Achronix preps 2-GHz FPGA for sampling in 2007 Product News 4/25/2006 Post a comment Startup Achronix Semiconductor Corp. has announced that initial testing on the first silicon of a 90-nm prototype field programmable gate array has achieved performance levels equivalent to 1.93-GHz at 1.2-volts.
The company said it expects to sample a multi-million gate commercial product in 2007.
Woodhead M5 connectors allow greater density of sensors Product News 4/25/2006 Post a comment Woodhead Industries has introduced the BradConnectivity™ Penta Change M5 connector family, the industry's smallest connectors designed for use in industrial environments. The connectors combine space savings and reliable performance. They are suitable for use on compact sensing and control devices found in today's density automation applications.
Altera improves performance for video and image processing apps Product News 4/24/2006 Post a comment Altera Corporation has announced a comprehensive, high-performance FPGA solution for designers of video and image processing applications. Comprised of intellectual property (IP) cores, development kits, FPGAs and reference designs, the new offering addresses the need for increased processing bandwidth in video and image processing applications.
Cadence and partners launch VLSI design course in India Product News 4/24/2006 Post a comment Looking to "address the gap in the supply of skilled design engineers” in India, Cadence Design Systems has teamed with Time to Market Inc. and the University of California to launch a continuing-education program in VLSI design in Bangalore and Hyderabad.
Shock as Apple shuts door on PortalPlayer Product News 4/24/2006 Post a comment PortalPlayer Inc.'s grim announcement last week that its new media processor "has not been selected by Apple Computer Inc. for use in their midrange and high-end flash-based iPods" prompted analysts to speculate on who might replace PortalPlayer as the iPod's primary silicon provider.
What does Apple want? Product News 4/24/2006 Post a comment
What's Apple looking for as it scouts silicon for the next-generation iPod? Analysts ticked off a list of likely items, from high-definition and wireless capabilities to lower power consumption and the chip maker's ability to integrate new functions quickly.
DESIGN TOOLS: Analog analysis tool works with flow Product News 4/24/2006 Post a comment Startup Gradient Design Automation Inc. claimed an industry first last year with FireBolt, a 3-D thermal analysis tool for digital ICs. This week, the company will launch CircuitFire, which is said to be the first 3-D thermal analysis tool for analog and mixed-signal ICs that's integrated directly into the design flow.
"Low-voltage, high-current" mini-DC/DCs deliver for telecom Product News 4/24/2006 Post a comment C&D Technologies touts its UWR 7-15W series of high-density, single-output isolated DC/DC converters for its "low-voltage, high-current" capabilities, and a heatsink-free, convection-cooled design that's suited to high-end telecom, industrial, transportation, and military equipment.
Schottky bridge rectifiers tout small package Product News 4/21/2006 Post a comment Central Semiconductor claims the CBRHDSH1-40L and CBRHDSH2-40 devices are the industry's smallest Schottky bridge rectifiers. Housed in a surface-mount HD DIP package, the devices are 57% smaller than SMDIP surface-mount packages and take up 60% less board space.
Synthesizer replaces hundreds of discretes Product News 4/21/2006 Post a comment Peregrine Semiconductor introduces its Rad-hard PE97632 3.2 GHz Delta-Sigma modulated fractional-N phase locked-loop frequency synthesizer for low phase noise space applications, such as high-capacity digital satellite payloads.
Eighth-brick provides full output to +70 C Product News 4/21/2006 Post a comment Power-One's new eighth-brick DC/DC converters in the company's EMS series, which include two single-output models that deliver 3.3 volts at 15 amps and 5 volts at 10 amps from an ultrawide 18-to- 60 volt input, deliver full power at +70 C with only 200 lfm cooling.
Audio D/A provides output drive capabilities Product News 4/21/2006 Post a comment AKM Semiconductor's newest member of its Audio2go family is a 24-bit stereo digital-to-analog (D/A) converter, with a ground-referenced capless headphone amplifier and a 2-volt rms line output amplifier, as well as an AC-coupled auxiliary line out.
S-LCD expands display capacity Product News 4/20/2006 Post a comment S-LCD Corp., the joint venture between Sony Corp. and Samsung Electronics, is investing about $240 million to expand capacity at its 7th generation fab by 50 percent to process 90,000 panels a month.
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.