Revised Nano toughens skin Teardown 10/2/2006 Post a comment
Apple gave its popular flash-based music player a makeover last month when it launched its second-generation iPod Nano. Sitting in the middle of the overall iPod lineup, the gen 2 Nano comes in 2-, 4- and 8-Gbyte capacities, corresponding to music storage of roughly 500, 1,000 and 2,000 songs, respectively.
Single-stage Class D amp delivers 300 watts Product News 10/2/2006 Post a comment Product Review - Texas Instruments says its TAS5261, which delivers 300 watts into a 4-ohm load, is the industry's highest power single-chip Class D amplifier stage, more than double the output of any competing device.
SIA's Scalise comments on rising inventories News & Analysis 10/2/2006 Post a comment Stockpiles of semiconductor chips are rising across the industry but the volumes are consistent with requirements to build products in the second half of the year for the holiday buying season, according to George Scalise, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Europe again lags in global chip sales News & Analysis 10/2/2006 Post a comment Sales of semiconductors in Europe for August were $3.21 billion, up 4.4 percent from the $3.08 billion in the corresponding period last year, according to the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). European sales again showed the lowest percentage increase both for month-on-month and year-to-year sales.
Record month maintained chip market growth at 10%, says SIA News & Analysis 10/2/2006 Post a comment The three-month average of worldwide sales of semiconductors was a record $20.54 billion in August, an increase of 10.5 percent from the $18.59 billion reported in August 2005, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) which cited the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization as its source.
Automotive Load Driver IC comes in SOI Technology Product News 10/2/2006 Post a comment Atmel Corp has announced the availability of the new ATA6826 driver IC, the first such product in high-voltage BCD-SOI technology (SMARTISTM) available on the market. The new driver IC provides improved performance, a broad range of protection features, and a very attractive price.
Imagination extends Intel license, takes cash infusion News & Analysis 10/2/2006 Post a comment Imagination Technologies Group plc, a struggling licensor of intellectual property related to graphics processors, has extended its licensing agreement with Intel Corp. and announced that Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of Intel, would invest about $10 million.
Aculab announces the first VoIP card in PCI Express form factor News & Analysis 10/2/2006 Post a comment Aculab announces Prosody X PCIe, the industry’s first VoIP media processing platform with PCI Express bus compatibility. The product targets the high volume, SME level VoIP market. Attractively priced, it delivers the lowest cost per voice channel compared to any competitive product available on the market.
Samsung Introduces High Performance SoC for Hybrid Drive News & Analysis 10/2/2006 Post a comment Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has developed a new system-on-chip (SoC) solution for its hybrid drive. In the hybrid drive, Samsung's new SoC supports up to 4Gb flash memory as a data buffer. It maximizes the 'disk spindle down' mode and reduces power consumption levels up to 80 percent compared with the conventional HDD
Motorola Delivers Broadband Coverage to Multi-Unit Buildings News & Analysis 10/2/2006 Post a comment Motorola, Inc. has introduced a multi-unit (MU) building broadband solution, Powerline MU, that is the latest addition to the company's MOTOwi4(TM) portfolio. The Powerline MU solution delivers broadband access through a pervasive, existing network -- the building's electrical wiring.
Temperature data logger is thin and flexible News & Analysis 10/2/2006 Post a comment The KSW-VarioSens® temperature data logger is a semi active RFID transponder in a label format, which measures the temperature with an integrated sensor and records the data by means of the paper thin environmentally friendly battery.
Agilent Test Solution Supports HDMI Standard News & Analysis 10/2/2006 Post a comment Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced an integrated sink, source and cable test solution for the new High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) 1.3 standard. The system is used for manual and automated HDMI physical-layer compliance tests, as well as for margin-test and characterisation for R&D and manufacturing.
PMC I/O modules offer choice of mezzanine cards News & Analysis 10/2/2006 Post a comment PMC-LX and PMC-SX modules support a variety of AXM plug-in I/O extension modules to interface different signal types to a user-configurable Xilinx® Virtex-4® FPGA. The powerful Virtex-4 FPGA can process user-defined algorithms and custom logic routines on RS-485 differential, CMOS, or LVDS digital I/O signals depending on the AXM I/O module inserted.
Serial data analyzer reveals time- and frequency-domain behavior Product News 10/2/2006 Post a comment Tektronix is rolling out its DSA8200 Digital Serial Analyzer sampling oscilloscope, with remote-sampling electrical modules and software to analyze serial data networks. The time-domain-reflectometry instrument and its array of electro-optical modules are claimed to represent "the most significant performance advancement in TDR test technology in 20 years."
