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Microchip, Chang headline 2009 ACE Award winners
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
Microcontroller and analog chip vendor Microchip Technology was presented the award for "Company of the Year," one of 11 winners of the 2009 EE Times ACE Awards. Morris Chang, founding chairman of TSMC, was honored with a "Lifetime Achievement Award."
STMicro Mobile App Voltage-Agnostic MEMS-Based Motion Sensor
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STMicroelectronics MEMS sensors with a 3-axis accelerometer with absolute analog output for data-integrity protection in hard-disk drives, vibration monitoring and compensation, remote control, as well as motion user interfaces in mobile and gaming devices or portable media players.
Vitesse cuts 12% of headcount
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Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. has implemented a reduction of approximately 12 percent of its worldwide workforce.
FSI cuts jobs, posts loss
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Amid the downturn and ongoing losses, fab tool maker FSI International Inc. plans to take several cost-cutting measures, including layoffs.
Astronaut invokes 'Apollo spirit' for 'hard days ahead'
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Kenneth Mattingly recalled the Apollo spirit of cooperation in the rescue of the Apollo 13 mission and encouraged engineers at the Embedded Systems Conference to apply the same determination to the current hard times.
No April Fools: Conficker 2.0 worm set to strike
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Malware known as Conficker 2.0 is poised to strike on Wednesday, April Fools Day, security experts warn.
Ramtron samples power efficient 512-Kbit, 1-Mbit Serial FRAM
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Ramtron has launched two more devices in a family of new parallel and serial FRAM products that offer higher-speed read/write performance, lower voltage operation, and optional device features.
Speed multicore development with IMEC tools
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IMEC is now licensing its impressive low-power multicore development tools.
Altera CEO got $4.1 million in 2008
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The Associated Press reported that Altera CEO John Daane pulled down a compensation package worth $4.1 million last year, an increase of 25 percent over 2007.
SiTime enters VCXO market with MEMS-based device
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SiTime's voltage controlled MEMS oscillator features 0.5% pull range linearity, small size and flexibility through programmability.
GaAs MMIC SP8T switch streamlines mobile phone design
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NEC's UPG2193T6E SP8T GaAs MMIC antenna switch meets the needs of new 3G UMTS, W-CDMA and Quad Band EDGE mobile phone designs.
DSP for beginners
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Are you new to DSP? Here are some resources that will get you up to speed.
RapidIO Gen2: double speed, lower power
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RapidIO Gen2 offers twice the performance, lower power, and lower system cost than RapidIO 1.3--all while maintaining backwards compatibility.
Freescale rolls 45-nm comms processors
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Freescale Semiconductor said it is sampling new communications processors based on its 45-nm process technology,
New MEMS timing chip emerges
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A maker of MEMS timing chips is taking aim at a new market: voltage-controlled oscillators.
All-in-one audio subsystems target mobile phones and gaming
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National Semiconductor has made two additions to its Boomer Class D audio subsystem family that are suited to smart phone, portable gaming device and portable GPS device designs.
Longer Music Playback with TI Low Power Class-G Headphone Amplifier
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Two new 25-mW Class-G stereo headphone amplifiers from Texas Instruments were released using DirectPath technology allowing for the length of music playback to be increased by 20 percent.
Wi-Fi sensor networking module has 5-year battery life
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RF Monolithics' 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.11 g radio transceiver module enables OEMs to build low-power WLAN and sensor monitoring solutions for the global market.
National Semiconductor extends family of low-power, audio subsystems for handheld devices
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National Semiconductor Corp., has extended its family of low-power Boomer Class D audio subsystems with two devices that simplify portable product design.
Metrology specialist Semilab acquires AMS, QC Solutions
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Semilab Co. Ltd. (Budapest, Hungary) has acquired two Massachusetts-based metrology companies, Advanced Metrology Systems and QC Solutions.
IC market: Recovery or head fake?
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It's way too early to see a real recovery in ICs.
Three-phase, transformerless UPS system aims to score on cost and energy efficiency
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Uninterruptible Power Supplies Ltd (UPSL) plans to unveil the company's latest three-phase, transformerless UPS system at a power protection seminar being held on 28 April at Chelsea Football Club.
Choosing between pipeline vs. sigma delta ADCs for communications applications
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Each analog/digital architecture has its place, depending on required performance specifications
Samplify moves SAM1600 ADC family to production
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Samplify Systems Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a vendor of data converters, has announced what it claims is the lowest-power, highest channel-count 12-bit ADC.
PowerWise audio subsystems simplify portable product design
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National Semiconductor has expanded its line of low-power Boomer Class D audio subsystems with two devices—the LM49352 mixed-signal audio subsystem and LM49151 analog subsystem—aimed at simplifying portable product design.
The Tao of DSP
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3/31/2009   1 comment
DSP and martial arts have a lot in common. It doesn't matter what tool, hardware or environment you use, having a vision and an understanding of the underlying mechanics needed to get you there is all that matters.
Simplifying BLDC commutation and feedback system
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In a Brushless DC (BLDC) motor system, an electronic mechanism is required to commutate the system. Unlike a Brush DC motor system, the permanent magnet is located at the Rotor and the windings are located at the Stator. As a result of this setup arrangement, the windings are required to energize in sequence, to enable smooth commutation. For the electronic system to determine which windings to energize, Hall sensor feedback is used to get the current location of the windings with respect to the
Multiprocessor debug startup raises seed funding
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Ultrasoc Technologies Ltd. has raised £400,000 (about $575,000) of equity investment from the South East Seed Fund, managed by Finance South East, and the Iceni Seedcorn Fund.
