S2io is now Neterion News & Analysis 1/31/2005 Post a comment S2io Inc., which took an early lead in 10-Gbit Ethernet accelerator cards, has gone through a name change to become Neterion Inc. Chief executive Dave Zabrowski said S2io was a trifle too geeky for a company making early plans for an eventual public offering and looking to expand its base in data center 10-Gbit architectures.
Piezoelectrics move to nanoscale News & Analysis 1/31/2005 Post a comment A team at Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) is striving toward a model that will let designers build application-specific piezoelectric semiconductors.
Hope floats for new DRAM News & Analysis 1/31/2005 Post a comment A potentially revolutionary 90-nanometer DRAM technology claiming gains in speed, size and power consumption has been developed by a Swiss startup.
Will anyone miss FCC's Powell? News & Analysis 1/31/2005 Post a comment Pariahs and heroes tend to cast bigger shadows than their real impact would warrant. Michael Powell may be remembered by history as an FCC chairman whose long-term influence didn't stack up to his press releases.
Insecure customer service News & Analysis 1/31/2005 Post a comment The complaint most heard during the corporate hollowing-out of the 21st century is that companies throughout the manufacturing and service industries have either automated customer-service functions or outsourced them.
Design outsourcing: Beware of pitfalls News & Analysis 1/31/2005 Post a comment There's no question that outsourcing is gaining momentum. But before shipping your design to a third party halfway 'round the world, keep in mind that outsourcing is not always a panacea.
Effektiv kanalindelare för FPGA News & Analysis 1/31/2005 Post a comment IP-block för FPGA-kretsar gör dem till effektiva decimeringskretsar för kanalindelning i en digital radiomottagare. Genom att inte använda standarkretsar är det möjligt att hantera fler kanaler på en given kiselyta. Tekniken är utvecklad av RF Engines Ltd och beskrivs här av John Lillington, vd och chefstekniker från detta företag som är beläget på Isle of Wight.
Mycket snabb A/D-omvandlare i CMOS News & Analysis 1/31/2005 Post a comment ADC081000 är en 8 bit A/D-omvandlare som kan samplas med 1 GSa/s och som har 1,8 GHz analog bandbred. Den tillverkas av National Semiconductor i en 0,18 µm CMOS-process och uppnår bättre än 7,5 ENOB (antal användbara bitar), skriver här Bengt Andersson ICU Scandinavia AB.
SMSC settles with ADI, agrees to pay $6 million News & Analysis 1/31/2005 Post a comment Standard Microsystems Corp. (SMSC) has agreed to pay $6 million and settled a patent infringement dispute with Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) ADI has granted SMSC a royalty-bearing license to the patents in question, SMSC said.
Intel grew graphics IC market share in Q4, says analyst News & Analysis 1/31/2005 Post a comment Intel Corp. saw a 6.2 percent sequential increase in graphics shipments in the fourth quarter of 2004, was the largest supplier of PC graphics devices worldwide, and claimed an increased share of the total graphics market, according to Jon Peddie Research (JPR).
Freescale, Philips, ST add test and packaging to joint R&D News & Analysis 1/31/2005 Post a comment The three partners in the Crolles2 Alliance STMicroelectronics, Philips Semiconductor and Freescale Semiconductor Inc. have added test and packaging development to their joint R&D program at Crolles, France, and plan to set specifications for test and packaging equipment builders to follow.
Radioscape will Digitalradio ankurbeln Product News 1/31/2005 Post a comment Einen neuen Anlauf zur Belebung des Markts für digitale Rundfunkempfänger starten die britische Radioscape Ltd und Texas Instruments. Die beiden Unternehmen versuchen damit, einen Milliardenmarkt anzuschieben.
December's chip sales fell, expect same in Q1, says SIA News & Analysis 1/31/2005 Post a comment The three-month average of worldwide sales of semiconductors was $18.37 billion in December, down 3.5 percent from the previous month's figure of $19.02 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. The SIA predicted sales would continue to decline in the first quarter of 2005, by 4 to 6 percent sequentially, and that overall 2005 would be flat with 2004.
SMIC sees Q4 sales rise but sagging ASPs ahead News & Analysis 1/31/2005 Post a comment China's leading foundry, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., said it expects average selling rates to drop up to 13 percent this quarter, as the slow season brings manufacturing capacity utilization down to about 85 percent.
Cypress bemustert MRAM-Bausteine News & Analysis 1/31/2005 Post a comment Über ihre Tochter Silicon Magnetic Systems liefert Cypress Semiconductor Alpha-Muster eines nichtflüchtigen Speicherbausteins in MRAM-Technik an ausgewählte Kunden aus.
German ISP goes live with Infinera's photonic transport system News & Analysis 1/31/2005 Post a comment Optical component and subsystem specialist Infinera has revealed the first customer for its innovative networking system: German ISP freenet has gone live with a network based on the Digital Optical Network system that incorporates Infinera's tightly integrated optical integrated circuits.
