Socket boosts fine-pitch BGA Product News 11/30/2001 Post a comment Taking aim at new socket requirements for fine-pitch ball-grid arrays, Yamaichi Electronics USA Inc. has launched an open-top 0.5-mm fine-pitch BGA socket as part of the IC398 Series.
Planar cores aim at switchers Product News 11/30/2001 Post a comment Low Profile E Core ferrite planar cores for switch-mode power supply, industrial power supply and telecom applications are available from AVX Corp.
Trimmer cap eyes Bluetooth Product News 11/30/2001 Post a comment Murata Electronics North America is shipping its ultrasmall TZR1 Series trimmer capacitor (1.5 mm wide x 1.7 mm long x 0.8 mm high), available in two capacitance values (1.5 to 4 picofarads and 3 to 8 pF) for wireless and Bluetooth applications. The parts are priced at 35 cents per chip and are available now.
Niobium in play as tantalum substitute Product News 11/30/2001 Post a comment Amid concerns about a supply shortage of tantalum capacitors and the rising cost of tantalum powder, capacitor manufacturers are touting their latest niobium capacitors as direct replacements for tantalum and aluminum electrolytic devices.
Co-verification tool family News & Analysis 11/30/2001 Post a comment The Xpert family of hardware/software co-verification products enables system designers to debug system software before hardware prototypes are available.
Sirenza claims 25 million-unit milestone in SiGe products News & Analysis 11/30/2001 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Sirenza Microdevices Inc. today said it has now shipped over 25 million products, based on high-performance silicon-germanium (SiGe) process technology. The SiGe chips--including a range of radio-frequency (RF) devices--are fabricated by Atmel Corp., which is supplying foundry services to Sirenza.
10-A DC/DC converters News & Analysis 11/30/2001 Post a comment Housed in a non-brick package that measures 1.6 x 2 x 0.4-in. packages, the UHE series of 2 to 10-A DC/DC converters deliver output voltages of 1.2, 1.5, 1.8, 2.5, 3.3, 5, 12, or 15 V.
156.25 MHz Oscillators News & Analysis 11/30/2001 Post a comment Aimed at Fibre Channel, SONET, and ATM designs, the F4100 series crystal oscillator delivers a frequency up to 156.25 MHz and a 3-V operating supply.
Real-time scope News & Analysis 11/30/2001 Post a comment The CSA7404 real-time oscilloscope helps design engineers measure the performance of 2.5-Gbps optical communication systems.
Ethernet module News & Analysis 11/30/2001 Post a comment The EPM-NET-100 module combines a 10/100 Ethernet interface with an on-board 32-pin DiskOnChip nonvolatile storage site.
Commerce sees larger security role for NIST News & Analysis 11/29/2001 Post a comment Bush administration technology officials foresee an expanded role for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in technology research and other wartime efforts such as homeland security.
Intel names five new fellows to recognize technical achievements News & Analysis 11/29/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Intel Corp. here today appointed five new individuals to the company's highest technical position: Intel fellow.
The new Intel Fellows--selected for their technical contributions to the company--provide strategic technical guidance and represent Intel on various industry technical panels.
Optical lithography could push out EUV and EPL until 2010, says ITRS roadmap News & Analysis 11/29/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Optical lithography is expected to last until the end of this decade, pushing out the need for exotic, next-generation tools to about 2010, according to the new 2001 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS).
The new roadmap indicates that traditional optical scanners could remain viable for several years and push out the need for so-called next-generation lithography (NGL) tools for mainstream chip production until the 45-nm node (0.045-micron). The 45-n
Lattice prepares to enter FPGA fray News & Analysis 11/29/2001 Post a comment Altera Corp. and Xilinx Inc. may soon be looking over their shoulders at Lattice Semiconductor Corp., which is planning to join the FPGA fray sometime next year. The company's newly appointed president Steven Laub called FPGAs "a natural extension for us, both customerwise and technologywise."
Fujitsu to close Gresham flash memory fab News & Analysis 11/29/2001 Post a comment Fujitsu Ltd. today announced its decision to cease production operations at its Gresham, Oregon semiconductor manufacturing facility, Fujitsu Microelectronics, Inc (FMI), by the end of January 2002, and to close the plant and liquidate its assets.
Emergency wireless team issues call for help News & Analysis 11/29/2001 Post a comment Although a massive wireless interception effort failed to turn up a single verified mobile phone signal from the rubble of the Twin Towers in the week after Sept. 11, the attempt was valuable in terms of lives saved and lessons learned, said the director of the signal-detection team assembled to handle the emergency.
Software development tools News & Analysis 11/29/2001 Post a comment The Tasking C166/ST10 software development toolset offers automated memory, an enhanced development environment, modified linker/locator, and a restyled debugger.
Cable industry pins hope, once again, to video-on-demand News & Analysis 11/29/2001 Post a comment Despite the withdrawal of more than 30 once-reliable exhibitors from the annual Western Cable Show, including HBO, USA Network and MTV, the show kicked off with brave statements of optimism from industry leaders and a demand by Robert Sachs, president of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, to defy terrorists and the fear they spread.
Ramtron seeks silicon foundry alliance to reduce FRAM costs News & Analysis 11/29/2001 Post a comment COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- In a move to reduce the cost of its memory technology, Ramtron International Corp. here is seeking an alliance with a dedicated silicon foundry provider.
Under the plan, Ramtron and National Scientific Corp. are teaming up to find a suitable foundry partner that would make Ramtron's line of nonvolatile FRAM memory products. National Scientific is a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based developer of memory-cell and related chip technologies.
Hitachi cuts Singapore DRAM production, staff News & Analysis 11/29/2001 Post a comment Blaming continuing poor demand and pricing, Hitachi Ltd. said Thursday (Nov. 29) that it has halved production of 64-Mbit and 256-Mbit DRAMs to 10,000 wafers per month at Hitachi Nippon Steel Semiconductor Singapore Pte. Ltd. (HNS), and cut 430 permanent employees at the fabrication facility.
Bransch-Punsch som tältprojekt News & Analysis 11/29/2001 Post a comment Viking Telecom fick Elektronikpriset och 350 av de tongivande i elektronikbranschen fick återigen tillfälle att tala med varandra på "neutral mark". Kort sagt - det har varit Bransch-Punsch igen.
2001 technology roadmap packs some 'unexpected' surprises News & Analysis 11/29/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- While it may not be a complete surprise that IC technology continues to accelerate faster than expected, there are some unanticipated conclusions in the new 2001 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS), which is scheduled to be formally presented to the chip industry here today.
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.