Xilinx ships industry's largest 65-nm FPGA Product News 12/29/2006 Post a comment Xilinx started to ship the LX330, a 65-nm FPGA that is said to deliver 65% more logic than the largest 90-nm device. Xilinx fab partners UMC and Toshiba have quickly ramped 65-nm production, producing excellent yields that have enabled the chip vendor to deliver the complete 65-nm Virtex-5 LX platform on time and over one year ahead of its competition.
Dual-slot, hot swap controller simplifies PCI Express connection Product News 12/29/2006 Post a comment Linear Technology's LTC4242, a narrow, dual-slot PCI Express hot swap controller for mid-range networking or storage servers and embedded applications, eliminates complex software interfaces, yet provides a rugged and compact solution for independently controlling the main supplies and the auxiliary supply on two slots.
Light pipes come in many colors Product News 12/29/2006 Post a comment Elma Electronic offers light pipes for front panel enclosure applications in a variety of colors. The LEDs transfer light to the front panel with a translucent and intense coloration and can emit light even when embedded deeper within a panel.
CoCreate's new PLM tool suite 'changes the rules' Product News 12/28/2006 Post a comment Innovation is the lifeblood of companies in the fast-moving electronics industry, yet the very process of product development can become a roadblock to beating a competitor to market. CoCreate Software Inc., a product lifecycle management software provider, is trying to eliminate those design bottlenecks using an approach to 3D product development the company calls "dynamic modeling."
Encapsulant developed for image sensor assembly Product News 12/28/2006 Post a comment Henkel has announced the commercial availability of a new non-conductive paste (NCP) underfill encapsulant for flip-chip image sensor applications. The Hysol FP5110 material is said to provide excellent adhesion to both 2- and 3-layer flexible printed circuits.
Stahlin offers updated enclosure product catalog Product News 12/28/2006 Post a comment Stahlin offers an updated product catalog of its non-metallic enclosures and accessories. The catalog also provides information on choosing the right enclosure material, cutting and drilling non-metallic enclosures and a full chemical resistance table.
MEMS chips accelerate for drive to market Product News 12/28/2006 Post a comment Fujitsu's use of a U.S. startup's MEMS microphone in a low-end tablet PC and Swatch's MEMS crystal deal with another startup signal a new energy in the market for microelectromechanical systems.
MULTIMEDIA: Personal media platform reference supports GPS Product News 12/28/2006 Post a comment In a move it claims will pave the way for increased penetration of location-based services, NXP Semiconductors has introduced a reference design for a personal media player that pairs GPS navigation functionality with multimedia capabilities. The combined hardware- and software-based solution is ticketed for PMPs with retail prices of $250 or less.
VIDEO: Startup tunes .11n for short-range HDTV Product News 12/28/2006 Post a comment Startup Amimon Ltd. will demonstrate a prototype of its wireless high-definition interface for HDTV video at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show using technology based on a variation of 802.11n that can deliver up to 1.5 Gbits/second.
Osram signs laser TV deal with Coherent Product News 12/28/2006 Post a comment Lighting firm Osram GmbH has signed a licensing agreement allowing it to use Optically Pumped Semiconductor Laser (OPSL) technology from Coherent Inc. for consumer laser-based projection displays for use in laser-TV and so called "pocket projectors" for hand-held devices.
LCD TV growth to slow in '07, iSuppli says Product News 12/27/2006 Post a comment Rapid price declines will slow LCD TV revenue growth in 2007, according to projections from market research firm iSuppli. Worldwide LCD TV factory revenue will rise by 20 percent in 2007, down from 76 percent in 2006, according to the firm.
Samsung unveils 1-Gbit mobile DRAM Product News 12/27/2006 Post a comment Samsung Electronics said it has developed the industry's first one gigabit mobile DRAM for mobile products, using 80-nm process technology. It will be available in second quarter 2007.
Multi-function DMMs make 4-wire measurements with two test leads Product News 12/27/2006 Post a comment Two 6-1/2-digit graphical DMMs sport 14 measurement functions, with ranges to measure temperature, capacitance, period and frequency. A 2 x 4 ohms function uses patented split terminal jacks that let you perform 4-wire measurements using only two leads instead of four. Click to read Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn's comments.
LXI leverages Ethernet for test Product News 12/26/2006 Post a comment Focus-On: For decades, IEEE-488/GPIB served well in small- and medium-sized test systems, with VXI-based testers meeting the needs of high channel-count applications. Time marches on. Test engineers now seek high-bandwidth systems that are relatively easy to configure and are low in cost. Enter Ethernet-connected LXI.
Ambient light sensors adjust LCD brightness to save battery power Product News 12/26/2006 Post a comment Ambient light sensors are used as backlighting controls in any number of LCD display applications from consumer electronics to automotive, and by automatically adjusting display brightness, they can conserve battery life, which is a key benefit in mobile device applications. These sensors work well in all kinds of light sources from natural sunlight to fluorescent and incandescent lamps.
SED's CES pullout likely related to patent dispute Product News 12/22/2006 Post a comment A legal dispute with Nano-Proprietary has placed an obstacle in the path of Toshiba and Canon's promotion of SED displays at next month's Consumer Electronics Show, an important event for a technology scheduled to be in commercial production next year.
5-amp LDO powers ultralow-voltage DSPs, ASICs Product News 12/22/2006 Post a comment Micrel's MIC69502 is a 5-amp low-voltage, low-dropout (LDO) regulator suited for FPGAs, microcontrollers and logic ICs in next generation optical networks, communication switches, storage networks, wireless base stations, and home entertainment systems.
Blog Make a Frequency Plan Tom Burke 17 comments When designing a printed circuit board, you should develop a frequency plan, something that can be easily overlooked. A frequency plan should be one of your first steps ...