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Dc/dc module market declining, says report
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8/31/2006   Post a comment
Once a bright spot in the long-troubled merchant power supply market, the dc-dc converter module sector is now projected to grow significantly less than anticipated just 12 months ago, according to market research firm Darnell Group.
3.3-V RS-485 transceivers consume up to 70% less board space
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8/31/2006   Post a comment
Intersil has introduced its most rugged RS-485/RS-422 transceiver family yet. The ISL317XE is the first Intersil RS-485 devices to have an IEC61000 ESD rating, providing what it says is the highest ESD standard in the industry. The 3.3-V devices also support a data transmission rate of 20-Mbits/s and are housed in a tiny MSOP (mini small-outline package), consuming 50 to 70% less board space than conventional parts.
Rugged RS-485/RS-422 transceivers provide ±15-kV ESD protection
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8/31/2006   Post a comment
Targeted at the consumer, industrial, medical and automotive markets, Linear's rugged RS-485/RS-422 low-power transceivers are capable of operating up to 20-Mbits/s or 250-kbits/s for low EMI while at the same time provide ESD protection up to ±15-kV.
LSI Logic, Micronas team on ATSC reference design
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8/30/2006   Post a comment
LSI Logic Corp. and Micronas have announced the availability of a qualified reference design that provides all of the functions for a high-quality, feature-rich, flat-panel integrated digital TV (IDTV).
Motorola to develop mobile WiMax chipsets
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8/29/2006   Post a comment
Motorola Inc. has announced a strategic initiative to develop mobile WiMax chipsets for the company's next-generation WiMax devices.
RF Monolithics buys networking, software companies
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8/28/2006   Post a comment
RF Monolithics Inc. has signed definitive agreements to acquire Cirronet Inc., a wireless data communications and networking company, and Caver-Morehead Systems Inc., a supplier of computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) software.
22-bit SerDes delivers 15-kV ESD, reduced EMI for wireless apps
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8/25/2006   Post a comment
Chip maker Fairchild Semiconductor's latest µSerDes device offers nearly twice the ESD protection of its predecessor and delivers the EMI levels required for today's wireless devices.
NEC unveils automotive image processor
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8/25/2006   Post a comment
NEC Electronics Corp. has introduced its first system-on-chip image processor for automotive applications, adding to microcontrollers used in powertrain and body controls. The company is aiming at a de facto standard in the image recognition field for automotive applications.
Reference design speeds IPTV, hybrid DVB set-top box development
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8/25/2006   Post a comment
Micronas and Planetweb have teamed up to produce a reference design that will enable consumer electronics OEMs to build IPTV and Hybrid IPTV/Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) TV set-top boxes quickly and cost-effectively.
Hot products: LEDs, multimedia ICs, microcontrollers
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8/24/2006   Post a comment
The hottest products posted this week at eeProductCenter include a line of wedge-based LEDs, a family of high-definition multimedia interface ICs, a 10-GHz socket, an ambient light sensor and a newly packaged 8-bit PIC microcontroller chip.
Bitmap controller cranks it up to 10-V for LCD displays
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8/24/2006   Post a comment
Take a look at this bitmap controller and driver for full dot-matrix monochrome TN and STN LCD displays from EM Microelectronic. The circuit has a driving capability of 8x32, 4x36, 2x38 or 4, 3, 2, 1 rows x 40 columns addressed by a 3-wire and I²C interface. And it delivers an external high LCD voltage up to 10-V.
66-MHz quad-channel UART complies with PCI 3.0 spec
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8/23/2006   Post a comment
Exar has introduced what it claims is the industry's first quad-channel 66-MHz PCI 3.0 compliant Universal Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter (UART) device.
Chip maker expands HDMI product line
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8/21/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices has expanded its HDMI IC line with transmitters and receivers that support HDMI v1.2a signals up to UXGA resolutions (1600 x 1200 at 60 Hz) and DVI (digital video interface) v1.0. It also added HDMI multiplexers that employ an advanced equalizer technology, allowing consumers to position their HD equipment up to 20 meters away from the television without incurring HDMI signal degradation that can result in picture loss.
PCI Express x1 PHY supports source synchronous and DDR clocking
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8/21/2006   Post a comment
When TI started to sample the XIO1100 last year, the technical details were scant at best. The chip maker's third-generation PCIe x1 PHY has hit the market in full production, providing designers with the opportunity to choose low-cost FPGAs that don't run faster than 125-MHz.
Stock option probe delays Marvell's Q2 results
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8/16/2006   Post a comment
Fabless chip maker Marvell Technology Group Ltd. announced it would only release revenue results for the second quarter of fiscal 2007, because of an ongoing review of the company's stock options and related accounting practices by a special committee of its Board of Directors.
Diamond MEMS integrated with CMOS
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8/16/2006   Post a comment
The world's first microelectromechanical systems directly integrated onto a CMOS chip is the aim of a new joint effort among U.S. laboratories, industry and academia.
PCI-to-PCI bridge targets 32-bit PCI bus bridging apps
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8/15/2006   Post a comment
Check out this 32-bit 66-MHz asynchronous PCI-to-PCI bridge dubbed the Tsi350 from Tundra Semiconductor that is priced at less than $8 each in volume quantities. Fully compliant with the PCI local bus specification revision 2.3, the Tsi350 has sufficient clock and arbitration pins to support nine PCI bus master devices for a wide range of applications from communications equipment to embedded video recorders.
Sirenza Microdevices to buy MicroLinear for $45M
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8/15/2006   Post a comment
RF component supplier Sirenza Microdevices Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire fabless semiconductor company MicroLinear Corp., in a stock swap.
