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IC Insights sees big shakeup in 1H07 chip ranking
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7/30/2007   Post a comment
Though there has been little movement among the top ten semiconductor suppliers during the first half of 2007 compared to 2006 rankings, market research group IC Insights says there has been some significant changes in the ranking amongst the next ten.
NAND controllers target mobile storage applications
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7/30/2007   Post a comment
SST's ATA flash disk controller (SST55VD020) and CompactFlash card controller (SST55LC200) target space-constrained mobile storage applications such as music players, portable media players and camcorders.
Programmable gain amplifier delivers 0.03 percent gain accuracy
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7/30/2007   Post a comment
Targeting industrial and instrumentation markets, National Semiconductor's high-precision LMP8100A programmable gain amplifier provides 0.03 percent gain accuracy across the full industrial temperature range.
Carbon nanotubes aim for cheap, durable touch screens
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7/30/2007   Post a comment
Unidym is developing touch-panel displays with Touch Panel Laboratories (Tokyo) to enable more durable screens for Nintendo, as well as for tougher, cheaper solar panels and LCDs.
Mitsui and Nano Proprietary extend Carbon Nanotube license
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7/30/2007   Post a comment
Nano-Proprietary, Inc., through its subsidiary, Applied Nanotech, Inc., has announced that Japan based Mitsui & Co., Ltd. has extended its exclusive option to extend royalty bearing licenses on behalf of Nano-Proprietary to companies headquartered in Japan which will allow the use of NPI's carbon cold cathode intellectual property for the manufacture of lighting devices.
Denon launches new AV Receivers featuring HDMI v.1.3a and Deep Color
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7/30/2007   Post a comment
Denon Electronics has announced a brand new lineup of thirteen completely re-designed advanced A/V receivers. The company's new line features leading-edge technologies such as HDMI 1.3a capability with support for Deep Color, advanced networking, WifFi, and specially designed custom integration features.
Chartered fails to impress with 2Q results
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7/30/2007   Post a comment
Are Chartered Semiconductor's dismal second quarter numbers a one-time dip or the harbinger of hard times to come?
16-Gbit MLC NAND flash weighs in
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7/30/2007   Post a comment
To meet increasing demand for more digital storage, leading flash memory manufacturers are touting their latest single-chip 16-Gbit MLC NAND flash devices. Earlier this year, Toshiba announced a 16-Gbit MLC NAND flash manufactured in the 56-nm process node. Samsung, meanwhile, introduced a 16-Gbit MLC NAND flash using a 51-nm process, a half a process node ahead of Toshiba's.

Topology Planning and Routing
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7/30/2007   Post a comment
This article focuses on the PCB designer collaboration of the IP and further employing Topology Planning and Topology Routing tools to support the IP and complete the PCB design.
Simulator targets SoCs for handheld devices
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7/30/2007   Post a comment
A simulator developed by the University of Southampton whose roots go back to research collaboration with another U.K. University, Newcastle, into developing interconnection technologies for multiprocessor SoCs, has been made available for download and is said to pave the way for more competitive handheld computing devices.
26 new 300-mm fabs to operate by 2008, says report
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7/30/2007   Post a comment
After declining by 2.3 percent in 2007, the semiconductor equipment market is expected to grow by 22 percent in 2008 as 26 new 300-mm fabs will be operational by 2008, according to the Pennsylvania-based market research company The Information Network.
U.S., E.U. agree on common GPS-Galileo signal design
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7/30/2007   Post a comment
The United States and the European Union have moved forward on satellite navigation cooperation after reaching agreement on a common civil signal design for their respective satellite navigation systems (GNSS).
RF design team raises funds for CMOS PA initiative
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7/30/2007   Post a comment
Is it possible to make a CMOS power amplifier for 3G cell phone applications that can operate with the same power efficiency and robustness as a gallium arsenide version? ACCO Semiconductor (Saint Germain en Laye, France) believes it has found a way to do just that and with its patent applications in hand is hoping to reap the benefits in a multibillion dollar market.
