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Qualcomm touts the smartbook to rival netbooks, smartphones
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
Wireless chip group Qualcomm Inc. has started promoting the concept of the 'smartbook', powered by the latest 1GHz versions of its Snapdragon chipsets, and described as taking the best of what a netbook and smartphone has to offer in terms of functionality and performance.
Linear Technology : PoE controller suits IEEE 802.3at
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
The LTC4266 is a 4-port Power over Ethernet (PoE) controller for Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) required to provide IEEE 802.3at (25.5W) or proprietary higher power levels.
RFaxis touts integrated, single die BiCMOS front ends
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
Wireless chip startup RFaxis (Irvine, Calif.) has started sampling its first two devices, both offering a replacement for traditional RF front-end modules, combining all the functionality into a single-die, single-chip that use "breakthrough and disruptive" design methodologies.
Marvell posts sequential sales gain
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor company Marvell Technology Group reported a sequential increase in sales for the quarter ended May 2 and the company's chief executive said recent trends indicate an improvement in near term order patterns.
Gartner bumps up '09 chip sales forecast
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Market research firm Gartner issued a revised semiconductor industry revenue forecast that projects 2009 revenue will not fall quite as sharply as the firm predicted in February, thanks to better-than-expected first quarter PC sales.
AMS, Fraunhofer partner for encoder ICs
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Analog IC specialist Austriamicrosystems and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) have linked to develop a generation of magnetic motion sensing integrated circuits based on Fraunhofer’s patented HallinOne magnetic sensor technology.
RF transceivers address short-range ISM-band, io-homecontrol protocols
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices' latest RF transceivers enable secure and robust transmission of remote data for smart grids and home and building automation.
AMS touts through-silicon via foundry process
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems has started producing on a foundry basis parts on its Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology, targeting suppliers of devices for 3D integration of CMOS ICs and sensor components.
SIM cards identified as a growing market
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
The mobile communications market as a whole may be suffering, notably as regards subscriber growth, but shipments of SIM cards are powering ahead, having reached record levels in 2008 and set to continue growing this year, according to market trackers IMS Research (Wellingborough, England).
U.S. flat-panel TV sales grew again in Q1
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5/26/2009   1 comment
Shipments of flat-panel televisions in the U.S. and Canada reached 7.8 million units in the first quarter, up 17.3 percent from the first quarter of 2008, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Ceva, mimoOn partner for LTE baseband
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
DSP cores IP licensor Ceva Inc. has joined the growing list of companies to port mimoOn's mi!MobilePHY LTE software on to silicon targeting the emerging wireless broadband technology.
Swedish processor startup replaces CEO
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
Coresonic AB, the Swedish developer of programmable baseband processors targeting wireless and broadcast technologies, has appointed Johan Lodenius as its chief executive officer.
ARC, Realtek team for audio enhanced codecs
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
ARC International (St Albans, England) and Realtek Semiconductor (Hsinchu,Taiwan) have won the first design-in for a codec that to bundles ARC's Sonic Focus audio software with Realtek codecs.
picoChip : Femtocell SoC supports eight users
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
PicoChip has launched the picoXcell PC312 HSPA+ femtocell system-on-chip (SoC). The device supports eight users, with simultaneous voice and data services.
Rapid growth seen for mobile broadband modems
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
The mobile broadband modem market in Europe, including USB modem devices, PC Cards, ExpressCards, and internal cellular modems for laptops and mini-laptops, reached around 10.5 million units last year, more than doubling from 4.3 million in 2007.
ip.access, picoChip team for enterprise femtocell SoC
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5/22/2009   Post a comment
Femtocell pioneer ip.access is likely to be the first to market with a high capacity device for enterprise use that integrates picoChip's picoXcell PC312 SoC.
Handheld ultrasound gets FDA approval
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5/21/2009   Post a comment
Startup Signostics got approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ship what it claims is the world's smallest ultrasound device, the pocket-sized, one-pound Signos that sells for about $4,000 as a kind of visual stethoscope.
Wolfson targets integrated DAC/amp at mobile devices
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5/21/2009   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has started sampling a single chip mono DAC and speaker amplifier targeted at improving audio quality in a range of devices such as mobile phones, conference speakerphones, digital radios and PNDs.
