India spawns homegrown IC design houses News & Analysis 1/28/1999 Post a comment Though most Indian chip designers work for large, multinational companies, there's been a marked swelling in the ranks of domestic startups doing silicon and intellectual-property (IP) design on a global scale. Those companies enjoy the same advantages of the multinationals notably an abundance of local engineering talent, available at low cost. But they also endure such challenges as high EDA-tool costs and the attrition of trained engineers to the United States.
Dwindling supplies raise LCD prices News & Analysis 1/28/1999 Post a comment Thin-film-transistor LCD prices are rebounding from a sharp drop last year. Japanese and Korean industry leaders are reporting price hikes as the market moves from oversupply to scarcity.
Varistors raise the SMT bar Product News 1/28/1999 Post a comment Multilayer varistors have been made surface-mountable through a nickel barrier-termination technology that to date has been the province of chip capacitors, resistors and inductors. Harris Semiconductor said that its Terminator surge suppressors provide the optimized solderability required in harsh wave-solder environments.
Arizona absorbs bumps in the EE jobs market News & Analysis 1/28/1999 Post a comment We may indeed be headed toward a virtual world, but until then, one can never overestimate the value of a good setting. And as settings go, few are better than Arizona. With desert, skiing and year-round summer, it's basically California without the beach but with more than a few of the biggest engineering employers in the world.
GHz converter enhances cellular phones News & Analysis 1/28/1999 Post a comment Anadigics Corp. has developed what it calls a "microwave dc/dc converter" that could solve a problem that plagues cellular-handset makers using gallium-arsenide RF transmitters and receivers. When incorporated onto GaAs chips, the new Anadigics part allows the devices to function from single 3- or 5-V supply rails. The microwave dc/dc converter is expected to eliminate the external dc/dc converters, charge pumps and capacitors now used to generate a negative-bias voltage for the GaAs power amps
Atmel to buy Motorola smart-card chip business
News & Analysis 1/28/1999 Post a comment In a surprise move, Atmel Corp. today announced an agreement to acquire Motorola Inc.'s smart-card chip business. Atmel said the purchase would make it the world's third largest supplier of ICs for smart-card applications.
New IEEE standard promises IP protection News & Analysis 1/27/1999 Post a comment Marking a major milestone for the EDA and silicon intellectual property (IP) communities, the Open Model Interface (OMI) a language-neutral interface between models and simulation tools has been accepted as the IEEE 1499 standard. OMI could greatly facilitate the exchange and protection of IP, but questions remain about its ability to handle complex data types.
Hot workers wag the salary dog News & Analysis 1/27/1999 Post a comment The computer industry has something in common with professional sports. No, there's not a Moore's Law for football that drives ticket prices down and improves the quality of games each season. (Indeed, you could safely argue the opposite.)
Viewlogic moves six tools to NT News & Analysis 1/27/1999 Post a comment Viewlogic Systems Inc. is making a number of its high-speed design tools available on Windows NT platforms. These tools, primarily aimed at board-level design, include XTK, Quiet Expert, Quiet, Blast, AC/Grade and Isis Prevue.
U.S. forecasts chip growth News & Analysis 1/27/1999 Post a comment The U.S. semiconductor industry will grow at a healthy 10.2 percent in 1999, according to a government forecast released Tuesday (Jan. 26).
Model Technology opens e-commerce site News & Analysis 1/27/1999 Post a comment Mentor Graphics Corp.'s Model Technology subsidiary introduced a new business model this week by setting up an e-commerce Web site from which users can buy products. The company's HDL simulation offerings can be purchased directly from the site.
IC Works offers frequency timing generator for 440ZX Product News 1/27/1999 Post a comment IC Works Inc. has launched a family of single-chip solutions for the Intel 440ZX AGPset for the Celeron processor. The new frequency timing generators, which are now available in volume, are targeted for basic PC plat-forms and conform to Intel's CK97 jitter specification.
Pentium ID concerns were unfounded, expert says News & Analysis 1/27/1999 Post a comment Concerns that the indentification number Intel Corp. had planned to put on Pentium III processors could have been used to track Web activity might have been overstated, as the ID mechanism masks the ID number from any Web site requesting it, according to a security expert who has worked with Intel.
Acoustic echo canceler debuts Product News 1/27/1999 Post a comment Mitel Semiconductor is offering an acoustic echo canceler that it says is a complete speaker-phone solution. Mitel claims the MT9315 provides several advantages over acoustic echo cancelers using standard digital signal processors.
2nd-gen Cheetah chips launched Product News 1/27/1999 Post a comment Sage Inc. has launched the second generation in its family of display control chips called the Cheetah II. Its AutoSet utility enables flat panel monitors to be plug-and-play replacements for standard CRT monitors.
PCM codecs tap cell-phone apps Product News 1/27/1999 Post a comment Rohm Electronics Division has introduced two linear pulse-code-modulation coder/decoder ICs for cellular telephones. The BU8731KV and the BU8733KV have respective typical operating currents of 8.0 mA and 5.4 mA and standby current of 0.1 microamps.
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.