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Synapse, Silicon Labs team on wireless mesh
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4/30/2010   Post a comment
Snap, the operating systems for wireless sensor networks from Synapse Wireless Inc. (Huntsville, Ala.) has been linked up with the Si1000 wireless microcontroller from Silicon Laboratories Inc. (Austin, Texas) to enable sub-GHz connectivity for smart meters, building automation and personal medical devices.
Atheros weaves mesh networking effort
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4/30/2010   Post a comment
Atheros Communications is trying to rally interest in a standard for using mesh technology in home networks, an effort that would help the company merge and add value to its Wi-Fi and powerline chip products.
TI unveils lowest power JFET-input audio operational amplifiers
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
Extending its Burr-Brown Audio line, Texas Instruments has introduced a family of JFET-input op amps featuring ultra-low noise and distortion to maximize audio system quality and performance.
LED driver features dynamic headroom control for high-power applications
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
National has started to sample what it says is the first LED driver with dynamic headroom control and multiple outputs for high-power applications that accurately and efficiently drives up to four strings of LEDs.
Low-Power Intel Architecture Platform for In-Vehicle Infotainment - Part 1: Overview
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4/26/2010   Post a comment
Part 1 of this white paper presents an overview of the key technology blocks that make up the Intel-based IVI platform, as well as the challenges faced in optimizing and incorporating these into the platform.
Controller safeguards low voltage electronics from input power surges
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4/26/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC4361, a 2.5V to 5.5V overvoltage and overcurrent protection controller designed to safeguard low voltage, portable electronics from damaging input voltage transients and current surges.
Samplify offers IQ compression for 4G conversion
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4/26/2010   Post a comment
Samplify Systems Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a provider of signal compression technology and ICs has announced Prism IQ compression technology optimized for wireless infrastructure applications using the Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) standard.
Renesas gets in-touch with Immersion touch interface
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4/23/2010   Post a comment
Renesas Electronics America Inc. and Immersion Corp. have collaborated to provide a system-level solution that enables designers of consumer electronics; white goods; and medical, building automation and office equipment to integrate haptic [touch] feedback in product designs.
ESC: FitBit teardown as therapy
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4/23/2010   Post a comment
A casual encounter at the right time sends an imaginative and driven, out "of-shape engineer on a journey of passion, frustration, learning, marriage, birth " and the on-going struggle for mental and emotional survival against all the odds. There are many like him, but help is available.
The RCA phono plug: An outdated relic?
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4/21/2010   7 comments
When it came to choosing the RCA phono plug as a standard for consumer audio (and video) applications, "cheap" and "simple" clearly won out over technical considerations.
NXP, Trusted Logic open up NFC-Android API
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4/20/2010   Post a comment
Dutch chip company NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and Trusted Logic SA (Paris, France) have announced the release of an open-source application programming interface to attach near-field communications to the Android software stack.
7 Tips for Getting Started with Multicore
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4/19/2010   Post a comment
This white paper offers seven tips to help developers make the first step in using multicore devices.
Report: Airspace closure could hit chip, cellphone firms
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4/19/2010   Post a comment
Asian chip and cellphone makers could be impacted if the European air-space closure does not end soon, according to a Dow Jones Newswire report.
New converged network blends Ethernet, Infiniband
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4/19/2010   1 comment
The race toward converged networks took a step forward as a trade group announced a capability for layering Infiniband's low latency features on top of Ethernet for high performance computing applications running on large clusters.
Samplify introduces ultrasound beamformer IC
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4/19/2010   Post a comment
Samplify Systems Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has announced an autofocus beamforming technology for ultrasound imaging.
Europe frets under air-travel ban
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4/19/2010   6 comments
The closure of northern European air space due to a volcanic dust cloud is starting to have an impact on business as well as causing distress to tens of thousands of travelers stranded abroad.
Data rates, mobile drive high-speed connector innovation
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4/19/2010   Post a comment
Advances in design, technology and materials science have pushed connectors to unprecedented performance.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - CyClockWizard streamlines customization of timing solutions
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4/16/2010   Post a comment
CyClockWizard, a new free tool from Cypress for selection and customization of Cypress's programmable timing solutions, integrates custom configuration and field programming of supported Cypress timing solutions.
Motion controllers add zing to flat videogame market
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4/15/2010   Post a comment
The Nintendo Wii commanded 43 percent of the unit market for videogame consoles in 2009, but Sony and Microsoft are expected to challenge the Wii's dominance in a relatively flat market this year focusing on new motion-control technologies, according to market watcher iSuppli Corp.
PC market booms on European demand
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4/15/2010   Post a comment
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 84.3 million units in the first quarter of 2010, a 27.4 percent increase from the first quarter of 2009, according to preliminary results from Gartner Inc. Gartner had been expecting first quarter PC shipments to grow 22 percent.
Samsung opens up over cancer allegations
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4/15/2010   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has denied chemicals used in its manufacture of integrated circuits cause leukemia or lymphoma during a planned tour of its Gi-Heung wafer fab facility, about 39 miles south of Seoul, according to reports.
Consortium backs mobile interface for high def video
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4/14/2010   1 comment
Nokia, Samsung Electronics, Silicon Image, Inc., Sony and Toshiba Corp. have formed the MHL Consortium. The group has created a draft specification for the Mobile High-Definition Link originally announced by Silicon Image in 2008 for sharing high-definition video between mobile devices and televisions.
