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Sematech completes 3-D chip pilot line
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8/31/2010   Post a comment
Sematech announced the completion of its 300-mm, 3-D IC pilot line.
Using requirements planning in embedded systems design: Part 5 - Managing communications between tasks
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8/30/2010   Post a comment
In this six part tutorial, Keith Curtis takes you step by step through development of an embedded systems design requirements document for a seven digit electronic alarm clock. Part 5: Managing communications between tasks
Applied's flowable CVD: Another opinion
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8/30/2010   Post a comment
Applied called FCVD a ''game changer.'' Some analysts were not as impressed, however.
Analyst cuts forecast for AMD
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8/30/2010   4 comments
An investment banking firm has lowered its estimates for Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Intel-Infineon deal: What analysts are saying
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8/30/2010   8 comments
Here's what analysts said about the Intel-Infineon deal.
Top-of-rack 10GE switches to hit $500M
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8/30/2010   3 comments
The market for 10 Gbit/second Ethernet switches geared for rack-mounted servers grew a whopping 300 percent in the last quarter, an indicator a major upgrade cycle is underway in business networks, said an analyst.
Chip sales stay strong amid slowdown signs
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8/30/2010   3 comments
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for July was $25.24 billion, up 1.2 percent from June and up 37.0 percent from July 2009, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Microsoft founder sues the industry
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8/29/2010   17 comments
Interval Licensing LLC, which is backed by Paul Allen, has filed a complaint against AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube.
Visteon forms Russian automotive JV
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8/27/2010   2 comments
Automotive supplier Visteon Corp., which is currently operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, has formed a joint venture with Avtopribor, one of Russia's largest automotive components suppliers.
Light string has contradictory instructions
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8/27/2010   19 comments
What to do when a product's safety labeling contradicts the design itself
Apple should build a fab
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8/26/2010   83 comments
With Apple and its key foundry partner, Samsung Electronics, on a collision course in several end-user markets, Apple should consider building its own fab to make the A4 chip for its iPad and iPad.
California proposal could jumpstart U.S. solar market
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8/26/2010   3 comments
Will solar finally take off in California--and the U.S.?
Analyst: IC business back on track in July
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8/26/2010   6 comments
After a lull, the IC industry is back on track, at least according to one analyst.
China's Godson vector, 28nm
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8/25/2010   31 comments
A chief architect of China's microprocessor initiative described an ambitious set of new Godson CPUs including a server chip with vector processing and plans to leapfrog to a 28nm process for the next generation.
Ford steers electric car push in Portland
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8/25/2010   13 comments
Ford Motor Co. and Portland General Electric announced a collaboration to help prepare the city of Portland.
Analyst: Street is too bearish on IC climate
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8/25/2010   1 comment
Regarding the growing chip inventories and IC lull, one analyst drew a simple conclusion: Don't worry.
Applied's flowable CVD: What analysts are saying
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8/25/2010   Post a comment
Applied called FCVD a ''game changer,'' but analysts were not as impressed.
Fob functionality goes beyond the car
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8/25/2010   10 comments
The latest in RFID and security technologies permit keys to serve as multi-function personal devices—even as credit cards.
VLSI raises IC, fab tool forecasts
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8/25/2010   1 comment
Despite a lull in the market, VLSI Research Inc. has raised its chip and fab tool forecasts for 2010.
How strong are your IP assets?
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8/25/2010   10 comments
There is no question that a portfolio of patents can provide tremendous value to a company. In fact, many will agree that trying to compete in a high technology industry without adequate patent protection is insane if not merely futile.
Semico's IC forecast index takes dip
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8/25/2010   Post a comment
In August, the Semico IPI Index experienced its first drop since December 2009.
Chip market inventory growing, says iSuppli
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8/24/2010   5 comments
Chip inventory expanded sequentially by 9 percent in the second quarter of 2010, according to a survey of 35 chip manufacturers, conducted by industry analysis firm iSuppli Corp.
Used fab equipment startup emerges
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8/24/2010   Post a comment
A group of executives from the ATE and other industries have formally announced a new used equipment and service company.
Mindspeed 26-core basestation DSP
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8/23/2010   1 comment
Mindspeed described a new family of SoCs for cellular basestations that use as many as 26 processor cores to compete with a host of vendors including Texas Instruments and Freescale.
Harness speed, performance, signal integrity, and low current advantages of 65nm QDR family SRAMs
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8/23/2010   3 comments
QDR devices based on 65 nm technology provide the ability to achieve high performance and bandwidth with few changes to existing boards in networking applications. Here's how.
