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Maxim takes $838 million charge on restatements
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Maxim Integrated Products has taken a pre-tax charge of more than $838 million for restated financial results covering a period of nearly 10 years, the company said.
Media processor offers boost in CPU performance
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Sigma Designs announced the availability of its SMP8644 media processor SoC, designed for feature-rich consumer products, including next generation IPTV set-top boxes, IP cable set-top boxes, and Blu-ray players.
Low-cost ARM9 MCUs roll with High Speed USB 2.0 OTG
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NXP's latest devices are providing embedded designers with cost effective, power efficient single chip solutions for USB connectivity.
WiMax emulator debuts
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Elektrobit Corp. rolled out what it claims is the industry's first radio channel emulator aimed at manufacturers of basestations and subscriber devices using WiMax, LTE and other 4G wireless network standards.
Atmel to outsource German fab operation
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In a complex arrangement that in effect rids the company of the Heilbronn, Germany manufacturing operation it has been trying to sell for two years, Atmel said that a U.K. company has agreed to buy the fab's equipment and lease the facility from Atmel.
IBM: Stand in line for high-k process
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IBM Corp.'s ''fab club'' customers may have to stand in line to get their hands on early wafers based on high-k and metal gates.
Avago buys Infineon's BAW biz for $21 million
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Chipmaker Avago Technologies has acquired Infineon Technologies' bulk acoustic wave business, based in Munich, Germany, for approximately 21.million euros (about $30.3 million).
Analog switch enhances audio quality
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austriamicrosystems has introduced the AS1747, a dual single-pole/double-throw (SPDT) low-voltage analog signal switch.
Hot swap controller with constant current limiting
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The MIC2310 is a single-FET, constant power-limit Hot-Plug controller that Micrel has just released to provide constant power limiting in situations that require safe insertion and removal of PC boards.
Amplifier suits batteries in deep discharge
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Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX9928/MAX9929 current-sense amplifiers for monitoring charge and discharge currents.
Analog front-ends satisfy handheld ultrasound
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Texas Instruments has introduced 8-channel and 16-channel analog front ends (AFEs) especially for handheld ultrasound systems.
Programmable clock generator minimises component count
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Providing a programmable clock that serves as both source and system clock, Analog Devices'AD9520/2 multi-output clock generators boast a 512byte embedded memory block that enables easy configuration.
Signal integrity targeted by circuit simulator
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Designers of high speed data links were in mind with the latest update to Agilent's Advanced Design System EDA tool, ADS 2008 Update 2.
Fully integrated legacy demodulator/digital IF processor reduces component count
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Fresco Microchip has introduced its FM1100 family of worldwide legacy audio/video demodulator and multi-standard digital IF processor solutions for television broadcast reception.
Samtec expands Micro Rugged interconnect system
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Samtec has expanded its Micro Rugged product offering with a new 0.8-mm pitch terminal and socket interconnect system that features Samtec's high reliability, multi-finger Tiger Eye contacts.
ON Semi extends current range, flexibility for stepper motor designs
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ON Semiconductor has extended its bipolar stepper motor control family to include two Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) versions of a motor driver capable of peak currents up to 800 mA and for use with an external microcontroller for added flexibility.
3-D bandwagon keeps rolling
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The missing link is the big home screen -- the 3-D version of the living room TV.
R&D chiefs share their strategies
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Researchers in computer science are taking on new models and fresh subjects as the tackle with new and old challenges, according to a panel discussion that gathered R&D executives from Google, IBM, Microsoft and PARC.
Group plans science and tech policy event
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A group of scientists and technologists will convene a national conference in October in an effort to get science and technology issues on the front burner of the 2008 presidential campaign.
Freescale launches custom SoC business
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Freescale Semiconductor launched a Customer Specific Products business to provide custom system-on-chip solutions based on its SoC platforms.
IBM questions TSMC's 28-nm strategy
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An IBM Corp. executive questioned the new 28-nm process rollout from rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., saying TSMC's strategy is risky.
Green Engineering: Rail maintenance system advances with digital embedded design
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This article describes a Blackfin/LabVIEW-based rail-maintanance system that measures, locates and fixes rail defects while achieving the real-time behavior, cost-effectiveness and robustness required in that harsh environment.
DrMOS delivers over 92% peak efficiency in 6 x 6-mm module
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Fairchild Semiconductor has introduced the XS DrMOS, which the company claims as the industry's first high-performance and 6 x 6-mm DrMOS solution for synchronous dc/dc buck regulators for computing, game console and consumer point-of-load (PoL) applications.
LatticeXP2 and Altera Stratix III support added to Altium Designer
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The Altera Stratix III and LatticeXP2 programmable devices form part of Altium's growing list of supported device families.
Robotic posture control demonstrated
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A two-wheeled, inverted pendulum robot that demonstrates posture control in robots that must balance was shown at Ceatac Japan by Waseda University's Humanoid Robotics Institute and industry partner STMicroelectronics.