Preventing IP theft with the MSC8144EC DSP
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7/30/2007   Post a comment
DSP systems often leave valuable IP in the open, where it can be stolen. Here's how to protect your code with the MSC8144EC DSP.
Speed (hybrid) racer
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7/29/2007   Post a comment
Here are more details on Toyota's Supra HV-R hybrid racer that won the Tokachi 24-Hour Race
Choosing the best wireless digital-video architecture
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7/29/2007   Post a comment
While most of the approaches are new to the market, their performance differs greatly.
Veteran electronics editor Lydon dies of cancer
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7/28/2007   Post a comment
James J. Lydon, longtime editor of Electronic News and mentor and editorial role model for many of the most influential people in high technology business journalism, died at 76 due to complications from bone marrow cancer on July 27.
Accellera Elects new Board of Directors
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7/27/2007   Post a comment
Accellera elcts Board of Directors for 2007/8
Consumer testing hijacked?
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7/27/2007   Post a comment
With interoperability issues for digital entertainment systems still dogging the consumer electronics industry, a subsidiary of the chip vendor that invented the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) has seized the opportunity to turn the industrywide problem into a profit center.
Denon goes blue
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7/27/2007   Post a comment
Earlier this week, Denon Electronics held its annual product introduction showcase, which focused on HDMI v1.3a-enabled AV Receivers and their first Blu-ray Disc players. This was a significant BD introduction as Denon is the first major audio company to offer a next-generation high definition optical disc player.
Bi-level edgecard connectors meet high-temperature requirements
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7/27/2007   Post a comment
Sullins Electronics has introduced bi-level edgecard connectors with staggered, dip solder contacts for high-temperature applications.
Practical implementation of negative-input, negative-output step-down switching converters
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7/27/2007   1 comment
Negative step-down switching converters bring different design challenges; understand how to implement them effectively
Portable devices drive power management demand
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7/27/2007   Post a comment
Market research firm iSuppli Corp. projects the global power management semiconductor market to grow significantly over the next few years, driven in part by rising demand from portable electronic equipment manufacturers.
Current limit switch protects portable devices
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7/27/2007   Post a comment
The SP619 current limit switch from Sipex provides fault protection in a variety of applications including portable devices and distributed power systems.
10-GHz socket handles 1.0-mm pitch BGA packages
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7/27/2007   Post a comment
Ironwood Electronics has introduced a 10-GHz BGA socket for 1.0-mm pitch BGA devices.
DRAM market plummets in Q2 by 25 percent
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7/27/2007   Post a comment
The commodity DRAM market fell be nearly 25 percent in the second quarter according to market tracker DRAMeXchange who blamed the huge decline on a massive 40 percent cut in the average selling prices of DDR 512Mbit parts.
Fabless chip vendor Entropic readies IPO
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7/27/2007   Post a comment
Entropic Communications Inc., a fabless chip vendor based in San Diego, announced plans for an initial public offering of its common stock.
Supervisory circuit eliminates external devices
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7/27/2007   Post a comment
The AS1923 quad voltage microprocessor supervisory IC from austriamicrosystems monitors up to four system supply voltages without the need for external components.
Imagine fires back against BigBand's lawsuit
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7/27/2007   Post a comment
Video platform specialist Imagine Communications has filed a counterclaim to BigBand Networks' patent-infringement lawsuit, calling it "baseless litigation" and categorically denying the allegations.
Statistical static timing analysis: A view from the future
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7/27/2007   Post a comment
Extreme DA CEO describes advantages and applications of Statistical Static Timing Analysis.
EC charges Intel with anticompetitive practices
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7/27/2007   Post a comment
EC antitrust regulators have concluded that Intel has abused its dominant position in the microprocessor market. The legal proceeding could end with a billion-euro fine for Intel.
