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Broadcom to acquire Dune Networks for $178 million
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11/30/2009   Post a comment
Fabless chip vendor Broadcom plans to acquire Dune Networks, a developer of solutions for data center networking equipment, in a deal worth $178 million, the company said.
Survey shows how users want more on mobiles
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11/30/2009   Post a comment
Users of mobile computing and portable communications expect to access more multimedia content over time but are not prepared to pay much by way of a subscription for the right, according to a survey conducted by ABI Research on behalf of Mirics Semiconductor Ltd. (Fleet, Hampshire).
October's averaged chip sales beat expectations
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11/30/2009   Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors rose to $21.7 billion in October, ahead of expectations, up a 5.1 percent from September and down 3.5 percent from October 2008, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Smart grid hits snag over powerline standard
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11/30/2009   7 comments
The U.S. government is grappling with one of the first big snags in the wake of awarding $4 billion in grants to build a smart electric grid—how to find a standard that would let consumer appliances plug into an intelligent power network.
Samsung, Freescale, Apple pro and con lead weekly story ranking
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11/27/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Nov. 22, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Nov. 27. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
European stocks recover from lows on Dubai debt shock
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11/27/2009   Post a comment
European stock markets recovered lost ground on Friday (Nov. 27) after opening between 1 and 2 percent down on the previous close. The low opening prices had been a reaction to news that state-owned Dubai World had said it would delay repaying some of its debt by six months.
Infineon extends energy efficient lighting IC portfolio
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11/27/2009   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG is extending its portfolio of energy efficient lighting ICs with a new family of low cost linear LED drivers.
Global chip sales were flat in October, says analyst
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11/27/2009   Post a comment
Global chip sales in October are believed to have been flat on the previous month, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway). The three-month average of August, September and October chip sales is expected to be reported as $21.0 billion, compared to $20.6 billion for the equivalent figure in September.
TSMC prepares to manufacture automotive grade ICs in China
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11/27/2009   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) plans to launch what it says will be the automotive industry's first process qualification specification and service package for automotive-grade semiconductor manufacturing in China.
NEC Electronics targets industrial automation systems with Ethernet PHY development
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11/27/2009   Post a comment
NEC Electronics is working on a new family of industrial Ethernet physical layers (PHYs) for 10Base-T and 100Base-TX/FX industrial-grade networks.
Researchers report room-temperature silicon spintronics
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11/26/2009   Post a comment
Rsearchers from the University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands) are claiming they can control a silicon electron's spin at room temperature. The research team has published a paper to that effect in the Nature.
Infineon, Nokia agree to push LTE radios towards 1-Gbit/s
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG and Nokia have said they are going to cooperate on the development of RF transceivers for use in LTE wireless communications. The work could lead to systems which can deliver 1-Gbit per second data transfer rates.
Tower makes deal to export know-how, equipment
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11/23/2009   1 comment
Loss-making foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel), which trades as TowerJazz, has announced it plans to transfer "manufacturing know-how and certain equipment" to support an un-named Asian company ramp up production.
Ten technologies, seven predictions lead weekly story ranking
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11/20/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Nov. 15, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Nov. 20. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
RECENTLY INTRODUCED ANALOG (and related) PRODUCTS, November 20, 2009 edition
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11/20/2009   Post a comment
Here is our frequently updated, linked list of new analog ICs and related products
Qualcomm, MediaTek ink patent cross-licensing deal
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11/20/2009   Post a comment
Fabless chip vendors Qualcomm and MediaTek have agreed to let each other utilize technology covered by their respective patent portfolios.
Chip sector downgrade 'baseless,' says analyst
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11/20/2009   3 comments
BofA Merrill Lynch's downgrade of the semiconductor industry is baseless, according to the editor of a technology and semiconductor investment newsletter.
Vitesse enables migration of legacy Fibre Channel storage hardware to 8G
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11/19/2009   Post a comment
Vitesse's latest clock and data recovery device is designed to meet the challenges of transmitting and recovering 8G Fibre Channel data in lossy legacy blade server backplanes and host bus adapters (HBA).
