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Forum planned on 40/100G Ethernet
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
The Ethernet Alliance will host a one-day forum in Silicon Valley on the changes coming with the 40 and 100 Gbit/second versions of the IEEE P802.3ba standard now in the works.
Digital photo frames to get connected
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
The total silicon opportunity for digital photo frame suppliers will exceed $550 million by 2013, according to market research group InStat.
Conexant : System-on-chip targets connected photo frames
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Conexant Systems has announced the first in a planned series of system-on-chip (SoC) solutions targeted at the growing market for “connected” digital photo frames and interactive display appliances (IDAs).
Jobs go but new processors coming at ARC
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
ARC International (St Albans, England) is to lay off 35 employees and close several of its locations in a major restructuring that sees the licensor of multimedia IP cores reduced to 115 direct staff, excluding its Adaptive Chips joint venture in India. The company also revealed it is readying a new processing range that will be launched in November.
Analyst: Intel eyes cellphone apps processor market
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6/25/2009   Post a comment
Intel is coveting the $1.3 billion cellphone application processor market for its future versions of Atom, according to Will Strauss, president and principal analyst at Forward Concepts, in a soon-to-be-published report on the handsets and chip market.
Gigle powers ahead in Belkin adapters
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6/25/2009   Post a comment
Gigle Semiconductor (Barcelona, Spain and Edinburgh, Scotland) has revealed that its GGL541 home-networking chip drives the Gigabit Powerline Networking Adapters being launched by network router specialist Belkin.
The iPhone 3GS costs $172.46, says iSuppli
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
The Apple iPhone 3GS has a bill of materials cost of $172.46, and Toshiba took the largest share of the pie at $24 for its 16 Mbyte flash module, according to market watcher iSuppli Corp.
XMOS fosters its first fabless client companies
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
James Foster, CEO of XMOS, has said the first partner company, enabled by the XMOS event-driven processor, is selling chips under its own brand and package labeling. Other XMOS client companies are moving to market rapidly, Foster said.
Opinion: Don't expect a Finntel iPhone
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
The marriage of Nokia and Intel pairs to powerful mobile forces, but history suggests we should not expect an iPhone killer.
IEEE plans PoE patent pool
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
The IEEE is ready to jump into the patent pool game, and it is starting with a call for patents on power over Ethernet.
Vodafone first in Europe with live femtocell service
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
Vodafone is set to become the first European network operator to offer femtocells commercially to residential users.
TI digs deeper into femtocells opportunity
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments is upping the stakes in supplying developers of both residential and enterprise femtocells with a range of DSPs specifically targeted at the emerging 3G access point market.
Companies demo 'mass market' femtocell platform
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
Femtocell pioneer Ubiquisys (Swindon, England) is demonstrating for the first time at this week at the Femtocells World Summit staged here in London its latest 3G basestation, which is based on the Aquilo baseband chipset from Percello (Ra’anana, Israel).
Marvell lifts sales target on improved demand
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Citing broad improvement in demand within multiple end-markets, Marvell Technology Group increased its revenue target for its second fiscal quarter, saying it now expects sales to be between $600 million and $630 million.
Imagination licenses graphics IP to Taiwanese group
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England), a licensor of graphics processing cores, has sealed another licensing deal for its Power SGX graphics processor IP, this time with Taiwanese fabless group MediaTek.
UPDATE: B'com, Toshiba win sockets in iPhone 3GS
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
Teardowns of the third generation Apple iPhone reveal a more integrated—and probably lower cost--handset thanks in part to new design wins for Broadcom and Toshiba that caused one analyst to quip the 'S' in the iPhone 3GS may stand for savings.
Broadcom again extends deadline on Emulex offer
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
Broadcom extended the deadline on its $964 million tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Emulex until July 1, saying that only about 2.3 million of the 82.6 million outstanding shares of Emulex had been tendered.
