Troubled Brooks hit by shareholders suit News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Troubled fab-equipment automation specialist Brooks Automation Inc. announced that it has been notified that a shareholder derivative lawsuit was filed against Brooks in the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on May 23.
3-LED driver optimized for high-volume applications Product News 5/31/2006 Post a comment Honing in on simplicity and cost-effectiveness, Catalyst Semiconductor's CAT3603 is a fractional charge pump in a 3-by-3 mm TDFN package specifically optimized for high-volume, three-LED backlighting display applications for cellular phones, digital still cameras, and handheld devices.
Ceragon Networks doubles Gigabit Ethernet speed News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Calling it a breakthrough in wireless Gigabit Ethernet, Israel-based Ceragon Networks Ltd. has introduced a product that doubles the speed of wireless communications for wireless and cellular carriers that want to provide data-rich services such as triple-play.
Tronic’s Microsystems raises capital and extends capacity News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Nearly three years have passed since Tronic’s Microsystems, French contract manufacturer of custom MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) components, hit the news wire with the grand opening of its manufacturing site near Grenoble. The company is now coming back to the front stage with a series of announcements, including a 1.7 million euro round of funding and an extension of its capabilities for design, frontend/backend manufacturing and electronic interfacing for MEMS components.
Third-generation VME single-board computer extols backwards compatibility Product News 5/31/2006 Post a comment Here's news of a VME bus board packing a Freescale Semiconductor PowerQUICC III MPC8560 microprocessor clocking at 833-MHz. The chip provides 1926 MIPS of processing horsepower. The board is compliant with the VME Rev. C legacy standard, so it doesn't require the new VME bus extension, making it fully compatible with all existing VME backplanes.
Global PCB market continues to grow News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment In 2005, the global printed circuit board market has grown by 5,7 percent to a volume of $ 38,5 billion. For 2006, the party will continue, estimates Zentralverband Elektrotechnik und Elektronikindustrie (ZVEI), a German industry association that covers the electronics industry. For the year ahead, the association expects a growth of more than 6 percent. The bad news is that this growth will not be achieved in Europe.
Toshiba collaborating with DFM startup News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Toshiba will apply startup Takumi Technology's automated layout modification methodology to its mask data preparation design flow in advanced IC manufacturing under the terms of a collaborative agreement between the two companies.
SMIC gains loan for 200-mm Tianjin fab News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Responding to a growing demand for trailing-edge processes, Chinese silicon foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) is beefing up its 200-mm fab capacity.
Sycamore subpoenaed for stock option practices News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Sycamore Networks Inc. has been served a grand jury subpoena by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts, requesting documents related to an ongoing investigation of the company’s stock option practices, the company reported in its 8-K regulatory filing dated May 30.
Chipidea extends USB controller core IP News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Analog and mixed-signal semiconductor intellectual property (IP) group Chipidea has started sampling a USB controller core, a block designed to complement the company’s range of USB physical layer transceiver (PHY) IP.
Finland, Israel form $12.8 million R&D fund News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment During a visit by a delegation of Finnish industrialists and investors to Israel, the two countries announced the formation of an R&D fund called Finland Israel Technology, according to a Globes online report.
AMCC reviews stock option practices News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment The list continues to grow in the so-called stock option scandal in the semiconductor industry. Applied Micro Circuits Corp. Wednesday (May 31) announced that it is reviewing the company's historical stock option grant practices and related accounting.
MIMO RF emulator does standardized Wi-Fi benchmark testing Product News 5/31/2006 Post a comment If you're a developer of next-generation Wi-Fi equipment, check out this RF multi-path emulator that lets you test draft 802.11n-based products for interoperability, performance, conformance, and backward compatibility. This MIMO functional tester is the industry's first to meet the draft-802.11n specification.
Survey: HSDPA networks to double by end 06 News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment The number of High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) enabled third generation mobile networks deployed has doubled over the past six months and reached 100, spread across 49 countries, mostly in Europe.
Panelists explore system-to-silicon link News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Panelists at the Medea+DAC conference in Germany offered suggestions for designing system-level silicon, including formal specifications, abstracted hardware-software interfaces and the use of regularity in silicon fabrics.
Samsung launches first European T-DMB phone News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Samsung Electronics said it is supplying terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting (T-DMB) phones to German mobile carrier Debitel. The phones will be used to launch Europe’s first commercial DMB-based mobile TV service.
Vodafone unveils convergence plans News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Mobile giant Vodafone Group plc has unveiled its plans to enter the highly competitive fixed broadband market, kept analysts guessing on its M&A plans, particularly regarding Verizon Wireless , and posted an annual net loss of £21.8 billion ($40.9 billion).
Inverter motor drivers rev up to 7.5 kW Product News 5/31/2006 Post a comment Extending the Smart Power Module portfolio to higher power commercial and industrial inverter motor applications, Fairchild's 50-amp FSAM50SM60A and 75-amp FSAM75SM60A deliver up to 5 and 7.5 kW for air conditioners and factory automation.
Leoni acquires Swiss cable specialist Studer News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Cable harness and on-board electrical supply systems vendor Leoni AG has agreed to acquire Swiss competitor Studer Draht- und Kabelwerk AG. The take-over, which is subject to approval by the respective anti-trust authorities, will enable Leoni to access Studer's worldwide sales network and hence new markets.
Pattern generator-equipped logic analyzers tackle the competition Product News 5/31/2006 Post a comment Logic analyzer maker Agilent Technologies expands its portfolio with eight new fixed-configuration models in its next-generation 16800 Series. Eight models, ranging from 34-channels to 204-channels, provide 4-GHz timing sampling simultaneously with state measurements, eliminating the need to double-probe.
Logic-analysis software tracks discontinuities Product News 5/31/2006 Post a comment You can use a logic analyzer for general-purpose signal and bus timing, and to make state measurements, but you can spend hours turning low-level measurement data into meaningful information. Agilent Technologies addresses this conundrum with five logic analysis software applications supported across the company's logic-analyzer instrument portfolio. Even RF analysis is covered.
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.