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Creating the Digital World: Step One
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A key enabling technology in today's communications systems is real time digital signal processing (DSP), coupled with the high density implementation thereof. This month, we will focus on the technology that matured rapidly and continues to evolve to enable all of this magic — A/D converters.
ASML, Tokyo Electron team for advanced litho tools
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Two of the major players in semiconductor production equipment , Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL) and ASML Holding NV, are joining forces to develop next generation R&D and manufacturing tools.
Power MOSFET tutorial, Part 1
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Power MOSFETs are well-known for their switching speeds and are considered an ideal switch. But, they have drawbacks. In this two-part tutorial, you will learn what they are and how to select the right one for your application.
Signal integrity analyzers encompass triple-domain measurement
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Slated for signal integrity analysis during design, characterization, and production, test-and-measurement maker Wavecrest is rolling out a family of all-in-one triple-domain signal analyzers for testing clock circuits, PLLs, and oscillators.
Analysis: New Blackfin processors for automotive apps
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BDTI analyzes ADI's new automotive Blackfin processors, taking a close look at the new video coprocessors and encryption hardware.
Class D audio system tunes in for digital TV
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Product Review - Integrating a stereo analog-to-digital converter, sample-rate converter, digital audio processor and a 30-watt Class D amplifier that includes a PWM controller and power stage, Cirrus Logic touts its CS4525 as an innovative Class D audio IC that greatly simplifies system design for the global flat-panel digital television market.
Pericom expands HDMI switch product portfolio
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Pericom Semiconductor has expanded its high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) switch portfolio with four high-bandwidth differential signal switch products for multi-source or multi-sink video applications, including TV, monitor, set-top box, switch box and game consoles.
High-side driver ASSP aimed at 24-V industrial apps
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AMI Semiconductor's latest high-side driver ASSP is qualified for operation up to 28-V and suited to designs with nominal system supply voltages of 24-V. It is designed to control LEDs, relays, solenoids, transistor gates, valves and other loads in industrial systems.
e2v looks for acquisitions as it posts strong sales
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Components and sub-systems group e2v technologies plc increased sales for the six months to September 30 to £67.8 million ($134 million), up 38 percent on the corresponding period last year. Pre-tax profits were £3.7 million ($7.3 million) , compared to £2.8 million ($5.5 million) last time.
Qualcomm aims to rival Intel in laptop connectivity
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Qualcomm Inc laid the ground work for a technology smack down with Intel Corp on Tuesday, saying it would use the recent acquisition of Airgo Networks to invade the connectivity space for laptop PCs and other non-phone portable devices. It also floated another taunt by suggesting its 1GHz Snapdragon platform would be a real nuisance to the PC microprocessor giant.
Acal looks to semis for growth
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Components and systems distributor Acal increased profits in the first half of the year to £4.2 million, up from £3.4 million, on sales up 3 percent over the same period to £122.9 million.
AMD rolls first 65 nm CPUs, sees fast shift to 45 nm
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Executing on its goal of being a fast follower to archrival Intel Corp., Advanced Micro Devices rolled out its first 65-nm x86 CPUs.
AMD rolls first 65 nm CPUs, sees fast shift to 45 nm
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Executing on its goal of being a fast follower to archrival Intel Corp., Advanced Micro Devices rolled out its first 65-nm x86 CPUs.
High-level tools become mainstream
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High-level design tools have been over-hyped for years, but they are finally delivering on their promises.
Analysts see little synergy in LSI/Agere combo
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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Analysts were cautiously optimistic on the proposed $4 billion merger of LSI Logic and Agere Systems announced Monday (Dec. 4), sometimes scratching their heads about where the two companies will find cost and product synergies. Some observers said the combination could be a sign of more consolidation to come in the maturing semiconductor sector.
AMD, Hynix to crack top 10 in '06, iSuppli says
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SAN FRANCISCO — Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) and Hynix Semiconductor Inc. will finally break into the list of the world's top 10 semiconductor suppliers this year, according to a preliminary ranking from market research analyst iSuppli Corp.