Needham cuts '09 IC capex forecast; sees 16% dip
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Needham and Co. has lowered its forecast for 2009 worldwide semiconductor capital expenditures, saying it now believes capex will be down 16.1 percent next year.
Strains showing on sapphires growth for electronics
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The sapphire substrate market for electronic applications reached 4.61 million wafers (2 inch equivalent) for LEDs last year, as well as tens of thousands of 6 inch wafers for SoS RF applications in 2007, according to report from Yole Development (Lyon, France).
Pipelined FFT Core for Xilinx FPGAs
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Dillon Engineering announce the availability of a pipelined Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) processor core targeted for (and tuned to) Xilinx FPGAs.
Vishay tender bid unlikely to win, says analyst
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Vishay Intertechnology $23-per-share tender offer to acquire International Rectifier is too low and unlikely to succeed, an analyst said.
Intersil to acquire Kenet
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Intersil Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Kenet Inc., a supplier of low-power data converters.
Synopsys claims 2-3X speed-up with IC Compiler release
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Claiming a 2X to 3X speed-up in overall design turnaround time compared to the previous release, Synopsys released IC Compiler 2008.09.
Toshiba demos notebook with super-charge ion battery
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Toshiba Corp. showed off at Ceatac Japan a new notebook computer and an electric bicycle, both featuring its Super Charge ion battery called SCiB.
A few words about standards
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IBM definition of how it will participate in standards development sheds light on the process within the EDA industry.
TSMC, Virage Logic expand IP agreement
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Virage Logic and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. have extended their agreement to provide intellectual property for system-on-chip designs for mainstream and advanced process technologies.
Chinese design center licenses MIPS cores
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MIPS Technologies has licensed its low-power MIPS32 M4K and MIPS32 4Kc processor cores to China's Shenzhen Integrated Circuit Design Industrial Center, an IC design industry base supported by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology.
New BioSolar processes potentially reduce the cost of solar cells by 50%
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BioSolar has announced a new technique that can potentially reduce the cost of its bio-based solar cell component by up to a 50%.
Tall tale: Trees could power wireless networks
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MIT researchers say that by harnessing the voltage difference between a tree and the ground new ultralow-power sensors can transmit sensor data from almost any tree.
Analog front end chips are 70 percent smaller, use 40 percent less power
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In an effort to drive the new market of handheld ultrasound systems, TI has introduced what it says are the industry's smallest, lowest-power analog front ends.
8-Mbit asynchronous SRAM boasts access time of 8-ns
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ISSI is offering a high-speed, low power 8-Mbit high speed asynchronous SRAM for automotive, networking, telecommunications, and industrial applications.
Researchers highlight GPS vulnerability
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A group of Virginia Tech and Cornell University researchers have underlined a vulnerability in GPS navigation by "spoofing" GPS receivers.
Lithuanian laser company quietly thriving
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Light Conversion, a developer of femtosecond lasers in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, holds about 70 percent of the world's scientific market and is entering the industrial market.
Iannucci departs from Nokia
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Bob Iannucci has resigned from his post as chief technology officer at Nokia with immediate effect.
RF components to see few benefits from basestation growth
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The global market for RF components for cellular basestations will remain flat at $1.1 billion through 2013 according to market research group Strategy Analytics. This despite the fact that actual shipments of basestations are forecast to grow to 13.4 million units in 2013, a CAAGR (compound annual average growth rate) of nearly 70 percent.
Multi-output clock generators feature low jitter and flexible outputs
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The AD9520 and AD9522 multi-output clock generators from Analog Devices feature low jitter and include a 512-byte embedded EEPROM memory block, affording system engineers a programmable clock solution that can serve as both the source and system clock.
New analog switch enhances audio quality, extends battery lifetimes
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austriamicrosystems has expanded its analog switch portfolio with the AS1747, a dual SPDT (single-pole/double-throw) low-voltage analog signal switch.
TTi : DC power supplies are web enabled
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The PL-P series of high performance dc power supplies from TTi offers a wide range of remote-control interfaces as standard. These include USB for simple PC connection, RS-232 for legacy applications and Ethernet for single PC or LAN based system applications.
LEM : Voltage transducer meets IRIS requirements
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LEM introduces the DV series voltage transducer for insulated voltage measurements from 1200 to 4200 Vrms.
KOA : Flat chip resistors use metal glaze thick film
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KOA has developed flat chip resistors with very high resistivity against sulphurated environments, high humidity and high temperature.
Trango's virtualization tool for TI OMAP receives certification
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Trango Virtual Processors, French provider of embedded processor virtualization IP, announced its HyperVisor embedded virtualization technology, dedicated to Texas Instruments' OMAP 2430 system-on-chip (SoC), complies with the CSPN (First level security certification) criteria, defined by the French National Security Agency.
Calex : Infra-red temperature sensor has remote adjustable emissivity setting
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Calex' PyroEpsilon series of non-contact temperature sensors measures the temperature of inaccessible or moving objects and materials.
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