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posted in September 2008
Media processor offers boost in CPU performance
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Sigma Designs announced the availability of its SMP8644 media processor SoC, designed for feature-rich consumer products, including next generation IPTV set-top boxes, IP cable set-top boxes, and Blu-ray players.
Low-cost ARM9 MCUs roll with High Speed USB 2.0 OTG
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
NXP's latest devices are providing embedded designers with cost effective, power efficient single chip solutions for USB connectivity.
Freescale launches custom SoC business
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor launched a Customer Specific Products business to provide custom system-on-chip solutions based on its SoC platforms.
RF components to see few benefits from basestation growth
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
The global market for RF components for cellular basestations will remain flat at $1.1 billion through 2013 according to market research group Strategy Analytics. This despite the fact that actual shipments of basestations are forecast to grow to 13.4 million units in 2013, a CAAGR (compound annual average growth rate) of nearly 70 percent.
Evolution: 20 years of switching fabric
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
Into a look at the evolution of switching fabrics, this article discusses the shortcomings of each previous fabric genration and the evolution of dominant standards and design longevity.
Multi-port LVDS crossbar switches reduce point-to-point links
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
Maxim's high-speed, multiport LVDS crossbar switches route multiple sources—such as navigation, camera, satellite TV, and DVD signals—to multiple displays, reducing the number of point-to-point links.
DS2 demos 280-Mbps powerline communications
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
Diseno de Sistemas en Silicio SA (Valencia, Spain), also known as DS2, has demonstrated technology being developed for 400-Mbit per second powerline communications, at the Broadband World Forum, which opened in Brussels, Monday (Sept. 29).
Underwater helicopter surfaces
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9/29/2008   1 comment
Undersea robots have until now operated like fixed-wing aircraft, requiring motion to maneuver. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers now say they have created the helicopter-of-the-sea, the Odyssey IV.
Intellitech ships multi-voltage JTAG multiplexer
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
Intellitech is shipping a multi-voltage eight ring JTAG multiplexer in a 16mm x 16mm VQ100 package to early adopters.
Long reach optical transceivers offer extended temperature support
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
Avago's 10 Gbit/s SFP+ LR (long reach) optical transceivers offer extended temperature support and bring new levels of high speed and high port density to next-generation networking equipment.
Opinion: Three ways Wall Street hurts tech
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9/25/2008   1 comment
The debacle on Wall Street will cool a hot beta market once hungry for the latest high end computer and communications gear, tighten a source of financing that has helped companies soldier through tough times and create a difficult economic climate that will color all markets and initiatives.
Single FPGA solution for 40Gb and 100Gb telecom equipment
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
Xilinx' new Virtex-5 TXT FPGA enables faster, low risk migration path to 100-Gigabit Ethernet telecom infrastructure for next era in multimedia delivery.
Receiver drives 8 Gbit/s Fibre Channel
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Phyworks Ltd. has introduced a receiver that aims to simplify the path to designing 8 Gbit/second Fibre Channel connections, now ramping up in storage networking gear.
RF quadrature/IF receiver supports multiple modulations
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
CML Microcircuits' CMX992 is an RF receiver for analog and digital radio systems that operates from 100MHz to 1GHz and features an I/Q architecture to support multiple modulation types and bandwidths with a single radio design.
Tessera expands IP core business to VGA camera lenses
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9/22/2008   1 comment
Tessera Technologies Inc.'s new Product Launch Services will provide early access to its OptiML wafer-level camera technology.
Programmable device boosts industrial, computing system reliability
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
To eliminate potential system damage and performance errors, IDT's system monitor device watches the voltage, processor operation and temperature in any type of computing system, preventing operation in error or unsafe modes.
SoC 'will shatter' $100 barrier for WiMax femtocells
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Fabless wireless chip designer DesignArt Networks (Raanana, Israel) has introduced the second chip in its SoC "platform architecture", a part targeted at WiMAX femtocells. The company says the single-chip femtocell SoC, dubbed the the DAN2200, will allow equipment vendors to "shatter" the unit price barrier of femtocells to below the elusive $100.
