ST to close R&D center in Sophia-Antipolis Product News 10/4/2007 Post a comment Good and bad news for the city of Sophia-Antipolis, on the French Riviera. While NXP has clearly expressed plans to reinforce its local R&D activities in wireless technologies, rumors are floating around that STMicroelectronics NV will close down its center.
TriQuint touts green credentials with basestation PA Product News 10/4/2007 Post a comment RF front-end specialist and foundry services provider Triquint Semiconductor has started sampling high-voltage gallium arsenide (GaAs) power amplifier transistors it claims substantially increase the efficiency of 3G cellular base stations, leading to meaningful energy savings.
Non-volatile fast SRAM takes aim at expanding markets Product News 10/3/2007 Post a comment Simtek announced the first two 4-Mbit products in its 130-nm CMOS SONOS family of nvSRAM ICs, which are said to deliver 40 percent better access times, four to eight times higher densities and increased system performance over their predecessors.
Audio ICs deliver audiophile sound for HDTV experience Product News 10/3/2007 Post a comment Expanding its Advantiv advanced television solutions portfolio, Analog Devices, Inc., has introduced audio processors and Class-D audio power amplifiers that deliver a complete advanced TV audio sub-system. Designed to work together, the chips provide all the critical sub-system functionality required for an advanced TV audio implementation, including an embedded processing engine.
New HDMI transmitter to feature Consumer Electronic Control support Product News 10/3/2007 Post a comment Analog Devices' ADV7520NK is a low-power HDMI v1.3 transmitter for portable media and DVD players, video recorders, and other mobile multimedia devices capable of supporting high-definition audio and video content. It is the first HDMI transmitter to incorporate a CEC (Consumer Electronic Control) buffer on-chip.
Supervisor monitors 0.5-V to 12-V input range Product News 10/3/2007 Post a comment Linear's single voltage supervisor with a watchdog input is capable of monitoring a wide input range of 0.5- to 12-volts, and can monitor 27 unique pin-selectable thresholds, ranging from a 1-V drained single AA battery up to 12-V industrial applications.
Compression codec enables HD wireless transmission Product News 10/2/2007 Post a comment Expanding its Advantiv advanced television solutions portfolio, Analog Devices, Inc., has introduced a video compression CODEC that enables a rich viewing experience for consumers with high-definition home entertainment systems by enabling the wireless transmission of high-definition (HD) video in real-time—without any loss in picture quality—over home connections.
LED driver housed in TSOT package Product News 10/2/2007 Post a comment Exar Corp. has entered the industrial and architectural lighting market with the release of a high-voltage step-down DC/DC controller. The SP7601 LED driver delivers an input voltage range up to 30 V in a small 6-pin TSOT package.
Groups team for Powerline audio project Product News 10/2/2007 Post a comment Broadband over Powerline networking chip specialist SiConnect (Swindon, England) has teamed with Taiwanese group ST&T Corporation to develop powerline communication based audio equipment.
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.