Indien und China rücken bei Software-Entwicklung zusammen News & Analysis 1/31/2005 Post a comment China und Indien, potentiell Rivalen im weltweiten Outsourcing-Business, wollen ihre Position gegenüber den traditionellen Industrieländern stärken. Als ersten Schritt haben die beiden Länder eine Intensivierung ihrer gegenseitigen Beziehungen in dieser Branche vereinbart.
ST s’engage à devenir une entreprise à émission zéro avant 2010 News & Analysis 1/31/2005 Post a comment Dans son allocution d’adieu lors de la conférence de presse consacrée à l’annonce des résultats financiers de sa société, le PDG de STMicroelectrronics, Pasquale Pistorio, a une nouvelle fois affirmé que ST deviendrait une « entreprise à émission zéro [de gaz à effet de serre] avant 2010 ».
Patented precision signal sources boost clock recovery module's performance Product News 1/31/2005 Post a comment Agilent Technologies is debuting a multi-rate optical/electrical clock-recovery module for its 86100C Infiniium digital communications analyzer. The new plug-in module performs clock extraction for waveform analysis with continuous, unbanded tuning from 50-Mbis/s out to 13.5-Gbits, with ultra-low residual jitter plus golden PLL operation. After chatting with Agilent, eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn shares his impressions.
International Rectifier upbeat on quarterly results News & Analysis 1/31/2005 Post a comment International Rectifier chairman, president and CEO Alex Lidow was decidedly thrilled with the performance of his company in the latest quarter. Though down 4 percent from the previous quarter, the company's December quarter revenues were up substantially from last year " driven by production ramps in home appliances and Pentium-based computer equipment. Steve Ohr filed this report.
Market outlook News & Analysis 1/30/2005 Post a comment We're only in the first quarter of 2005, but TSMC Chairman Morris Chang and others have already lowered their growth forecasts for the semiconductor industry.
Global standard lowers obstacles to RFID's adoption News & Analysis 1/30/2005 Post a comment Tracking parts around the world may get a bit easier now that a next-generation radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology has gotten the nod.
With the ratification in December of the UHF Generation 2 RFID tag standard by EPCglobal Inc., an industry organization based in Brussels, Belgium, companies may be more inclined to adopt the technology and integrate RFID into their supply chain infrastructures, industry observers said.
Made In India News & Analysis 1/30/2005 Post a comment India conjures up a factory manager's worst nightmare. Bottlenecked ports. Power outages. Tough labor laws. Endless red tape. Bribe-seeking officials.
Load switch provides a slew of advantages Product News 1/29/2005 Post a comment Advanced Analogic Technologies' AAT4280A family of p-channel MOSFET devices features flexible turn-on and turn-off characteristics—from very fast to slew-rate limited—for high-side load-switching in portable device applications. "As portable system processors and chipsets continue to push operating voltages lower with each new generation, they need load switches capable of supporting lower voltages," said Kin Shum, director of Strategic Marketing. "By integrating slew-rate control, sup
U.S. to review IBM-Lenovo sale News & Analysis 1/29/2005 Post a comment The U.S. House of Representatives has thrown a potential monkey wrench into the $1.25 billion sale of IBM's Personal Computer Division to China's Lenovo Group.
Fujitsu's sales falls 2% due to IC, LCD slump News & Analysis 1/28/2005 Post a comment Following a slump within its chip and LCD businesses, Japan's Fujitsu Ltd. reported consolidated net sales of 1,043.6 billion yen ($10.133 billion) for the third quarter of fiscal 2004, a decline of 2.3 percent compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year.
SEMI names new exec to expand nanotechnology focus News & Analysis 1/28/2005 Post a comment Global semiconductor industry association SEMI announced Friday (Jan. 28) that
Lubab L. Sheet has been named senior director of nanotechnology and will spearhead the association's expanded efforts to clarify and exploit new technology and market opportunities for the organization's global membership.
POLs pack power punch Product News 1/28/2005 Post a comment Artesyn Technologies' ultracompact SIL30E and SMT30E point-of-load (POL) converter modules deliver up to 30 amps at 0.8 to 3.63 volts for densely packed ASICs, network processor and DSP applications. That's 75 percent more current than provided by comparably sized products, according to the company. The two-phase, 2-MHz synchronous buck converters, for use in distributed power architectures with an 8-14 volt intermediate bus, are fully compatible with similar products from members of the Point-O
Canon's IC-equipment unit shows sales gain in Q4 News & Analysis 1/28/2005 Post a comment Despite missing its scanner shipment projections, Canon Inc.'s chip-equipment unit posted an operating profit of 3.4 billion yen ($33.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2004, compared to a loss of 6.8 billion yen ($65.7 million) in the like period a year ago.
ARM aloft News & Analysis 1/28/2005 Post a comment Processor core licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England), led by chief executive Warren East, announced its fourth quarter and full year financial results and provide extra detail, including tipping work on a top-line processor called "Serval-E".
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...