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Strong April chip sales drive prediction higher
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
Actual global chip sales were $23.41 billion in April, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association, which quotes numbers from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics. Cowan LRA model moves annual prediction up.
April averaged chip sales beat expectations
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for April was $23.579 billion, up 2.25 percent compared with the previous month and up 50.4 percent compared with the year before, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association.
MCU to Intel architecture conversion
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
This white paper gives an overview of the real-time nature of PLC applications and analyzes the interrupt architecture on platforms featuring the Intel Atom processor.
Saxony agrees to aid Abu Dhabi with technology
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
The German state of Saxony has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi's Executive Affairs Authority agreeing to set up opportunities to share and exchange knowledge and expertise in advanced technology R&D, in particular in microelectronics, according to the Advanced Technology Investment Co.
ST-Ericsson launches feature-rich mobile internet platform in China
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
ST-Ericsson has launched a new platform that will enable manufacturers to build feature rich handsets with high-speed internet capabilities at an affordable price point.
Wireless mesh network chipset targets smart lighting
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
Semtech and Virtual Extension have announced a two-chip wireless mesh network chipset that brings a new level of performance and signal robustness to smart lighting applications.
Startup proposes SOI JFETs for low power
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
SuVolta Inc., a startup formerly known as DSM Solutions Inc., has revealed some details of the company's plan to achieve low power IC operation through the use of complementary junction FET technology.
PicoChip cofounder joins antenna, backhaul firm
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
Peter Claydon, co-founder and former chief operating officer of PicoChip Design Ltd., has joined Deltenna Ltd., a developer of wireless communications systems, according to a report in the Silicon South West newsletter.
NETWORKING - Fairchild's USB technology meets now and future demands
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5/29/2010   Post a comment
Fairchild’s micro-USB switch (FSA9280A) and USB transceiver (FUSB2500) have been designed to serve the ever-evolving demands placed upon USB ports in today's market. In addition to being the universal interface for mobile applications, today's USB must handle file transfers, battery-charging, music, and factory programming.
Wi-Fi IC shipments set to grow 33% in 2010, says ABI
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5/28/2010   Post a comment
Global shipments of Wi-Fi ICs are forecast to surpass 770 million units in 2010, up almost 33 percent compared to 2009, according to the ABI Research wing of Allied Business Intelligence Inc.
Nokia, CEA-Leti to present high-speed NFC
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5/28/2010   Post a comment
CEA-Leti and Nokia have developed a radio frequency front-end IC that supports high-data rate short-range communications between a reader, typically a mobile phone, and a memory tag, which is due to be presented at the upcoming VLSI Symposium.
Smart grid standards expected by mid-2011
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5/28/2010   2 comments
Engineers aim to deliver within a year a broad suite of standards needed to build smart electric grids and reported on stepwise progress at the end of Connectivity Week here.
Analyst sees chip market uptick over next decade
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5/27/2010   Post a comment
The global chip market will likely rise annually by about 8 to 10 percent on average over the next decade, due to the demands of environmental engineering on semiconductor technologies, according to an industry analyst.
Oclaro backs ClariPhy in $24 million VC round
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5/27/2010   Post a comment
ClariPhy Communications, a vendor of mixed-signal, digital signal processing (MXSP) integrated circuits for optical networks, has raised $24 million in Series C funding.
Intel further retreats from discrete GPUs
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5/26/2010   13 comments
Intel has further retreated from plans to bring a high-performance stand-alone graphics processor to market, but will continue to develop its multi-core Larrabee architecture for the high-performance computing market, the company revealed in a blog posting.
TSMC to invest $5 million in Shanghai VC firm
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5/26/2010   Post a comment
Foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has said it will invest $5 million, or about NT$160 million, in a venture capital company based in Shanghai, according to a Focus Taiwan report.
Powerline backers spar over smart grid market
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Competing powerline proponents used the platform of the Connectivity Week event to fire off competing announcements to position themselves for success in the emerging smart grid market that has huge potential, but sees no end in sight to years of fragmentation over technical approaches.
2.4-GHz RF SoC delivers CD-quality wireless audio
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Targeted at consumer, portable and high-end audio applications, TI says the first RF device in its new PurePath Wireless product line can reduce bill of materials cost by 50 percent.
Think outside the chip: MEMS-based systems solutions
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Come to ESC Chicago to learn more about embedded systems plus sensors.
Videos: Net pioneers on smart grid, Web congestion
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5/25/2010   1 comment
In separate keynote addresses in Silicon Valley, Vint Cerf, co-developer of the Net's TCP/IP protocol, shared his thoughts with developers of the smart electric grid and Larry Roberts, who helped launch the forerunner of the Internet, explained his ideas for remedying the congestion that plagues the Web today.
Intel extends business plan competition
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel Corp., has launched the 2010 Intel Challenge, a competition for university students who are asked to submit business plans for the chance to win $150,000. Otellini launched the competition during a speech at the World Congress on IT in Amsterdam.
Fresco Logic rolls 2-port USB 3.0 host controller
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Fabless chip startup Fresco Logic introduced its latest device, a two-port USB 3.0 host controller with a PCI Express Gen II interface.
IBM, MediaTek to debut 60-GHz chipset
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5/24/2010   Post a comment
IBM and MediaTek plan to debut their 60-GHz transceiver chipset at the IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Symposium in Anaheim, Calif.
Intel rolls mobile CPUs for ultrathin notebooks
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5/24/2010   1 comment
Intel Corp. announced Core 2010 notebook processors geared to create a new class of ultra-thin, ultralow power portables expected to power as many as 40 systems designs less than an inch thick and weighing just two to five pounds.
