32-bit AVR processor targets multimedia systems for cell phones Product News 3/31/2006 Post a comment Atmel Corp.’s new AP7000 family of 32-bit processors integrate on a single chip virtually all the functionality required for multimedia systems that are deployed in cell phones and other infotainment systems. Packed into the chip are two Ethernet MACs, USB with On-chip PHY and LCD Controller.
100-V power MOSFETs bring yet more economy Product News 3/31/2006 Post a comment Infineon says its OptiMOS 2 family of 100-volt MOSFETs, 20-strong now and 40 more expected shortly, can reduce switching losses by 20 percent, and parts count in a switched mode supply by 30 percent, as compared to traditional solutions.
LED block offers modular design Product News 3/31/2006 Post a comment Offering a building-block approach to solid-state lighting, Bivar has introduced a 1-watt LED block series with optional configurations for power, lighting styles and mounting methods.
Video decoders target security surveillance apps Product News 3/31/2006 Post a comment Techwell, Inc. unveiled two, four-channel NTSC/PAL video decoders with integrated audio analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, and a Motion Joint Photographic Experts Group (MJPEG) compression controller for multichannel digital video recorders (DVRs) for security surveillance applications.
Stratix II GX FPGAs shipping in volume Product News 3/31/2006 Post a comment Altera Corp. is shipping the Stratix II GX EP2SGX90E device and accompanying development kit. Featuring 12 transceivers and 90,960 equivalent logic elements (LEs), the EP2SGX90E device is the first member of the Stratix II GX FPGA family to ship to customers.
Multi-LED driver touts tight programmability Product News 3/31/2006 Post a comment Catalyst Semiconductor's LED driver, the CAT3626, is a 1x/1.5x charge pump with precision current-setting capabililties to serve applications from display backlighting to RGB/flash in cell phones and digital cameras.
Power connector targets MicroTCA apps Product News 3/30/2006 Post a comment Developed to meet the MicroTCA standard, Tyco's high-density power MINIPAK HD connector is designed to carry 280 amps of current and offers 72 signal contacts in a space of 65 x 27 mm.
Op amp filter removes GSM burst noise Product News 3/30/2006 Post a comment Intersil Corp.'s operational amplifier features an 8-MHz low-pass filter that is said to remove Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) noise from the video band and it also serves as an anti-aliasing filter.
Dual RF power detector chips work to 11-GHz Product News 3/30/2006 Post a comment The fabs at IC house Linear Technology Corp. are dishing up dual-channel RF detector chips that work out to 11-GHz. LTC's Type LTC5533 chips can be used to measure RF power in multi-band WiFi, WiMAX and other radio applications.
eMagin to patent virtual imaging device Product News 3/30/2006 Post a comment Personal display and OLED microdisplay supplier eMagin Corp. has received U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approval of a patent for a portable communication device with a virtual image display.
Schottky rectifier housed in SOD-123F package Product News 3/29/2006 Post a comment Central Semiconductor offers the CMMSH1 series of 1.0-amp Schottky rectifiers in a flat lead SOD-123F surface-mount package. This package uses 49 percent less board space than a SMA case, and offers a 57 percent lower profile.
Virtex-4 FPGAs turn into traffic managers for triple-play apps Product News 3/29/2006 Post a comment Xilinx has partnered with Modelware Inc. to provide designers of networking infrastructure equipment with a product that will enable them to integrate advanced traffic management features into their systems. With the ability to support throughput from 50-Mbits/s to more than 10-Gbits/s, the hardware-based product can manage traffic in all types of triple-play applications from access equipment to metro core routers.
3.5G wireless tester gets 1xEV-DO phone option Product News 3/29/2006 Post a comment Wireless test vendor Willtek Communications offers options for testing 1xEV-DO wireless devices. The company's existing 4400 Mobile Phone Tester, when fitted with these options, is now suitable for use in manufacturing, as well as by technicians at field repair centers.
Tiny board comprises ready-made USB interface Product News 3/29/2006 Post a comment Adding a USB port to your favorite circuit, with baud rates up to 1-Mbit/s, is now as simple as adding eight pads to your target board on a standard 100-mil grid. The 0.7 x 0.5-in. Micro-USB board from Saelig uses a standard USB B connector to connect to a PC.
Analog-output modules talk USB Product News 3/29/2006 Post a comment Data acquisition equipment vendor Measurement Computing now offers three 16-bit high-drive analog-output USB-compatible DAC modules. These are intended for use on PC-based data-acq systems, where they can provide 100-Hz/channel throughput.
26-terabyte storage array claims highest capacity Product News 3/29/2006 Post a comment Here's news of a capacity storage array family that the company claims offers the highest capacity26-terabytes in a 4U rackmount enclosure. The storage systems can hold up to 52 drives compared with 48 and less in competitive products.
Low ESR capacitor targets processors Product News 3/28/2006 Post a comment Boosting the range of voltage ratings and capacitance values, AVX targets next-generation processors with the TPM series of tantalum capacitors. These capacitors also offer ultra-low ESR and high ripple current.
12-bit A/D delivers 500 Msamples/s Product News 3/28/2006 Post a comment e2v's Grenoble, France division (formerly a part of Atmel) kicked off a new high-resolution family with a monolithic, 12-bit, analog-to-digital (A/D) converter boasting a clock frequency of 500 Msamples/s.
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.