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Broadcom settles stock options suit for $160M
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
Fabless chip vendor Broadcom said it has agreed in principle to settle the securities class action litigation pending against the company and some of its current and former officers and directors for $160.5 million in cash.
Company cranks portable wireless audio at CES
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
Eleven Engineering Inc. will jump into the pool of providers of wireless audio streaming technology at the Consumer Electronics Show with a set of dongles and speakers using its proprietary 2.4 GHz technology.
The 10 most popular stories of 2009
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top ten stories for 2009 as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Tuesday, Dec. 29. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Israeli startup licenses LTE technology to Sequans
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
WiMax chip supplier Sequans Communications SA (Paris, France) has licensed LTE IP from Dorfour Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel). Dorfour was founded by engineers from Texas Instruments and WiMax systems provider Alvarion.
Explosion in LED-backlit LCD-TV shipments predicted
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
Global shipments of LED-backlit LCD-TVs with 40-inch or larger screen sizes will rise by nearly eight fold, from 2.5 million units in 2009 to 18.8 million units in 2010, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Global sales were strong in November, says analyst
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12/23/2009   Post a comment
Global chip sales in November were strong according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway). The average of September, October and November chip sales is expected to be reported as $22.5 billion versus $21.7 billion for the equivalent figure in October.
Infineon raises guidance for fiscal first quarter
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
German chip company Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has raised the guidance for the first quarter of its 2009/10 fiscal year, which ends of Dec. 31, 2009.
Automotive chip market to grow 13.5% in 2010, says Gartner
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
The automotive semiconductor market is expected to decline by 26.5 percent in 2009 to $14.58 billion, after declining nearly 5 percent in 2008 to $19.53 billion, according to a fourth quarter update from market research firm Gartner.
Ford will enable Wi-Fi in some 2010 cars
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12/21/2009   Post a comment
Ford Motor Co. said the next generation of its Sync in-car infotainment systems to be released in 2010 will support Wi-Fi, but users will have to supply a wireless modem that plugs into the Sync systems USB slot to link the in-car Wi-Fi net to the Internet.
Seven things to fix in 2010. Join the conversation
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12/21/2009   17 comments
The editors of EE Times came up with their own informal list of things we hope engineers fix in 2010, spanning everything from nano-lithography to space travel. What do you want to see get done next year?
Winning, losing sectors in equipment markets through 2013
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12/21/2009   Post a comment
The compound annual growth rates for the various market sectors quoted by IC Insights for the period 2008 to 2013 are generally low as they factor in a fall in the market for electronic equipment in 2009.
Tower Semiconductor raises Q4 guidance
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12/21/2009   Post a comment
Foundry IC supplier Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) has raised its fourth-quarter revenue guidance to between $98 million and $102 million. Tower trades as TowerJazz.
Intel at 32-nm, $99 netbook, debt-free Freescale lead weekly story ranking
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12/18/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Dec. 13, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Dec. 18. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
ATIC completes acquisition of Chartered
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12/18/2009   Post a comment
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. has announced that its acquisition by Advanced Technology Investment Company LLC (ATIC) of Abu Dhabi has become effective Friday (Dec. 18).
Nokia, ST-Ericsson partner on TD-SCDMA
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12/18/2009   Post a comment
Nokia and ST-Ericsson have announced a long-term partnership in the area of TD-SCDMA technology and ICs. As part of the partnership, Nokia will use ST-Ericsson as a supplier of chipsets for its Symbian-based TD-SCDMA portfolio.
CSR's BlueCore7 multifunction wireless solution meets new Bluetooth low energy specification
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12/18/2009   Post a comment
CSR nnounced that, immediately following the Bluetooth SIG’s adoption of the Bluetooth low energy specification, it has qualified its BlueCore7 multifunction wireless solution for Bluetooth low energy products.
STMicroelectronics announces performance- and software-scalable SoCs for digital TVs
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12/17/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics launched a family of full high-definition H.264/MPEG SoCs aimed at the worldwide flat-panel digital TV market.
