CEVA buys chiplet specialist

CEVA is to buy Intrinsix of Massachusetts for approximately $33 million in cash. Combining Intrinsix’s chip design capabilities and IP with CEVA’s  wireless connectivity and smart sensing IP enables a comprehensive IP platform. For nearly 35 years, Intrinsix has been providing SoC design expertise in the areas of RF, mixed signal, digital, software, secure processors ...

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Keeping a wide area ICEYE over land and sea

The Finnish satellite imagery specialist ICEYE has announced wide area imaging capabilities covering 10,000 km² data acquisitions via its SAR (synthetic-aperture radar) satellite constellation. It claims to be the first SAR satellite provider to achieve wide-area Scan mode imaging, with the persistent monitoring capabilities now commercially available. ICEYE says the new Scan imaging is particularly ...

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Chip market to top $500m

Semiconductor revenues grew 10.8% last year reaching $464 billion, says IDC, and will grow 12.5% this year to reach $522 billion. PCs and servers grew 17.3% year over year to $160 billion in 2020. “Mobile phone shipments fell by more than ten percent in 2020, but mobile phone semiconductor revenues grew by 9.1% due to ...

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Infineon aims SRAM at space

Infineon has announced its next-generation 144Mbit QDR-II+ (quad data rate II+) SRAM certified to QML-V. QML-V (DLA qualified manufacturers list class V) is the highest quality and reliability standard certification for aerospace-grade ICs., said the company. “This rad-hard QDR-II+ SRAM is a unique high-speed external cache memory, ideal for radar, on-board data processing and networking ...

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Element adds product safety testing to Dorset lab

Element Materials Technology has added wireless equipment electrical safety testing capabilities at its UKAS-accredited laboratory in Wimborne. “The laboratory’s capabilities will cover IEC 62368-1:2018 – EN IEC 62368-1:2020/A11:2020 and IEC 62368-3:2017 – EN IEC 62368-3:2020 wireless product qualification testing for product types including tablets, routers, printers and audio-visual equipment,” according to the company. It will ...

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Toyota, ENEOS to explore hydrogen technology

Woven Planet, the Toyota subsidiary which recently bought the autonomous driving unit of Lyft, has joined ENEOS in a jv to explore the utilisation and application of hydrogen energy. The initiative centres on Woven City, the prototype city of the future that Toyota has started to develop in Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture. ENEOS and Toyota intend ...

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Sondrel adds semi-custom data processing SoC design

Sondrel has added a semi-custom SoC design to which a customer’s IP is added to create a bespoke solution for high performance data processing. Each SFA 300 reference design has four CPU clusters and several SFA 300s can be ganged together and synchronised via its PCIe interface to create an even more powerful solution. There ...

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GaN IC maker Navitas to go public

GaN power IC company Navitas Semiconductor is to become a publicly-traded company by combining with Live Oak Acquisition Corp II, a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company. The transaction will value the combined entity at a pro forma equity value of $1.4bn, according to Navitas. “Not only has Navitas’ world-class team invented and patented revolutionary new ...

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Automotive logic level shifter is automatically bi-directional

Diodes has automotive qualified a four-bit bidirectional level translator that does not require a direction control pin. Its B and A ports are designed to track two different power supply rails (VccB and VccA). “Flexibility is maximised because VccA can be set to a value that is independent and either greater than or less than the VccB ...

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Allergy testing biochip

Toray Industries has developed an allergy testing biochip that can simultaneously measure multiple allergen-specific immunoglobin E (IgE) antibodies from trace amounts of blood. This breakthrough should help reduce stress on children and others whose blood is difficult to draw and enhance the accuracy of allergy diagnostics. Toray aims to undertake large-scale verifications of the specimens ...

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