Ten emerging technologies to watch in 2010
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11/18/2009   6 comments
EE Times has compiled a list of emerging technologies that we think will be worth watching out for in 2010.
Recovery remains uncertain but China is key, says survey
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11/18/2009   2 comments
A recovery is coming in 2010 but many things about it remain uncertain, according to a global survey of semiconductor executives conducted by tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP during September and October.
picoChip aims at driving the femtocell market and secures an extra USD 20 million of funding
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11/18/2009   Post a comment
picoChip has unveiled its roadmap to include complete femtocell solutions, integrating PHY, stack and femtocell system software in a end-to-end femtocell reference solution.
Semiconductor industry close to sold out, says SICAS
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11/17/2009   Post a comment
Chip manufacturing capacity is falling and as demand is increasing the chip industry is becoming close to being sold-out. Manufacturing capacity utilization has climbed above 90 percent in several leading-edge sectors, according to the Semiconductor International Capacity Statistics organization.
Modules provide turnkey security in femtocells, smart meters, telehealth, USB token and gaming platforms
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11/17/2009   Post a comment
The VaultIC™ family of security modules from Atmel Corporation is ideal for a variety applications including femtocells, smart meters, telehealth, USB token and gaming platforms. It claims to be the first security module available on the market that provides a secure microcontroller with multiple interfaces and bundled firmware.
Samsung regains lead in U.S. LCD-TV market
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11/17/2009   Post a comment
South Korea's Samsung Electronics recaptured leadership of the U.S. LCD-TV market from competitor Vizio in the third quarter, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Powervation gains extra dollars from energy VC
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11/16/2009   Post a comment
Powervation Ltd. (Limerick Ireland) a provider of digital control ICs for power supplies, has said it has obtained additional funding from Braemar Energy Ventures of New York.
Sematech appoints former IBM executive to CEO post
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11/16/2009   Post a comment
Sematech, a consortium of semiconductor manufacturers, has announced the appointment of Daniel Armbrust to serve as its president and chief executive officer.
COMMENTARY - Designing with reprogrammable "Anything Chips"
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11/15/2009   Post a comment
For more than 20 years, embedded systems developers have dreamed the impossible dream: the reprogrammable Anything Chip.
Those casual power extrapolations drive me crazy
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11/14/2009   2 comments
The ease with which numbers are tossed around, especially those related to power and energy, really annoys me--and often leads to wrong conclusions
CEO's pay, SMIC, Zune lead weekly story ranking
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11/13/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Nov. 8, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Nov. 13. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Qualcomm demos Adobe Flash 10 on ARM-based netbook
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11/13/2009   Post a comment
Mobile phone service provider AT&T is going to supply customers with the first ARM-based netbook, according to Paul Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.). Jacobs showed the Lenovo-made device to attendees at the company's investor day in New York Thursday (Nov. 12).
Mifare success was built on multiple sources, says NXP
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11/12/2009   Post a comment
NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has said that the motivation behind the licensing of its Mifare contactless communication technology to STMicroelectronics NV is to provide multiple sources of the chips for use in SIM cards for mobile phones and in bank cards, which will into drive market acceptance.
Qualcomm sampling 1-GHz smartphone chipsets
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11/12/2009   2 comments
Qualcomm said it is sampling a new smartphone chipset family that emphasizes multimedia capabilities and boasts performance of up to 1 GHz. The company also announced sampling of its first chipsets supporting dual-carrier HSPA+ and multi-mode 3G/LTE.
Join the conversation. NXP trading chip sales for royalties?
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11/12/2009   1 comment
NXP BV continues to trade on its technology and the latest decision to license its Mifare technology to STMicroelectronics is as intriguing as any of the recent business moves that have gone before.
PCB mounted optical transceivers enable low-cost connectivity
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11/12/2009   Post a comment
Luxtera has launched a PCB mounted optical transceiver line dubbed OptoPHY that paves the way to breaking one dollar per Gbps cost barrier.