How to implement high-security in low-cost FPGAs
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"Device DNA" can protect your design and embedded code from cloning, overbuilding, and reverse-engineering while still using outsourced manufacturing and assembly facilities.
Xilinx rolls out Spartan-3a low-cost I/O-optimized FPGAs
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New Xilinx cost-reduced Spartan-3a FPGA family targets high-volume applications requiring high I/O gate ratio, low-power, and anti-cloning security capabilities.
Analysts see little synergy in LSI/Agere combo
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Analysts were cautiously optimistic on the proposed $4 billion merger of LSI Logic and Agere Systems announced Monday, sometimes scratching their heads about where the two companies will find cost and product synergies.
Analysts see little synergy in LSI/Agere combo
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Analysts were cautiously optimistic on the proposed $4 billion merger of LSI Logic and Agere Systems announced Monday, sometimes scratching their heads about where the two companies will find cost and product synergies.
Teja in OEM pact with Sun for Coolthreads
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Network processing software specialist Teja Technologies signs its first broad OEM pact, working with Sun Microsystems on CoolThreads multithreading technology for SunFire, Netra, and ATCA platforms.
$8000 software is free to Agilent and Yokogawa realtime oscilloscope users
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Focusing on clock and timing engineering and related measurement science, Amherst Systems Associates announces a North American kickoff of a program that will aggressively give away premium oscilloscope analysis and productivity software. The company's M1 Oscilloscope Tools will go to targeted users of Agilent and Yokogawa realtime oscilloscopes.
Small displays integrate LED backlights
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Displaytech has expanded its TFT display module line with 1.8-, 2.0- and 3.5-inch models. Available with LED backlights, these TFT modules may be customized.
Ensuring strong security for mobile transactions
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The use elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) can help create inherently secure mobile devices that have the capability and interoperability to participate in contactless transactions.
Module enhances temperature measurement accuracy
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The 143-131A cold junction compensation module from BI Technologies is designed to enhance the accuracy of temperature measurements.
Groups collaborate on software-defined radio specs
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Two standards groups are collaborating on software-defined radio specs
PTO to reexamine Magma patent
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will reexamine one of two Magma Design Automation patents at issue in a high-profile lawsuit between Magma and Synopsys.
Long-life capacitor targets battery back-up apps
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CDE has developed a 15-year long-life Type EDL capacitor specifically for use in battery back-up applications.
Mil-spec POL converter delivers 33 watts at 125 C
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VPT's DVPL0510S mil-spec point-of-load converter delivers up to 33 watts at 10 amps.
eSilicon's Harding lone addition to FSA board
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The Fabless Semiconductor Association announced its 2007 board of directors, including the addition of Jack Harding, chairman, president and CEO of eSilicon.
AMD, Hynix to crack top 10 in '06, iSuppli says
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Advanced Micro Devices and Hynix Semiconductor will finally break into the list of the world's top 10 semiconductor suppliers this year, according to a preliminary ranking from market research analyst iSuppli, which increased its chip industry growth forecast to 9 percent for 2006.
LSI grabs Agere in $4 billion stock merger
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In a sign of further consolidation in semiconductors, LSI Logic Corp. and Agere Systems Inc. announced that they have entered into a $4 billion agreement to merge the two companies under the LSI Logic name in an all-stock transaction.
Samsung develops new mobile display driver IC
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Samsung Electronics said it has developed what it claims is the world's first mobile display driver IC combining the display driver and readout functions for embedded display panels.
"Enterprise" System Level (ESL) Verification " PART II
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In the second of a two parts article, Ran Avinun discusses the need to address System Level Design at the Enterprise level recognizing the role that software and firmware play in modern SoC designs. The article suggests that EDA companies must develop support for software certification within ESL tools.
What good is an automobile without its battery?
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Today's cars are extremely dependent on their electronics and, in turn, on the battery. Continuously monitoring the battery's condition is critical to vehicle dependability and reliability.
