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QLogic converges nets in ASIC
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
The move to merged data center networks takes a step forward as QLogic Corp. formally announces new chips and cards designed for the Fibre Channel over Ethernet standard with rivals Emulex and Intel Corp. expected to announce competing products soon.
Company Spotlight on Broadcom
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Broadcom's Robert Nalesnik provides insight into the mobile industry related to Broadcom's integrated chipset, which offers BlueTooth, FM, 802.11n and GPS, as well as trends like HD capabilities in cell phones and open source software.
DisplayPort receiver aims to replace LVDS in notebooks
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Chrontel has developed a receiver chip with integrated timing control (TCON) that enables notebook and netbook designers to make the transition from LVDS to DisplayPort.
Credit rating agency lowers outlook for TI
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Fitch Ratings lowered its rating outlook for Texas Instruments to "negative" from "stable," saying it expects TI's revenue and operating performance for 2009 to deteriorate due to broad-based macroeconomic weakness through at least the rest of the year.
Debate breaks out over home net standards
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3/25/2009   1 comment
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance is raising concerns that the ITU G.hn effort to create an overarching home networking standard will not interoperate with its technology.
Nordic readies ULP wireless sensor ICs
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
Wireless chip specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA (Oslo, Norway) is readying a range of devices it suggests will set the benchhmark for ultra low power wireless sensors.
Pulse~Link lays off 40+, seeks investors
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
Add ultrawideband pioneer Pulse~Link to the list of UWB companies struggling for survival in the current downturn since the company lost its lead investor late last year, laid off most of its employees and is seeking new financing partners.
Gen 2 PCIe switch line touts highest lane counts
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
PLX is offering four new PCI Express switches with features that include x16 support, multi-root, multicast, non-transparency.
So You Have a Network Connection. Now What?
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
Take a quick look around, networking is everywhere " from the simplest FPGA to the billion-gate SoC " almost every chip touts support for Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth or some other form of network connection. As you start building your next project, consider the potential of leveraging the possibilities for the networking port. There is a whole world of new networking protocols tailored specifically for embedded devices. These protocols are part of a set of standards called Universal Plug and Play
STMicroelectronics : Set-top box ICs demodulate cable or satellite signals
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced two single-chip set-top box (STB) ICs that enable manufacturers to increase product performance and implement added-value features using fewer components.
Updated: Gennum to acquire Tundra Semi for $86 mln
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
Gennum Corp. said it would acquire all outstanding shares of Tundra Semiconductor, a supplier of system interconnect products and IP, in a deal valued at $86 million.
POWER: MPU supervisory circuits provide battery backup and CE gating
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3/19/2009   Post a comment
- Maxim Integrated Products's MAX16016/20/21/23/24 low-power (< 1.2microamps), microprocessor supervisory circuits feature precision power-supply monitoring and battery-control functions.
Maxim : Re-drivers bridge long distances
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
Maxim introduces two re-drivers to support the industry’s latest high-speed serial interfaces. The MAX4950 is a quad-channel buffer designed to re-drive PCI Express (PCIe) Gen I and Gen II signals (up to 5.0 Gbits/s), while the MAX4951 is a dual-channel (Tx and Rx) re-driver for SATA/eSATA Gen I (1.5 Gbits/s), Gen II (3.0 Gbits/s), and Gen III (6.0 Gbits/s) signals.
T-Mobile sees Android, 3G rising
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
Like many wireless carriers, T-Mobile hopes to buck the downturn by expanding its cellular network and portfolio handsets; however, the company wants to streamline the number of application environments it supports and lower the costs of its back haul network.
ON Semi adds 30 IP blocks to portfolio
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3/16/2009   Post a comment
Chip vendor ON Semiconductor added more than 30 blocks to its IP portfolio, including blocks for industry-standard interfaces, microcontrollers and peripherals.
9-megapixel HD video image sensor from OmniVision targets camera sweet spot
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3/16/2009   Post a comment
OmniVision's new image sensor does 9-MP still images and 1080p video equally well, targeting DSCs, camcorders and digicams simultaneously, and features higher sensitivity despite the small 1-cm square package.
