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AMD, HP propose extensions for PCI Express 3.0
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7/31/2009   Post a comment
Researchers from Advanced Micro Devices and Hewlett-Packard have written two extensions to the PCI Express 3.0 specification which aims to enable lower cost chips that could support multiple protocols and reduce processor overhead.
Silicon Valley, Wall Street meet at interconnect event
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
The Hot Interconnects conference will move from its longstanding home on the Stanford campus to Lower Manhattan next month as organizers try to bring together Silicon Valley technologists and bleeding edge systems users on Wall Street, in part to debate the competition between 10 Gbit Ethernet and Infiniband.
NETWORKING - USB 3.0 to SATA bridge IC supports 5Gbps SuperSpeed USB
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe has launched the MB86C30A, one of the first USB 3.0 to SATA bridge ICs that support data transfer rates up to 5Gbps.
Storage controller dissipates low power of 293mW
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
PLX Technology's OXUF943SE targets portable external storage market, and offers flexible integrated encryption as well as powerful firmware.
Texas Instruments : PCI to PCIe bridge offers an easy migration path
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7/27/2009   Post a comment
The XIO2001 is a single-function bridge IC that provides users with an easy migration path from conventional PCI to the latest PCI Express technology.
LucidPort, Fujitsu bring USB 3.0 to mass storage
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7/27/2009   Post a comment
Silicon is arriving for the new USB 3.0 specification from LucidPort and Fujitsu, and a new class of consumer mass storage devices have become the first target to ride the fast interconnect.
Freescale CEO claims progress, but firm posts loss
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7/23/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor posted a net loss of $484 million on revenue of $824 million for the quarter ended July 3, but the company's top executive said the firm continues to make solid progress on its ongoing restructuring and goal of returning to profitability.
Engineer's suicide throws light on iPhone mania
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7/23/2009   3 comments
A 25-year old engineer working for a company that assembles Apple iPhones reportedly took his life this week in the wake of losing a prototype of a future Apple handset.
Qualcomm back in the black, but outlook disappoints
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7/22/2009   Post a comment
Fabless chip vendor Qualcomm raised its fiscal 2009 revenue and operating income guidance after hitting its own revised sales target and beating analyst revenue expectations for the most recently concluded quarter.
Video: Synaptics shows ten-finger multi-touch
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7/22/2009   Post a comment
Synaptics has launched new capacitive touch screen displays for smart phones and mainstream cellphones, including a high-end device that can track ten fingers at a time.
Report: Blackstone wrote down Freescale stake by 85%
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7/21/2009   1 comment
Private equity fund Blackstone Group wrote down the value of its investment in Freescale Semiconductor at the end of 2008 to $180 million, 15 percent of what it originally invested, according to a Reuters report.
ISuppli: IC inventories down to appropriate levels
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7/20/2009   Post a comment
Global semiconductor inventories have declined to appropriate levels following four consecutive quarters of reductions, clearing the way for stockpile rebuilding and higher sales in the second half of the year, according to market research firm iSuppli.
CamSemi : PSS controllers deliver 5 star performance
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7/20/2009   Post a comment
CamSemi has announced the C2160 family of Primary Side Sensing (PSS) controllers enabling manufacturers to develop five star-rated mobile phone chargers easily and at low cost.
POWER - Tiny, programmable USB/AC switch-mode battery charger ICs have dual input and output source
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7/17/2009   Post a comment
Summit Microelectronics offers two programmable battery charger ICs, the SMB136 and SMB137B, that provide dual input source (USB or AC/DC) with arbitration, dual output for system and battery and system operation with a dead or missing battery.
When good grounds turn bad--isolate!
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7/17/2009   Post a comment
To make designers aware of these design pitfalls, this article explains where ground potential differences originate in the electrical installation, how ground loops are created unintentionally, and how isolation circumvents both conditions to yield a robust data-transmission system.
Cypress beats Q2 expectations
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor said second quarter revenue increased 12 percent sequentially, while President and CEO T.J. Rodgers said company management is "cautiously optimistic" on the pace of the chip industry recovery.
