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RF module operates in 868-MHz ISM band
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4/30/2007   Post a comment
One RF Technology has introduced a low-cost, 868-MHz RF module dubbed TinyOne Lite that is optimized for low-power radio communication at a competitive cost and available with or without an integrated antenna.
Under the Hood: Inside Microsoft's Xbox 360 Elite
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4/30/2007   Post a comment
In the wake of its Sony Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii video teardowns, Semiconductor Insights kept the cameras rolling as it took apart the new Xbox 360 Elite to see just how Microsoft plans to stay competitive in the hotly contested, three-way gaming platform market.
Optically coupled isolators provide 6kV isolation
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4/30/2007   Post a comment
Providing design engineers with an extended range of isolators for applications that require 6kVDC electrical isolation, TT electronics OPTEK Technology has expanded its family of optically coupled isolators.
Developing an automotive electrical distribution system: Part 4 - COTS harness design tools
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
It's survival of the fittest, with software tools making for efficient wire harness design.
Compact digital I/O module includes locking USB connector
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
The SeaDAC Lite family of USB digital I/O products offers system designers a compact, low-cost alternative for interfacing any USB equipped computer with real world signals.
Video codecs in SoCs using OCP-based programmable accelerator design
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
Video codecs involve a huge amount of data parallelism due to their block-based structure. Most computations are not performed on a single pixel, but on a block of pixels. Dedicated acceleration units with a wide data-path (16 x 16 x 8-bit = 2048-bit, for example) speed up the codec by up to three orders in magnitude compared to a pure software solution, facilitating lower clock rates. To support multiple standards, such as the VC-1 and H.264 video codecs, within a single SoC, considerable flexi
China IT growth slows in Q1; better times ahead
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4/26/2007   Post a comment
Sales growth in China's IT industry slowed in the first quarter, with revenue expansion dropping from 30 percent year over year to 16 percent.
TSMC sales, profits slide amid inventory correction
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4/26/2007   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest foundry, turned in a poor first quarter but said things are already starting to improve.
Developing an automotive electrical distribution system: Part 3 - 'Pain points' in the design flow
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
Harness design--from wiring and configuration inputs to system design outputs--has several potential pitfalls.
BenQ surprises by spinning off branded business
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
After losing about a $1 billion in a failed attempt to become a global handset brand, BenQ Corp. decides to throw in the towel and shed itself of the branded business.
CE growth to see 'significant slowdown'
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
CE growth may decelerate in the coming years, but a few areas will still be hot, such as PMP/MP3 players. But giants like Apple, Samsung and Sony will make it tough for the little guy to survive.
Samsung uses direct metal links in DRAM stack
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics follows up IBM Corp. with advances in using direct metal connections between chips to increase performance and decrease power usage.
Chip integrates LIN transceiver, voltage regulator functionality
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
AMI Semiconductor has introduced low-power, mixed-signal devices that combine Local Interconnect Network (LIN) transceiver and voltage regulator functionality in a single chip for in-vehicle networking applications.
Mixel releases characterization report for SerDes IP
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Mixel announced the availability of an extensive characterization report for its MXL-SRDS-4254, a four-channel SerDes IP suitable for PCI Express, SATA, Fibre channel, Sonet, XAUI and other serial interface standards.
North, South Korea planning IT forum
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Following in the path of other emerging markets, North Korea is eager to get its hands on advanced technology and will hold a meeting with South Korea to forge closer tech ties.
UC Berkeley confirms $10 cell phone project
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4/23/2007   1 comment
How cheap is cheap? Try 10 bucks for a cell phone. UC Berkeley confirmed that it is, indeed, working on such a device, but it will be years before it gets to the serious engineering stage.
Integrated front-end module targets WiMAX devices
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4/22/2007   Post a comment
JMD launched the M30001, a WiMAX front end module containing all active and passive components required to interface WiMAX transceivers more directly to the antenna.
Infineon expands design presence in Singapore
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4/18/2007   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies announced it will undertake a major expansion of its R&D operations in Singapore, a sign of Asia's increasingly vital role in the company's strategy.
PCIe packet switches offer low power, small footprint
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4/18/2007   Post a comment
Pericom Semiconductor added a PCI Express (PCIe) packet switch line to its product portfolio it is marketing under the name GreenPacket.
Intel boosts multicore programming effort at Chinese universities
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4/17/2007   Post a comment
In an effort to boost the number of multicore developers, Intel is expanding its efforts at Chinese universities.
China launches satellite for rival to GPS
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4/17/2007   Post a comment
China launched its second navigation satellite over the weekend as part of a plan to build the country's "Compass" navigational system, which could emerge to rival America's Global Positioning System.
Chartered reshuffles senior executives
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4/16/2007   Post a comment
Chartered reworks management structure to integrate sales, manufacturing functions.
SMIC in crosshairs of private equity again
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4/16/2007   Post a comment
Reports surface again that private equity is seriously considering a stake in Chinese foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp.
Fujitsu tailors LSI chip for in-car automotive systems
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4/16/2007   Post a comment
Fujitsu's latest LSI chip integrates various functions, including a CPU core from ARM Ltd., 2D and 3D graphic capabilities, in-car networking features, and support for various media interfaces.
Embedded switches target Fibre Channel storage system back-ends
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4/16/2007   Post a comment
Check out Emulex's new line of embedded storage switches called InSpeed. These products are designed to enable complete speed flexibility across Fibre Channel storage system back-ends.
Bluetooth shipments to surge this year
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4/13/2007   Post a comment
Bluetooth is blooming all over, with shipments expected to surge 47 percent this year and eventually reach 1.6 billion in 2010, according to IC Insights.
Researchers apply energy harvesting to portable devices
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4/12/2007   Post a comment
The move to provide supplemental energy sources for batteries in portable devices is accelerating as more mobile phones, MP3 players, laptops and wireless devices use some form of energy harvesting.
