POL converters optimize transient response and enhances system performance Product News 10/31/2006 Post a comment The TLynx Series is Tyco Electronics Power Systems’ third generation of the Austin Lynx Series non-isolated dc/dc converters. These Point-of-Load (POL) modules with industry standard footprints are designed to provide higher power, higher density, and faster transient response in board mounted power applications. Offering greater flexibility and efficiency for power designers, the 3A and 6A PicoTLynx modules are the first introductions of the TLynx Series.
Samsung, Sony back SiBeam at 60-GHz Product News 10/31/2006 Post a comment LG Electronics Inc., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic), NEC Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., SiBeam Inc., Sony Corp. and Toshiba Corp. have announced they are working together in a special interest group called WirelessHD. The group is developing a specification to pass high-definition multimedia material using an unlicensed frequency band at 60-GHz.
Compact sensor allows perceptive color recognition Product News 10/31/2006 Post a comment The PCS-I is a 3-channel compact color sensor including a fixed optic. It complements the industry proven PCS-II, with which it is software compatible. The integrated photodetector possesses filter curves that correspond to the ones of the human eye.
Plasma panel growth slowed in Q3, firm says Product News 10/31/2006 Post a comment Third quarter plasma panel shipments increased 17 percent sequentially and 47 percent year-to-year, reaching a record 2.8 million units, according to market research firm DisplaySearch. The firm noted that third quarter growth was slower than any of the past 12 quarters, which had ranged from 73 to 170 percent year-to-year.
AMD rolls first post-acquisition ATI graphics card Product News 10/31/2006 Post a comment AMD rolled out the first product borne of its recent acquisition of ATI Technologies, a graphics card that makes use of ATI's CrossFire technology and is billed as providing "gaming enthusiast-class" technology at a low price point: $149.
Nokia finds new direction with sat-nav device Product News 10/30/2006 Post a comment Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia has found a new direction with the launch of a dedicated personal navigation device, the Nokia 330 Auto Navigation. The company is pitching the device against established higher-end sat-nav providers such as TomTom.
User-friendly sensor net ties into enterprise data Product News 10/30/2006 Post a comment Building on the TinyOS operating system for small, wirelessly connected computers that sense the physical environment and form vast embedded networks, Arch Rock Corp. has developed a wireless sensor network that it says is simple enough to be deployed in an hour as a pilot network in a factory, office building or data center, yet sophisticated enough to be seamlessly integrated into enterprise applications as a set of standards-compliant Web services.
New Class D Boomer audio amplifier from National Semiconductor significantly reduces EMI Product News 10/30/2006 Post a comment A mono, 2.65-W, Class D Boomer audio amplifier from National Semiconductor Corp. reduces electromagnetic interference (EMI) more than 11 dB below the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) limit to lower system noise in portable devices including cell phones, smart phones, music players, notebook computers, DVD players, gaming devices and other portable electronics.
VERIFICATION: MathWorks links tool to Cadence Product News 10/30/2006 Post a comment Chip designers will have an easier time verifying their hardware designs with Link for Cadence Incisive from The MathWorks Inc. This add-on product for the Matlab language will verify HDL implementations based on Matlab or Simulink models. The co-simulation interface brings Matlab and Simulink into the Incisive platform by providing a bidirectional link between hardware designers using the MathWorks programs and verification teams using the Incisive platform of Cadence Design Systems Inc.
MathWorks links tool to Cadence Product News 10/30/2006 Post a comment Chip designers will have an easier time verifying their hardware designs with Link for Cadence Incisive from The MathWorks Inc. This add-on product for the Matlab language will verify HDL implementations based on Matlab or Simulink models. The co-simulation interface brings Matlab and Simulink into the Incisive platform by providing a bidirectional link between hardware designers using the MathWorks programs and verification teams using the Incisive platform of Cadence Design Systems Inc.
VIDEO: Transmitter chips aid PC's HDMI move Product News 10/30/2006 Post a comment While enjoying rapid adoption in the consumer electronics market, the High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is now starting to be incorporated into more PCs, enabling consumers to transmit high-quality digital audio and video content, such as high-definition movies from HD-DVD or Blu-ray Disc drives to HDTVs and other displays.
Address maps find new route Product News 10/30/2006 Post a comment Nineteen years of work as a chip designer convinced Richard Weber of the need for an automated tool to generate register specifications for digital IC design. So Weber launched Semifore Inc., which is just now starting to ship such a product.
Dual-port transceivers target high-speed industrial apps Product News 10/27/2006 Post a comment Take a closer look at this dual-port industrial physical layer transceiver family from National Semiconductor. The DP83849 PHYTER family offers flex-port switching technology and advanced cable diagnostics, two key features for embedded design engineers developing products that require high-speed industrial connectivity and dual-port functionality for redundancy and system management.
Ultra-thin power inductors target mobile devices Product News 10/27/2006 Post a comment Total Frequency Control's BRI series of power inductors features a magnetically shielded construction with an overall height of 1 mm, making them suitable for a new generation of mobile phones and other miniature electronic devices.
Protection devices tout ultra-low capacitance for HDMI data lines Product News 10/27/2006 Post a comment Offering half the typical capacitance of traditional TVS arrays, Semtech has unveiled two 5-V protection devices - the RClamp0524P and RClamp0522P - that are touted as the first solid-state devices to offer 0.3 pF in capacitance to meet the requirements of HDMI 1.3 and other high-speed data lines.
LDO touts lowest quiescent current for automotives Product News 10/27/2006 Post a comment ON Semiconductor says its NCV8664 is the industry's first linear regulator to incorporate reverse-battery, short-circuit and overload protection with the lowest quiescent (Iq) current performance specified over the automotive temperature range.
52-kHz USB module samples sound, vibration Product News 10/27/2006 Post a comment A USB-powered module from Data Translation packs four independent 24-bit IEPE sensor inputs. All are synchronized with a tachometer input to provide data streams matched in time. The module includes a 4-mA current source, and supports AC or DC sampling at rates to 52-kHz.
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.