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Philips' reference design upgrades CRT-based tuners to LCD TVs
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8/27/2003   Post a comment
Practically all the consumer electronics manufacturers are "moving into LCD TV sets," says Philips Semiconductors. They are looking for a solution that lets them "jumpstart quickly in the new market." Junko Yoshida reports on a reference design that enables TV set manufacturers to make a quick and painless migration from CRT to mid-end LCD TV designs.
Shortages, price hikes hit flash, MPUs, DVD chips
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8/26/2003   Post a comment
It only seemed like yesterday when the semiconductor industry was suffering from overcapacity and otherwise lackluster demand for chips. But suddenly, there are signs of spot shortages--and even price hikes--for select parts, such as DVD chips, microprocessors, and NAND-based flash memories.
Getting 12-bits of Resolution out of your 10-bit A/D
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8/26/2003   Post a comment
Cost sensitive designs benefit from using lower resolution A/Ds and simple signal processing techniques. Including software solutions in you're A/D selection process can reduce your system cost without sacrificing performance. In Part 1 of this multi-part tutorial, FAE Fugerer looks at sample "averaging" as a means of increasing A/D resolution. In Part 2, he examines "oversampling." (Be sure too to look at the Appendix material that accompanies these articles.)
Wind River offers new board support service
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8/26/2003   Post a comment
Wind River Systems, Inc. has unveiled a services program designed to help OEM engineers integrate the company's embedded software into their product platforms.
Elpida to acquire NEC Hiroshima fab
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Structured-ASIC debate building in fervor
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
A custom-chip design approach that was initially dismissed by critics as a fad is proving to have staying power as system architects increasingly seek a middle ground between cell-based designs and FPGAs. Crista Souza has these insights.
Intel sees demand, spot shortages, for chips
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
At a time when the IC industry is supposed to be in the summer doldrums, Intel's logic fabs are running at full capacity due to unexpected demand for processors, chip sets and motherboards, according to the company. On the down side, the company's communications business, especially flash memories, remains weak. Mark LaPedus reports.
Odds increase for an IC recovery, says IC Insights
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry has rolled the dice and the odds for an IC recovery have slightly changed for the better in 2003, according to the latest forecast from IC Insights Inc.
The logic price wars
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
Despite tough market conditions and aggressive pricing tactics, suppliers of commodity standard logic remain committed to their products. A number of these companies appear well positioned to take advantage of the industry's next upswing as they continue to expand wafer manufacturing capabilities, shift to larger 6in. wafer sizes for cost advantages, and launch hundreds of new products targeting the growing wireless and handheld sectors.
Actel sends FPGAs to military front
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
Actel Corp. is extending the reprogramming capabilities of its flash-based FPGAs to military applications with its launch today of Mil-Temp ProASIC Plus.
Danish start-up nibbles on Ethernet
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
A small Danish engineering firm with roots in Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) is positioning itself as a center of expertise for Metro Ethernet Forum semiconductors and firmware by supplying chipsets, modules, and design assistance for small OEMs moving into Ethernet access.
Tezzaron delivers challenge to SRAM, DRAM
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
Tezzaron Semiconductor Inc. last week announced a new type of pseudo-static memory technology intended to provide an alternative to embedded SRAM or DRAM in discrete memory ICs and systems-on-chip.
Structured-ASIC debate building in fervor
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
A custom-chip design approach that has come to be known as "structured ASIC" was initially dismissed by critics as a fad, but it is proving to have staying power as system architects increasingly seek a middle ground between cell-based designs and FPGAs.
Broadcom's ServerWorks struggles as Intel turns up heat
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
When you go up against the electronics industry version of King Kong, you can get bruised badly, as Broadcom Corp. and its ServerWorks unit are finding out after engaging Intel Corp. in a struggle for dominance in the server I/O chipset market.
eXtreme Graphics muscles into the mainstream market
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
Fresh off its acquisition of Trident Microsystems Inc.'s PC graphics division, Taiwan start-up eXtreme Graphics Innovation (XGI) is expected to field two lines of processors in the fall that will inaugurate its pursuit of the mainstream and high-end markets.
Dongbu Anam, Hynix report uptick in foundry business
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8/25/2003   Post a comment
Korea's two major foundries, Dongbu Anam Semiconductor and Hynix Semiconductor Inc.'s nonmemory group, are reporting improvements in business conditions and expect solid growth in the months ahead.
Intel sees spot shortages for chips
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8/22/2003   Post a comment
Structured-ASIC debate building in fervor
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8/22/2003   Post a comment
A custom-chip design approach that has come to be known as "structured ASIC" was initially dismissed by critics as a fad, but it is proving to have staying power as system architects increasingly seek a middle ground between cell-based designs and FPGAs.
Broadcom's ServerWorks struggles as Intel turns up heat
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8/22/2003   Post a comment
When you go up against the electronics industry version of King Kong, you can get bruised badly, as Broadcom Corp. and its ServerWorks unit are finding out after engaging Intel Corp. in a struggle for dominance in the server I/O chipset market.
Non-Classical CMOS: the "Ultimate" MOSFET Device
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8/22/2003   Post a comment
The key electronic component in the integrated circuit (IC) is the planar, bulk metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET).
SOI and strained silicon complement each other
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8/22/2003   Post a comment
For the past 25 years, geometric scaling of silicon CMOS transistors has enabled not only an exponential increase in circuit integration density — Moore's Law — but also a corresponding enhancement in the transistor performance itself.
High-k strides reopen door to germanium
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8/22/2003   Post a comment
In the beginning there were bipolar transistors made on germanium wafers, though semiconductor makers quickly switched to silicon as the prime semiconducting material.
Silicon germanium challenges metrology
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8/22/2003   Post a comment
To enable continued migration to smaller design rules in advanced CMOS processes, the semiconductor industry must deal with a proliferation of materials-from 20 materials options at the 130-nanometer node to nearly double that at the 65-nm node.
Right on time -- requirements for advanced custom design
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8/22/2003   Post a comment
Custom IC design is becoming phenomenally more complex. In this whitepaper, Cadence Design Systems authors Lavi Lev and Ted Vucurevich analyze today's custom design flow and propose a new "advanced custom design" methodology that combines accuracy with fast turn-around times.
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