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Flexible manufacturing, ecosystems seen as keys to U.S. innovation

Industry News - Wed, 2012-03-28 14:39
U.S. innovation is not dead, an industry panel at Design West concluded, but has shifted to new areas like technology ecosystems and the ability to add value to high-tech products during the manufacturing process.

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Ramtron launches low-energy FRAM

Industry News - Wed, 2012-03-28 14:39
Nonvolatile vendor Ramtron International launched a low-energy ferroelectric random access memory chip at the DESIGN West event.

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InvenSense names Globalfoundries, TMSC as dual-source MEMS makers

Industry News - Wed, 2012-03-28 14:39
InvenSense Inc., a supplier of motion tracking components based on MEMS technology, has announced that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and Globalfoundries Inc. are now dual source suppliers of its CMOS-MEMS capacity.

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RDA buys Chinese IP to broaden cell phone offering

Industry News - Wed, 2012-03-28 14:39
RDA Microelectronics Inc. (Shanghai, China), a fabless chip company that markets RF and mixed-signal chips for cellular and broadcast communications applications, has announced the acquisition of all the baseband intellectual property from privately-held Chinese company Coolsand Holding Co. Ltd. for $46 million.

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NXP rolls MCUs for power management applications

Industry News - Wed, 2012-03-28 14:39
NXP Semiconductors announced a new series of microcontrollers featuring an interconnected and flexible analog subsystem, based on the ARM Cortex-M0 processor at the DESIGN West event.

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Cosmic Software tips dev tools for Freescale's S12ZVH MagniV MCUs

Industry News - Wed, 2012-03-28 14:39
Cosmic Software announced the immediate availability of development tools for Freescale Semiconductor's S12Z CPU Core and S12ZVH MagniV microcontroller family at the DESIGN West event.

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Oclaro, Opnext to merge

Industry News - Wed, 2012-03-28 14:39
Oclaro, a provider of optical communications and laser products, said it agreed to merge with optical module and components vendor Opnext in an all stock deal.

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Chip rankings: Intel had highest share in over 10 years

Industry News - Wed, 2012-03-28 14:39
Intel accounted for 15.6 percent of the overall semiconductor market in 2011, as brisk sales of its core chips and the acquisition of Infineon AG's wireless chip business unit helped the No. 1 chip vendor achieve its highest share of the overall chip market in more than 10 years, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.

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Nvidia's Kepler to get compute cousin, says analyst

Industry News - Wed, 2012-03-28 14:39
Nvidia will likely announce a follow-up to its recently launched Kepler platform to better address upcoming compute products and the HPC space later this year, according to an analyst.

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Group demos power-saving PON protocol

Industry News - Wed, 2012-03-28 14:39
A consortium will demonstrate Bi-PON, a bit-interleaving protocol it says can slash thirty-fold power consumption of today’s passive optical networks.

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Multi-cores tackle human interface

Industry News - Wed, 2012-03-28 14:39
The diverse demands of realtime process control which must nevertheless offer a touch-enabled user-interface—from smart appliances to point-of-sale terminals to medical monitors—is best addressed by heterogeneous multi-core processors, according to Freescale Semiconductor, which introduced its new Vybrid family of microcontrollers at DESIGN West 2012.

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Eight19 readies printed plastic solar cell R&D center

Industry News - Wed, 2012-03-28 14:39
Eight19 Ltd. (Cambridge, England), a spin-off from the University of Cambridge chartered with producing printed plastic solar cells, has announced it has commissioned a development and roll-to-roll printing facility at its headquarters.

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MEMS' new battleground: Hardware-agnostic sensor fusion?

Industry News - Wed, 2012-03-28 14:39
As more and more MEMS sensors are showing up in mobile devices, the focus of MEMS design has begun shifting from discrete MEMS components to MEMS sensor data integration.

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Ambiq launches nanoampere RTC chips

Industry News - Wed, 2012-03-28 14:39
Fabless chip company Ambiq Micro has announced the introduction to the market of the AM08XX and AM18XX real-time clock (RTC) chips, which the company claims are the world's lowest power RTC chips. The typical active current is between 15 and 55 nanoamperes, Ambiq said.

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Autofocus MEMS company selects TI as foundry

Industry News - Wed, 2012-03-28 14:39
poLight AS (Horten, Norway), a vendor of optical MEMS actuated autofocus lenses, has announced that it is working with Texas Instruments Inc. to produce the optical MEMS part of its TLens assembly.

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Movidius signs $25 million Chinese partnership deal

Industry News - Wed, 2012-03-28 14:39
Fabless mobile multimedia chip company Movidius has signed a deal with electronics manufacturer Keen High Technologies that is expected to generate more than $25 million of equipment sales over the next three years, according to reports.

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TI rolls low power Keystone DSPs

Industry News - Wed, 2012-03-28 14:39
TI will take its Keystone architecture into low power apps at Design West with single and dual-core DSPs that consume from 2 to 3.5W.

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Inside Secure to show anti-counterfeiting chip at DESIGN West

Industry News - Wed, 2012-03-28 14:39
Inside Secure, the French based security chip vendor, will demonstrate its latest near field communications-based anti-counterfeiting chip next week at the DESIGN West conference in San Jose, Calif.

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Fab tool book-to-bill above parity for first time in 16 months

Industry News - Wed, 2012-03-28 14:39
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor capital equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 1.01 on a three-month average basis for February, the first time the industry has achieved a book-to-bill above parity since September of 2010, according to the fab tool vendor trade group SEMI.

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Micron broadening support for memory cube

Industry News - Wed, 2012-03-28 14:39
At next week’s Design West, Micron will discuss plans to broaden support around its Hybrid Memory Cube, a high profile initiative in a growing wave of 3-D chip stacks.

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