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Network interface chip to stimulate volume 10-GbE deployment
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
NetXen Inc. has developed a family of multi-protocol, intelligent network interface controllers (NIC) that are aimed at facilitating widespread deployment of 10-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) technology in datacenter networks.
Touch the truck: DARPA robot rolls at ESC
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
Get "hands on" with one of the robots (and its developers) that completed last fall's DARPA Grand Challenge autonomous vehicle desert race.
Genesis Microchip to fall short of guidance
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3/30/2006   Post a comment
Image processing chip supplier Genesis Microchip Inc. announced Thursday (March 30) it expects fiscal fourth 2006 quarter sales to top off at $60 to $61 million, slightly below the previously guided range of $62 to $67 million.
Microsemi, Monolithic Power settle patent suit
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. and Monolithic Power Systems Inc. announced they have settled a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Microsemi in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Automotive network security without compromise
Design How-To  
3/24/2006   Post a comment
Hardware/software integration, and isolation, spur automotive telematics privacy, reliability, and integrity. To address network connectivity risks, next-generation vehicles demand underlying hardware and software that can provide rigorous security, operational reliability, and real-time performance.
Multi-layer switches advance 10-GbE adoption in enterprise networks
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3/24/2006   Post a comment
Aimed at accelerating 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10-GbE) adoption in data center and enterprise networks, Broadcom Corp. has developed a series of stackable, 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10-GbE) switches that feature multi-layer switching.
IC vendor enters storage market with pair of SATA/SAS port multipliers
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3/23/2006   Post a comment
Exar's XRS10L140 and XRS10L240 are the first in a series of storage devices called Xstor that are designed to improve signal integrity and bandwidth bottlenecks in data management systems.
Chip maker expands digital isolator family with four-channel devices
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
The latest additions to Silicon Laboratories' 2500VRMS digital isolator product family use chip-scale transformers fabricated using CMOS technology to deliver highly integrated four-channel isolators that the company claims are one-third the size of optocouplers, the traditional method of providing isolation in a system.
Muliticore generator toolkit generates cycle accurate simulation models
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Mirabilis Design Inc. has just released the first in a series of hardware and software model generators for the VisualSim Architect support detailed cycle-accurate simulation models of microprocessors, microcontrollers, DSP and application-specific processors in less than one day using only parameters.
Dual-channel isolators provide data and power isolation in single package
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
ADI has extended is iCoupler digital isolator family with a trio of devices that are the first to employ isoPower, the company's proprietary technology designed to couple data and power isolation in one package. The ADuM524X products are said to reduce cost by 70% and board space by 80% compared with other isolation methods.
DSCs boost automotive electric motor control
Design How-To  
3/17/2006   1 comment
Digital signal controllers combine microcontroller and DSP functionality on-chip for automotive brushless DC (BLDC) motor applications, such as power steering, fuel and water pumps, and cooling fans.
SiRF acquires communications IP company
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3/16/2006   Post a comment
SiRF Technology Holdings Inc., a leading provider of GPS-enabled silicon and premium software location platforms, has acquired TrueSpan, a communications systems IP company, for cash and stock.
Single-port PCI Express bridge packaged in compact BGA
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3/15/2006   Post a comment
NEC has started to sample a single-port PCI Express bridge ASSP to help the electronics industry transition to emerging PCI Express technology. The uPD720404 is packaged in a compact 21-mm x 21-mm BGA for low-profile PCI cards, as well as other key applications.
USB 2.0 host controller touts data-transmission speed of 33-Mbytes/s
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3/15/2006   Post a comment
The USB 2.0 host controller from NEC Electronics America Inc. transmits data at speeds of 33-Mbytes/s, which is nearly two-gigabytes per minute. That's 30-percent faster than competitive parts, according to NEC.
Loop-timed SerDes offers low-power, high-speed for PON terminals
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3/15/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices claims that its ADN2865 is the first SerDes to use a loop-timed architecture tailored to meet the power and performance requirements of Passive Optical Networking (PON) terminals.
Wide dynamic range image sensor-processor improves security video, other apps
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3/10/2006   Post a comment
Extend dynamic range -- enabling video cameras to work better in both daylight and night light -- and speed up readout by putting an analog to digital converter on each pixel of the image sensor. Here's how Digital Pixel System does it.
USB transceiver optimized for Intel's XScale technology
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3/9/2006   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor's USB 2.0 transceiver designed to interface with Intel's latest processors is packaged in a 56-ball VFBGA measuring 5-mm x 5-mm, and offers a suspend current of 15-mA—two features that make it suitable for battery-powered applications.
Video interface chip links PCs to HDTVs using HDMI
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3/9/2006   Post a comment
Chrontel's HDMI transmitter chip connects PCs to HDTVs using the popular high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI). It also complies with Intel's serial digital video output (SDVO) specification, a high-speed serial data interface designed into the chip maker's PCI Express-enabled chipsets.
24-bit RGB interface ICs bring high resolution video to mobile phones
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3/8/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has launched a family of interface chips enabling true-color, high-resolution video content in handheld electronics.
Report: Basestation semi sales to hit $3.9B in 2008
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3/7/2006   Post a comment
Sales of RF semiconductors used for basestations are expected to grow from $2.97 billion in 2005 to $3.96 billion by 2008, according to a report by Frost and Sullivan.
SigmaTel, Infineon team on Bluetooth PMP
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3/7/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor suppliers SigmaTel Inc. and Infineon Technologies AG have entered an agreement to offer Bluetooth solutions for portable digital multimedia devices.
Switch advances Serial RapidIO integration in ATCA, MicroTCA architectures
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3/7/2006   Post a comment
At the Texas Instruments Developers Conference recently, Tundra Semiconductor Corp. introduced its third-generation Serial RapidIO switch that interconnects Serial RapidIO-enabled processors and peripheral devices, supporting an aggregate bandwidth of 80-Gbits/s.
TI updates Q1 guidance
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3/6/2006   Post a comment
In its mid-quarter update, Texas Instruments Inc. said it expected first-quarter 2006 sales of $3.22 to $3.35 billion, compared with the prior range of $3.11 to $3.38 billion.
Dual-channel, 66-MHz UART compliant with PCI 3.0 spec
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3/4/2006   Post a comment
Exar has introduced what it claims is the first dual-channel 66-MHz PCI 3.0 compliant UART. The XR17V252 offers a seamless upgrade path for product transitions from 33-MHz to 66-MHz.

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