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posted in November 2009
Global chip sales were flat in October, says analyst
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11/27/2009   Post a comment
Global chip sales in October are believed to have been flat on the previous month, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway). The three-month average of August, September and October chip sales is expected to be reported as $21.0 billion, compared to $20.6 billion for the equivalent figure in September.
Renesas samples 45-nm ARM-based mobile processor
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11/26/2009   Post a comment
Renesas Technology Europe has begun sampling the SH-Mobile APE4, a Cortex-A8 based processor targeted at mobile phone and mobile device implementations. The processor is implemented in a 45-nm process and can be operated at a clock frequency in excess of 1-GHz, Renesas said.
Researchers report room-temperature silicon spintronics
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11/26/2009   Post a comment
Rsearchers from the University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands) are claiming they can control a silicon electron's spin at room temperature. The research team has published a paper to that effect in the Nature.
Imagination bundles cores to make 'Connected Processor' series
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11/24/2009   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England) has announced a forthcoming series of embedded processors under the name "Meta Connected Processor" intended to support Internet-connectivity in low-cost consumer products.
Energy Micro adds Motorola alumni to the board
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11/24/2009   Post a comment
Energy Micro AS (Oslo, Norway), vendor of the Gecko 32-bit microcontroller, has added Daniel Artusi and Daniel Hoste, to its board of directors.
Imagination preps GPU/CPU compilers for parallel processing
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11/24/2009   Post a comment
Graphics core licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England) is preparing compilers that will be able to assign tasks across both graphics and general-purpose processing units.
ISSCC preview: Intel, AMD face off at 32nm
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11/24/2009   Post a comment
Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices will face off with separate papers on their next-generation 32nm processors at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in February, but IBM's Power7 and Sun Microsystems' Rainbow Falls will be among the most aggressive multicore architectures described at the event.
MCUs: Microchip claims lowest sleep current in its new 16-bit MCUs
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11/19/2009   Post a comment
Featuring USB and Touch Sensing, Two New PIC24F Families are targeting USB and General Purpose Applications
AMD to retire $1 billion worth of debt
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11/19/2009   Post a comment
AMD plans to retire some of its debt using a portion of the $1.25 billion it received from Intel to settle legal disputes between the two companies, AMD said.
Supercomputer market growth hinges on 3D Web
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11/18/2009   Post a comment
Supercomputing needs to address the needs of the 3D web to grow into a profitable long-term business based on commercial applications instead of government handouts.
Ten emerging technologies to watch in 2010
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11/18/2009   6 comments
EE Times has compiled a list of emerging technologies that we think will be worth watching out for in 2010.
EC found guilty of maladministration in Intel antitrust case
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11/18/2009   Post a comment
The European Ombudsman, Nikiforos Diamandouros, has gone public in saying he has found the European Commission Competition Directorate guilty of maladministration on one count in a complaint brought by Intel Corp. However, the ruling is unlikely to alter case.
Recovery remains uncertain but China is key, says survey
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11/18/2009   2 comments
A recovery is coming in 2010 but many things about it remain uncertain, according to a global survey of semiconductor executives conducted by tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP during September and October.
Semiconductor industry close to sold out, says SICAS
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11/17/2009   Post a comment
Chip manufacturing capacity is falling and as demand is increasing the chip industry is becoming close to being sold-out. Manufacturing capacity utilization has climbed above 90 percent in several leading-edge sectors, according to the Semiconductor International Capacity Statistics organization.
Infineon takes ARM inside security chips
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11/17/2009   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG has signed a licence agreement with microprocessor IP vendor ARM. The Munich-based chip maker plans to use the ARM architecture in a new family of high-security chip cards aimed at multimedia applications.
Amalendu Bhattacharyya bags ISA's TechnoVisionary award
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11/17/2009   Post a comment
Amalendu B. Bhattacharyya, professor, Jaypee Institute of Information Technology University, Noida, has won the TechnoVisionary award, the highest accolade given out by the India Semiconductor Association under its Technovation program.
L & T announces mobile TV solution based on DVB-H on TI's OMAP
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11/17/2009   Post a comment
L&T Infotech has announced its DVB-H-based mobile TV solution based on the TI OMAP3530 reference platform. The solution includes a DVB Tuner and the mobile TV software stack is OS-independent, easy to integrate with middleware components, and offers a set of APIs for making custom applications.
NXP to ship sub-dollar Cortex-M0 MCUs through distribution
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11/16/2009   3 comments
NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has said its Cortex-M0 based microcontroller will be available from distributors in December.
AMD tops, Intel dominates Top500 list
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11/16/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices powers the world's three largest supercomputers according to the lasted version of the Top500 list, but archrival Intel Corp. still dominates the list with processors now in 80 percent of the systems.
COMMENTARY - Designing with reprogrammable "Anything Chips"
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11/15/2009   Post a comment
For more than 20 years, embedded systems developers have dreamed the impossible dream: the reprogrammable Anything Chip.
Qualcomm demos Adobe Flash 10 on ARM-based netbook
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11/13/2009   Post a comment
Mobile phone service provider AT&T is going to supply customers with the first ARM-based netbook, according to Paul Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.). Jacobs showed the Lenovo-made device to attendees at the company's investor day in New York Thursday (Nov. 12).
Analysis: Intel buys peace, AMD vindicated. Now what?
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11/12/2009   2 comments
The deal settling legal and licensing disputes between AMD and Intel Corp. gives the companies a chance to begin a new chapter in their tumultuous relationship, but doesn't end of all challenges facing the rivals.
Update: AMD, Intel bury the hatchet, end all legal disputes
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11/12/2009   Post a comment
In a surprise move, bitter chip rivals Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Device announced a "comprehensive agreement" settling long-running antitrust litigation and patent disputes.
AMD sketches out two new x86 cores
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11/12/2009   Post a comment
AMD sketched rough outlines of two new x86 cores—including a rival to Intel's Atom--the company plans to put in products for 2011 and said it has working versions of its first 32nm Fusion chips that integrate x86 and graphics cores and will sample them before June.
Saankhya announces SDR-based universal TV demodulation platform
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11/11/2009   Post a comment
An Indian startup, Saankhya, has announced its SDR-based platform for universal TV demodulation; claims it is the world's first and says it will address plurality of TV standards, save on costs for TV set manufacturers
HyperTransport leaps into server clusters
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11/10/2009   Post a comment
The HyperTransport Consortium aims to disclose extensions to the HyperTransport physical layer before the end of the year, enabling a new class of systems using HyperTransport to link a mixture of processors and systems using both coherent and non-coherent links.
Analysts identify five high-growth markets for ICs
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11/10/2009   Post a comment
As the semiconductor industry recovers from a sharp and painful downturn, it will be aided by high growth rates in five consumer electronics categories, according to analysts from Semico Research.
TSMC's October sales growth figures eclipsed by UMC
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11/10/2009   Post a comment
Foundry chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has reported a slight rise in sales compared with 2008 in both its unconsolidated and consolidated sales results for October 2009.
Online media boxes set to go mainstream, says In-Stat
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11/10/2009   Post a comment
A new class of consumer electronic equipment is emerging that encompasses Digital Media Adapters (DMAs), Digital Media Players (DMPs), and Digital Media Receivers (DMRs), according to In-Stat (Scottsale, Ariz.). And the class will be responsible for 4.5 million units shipping in 2013, the market research company has predicted.
Lattice recruits Slovenian firm to develop compilers
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11/10/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Lattice Semiconductor Corp. (Hillsboro, Or.) has said it will collaborate with Beyond Semiconductor (Ljubljana, Slovenia) on the development of compiler tools for Lattice's soft processors.
Intel debuts portable text-to-speech reader
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11/10/2009   2 comments
Intel's digital health group released the Intel Reader, a paperback-sized device that can take a picture of printed text with its 5 megapixel camera and convert it to speech for the dyslexic and visually impaired.
Freescale puts Toulouse, Sendai wafer fabs up for sale
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11/9/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (Austin, Texas) has appointed Colliers International's Advanced Technology Resource Group (ATREG) to act as advisor in the sale of Freescale's 150-mm semiconductor manufacturing facilities in Toulouse, France and Sendai, Japan.
Comment: Is Abu Dhabi targeting Intel rather than TSMC?
