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Gartner bumps up '09 chip sales forecast
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Market research firm Gartner issued a revised semiconductor industry revenue forecast that projects 2009 revenue will not fall quite as sharply as the firm predicted in February, thanks to better-than-expected first quarter PC sales.
Startup claims breakthrough in reconfigurable logic
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
A British company focused on dynamically reconfigurable logic, Akya (Selby, England), has launched its first licensable technology, dubbed the ART2.
Startup Netronome rolls new family of programmable network processors
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Programmable chip vendor Netronome Systems announced the availability of a family of network processors said to remove the barriers to unified computing architectures by combining high-performance network, content and security processing with general purpose processors, such as Intel's IA, through I/O virtualization.
Adopting An SOC-based Approach to Designing Handheld Medical Devices
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
The rapid growth of the medical devices industry has seen a comparable increase in demand for handheld medical devices, from personal defibulators to continuous glucose monitors. Designing such devices can be a daunting task.
Micro-Robotics : Embedded controller features powerful ARM CPU
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
Micro-Robotics has introduced the VM2, an embedded controller that succeeds the VM1 which has been the company’s flagship product for the past five years.
When will we see the IC recovery?
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
The IC market is gradually improving amid the downturn, but analysts disagree about the timing of the recovery.
Brushless DC (BLDC) Motor Fundamentals
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
Brushless Direct Current (BLDC) motors are gaining popularity and are used in the Appliances, Automotive, Aerospace, Consumer, Medical, Industrial Automation Equipment and Instrumentation areas. This technical paper looks at the fundamentals of these motors, and provides example control applications.
Tessera wins ITC patent ruling
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a limited exclusion order prohibiting the import of chips from six companies it has determined infringe two packaging patents of Tessera Technologies Inc, overturning a December decision by an administrative law judge.
Servers get new energy metrics
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
Computer makers are testing the Transaction Processing Performance Council's energy specification, a new benchmark for measuring the energy use of servers that could be released as early as June just weeks after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its first Energy Star specifications for measuring the energy efficiency of servers.
Wafer shipments fell 56% in Q1, says SEMI
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
Shipments of silicon wafers fell by 56.5 percent to 940 million square inches compared to 2,163 million square inches in the same quarter a year before, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.
Cisco discloses server ASICs
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5/19/2009   Post a comment
Cisco Systems has designed a set of proprietary ASICs to more than double the DRAM memory linked to an Intel Nehalem processor in hopes of leapfrogging existing server makers in areas such as database performance or the number of virtual machines a server can support.
Processor startup claims 400 customers, fast growth
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5/18/2009   Post a comment
Event-driven processor startup XMOS Semiconductor Ltd. (Bristol, England), which launched its first chip in Q1 2008, claims it already has 400 customers using its processors and that it is adding 50 customers per month.
ST sees early chip market recovery
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5/15/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics N.V. executives said they are anticipating the semiconductor market will recover at a faster pace than previously expected as signs of sales improvements emerge from key regions.
Global Foundries' big bet takes shape in upstate New York
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5/15/2009   Post a comment
It's rare these days in the semiconductor industry to witness the unfolding of a project on a grand scale. Based on what has been proposed so far, the GlobalFoundries project backed by Advanced Micro Devices and its partner is precisely that.
Opinion: Setting the record straight on Intel
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5/14/2009   17 comments
There's no question Intel Corp. has made great contributions to the industry with its technology. Now it's time to make an equally great contribution with its honesty.
Analyst trims PC build forecast on Acer cuts
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
Projected sequential growth in second quarter PC builds is looking weaker than it did two weeks ago, according to a financial analyst who cited cuts to PC orders with original device manufacturers made by Taiwanese PC vendor Acer.
Europe vs. Intel: Evidence in question
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
Intel claims it has evidence that will refute the European Commission's conclusion that the company has engaged in anti-competitive business practices, however Intel chief executive Paul Otellini declined to share any specifics of that evidence in a conference call about the case.
Photo flash and backlight WLED drivers optimise power efficiency in feature phone designs
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
AnalogicTech has introduced a set of flash and backlight White LED (WLED) drivers for the feature phone market that offer new efficiencies in power usage in compact packages and help handset designers extend battery life and reduce product footprint.
Video: Intel upbeat on SoCs, recovery
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
Intel Corp. plans to offer 3G cellular silicon as part of its move into Atom-based systems-on-chip for networked devices, said chief executive of Paul Otellini.
Are the gloves off for motor control?
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
Developments in MCU performance are creating new opportunities for three-phase motor control solutions, which could lead to greater efficiency in everyday white goods. Which approach is best, hardware of software?
IDC: Decline slowing in PC processor market
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
Worldwide PC microprocessor shipments fell for the second quarter in a row during the first quarter, down 10.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2008, according to a report from market research firm IDC. But the firm said its analysts believe that the market's decline is slowing.
No speed dial for smart phone video
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5/11/2009   5 comments
Adobe Systems and ARM Ltd. aim to bring Web video to a broad class of mobile systems with their collaboration on a new version of Adobe Flash Player 10, but the software may not be widely available until early next year, and even then it will require OEMs to write or at least review fine details of the code for optimal performance.
Analog/digital marriage ends; MIPS/Chipidea not a good idea
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5/8/2009   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies, Inc. who bought in August, 2007 Chipidea, a Portuguese analog and mixed-signal IP company, has divested its analog business group to Synopsys, Inc. in an all-cash transaction for $22 million. What has gone wrong?
Hectronic : PC104 PC board is designed for harsh environments
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5/8/2009   Post a comment
Hectronic has announced the H6045, a low-power PC/104 computer board.
AMD creates new business units
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5/6/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices announced that the company has been reorganized around four operating groups.
OMAP and DaVinci Technology Software for Dummies: Part 1 of 3
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5/5/2009   Post a comment
It takes a lot of software know-how to take full advantage of advanced signal-processing SoCs such as TI's OMAP and DaVinci, so this three-part series will help get you started, beginning in this installment with the choice of operating system.
Get the Fundamentals
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5/5/2009   2 comments
When I was a junior intern in the late 1970s, I once asked a senior mentor to tell me the secret of his great success as an engineer. After a brief moment of introspection, he replied, "Get the fundamentals."
TI's latest Piccolo MCUs feature new Control Law Accelerator (CLA) floating point unit
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5/4/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments announced TMS320F2803x Piccolo microcontrollers (MCUs) featuring the Control Law Accelerator (CLA). Unique to TI's F2803x Piccolo MCUs, the CLA is a 32-bit floating-point math accelerator that operates independently of the C28x core, allowing for direct access to on-chip peripherals and parallel execution of algorithms.
MCUs: SH7216 32-bit MCUs feature 200 MHz operation
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5/4/2009   Post a comment
Renesas' SH7216 Group of industrial MCUs has on-chip Flash memory, Superscalar cores and CAN, USB and Ethernet
Report: PC processors poised for growth
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5/2/2009   Post a comment
PC processor makers have sold off "most of not all" their excess inventory that piled up due to the recession creating "the potential for positive growth" in the next three to six months, according to an upcoming report from Mercury Research.


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