX Technology Inc. has defined a way to run Ethernet over its PCI Express switches, reducing cost and power by eliminating the need for Ethernet silicon in some backplane-based network and computer systems.
Build low power video SoCs with programmable multi-core video processor IP
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
Low power programmable multi core video processor IP, requiring lower clock frequencies and voltages, achieves efficient parallelism using specialized blocks for common video processing computations -- including H.264 encode and decode -- while maintaining flexibility for future upgrades. With power consumption comparable to ASICs, this SoC architecture scales to 1080p and beyond.
Amid 'credit turmoil,' PC growth outlook dimmed
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11/20/2008   Post a comment
Market research firm iSuppli has cuts its forecast for 2009 PC shipment growth by nearly two-thirds, citing rapidly deteriorating conditions in the global economy and financial system.
Analysis: Lessons from an ultrawideband survivor
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11/20/2008   Post a comment
The merger of ultrawideband chip startups Staccato and Artimi shows a way forward for others in what one executive recently called a venture capital winter by combining companies and their investors to shelter investments and give new technologies time to gain traction.
Report: Ethernet won't dominate at 100G
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11/20/2008   1 comment
Ethernet will not dominate multi-gigabit networks to the extent it has dominated sub-gigabit networks, according to an upcoming report on 40 and 100 Gbit networks from Freesky Research.
Micrel, Zilog to partner on subsystem-level modules
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
Micrel and Zilog said they will collaborate to develop subsystem-level module products targeted at motion sensor, television remote and RF point-to-point cable replacement markets.
LSI TrueFIRE FireWire ICs deliver 800-Mbps rates
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
The FW643E supports performance-intensive peripherals both through the fastest flavor of FireWire and through a PCI Express link to the host computer.
Zoran's one-chip HDTV processors boast unprecedented integration, advanced audio and color
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
Unprecedented integration includes TV microcontroller, demodulator, audio codec, multiple analog video inputs plus three HDMI inputs.
Broadcom says Qualcomm held in contempt of injunction
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
A federal judge found Qualcomm in contempt of an injunction entered last December that was designed to prevent the company from infringement of two patents, according to Broadcom.
Analysis: Bankrolling green technology
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
The global semiconductor industry is lining up behind green technologies, but a tough economy is throwing more roadblocks in the way of further investment.
Spec drives USB to 300 Mbytes/s and beyond
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11/17/2008   1 comment
The widely used USB interface officially gets an upgrade to a version 3.0 at a developers' conference where a handful of companies are expected to announce product plans for the new spec with data rates that could hit 400 Mbytes/second.
Fast network products debut at SC '08
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
At the Supercomputing 2008 conference, QLogic Corp. debuted a range of 40 Gbit/s Infiniband switches based on a new ASIC and Alacritech Inc. launched an upgraded version of its 10 Gbit Ethernet adapter card that can be used for partial offload of TCP processing.
RIM's Bold bests other phones' transfer times
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
We pitted five smartphones against each other to test their download speeds and get a feel for the user experience with movies, TV shows and audio CDs. For the second consecutive year, the BlackBerry Bold took the gold.
Intel rolls next-gen desktop CPUs
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp. will officially roll out its first Core i7 processors, claiming they are the world's most powerful CPUs based on integer processing performance.
Software tool helps develop intelligent seat-belt system
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11/13/2008   Post a comment
Sensors and logic anticipate a crash and activate a motorized seat belt retractor to secure a shoulder belt around an occupant.
Follow guidelines to develop an efficient portable power solution
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11/12/2008   Post a comment
This article presents a generic power supply design for an embedded system and examines the function of each module in the design. It also provides guidelines for selection of topologies and components, thermal and packaging aspects, battery management.
Synopsys announces USB 3.0 cores
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11/12/2008   Post a comment
Synopsys is announcing its plans to ship intellectual property cores for the USB 3.0 interface a week ahead of a conference where the initial spec for the fast interconnect is expected to be released.
Denali offers USB 3.0 verification IP
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11/12/2008   Post a comment
EDA and IP provider Denali Software said its PureSpec verification IP (VIP) product now supports the USB 3.0 specification from the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, allowing device and system designers to begin advanced USB 3.0 development.
First Android phone BOM about $144, iSuppli says
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
The first wireless handset based on Google's Android mobile operating system carries a bill-of-materials cost of $143.89, according to an analysis conducted by market research firm iSuppli.
MCU-based platform makes low power RF design easy
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
TI is offering the CC430 technology platform, offering what it claims is the industry's lowest power, single-chip RF solution for microcontroller-based applications.