Transceivers meet auto makers' stringent requirements
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9/21/2008   Post a comment
Microchip Technology is offering transceivers that are 3rd party-LIN/J2602 approved, OEM approved, and AEC-Q100 certified to meet the stringent requirements of global automotive manufacturers worldwide.
3-axis compass IC improves accuracy, location readings in navigation systems
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9/19/2008   Post a comment
Honeywell has developed a 3-axis compass IC in a chip-scale package that is designed to improve accuracy and location readings in consumer electronics applications including mobile phones, personal navigation systems and portable automotive navigation systems.
Watermarking video in STBs for forensic tracking with Dolby's Cinea Running Marks
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9/19/2008   1 comment
Dolby's Cinea Running Marks forensic watermarking technology allows content owners to track pirated content to specific devices -- from STBs to PCs to portable video devices to mobile phones -- and it does not increase the BOM to STB manufacturers.
IC Insights cuts '08 forecast; sees ASPs firming
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9/18/2008   Post a comment
Market research firm IC Insights has cut its semiconductor industry revenue forecast for 2008 by $6 billion, but believes that long-term trends will support pricing stabilization that will enable the industry to achieve a compound annual growth rate of 10.6 percent between 2007 and 2012.
iSuppli: Chip biz has lost 'money-making touch'
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9/17/2008   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry now has a lower profit percentage than the historically low-margin PC business, something that occurred only once before, according to iSuppli.
Microchip : Automotive transceivers are LIN-SAE J2602 certified
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9/17/2008   Post a comment
The MCP2021 and MCP2022 (MCP202X) LIN/SAE J2602 transceivers are 3rd party-LIN/J2602 approved, OEM approved, and AEC-Q100 certified to meet the stringent requirements of global automotive manufacturers worldwide.
Cisco beefs up virtualization products
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9/16/2008   Post a comment
Cisco Systems rolled out a set of boards, systems and software to upgrade its support for virtualization in storage-area networks along with support for 8 Gbit/second Fibre Channel switching.
Broadcom DTV SoCs target connected home
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9/16/2008   Post a comment
Broadcom introduced a pair of digital system-on-chip devices for the U.S. digital television market that include a multi-format decoder, Ethernet network connectivity, a 3D graphical user interface, and 3D color management.
New 10-Gigabit Ethernet reference design for Altera FPGAs
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9/16/2008   Post a comment
Altera's devices offer full support of XAUI protocol with 10-Gigabit Ethernet reference design; Stratix II GX FPGA 10GbE solution passes validation tests.
High-speed PCIe passive switches handle next-generation data rates
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9/16/2008   Post a comment
Maxim's high-speed, 1:2 or 2:1 PCI Express passive switches are intended for switching four half lanes of PCIe data between two destinations.
X-Band high power amplifiers housed in surface mount packages
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9/16/2008   Post a comment
StratEdge is offering a line of packaged high power amplifier MMICs for 8 to 12 GHz (X-Band) applications.
Radiocrafts develops ISM-band RF module series
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9/15/2008   Post a comment
Radiocrafts AS is offering a multi-channel RF transceiver module dubbed RC11x0 for less than $10 each in volume quantities.
Zoran introduces pay satellite and cable STB processors
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9/14/2008   Post a comment
The SupraTV 260 family of processors is optimized for pay cable and satellite set-top boxes using standard definition MPEG-2. Advanced features include: 10/100 Ethernet MAC, digital video recording hardware and software including picture-in-picture based on USB 2.0 hard drives, MPEG-4 Advanced Simple Profile and JPEG hardware decoding.
Power connectors help maximize system airflow
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9/12/2008   Post a comment
As servers, storage and networking systems become more powerful they must dissipate more heat.
CPUs: Samsung, Intrinsity team on nextgen faster, lower power cores
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9/10/2008   Post a comment
Samsung to use Intrinsity's Fast14 high speed and low power logic technology and processor design expertise
Chip integrates a Hot Swap controller, power MOSFET and current sense resistor
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9/9/2008   Post a comment
Linear's LTC4217 is an integrated product for Hot Swap applications that allows a board to be safely inserted and removed from a live backplane.
