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posted in September 2006
CMOS device provides 16-bit I/O expansion for Eye-squared-C, SMBus apps
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Catalyst has beefed up its I/O port expander chip family with a 16-bit device that helps designers balance system performance, processor and board costs for sensor, control and LED applications in white goods, digital cameras, cell phones, PDAs, satellite radios, routers, hubs and servers.
Reference design simplifies 10-GbE switch system development
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Check out this 10-Gigabit Ethernet switch reference design in which TranSwitch's CX-4 retimers connect via XAUI to Fulcrum Microsystem's FocalPoint low-latency switches. The combination offers extended reach data center connectivity over low-cost copper connections.
TriQuint rebrands Sawtek products
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
TriQuint Semiconductor has rebranded its Orlando, Fla.-based Sawtek operations as TriQuint.
China's IPTV future still unclear
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
The recent cancellation of an IPTV trial in Beijing by one of the country's major telecom operators is the latest indication that unclear government policy still plagues IPTV in China.
Ethernet switches ease shift to multi-port GPON line cards
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Fulcrum Microsystems has developed a pair of Ethernet switches for Gigabit passive optical networks (GPON) that are designed to enable equipment manufacturers to easily migrate from single to multi-port interfaces in optical line termination cards.
They don't make cars like they used to
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
9/25/2006   Post a comment
Thank goodness they don't, because today's autos are cleaner, safer, more efficient, and more reliable.
Accessory overload threatens auto power budgets: Part 2, load smoothing methods
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9/22/2006   Post a comment
High continuous electrical loading pushes auto charging systems into overload, so that load transients from more and higher-powered electrical accessories present higher probability of disrupting the vehicle's distributed computing network.
Study: Dual graphics not big factor yet
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9/22/2006   Post a comment
Sales of graphics processors for desktop PCs reached $5.88 billion the second quarter of 2006, according to a study by Jon Peddie Research.
Quad-channel UART series offers multiple FIFO sizes
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9/22/2006   Post a comment
Exar has added the XR16V554/V564/V654 quad-channel series to its high-performance, low-voltage UART product portfolio for industrial and networking designs.
Allegations are renewed against Infineon's former CEO, say reports
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9/22/2006   Post a comment
Bribery allegations against Infineon's former CEO Ulrich Schumacher have been repeated in a Munich court, according to German media reports. Schumacher is alleged to have taken several hundreds of thousands of euros from a former business partner in return for awarding motor sport sponsorship contracts.
TI to buy back $5 billion in shares
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9/21/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. will repurchase an additional $5 billion of its common stock.
10GBASE-LRM IC brings high-speed transmission to 300m FDDI-grade fiber
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9/21/2006   Post a comment
AMCC is sampling the QT2025, a highly integrated physical layer IC (PHY) for 10GBASE-LRM applications.
Bioident opens U.S nanotechnology center
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9/19/2006   Post a comment
Bioident, a subsidiary of Nanoident Technologies AG, has opened a new headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
CPRI SerDes delivers 800-ps fiber delay-calibration accuracy
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9/19/2006   Post a comment
National Semiconductor has developed the SCAN25100 CPRI SerDes, which integrates delay calibration measurement circuitry to precisely measure basestation-to-remote radio heads (RRH) and RRH-to-RRH fiber delay components with a guaranteed ±800-ps of accuracy. The SCAN25100 CPRI SerDes can even track fiber delay changes as small as 200-ps.
Bidders may up ante for Freescale, says analyst
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9/18/2006   Post a comment
The heated bidding war for Freescale Semiconductor Inc. may not be over yet, as an analyst reported that private equity firms could seek to outbid the Blackstone Group consortium that agreed last week to purchase the semiconductor supplier for $17.6 billion in cash.
NXP's Wireless USB controller eases integration, saves power
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9/18/2006   Post a comment
The ISP3582 has undergone a high degree of interoperability testing with Intel's Wireless USB Host solution.
How the Intel HD Audio system works Pt 2
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9/17/2006   Post a comment
Designing an A/V system employing Windows Vista can be easy. As part of your system design, you should create complete audio flowcharts of the audio paths for the primary usability models in your system. Here's the general flow for the Intel HD Audio system.
