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IESA WINWire – February 24 – March 2 2012
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PMC-Sierra acquires Maxims server storage 12Gb/s expander product Line

Source: Telecom Lead, March 01 2012

http://telecomlead.com/inner-page-details.php?id=7295&block=Tower

PMC-Sierra, a provider of semiconductor, announced that it has acquired Maxim Integrated Products, 12Gb/s SAS expander technology. PMC believes the acquisition will strengthen its SAS design footprint with leading server OEMs.

Renesas intros new-gen MCU for automotive apps

Source: CIOL, March 01 2012

http://news.ciol.com/Semicon/Biz-Watch/News-Reports/Renesas-intros-new-gen-MCU-for-automotive-apps/160862/0/

Renesas Electronics, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, introduced the new RH850 family of 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) for automotive applications.

Infineon XMC4500 Industrial Microcontrollers and Comprehensive Range of Development Tools Now Available

Source: Web Newswire, March 01 2012

http://www.webnewswire.com/node/1071820

Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) has launched its XMC4500 series, the company’s first 32-bit industrial microcontrollers using the Cortex™ M4 processor from ARM®. Samples of the XMC4500 microcontrollers, which will go into high-volume production in May 2012, are presented at the Embedded World Exhibition & Conference 2012 in Nuremberg, Germany.

Intel Capital to invest $20 mn in six Indian firms

Source: CIOL Voice & Data, March 01 2012

http://voicendata.ciol.com/content/news1/112030105.asp

Intel Capital, Intel's global investment organization, today announced plans to invest approximately US$20million, in six Indian companies. The investments are part of Intel Capital's ongoing efforts to support Indian technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

Intersil to expand India operations

Source: Tech Online India, March 01 2012

http://www.techonlineindia.com/article/12-03-01/Intersil_to_expand_India_operations.aspx

Intersil Corporation is to expand its India Design Center in Bangalore, both by hiring more engineers and by taking up new activities such as embedded design and user interface software. The $761 million Silicon Valley-based company also said it considers the Indian market to be an important one as middle income families grow in prosperity and that its operations in its Bangalore and Hyderabad (coming through the acquisition of Qualcore in 2007) are key to the company’s future.

Microsemi Delivers New LED Driver for LCD Televisions

Source: IT News Online, February 29 2012

http://www.itnewsonline.com/showprnstory.php?storyid=203520

Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced a new, revolutionary non-dissipative LED backlight driver for LCD TV applications. The LX27901 features a proprietary non-dissipative architecture that dramatically increases power efficiency while enhancing backlight performance and lowering total solution cost. It is also the first device of its type to provide LED driving capabilities in televisions based on the LCD Integrated Power Supply (LIPS) architecture, which combines a television's main power supply together with the LED driver on one lower cost and higher efficiency printed circuit board.

Broadcom introduces new platforms optimized for android 'Ice Cream Sandwich' Smartphones

Source: India Infoline, February 29 2012

http://www.indiainfoline.com/Markets/News/Broadcom-introduces-new-platforms-optimized-for-android-Ice-Cream-Sandwich-Smartphones/5365056774

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced three smartphone platforms optimized to provide superior native support for the rich and immersive experience of the Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system (OS).

Sensor with multi-touch taps low-cost markets

Source: EE Times India, February 29 2012

http://www.eetindia.co.in/ART_8800662158_1800015_NP_716c4076.HTM

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. rolls the SLIM (Single-Layer Independent Multitouch), its single-layer touchscreen sensor solution with multi-touch capability that is said to deliver high-performance touchscreen accuracy and responsiveness with a true single-layer sensor panel, drastically reducing the cost of the most expensive component of the touchscreen.

Samsung Teams up with Qualcomm and ARM Technologies to Bring Premium HD Video Content to Mobile Users

Source: Web NEWSWIRE, February 28 2012

http://www.webnewswire.com/node/1070338

Samsung and Qualcomm today announced that they will release the secure high-definition (HD) service utilizing Qualcomms Snapdragon StudioAccess and ARMs TrustZone technologies. This service allows consumers to watch brilliant HD videos directly on their mobile device through Samsung Media Hub.