Newark to distribute Cypress' PSoCs
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4/12/2007   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has selected Newark to distribute its PSoC mixed-signal arrays, which provide programmable platforms for integrating as many as 100 peripheral functions with microcontrollers.
Malaysian research house increases focus on semis, energy
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4/12/2007   Post a comment
Malaysian government research arm gets overseas help in aim to develop advanced materials, micro-energy technology
India cell phone subscribers to triple
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4/12/2007   Post a comment
Cell phone usage in India is increasing at a frenetic pace, passing 5 million new subscribers a month to rival China as one of the fastest growing cellular markets in the world.
Firm claims smallest silicon tuner for mobile TV
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4/11/2007   Post a comment
TV chip vendor MaxLinear rolled out what the company bills as the world's smallest silicon tuner for mobile TV, the MxL7001. The device supports ISDB-T and will initially target the Japanese market.
LSI rolls full HD encoder for broadcasters
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4/11/2007   Post a comment
LSI has unveiled what the company calls the first high-definition (HD), real-time encoder to support "full HD," 1080p60, the highest resolution format for HD content.
Marvell chip supports Bluetooth, FM
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4/11/2007   Post a comment
Marvell Technology Group rolled out a single-chip solution that combines Bluetooth core specification version 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate-compliant baseband, a radio frequency transceiver and a worldwide FM radio receiver.
Analyst forecasts 18% chip sales growth in '08
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4/10/2007   Post a comment
Strong end market growth and stabilizing average selling prices will drive semiconductor industry revenue to $316 billion in 2008, an increase of nearly 18 percent from projected 2007 chip industry sales, according to a forecast by market watcher Objective Analysis.
48-V ideal diode-OR controller replaces power Schottky diodes
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4/10/2007   Post a comment
The LTC4355 dual ideal diode-OR controller from Linear Technology allows Schottky diodes to be replaced by N-channel MOSFETs in high availability systems and provides extensive fault monitoring to diagnose supply failures.
Conexant cuts sales forecast
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4/9/2007   Post a comment
Conexant Systems said revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2007 were $200 million, a sequential decline of 18.5 percent, blamed on weakness across all its product categories.
Analyst: MCU prices will keep declining
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4/6/2007   Post a comment
Average selling prices for microcontrollers declined across all categories in 2006 and are expected to continue doing so, according to a report by market research analyst Semico Research.
High-accuracy control electronics spur wide-gear-ratio automatic transmissions
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4/5/2007   Post a comment
Optimized microcontrollers squeeze efficiency from greater numbers of gears, enabling better use of engine power, smoother operation, and improved fuel economy.
PowerPC embedded processor dissipates 5-W of power at 1-GHz
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4/5/2007   Post a comment
AMCC plans to begin sampling in the third quarter a 90-nm PowerPC embedded processor that delivers typical power dissipation of 5-W at 1-GHz, a frequency range from 667-MHz to 1.2-GHz with 2.0 Dhrystone MIPS/MHz, and extensive memory support.
Silicon Image narrows guidance; CFO retiring
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4/5/2007   Post a comment
High-definition video IC vendor Silicon Image narrowed its first quarter guidance, saying it now expects revenue to be at the low end of the previously guided range of $68 million to $72 million. The company also announced that its chief financial officer intends to retire.
SMIC increasing capacity at Chengdu plant
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4/5/2007   Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) plans to expand the capacity of a 200-mm wafer fab in Chengdu from 30,000 wafers per month to 70,000.
ARM9-based microcontroller integrates processor with on-chip Flash
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4/4/2007   Post a comment
Atmel's 200-MIPS ARM9-based system-on-chip integrates 512 KB Flash, 32 KB SRAM and 32 KB ROM with USB host/device, Ethernet, multiple serial interfaces, and peripheral DMA
Cap for H-1B visas maxes out in one day
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4/4/2007   Post a comment
Going, going, gone After just one day, the cap for H-1B visas hit its annual quota. About 150,000 people filed and only 65,000 will get in.
Voltage monitor guaranteed over high temps for automotive apps
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4/3/2007   Post a comment
Check out Linear's latest triple supply voltage monitor that guarantees operation across -40°C to 125°C. The LTC1728H-5 monitors 5V, 3.3V and one adjustable trip threshold set with an external resistive divider network, giving users the flexibility to monitor voltages as low as 1-V.
Highly-integrated SoC targets fax machines
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4/3/2007   Post a comment
Conexant Systems has developed a document imaging SoC with complete imaging, communications capabilities, and peripheral control functions. The CX95410 is powered by a 180-MHz 32-bit RISC processor, a 120-MHz DSP image processor, and three 288-MHz flexible I/O processors.
Altera's triple-speed Ethernet MegaCore function successfully completes UNH-IOL conformance testing
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4/3/2007   Post a comment
UNH IOL ensures Altera's triple-speed Ethernet MegaCore function is compliant with the IEEE 802.3 specification and MAC and 1000 BASE-X PCS test suites.
SST boosts NANDrive density to 8-Gbytes
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4/3/2007   Post a comment
SST expanded its NANDrive solid-state storage product line with devices that range in capacities from 1- to 8-Gbytes and leverage its NAND controller technology, multi-chip packaging techniques and an industry standard ATA/IDE interface. .
GbE transceivers pack more ports into networking equipment
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4/2/2007   Post a comment
Avago Technologies has started to sample a Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) small form-factor pluggable (SFP) transceiver for extended link distances.
BenQ sells stake in AU Optronics
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4/2/2007   Post a comment
In an effort to strengthen its books, BenQ Corp. raised $142 million on Monday by selling a chunk of its holding in TFT-LCD maker AU Optronics Corp.


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