Creating multi-standard, multi-resolution video engines using configurable processors
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9/15/2006   Post a comment
Configurable processors allow you to build a processor core that is not too big or too small for your video application by selecting only the options that you need. Designers customize the processor to exactly fit their application by creating instructions, register files, functional units and interfaces that are designed to accelerate the application. It is easy to port codecs to a processor, and adopting new video standards, upgrading existing codecs, or fixing bugs can be done post-silicon i
Low-cost analog front-end ICs bring GPON, EPON to the masses
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9/14/2006   Post a comment
PMC-Sierra has developed four inexpensive analog front-end devices (AFEs) that it claims will help OEMs lower the cost of GPON and EPON access network equipment that delivers carrier-grade triple-play services—voice, data and IPTV—to consumers worldwide.
Mystery chips, no Portal Player, in iPod nano
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9/14/2006   Post a comment
Apple Computer's new iPod Nano player has three Apple marked chips of unknown origin, but no chip from PortalPlayer, according to a Wedbush Morgan Securities report discussing a teardown of the long-awaited media player.
India seeks bids to upgrade government fab
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9/14/2006   Post a comment
IBM and Atmel Corp. figure to be the main bidders for upgrading Semiconductor Complex Ltd.'s fab in northern India.
Fault-robust microcontrollers allow automotive technology convergence: Part 2, fault detection and supervision
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9/14/2006   Post a comment
In automotive, semiconductor technologies and electronic systems are converging into a "car-on-a-chip." However, this convergence results in a new population of faults and failure modes, so how to make such systems more robust?
How the Intel HD Audio system works
Design How-To  
9/13/2006   1 comment
Unlike most audio equipment, the PC has multiple different layers of signal routing to consider. Here's how it interfaces to the outside world, establishes connections from multiple jacks to one or more audio codecs, routes the signals from the audio codecs through the Intel HD Audio controller and a complex software stack to the applications that are consuming or generating audio streams.
Analyst positive on Micron, Cypress, Nvidia
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9/13/2006   Post a comment
Although the near-term outlook remains bleak for semiconductor suppliers such as Intel, the outlook for other suppliers, notably Micron Technology Inc., Nvidia Corp., and Cypress Semiconductor Corp. is brighter, according to a report by American Technology Research analyst Doug Freedman.
Actions Semiconductor hurls patent suit at SigmaTel
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9/13/2006   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor company Actions Semiconductor Co. Ltd. has filed a patent infringement suit against audio semiconductor supplier SigmaTel Inc. in China, in the latest chapter of an ongoing feud between the companies.
Report: UWB, ZigBee chip set markets to boom
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9/13/2006   Post a comment
Insatiable consumer demand for wireless connectivity is driving the market for ultrawideband and ZigBee chipsets, according to a market researcher.
Spansion, Freescale team on PoP flash
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9/12/2006   Post a comment
Flash memory supplier Spansion Inc. has announced a collaboration with Freescale Semiconductor for Package-on-Package (PoP) Flash memory that will enable handset makers to reduce wireless handset size and pack in more multimedia-rich features and functions, such as digital video broadcast, video conferencing and location-based services.
Pixelplus prevails in MagnaChip patent dispute
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9/12/2006   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor company Pixelplus Co. Ltd. has obtained a favorable ruling from the Korea Intellectual Property Office, which granted the company's request to effectively cancel and invalidate the disputed photo diode and sensor patents claimed by MagnaChip Semiconductor.
Dual-port interconnects bridge application, baseband processors in smartphones
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9/12/2006   Post a comment
Cypress' latest MoBL dual ports are said to be the first to integrate an Address/Data Multiplexed (ADM) interface, which allows for a direct connection between the application and baseband processors in 3G and 3.5G smartphones that provide video, music, games and other multimedia functions.
Low-power serial digital interface reclocker touted as industry's smallest
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9/12/2006   Post a comment
National's LMH0056 serial digital interface reclocker is claimed to be the industry's smallest and lowest power multi-rate reclocker with a 4:1 input multiplexer (MUX).