New NFC chip from NXP offers increased RF range and higher data speed

Source: EE Herald, February 28 2012

http://www.eeherald.com/section/new-products/nps201202284.html

At Mobile World Congress, NXP Semiconductors has announced its newest flagship NFC chip, the PN547. NXP claims the PN547 outperforms any NFC radio controller in performance and offers doubled RF range, a 50% smaller footprint, a 5x improvement in wireless data throughput and a 50% lower power consumption than the current market benchmark PN544.

BiTMICRO Selects Synopsys for Chip Design Automation

Source: IT News Online, February 28 2012

http://www.itnewsonline.com/showprnstory.php?storyid=203320

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP used in the design, verification and manufacture of electronic components and systems, today announced that BiTMICRO Networks, a manufacturer of high-end enterprise Solid State Drive (SSD) technologies, has chosen Synopsys as its electronic design automation (EDA) provider for system-on-chip (SoC) design. BiTMICRO recently announced the successful tapeout of two third-generation SSD controllers, which are the foundation of its next-generation products, using Synopsys' Galaxy™ Implementation and Discovery™ Verification Platforms to speed SSD controller development.

‘element14 Features’ Showcases Lighting Solutions for Asia Pacific

Source: Web NEWSWIRE, February 28 2012

http://www.webnewswire.com/node/1070158

element14 (formerly Farnell), the first electronic component distributor that fuses commerce and community, today announced that the newest instalment of ‘element14 Features’ showcases lighting solutions such as high bay LED lighting, solar powered LED lighting and MR16 LED lamps, among others, from over 115 brands from industry leading LED suppliers such as Avago Technologies, CML Innovative Technologies, Cree, Kingbright and Lumex, driver ICs suppliers such as Diodes Incorporated, Linear Technology, ON Semiconductor and Texas Instruments, and LED power supply specialists such as, Recom, TDK Lambda and XP Power.

Jayant Baliga's Invention Is A Power Saver

Source: Money Control, February 27 2012

http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/features/jayant-baligas-invention-is-a-power-saver_673229.html

While working at GE, Prof. Baliga invented a device that reduces electricity consumption, saving consumers money and reducing pollution. As a child, everyone has a favourite boast about their daddy. But few would have a story to match Prof. Jayant Baliga's. "The first TV broadcast into a home in India occurred in my house."

ProMOS to sell fab to Global Foundries

Source: CIOL, February 27 2012

http://news.ciol.com/Semicon/Solar/PV/News-Reports/Promos-to-sell-fab-to-Global-Foundries/160691/0/

Taiwanese memory chip maker ProMOS Tech will sell its 12-inch wafer fab to contract chipmaker Global Foundries, industry paper Digitimes said on Friday, at an estimated price of T$20-30 billion ($676 million - $1 billion).

Semiconductor technology trends in 2012 at ISSCC

Source: EE Herald, February 27 2012

http://www.eeherald.com/section/news/nws2012022701.html

At this year's International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), quite interesting technologies were presented which can enhance human life further. Here below we provide some of the interesting developments in semiconductor device, what also called as solid-state device!

HARMAN and Texas Instruments collaborate to redefine premium automotive infotainment experiences

Source: IT News Online, February 27 2012

http://www.itnewsonline.com/showprnstory.php?storyid=203045

HARMAN (NYSE:HAR), the global audio and infotainment group, and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ:TXN) today announced a collaboration to bring TI's OMAP™ 5 processors to HARMAN's premium automotive infotainment platform. Together, TI and HARMAN will leverage the OMAP 5 processors' smart multicore architecture to bring innovative, multimedia-rich experiences such as robust navigational tools, stunning 1080p graphics, interactive Web streaming and more to the world's most sophisticated automobiles.

Engineers create wireless, self-propelled medical device new

Source: Domain-b.com, February 25 2012
http://65.175.64.197/technology/Health_Medicine/20120225_medical_device.html

Someday, your doctor may turn to you and say, "Take two surgeons and call me in the morning." If that day arrives, you may have electrical engineer Ada Poon to thank.

APIC's CEO Raj Dutt creates germanium laser

Source: EE Times India, February 24 2012
http://www.eetindia.co.in/ART_8800661925_1800001_NT_b795df9e.HTM

US-based APIC Corp. has announced that a research team led by APIC chairman and CEO Birendra "Raj" Dutt has succeeded in getting germanium to act as a laser. This marks a major breakthrough in computer technology.

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