Control ICs for energy-efficient fluorescent ballasts cut component count, increase reliability
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced the IRS2530D and IRS2158D 600V control ICs for energy-efficient dimming fluorescent lighting ballast applications.
HDMI backers ready for 3DTV role
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
Proponents of the High Definition Multimedia Interface say they believe the industry will be able to deliver stereoscopic 3-D televisions eventually, and that the HDMI interface is ready to go for first-generation 3DTVs.
NetLogic preps 100G Ethernet PHY chip
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11/10/2008   Post a comment
NetLogic Microsystems Inc. is angling to become the first company to sample a physical layer chip for the upcoming 40/100 Gbit Ethernet standard, one of the first pieces of the puzzle for a market expected to come together slowly over the next few years.
U.S. broadcaster gives thumbs up to mobile TV spec
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11/10/2008   1 comment
Ion Media, a large U.S. television broadcaster, has announced good results from recent trials in Chicago and Denver of mobile TV using a draft standard from the Advanced Television Systems Committee, reporting the technology was easy to set up and delivered better than expected reception.
Got OCP? The Role of the OCP in Multicore Designs
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11/9/2008   Post a comment
A brief exposition on the role of the open core protocol (OCP) in system-on-chip designs and the impact of the newest Version 3.0 on the design of multiprocessor SoCs.
Rohm reportedly cutting 5% of workforce
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11/7/2008   Post a comment
Japanese chipmaker Rohm plans to cut about 5 percent of its workforce, including the elimination of around 600 people that came to the company through the recent acquisition of Oki Electric, according to a Reuters report.
Opinion: ST-NXP positions wireless unit for the downturn
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11/7/2008   Post a comment
Reality — or as they would have it, the new market realities — has claimed 500 jobs at the ST-NXP joint venture, with the ink hardly dry on the deal that combined the bulk of the wireless activities on ST Microelectronics and NXP Semiconductors.
The iPhone advantage: Spreadtrum sinks, Skyworks soars
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11/7/2008   1 comment
Cell phone chip vendors Skyworks Solutions and Spreadtrum Communications posted dramatically different financial results for their most recently concluded quarters. The difference: one of the firms makes a part for Apple's red-hot iPhone.
Intel, IMEC ponder cognitive radio
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11/6/2008   Post a comment
Intel Research is hosting a workshop on cognitive radio this week, one of many efforts around the globe including work at Europe's IMEC research group exploring cognitive and software-defined radios for more efficient wireless networks.
Using comparators to detect accessories in portable audio applications
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11/5/2008   Post a comment
Here's how you can configure a comparator in various ways to provide simple and cost-effective detection of external accessories like jacks, headsets, and hook switches in portable applications.
Plastic wires rival copper at 20 percent the weight
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11/5/2008   3 comments
ElectriPlast conductive polymer enables wiring that is 80 percent lighter than copper, can be formed into any shape or size and provides superior performance.
Silicon Labs : Any-rate, any-output clock generator simplifies timing architectures
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11/5/2008   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories has introduced a family of clock generators capable of synthesizing any frequency from 0.16 to 350 MHz and select frequencies to 700 MHz on each of the device’s four differential outputs.
Intel cancels ultrawideband design effort
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11/4/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp. quietly ended a five-year research effort in ultrawideband, another blow for the emerging technology for which support is tightening in the face of an expected recession.
Marvell cuts revenue guidance
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11/3/2008   Post a comment
Marvell Technology Group lowered revenue expectations for the quarter ended Nov. 1, saying it now expects to report a 6 to 7 percent decline from the net revenue of $843 million posted in the prior quarter.
Trident posts wider loss in wake of layoff announcement
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11/3/2008   Post a comment
One week after announcing it would cut about 15 percent of its workforce, Trident Microsystems said revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 30 declined 12 percent sequentially and 61 percent year-over-year.
Alereon acquires wireless USB driver technology
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11/3/2008   Post a comment
Ultrawideband chip provider Alereon has acquired wireless USB assets and the associated development team of Stonestreet One. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Silicon plants 10G Ethernet on motherboard
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11/3/2008   Post a comment
Mellanox Technologies and Teranetics have teamed up to create what they claim is the first chip to bring 10 Gbit Ethernet over copper to server motherboards, the ConnectX ENt, hoping to accelerate what to date has been a sluggish uptake for the high speed link.
Under the Hood: MotoGP electronics is where the rubber meets the road
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11/3/2008   Post a comment
We head to Laguna Raceway to explore the technology underlying motorcycle racing's premier machines.


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