Four-channel digital isolators housed in tiny package
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
ADI's latest iCoupler digital isolation products provide a 1-kV rms isolation rating, reduce board space up to 70 percent, and cut costs by 20 percent.
PCI Express will scale to 8 GHz by next June
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7/15/2009   1 comment
The final specification for PCI Express 3.0 will be released by next June, the PCI Special Interest Group announced at its annual conference, providing more detail about the 8 GHz interconnect and challenges implementing it.
Front end IC simplifies board design, reduces cost
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
NEC's latest Front End IC combines a power amplifier, low pass filter, and two single pole double throw switches into a single chip.
New approaches urged for cellular antenna design
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Greater innovation will be needed to avoid an impending crisis in cellphone antennas, according to market trackers Strategy Analytics in a just published report on antenna technologies.
Analyst: Mobile phone segments set for smart rebound
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
The market for mobile handsets and the components that go into them is set to rebound next year in style, according to market tracker Forward Concepts (Temple, AZ).
Deinterlacing with FPGA for HDTVs
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7/15/2009   2 comments
Interlaced video is a succession of 50 or 60 fields per second, where each field carries only half of the rows that are displayed in each frame of video. This article explores different deinterlacing techniques and examines how FPGAs are increasingly being used for complex deinterlacing functions required for HDTVS.
CEA may set wireless charging standard
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7/14/2009   1 comment
The Consumer Electronics Association is investigating whether it should create a wireless charging standard for devices such as cellphones at a time when many competing technologies are emerging including one used in the Palm Pre Touchstone that has analysts scratching their heads.
Amimon raises $10 million in round D
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7/14/2009   Post a comment
Wireless HD chip developer and supplier Amimon Inc. (Herzlia, Israel) has raised $10 million in Series D funding.
Tensilica to power Blue Wonder's LTE designs
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7/14/2009   Post a comment
Design house Blue Wonder Communications (Dresden, Germany), which specializes in baseband chips and IP for mobile broadband applications such as LTE, is to use Tensilica's Xtensa dataplane processors for an LTE broadband modem design.
NETWORKING - IDT's new PCIe Gen2 switches include temperature sensors
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
Integrated Device Technology (IDT) has announced PCIe Gen2 switches that that provide system-level thermal management. The new switches include high-performance networking and storage controllers.
Report sees WiMax slowdown, LTE concerns
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
WiMax networks are facing a slowdown in revenue and subscriber growth this year, and many carriers still harbor concerns about whether the rival fourth generation wireless technology, Long Term Evolution, is ready for deployment, according to a new report from Maravedis Research.
Renesas touts faster SiP design process
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
Renesas has started using new tools that the company says can halve system-in-package (SiP) design time since they rely on a top-down (predictive) design approach in which key characteristics, such as design quality and heat dispersion, are verified during the initial design stage.
It's staycation time for U.S. electronics industry
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
The dog days of summer are at hand, and we remain under the unhealthful haze of a recession that has lingered like a stalled air mass over the economy.
UMTS Band 2 duplexer features tiny footprint
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7/10/2009   Post a comment
Designed for use in UMTS Band 2 handsets, Avago's latest high isolation duplexer is one-third smaller than previous versions and provides designers with advanced RF performance.
Microtune tunes in to Auvitek
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7/10/2009   Post a comment
Microtune Inc. (Plano, TX) is buying, for about $9 million in cash and stock, fabless chip startup Auvitek International Ltd.
SMSC beefs up connectivity design with Tallika deal
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7/9/2009   Post a comment
SMSC has acquired, for $3.4 million, design house Tallika Corporation, which has a team of approximately 50 designers located in Chennai, India and Phoenix, Arizona.
Austriamicrosystems sampling contactless joystick module
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7/9/2009   Post a comment
Analog chip specialist austriamicrosystems (Unterpremstatten, Austria) is signaling a diversification, and starting to sample a joystick module based on contactless sensing aimed at portable communication devices.