Analyst: Applied to roll shallow trench CVD tool
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8/23/2010   3 comments
Applied this week is expected to roll out a new product-a shallow trench isolation film deposition tool.
China bar Cisco, Motorola and HP
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8/23/2010   47 comments
Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola and other major U.S. high tech companies should be barred from doing business in China based on the logic of eight U.S. Senators calling for an investigation of Huawei Technologies.
PCB layout techniques to maximize power module performance
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8/23/2010   4 comments
Understand how board layout affects results of power subsystems
McAfee deal brings Intel into mobile security
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8/20/2010   10 comments
Intel Corp.'s proposed $7.68 billion acquisition of security software vendor McAfee Inc. expands its ongoing push in the embedded front, especially the mobile space.
ATE shines as fab tool book-to-bill climbs
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8/20/2010   2 comments
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 1.23 in July, up from 1.18 in June, according to SEMI.
Dongbu opens office in Europe
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8/20/2010   Post a comment
South Korean foundry vendor Dongbu HiTek has kicked off its strategy to expand its European presence by opening a sales office in Nice, France.
Echelon names president, CEO
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8/20/2010   Post a comment
Echelon Corp. has appointed Ron Sege as president and chief executive.
Dissecting the requirements document
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8/19/2010   2 comments
In this six part tutorial, Keith Curtis takes you step by step through development of an embedded systems design requirements document for a seven digit electronic alarm clock. Part 1: Dissecting the requirements document.
AMCC buys networking firm
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8/18/2010   Post a comment
Applied Micro Circuits Corp., now called AppliedMicro, has entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement to acquire Tpack A/S of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Reflections from SanDisk CEO Harari
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8/18/2010   3 comments
Eli Harari, SanDisk chairman and CEO (shown), gave a keynote and addressed several topics in a keynote address and subsequent interview.
Firm: U.S. falling behind in nanotech
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8/18/2010   6 comments
The U.S. is also falling behind in the arena, warned a research group.
SanDisk rolls embedded SSD
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8/18/2010   2 comments
SanDisk Corp. claims to have rolled out the first product in a new category of embedded solid state drives.
Photronics boosts capex again
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8/18/2010   1 comment
Mask maker Photronics Inc. raised its capital spending again amid strong results.
Technion: Compressed sensing ups data acquisition resolution, cuts cost
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8/18/2010   3 comments
Algorithms that harness inexpensive A/D channels at sub-Nyquist frequencies could replace costly high-speed data acquisition, with higher-resolution results, say Technion researchers.
More states file suits against LCD makers
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8/17/2010   1 comment
West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw filed suit against manufacturers of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display panels.
Intel tips 'Soda Creek' line of SSDs
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8/17/2010   5 comments
Intel Corp. is quietly sampling a product line, based on the mini-SATA interface technology.
Drive Servo Control Problems
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8/17/2010   Post a comment
In this third of a three part series, robotics pioneer John Holland provides a brief tutorial on the basics of the proportional, integral and derivative (PID) algorithms and their effective use in many robotic, machine and industrial control applications. Part 3: Freewheeling with PID controls
Building PID predictive controls
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8/17/2010   3 comments
In this second of a three part series, robotics pioneer John Holland provides a brief tutorial on the basics of the proportional, integral and derivative (PID) algorithms and their effective use in many robotic, machine and industrial control applications. Part 2: Building PID predictive controls
Price hikes, growth seen in power management ICs
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8/17/2010   Post a comment
Comprising of ICs and discretes, power management semiconductors are projected to generate sales of $31.4 billion in 2010.
Vanguard Q2 up, says capacity is booked
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8/16/2010   1 comment
Taiwan specialty foundry vendor Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp. (VISC) reported second-quarter revenue.
NAND specification adds error correction
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8/16/2010   Post a comment
The Open NAND Flash Interface (ONFI) Working Group has updated its specification to include error correction.
Veeco sells metrology unit to Bruker
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8/16/2010   3 comments
Seeking to narrow its focus, Veeco Instruments Inc. has agreed to sell its metrology business to Bruker Corp. for $229 million in cash.
Epistar invests in LED firm
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8/13/2010   1 comment
Israel's Oree Inc., a developer of LED planar illumination technology, has secured an investment from Epistar Corp.
Asahi invests in LED firm
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8/13/2010   Post a comment
Crystal IS and Asahi Kasei Corp. announced the signing of a joint development agreement.
IC and equipment results: What analysts are saying
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8/13/2010   Post a comment
Several chip and equipment firms-including Cree, Disco, DNS, Nikon and Nvidia-have recently reported their results.
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