CPCI flexiswitch leverages installed base of VoIP and media gateways News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Kontron's CP6923 is a 6U CompactPCI flexiswitch that leverages installed base of VoIP and media gateways. It provides built-in switching capabilities for CPCI installations at an attractive price-to-performance ratio by implementing the latest technologies, including the highly compact Broadcom BCM56502 Gigabit Ethernet switch chip.
Plasma panel growth slowed in Q3, firm says Product News 10/31/2006 Post a comment Third quarter plasma panel shipments increased 17 percent sequentially and 47 percent year-to-year, reaching a record 2.8 million units, according to market research firm DisplaySearch. The firm noted that third quarter growth was slower than any of the past 12 quarters, which had ranged from 73 to 170 percent year-to-year.
China's Actions Semi powers ahead in Q3 News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Actions Semiconductor said sales hit a new high of $45 million in the third quarter, up 19 percent from a year ago and 16 percent quarter on quarter. Sales were driven by demand for its new line of Series 9 personal media player chips, the company said.
SMIC slips back into the red for Q3 News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. slid back into the red in the third quarter, losing $35 million even though sales slightly increased 2.1 percent to $368 million. Despite expectations of higher sales in the fourth quarter, the foundry is likely to lose money again, hit by a double whammy of low gross margins and an industry-wide inventory build.
AMD rolls first post-acquisition ATI graphics card Product News 10/31/2006 Post a comment AMD rolled out the first product borne of its recent acquisition of ATI Technologies, a graphics card that makes use of ATI's CrossFire technology and is billed as providing "gaming enthusiast-class" technology at a low price point: $149.
Options scandal: Atmel expects big restatement News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment Atmel is the latest high-tech company to acknowledge it would restate a significant portion of its historical financials in connection with past stock options granting practices, saying its financial statements for 2003 through 2005, plus the first quarter of 2006, should no longer be relied upon.
Nokia finds new direction with sat-nav device Product News 10/30/2006 Post a comment Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia has found a new direction with the launch of a dedicated personal navigation device, the Nokia 330 Auto Navigation. The company is pitching the device against established higher-end sat-nav providers such as TomTom.
Antenna specialist extends management team News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment Integrated antenna specialist Antenova Ltd has added two key executives to drive the company's operations and sales in global markets. Mike Edwards has been appointed vice president of worldwide sales and marketing while CL Lim has been promoted to vice president and general manager of Asia.
Triple video amplifier has integrated filters and HV sync capability News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment The THS7327 is a video amplifier with integrated filters that is capable of handling both analog RGB signals and digital horizontal and vertical (HV) sync signals on a single chip. The device saves up to 80 percent board space when compared to traditional amplifier solutions for video projectors, professional video, broadcast video, computer display, traditional and digital TV systems.
User-friendly sensor net ties into enterprise data Product News 10/30/2006 Post a comment Building on the TinyOS operating system for small, wirelessly connected computers that sense the physical environment and form vast embedded networks, Arch Rock Corp. has developed a wireless sensor network that it says is simple enough to be deployed in an hour as a pilot network in a factory, office building or data center, yet sophisticated enough to be seamlessly integrated into enterprise applications as a set of standards-compliant Web services.
MOSFET devices improve reliability and energy efficiency of DC/DC converters News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment Infineon Technologies has announced its next-generation family of power semiconductors used for DC/DC converter applications in computers, telecommunications and consumer electronics devices. The OptiMOS 3 30-V N-channel MOSFET family improves reliability and energy efficiency of 1 to 1.3 percent in typical power supply applications by featuring industry-leading performance in key power conversion measures, such as on-state resistance, power density and gate charge.
Chinese companies favoring soft IP News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment As developers in China begin to favor soft IP blocks over hard cores, intellectual property vendors like MIPS and ARM are loosening up about delivering RTL code to Chinese customers.
