Online simulation tool creates flyback power supply circuits in minutes
Product News 11/26/2011 1 comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has launched an easy to use, powerful online simulation tool that allows designers facing the challenge of designing a flyback circuit for their applications’ power supply to throw the application note away and ‘Auto Design’, optimize or ‘Advance Design’ like a power supply expert.
Intel Capital starts $100 million apps investment fund
News & Analysis 11/26/2011 1 comment
Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of the world's biggest chip maker, said it has launched a $100 million fund to invest in invest in software tools and services companies developing applications and digital content for mobile devices and PCs.
Supercomputing 2011 ultimate slideshow
News & Analysis 11/26/2011 11 comments
Supercomputing 2011 held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle was the 24th conference of its kind devoted to high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.
Kingston launches its fastest USB flash drive
Product News 11/25/2011 1 comment
Kingston Digital, Inc. has released the Kingston DataTraveler® HyperX® 3.0, which is designed for enthusiasts and gamers, and features the fastest speeds and largest capacities that Kingston has to offer in a USB Flash drive.
Skyworks SPDT switches target access points
Product News 11/25/2011 Post a comment
The small-package SKY13348-374LF and SKY13370-374LF are well suited for use in high-power access points and router applications given their matched ports which reduce low noise amplifier pulling and deliver better system performance.
Innovasic adds real-time channel to Ethernet
News & Analysis 11/25/2011 6 comments
Innovasic Semiconductor Inc. has announced device-level support for its PriorityChannel, an extension to Ethernet that is intended to ensure Ethernet is suitable for use in industrial applications and others where real-time responsiveness is required.
Samplify announces ultrasound ASIC
News & Analysis 11/25/2011 2 comments
Samplify announced a 32-channel beam-forming receiver ASIC for ultrasound machines, claiming it is the first merchant chip available for the function.
EC clears way for Western Digital, Hitachi deal
News & Analysis 11/23/2011 2 comments
Hardware manufacturer Western Digital has overcome a major hurdle on its path to purchasing Hitachi GST, with the European Union's competition regulator giving the deal a green light, as long as WD manages to sell off its production operations for 3.5-inch disc drives.
Video teardown gets inside iPhone 4S
News & Analysis 11/23/2011 4 comments
UBM TechInsights posted an interactive video animation of an Apple iPhone 4S teardown that lets viewers click through areas of interest inside the new smartphone.
S3 provides IP for Chinese mobile TV
News & Analysis 11/23/2011 Post a comment
Design services and intellectual property licensor S3 Group Ltd., formerly known as Silicon & Software Systems, has announced that Nationz Technologies Inc. has licensed mixed-signal IP for use in a mobile television chip and that the chip is now available.
Argonne National Lab still on the GPU fence
News & Analysis 11/22/2011 2 comments
Using GPUs in supercomputers can make things more complicated for the researchers simply trying to run their code, according to Argonne National Labs’ (ANL) deputy division director Susan Coghlan.
Intel claims MIC beats GPUs for parallelism
News & Analysis 11/22/2011 6 comments
While graphics processors, or GPUs, are certainly well known in the world of gaming and advanced graphics, the question of whether they can be used to accelerate computation within supercomputers is much more recent.
Image gallery: Japan bets on embedded
News & Analysis 11/22/2011 20 comments
While covering the Embedded Technology 2011 show in Yokohama, I couldn’t help but notice one big shift in the Japanese electronics industry’s agenda since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami: the industry’s collective focus on the “smart home.”
Ceva, Mitsui back gesture interface startup
News & Analysis 11/22/2011 3 comments
DSP intellectual property licensor Ceva Inc., together with Mitsui & Co. Global Investment Ltd., has participated in a $4.2 million investment in EyeSight Mobile Technologies Ltd. a provider of gesture recognition interface technology.
Power management IC market growth down in 2011
News & Analysis 11/22/2011 Post a comment
The market in 2011 for power management semiconductors will grow more slowly than expected, stymied by a general slowdown in consumer spending and the disruption caused by the March Japanese earthquake, according to an IHS iSuppli.
Nanya asks ITC to block Elpida DRAMs
News & Analysis 11/22/2011 1 comment
Taiwanese DRAM vendor Nanya has said it has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against Elpida Memory Inc., Elpida Memory (USA) Inc., and Kingston Technology Co. Inc. alleging patent infringement.
Report: Nanya to get billion-dollar boost
News & Analysis 11/22/2011 3 comments
Nanya Technology Corp., a loss-making DRAM manufacturer, has recently decided to accept an offer from parent company Formosa Plastics Group to buy all outstanding equities for nearly NT$30 billion (about $1 billion), according to a local report.
IBM tries running data centers on solar power
News & Analysis 11/21/2011 20 comments
IBM is harnessing the power of the sun with a massive installation of a 6,000-square-foot array of solar panels in Bangalore, India, which the firm claims can run 50 kilowatts of computer equipment for around 330 days a year, running 5 hours a day.
HP's profits plummet after nixing WebOS
News & Analysis 11/21/2011 6 comments
Hewlett-Packard's quarterly profit sank a whopping 91 percent to nearly zero in its latest quarter due to $2.1 billion in costs associated mainly with its decision to jettison its WebOS tablet and smartphone business.
iPhone 4s performance measured
News & Analysis 11/21/2011 15 comments
Mobile device performance analytics firm, Metrico Wireless, has released its report on the iPhone 4S and its relative performance across its three supported U.S. networks; AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless.