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Chip market recovery set to last, says researcher
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3/31/2004   Post a comment
Market researcher Future Horizons is bucking the conventional industry wisdom in a report that downplays forecasts of a short-lived recovery and chip market downturn in 2005.
Analyst Niles sees strong upturn just ahead
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3/31/2004   Post a comment
Dan Niles, the oft-quoted stock analyst turned high-tech fund manager, said here Tuesday (March 30)that underinvestment in semiconductor capital equipment over the past three years has created a favorable climate for semiconductor supply and demand.
Inside DSP on Video: Video--Coming Soon to a Processor Near You
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3/29/2004   Post a comment
Digital video is fast becoming the new killer app in signal processing. In this column, Jeff Bier explains why programmable processors will benefit from the growth of digital video.
Inside DSP on Video: The Revolution Will Be Televised
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3/29/2004   Post a comment
The move from analog to digital is reshaping video applications and creating entirely new classes of products and services. This article describes the impact of digital technology on video applications, particularly on home entertainment equipment.
Inside DSP on Video: Smart Processor Picks for Digital Video
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3/29/2004   Post a comment
In this article, we outline basic concepts for selecting a processor. We begin with a discussion of the processing needs of a typical application and then present a methodology for selecting a processor. We present a guide to processor options and explore the strengths and weaknesses of each option.
Inside DSP on Video: Squeeze Play--How Video Compression Works
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3/29/2004   Post a comment
Digital video compression/decompression algorithms (codecs) are at the heart of many modern video products. This article explains the operation and characteristics of video codecs, as well as the demands of codecs on processors. It also describes the differences between codecs and the impact of these differences.
China chip demand to grow 35% in 2004, says study
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
IC market researcher Databeans Inc. is predicting that China's demand for semiconductors will increase by 34.9 percent in 2004 to $30.9 billion. The forecast is up from $22.9 billion in 2003.
Intel shows handheld chip, Microsoft unveils unified PC-console
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
Seeking growth beyond the PC, Intel Corp. showed its first handheld graphics chip and Microsoft Corp. said it would unify its PC and console graphics environments on the opening day of the Game Developers Conference here. Rick Merritt has this report.
Next downturn not far away, analyst says
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3/17/2004   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry's return to profitability probably will be short-lived, as a coming slowdown in consumer and IT upgrade spending are conspiring with capacity additions to create another recession in 2005, according to Semico analyst Jim Feldhan. From Phoenix, Brian Fuller reports.
Chip design knights ride to slay power dragon
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3/8/2004   Post a comment
Chip designers are wielding new weapons in the struggle to control power leakage. Transistors with more than one threshold voltage, chips with multiple voltage "islands" and substrate-biasing techniques are among the schemes being brought to bear to quell what an IBM manager called "clearly the most pressing problem facing our industry, one that threatens our very lifeblood." David Lammers has this report.
MIPS to focus on digital camera market
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3/8/2004   Post a comment
In hopes of driving MIPS RISC cores deeper in a digital imaging market, MIPS Technologies, Inc. on Monday (March 8) disclosed a growing list of camera companies now shipping MIPS-based digital still and video camera models. The list includes Canon, Fujifilm, JVC, Pentax and Samsung. From Paris, Junko Yoshida reports.
Robotic vehicles vie for $1 million purse in Darpa race
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3/8/2004   Post a comment
Ground-based transportation will take a new turn in mid-March as 20 driverless vehicles " described as supercomputers on wheels " race across the southern California desert in a million-dollar, winner-take-all competition sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Chuck Murray has the details.
Cirrus Logic beefs-up ARM9-based embedded CPU line
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3/3/2004   Post a comment
Adding fuel to the growing industry-wide support for the ARM architecture is Cirrus Logic's expanded ARM9-based embedded processor line, targeting a very wide range of applications that include digital media servers and audio/video jukeboxes.
January chip sales down 3.0%, says SIA
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3/3/2004   Post a comment
Is the glass half-empty? Or half-full? The Semiconductor Industry Association said global chip sales totaled $15.55 billion in January, down 3 percent from $16.03 billion in December. Out of the other side of its mouth, the SIA also reaffirmed its forecast for the chip market to grow by 19.4 percent in 2004. Silicon Strategies Peter Clarke filed this report.
MCU combines 8051 core, 24-bit ADC in 5X5 MM Package
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3/1/2004   Post a comment
The newest member of Silicon Laboratories Inc.'s precision mixed-signal microcontroller product family integrates an eight-channel, 24-bit analog-to-digital converter with a high-speed 8051-compatible CPU.


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