Watch Out: WAPI is back on the Wi-Fi agenda
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6/19/2009   4 comments
WAPI, the controversial Made-in-China wireless LAN security protocol that the government tried to force companies to adopt three years ago as a de facto standard, is being re-submitted to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for consideration as a global standard.
TV chips seen poised for growth after rough Q1
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6/18/2009   Post a comment
Revenue from semiconductors used in televisions is projected to rise to $13.9 billion in 2013, up from $9 billion in 2008, despite a projected decline for 2009, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Moore's Law repealed! But does it matter?
Design How-To  
6/18/2009   8 comments
Looking at the real cost, performance and time-to-market requirements designers face, the repeal of Moore's Law, which appears to be in progress, may not even matter anymore, according to Gene Frantz, Principal Fellow at Texas Instruments and creator of "Gene's Law", a power-related corollary of Moore's.
Active cable IC startup supports HDMI 1.4
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6/18/2009   Post a comment
Irish fabless chip startup RedMere Technology confirmed the availability of silicon to support new active cable designs for the high definition multimedia interface specification version 1.4 .
Movidia licenses SD IP from Arasan
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
Fabless chip group Movidia (Dublin, Ireland) , which focuses on mobile video processors optimized for capturing and editing audio and video clips by users on a mobile phone and other consumer electronics equipment, is licensing IP from cores specialist Arasan Chip Systems, Inc.(San Jose, Calif.) for its next generation SoC.
Beyond-IR: Remote Controls for Home Entertainment
Design How-To  
6/17/2009   3 comments
The alternative to infrared remote control technologies is RF-based remote controls. RF-based remote controls overcome three major limitations of infrared technologies: line-of-sight and range; one-way communications; and high power consumption. Let's take a look at each of these limitations.
Competition heats up in smart-cards
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
Competition in the smart card market remains as fierce as ever for applications including SIM cards, ID, access, payment & banking cards, transportation and pay TV, according to market research group IMS (Wellingborough, England).
Trio set to demo femtocell interoperability
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6/16/2009   Post a comment
Three leading players in the emerging femtocells business, chip designer picoChip, mobile packet core router provider Starent Networks Corp., and Continuous Computing, have collaborated on what they suggest is the first demonstration of the latest 3GPP Iuh standard.
Tundra Semi shareholders OK acquisition by IDT
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
Shareholders of Tundra Semiconductor Corp. voted to approve the firm's acquisition by a wholly owned subsidiary of Integrated Device Technology.
IDT debuts first multi-monitor support chip for DisplayPort
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT) announced the PanelPort VMM1300 ViewXpand chip, claiming the title as the first VESA DisplayPort-based controller providing complete high-definition multi-monitor capability without the need for an additional graphics card.
Cypress PSoCs claim superior analog, digital performance
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor introduced two new PSoC programmable system-on-chips with enhanced analog and digital performance.
Imagination sparks up video codec line-up
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
Mulitmedia processor technology licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England) will embed the Spark video decoder from Sorenson Media (San Diego, Calif.) in future versions of its Power VR VXD video decoder IP cores.
Murata samples industry's smallest RF switch connector
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6/12/2009   Post a comment
Murata Electronics North America has developed what it claims is the world's smallest RF switch connector that measures only 2.0mm x 2.00 x 0.9mm.
Peregrine expands UltraCMOS digital step attenuator line
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6/11/2009   Post a comment
Peregrine's 50Ω series UltraCMOS 5- and 6-bit DSAs feature high broadband linearity and a serial-addressable CMOS control interface.
Video IC vendor Geo Semi is born
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6/11/2009   Post a comment
A new video semiconductor venture, Geo Semiconductor, was formed around the acquisition of business lines and IP from Silicon Optix, including the Realta and the Geo ICs.
Updated: Qualcomm raises sales target
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6/11/2009   Post a comment
Citing stronger-than-expected demand for chipsets and increased licensing revenue, Qualcomm raised its revenue target for the quarter.
Sun starts porting OpenSolaris to ARM chips
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6/11/2009   Post a comment
Sun Microsystems has started porting its OpenSolaris operating system on to ARM processor cores, targeting mobile, handheld and embedded applications, on the heels of being made available on Sparc processors targeting mainframes.