Cypress adds mode to USB transceiver Product News 10/2/2006 Post a comment Cypress has taken its high-speed MoBL-USB TX2 transceiver for mobile handsets and added a mode that allows all input/output (I/O) pins on its UTMI interface to be tri-stated. This MoBL-USB TX2 transceiver, which is optimized for Intel's Monahans processor, allows handsets makers to share baseband or application processor general purpose I/O pins between high-speed USB and other features such as a camera module, GPS or DVB-H.
VIA launches HDTV-ready chipset for embedded market Product News 10/2/2006 Post a comment VIA Technologies' latest IGP chip set for the VIA C7 and Eden processor platforms integrates graphics, audio, memory, storage and HDTV support all in a single chip design. The VIA CX700M chip set measures just 35-mm X 35-mm, helping designers build smaller products.
Reference Desk Product News 10/2/2006 Post a comment Gathered below is a compendium of recent stories containing market forecasts and rankings from IC Insights Inc., iSuppli Corp., Gartner Inc., VLSI Research Inc., Semico Research Corp., and The Information Network.
Vendor has new Rx for old problem News & Analysis 10/1/2006 Post a comment Product data is the lifeblood of electronics distributors and contract manufacturers that deal with a fast flow of products from myriad sources. The bad news is that in the electronics industry, there is no standard way to express all types of product data that supply chain systems can easily understand.
Newark InOne puts focus on design engineers News & Analysis 10/1/2006 Post a comment Recognized for years as a leading distributor of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) components, Newark InOne is carving out a presence in the semiconductor market as a way to cover more of the bases for the company's target customers: electronic design engineers.
RoHS: A done deal? News & Analysis 10/1/2006 Post a comment You would think the deadline for compliance with the European Union environmental directive RoHS is still months away, given the heated discussions in the electronics industry.
Proper IT disposal News & Analysis 10/1/2006 Post a comment Product data is the lifeblood of electronics distributors and contract manufacturers that deal with a fast flow of products from myriad sources. The bad news is that in the electronics industry, there is no standard way to express all types of product data that supply chain systems can easily understand.
No energy boost News & Analysis 10/1/2006 Post a comment The Labor Day holiday in the United States heralded some major relief for harried consumers. Energy prices swung sharply lower as the Israeli-Hezbollah fighting died down. Not even continued trouble in Iraq and worries about Iran's nuclear program could stem the slide in oil pricing, helping to quell fears that the heating season would be an expensive one for home owners.
Hidden savings News & Analysis 10/1/2006 Post a comment Supply chain and logistics executives are under intense pressure to keep domestic transportation costs down in the face of rate increases and fuel surcharges, while keeping customer service levels up in the face of capacity constraints. Proactive transportation leaders are looking for ways to minimize their costs and resources while maximizing the efficiency of inbound freight.
Trolling for chip treasures News & Analysis 10/1/2006 Post a comment
Dreamers. Visionaries. Risk takers. Perhaps even opportunists. A good case could be made for calling venture capitalists any of those names, but only the uninitiated would ever call them reckless. Not all the ventures they invest in pan out, but those that do yield enough gold to keep these hardy folks in business.
Merging Models News & Analysis 10/1/2006 Post a comment A typical workday for John Blake is filled with an alphabet soup of acronyms and other jargon that might be meaningless to most people outside the electronics industry.
As an executive with Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, N.Y.), Blake has no problem with people tossing around terms like OEM, EMS, ODM, CEM and so on, as long as the words don't stand in the way of getting the job done.
Speed matters News & Analysis 10/1/2006 Post a comment In today's hypercompetitive marketplace, survival requires a powerful strategy. But what are the ingredients of a good competitive strategy, and what are the most effective methods for implementing it rapidly to achieve and sustain value?
Speech Recognition Comes of Age News & Analysis 10/1/2006 Post a comment Like much of the technology used in the call center today, speech recognition tools are no longer on the sometimes thrilling, sometimes intimidating bleeding edge; now it's time to make them work.
Quality & Recording Solutions Keep Getting Better News & Analysis 10/1/2006 Post a comment While there have been improvements in the core elements of quality monitoring suites, even greater benefits can be realized from the newer add-on modules. The rapid payback from some of the newer applications is contributing to the sector's fast growth.