Volkswagen appoints e-car chief representative
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11/12/2009   Post a comment
With the appointment of a chief representative for electric traction, Volkswagen highlights the importance of the e -car for its product strategy. The company has named the former CEO of automotive supplier Continental AG, Karl-Thomas Neumann, for the position.
Quad port PoE/PoE+ PSE controllers are environmentally friendly
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11/11/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Labs' SI345X line saves 24 W in a 48-port POE+ system.
Cavium to buy MontaVista Software for $50 million
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11/10/2009   4 comments
Cavium Networks has signed a definitive agreement to acquire embedded Linux software vendor MontaVista software for $50 million in cash and stock, the company said.
Analysts identify five high-growth markets for ICs
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11/10/2009   Post a comment
As the semiconductor industry recovers from a sharp and painful downturn, it will be aided by high growth rates in five consumer electronics categories, according to analysts from Semico Research.
TSMC's October sales growth figures eclipsed by UMC
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11/10/2009   Post a comment
Foundry chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has reported a slight rise in sales compared with 2008 in both its unconsolidated and consolidated sales results for October 2009.
Online media boxes set to go mainstream, says In-Stat
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11/10/2009   Post a comment
A new class of consumer electronic equipment is emerging that encompasses Digital Media Adapters (DMAs), Digital Media Players (DMPs), and Digital Media Receivers (DMRs), according to In-Stat (Scottsale, Ariz.). And the class will be responsible for 4.5 million units shipping in 2013, the market research company has predicted.
Emulex sues Broadcom, claims antitrust violations
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11/10/2009   Post a comment
Emulex fired back at rival Broadcom, saying it filed a lawsuit alleging that Broadcom has acted in an anticompetitive manner in violation of federal antitrust laws.
IMEC device can link to single nerve cells
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11/9/2009   Post a comment
The IMEC research center in Leuven, Belgium, has developed a chip with microscopic nails that can interface with an individual heart or nerve cell, a device geared for in vitro medical research and ready for mass production.
Freescale puts Toulouse, Sendai wafer fabs up for sale
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11/9/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (Austin, Texas) has appointed Colliers International's Advanced Technology Resource Group (ATREG) to act as advisor in the sale of Freescale's 150-mm semiconductor manufacturing facilities in Toulouse, France and Sendai, Japan.
Losses continue as Tower celebrates growth
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11/9/2009   Post a comment
Tower Semiconductor Ltd., a chip foundry that trades as TowerJazz, turned in a net loss on increased sales for the third quarter of 2009. The company forecast strong revenue growth in the fourth quarter but did not comment on profitability.
Comment: Is Abu Dhabi targeting Intel rather than TSMC?
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11/9/2009   6 comments
With Waleed Al Muhairi, chief operating officer of Abu Dhabi government investment vehicle Mubadala Development Co., predicting Abu Dhabi would be making chips at home within four years, we are reminded that the Gulf states' aspirations to get into the chip business are long-enduring. But when Al Muhairi said Abu Dhabi wants to compete with Intel was that hubris?
UMC's October sales rise 17% year-on-year
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11/9/2009   Post a comment
The world's number two foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has reported a jump in sales for October compared with one year before.
Top women executives, Moto analysis lead weekly story ranking
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11/6/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Nov. 1, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Nov. 6. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Comment: chip company ranking points to post-crisis order
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11/6/2009   Post a comment
The latest chip company top 20 ranking provided by IC Insights Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.) has a topsy-turvy look about it — at least it does if, like me, you have been following the fortunes of chip companies for some time.
'Perfect calm' to drive 2010 chip sales up 20%, says analyst
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11/5/2009   Post a comment
Malcolm Penn, chief executive of market analysis firm Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England), is looking forward to strong growth in the global chip market in 2010 after a 10 percent contraction in 2009.
NEC : IO-Link solutions offer choice of memory variants
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11/5/2009   Post a comment
NEC Electronics has announced four new single-chip IO-Link solutions for IO-Link slave applications.
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