Processor handles Java codes directly Product News 5/30/2002 Post a comment Vulcan Machines' second-generation Java processor, called Moon2, executes Java byte codes directly, in parallel with a host processor. Vulcan is offering the processor as an intellectual-property solution for integration into system-on-chip designs.
Analog switch shields microprocessors from noise Product News 5/30/2002 Post a comment A single-pole, double-throw analog switch from Fairchild Semiconductor International protects ASICs, microprocessors and other critical ICs from noise or undershoot (negative voltage) transients, regardless of frequency, down to -2 volts. Protection is needed whenever an analog or digital signal connector is inserted into an MP3 player, CD player, notebook, mobile phone or other electronic device.
3.3-V series added to lines of ISP CPLDs Product News 5/23/2002 Post a comment New offerings from Lattice Semiconductor Corp. have rounded out its in-system programmable (ISP) CPLD (complex programmable logic device) lines. Lattice introduced a 3.3-volt ispMACH 4000 SuperFast ISP series and added new densities for its 2.5-V and 1.8-V ispMACH 4000B and ispMACH4000C families.
14-bit D/A has a serial interface Product News 5/22/2002 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc. has introduced two digital-to-analog converters, one of which is among the first 14-bit, plus/minus 10-volt D/As available with bipolar output and a versatile, serial interface.
Silicon-based filters save board space Product News 5/22/2002 Post a comment ON Semiconductor has launched a line of silicon-based single and dual electromagnetic interference (EMI) filters as part of its MicroIntegration product line for electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection.
TI 14-bit A/D hits 62 Msamples/second Product News 5/22/2002 Post a comment A 14-bit CMOS analog-to-digital converter from Texas Instruments Inc.'s Burr-Brown product line samples at an industry-high 62 Msamples/second, according to Ed Fullman, product-marketing manager for TI's high-speed converter products.
Memory makers pack in next-gen flash Product News 5/22/2002 Post a comment Encouraged by strong growth prospects, especially in the cell phone market, makers of flash memory devices are focusing on design and packaging strategies aimed at increasing density.
Accelerator boosts geometry Product News 5/22/2002 Post a comment Sun Microsystems Inc. has unveiled an entry-level graphics accelerator board that reportedly doubles geometry performance and improves texture-mapping capabilities by 50 percent over predecessors.
NEC to spin off semiconductor operations Product News 5/16/2002 Post a comment NEC Corp. is undertaking a wholesale reorganization of its operations that will result in the Japanese electronics company spinning of its semiconductor unit in an initial public offering and combining several other businesses into joint ventures with rivals by the end of this year.
Force rolls PowerPC-based SBCs Product News 5/9/2002 Post a comment Force Computers and its Dy 4 Systems division have broadened the base for PowerPC-based single-board computers, launching separate products that cover applications ranging from third-generation (3G) wireless systems to switches, aerospace and medical products.
Feedback amp debuts Product News 5/2/2002 Post a comment A high-speed, current feedback amplifier from Analog Devices Inc., the AD8007, lets designers minimize supply voltage circuitry or battery requirements and reduce cooling requirements.
Low-cost servers get fast south bridge Product News 5/2/2002 Post a comment ServerWorks Corp. has begun volume shipments of its CSB6 Champion south bridge, which extends to lower-cost servers the features of the company's Grand Champion system I/O core logic chip sets.
DSP permits DVD-quality video capture Product News 5/2/2002 Post a comment Optimized for image and video processing, ChipWrights Inc.'s application-specific digital signal processor is said to enable DVD-quality video capture and playback in battery-powered, portable devices.
Switches get second source Product News 5/2/2002 Post a comment Single-pole, single-throw switches from Intersil Corp., the ISL84514 and ISL84515, provide pin-compatible second sources for MAX4514 and MAX4515 switches from Maxim Integrated Products (Sunnyvale, Calif.).
Instrument amp cuts dc errors Product News 5/2/2002 Post a comment An instrumentation amplifier from Linear Technology Corp. is said to offer 100-microvolt input offset voltage, less than 0.5-mV/ degrees C input offset drift, and a 100-dB minimum power-supply rejection and common-mode rejection ratio.
LAN chip lowers notebook parts Product News 5/2/2002 Post a comment An Ethernet LAN switch from Fairchild Semiconductor International eliminates the need for the extra Ethernet controller and physical-layer (PHY) chip otherwise required for multiplexing and demultiplexing LAN signals in notebook computers, routers, hubs, switches and other applications.
STMicro raises E2PROM speed Product News 5/2/2002 Post a comment A new version of STMicroelectronics' 256-kbit M95256 E2PROM offers twice the clock rate (10 MHz vs. 5 MHz for 5-volt devices and 5 MHz vs. 2 MHz for 2.5-V parts) and can be programmed in half the time (5 milliseconds instead of 10), according to ST.
Security controller offers USB interface Product News 5/2/2002 Post a comment A single-chip microcontroller for USB-enabled chip cards and dongles is available from Infineon Technologies for public-key cryptography, secure network log-on and authentication for e-commerce transactions.
Transmitter, receiver link with no fiber Product News 5/2/2002 Post a comment Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. has added a noncontact optical transmitter and a receiver to its Toslink series of optical fiberless (OFL) modules. The TOTX1500 and TORX1500 can transmit data at up to 125 Mbits/second within a 3-cm transmission distance. The pair targets 10/100 Base Ethernet or IEEE 1394 S100 signal transmissions.
Six-channel codec boosts PC audio Product News 5/2/2002 Post a comment Hsinchu, Taiwan - Realtek Semiconductor Corp. has introduced a six-channel audio codec, the ALC650, that is designed to deliver high-performance sound to consumer-level personal computers.
API serves up packet voice Product News 5/2/2002 Post a comment Artesyn Communication Products added an application programming interface to its MediaBlade family of CompactPCI boards for voice-over-packet applications.
Pressures grow for circuit protection Product News 5/2/2002 Post a comment The challenge now facing circuit protection vendors is how to protect the smaller, finer-line-width integrated circuits. Now that these circuits are running at ever-faster speeds, operating at lower voltages and offering increased functionality, their susceptibility to damage tends to increase.
Line interfaces fit short hauls Product News 5/2/2002 Post a comment The 3.3-volt DS21349 and 5-volt DS2149 T1/J1 line interface units (LIUs) from Dallas Semiconductor support five line-buildout settings for short-haul trunks and four channel-service-unit filters from 0 to -22.5 dB.
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.