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Blog Rx: Post cards from a bioengineer's Woodstock
8/31/2009   1 comment
This is the first of a week of planned blogs from the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, the Woodstock of biomedical engineering.
Small engines get greener
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8/26/2009   7 comments
Emissions from small gasoline engines could be reduced using a new analog chip that Freescale Semiconductor introduced at a technology forum in Shenzhen, China.
Alliance drives Ethernet into cars, professional media
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
The AVnu Alliance, an ad hoc industry group, will drive a set of IEEE standards that could bring Ethernet to new automotive and professional audio/video markets and enhance tomorrow's home networks.
Solarflare integrates 10GBase-T on a single chip
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
Solarflare Communications debuts two chips that mark a significant milestone on the road to the long delayed transition to 10 Gbit/second Ethernet, but the industry still faces a host of challenges eking out mainstream markets for 10 Gbit Ethernet over copper.
NEC takes DivX Plus license for EMMA chips
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8/20/2009   Post a comment
NEC Electronics is to integrate DivX Inc’s Plus HD technology into its Enhanced Multi-Media Architecture (EMMA) chips following closing of a multi-year licensing deal between the two companies.
Freescale apps processor integrates mixed signal functions
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8/19/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor will start shipping in October a version of its i.MX applications processor that integrates mixed signal technology.
Analyst sees upside for chip makers in HP results
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8/19/2009   Post a comment
Hewlett-Packard's net profit fell considerably in the company's fiscal third quarter, but a financial analyst said the results--including a 2 percent year-to-year increase in PC sales and possibly record inventory lows--bode well for semiconductor suppliers.
DisplayPort repeater IC kills distortion
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8/19/2009   Post a comment
Parade Technologies Ltd. has introduced the PS8311 DisplayPort repeater device that improves performance and integration for dual-mode or multi-mode DisplayPort Source devices.
NEC rolls high power SPDT switches for WiMAX
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8/19/2009   Post a comment
NEC's latest RF switches enable WiMAX, Wi-Fi and automatic meter reading applications
TI unveils multi-channel video decoders
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8/18/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments introduced three multi-channel NTSC/PAL video decoders that promise superior picture quality.
Analogix raises $10 million in Series B-3 funding
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8/18/2009   Post a comment
Digital multimedia chip specialist Analogix Semiconductor, Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has closed a Series B-3 round of financing that raised $10 million.
Vizio still leading U.S. LCD-TV market
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8/17/2009   Post a comment
Samsung closed the gap significantly with leader Vizio in the U.S. LCD-TV market in the second quarter, but Vizio retained market leadership with 21.7 percent market share, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Infineon powers ahead in lagging power semis market
8/17/2009   Post a comment
The worldwide market for power discretes and modules was worth $13.9 billion in 2008 having grown by just 0.7 percent from 2007 due to a dismal fourth quarter, according to market trackers at IMS Research (Wellingborough, England.).
Will Silicon Image's LiquidHD gamble pay off?
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8/14/2009   Post a comment
While Silicon Image is methodically paving the way for LiquidHD -- a new protocol suite designed for networked digital consumer devices -- by integrating Ethernet support in HDMI 1.4 spec-based chips, the company so far has yet to entice any service operators or OEMs onto the bandwagon.
Infineon readies single-chip WLAN ICs
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8/13/2009   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG announced the introduction of its single-chip XWAY WAVE100 family for low-cost 802.11n WLAN home gateways.
Cisco, HP specs suggest competing system designs
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8/13/2009   Post a comment
Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard have proposed clashing approaches for enabling a next-generation of communications features on servers that use virtualization software.
Texas Instruments : LVDS serialiser connects to 1.8-V processors
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8/12/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced an LVDS serializer that connects directly to 1.8-V powered processors.
Atmel : Custom defined SoC has the density of cell-based ASICs
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8/12/2009   Post a comment
Atmel announces a custom architecture for 90-nm SiliconCity ASIC development, providing up to 350K gates/mm2 and offering users gate densities in the range of a standard cell ASIC.
Device monitors status of 24 auto switches with single MCU
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8/11/2009   Post a comment
Maxim's 24-channel switch-contact monitor for automotive switches enables a single microcontroller to monitor up to 24 mechanical switches distributed throughout the automobile, eliminating the expense of multiple remote microcontrollers.
PLX ships five millionth PCI Express chip
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8/10/2009   Post a comment
PLX Technology, Inc. announced it has shipped five million PCI Express bridge and switch chips representing 16 million PCIe ports in a variety of PC servers, storage and graphics systems as well as embedded systems and communications control planes.
Ceva makes major play in home entertainment SoC market
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8/10/2009   Post a comment
Sunplus Technology (Hsinchu, Taiwan) , a specialist designer of consumer electronics ICs, has licensed the TeakLite-III DSP core from Ceva Inc. for its next generation set-top-boxes, HDTV and Blu-ray Disc chipsets.
Infineon's wireline group named Lantiq
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8/10/2009   Post a comment
The new name for Infineon's wireline communications operation is to be Lantiq.
SMSC invests in USB 3.0 chip vendor Symwave
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8/6/2009   Post a comment
Mixed-signal IC vendor SMSC has invested $4 million in USB 3.0 chip vendor Symwave, the company said.
PLX Tech's Q2 sales up 10% over Q1
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8/6/2009   Post a comment
PLX Technology reported that second quarter sales increased by 10 percent compared to the first quarter, thanks largely to revenue from PCI Express and storage ICs.
Sales, profits, jobs contunue to decline at ARC
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8/5/2009   Post a comment
ARC International, the licensor of configurable processor cores that last week confirmed that it is in discussions that may result in an offer being made for the company, said revenues for the six month of the year ended June 30 were £7.3 million ($11.0 million), a decrease of 22 percent on the corresponding period last year but in line with expectations.
Appliance makers call for smart grid incentives
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8/4/2009   Post a comment
Government planners need to create new, low rates for electricity service to encourage consumers to adopt energy-saving appliances, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, an industry group that released its list of recommended guidelines for smart grid standards.
IDT provides power management solution for DisplayPort-based notebooks
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8/4/2009   Post a comment
Based on its Power Smart technology, IDT provides a power management solution for DisplayPort-based notebooks that use an LCD monitor.
10 Gbit Ethernet lands on server motherboards
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8/3/2009   Post a comment
Ten Gbit Ethernet is beginning to find its way on to motherboards for server blade systems, providing some traction for what has been a slow ramp for the next big step in networking.

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