Interoperable SuperSpeed USB devices, hosts demo'd
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5/21/2009   Post a comment
A clutch of companies demonstrated interoperable prototype hosts and devices for the upcoming SuperSpeed USB at this week's USB Implementers Forum in Tokyo, Japan.
Wintegra, 4M Wireless team for LTE interoperability
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
LTE terminal protocol stack specialist 4M Wireless (Luton, England) is partnering with communications processors group Wintegra (Austin, TX) for interoperability testing.
RFEL signals another 'exclusive' design win
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
Signal processing specialist RF Engines Limited (RFEL) is to develop an algorithm and the optimum architecture for determining the fine time of arrival of classified signals for SELEX Galileo, the military surveillance, navigation and tracking division of Italian engineering and defense group Finmeccanica.
Digital isolator IC relieves USB data lines of intimate physical-connection risks
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices ADuM4160 allows use of USB ports in harsh or safety-critical applications
Cisco discloses server ASICs
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5/19/2009   Post a comment
Cisco Systems has designed a set of proprietary ASICs to more than double the DRAM memory linked to an Intel Nehalem processor in hopes of leapfrogging existing server makers in areas such as database performance or the number of virtual machines a server can support.
NEC accelerates USB 3.0 adoption with host controller
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5/19/2009   Post a comment
Check out what NEC is calling the world's first USB 3.0 compatible LSI host controller that is compliant with USB 3.0, the next-generation standard of USB.
Broadcom urged to buy market share in cellular baseband
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5/19/2009   Post a comment
Broadcom Inc. may have to return to the acquisition trail to build scale and breadth of technology if it wants to challenge Qualcomm, Infineon and ST-Ericsson for big design wins in the increasingly competitive cellular baseband business, according to market tracker Strategy Analytics (Milton Keynes, England).
Groups combine for high level protocol LTE ref designs
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5/19/2009   Post a comment
picoChip and Continuous Computing are joining forces to develop a Long Term Evolution (LTE) femtocell and picocell reference platform that extends from a hardware reference design and physical layer implementation (PHY) all the way up through Layer 2 and Layer 3 LTE protocols.
Innovision confirms NXP as Gem licensee
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5/18/2009   Post a comment
The deal signed by Innovision Research and Technology plc (Cirencester, England) with an un-named supplier of NFC chips turns out to be with NXP Semiconductors BV (Eindhoven, the Netherlands).
Groups demo LTE platforms, test cases at Berlin summit
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5/18/2009   Post a comment
Silicon IP licensor Ceva Inc. ((Herzelia, Israel) has teamed with communications network integrator and software supplier Aricent to demonstrate a licensable IP platform solution for LTE baseband terminals based on Ceva's DSP core at this week’s LTE World Summit that takes place in Berlin, Germany.
What you need to know about Microsoft's BlueTrack mouse
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5/18/2009   1 comment
With Microsoft's recent release of the BlueTrack family of mice, new approaches to lighting and image processing are brought to bear.
ST, NXP dominate car infotainment IC rankings
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5/15/2009   Post a comment
European chip suppliers dominated the 2008 global rankings for automotive infotainment semiconductors in what was a flat market for the sector, according to market tracker iSuppli.
Trident buys consumer IC lines from Micronas
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5/14/2009   Post a comment
Consumer chipmaker Trident Microsystems has acquired three consumer chip product lines from Micronas Semiconductor in exchange for 7 million shares of Trident common stock plus warrants to acquire up to 3 million additional shares.
TI acquires Luminary Micro
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5/14/2009   3 comments
Texas Instruments acquired Luminary Micro, a supplier of ARM Cortex-M3-based 32-bit microcontrollers. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
ST, Soitec team for smaller, clearer image sensors
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5/14/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics and Soitec are joining forces to develop 300mm wafer-level backside-illumination (BSI) technology for use in image sensors. sensitivity.