TI expects to meet guidance
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9/11/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. announced Monday (Sept. 11) it expects third-quarter sales of $3.71 to $3.87 billion, compared with the prior range of $3.63 to $3.95 billion. Earnings per share are projected at 44 to 46 cents per share, compared with prior guidance of 42 to 48 cents per share.
Freescale stock soars amidst buyout buzz
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9/11/2006   Post a comment
Shares of Freescale Semiconductor jumped as rumors abounded that the semiconductor supplier was about to be purchased by a consortium of investment firms for $16 billion.
Fault-robust microcontrollers allow automotive technology convergence: Part 1, the nature of faults
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9/11/2006   Post a comment
In automotive, semiconductor technologies and electronic systems are converging into a "car-on-a-chip." However, this convergence results in a new population of faults and failure modes, so how to make such systems more robust?
Hot products: Single-chip cellphone, USB flash drive
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9/8/2006   Post a comment
The hottest products posted this week at eeProductCenter include a miniaturized AC/DC switching power supply that delivers 1 watt in standby mode, a new USB flash drive line, a single-chip cell phone device that promises double talk time and a 14-bit, 150-MSPS analog-to-digital converter that consumes only 430 mW.
More stock options woes for Broadcom
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9/8/2006   Post a comment
Communications semiconductor supplier Broadcom Corp. has identified additional discrepancies in the dating of its stock options grants. The company now expects stock-based compensation expenses to be at least twice the $750 million it originally estimated.
IPTV ecosystems and DSP-based set top box design
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9/8/2006   Post a comment
With the IPTV market set to take off, the number of competing ecosystems means that STB developers have to keep their implementation options open. TI explains why their DSP media processors have the flexibility advantage.
National Semi meets guidance, expects weaker quarter
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9/7/2006   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp. reported net income of $120.1 million, or 35 cents per share on revenues of $541.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2007 ended Aug. 27, 2006.
Samsung 7-inch LCDs use single-chip driver
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9/7/2006   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has begun volume production of 7-inch WVGA-level (800 x 480 pixel) LCDs with a single-chip driver.
Chip maker expands SAS, SATA storage adapter line
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9/7/2006   Post a comment
LSI Logic has increased its storage adapter offering by 50%, enabling it to offer complete SAS and SATA coverage for both direct attached or networked storage configurations.
World's fastest JPEG chipset?
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9/7/2006   Post a comment
Aimed at the digital video recorder and IP camera markets, Tokyo Electron Device Ltd. is sampling what it claims is the industry's fastest JPEG chipset, which consists of a high-speed encoder, decoder and video multiplexer.
Motorola, Arizona State U report carbon nanotube progress
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9/6/2006   Post a comment
Motorola Labs, the applied research arm of Motorola Inc., and Arizona State University have reported progress in using single-walled carbon nanotubes in field-effect transistors to sense biological and chemical agents.
Samsung unveils intelligent mobile display driver
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9/6/2006   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has developed an intelligent mobile display driver IC that enables liquid crystal displays (LCDs) on handheld devices to deliver clearer images in broad daylight.
Spansion, Saifun expand flash agreement
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9/6/2006   Post a comment
Flash memory supplier Spansion Inc. has extended a licensing and product design agreement with Saifun Semiconductors Ltd.
Converter measurement methods spur automotive capacitive sensor use
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9/6/2006   Post a comment
Capacitance-to-digital converters allow taking advantage of capacitive sensors simple shape adaptation, low power consumption, and favorable manufacturing costs, while imparting ease of control and read out.
Analyst downgrades TI
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9/5/2006   Post a comment
Lower-than-expected 3G demand, the move to single-chip solutions, and slower DLP growth are dampening the near-term outlook for Texas Instruments, according to a report by American Technology Research analyst Doug Freedman.
Portable media player design with the Alchemy Au1200 processor
Design How-To  
9/1/2006   Post a comment
The RMI Alchemy Au1200 processor is a system-on-a-chip product built expressly to meet the requirements of a PMP equipped with high-performance video capabilities, including long run time and support for multiple codecs without transcoding. Au1200 was originally developed by AMD, and is now available, along with SDKs and reference designs, from RMI, a company founded by AMD's former COO. Here's an overview of what's involved in designing a media player around it.


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