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Chip market recovery set to last, says researcher
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3/31/2004   Post a comment
Market researcher Future Horizons is bucking the conventional industry wisdom in a report that downplays forecasts of a short-lived recovery and chip market downturn in 2005.
Analyst Niles sees strong upturn just ahead
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3/31/2004   Post a comment
Dan Niles, the oft-quoted stock analyst turned high-tech fund manager, said here Tuesday (March 30)that underinvestment in semiconductor capital equipment over the past three years has created a favorable climate for semiconductor supply and demand.
Silicon Fuels the Automotive Industry
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3/29/2004   Post a comment
While hydrocarbon-based fuels make cars go, the automotive industry moves forward on a very different fuel—silicon chips. Advancements in chip technology are transferring the cars you drive from simply cars to get from place-to-place to sophisticated personal-transportation vehicles providing extraordinary levels of efficiency, safety, comfort, and convenience. Jim Lipman examines some of the automotive industry's future silicon advancements.
VCO stabilizes microwave PLLs, covering frequencies from 3.93 to 4.20 GHz
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3/25/2004   Post a comment
Z-Communications introduced the compact V910ME01 voltage controlled oscillator designed for the microwave radio market, as well as for the satellite communications and direct broadcasting.
China chip demand to grow 35% in 2004, says study
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
IC market researcher Databeans Inc. is predicting that China's demand for semiconductors will increase by 34.9 percent in 2004 to $30.9 billion. The forecast is up from $22.9 billion in 2003.
Credence, NPTest to target non-DRAM test
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3/18/2004   Post a comment
Buesiness is picking up---literally. ATE giant Credence Systems, a provider of design-to-test approaches, and NPTest Holding, a provider of test and diagnostic products, announce they've entered into an agreement where Credence will acquire NPTest.The target is non-DRAM test.
Dual-output PWM controller enables design of half-, full-bridge power supplies for telecom
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3/18/2004   Post a comment
Maxim introduces the MAX5069, a dual-output, high-frequency, current-mode PWM controller that allows the design of half-bridge, full-bridge, and push-pull power supplies.
Next downturn not far away, analyst says
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3/17/2004   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry's return to profitability probably will be short-lived, as a coming slowdown in consumer and IT upgrade spending are conspiring with capacity additions to create another recession in 2005, according to Semico analyst Jim Feldhan. From Phoenix, Brian Fuller reports.
Basestations profit from ADC that provides direct IF sampling up to 500MHz
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3/16/2004   Post a comment
Linear Technology provides designers of cellular basestations with a dramatic improvement in dynamic performance with the introduction of an 80 MSPS, 14-bit A/D converter that undersamples up to 500MHz input frequencies.
Optical Disk Recording Systems Using Blue Violet Laser
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3/15/2004   Post a comment
Blue violet laser optical disk drive has 23.3GB/side for write-once and rewritable disks
All-in-one Surveillance Video Recorder Equipped with 320GB Hard Drive
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3/15/2004   Post a comment
Integrated 320 GB hard disk based recorder comes with a built-in camera control system, a motion detector, and network connectivity
Integrated CDMA power amps allow designers to dramatically reduce cost
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3/15/2004   Post a comment
According to SiGe Semiconductor you can reduce your CDMA system costs by as much as $3 with a new integrated CDMA power amplifier that uses a silicon germanium BiCMOS process.
Chip design knights ride to slay power dragon
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3/8/2004   Post a comment
Chip designers are wielding new weapons in the struggle to control power leakage. Transistors with more than one threshold voltage, chips with multiple voltage "islands" and substrate-biasing techniques are among the schemes being brought to bear to quell what an IBM manager called "clearly the most pressing problem facing our industry, one that threatens our very lifeblood." David Lammers has this report.
MIPS to focus on digital camera market
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3/8/2004   Post a comment
In hopes of driving MIPS RISC cores deeper in a digital imaging market, MIPS Technologies, Inc. on Monday (March 8) disclosed a growing list of camera companies now shipping MIPS-based digital still and video camera models. The list includes Canon, Fujifilm, JVC, Pentax and Samsung. From Paris, Junko Yoshida reports.
A belated valentine: Texas Instruments promotes 1284 printer interface
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3/3/2004   Post a comment
SN74LVCE161284 is promoted as the industry's first IEC-compliant interface. It provides a high level of ESD protection, reduces board space, part cost, and bill of materials.
January chip sales down 3.0%, says SIA
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3/3/2004   Post a comment
Is the glass half-empty? Or half-full? The Semiconductor Industry Association said global chip sales totaled $15.55 billion in January, down 3 percent from $16.03 billion in December. Out of the other side of its mouth, the SIA also reaffirmed its forecast for the chip market to grow by 19.4 percent in 2004. Silicon Strategies Peter Clarke filed this report.
Programmable skew components offer designers migration from 3.3V to 2.5V, no board redesign
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3/2/2004   Post a comment
Exar Corporation unveiled a family of five new programmable skew clock components, including an industry first - the smallest package and the highest frequency range.
Fingerprint sensors press their way into notebooks
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3/1/2004   Post a comment
Driving the trend are sensors with improved size, cost and reliability as well as a belief the sensors will deliver more secure authentication with less hassle than passwords.

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