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Comment: A skeptic's view of the Microchip/Atmel merger
10/3/2008   3 comments
With this history as a guide, if Microchip's acquisition of Atmel is successful, Microchip will have to make choices about which architectures to support fully and which to either let die for lack of support or sell off to interested buyers.
Making audio sound louder: Techniques for portable audio designers
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10/3/2008   1 comment
A variety of factors are driving the need for increased loudness from speakers in portable applications. Using a boost converter and AGC/DRC is effective in increasing the output power delivered to the speaker and provides louder audio.
Microchip, ON Semi plan audacious raid on Atmel
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10/2/2008   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. and ON Semiconductor Corporation are combining forces in an attempt to acquire Atmel Corporation in a deal that values the latter at $2.3 billion. Microchip is leading the initiative, and the deal would in part be financed by the sale of Atmel's nonvolatile memory and RF and automotive businesses to ON Semiconductor.
STMicroelectronics expands STM32 MCU options with lower Flash-density devices
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10/2/2008   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has expanded the options for users of the company's STM32 MCUs, by introducing new devices with 16 Kbyte Flash density as well as a complete new 48MHz series of microcontrollers optimized for USB applications.
TI bundles free software for video apps
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10/1/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments said it would provide free software video codec bundles along with several digital media processors based on the company's DaVinci technology.
How to transform silicon with dynamic reconfiguration
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10/1/2008   Post a comment
A microcontroller capable of reconfiguring its resources needs to provide the integration of an ASIC with the configurability of a FPGA...
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