Groups partner on LTE reference design
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7/9/2009   Post a comment
Lime Microsystems (Guildford, England) and Blue Wonder Communications (Dresden, Germany) are partnering on the development of an LTE reference design using Lime's single chip LTE transceiver alongside the German group's baseband.
Selection and integration of MEMS-based motion processing devices
Design How-To  
7/8/2009   1 comment
Measuring and intelligently processing the movements of devices in three dimensional spaces is the next major disruptive technology that will drive innovation in consumer electronics. This feature will examine four critical factors involved in the selection and integration of this technology.
Nordic : 2.4 GHz transceivers consume less than10 uA
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7/8/2009   Post a comment
Nordic nRF24AP2 next generation single chip ANT solutions redefine ultra low power wireless connectivity benchmark with sub-10 uA average current consumption.
PCIe Gen2 switches integrate temperature sensor functionality
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7/8/2009   Post a comment
IDT has started to sample three new PCI Express (PCIe) Gen2 switching products that provide high performance, line rate throughput and integrate IDT Power Smart technology to solve system-level thermal management challenges in enterprise applications.
Report: Consumer electronics sales picked up in Q2
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7/8/2009   Post a comment
Despite returning to sequential growth in the second quarter, the global consumer electronics market is still on pace to contract overall in 2009, according to the latest analysis from market research firm iSuppli.
Infineon sells wireline group for $350 million
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7/7/2009   Post a comment
Struggling German chip group Infineon Technologies AG is selling its wireline communications operation to an affiliate of U.S. based private equity firm Golden Gate Capital for 250 million euro (about $250 million).
MediaTek the latest to take to ARM Mali
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7/7/2009   Post a comment
MediaTek, the fast-growing Taiwanese group developing SoCs for wireless communications devices, has become the latest to take a license on ARM's Mali-400 MP multicore graphics processing unit (GPU) for its system-on-chips.
Skyworks said to have pipped RFMD in cellphone PA stakes
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7/7/2009   Post a comment
The two leading suppliers of power amplifiers for the mobile communications sector, Skyworks and RFMD, ended last year with close to one-third of the market, but Skyworks has for the first time edged slightly ahead of RFMD, according to market trackers Strategy Analytics.
Design considerations when using programmable integer-N PLL ICs
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7/6/2009   2 comments
Understand how parameters of the PLL divisor loop affect performance
LTE/WiMax synthesizer IC offers extremely low noise, improves EVM, sensitivity, spectral purity
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7/6/2009   Post a comment
ICs in National Semiconductor LMX2541 frequency synthesizer family feature integral VCO
European IEEE SoC Conference to focus on design costs
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7/3/2009   Post a comment
The crippling cost of System on Chip design will be one of the highlights of the forthcoming 22nd IEEE International SOC Conference which is to held in Europe for the first time.
VIDEO - Silicon Labs' single-chip hybrid TV tuner improves reception, simplifies manufacturing
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7/2/2009   Post a comment
The Si2170 from Silicon Labs is the industry's first silicon TV tuner to exceed the performance of traditional discrete TV tuners. It is a complate, globally-compliant hybrid TV tuner with analog TV demodulator in a single CMOS IC.
IDT samples programmable clocks for wide range of applications
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7/2/2009   Post a comment
IDT's latest VersaClock timing devices offer greater flexibility and improved performance for designers of high-performance consumer, telecommunications, networking and data communications applications.
UART series features USB 2.0 compliant bus interface
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7/1/2009   Post a comment
Exar Corp. rolled out what it says is the industry's fastest Full-Speed USB UART with up to 12Mbps serial data rate.
Via Licensing signals progress with NFC patent pool
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7/1/2009   Post a comment
The formation of a patent pool for technologies related to near field communications (NFC) is gathering steam with one of the major players in the field, Via Licensing Corporation, signing up Motorola Inc. for its joint licensing program.
Wolfson taps former Nokia VP to lead sales
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7/1/2009   Post a comment
Andy Brannan, a former VP at Finnish phone maker Nokia, has been appointed chief commercial officer at mixed-signal chip specalist Wolfson Microelectronics plc (Edinburgh, Scotland).


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