Replacing RS-232 with 802.11n wireless
Design How-To  
6/10/2009   3 comments
The RS-232 serial interface is used extensively in industrial environments, but there is a lot to gain from the replacement of these cables with a wireless transport mechanism. In this article we consider how a wireless link based on 802.11n WLAN can be configured and deployed for this purpose.
PoE powered device platform integrates 2kV isolation
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6/9/2009   Post a comment
Akros Silicon's AS1854 is a highly efficient power SoC that enables network-based energy management features for "green" enterprise.
Microchip expands wireless products with ISM band, sub-GHz transceiver radio
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6/9/2009   Post a comment
The MRF49XA radio is intended for bi-directional, short-range wireless applications, and provides cost-effective, easy integration with PIC microcontrollers.
Only wireless related IC segments seen growing in '09
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6/9/2009   Post a comment
Only two of the 29 IC product categories tracked monthly by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization are likely to show any growth this year, according to an analysis by IC Insights.
ST-Ericsson targets China, U.S. for growth
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6/9/2009   Post a comment
ST-Ericsson is looking for growth in the U.S. and Chinese markets as a major contributor to sales in the near future, according to Alain Dutheil, chief executive of the recently established wireless chip group.
Group targets open source cloud computing
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6/9/2009   Post a comment
Executives from Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Yahoo are calling for developers to create an open source software standard for cloud computing and showed their efforts at the first annual Open Cirrus Summit.
SECURITY - Nano Socket WiFi/LAN modules assure security for device-level communications
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6/8/2009   Post a comment
Connect One has introduced the Nano Socket Family of WiFi and LAN Embedded Modules, which require no driver development. Interchangeable form factors improve time to market and increase customer flexibility.
Health Alliance taps low power Bluetooth, ZigBee
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6/8/2009   Post a comment
Both the low power Bluetooth and ZigBee Health Care networking specifications have been endorsed by the Continua Health Alliance as future health device networking standards.
Intel invests $43 million in Japanese WiMAX firm
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6/8/2009   Post a comment
Intel's venture capital arm has invested $43 million in UQ Communications, a Japan-based provider of WiMAX mobile services.
Cypress : Programmable SoCs have touch-sensing interface
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6/8/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor has introduced two PSoC programmable system-on-chips with enhanced analog and digital performance.
NXP powers up RF chip process technology
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6/8/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has extended the capability of its QUBIC4 BiCMOS process so that it delivers higher levels of integration and performance at high frequencies.
Ember targets smart metering with ZigBee SoC
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6/8/2009   1 comment
Targeting industrial rather than consumer applications, and specifically smart metering in the medium term, Ember Corporation (Boston, MA.) will start shipping in the third quarter of this year an SoC for ZigBee networking based on an ARM Cortex-M3 processor.
Gennum debuts PCI Express 3.0 cores
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6/8/2009   Post a comment
Seeking leadership in interconnect technology, Gennum Corp.'s Snowbush IP group announced it has completed silicon core designs of a controller and physical-layer device for PCI Express version 3.0 and signed up PLX Technology as a first customer.
A first look inside the Palm Pre
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6/7/2009   Post a comment
A new multi-touch display controller from Cypress Semiconductor is one of few surprises inside the modular design of the Palm Pre handset, according to a teardown by Portelligent.
Sequans Mobile WiMAX SoC eliminates need for external CPU or DSP
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6/6/2009   Post a comment
The SQN1220 features Sequans' mimoMAX technology that implements dual transmit channels (2Tx), enabling uplink MIMO, and maximum likelihood MIMO performance for throughput of greater than 40 Mbps with extremely low power consumption.
HDMI attracts three challengers
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6/6/2009   3 comments
At least three companies are fielding new wired alternatives to the high definition multimedia interface, hoping to leapfrog the HDMI 1.4 specification to be released soon by providing more bandwidth, reach or networking capabilities.
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