MIT gives LCDs a hand in recognizing gestures
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12/16/2009   1 comment
MIT researchers have added a sensor layer to a liquid-crystal display to let the LCD recognize hand gestures in front of the screen. The bidirectional screen technique, to be shown at Siggraph Asia, promises in-air gesture control of everything from mobile phones to flat-panel TVs.
Is NFC there to stick? A report from CARTES
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
While smart card manufacturers where showcasing their latest visual tricks and printing capabilities on the busy alleys of CARTES & Identification in Paris, Near field communications (NFC) was definitely in the spotlight, technically there, but still far away from mass deployment.
Microchip readies ZigBee RF4CE protocol and XLP compliant platform
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
Microchip's platform for next-generation RF control of consumer electronics consists of eXtreme low power microcontrollers, compliant transceiver and industry's smallest stack.
Study: Indian companies not using innovation to reposition themselves
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
A study of R & D in ICT has found that Indian companies are not using innovation to position themselves higher in the value chain. They also innovate mostly with clients and customers and are mostly short-term oriented in this too.
Broadcom taps 40-nm process for high-def handsets
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
Broadcom Corp. is sampling its first 40 nm chip, a cellphone media processor capable of recording full 1080-progressive high definition video, the company said at its annual meeting with Wall Street analysts where it positioned itself as poised for a return to profitable growth that will outpace its markets.
Broadcom lifts Q4 guidance
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
Citing stronger than expected demand in broadband and enterprise networking markets, Broadcom raised its fourth quarter sales target by about 5 percent, saying the company now expects to report revenue of roughly $1.32 billion.
Ultra-efficient 8-bit MCUs target smart metering and sensor interfaces
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories announced the ultra-low-power C8051F91x/0x MCUs, offering what the company claims to be the lowest active mode current consumption at 160 microA per MHz.
Samsung replaces CEO, gives units more autonomy
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
South Korea's Samsung Electronics announced a major restructuring for the second time in 11 months, appointing a new CEO and giving its business units greater autonomy.
Startup tweaks 802.11n for whole home video
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12/14/2009   2 comments
Startup ProVision Communications is giving customers a sneak peak of its wireless video technology that will debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in January using software and an antenna design based on 802.11n that it claims can deliver video wirelessly throughout a home.
Tower wins 4G front end IC foundry order
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12/14/2009   Post a comment
Fabless chip company VT Silicon Inc. (Atlanta, Georgia) is developing an RF front end IC for 4G communications, which is set to be manufactured by Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel). Tower trades as TowerJazz.
Appliance makers outline needs for smart grid
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12/14/2009   Post a comment
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, a trade association of appliance makers, has released a technical paper outlining what the group needs to enable its products for a smart electric grid as talks continue at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
SoC LCD controller delivers 12-bit color-processing capabilities
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12/14/2009   Post a comment
The STDP6000 series LCD controller SoC from STMicroelectronics supports advanced 12-bit color-processing capabilities, enhanced color fidelity, DisplayPort connectivity and ultra-low power consumption when the monitor is in standby mode.
Ten hot apps, winners, losers lead weekly story ranking
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12/11/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Dec. 6, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Dec. 11. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Osram opens Malaysian fab
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12/10/2009   Post a comment
Osram Opto Semiconductors has completed the construction and process-testing phases at its LED semiconductor fab in Penang, Malaysia, the company said.
U.K. appoints managers for $500 million national VC fund
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12/10/2009   Post a comment
The U.K. government has appointed Hermes Private Equity and the European Investment Fund as managers for the UK Innovation Investment Fund.
U.K. launches national plastic electronics initiative
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12/10/2009   Post a comment
The U.K. government has launched a national strategy for plastic electronics and alongside it the government-backed Technology Strategy Board has announced an £8 million (about $13 million) investment in plastic electronics technologies.