ESD protection for HDMI 1.3
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7/27/2007   Post a comment
The higher the data speed and the more advanced the process technology, the harder it is to protect the IC from over-voltage stresses caused by ESD or CDE. As a result, HDMI designs often include additional transient protection to ensure the IC's reliability. Adding external transient protection for HDMI is difficult, however, due to HDMI's sensitivity to signal integrity. Each additional device added to the signal line implies extra parasitic elements that can affect signal transmission.
Taming the Beast: 802.11n Coexistence with legacy networks
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
Without protection protocols, 802.11n devices can hamper the performance of legacy networks, particularly in the 2.4GHz band
Rectifiers achieve 300-V rating
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
Diodes Inc. has introduced three 300-V Super Barrier Rectifiers (SBR) that surpass the industry-wide Schottky reverse voltage limitation of 250 V.
AMD tips low-power x86 core, eight-core CPU
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices disclosed plans for an eight-core server processor, a new low power x86 core and more details of its Fusion processors all slated for 2009.
Voltage translator guarantees performance down to 1.1 V
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has rolled out a single-bit, bi-directional voltage translator with guaranteed operation from 1.1 V to 3.6 V for ultra-portable applications.
Design-to-fab of 45-nm ICs is variability issue
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
At 65/45 nm and below, a new world order is beginning to emerge that challenges all our previous experience in IC design and manufacture.
IP/foundry ecosystem facilitates 45-nm process design
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
To overcome 45-nm process challenges, semiconductor intellectual property (IP) providers and foundries are collaborating to provide designers with a combination of design resources and manufacturing expertise focused on advanced process nodes.
Voltage/current measurement instrument targets automotive and power management
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
Teradyne's DC90XP, a high-power voltage/current source and measurement instrument for FLEX and microFLEX test systems, targets automotive and power management markets.
Buck converter drives up to seven LEDs in series
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
The CAT4201 7-W buck converter from Catalyst Semiconductor drives white LED strings up to 21 V; regulates current up to 350 mA, and eliminates need for a dedicated heat sink with up to 94 percent efficiency.
Dates added for ZigBee training
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
This hands-on three-day course is designed to provide a solid foundation in RF capabilities, MAC layer communications, OSAL/HAL usage, ZigBee networking and Z-Stack protocol stack-based product development.
EU set to free up spectrum restrictions
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
The European Commission is proposing to repeal long-standing European regulations on using frequency bands that are currently employed for the GSM network.
Review mathematical tools for digital transmission analysis--Part I
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
Here is Part I of an excerpt from Fixed Broadband Wireless Communications: Principles and Practical Applications. Taken from Chapter 3, this segment is an in-depth review of analytical tools, namely spectral analysis of nonperiodic functions and energy and power analysis.
Humans deal computer a loss in poker challenge
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
Humans win, bots loose the world's First Man-Machine Poker Championship ,which pitted two poker masters against a computer program called Polaris at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) conference in Vancouver.
Logic designer reports seeing black-and-white schematics in color!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/26/2007   Post a comment
Also, new research shows that synesthetic colors are perceived in a realistic way, just as synesthetes report!
Tektronix tools aid in China's DTV push
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
Tektronix and China Electronics Standardization Institution have created a joint laboratory for advanced research and assessment of digital RF and digital TV standards in China.
IEEE picks up VSIA's standards work
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
The IEEE has formed two study groups to explore the creation of IEEE standards based on work done at the VSI Alliance.
Mini-ITX mainboard features two LAN ports
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
VIA Technologies recently introduced the EPIA LT-Series Mini-ITX mainboard based on the VIA CX700 system media processor.
16-bit RISC MCU drives large LCD displays
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
Take a look at Maxim's latest addition to its RISC MAXQ microcontroller product line. The MAXQ3100 integrates an RTC and LCD interface to save space in embedded and portable applications.
IXYS rolls out 5.5-kV extra-fast recovery diode
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
IXYS Corp.'s UK-based wholly owned subsidiary, Westcode Semiconductors Ltd. (Westcode), has launched a 1300-A, 5.5-kV extra-fast recovery diode.
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