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11/9/2009   6 comments
With Waleed Al Muhairi, chief operating officer of Abu Dhabi government investment vehicle Mubadala Development Co., predicting Abu Dhabi would be making chips at home within four years, we are reminded that the Gulf states' aspirations to get into the chip business are long-enduring. But when Al Muhairi said Abu Dhabi wants to compete with Intel was that hubris?
UMC's October sales rise 17% year-on-year
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11/9/2009   Post a comment
The world's number two foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has reported a jump in sales for October compared with one year before.
MPU shipments up 23% in Q3, says IDC
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11/9/2009   Post a comment
Worldwide third-quarter PC microprocessor unit shipments rose 23 percent compared to the second quarter, reaching a new all-time high, according to market research firm International Data Corp.
Comment: chip company ranking points to post-crisis order
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11/6/2009   Post a comment
The latest chip company top 20 ranking provided by IC Insights Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.) has a topsy-turvy look about it — at least it does if, like me, you have been following the fortunes of chip companies for some time.
'Perfect calm' to drive 2010 chip sales up 20%, says analyst
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11/5/2009   Post a comment
Malcolm Penn, chief executive of market analysis firm Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England), is looking forward to strong growth in the global chip market in 2010 after a 10 percent contraction in 2009.
Samsung starts work on sub-28-nm foundry processes
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11/5/2009   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has announced that a recently-formed semiconductor R&D center has begun work on advanced process development for use in foundry manufacturing.
Graphics processing: When DIY just doesn't make sense
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11/5/2009   Post a comment
High-end displays are gaining ground, and designers are urged to develop more advanced graphics processing. To lower the cost of ownership, ARM suggests licensing of an integrated GPU solution that includes software and hardware.
Ruiz bows out of SIA awards dinner
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11/4/2009   Post a comment
Hector Ruiz, who resigned as chairman of Globalfoundries earlier this week after being reportedly linked to a high-profile insider-trading case, will not speak as planned at the Semiconductor Industry Association awards dinner Thursday, according to a spokesperson for the SIA.
Update: NY files antitrust suit against Intel
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11/4/2009   Post a comment
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against Intel, alleging that the world's No. 1 chip maker violated state and federal anti-monopoly laws by engaging in illegal conduct.
Chartered shareholders approve Abu Dhabi takeover
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11/4/2009   Post a comment
Shareholders in Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. (Singapore) have voted in favor of a takeover of the company by Advanced Technology Investment Company LLC (ATIC) of Abu Dhabi.
EE Times' Top 10 women in microelectronics
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11/4/2009   Post a comment
EE Times has compiled an international list that celebrates women who are business and technology leaders in microelectronics.
Startup turns SD cards into game cartridges
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11/3/2009   Post a comment
Startup FXI Technologies AS hopes to bring the Nintendo game cartridge into the cellphone era with a vengeance when it releases in early 2011 mobile games packaged with their own acceleration hardware on microSD cards.
3Leaf links 32 AMD chips in one server
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11/3/2009   Post a comment
Startup 3Leaf Systems has released an ASIC that can link 32 Opteron processors into a single server and is working on a version that could do the same for 64 Intel Nehalem processors.
Analyst raises chip market forecast on September strength
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11/2/2009   Post a comment
Bruce Diesen, analyst with Carnegie ASA (Oslo, Norway) has raised his forecast for the 2009 chip market. The market will still be down but the market shrink will be less than Carnegie previously predicted.
September 'actual' chip sales narrow the gap on 2008
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11/2/2009   Post a comment
September's global market for semiconductors was $23.98 billion, down 8.7 percent from the $26.26 billion value for sales recorded in September 2008, according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization.
MIPS debuts new cores, instruction set
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11/2/2009   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies Inc. is upgrading two of its cores and introducing a new instruction set architecture to expand the company's relatively small presence in 32-bit microcontrollers and leverage its strength in wired consumer systems to attack sockets in wireless devices.
China chip market growth below rest of Asia-Pacific, says ESIA
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11/2/2009   Post a comment
The September three-month average for chip sales in China was $4.07 billion up 8.3 percent from $3.76 billion in August 09, according to data released by the European Semiconductor Industry Association.
September averaged global chip sales show 8.2% growth
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11/2/2009   Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors rose to $20.64 billion in September, up 8.2 percent from an upwardly revised $19.07 billion in August, and down 10.1 percent from September 2008, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association.


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