Radiometrix : UHF FM receiver includes wide range RSSI
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3/16/2009   Post a comment
The Radiometrix RX3G is a PLL synthesiser based miniature board mounted UHF radio data receiver device.
RAiO Technology : LCD controller suits small and mid-size displays
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3/16/2009   Post a comment
RAiO Technology has developed the RA8806-J LCD controller for small and mid-size LCD displays.
Sierra mux/demux targets 100G network apps
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3/16/2009   Post a comment
Sierra Monolithics will start sampling in the second quarter of the year a range of 100G multiplexer with clock multiplier unit (CMU) and demultiplexer with clock and data recovery (CDR) devices, with volume production scheduled for the fourth quarter.
INTERFACES: Real-time ARINC429 PCI card features low overhead
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3/13/2009   Post a comment
Cosateq's new card is supported by Linux and SCALE-RT
ZigBee module delivers +6 dBm output power
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3/13/2009   Post a comment
California Eastern Laboratories is shipping its MeshConnect radio module, the latest in its line of ZigBee/802.15.4 transceiver products.
Logic series designed to resist high temperatures
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3/13/2009   Post a comment
Despite using a plastic package, a family of standard logic devices can work in environments with temperatures of up to 175 degrees Celsius. With the products, Belgian manufacturer CISSOID aims at automotive and industrial applications.
The Virtual Vehicle: Part 3 - Developing robust wiring harnesses
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3/12/2009   Post a comment
The proliferation of options within numerous vehicle platforms requires the use of tools that enable data consistency and option handling, as well as complete and efficient wiring verification within the vehicle.
Harting : Crimp connector is designed for high-voltage rail applications
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3/11/2009   Post a comment
Harting has extended its Han HC 650 range of heavy-duty connectors with a crimp version that can accommodate cables of up to 240 mm2 cross-section.
IDT : Central packet switch offers increased bandwidth
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3/11/2009   Post a comment
IDT announces the 80KSW0006 central packet switch (CPS), offering an optimized mix of port count, performance and power consumption for up to six 4x ports of 10G connectivity.
RadioFrame exits European femtocell IC efforts
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3/11/2009   Post a comment
Femtocell chip developer RadioFrame Networks Inc. has become the first high-profile company to exit the emerging European femtocell hardware business, although it will continue to make chips for the tiny home basestations.
Xilinx CEO: Venture capital won't return to semis
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3/11/2009   3 comments
Venture capital funding is in short supply and won't return to the semiconductor industry even after the current recession, according to Moshe Gavrielov, president and CEO of programmable logic supplier Xilinx.
Components of an ROV system - Part 2: Primary subsystems and electrical considerations
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3/10/2009   Post a comment
Part 2 of this excerpt from "The ROV Manual" looks at the primary subsystems of an ROV - including lighting, cameras, sensors and manipulators - and considers specific issues regarding the tether, power, data, and the connectors.
Analyst: Lean inventories could speed recovery
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3/10/2009   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry will suffer double-digit contraction in 2009, but lean inventories across the supply chain could jump-start a rapid recovery for the industry once the economy starts to improve, an analyst said.
Analyst: Comms services near saturation
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3/9/2009   Post a comment
Carriers are seeing a broad slowdown in communications services that is expected to put pressure on digital consumer hardware, but there's an emerging opportunity supporting the growing number of devices in the digital home, said an International Data Corp. analyst.
USB 3.0 gets more silicon support
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3/9/2009   Post a comment
The USB interface's drive into Gbit territory got another backer as Gennum Corp. announced an integrated physical layer and controller for USB 3.0 now available for licensing as a silicon block.
UC Berkeley building named for Marvell founders
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3/6/2009   1 comment
Sutardja Dai Hall, named for the founders of Marvell Technology Group, opened recently on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley, where it will serve as the headquarters for the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society.
Zoran's new camera processor boasts real-time lens distortion compensation
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3/6/2009   Post a comment
COACH 12 processors also integrate real-time lighting correction for video, improved noise reduction, and more accurate color reproduction capabilities.