WiGig group gives first peak at 60 GHz spec
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12/10/2009   Post a comment
The Wireless Gigabit Alliance, an ad hoc group that includes top Wi-Fi chip makers, gave the first peak into its specification for 60 GHz links capable of sending data at rates of 1-7 Gbits/second and aimed at addressing a wide variety of computer and consumer applications.
Redmere closes $5.6 million funding round
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12/10/2009   Post a comment
Redmere Technology Ltd. (Dublin, Ireland) a supplier of equalizing transceiver ICs for active cables, has secured $5.6 million in Series B funding which was led by Celtic House Venture Partners, Toronto.
CompoTRON expands its portfolio optical transceivers
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12/10/2009   Post a comment
As Coretek Opto's exclusive technical and commercial support partner for Europe, CompoTRON expanded its portfolio of high performance optical transceiver products for the datacom, telecom, video and industrial industries.
Update: Judge tosses Broadcom co-founder's guilty plea
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12/10/2009   Post a comment
A U.S. federal judge dismissed a guilty plea entered by Broadcom co-founder Henry Samueli on charges that he lied to investigators in connection with a stock options backdating probe.
Brazilian firm claims nation's first home-grown IC
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12/9/2009   Post a comment
Ceitec, a A Brazilian ASSP vendor has produced an RFID chip said to be the first IC entirely designed in that country.
Counterpoint: Samsung's foundry challenge will succeed
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12/9/2009   Post a comment
Samsung wants to rival $10 billion Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. at the foundry game? Is Samsung serious? And should others take them seriously? Here's the case in favor of saying yes and yes.
Day of the Indian engineer
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12/9/2009   17 comments
Indian engineers can have their day under the sun soon blessed as they are with advantages such as low average age, desirous of staying current on news and continuing technical education and are not blinkered by age-old methods, according to a senior Mentor Graphics executive.
Analog Devices announces ICs for billing, monitoring power quality
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12/9/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. has introduced four energy metering ICs to improve accuracy and performance of commercial, industrial, and residential smart meters.
WHDI group announces spec for wireless video
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12/8/2009   Post a comment
The WHDI Consortium has completed its specification for wireless video over a 5 GHz variant of Wi-Fi based on technology from startup chip designer Amimon, one of at least four major approaches to delivering wireless video in the digital home.
Semiconductor startup funding fell in 2009, says Gartner
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12/8/2009   Post a comment
Semiconductor startups have attracted more than $750 million in 2008 and the first ten months of 2009 but whereas about $590 million was raised in 2008, less than $200 million was raised in the first ten months of 2009, according to Gartner analysts.
UMC's November sales rise 52% year-on-year
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12/8/2009   Post a comment
The world's number two foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has reported sales for November that are 52 percent higher than they were in the same month a year before.
Third-party IP and design partner network links to X-FAB processes
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12/8/2009   Post a comment
X-FAB Silicon Foundries announced strategic and technical customer support services to speed up time-to-market and optimize supply chain organization.
Spinout Lamhroe to design GaAs MMIC circuits for OMMIC
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12/8/2009   Post a comment
Lamhroe, a recent spinout of Queen's University Belfast's Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), has been contracted by OMMIC to design GaAs MMIC circuits.
Opinion: Wireless video takes a step back at CES 2010
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12/7/2009   Post a comment
I expect wireless video will take a step backwards at CES 2010 as TV makers reconsider their options in the face of at least four technology alternatives.
Salary survey, Analog Devices lead weekly story ranking
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12/5/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Nov. 29, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Saturday, Dec. 5. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
PicoChip, Lime team on femtocell reference design
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12/4/2009   Post a comment
Lime Microsystems and PicoChip Designs have announced they are collaborating to develop a reference design for 3G and 4G femtocells.
October 'actual' chip sales up 14% on a year ago
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12/4/2009   Post a comment
October's global market for semiconductors was $22.05 billion, up 13.8 percent on the $19.38 billion sales recorded in October 2008, according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization.
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