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Cavium warns of Q1 revenue shortfall
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4/3/2012   Post a comment
Networking chip vendor Cavium said first quarter sales would miss the company's guided target due to lower than expected sales to the service provider and broadband and consumer markets.
Semi materials sales posted second straight record in 2011
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The global semiconductor materials market grew by 7 percent in 2011 compared to 2010, posting a new all-time record for the second straight year, according to the fab tool vendor trade group SEMI.
Spansion to offer NAND in deal with Hynix
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4/2/2012   4 comments
NOR flash memory vendor Spansion will offer single-level-cell NAND flash devices for the embedded market under the terms of with SK Hynix.
TI’s new Audio Capacitive Touch BoosterPack for ultra-low-power MSP430 microcontrollers
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4/2/2012   1 comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) has introduced the C5000 ultra-low-power digital signal processor (DSP)-based Audio Capacitive Touch BoosterPack.
Texas Memory rolls out eMLC server cache accelerator
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The PCIe RamSan-80 integrates cache software from NEVEX to accelerate I/O-intense applications and alleviate latency.
Violin Memory snags another $50M in funding
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4/2/2012   1 comment
Scalable flash memory array vendor Violin Memory announced $50 million in Series D funding from a group of investors including Toshiba, Juniper Networks, SAP Ventures and Highland Capital.
Suss MicroTec buys projection litho tool vendor
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4/2/2012   Post a comment
Germany's Suss MicroTec acquired ultraviolet projection lithography vendor Tamarack Scientific for $9.34 million, plus an additional variable earn-out component.
Preparing for the forthcoming Zombie Apocalypse
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/2/2012   17 comments
Out of all the horror genres I was *not* interested in, zombies were right at the top of the list, until…
What's your embedded strategy?
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4/2/2012   Post a comment
UBM Electronics’ 2012 Embedded Market Survey has shed light on designers’ embedded requirements. EE Times asked 10 silicon vendors to share their strategies for serving them.
Energy Micro adds ultra-compact BGA48 package for Tiny Gecko devices
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4/2/2012   1 comment
Energy Micro has extended its EFM32 Gecko range of microcontrollers with the addition of products supplied in a very thin, fine-pitch BGA48 packaging.
Mobile device chip market grew 20% in 2011, says ABI
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4/2/2012   2 comments
Sales revenue from chipsets designed for mobile devices increased by more than 20 percent to $35 billion in 2011, while the total semiconductor market achieved 2 percent year-on-year growth, according to market analysis firm ABI Research.
Memory IP startup offers multiport generators
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4/2/2012   Post a comment
Embedded memory intellectual property licensor Memoir Systems has announced that its first commercial product, the Renaissance 2X, is available.
Pick the right SSD drive for the application
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4/2/2012   Post a comment
For enterprises, the optimal SSD will furnish the appropriate level of performance, reliability/endurance, and interoperability to deploy expensive SSDs strategically.
Avery DDR4 and DFI-PHY Verification IP
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4/2/2012   1 comment
Verification IP provides DDR and LPDDR memory models and a complete DFI-PHY verification solution.
Alliance SDRAM modules support industrial applications
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Available in densities of up to 256 Mb, the modules operate over a temperature range of -40°C to +85°C.
Power 101 – Power consumption
4/2/2012   5 comments
What consumes the most power? In this first editorial in the power series, several people weigh in with their opinions…
Efficient C code for ARM devices
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4/2/2012   1 comment
It seems that we very often have RAM and ROM coming out of our ears and we have processing power to burn. So what is the pressing issue of today? So often, it is power-efficiency…
Samsung Display starts as separate entity
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4/2/2012   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics officially launches Samsung Display Co., Ltd. as a new corporation, as the company carries out incorporation registration on April 3.
Major upgrade to Synopsys' Synplify FPGA synthesis tools
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4/2/2012   Post a comment
Latest Synplify FPGA synthesis software offers new high-reliability features and improved productivity for FPGA-based prototyping
DO-178C takes safety-critical software development to the next level
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DO-178C will bring safety-critical software development into the modern era, adding support for advanced techniques such as UML and mathematical modeling, object-oriented programming and formal methods, which will enable designers to conceptualize, architect and encapsulate their design at a higher level.
Docomo kills LTE semiconductor JV
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4/2/2012   Post a comment
NTT Docomo has cancelled plans to establish a joint venture fabless chip company to develop and sell ICs for mobile devices.
Samsung ninth going on fourth in foundry ranks, says Gartner
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4/2/2012   8 comments
The worldwide semiconductor foundry market totaled $29.8 billion in 2011, a 5.1 percent increase from 2010, according to market research firm Gartner Inc. The top four foundries held their rankings from the previous year. But of those four only the leader, TSMC, increased its market share, taking it to 48.8 percent of the total foundry business.
Dialog to use TSMC BCD process for PMICs
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4/2/2012   Post a comment
Fabless chip company Dialog Semiconductor plc is planning to use a 130-nm BCD process from leading foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. for power management ICs
IBM analytics to plumb universe's secret
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4/2/2012   9 comments
IBM will harness water-cooled 3-D chip sets to plumb the secrets of the universe by analyzing exabytes (billion gigabytes) of data streaming in from the world's largest radio telescope to be constructed in 2024.
Super robot able to leap buildings in a single bound!
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4/2/2012   3 comments
If you think you've seen all possible forms of robotic locomotion, think again.
Analyst: ASML holds all the cards in litho
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4/2/2012   7 comments
Lithography tool vendor ASML commanded a higher share of units shipped in 2011 than the combined total of competitors Nikon and Canon, further evidence that the Dutch firm has come to dominate which was only a few years ago a close three-horse race, according to the Information Network, a market research firm.
The new prescription: focus on patient experience
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4/2/2012   Post a comment
Drug-device combination products demonstrate how patients are increasingly invested in ease of use, discretion, and design in medical devices.
"It's not fair!" said Tom darkly
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/1/2012   5 comments
Several prominent figures, including Steve Wozniak and Isaac Asimov, have cited "Tom Swift" as an inspiration…
Well, just call me “Mr. Silly”
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4/1/2012   6 comments
I’m feeling a bit like Mr. Silly at the moment, because I just read this week’s email newsletter from This is True...
BYT-ON – World’s first graphene-based processor (graphene-based FPGAs to follow)
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4/1/2012   16 comments
Digital Core Design, the world-famous design laboratory in Bytom, Poland, has developed the world’s first processor made of graphene – the BYT-ON.
Maximizing savings at cell sites through deployment of hybrid energy solutions
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4/1/2012   Post a comment
Understand the options, tradeoffs, constraints, and cost/maintenance realities when implementing the power subsystem at a base station cell site
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