Ceva lines up licenses for portable multimedia
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9/9/2008   Post a comment
DSP cores licensor Ceva, Inc. has linked with French design and manufacturing services group TES Electronic Solutions (TES), to enable 2D/3D graphics applications on Ceva's MM2000 portable multimedia engine using TES' eVRU (embedded Vector Rendering Unit) technology.
PCI Express bridging options enable FPGA-based configurable computing
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9/8/2008   1 comment
In many embedded systems, FPGAs have augmented or displaced dedicated MPUs and DSPs, so endpoint bridging solutions for PCIe must enable FPGAs to fulfill their new role.
Startup details video-grade Wi-Fi chip
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9/8/2008   Post a comment
Startup Celeno Communications Ltd. is providing the first details of its 5 GHz Wi-Fi chip that it claims can manage up to four simultaneous high definition streams over 50 meters though multiple walls and floors without losing packets.
Dual protocol transceivers deliver high ESD protection, fast data rates
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9/5/2008   Post a comment
Intersil introduces the ISL333X family of dual protocol transceivers that switch between RS-232 and RS-485/RS-422 protocols, and can operate as one or two-channel transceivers.
Learning from iPod, Zune and iPhone failure modes
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9/5/2008   Post a comment
Connectors, batteries, LCDs and component placement top the failure modes for the Apple iPod and iPhone, as well as the Microsoft Zune, according to mobile device repair specialists Rapid Repair.
UWB to ship in wireless HD-video role
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9/4/2008   1 comment
UWB isn't about to distribute video around a home via a wireless link, but it may finally offer an alternative to the HDMI cable. While the wireless alternative can enhance functionality compared to a cable, in terms of inputs and distance between source and destination, the technology remains very expensive for now.
Analyst: More 3G baseband consolidation on the line
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9/4/2008   Post a comment
There may be further consolidation amongst suppliers of UMTS/HSPA baseband chips but the possibilities are limited, with Infineon Technologies AG and Icera Inc. now the only independent sources for the parts (other than Qualcomm), following the pending merger between NXP Semiconductors/STMicroelectronics and Ericsson Mobile Platforms (EMP), according to market research analyst Will Strauss, president of Forward Concepts.
Gartner lowers 2008 IC forecast
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9/3/2008   Post a comment
Market research firm Gartner has revised its 2008 and 2009 semiconductor forecasts downward, saying macroeconomic trends, the collapse of the flash memory market and disturbing reports of slowing revenue growth from the industry's No. 1 foundry are weighing on the sector even as individual chip markets remain strong.
IBM, EMC storage gurus debate future of flash
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9/3/2008   Post a comment
In a candid online exchange, storage gurus from IBM Corp. and EMC Corp. agreed solid-state drives will rewrite the rules for system storage, but took significantly different views on how to implement solid state disks in servers.
Percello femtocell baseband to use Ceva DSP core
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9/3/2008   Post a comment
Percello, the Israeli start-up focusing on baseband chips for the growing femtocell market, has licensed the CEVA-TeakLite-III DSP core for the development of its next generation femtocell baseband chipsets.
On/off pushbutton controller enables simpler, lower-cost switching solutions
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9/3/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX16054, a pushbutton on/off controller with debounce circuitry and ±15kV ESD protection.
National LVDS chips comply with AEC-Q100 automotive standard
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9/3/2008   Post a comment
National's PowerWise LVDS crosspoints are designed to deliver what the company says is the industry's highest signal integrity for automotive infotainment, GPS navigation and imaging systems.
Spansion targets mobiles with NAND flash
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9/2/2008   Post a comment
Flash memory specialist and NOR market leader Spansion Inc. will start sampling later this year its ORNAND2 MirrorBit technology based NAND devices, targeting handset makers.
300 to 930MHz receiver addresses multiple bands with software
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9/2/2008   Post a comment
Designed for automatic meter reading and remote controls, Melexis has launched a frequency agile RF receiver chip dubbed the MLX71122 that addresses multiple bands using software.
Ultrawideband chip debuts at tough time for wireless USB
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9/2/2008   Post a comment
Staccato Communications aims to escape a predicted shakeout in ultrawideband chips for wireless USB with its Ripcord2 that uses 65 nm process technology to hit size, power and cost levels it hopes will attract the kinds of volume uses that have eluded the technology to date.


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