Virage Logics's new IP venture: It's the subsystems, stupid!
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4/13/2010   Post a comment
Virage Logic no longer sees itself as just a provider of a collection of semiconductor IP cores. Instead, it's betting on a future of becoming a supplier of "subsystems" that can be quickly, painlessly and deeply embedded in SoCs for its licensees.
Entrepreneurs drive Silicon Valley toward Detroit 2.0
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4/13/2010   1 comment
A handful of entrepreneurs hope to turn Silicon Valley into Detroit 2.0 by supplying key subsystems for next-generation electric and hybrid vehicles but they disagree about how the new market they see for electric and hybrid vehicles will emerge.
SATA storage controller optimized for real-time encryption
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4/13/2010   Post a comment
PLX Technology Inc. is calling its OXUFS944SE the industry's highest-performance, lowest-power direct attached storage (DAS) controller for the consumer storage market.
Intel, Samsung, others form WiMax 2 consortium
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4/12/2010   Post a comment
Alvarion, Beceem, GCT Semiconductor, Intel, Motorola, Samsung, Sequans, XRONet and ZTE as well as the Taiwanese research organization, ITRI, have launched the WiMax 2 Collaboration Initiative (WCI).
Infineon predicts strong Q2 and Q3
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4/12/2010   1 comment
European chip company Infineon Technologies AG has said that it now expects the second quarter of its 2009/10 financial year, ending Sept. 30, 2010, will be better than previously expected.
Digital Lowpass: A filter by any other name is still a filter
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4/12/2010   2 comments
Understand the realization of an analog filter in digital domain, using an FPGA
TSMC's March sales help it beat guidance
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4/9/2010   Post a comment
Foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) said its unconsolidated March sales were approximately NT$30.82 billion (about $977 million), an increase of 5.6 percent over February 2010 and an increase of 126.3 percent over March 2009.
March sales at UMC rise 9.8%
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4/8/2010   Post a comment
The world's number two foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has reported sales for March that are up 9.8 percent on sales in February 2010. This is slightly less than is usual as March tends to be a considerably stronger March with sequential rises of around 25 percent.
En Garde! MEMS gyros penetrate smartphones
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4/7/2010   1 comment
Handset makers are confirming reports that MEMS-based gyroscopes are being built into next-generation smartphones to provide new twists on user interfaces, mobile gaming and location-based services.
Acoustics and Psychoacoustics Applied - Part 1: Listening room design
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4/7/2010   1 comment
Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Acoustics and Psychoacoustics", 4th edition, examines optimal speaker placement, IEC rooms, room energy evolution, LEDE rooms, non-environment rooms, and diffuse reflection rooms.
February's poor chip sales: a blip or a sign?
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4/7/2010   1 comment
Actual global sales of semiconductors was $20.79 billion in February, down 4.9 percent from the actual sales in January of $21.85 billion, according to figures from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics.
Former Fujitsu president sues over sacking
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4/7/2010   Post a comment
Kuniaki Nozoe, the former president of computer and IT services company Fujitsu Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan), is planning legal action against the firm over his removal from office, according to reports.
Intel's CEO earned $14 million in 2009
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4/6/2010   1 comment
Paul Otellini, president and CEO of the world's largest chip company Intel Corp., received about $14.1 million in total compensation for doing his job in 2009, an increase of 16.7 percent over what he was paid in 2008, according to documents filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission.
Standards to drive 2 million 60-GHz shipments in 2015, says ABI
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4/6/2010   Post a comment
Two wireless protocols are set to drive the take up of 60-GHz chipsets and take the annual market to 2 million shipments in 2015, according to market research company ABI Research.
Telecom providers hungry for 100G, but price averse
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4/6/2010   1 comment
Big telecommunications providers are hungry for higher density systems, but they are concerned about the high costs of the first 100 Gigabit Ethernet systems coming this year and the need to transition to IPv6, according to an NTT chief technologist who shared details of a recent evaluation of core routers.
February's global averaged chip sales up 56%, says SIA
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4/5/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors in February was $22.04 billion down 1.3 percent from the equivalent figure in January 2009 and up 56.2 percent from February 2009, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Power Tip 22: Avoid These Common Error Amp Pitfalls
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4/5/2010   2 comments
Understand the problems that may occur with this critical power-supply functional block, and how to avoid them
Inside the iPad: Samsung, Broadcom snag multiple wins
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4/4/2010   7 comments
Samsung and Broadcom are among the major silicon suppliers for the Apple iPad which sports an unusually high processor-to-memory channel, an abundance of touch-screen silicon, a novel case design, according to a teardown performed by UBM TechInsights, a sister division of EE Times.
Embedded.com Weekly Newsletter: March 29 - April 2, 2010
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4/1/2010   Post a comment
This is archive copy of the Thursday Embedded.com Newsletter, chronicling news, product and design article activity during the week of March 29 to April 2, 2010.
Enlarged Renesas climbs the chip vendor ranks
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4/1/2010   Post a comment
The carefully prepared merger transaction of NEC Electronics Corp. and Renesas Technology Corp. has been completed to create Renesas Electronics Corp., the world's third (or fourth) largest chip company.


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