HARDWARE TOOLS - Microchip development kits speed accessory designs for iPod and iPhone Product News 3/30/2010 Post a comment Microchip Technology Inc. offers three new development kits that enable the rapid design of accessories for iPod and iPhone using Microchip's PIC microcontrollers. The kits provide examples of the hardware and software required to implement applications such as digital-audio sound systems, docking stations and many new accessories that can leverage the infrastructure for iPod and iPhone.
Intel rolls Xeon chips for high-end servers Product News 3/30/2010 Post a comment Intel Corp. officially rolled out its new high-end x86 server processors, the Xeon 7500 family, using up to eight dual-threaded cores with support from more than twice as many OEMs as Intel's previous high-end server CPUs, including an SGI system delivering a up to 256 processors.
Pigeon Point offers BMR starter kits with SmartFusion Product News 3/30/2010 Post a comment Pigeon Point Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of programmable logic vendor Actel, announced new AdvancedTCA IPM Controller and ATCA/AdvancedMC Carrier IPMC board management reference starter kits using Actel's new SmartFusion mixed signal FPGA.
NEC expands 32-bit MCU line Product News 3/30/2010 Post a comment NEC Electronics America Inc. announced 78 new members to the V850ES/Jx3 family of 32-bit All Flash microcontrollers (MCUs) with low power consumption, optimized pin counts and expanded functionality.
Infineon uses Synopsys' Galaxy for baseband processor Product News 3/30/2010 Post a comment Munich-based chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG said it has deployed Synopsys' Galaxy Implementation Platform, including IC Compiler, for the 40nm processor aimed at the X-GOLD 626 multi-million-gate analog and digital system-in-package (SIP).
Virage, MIPS match memory, processor IP Product News 3/30/2010 Post a comment Processor IP company MIPS Technologies Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) is teaming up with another IP licensor Virage Logic Corp. (Fremont, Calif.) to offer embedded memory IP for joint customers.
8-bit MCUs support energy efficient designs Product News 3/29/2010 Post a comment Infineon Technologies recently expanded its XC800 microcontroller (MCU) portfolio with two powerful 8-bit device seriesthe XC82x and XC83xwhich reduce system cost and allow for improved energy efficiency of a wide range of industrial applications.
DesignArt launches 4G basestation chip family Product News 3/29/2010 Post a comment DesignArt Networks Ltd. (Ra'anana, Israel) has announced its DAN3000 family of ICs for use in 4G LTE and IMT-Advanced basestations. The company said its chips would allow the deployment of multi-gigabit mobile radio access networks (RANs).
ESC helps drive Android beyond cellphone Product News 3/29/2010 5 comments The ESC-Silicon Valley Conference will add fuel to the effort driving Google's Android software into a wide range of embedded systems beyond the smartphone by hosting three presentations on using Android in embedded systems.
ESC: Microchip simplifies access to embedded wireless Product News 3/26/2010 9 comments Recent moves regarding ZigBee, Wi-Fi and Google have greatly increased the opportunities for designers of embedded systems, once they overcome the many issues associated with embedded wireless, from determinism to FCC regulations to rising concerns regarding security.
Avnet offers Spartan-6 DSP dev kit Product News 3/24/2010 Post a comment Avnet Electronics Marketing is offering the Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA DSP development kit for $1,995, including a device-locked version of ISE Design Suite: System Edition 11.4.
Report highlights emerging 'killer apps' for MEMS Product News 3/23/2010 Post a comment An emerging set of killer applications of micro-electro-mechanical systems is on the horizon, according to Yole Development , which predicts that the total MEMS market will climb from $7 billion in 2009 to over $18 billion in 2015.
Wireless carrier capex expected to decline again Product News 3/23/2010 Post a comment Global spending on capital expenditures by wireless carriers is expected to decline in 2010 for the second consecutive year, with carriers remaining cautious as they recover from the recession, according to the latest forecast from iSuppli.
DC/DC converter powers digital systems Product News 3/23/2010 Post a comment The BEI15 series of isolated, wide input bipolar DC/DC converters from Murata Power Solutions offers a small footprint for high-current applications in mobile and battery powered products, test equipment and telecom and wireless designs.
Dialog preps power management IC with audio Product News 3/22/2010 Post a comment Dialog Semiconductor plc has announced a system-level power management IC that includes a class G codec. The device is called the DA9057, and has five on-board dc/dc converters to support 24-bit stereo audio headphone playback on a 5-mW power budget.
Chelsio debuts Fibre Channel over Ethernet chip Product News 3/22/2010 Post a comment With its latest 10 Gbit/second chip, the four-port T4, Chelsio Communications Inc. aims to push ahead of a pack of competitors seeking design wins in data center systems expected to converge networking, storage and clustering functions on to Ethernet.
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 ...