PMC-Sierra concludes stock options review
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8/14/2006   Post a comment
After an independent review of its stock options grant practices, broadband and communications semiconductor supplier PMC-Sierra Inc. determined that certain options awarded from 1998 through 2001 differ from measurement dates previously used to determine stock-based compensation expense from 1998 to 2002.
Stock options probe delays Nvidia results
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8/10/2006   Post a comment
Graphics processor company Nvidia Corp. posted sales of $687.5 million the second quarter of fiscal 2007 ended July 30, up 20 percent from $574.8 million the second quarter of fiscal 2006.
Broadcom to delay 10-Q filing
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8/10/2006   Post a comment
Communications semiconductor supplier Broadcom Corp. has filed a Form 12b-25 notification with the Securities and Exchange Commission warning of a delay in filing its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2006, due to an ongoing investigation of its stock options grant practices.
Clock generator supports emerging cell processor apps
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8/10/2006   Post a comment
Cypress has developed a clock generator to provide the high performance clock signals required for both the Rambus XDR memory systems and the FlexIO processor bus interface supporting applications that employ the Cell processor architecture. The CY24271ZXC XDR clock generator provides four programmable differential outputs using a reference input clock of either 100 MHz or 133 MHz to enable the 6.4 GB/sec XDR memory system and the up to 8.0-GHz FlexIO processor bus.
Transmitter-receiver pair transmits video, audio signals at up to 10.8-Gbits/s
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8/10/2006   Post a comment
This chip duo from Genesis Microchip is claimed to be the first product that adheres to the DisplayPort 1.0 standard. Aimed at high-bandwidth display applications such as HDVTs, projectors and high-resolution monitors, the transmitter (gm60028) and receiver (gm68020) only require a single differential pair to transport pixel data for a 1680x1050 LCD panel.
Semiconductor biosensor shrinks test systems
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8/10/2006   Post a comment
Hitachi Ltd. has developed a semiconductor biosensor chip that introduces electrical measurement for the first time into immunoassay, in place of light absorption measurement.
ISSI, Microtune delay 10-Q filings due to stock probe
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8/9/2006   Post a comment
Integrated Silicon Solution Inc. and Microtune Inc. have delayed filing quarterly Form 10-Q reports as both companies review historical practices in granting stock options.
2-port switches provide true 10BaseFL/100B-SX/100B-FX support
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8/8/2006   Post a comment
The latest 2-port devices from Micrel are claimed to be the only switch products on the market that provide true 10BaseFL/100B-SX/100B-FX support. As a result, modern networks can connect to legacy multimode fiber with 10Base FL or 100BaseSX without incurring additional latency.
Infineon taps Duggan to head North America unit
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8/7/2006   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies has appointed Gerry Duggan as CEO and President of Infineon Technologies North America Corp. His appointment becomes effective Sept. 25.
Silicom to use Tehuti chip in Ethernet cards
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8/7/2006   Post a comment
Silicom Connectivity Solutions will use the TN3014 traffic accelerator chip from Tehuti Networks Inc. in its 10-Gbit/sec Ethernet adapter cards.
ITC favors Chinese company in SigmaTel patent suit
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8/4/2006   Post a comment
China-based fabless IC company Actions Semiconductor Co. said Friday (Aug. 4) that the U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a determination in favoring Actions in the patent infringement lawsuit between the company and Austin-based semiconductor supplier SigmaTel Inc.
Dual UART series operates at 1.8-V for battery-powered apps
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8/3/2006   Post a comment
At 1.8-V operating levels and a data-transfer speed of 16-Mbits/s, Exar's XR16M and XR68M dual UART series is suitable for a variety of battery-operated consumer products. The devices also feature a programmable fractional baud rate generator with prescaler, and 16-byte, 32-byte, and 64-byte FIFO choices.
Winners, losers in Q2 chip results
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8/3/2006   Post a comment
It was another day of mixed results for chip suppliers reporting their June quarter earnings.
AMCC acquires Quake to enter 10-Gbit Ethernet arena
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8/3/2006   Post a comment
Applied Micro Circuits Corp. has made a $69 million cash offer to acquire Canadian Ethernet specialist Quake Technologies Inc.
ESD protection chip supports HDMI 1.3 specification
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8/1/2006   Post a comment
Philips' latest chip is said to be the first ESD protection device to support the HDMI 1.3 specification. The IP4776CZ38 delivers up to 8-kV of ESD protection in contact mode for four HDMI transmission channels, as well as total line capacitance of only 0.7-pF. At those levels, designers are ensured high signal integrity for video formats such as 1080p.
High-speed crosspoint switches deliver 900-Gbits/s capacity
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8/1/2006   Post a comment
Featuring a per-port speed of up to 6.5-Gbits/s and low-latency switching capabilities, the VSC3172 and VSC3144 crosspoint switches from Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. deliver near-terabit aggregate bandwidth capacity for blade server, video and network equipment designs used in core, metro and enterprise environments.
12-port switch takes RapidIO from the local interconnect to the backplane
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8/1/2006   Post a comment
In a move to push widespread adoption of Serial RapidIO, Tundra Semiconductor Corp. has added to its product portfolio a switch that is designed to connect RapidIO technology from the local interconnect to the backplane in DSP-based applications.
10-Gbits/s dual clock data recovery PHY aimed at short-reach XFP apps
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8/1/2006   Post a comment
AMCC has developed the S19256 dual clock data recovery PHY chip for use in short-reach and intermediate reach XFP modules. The S19256 is approximately 30% lower in cost than its sister device, the S19233, which is tailored for long-haul applications. It is also designed with a built-in equalizer to mitigate data-dependent jitter generated during the transmission of signals in FR-4 material.


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