TSMC qualifies 0.18-micron embedded flash process family
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has said it has qualified a 0.18-micron embedded flash memory (embFlash) process technology family intended for applications in automotive, analog and power-sensitive applications.
Three-axis MEMS motion sensor has absolute analog output
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Designed with space and cost-constrained battery-operated devices in mind, STMicroelectronics' LIS352AX 3-axis accelerometer operates at any supply voltage within the 2.16V to 3.6V range and is said to be extremely stable over temperature and time.
High output differential amplifier suits audio and instrumentation applications
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Claiming a 10MHz, 10V/us, rail-to-rail I/O performance, austriamicrosystems has designed its AS1713 device with audio applications such as headphone drivers and audio line receivers and buffers in mind.
SiliconBlue rolls evaluation kit, peripheral daughter modules
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Startup SRAM FPGA vendor SiliconBlue Technologies announced the immediate availability of iCEman65, an evaluation and development kit for low-power designs based on the company's iCE65 FPGA, as well as two peripheral daughter modules.
Impulse Response: In the face of downturn, innovation lives!
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There's been a lot of bad news of late, but despite it how it may look, innovation is not dead, far from it. In fact, the cycle of innovation that's currently underway may be what pulls us out of this downturn.
OMAP 4 ups performance with dual Cortex-A9 cores
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Texas Instruments recently announced its next-generation application processor family, OMAP 4 for smart phones and mobile internet devices (MIDs); BDTI went inside to explore its design and what makes it tick so well.
Sentilla Joins The U.S. Green Building Council
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Sentilla's energy management solutions to support U.S. Green Building Council's vision for sustainable building in America.
Video: Cisco shows server at Xeon launch
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Big data centers are preparing for a shift to 10 Gbit/s Ethernet and some are interested in GPU processing once standards emerge, said a panel of data center managers who are testing Intel's just announced Xeon 5500 processors.
PCI Express on FPGA: A comprehensive guide to available solutions
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Many end-applications today use an FPGA-based design as an inherent component of their solution. They often require PCI Express as an indispensible feature, to provide a standardized interface with other components in the system. This paper presents an evaluation of the most common methods used for implementing PCI Express in FPGAs.
Energy Star pioneer nominated to DoE post
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One of the pioneers of the U.S. Energy Star program has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Albany NanoTech Complex expanded
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A $150 million expansion at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's Albany NanoTech Complex will create $1 billion in new investments and 600 high-tech jobs by 2013, according to a statement released by New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Intel-ST memory venture: A flash in the pan?
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3/30/2009   1 comment
A year after its official inception, Numonyx Inc. continues to move full speed ahead with its charter despite the current memory downturn and chaos in the supply chain.
Guest blog: Mike Santarini
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3/30/2009   3 comments
Mike Santarini, a former editor at EE Times and EDN (now publisher of Xilinx user magazine Xcell Journal) makes his first guest blog entry for Programmable Logic DesignLine, warning EDA vendors to get serious about the FPGA business.
Ever hear of CQC?
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Bernard Murphy, Chief Technology Officer of Atrenta Inc., wants to make chip designers aware of continuous quality control.
KLA-Tencor to cut workforce again by 10%
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Fab gear vendor KLA-Tencor will reduce its global workforce by about 10 percent as part of a series of cost-saving measures, the company said.
Intel rolls 45-nm server CPUs
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Intel Corp. formally rolls out server versions of its 45-nm Nehalem processors, the Xeon 5500 chips that integrate memory controllers and a high-speed interconnect, taking a page from archrival Advanced Micro Devices which pioneered the approach in x86 chips.
Altera, National Semi working on digital video for automotive apps
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Altera will collaborate with National Semiconductor to develop graphics interconnect solutions to address the growing use of digital video in automotive infotainment and driver-assistance applications, the companies said.
QuickLogic platforms to incorporate MDDI interface
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QuickLogic said it is developing new platforms tailored for Qualcomm's latest Mobile Station Modem MSM7xxx-series and MSM8xxx-series mobile processors, including Qualcomm's Snapdragon family of mobile computing processors.
QuickLogic platforms to incorporate Qualcomm's MDDI interface
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QuickLogic said it is developing new platforms tailored for Qualcomm's latest Mobile Station Modem MSM7xxx-series and MSM8xxx-series mobile processors, including Qualcomm's Snapdragon family of mobile computing processors.
Microchip : 16-bit DSCs target power conversion applications
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Microchip announces seven next-generation 16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers (DSCs) for common, multi-drop switch mode power supplies (SMPSs) and other power conversion applications.
Integrated step-down LED drivers support high power, high brightness LEDs
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Exar Corporation has released two LED drivers capable of driving high power, high brightness LEDs up to 0.5 Amp and 1 Amp respectively.
ASICs decline, FPGAs ready to step in
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According to market research firm Gartner Inc. FPGAs now have a 30-to-one edge in displacing ASICs in design starts. The firm predicts the trend in 2009 will be exacerbated by the global financial crisis.
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