Internet fever makes Asian flu a memory News & Analysis 2/29/2000 Post a comment Asian Internet stocks were hit with a new wave of speculation in recent weeks when Hong Kong investors flocked by the thousands to local banks to get a piece of new Internet offering Tom.com. The huge demand for shares and the scuffles that ensued over the month-old Chinese portal signify that the Internet boom has arrived in Asia and is there to stay.
Hackers attack EDAToolsCafe Web site News & Analysis 2/29/2000 Post a comment Unknown hackers attacked and temporarily shut down a popular EDA portal site, www.EDAToolsCafe.com, on Monday (Feb. 28), just hours after the site launched "e-Store," an e-commerce capability for reselling EDA software.
RapidIO spec bows at embedded conference News & Analysis 2/29/2000 Post a comment Mercury Computer Systems Inc. and the Networking and Computer Systems Group of Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector (Austin, Texas) announced a new spec for high-speed chip-to-chip and board-to-board interconnections at the Embedded Systems Conference on Tuesday (Feb. 29).
Surface-mount oscillators reduce jitter News & Analysis 2/29/2000 Post a comment MF Electronics Corp.'s T3312 and T3212 clock oscillators are miniature, industrial-grade surface-mount devices based on inverted mesa crystals and a rugged multilayer gold/ceramic package design.
30-V MOSFET comes with BGA packaging News & Analysis 2/29/2000 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor touts its FDZ5047N as an n-channel MOSFET on a ball-grid array (BGA) that is targeted at high-efficiency synchronous rectification dc/dc converters in notebooks and VRMs.
DSP codecs claim speedier voice apps News & Analysis 2/29/2000 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc. has introduced two DSPcodec products designed to work with its digital signal processors in voice-over-Internet Protocol phones, hands-free car kits, PBX phones and other voice-related applications.
Broadcom acquires Digital Furnace News & Analysis 2/29/2000 Post a comment Broadcom Corp. will acquire Digital Furnace Corp. (Atlanta), a supplier of communications algorithms and software that supports interactive services over broadband networks. Digital Furnace's Propane software runs on Broadcom's chip sets, and the acquisition is expected to help Broadcom reduce the cost of integrating voice and data over existing cable television networks.
GPRS transceiver targets mobile phones News & Analysis 2/29/2000 Post a comment Philips Semiconductors has launched a single-chip, triple-band, General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) Class 12 RF transceiver based on the near-zero intermediate frequency (N-ZIF) architecture. Philips claims it is among the first companies to develop the N-ZIF architecture for GSM applications.
ISQED conference to explore design quality News & Analysis 2/29/2000 Post a comment Called a first-of-its-kind conference by organizers, the IEEE's International Symposium on the Quality of Electronic Design (ISQED) will explore the increasingly important issue of design quality. Scheduled for March 20-22 in San Jose, Calif., the ISQED program includes a number of technical papers and panels, plus two plenary sessions.
Battery IC brings monitoring to portables News & Analysis 2/29/2000 Post a comment Dallas Semiconductor says that its DS2438 smart-battery monitor chip makes battery-management features formerly the domain of high-end systems cost-effective for portable products, such as cellular phones, two-way radios, camcorders and PDAs.
AMCC seeks SiGe capacity, possible acquisitions News & Analysis 2/29/2000 Post a comment Applied Micro Circuits Corp. is in discussions with several companies to acquire additional silicon germanium (SiGe) production capacity, and is also actively looking for acquisition candidates, a company executive said Monday (Feb. 28).
Agilent fields spate of optical net test products News & Analysis 2/28/2000 Post a comment Agilent Technologies Inc. will roll out bit error rate testers (Berts) next week at the Optical Fibers Conference, along with high-end LAN and telecom performance analysis capabilities developed at its Colorado Springs network systems test division.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.