TI to demo SuperSpeed USB 3.0 transceiver chip
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments is demonstrating a 5Gbit/s transceiver test chip at next week's USB Developers Conference in Tokyo, Japan that it says will speed the implementation of the emerging SuperSpeed USB 3.0. specification
2.4-GHz RF SoC supports IEEE 802.15.4 standard
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
TI is offering a complete low-power RF solution for ZigBee/IEEE 802.15.4, ZigBee RF4CE and smart energy.
Are the gloves off for motor control?
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
Developments in MCU performance are creating new opportunities for three-phase motor control solutions, which could lead to greater efficiency in everyday white goods. Which approach is best, hardware of software?
Diamond Point drives storage start-up in UK
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
Diamond Point International (Rochester, England) has been appointed a specialist reseller and distributor for Fusion-io's innovative NAND flash based soild state drives, the ioDrive and ioDrive Duo.
RF chip group raises a further $1.1 million
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
CMOS RF tuner specialist Elonics Ltd. (Livingston, Scotland) has raised a further $1.1 million, much of which will be used to expand sales and operational support for what it says is a growing global customer base.
NXP sampling standards compliant NFC chip to tier 1 handset makers
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5/11/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has started sampling to "all the major mobile handset manufacturers" an NFC chip that is fully compliant with the latest mandated specifications for the short range, low power networking standard, including the important Single Wire Protocol connection with the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card and Host Controller Interface.
Startup drives 10G Ethernet to 40 nm
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5/11/2009   Post a comment
Aquantia is disclosing progress on 40 nm transceivers it says could signal the start of a mainstream 10 Gbit/second Ethernet market sometime late next year.
German group buys Technitrol's MEMS microphones operation
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5/11/2009   Post a comment
German component manufacturer Epcos AG has bought, for an undisclosed sum said to be in the mid-single digit million Euros, the development activities and patents related to MEMS microphones of Technitrol, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA), opening up a new market for Epcos.
Carriers: Let many mobiles multiply
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5/8/2009   Post a comment
As the market for cellphones approaches saturation in North America, carriers are hungry for new kinds of gadgets to link to their networks, but some systems and software designers are not eager to take on the broadening design challenges.
Nvidia revenue shows sequential growth
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5/7/2009   Post a comment
Graphics chip specialist Nvidia reported that revenue for the quarter ended April 26 was $664.2 million, an increase of 38 percent from the previous quarter but down 42 percent compared with the same period a year earlier.
CDMA cell-band, PCS front end modules boost handset efficiency
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5/7/2009   Post a comment
Avago Technologies announced two new front end modules (FEMs) that incorporate a power amplifier (PA), duplexer, band-pass filter and coupler to improve efficiency and extend talk time in mobile handsets.
ST in licensing deal for FET's battery technology
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5/7/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics and Front-Edge Technology, the Baldwin Park, California-based developer of rechargeable batteries, have signed a licensing deal under which Franco-Italian chip maker gains access to FET's NanoEnergy ultra-thin lithium battery technology.
Infineon urged to extend wireless portfolio
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5/7/2009   1 comment
Another analyst has come out with a positive note on the prospects for Infineon Technologies AG, this time regarding its wireless business unit.
AMD creates new business units
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5/6/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices announced that the company has been reorganized around four operating groups.
Wi-Fi backers drive to 60 GHz
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5/6/2009   3 comments
Five top Wi-Fi chip makers and a handful of computer and consumer OEMs have created the Wireless Gigabit Alliance that aims to release later this year a specification for 60 GHz networking at rates up to 6 Gbits/second, competing with startups such as Amimon and SiBeam that have rallied similar alliances around their technologies and already delivered working chips to OEM partners.
Hynix, Numonyx, Phison team for NAND controller IC
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5/6/2009   Post a comment
Hynix Semiconductor Inc, Numonyx BV and Phison Electronics Corp. have announced that they agreed to develop controller ICs for the next generation of managed-NAND memories based on the newly-released JEDEC eMMC 4.4 specification.
System ICs to return to growth in Q3, iSuppli says
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5/5/2009   Post a comment
The market for system ICs--including ASICs, application-specific standard products and programmable logic devices--is poised to return to sequential growth in the third quarter after watching its revenue fall by nearly one third over the past six months, according to market research firm iSuppli.
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