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Freescale hits GaAs on RF basestation ICs
Product News  
6/30/2010   1 comment
Freescale is moving into gallium arsenide for monolithic microwave basestation ICs that harness ultralow-noise amps for trunk network amplifier radio cards and as predrivers for its high-voltage lateral diffusion MOS power amps.
SiLabs breaks low-power record for touch-sense microcontrollers
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories claims to have broken its own record for the industry's lowest-power capacitive touch sensor microcontrollers with the new F9xx family.
Freescale plans basestation-on-chip
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6/29/2010   2 comments
Freescale Semiconductor plans to best its embedded communications competitors not just by depending on raw computing speed for its processors but by reaching the higher integration levels needed to put a "basestation on a chip," according to Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager for networking and multimedia.
Smart consumer devices
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Consumer electronics is on the brink of a "smart devices revolution" according to the consumer electronics panel members at last week's Freescale Technology Forum.
media tablet iPad Killer
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6/28/2010   3 comments
Whatever you prefer to call the next-gen media tablet, the popularity of these devices speaks to changes underway in how we use computers and consume content.
IBM, WiSpry teamed on tunable RF MEMS
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
The dream of a MEMS system-on-a-chip RF front-end for wireless mobile handsets is being realized by the collaborative efforts of startup WiSpry and IBM Microelectronics.
Future auto safety system seen using passive, active sensors
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
The next generation of car automation will combine passive MEMS sensors with active actuators that will increasingly "drive" cars in hazardous situations to avoid accidents.
Freescale CEO: 'Connected intelligence' beating recession
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6/22/2010   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor revealed its vision of the future of semiconductor technology at the Freescale Technology Forum, where CEO Richard Beyer predicted that the recession will continue to fade by virtue of the commercial success of what he called "connected intelligence."
IAR Systems supports new Freescale MCU families
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6/22/2010   1 comment
Freescale's newest Kinetis, ColfFire and i.MX microcontrollers can now all use a common software development environment from IAR Systems, the company announced.
Sensors integrate ColdFire processor, MEMS accelerometer
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6/22/2010   1 comment
Freescale Semiconductor new Xtrinsic family of smart MEMS sensors combine a 32-bit ColdFire microcontroller with on-chip algorithms for all the common operations like tap, touch, tilt and orientation, thereby streamlining designs and offloading the application processor, the company said.
Freescale ARM-based microcontroller
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6/22/2010   4 comments
Freescale Semiconductor introduced a new ARM-based microcontroller family, Kinetis, expanding its push into consumer and industrial markets with a 32-bit reduced instruction set computer architecture licensed from ARM Holdings.
Low-cost organic semiconductors said to rival silicon
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6/16/2010   Post a comment
Organic semiconductors can rival the speed and density of inorganics like silicon by copying their nanscale structure from an inorganic template.
Superconducting thin-films magnetically modulated
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6/15/2010   1 comment
Researchers fabricated superconducting thin films of copper-oxide materials whose resistance could be modulated by externally applied magnetic fields at Brookhaven National Labs and Israel's Bar-Ilan University.
Nano-coating cools chips four times faster
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6/14/2010   2 comments
Nanoscale coatings could boost the efficiency with which heat can be removed from semiconductors and other devices, according to an Army Research Laboratory funded study by researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Oregon State University (OSU).
NSF funds computer virus immunization effort
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6/10/2010   1 comment
Giving applications unique executables could immunize them against viruses and other malware which preys on a software application's uniformity, according to Florida State University researchers.
MEMS gyros seen gaining cell phone design wins
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6/10/2010   Post a comment
Market forecaster iSuppli predicts that micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) gyroscope market will grow from zero to 285 million units by 2014.
Freescale scales down mixed-signal microcontrollers
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6/8/2010   Post a comment
Freescale moves entire microcontroller line to the 90 nanometer node, in order to offer its unique thin-film storage (TFS) that can be configured as either a large flash or a small EEPROM, plus includes analog functions, touch interface and super long batterlife and multiple low power modes.
IBM establishes research lab in Brazil
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6/8/2010   Post a comment
IBM Research is opening a new semiconductor, energy and transportation research center in Brazil with the aim of developing smarter solutions to the planet's more pressing problems.
First MEMS gyro packed into smarter iPhone 4
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6/7/2010   Post a comment
Apple again set the pace for smartphone vendors worldwide by including a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) three-axis gyroscope, proximity sensor and dual noise canceling microphones.
'Black hole' constructed from metamaterials
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6/7/2010   1 comment
Chinese researchers at Southeast University (Nanjing, China) claim to have created an artificial black hole that absorbes all incident microwaves.
Copper nanowires enable flexible displays, solar panels
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6/3/2010   Post a comment
Copper nanowires fabricated at Duke University could someday replace indium tin oxide to enable flexible displays, solar cells and computer circuitry.
Static pipelines enable lower power mobile CPUs
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6/2/2010   Post a comment
National Science Foundation funds $1.2 million effort to aim static pipelining technique at enabling lower power mobile devices by eliminating unnecessary redundancies.
Freescale cuts Atom power by 50X
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6/1/2010   Post a comment
Freescale described its power management IC for Intel's Atom that enables operating power to be cut in half and standby power to be reduced by 50-times over previous Atom processors.


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