Qualcomm gains ruling over Broadcom News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment Qualcomm Inc. said that the Federal Court in San Diego has enjoined Broadcom Corp. from any further solicitation, use or dissemination of its confidential WCDMA trade secrets, including source code.
New Class D Boomer audio amplifier from National Semiconductor significantly reduces EMI Product News 10/30/2006 Post a comment A mono, 2.65-W, Class D Boomer audio amplifier from National Semiconductor Corp. reduces electromagnetic interference (EMI) more than 11 dB below the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) limit to lower system noise in portable devices including cell phones, smart phones, music players, notebook computers, DVD players, gaming devices and other portable electronics.
Career Profile: Gardere Wynne Sewell CIO News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment The tech leader at a law firm describes his role as the champion for technology. A big job skill needed, says Kenneth Orgeron, is the ability to use technology to help lead the business, not inhibit it.
What's in a name? Not real solutions News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment
Come this Wednesday, Nov. 1, Bangalore will officially change its name to Bengaluru (see Week in Review, page 2). It's part of a gradual movement in some Indian cities to revert to more authentically Indian (less Western) names. And it's savvy rebranding at a time when the original has become an unflattering verb in the West. To "get Bangalored" means to get offshored (or, on the consumer side, to have your DSL accidentally disconnected during a service phone call).
Space policy still off course News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment
The global press corps in mid-October belatedly discovered the National Space Policy document released by the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy --10 days after EE Times first carried details of the policy on our Web site and a week after military leaders meeting in Omaha discussed the policy in open session. Dollops of righteous indignation were served all around, topped off by an Oct. 21 editorial in The New York Times chiding the policy's unilateralist principles.
Firsthand lessons in globalization News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment
The best way to prepare U.S. engineering students to be globally competitive, says Belle Wei, dean of engineering at San Jose State University, is to show them what they're up against. That's why Wei pioneered the school's Global Technology Initiative, which sends selected students on an expenses-paid tour of Asian companies and universities. Wei also works closely with Silicon Valley com-
Graphics cores on X86: uphill climb News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc. took a fresh turn last week in its race to the multicore future with X86 archrival Intel Corp. by announcing plans to deliver "a new class of X86 processors" with on-board graphics starting in late 2008. Intel, although it has announced no formal timetable, is also looking into integrating graphics with its CPUs. But neither company has provided details about how it will clear the many hurdles to delivering the merged chips.
Ultracheap phones head for China News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment The vision of a billion peasants equipped with cell phones is creeping toward reality in China, as the market for ultralow-cost handsets begins to build unexpected momentum. The trend, if it fully unfolds, poses both promise and peril for mobile-phone chip suppliers, pitting those with a low-cost single-chip solution against those without one.
Extreme engineering demands attention to detail News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment
I've always been fascinated by engineers who push a design to a performance extreme in a selected dimension, such as resolution, absolute accuracy or power dissipation. These designers have to understand and analyze every source of error and shortfall, then work out a way around each--but without excessively compromising other factors. Call it a kind of "extreme scene investigation," though I doubt we'll see a TV show any time soon.
NIST demos quantum atom entanglement News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has demonstrated error-free quantum communication by pairs of entangled atoms, promising secure quantum computers.
Cloaking experiment taps split-ring resonators News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment As recently as this summer, invisibility cloaks were only a theoretical possibility. Now the world's first cloaking demonstration has bent microwaves around a 7.2-cubic-inch enclosure, effectively hiding it from detection. The proof of concept suggests how engineers might pattern split-ring resonators to create "designer" metamaterials.
NETWORKS: Juniper router handles IPTV News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment Juniper Networks Inc.'s T-, M- and E-series routers will step aside for the MX class, designed specifically for carriers using Ethernet aggregation for such high-bandwidth traffic as Internet Protocol TV. The MX960, the first in the family, offers a total bandwidth of 960 Gbits/second and relies on a new dedicated forwarding ASIC, the I-chip.
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.