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SiLabs breaks low-power record for touch-sense microcontrollers
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories claims to have broken its own record for the industry's lowest-power capacitive touch sensor microcontrollers with the new F9xx family.
Micron's results: What analysts are saying
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
Micron Technology Inc. roared past analysts’ consensus estimate in its recent quarter.
Qualcomm brews apps store for mobile OS
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
Qualcomm Inc. is expanding its efforts in the mobile operating system and connectivity arenas.
Price hikes, shortages seen in hot solar biz
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6/30/2010   2 comments
Photovoltaic demand is projected to double over last year.
Gyro vendor InvenSense files IPO
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
InvenSense Inc., a provider of motion processing solutions or gyroscopes, is filing for an IPO.
Intel, Israel discuss next fab, says report
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6/29/2010   Post a comment
Intel is discussing locating a wafer fab in Kiryat Gat, Israel, with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, according to The Media Line.
TSMC given OK to take 10% SMIC stake
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6/29/2010   Post a comment
The Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs has approved an application by TSMC to take up a 10 percent stake in Chinese foundry rival SMIC, according to reports.
Power-saving low-voltage comparator has tiny dimensions, extended temp range
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6/29/2010   Post a comment
ST's low-voltage comparator can operate with a supply voltage ranging from 1.6 to 5 V with only 20µA current consumption, and features rail-to-rail inputs for low-voltage applications.
Low-power ADCs extend battery life
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6/29/2010   Post a comment
Maxim's new family of ADCs consumes only 9.9mW, operates down to 2.2V, and offers burst-mode operation to deliver maximum power savings.
Freescale plans basestation-on-chip
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6/29/2010   2 comments
Freescale Semiconductor plans to best its embedded communications competitors not just by depending on raw computing speed for its processors but by reaching the higher integration levels needed to put a "basestation on a chip," according to Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager for networking and multimedia.
Samsung, TSMC hit by ITC complaint
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6/28/2010   3 comments
STC.UNM (STC)--the technology-transfer arm of the University of New Mexico (UNM)--said that it is charging Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. with alleged patent infringement.
CoorsTek buys ceramics unit for $245M
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
CoorsTek Inc., a manufacturer of ceramic and specialty material components, has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the advanced ceramics business of Saint-Gobain for about $245 million.
Obducat CEO resigns amid losses
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6/28/2010   1 comment
Amid losses and order delays, Patrik Lundstrom has been named acting CEO of Obducat AB (Malmo, Sweden), a supplier of nano-imprint lithography tools.
Report: Firms buy stake in PSi
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI)and Narra Venture Capital II have acquired a 67 percent stake in PSi Technologies Inc. (PSi) of the Philippines for $30 million.
Designing systems for extreme environments
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Designing embedded systems destined for extreme environments, such as 1 mile below the surface of an ocean, adds a layer of complexity and difficulty for the designer. Nate Holmes of National Instruments describes some common challenges and latest tools and approaches to issues like power and test that can aid designers in creating successful systems headed for tough spots.
Which type of "analog" designer are you?
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6/28/2010   4 comments
There are engineers doing circuits the analog way, because they absolutely want to, or because they are forced to, or somewhere in-between; judging how much analog makes sense means stepping back and making objective assessments
Russia's Sistema still pursuing Infineon, says report
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Infineon has denied it is in discussions with diversified Russian holding company AFK Sistema, according to a report, in a rerun of denials from September 2009 and earlier. Another report has said that Sistema
Reduce parallel programming pain with dataflow languages
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6/27/2010   12 comments
Whether modifying an existing application or writing entirely new code, parallel applications can be much more challenging to work with than their sequential counterparts.
Infineon aims to beat 30% annual growth, says report
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6/25/2010   Post a comment
German chip vendor Infineon Technologies AG is predicting revenue growth for its 2010 financial year in the "high 30 percent range" compared with the previous fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2009, according to a Bloomberg report.
Atmel completes sale of fab in France
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Germany's LFoundry GmbH, an analog and mixed-signal foundry, has completed its previously-announced acquisition of Atmel Corp.’s wafer fabrication operation in Rousset, France.
Can Nikon regain its focus?
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Can Nikon Corp. regain its focus?
IBM 'fab club' aligns 28-nm process, jabs rival
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6/24/2010   1 comment
IBM, Samsung, GlobalFoundries and STMicroelectronics said that they are in collaboration to ''synchronize’’ the production of chips, based on its previously-announced, 28-nm low-power process.
DRAM makers to pay $173M in price-fixing case
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Some 32 states in the United States announced a $173 million settlement with six DRAM manufacturers who "conspired in an illegal global scheme to fix prices."
First look inside iPhone 4
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6/24/2010   6 comments
You could call the new Apple iPhone 4 an iPad Nano because it uses at least six chips from the popular Apple tablet, according to analysts from UBM TechInsights that have done a teardown of the new smartphone, revealing it uses a MEMS gyro from STMicroelectronics.
