Toshiba drops rear projection TVs in favor of flat-panels for 2007 Product News 6/29/2007 Post a comment At its summer press event in New York City held on the evening of June 28, Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. announced the that it has discontinued all rear projection televisions in favor of flat-panel displays. Toshiba also announced the availability of its 46", 47" and 52" REGZA LCD TVs as well as the upcoming availability of its largest ever LCD TV, a 57" Cinema Series model.
Infineon HDD read channel exceeds 3 Gbit/s Product News 6/29/2007 Post a comment Infineon claims it has demonstrated functionality and data rates in a read hard disk drive read channel exceeding 3 Gbit/s. The read/write channel IC is a result of a cooperation with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.
Nanoelectronics test system enables yield improvements at 65 nm Product News 6/29/2007 Post a comment Verigy has introduced the V93000 Nanoelectronics Digital solution that performs structural and functional test for wafer sort and final test of advanced digital ICs at 65 nm and below. The test system enables users to collect diagnostic and parametric data required for testing nanoelectronics.
Op amp pair offers 5- to 16-V operating range Product News 6/29/2007 Post a comment Analog Devices' latest precision operational amplifiers (op amps) deliver a combination of accuracy, power efficiency and versatility with a wide 5-V to 16-V operating range for an assortment of industrial, medical and consumer applications.
16-Mbit, 32-Mbit serial flash memories hit the market in volume Product News 6/29/2007 Post a comment Aimed at the computer, networking and consumer sectors, Winbond has available in production quantities 16-Mbit and 32-Mbit serial flash memories that feature a serial peripheral interface to support both Single-SPI and Dual-SPI operation. The memory maker is working on bringing to market a new serial flash family that will offer Quad-SPI with six times the transfer rate of standard serial flash.
Load switches provide up to 2 A current-limit protection Product News 6/28/2007 Post a comment Fairchild introduces the FPF250X series, a family of IntelliMAX load switches with input voltages ranging from 4.5 V up to 20 V. These highly integrated devices provide full protection against potentially damaging over-current conditions impacting low-power designs.
LDO regulators are housed in SOT-23 package Product News 6/28/2007 Post a comment Catalyst Semiconductor has announced two additions to its recently released low dropout (LDO) regulator product line. The CAT6217 and CAT6218 LDO regulators source 150 mA and 300 mA output currents, respectively, in a SOT-23 package.
secureAVR MCU targets banking SDA market, small ID programs Product News 6/28/2007 Post a comment Atmel has replaced its AT90SC6404RT chip with the AT90SC9604RU secure microcontroller that it designed with additional ROM memory to allow its customers to implement sophisticated applications such as CPA (Common Platform Application) for the EMV banking, SDA (Static Data Authentication) market.
Five chipmakers control 32% of manufacturing, says analyst Product News 6/28/2007 Post a comment Samsung, TSMC, Intel, Toshiba, and UMC had the five largest shares of the world's chip manufacturing capacity at the end of 2006, with a combined capacity of just over 2.9 million 200-mm equivalent wafer per month. They accounted for 32 percent of total wafer capacity as of year-end 2006, according to market research company IC Insights.
12-V step-down converter has low quiescent current Product News 6/28/2007 Post a comment Consuming a low 115 µA quiescent current, the AAT1162 dc/dc converter reduces power usage for a wide range of 12 V industrial applications as well as higher powered portable systems operating from dual-cell Lithium-ion/polymer batteries.
Aeroflex rolls error/noise tester add-ons Product News 6/28/2007 Post a comment Aeroflex has added a G.703 interface pod option to its FB100A bit error rate tester for telecommunications infrastructures. The add-on enables the tester to be used for a wider range of interfaces, ranging from T1 to STM-1 at 155 Mbit/s.
JVC develops world's highest pixel density projection chip Product News 6/27/2007 Post a comment Victor Company of Japan, Ltd. (JVC) has announced a new lineup of its proprietary D-ILA (Direct-Drive Image Light Amplifier) high-definition reflective liquid crystal devices for projectors. These newly developed display devices cram approximately 10-megapixel (4096 x 2400 pixels) -- more than four times the number for Full HD -- into the world's smallest 1.27-inch 4K2K D-ILA device.
Cell-transistor interface clears biolectronics hurdle Product News 6/27/2007 Post a comment Researchers at the Max Planck Institute demonstrate a cell-transistor interface that allows cells to be studied without destroying them. In the lab, the interface enabled noninvasive monitoring of serotonin levels by a computer monitoring living cells in culture.
SiBeam takes wraps off Wireless HD technology Product News 6/27/2007 Post a comment Gigabit wireless technology startup SiBeam Inc. has revealed some details of the 60GHz technology that it and partners in the WirelessHD consortium plan to deploy to deliver a promised gigabit per second of multimedia content wirelessly in the home.
Samsung sampling multistandard mobile TV chip Product News 6/27/2007 Post a comment Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., has started sampling a multi-standard channel decoder and multi-band radio frequency tuner chipset made using its 65-nm process that it says supports almost all mobile TV standards including DVB-H/T, DAB-IP, ISDB-T, and terrestrial DMB.
Freescale launches multi-core communications platform Product News 6/27/2007 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor has unveiled its Multi-core Communications Platform based on its PowerQUICC processor families. The architecture is designed to help customers more easily migrate to multi-core environments while preserving the value of legacy software investments.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.