Clients to become more like servers, says ARM's CTO
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5/24/2010   Post a comment
Processors for mobile clients are going to have to take on many of the functions associated with networking infrastructure, according to Mike Muller, chief technology officer of ARM. This will be part of an explosion of processing requirements for wirelessly-connected devices that will require multiple application-specific processors to keep power consumption down, he added.
New tube: Interview with GoogleTV's top engineer
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5/21/2010   7 comments
A day after the announcement, we spoke with Vincent Dureau, the engineer behind GoogleTV about the genesis and outlook of the project, its technical specs and why he doesn't see it as a problem that GoogleTV does not have any cable-TV partners yet.
Solarflare samples 40-nm quad-port 10GBASE-T PHY chip
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
In an effort to accelerate the mass adoption of 10GbE, Solarflare Communications has begun sampling the industry's first 40nm quad-port 10GBASE-T PHY chip.
GlobalFoundries, ASML linked to UMC fund raising
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
Foundry chip manufacturer United Microelectronics Corp. wants to involve a strategic partner in plans to raise capital according to local reports and market watchers have tipped GlobalFoundries as a candidate.
Debugging SuperSpeed USB software using virtual prototypes
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
This white paper describes how virtual prototype use models for hardware/software verification and the integration of the LeCroy analyzer software into Synopsys' DesignWare SuperSpeed USB verification environments help solve SuperSpeed USB IP development challenges.
Analyst: April IC shipments weaker than expected
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
April semiconductor shipments were slightly weaker than expected after a strong March, as key PC players began to reduce component inventories, according to Craig Berger, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets. Berger said sources from Asian distributors indicated that DRAM and NAND flash contract pricing may have peaked.
Marvell swings to fiscal Q1 profit
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5/20/2010   Post a comment
Fabless chip maker Marvell Technology Group reported a net income in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles of $206 million for the three months ended May 1, swinging to a profit after recording a loss for the same period of 2009.
Touchscreen chip mania hits market
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5/20/2010   Post a comment
Call it national touchscreen chip week.
Viewpoint: Buyer beware of semiconductor brokers
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5/19/2010   1 comment
Every customer should be aware of the risks associated with purchasing semiconductors from brokers or un-franchised distributors. Customers that routinely purchase product from even "reputable brokers" will ultimately pay the price of production delays, system field failures, or, if theyre lucky, the discovery up front that the parts are counterfeits.
Inside Microsoft's Kin reveals surprise
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5/19/2010   Post a comment
The heart of Microsoft's Kin is Nvidia Corp.'s Tegra APX2600 processor.
ART2.1 DRL IP doubles speed, shortens design times
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5/19/2010   Post a comment
Akya has enhanced its dynamically reconfigurable logic (DRL) IP. ART2.1 can now run up to twice as fast as its predecessor and is designed to work better with code generated by high-level-language compilers.
Analyst sees global chip sales decline in April
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5/19/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global chip sales for April is set to be $22.9 billion down slightly from $23.06 billion recorded for March, according to analysts at Carnegie Investment Bank AB.
60 GHz groups face off in Beijing over Wi-Fi's future
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
Engineers appear to have struck a quick compromise in meetings in Beijing this week to hammer out the future of Wi-Fi in the IEEE 802.11ad group that includes members from two opposing camps in 60 GHz wireless technology.
Single-port PSE controller delivers up to 40W to powered devices
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
Maxim's new PSE controller integrates a power MOSFET and sense resistor to save space and cost, while delivering up to 40W to high-power powered devices.
Update: Samsung doubles chip, LCD capex
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
As expected Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced on Monday (May 17) that it would double its capital spending to boost its capacity in semiconductor and flat screen manufacturing, according to reports.
Update: Samsung doubles chip, LCD capex
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
As expected Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced on Monday (May 17) that it would double its capital spending to boost its capacity in semiconductor and flat screen manufacturing, according to reports.
Intersil aims to become $1 billion player
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5/14/2010   3 comments
Intersil has raised its second quarter outlook.
Silicon wafer shipments up
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5/14/2010   Post a comment
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased.
Intel event: What the analysts said
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5/13/2010   Post a comment
Analysts weigh in on takeaways from Intel's analyst day, held earlier this week.
Philips replaces 60-W standard bulb with 12-W LED alternative
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5/13/2010   5 comments
At the Lightfar International tradeshow here, Royal Philips Electronics today unveiled its 12 watt EnduraLED light bulb it claims is the first LED replacement for a 60 watt incandescent light bulb.
Cadence to buy Denali for $315 million
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5/13/2010   4 comments
EDA software vendor Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has entered into a definitive merger agreement to buy memory model company Denali Software Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) for $315 million in cash. Denali is expected to have approximately $45 million in cash at closing.
Toyota Braking Problem Investigation
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5/13/2010   8 comments
A Toyota Prius owner investigates the "brake pause" problem and learns about road discontinuities
HTC sues Apple over phone, pad and pod
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5/13/2010   Post a comment
HTC Corp., maker of the so-called Google phone, took legal action against Apple Inc. on Wednesday (May 12), filing a complaint with the International Trade Commission to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States.
A4 processor found inside next-gen Apple iPhone
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
Apple Inc.'s next generation iPhone will use its new A4 applications processor and support video capture.
Enables ZigBee function integration in smart energy end devices
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
SyChip has introduced SyNode, a smart energy embedded module dubbed SN3020 that it claims is the smallest, lowest-power, fully compliant ZigBee module supporting Smart Energy and Home Automation profiles.
Freescale backs Liquavista for e-reader displays
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
Electrowetting display provider Liquavista has said it is working with Freescale Semiconductor Inc., a supplier of microprocessors for e-readers.
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