China's $25 billion to boost domestic production, says analyst
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6/24/2010   2 comments
LONDON — The Chinese government is preparing to spend $25 billion on wafer fabs to boost domestic chip manufacturing over the next five years, according to market research company The Information Network. This is set to boost the proportion of local demand met by domestic wafer fabs and diminish Chinese chip imports, the analysis firm said
MIPS to restructure, align with Android
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Processor IP licensor MIPS Technologies Inc. has announced a restructuring plan that will see it reduce headcount and incur a $1 million restructuring charge. The changes are expected to save company between $2 million and $2.4 million in annual expense, including the current financial year.
May chip sales show World Cup effect, says analyst
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global chip sales for May is set to be called at $24.5 billion, compared with $23.3 billion in April and an all time record, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group.
AMD x86 cores at Hot Chips
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
AMD is expected to steal the limelight at the annual Hot Chips conference when it describes two new x86 cores that mark the first major architectural advance for the company in several years.
Group forms another 3-D chip alliance
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6/23/2010   Post a comment
Another three-dimensional (3-D) chip alliance has been hatched.
VLSI ups fab tool outlook in hot market
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6/23/2010   Post a comment
The fab tool and materials industries are hot.
Will Spansion succeed or fail again?
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6/23/2010   Post a comment
Spansion Inc. is looking to make a big comeback.
Europe funds ARM-based server research
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6/23/2010   2 comments
The European Commission is part-funding a collaborative research project investigating the use of the ARM processor architecture in data centers
ISuppli: IC inventories still below average
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6/22/2010   Post a comment
Semiconductor vendors' chip inventory levels remain at low levels despite a small increase in the first quarter of the year, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Freescale CEO: 'Connected intelligence' beating recession
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6/22/2010   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor revealed its vision of the future of semiconductor technology at the Freescale Technology Forum, where CEO Richard Beyer predicted that the recession will continue to fade by virtue of the commercial success of what he called "connected intelligence."
IAR Systems supports new Freescale MCU families
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6/22/2010   1 comment
Freescale's newest Kinetis, ColfFire and i.MX microcontrollers can now all use a common software development environment from IAR Systems, the company announced.
Intel, FTC in settlement talks
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6/22/2010   2 comments
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Intel Corp. have filed a joint motion to ''suspend administrative trial proceedings.''
Tilera, Quanta roll low power server
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6/22/2010   3 comments
Multicore processor designer Tilera Corp. announced it plans to ship a 200-core device in 2013 and demonstrated a 512-core server made by partner Quanta Computer Inc. using Tilera's current 64-core chip.
Sensors integrate ColdFire processor, MEMS accelerometer
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6/22/2010   1 comment
Freescale Semiconductor new Xtrinsic family of smart MEMS sensors combine a 32-bit ColdFire microcontroller with on-chip algorithms for all the common operations like tap, touch, tilt and orientation, thereby streamlining designs and offloading the application processor, the company said.
Freescale's 64-bit Power core
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6/22/2010   2 comments
Freescale Semiconductor has designed its first 64-bit Power core and two integrated communications processors using it, likely outrunning Mips-based competitors such as Cavium and NetLogic, but still slightly behind in raw performance Intel's Xeon which is gaining market momentum.
40MHz to 10GHz RMS detector provides 57dB dynamic range
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6/22/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC5582, a high dynamic range 10GHz RMS detector that measures RF signals with high accuracy.
Image sensor sales forecast to grow 31% in 2010
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6/22/2010   Post a comment
Sales of image sensors will grow by 31 percent in 2010, reaching a new record of $8.5 billion, according to projections from market research firm IC Insights.
ST chip measures power line current up to 70V
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6/22/2010   Post a comment
ST's latest high-side current-sense amplifier simplifies the design of power management, monitoring and safety equipment by allowing direct and accurate measurement of current in power lines operating at up to 70V.
Chengdu: Spicy city faces hi-tech hurdles
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6/21/2010   3 comments
Chengdu is fast becoming the next major biotechnology, chip, information technology (IT), LED and renewable energy hub in China.
COMMENTARY: From Microprocessor to Microcontroller to ???
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6/21/2010   1 comment
Meng He and Andrew Siska look at the evolution of embedded processing, and explore the implications of programmable system on chip architectures to its future direction..
National Semi buys GTronix
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6/21/2010   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp. has acquired the technology of GTronix Inc.
Trio forms 3-D chip alliance
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6/21/2010   2 comments
Elpida Memory Inc., Powertech Technology Inc. and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) have formed an alliance to speed up the development of three-dimensional (3-D) chips.
Source Measure Units tame challenges of assessing battery drain, functional test
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6/21/2010   Post a comment
Source Measure Units tame challenges of assessing battery drain, functional test
Convert parallel impedances to series impedances
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6/21/2010   4 comments
Understand how impedance-topology conversion can simplify transformer equivalent circuits or filter networks
Ozmo samples Wi-Fi PAN chip
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6/21/2010   1 comment
Ozmo Devices, a provider of low-power Wi-Fi personal area network chips, has started sampling its second chip, the OZMO2000.
Microchip delivers multimedia development system for 32bit MCUs
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6/18/2010   Post a comment
Microchip has announced two development tools for adding advanced human interfaces to PIC32, 32-bit microcontroller-based designs.
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