U.S. official blasts Indian patent system
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A U.S. official leading called India's patent and copyright laws antiquated and unable to offer protections necessary for foreign companies to operate in India.
Cadence donates power format to Si2
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"Significant customer input" has led Cadence Design Systems to donate its Common Power Format (CPF) to the Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) ahead of schedule.
AMI High-side driver ASSP targets 24-volt apps
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AMI Semiconductor has expanded its family of high-side driver application specific standard products with a product designed specifically for the control of LEDs, relays, solenoids, transistor gates, valves and other loads in industrial systems.
Chip closes distance to real-time 3-D images
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The problem with machine vision is that cameras are 2-D recorders of 3-D scenes. One company claims to have solved the problem with a real-time 3-D camera that uses pixel-level hardware to reveal the distance to any object in any scene.
Smart phone is 3G global tool
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The TyTN third-generation Windows Mobile smart phone from HTC (Slough, England) is designed for global use. As a world phone, it supports a variety of cellular networks, including GSM (850, 900, 1,800 and 1,900 MHz), UMTS (800, 850, 1,900 and 2,100 MHz) and wide-area network standards including CSD, GPRS, Edge and HSDPA. In addition to the network standards, the TyTN supports a number of connectivity modes, including USB v1.1, Bluetooth v2.0 and 802.11b/g wireless LANs.
Synthesis software takes Matlab to C
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Catalytic is offering Catalytic MCS, a product that offers Matlab-to-C synthesis for Matlab algorithm developers.
Tensilica rolls 'drop-in' video processor engines
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Tensilica has introduced four new Diamond Standard VDO processor engines customized for multi-standard, multi-resolution video in system-on-chip designs. According to the company, each of the four Diamond Standard VDO engines are being introduced to meet the varying needs of the market.
Qualcomm buys Airgo, RFMD's Bluetooth business
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Qualcomm is beefing up its offerings in both the WiFi and Bluetooth chip sectors with the acquisition of Airgo Networks Inc. and the majority of RF Micro Devices' Bluetooth assets.
LSI Logic snaps up Agere for $4 billion
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LSI Logic Corp. said it has agreed to buy storage and networking IC supplier Agere Systems Inc. for approximately $4 billion, creating a $3.5 billion revenue company in further signs of aggressive consolidation within the semiconductor market. With this purchase, LSI, based in Milipitas, Calif., expects to improve its competitiveness in a wide range of markets in addition to beefing up its engineering workforce and presence in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Qualcomm buys two wireless communication businesses
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Qualcomm Inc. said it reached an agreement to acquire two businesses that would help boost the product offerings of its wireless and mobile communications division as it seeks to consolidate its hold on the sector. The company said today it will purchase Airgo Networks Inc., a WLAN technology IC supplier, and the majority of RF Micro Devices Inc.'s Bluetooth operation. The terms of the separate transactions were not undisclosed.
Mandating China mobile TV spec a mistake, analyst says
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China's move to mandate a mobile TV specification may backfire, fouling up its plans to have mobile TV in place by 2008.
Europe shines in October chip sales, says SIA
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Europe showed the strongest month-on-month growth of chips during October, increasing sales by 3.4 percent to $3.53 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Characterizing and troubleshooting wide-band RF systems
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Troubleshooting an RF design requires the ability to trace a signal from baseband to a wide band digitally modulated RF output. Advanced real-time spectrum analyzers (RTSAs) can be used to facilitate the acquisition, measurement, and analysis of digitally-modulated and pre-distorted RF signals.
Belkin gets early start in Certified Wireless USB product race
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The hub will incorporate Wisair's Ultra Wideband chipset.
Analyst cuts '06 chip forecast, warns of tough Q4
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A financial analyst cut his forecast for 2006 semiconductor industry growth for the third time and said the Philadelphia Stock Exchange SOX semiconductor index could decline in December given continued supply chain inventory reductions, impending first quarter seasonal weakness and continued negative year-on-year industry revenue comparisons.
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