Karaoke chip duo takes act to China Product News 12/5/2005 Post a comment It might seem improbable that two high school buddies from Cupertino, Calif., would build a chip-design company in Shanghai based on the notion of bringing karaoke to millions of phones.
In China, where karaoke is as much a part of the culture as rice and noodles, that's exactly what David Hu and John Yu have done. "That was the spark of our company," said Yu, the chief operating officer of Chipnuts.
Peer video rolls for IP multimedia Product News 12/5/2005 Post a comment Openera Technology Inc. has launched peer-to-peer shared video as an Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) application linked to its Active Phone Book suite of apps.
Openera partners with infrastructure vendors such as Lucent Technologies Inc. and NEC Corp. to create applications for mobile end users. Many network infrastructure equipment providers are introducing mobile operators to IMS services through simple e-mail or message-service applications, where the advantage over circuit-switc
Tool ARMs for SoC validation Product News 12/5/2005 Post a comment You can't validate a complete system-on-chip without looking at both hardware and software, which has traditionally meant using emulation or building an FPGA prototype. With its new SOC-VSP virtual system prototyping tool, Carbon Design Systems Inc. claims to offer a better way.
Photoflash capacitor IC condenses charging solution Product News 12/5/2005 Post a comment Linear Technology's LT3485 family integrates a complete photoflash capacitor charger, IGBT drive stage, and output voltage monitor in a 3-by-3 mm DFN package. The chip's control circuit is designed to allow the use of two very small "standardized" transformers (5.8-by-5.8-by-3 mm). No external components are required to set the output voltage. During charge, an output proportional to the photoflash capacitor voltage is available for monitoring. Input current is tightly controlled to provide cons
SMIC offers 0.18-micron EEPROM blocks Product News 12/5/2005 Post a comment Chinese foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. has said it has a 0.18-micron EEPROM manufacturing process and that it has developed a series of IP blocks based on this process technology.
Regulator IC extends adaptive power management Product News 12/5/2005 Post a comment National Semiconductor's LP5550 is the first digitally-controlled energy management unit (EMU) for handheld consumer products that implements the company's PowerWise architecture for adaptive voltage scaling, thus cutting power consumption in stand alone digital processors. In conjunction with the company's advanced power controller (APC, technology licensed from ARM, Ltd.) and the PowerWise Interface (PWI) open-industry standard, the LP5550 reduces power consumption in digital processor cores b
Latest Maxwell 3-D analysis tool promises speed Product News 12/2/2005 Post a comment EDA vendor Ansoft released a new version of its Maxwell three-dimensional electromagnetic analysis software for accurately predicting the performance of low-frequency electromechanical components encountered in advanced automotive, aerospace and industrial/power electronic systems.
AC/DC supply tucks into medical applications Product News 12/2/2005 Post a comment The APS400MX series of single- and dual-output switching power supplies from Advanced Power Solutions delivers 400 watts at 2 to 58 volts for medical and other harsh environments. The U-frame supplies measure just 5-by-8-by-1.6 inches (optional end-mount fan cover extends the depth to 9 inches).
Matsushita to close CRT operations in North America and Europe Product News 12/2/2005 Post a comment Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (MEI (NYSE symbol: MC)), best known for its Panasonic brand, today announced plans to discontinue operations at MT Picture Display Germany GmbH (MTPDG) and MT Picture Display Corporation of America (Ohio) - MTPDA (OH) by the end of this fiscal year ending March 31, 2006, and to begin closing/liquidation procedures. MTPDG and MTPDA (OH) are subsidiaries of Matsushita Toshiba Picture Display Co., Ltd. (MTPD), a joint venture of MEI and Toshiba Corporation.
Dual 14-bit A/D targets software defined radios Product News 12/2/2005 Post a comment Linear Technology Corp.'s 14-bit, 105 Msamples/second, dual analog-to-digital (A/D) converter touts a flat signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) response of 72.2 dB up to 70 MHz, as well as spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR) of 88 dB at baseband.
UPS packs extra battery backup Product News 12/2/2005 Post a comment Tripp Lite says its SmartOnline 3 kVA, a 3U-sized rackmount UPS system, has far more capacity for adding battery backup than any rival.
"With up to 170% more built-in battery capacity than our competition in the popular 3000 VA space, Tripp Lite's SmartOnline stands head and shoulders above the field in terms of performance and value," said David Slotten, director of product management.
Clock generator reduces EMI Product News 12/2/2005 Post a comment Dallas Semiconductor's crystal-based clock generator has an integrated phase-locked loop (PLL) to generate clock outputs, three pin-selectable multiplier rates, and three dither magnitudes to reduce electromagnetic interference (EMI).
4-slot backplane targets CompactPCI Express Product News 12/1/2005 Post a comment Elma Bustronic Corp. has introduced a new 4-slot CompactPCI Express (EXP.0) backplane. CompactPCI Express brings PCI Express technology to the PICMG 2.0 CompactPCI form factor while maintaining backward compatibility to support existing card designs.
Backplane connector operates up to 10 Gbits/s and higher Product News 12/1/2005 Post a comment Targeting high-speed signal and high-density backplane applications, Tyco Electronics has developed its new Z-PACK MAX connector that performs at speeds up to 10 Gbits/s and higher. These connectors may be used in high-speed applications for servers, storage devices, switches, and routers.
Flat chip resistors expand package options Product News 12/1/2005 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has extended its family of Vishay Beyschlag thin-film flat chip resistors with the introduction of devices in 0402, 0603, 0805 and 1206 packages with resistance values up to 221 kilohm (kω), 511 kΩ, 1.5 megohm (MΩ), and 2.0 MΩ respectively.
Full-brick's output extends to 54 volts Product News 12/1/2005 Post a comment Vicor Corporation's V375A54C600B is a full-brick DC/DC converter that delivers up to 600 watts from a nominal 375-volt (250-425 V) input for distributed power, off-line systems using PFC front-ends, and electric vehicle applications. This product extends the output voltage range of the company's "Maxi" family to 54 volts.
Maxon sterilisable motors and gearheads target medical technology Product News 12/1/2005 Post a comment Traditional compressed air drives used in medical technology are gradually being replaced by electrical ones. They are more flexible to use, very easy to regulate, more hygienic and not least, do not make the shrill noise that terrifies so many patients. maxon motor is responding to this trend by offering a wide range of sterilisable motors and gearheads.
CompactPCI Ethernet boards switch IPv6 packets Product News 12/1/2005 Post a comment The Internet Protocl is changing. Here's news of a line of PICMG2.16-compliant boards that can help you get ready. Pluggable into CompactPCI slots, these packet switching boards will support the emerging IPv6 protocol definition, with its 128-bit addressing scheme.
High-performance LED driver touts cost edge Product News 12/1/2005 Post a comment Product Review - Supertex bills its HV9911 current-mode controller as one that provides equal or better performance at a decidedly lower price than competing devices, focusing for comparison mainly on products from Linear Technology's LED driver portfolio, which include the LT3474, LT1618, LT3486, and LTC3783. The second advantage is the device's high-voltage regulator, and thus the chip can be powered from a 110-volt rectified (DC) input.
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole1 Comment Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...