Smart grid protocol will ride Wi-Fi at home Product News 3/17/2010 Post a comment Zigbee and Wi-Fi backers will collaborate to on bringing the Smart Energy 2.0 protocol to Wi-Fi networks as the first phase of a broad collaboration between the Zigbee Alliance and the Wi-Fi Alliance on wireless home area networks for smart grid applications.
Philips, researchers light up clothes with LEDs Product News 3/15/2010 6 comments Philips and several European research institutes have formed an initiative to design LED lighting into a wide variety of consumer products under the so-called PLACE-it program that has won nearly $15 million in funding from the European Commission under its Seventh Framework Program.
Analyst: Smartphones sales surged in 4Q '09 Product News 3/15/2010 Post a comment Smartphone sales surged 25 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to sales in the previous quarter with Apple, Nokia and Research in Motion all riding the wave, a particularly sharp rebound from generally depressed sales last year, said an analyst from ABI Research.
Tabula tips comms-oriented FPGA products Product News 3/15/2010 Post a comment A couple of weeks after fabless chip startup Tabula Inc. tipped its time-sharing FPGA architecture the company has launched its ABAX family of chips. The company said the chips will sample in third quarter and go into mass production in Q4 2010.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - UAD3+ tests and debugs complex SoCs Product News 3/13/2010 Post a comment The Universal Access Device 3+ (UAD3+) from pls (Programmierbare Logik & Systeme) is a hardware tool for high-end trace, multi-core and multi-target debugging, profiling, and calibration targeted for users of complex 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers (e.g. ARM7/9/11, Cortex-M3/R4/A8, PowerArchitecture, TriCore, XC2000/XE166 and SH-2A).
Are 18 and 20 bits now the new 16 bits? Product News 3/13/2010 3 comments Recently introduced 20-bit DACs are truly impressive, and revisit the eternal question: how do you measure this level of performance? . . . . . Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
Quad output 200W power supplies are compact Product News 3/11/2010 Post a comment With a 3-in. x 5-in. footprint and a height of 1.32-in., Emerson's latest power supplies offer a power density of more than 10 W per cubic inch and are capable of achieving efficiencies of up to 84 percent at full load.
Audio codecs, algorithms target the ARM Cortex-M4 Product News 3/10/2010 Post a comment Ittiam Systems has announced audio processing software for the ARM Cortex-M4 processor, including a fully optimized implementation of MP3 and WMA decoders, complemented by a set of audio effects and acoustic processing algorithms.
Small-sized PA reduces component cost Product News 3/9/2010 Post a comment Targeted at Bluetooth, 802.15.4/ZigBee and other 2.4 GHz applications, California Eastern Laboratories is now shipping its new µPG2251T6M GaAs power amplifier (PA), which eliminates the need for RF component matching.
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.