Attend the 'too-hot-to-miss' live product teardowns at ESC Silicon Valley
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3/6/2009   Post a comment
We're tearing it up in Silicon Valley. See the inner workings of a deep-sea unmanned sub, a high-flying black box, and other cool stuff.
Designing HDTVs with CEC to Energy Star 3.0
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3/6/2009   Post a comment
If all TVs purchased in 2009 were to meet these new standards for power efficiency, the savings in greenhouse gas emissions would be equal to removing one million cars from the road. But the EPA estimates that only 25 percent of HDTVs currently entering the market will be capable of meeting these stricter requirements.
IDC sees bright spots amid chip downturn
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3/6/2009   Post a comment
Embedded processors and connectivity chips are bright spots in a semiconductor market that will see double-digit dips in computer and cellular chip sales in 2009, said Mario Morales, vice president of global semiconductor research at International Data Corp.
Software a hurdle for ARM-based netbook hopefuls
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3/5/2009   1 comment
Qualcomm and other vendors are using ARM-based processors to try to muscle their way into the netbook market, where Intel's Atom dominates. How quickly and to what degree these devices will be able to capture netbook market share depends largely on consumer demand for the familiar user experience offered by Windows XP.
Software a hurdle for ARM-based netbook hopefuls
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3/5/2009   1 comment
Qualcomm and other vendors are using ARM-based processors to try to muscle their way into the netbook market, where Intel's Atom dominates. How quickly and to what degree these devices will be able to capture netbook market share depends largely on consumer demand for the familiar user experience offered by Windows XP.
Marvell cuts 15% of workforce as revenue plummets
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3/5/2009   Post a comment
Marvell Technology Group will cut its workforce by 15 percent in an effort to reduce costs after the company swung to a loss in the quarter ended Jan. 31 as revenue declined 35 percent sequentially and 39 percent year-over-year.
Standard CMOS noise filters offer automotive EMI protection
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3/5/2009   Post a comment
Long automotive wiring harnesses increase circuit susceptibility to external interference. But simple noise filters in a novel protection structure can boost EMI robustness.
RS-485/422 transceivers eliminate external isolated supply
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3/5/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices' ADM2587E and ADM2582E integrated interface devices deliver signal and power isolation to 2.5 kV in small footprint for industrial-communications applications.
Avoid the crowds at ESC booth events
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3/4/2009   Post a comment
Know what's going on in the booths, and get there first
Sigma Designs logs profit, sees stabilizing demand
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3/4/2009   Post a comment
Sigma Designs posted sequential revenue growth for the quarter ended Jan. 31, something the company's chief executive said signals stabilizing demand in its primary markets.
3-D TV scheme seeks to replace regular TVs
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3/4/2009   1 comment
As TV makers ready 3-D models, a company called Dynamic Digital Depth claims its automatic 2-D-to-3-D conversion algorithms could help replace conventional TVs.
Echelon upgrades control net products
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3/3/2009   Post a comment
Echelon Corp. is upgrading the chips and software that make up its LonWorks suite with new products the company claims will make it cheaper and easier to deploy control networks.
Updated: Fabless firms move up in top 20 IC vendor ranking
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3/3/2009   Post a comment
Qualcomm jumped from No. 13 to No. 8 in the world in semiconductor revenue in 2008 while rival fabless chip vendor Broadcom leapt six positions to rank 17, according to a list of the top 20 chip vendors published by market research firm IC Insights.
WIZnet expands from wired to wireless focus
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3/3/2009   Post a comment
WIZnet offers an 802.11bg WLAN Access Point module a pin-head package.
Updated: Intel rolls four embedded Atoms
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3/2/2009   Post a comment
Intel Corp. will spin four versions of its Atom mobile PC processor and two new companion I/O chips tailored for different embedded systems markets, such as in-car entertainment, industrial control and media phones.
Infineon chip brings analog phones to ADSL lines
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3/2/2009   Post a comment
With two ADSL2+ chips, Infineon claims it creates a technical basis for telcos to reduce the costs for their infrastructure. The devices aim at the market for customer premises equipment.


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