FPGAs support 66-MHz PCI Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment DynaChip Corp.'s DY6000 field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) incorporate a two-clock, dual-port RAM in every logic block; programmable clock latency from -4 ns to +2 ns in 150-ps increments; and interface levels including differential signals, PECL, GTL, LVDS and phase-locked loops operating at up to 205 MHz. Devices in the family also support a 66-MHz, 64-bit PCI core with sustained zero-wait-state bursts.
PCI controller fits MIPS chip Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment V3 Semiconductor Corp. has a PCI system controller that it says can attach directly to either Hitachi SuperH (SH-3 and SH-4) or MIPS processors-alternatives that accommodate the vast majority of PCI applications.
MPUs monitor power-out events Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Sipex Corp. has a family of low-power microprocessor supervisory circuits that integrate such discrete power-management circuit functions as a watchdog timer, microprocessor-reset output, power-fail comparator and manual-reset input.
'Universal' board usable with many SCSI variations Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment LSI Logic Corp. has introduced a SCSI board for PCI that it claims delivers superior performance, improved signal reliability, longer cable lengths and lower costs than competing boards. A "universal" SCSI board, it's compatible with Fast, Wide, Ultra and Ultra2 SCSI variations, as well as single-ended and differential SCSI. Primarily targeted at workstation and server systems that need an external 68-pin high-density connector, the Symbios SYM8952U board starts sampling this quarter, with produ
1-Gbyte memory module uses stacking Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment As DRAM chip and module makers work in the background to bring next-generation Rambus and DDR (double-data-rate) SDRAMs to market, their foreground focus is on boosting the capacity of the current generation of PC-100 synchronous DRAMs.
Stepper motor has high torque Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Thomson Airpax Mechatronics has unveiled a stepper motor that it says has more torque than competitive products of the same size. The 57-mm-diameter geared motor, built with permanent magnets, has a gearbox with a 10-foot-pound torque rating at a power input of 8 W. Its output speed is 2 rpm at 320 steps/second. The gearbox measures 75 x 50 mm.
Multilayer caps trim costs Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment A line of nickel-based multilayer ceramic capacitors from Taiyo Yuden U.S.A. Inc. offers lower costs and higher capacitance than aluminum electrolytics and tantalum parts, according to the company.
HP offers diodes in six-lead SOTs Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Hewlett-Packard Co. is offering its PIN and Schottky-barrier diodes in a new format: a 4.2- x 4.2-mm six-lead SOT-363. The external package dimensions are identical to those of the three-lead SOT-323, also available from HP.
Sockets handle extended temps Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Display sockets from Aries Electronics Inc. now come with an extended temperature range. The Series 800 Vertisockets withstand IR reflow temperatures to 275 degrees C.
Smart PMC boards handle WANs Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Performance Technologies Inc. has launched a pair of wide-area networking boards for the PMC standard with the intelligence to offload protocol processing from a host board. The PMC334 is a four-port synchronous-WAN communications board for interfacing to T1 routers, DSU/CSUs, frame-relay access devices and high-speed modems; and the PMC370PQ is a two-port T1/E1 board for frame relay, SS7, X.25 or any channelized protocol connection to telco switches, wireless nodes, AIN nodes, work-group switch
Rambus module tester from Tanisys rolls in below $1 million Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Within a few months, the first PCs will emerge bearing 400-MHz Rambus memories. This event has been made possible, in part, because of advanced test technology from Tanisys Technology Inc. The latest member of the Tanisys test stable, the DarkHorse SIGMA3 Model 800, will be unveiled at this week's Nepcon West '99 show in Anaheim, Calif. The unit tests 800-MHz (data rate) Rambus in-line memory modules for less initial hardware cost than what's currently on the market, Tanisys said.
Philips bids for VLSI Technology News & Analysis 2/26/1999 Post a comment Royal Philips Electronics has made what is being seen as a friendly bid for VLSI Technology Inc. In a proposal that values VLSI at about $800 million, Philips is offering to pay $17 a share for the U.S. ASIC vendor approximately a 60 percent premium over VLSI's closing NASDAQ share price on Thursday, Feb. 25.
Wireless transceivers support HomeRF spec News & Analysis 2/26/1999 Post a comment New 2.4-GHz integrated transceivers announced at the Wireless Symposium this week show that manufacturers are eyeing the potentially explosive wireless home-networking consumer market. Offerings from Harris Semiconductor (Melbourne, Fla.), National Semiconductor (Santa Clara, Calif.) and Philips Semiconductors (Sunnyvale, Calif.) demonstrated an affinity for wireless consumer schemes, though they were not specifically intended for products based on an emerging HomeRF specification.
Standards dispute hits IC physical design News & Analysis 2/26/1999 Post a comment Attempts to link logical and physical design ran into partisan squabbling this week, as a group of Cadence Design Systems Inc. competitors formed a new standards organization that calls on Cadence to provide an open, textual version of its Library Exchange Format (LEF). The organization, Open Physical Exchange Format (OPEF), claims that Cadence's plan to provide an LEF applications programming interface (API) is "anti-competitive and inadequate."
Philips Seeks To Buy VLSI News & Analysis 2/26/1999 Post a comment Dutch electronics giant says the acquisition would strengthen its semiconductor portfolio and boost its presence in the United States.
GaAs foundry open to orders News & Analysis 2/26/1999 Post a comment Network Device Inc. (NDI), a startup backed by large investors from Taiwan, has emerged as the world's first pure-play foundry making gallium arsenide (GaAs) chips. NDI has begun taking its first orders for its newly-completed, 4-inch GaAs wafer-processing plant in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Philips seeks to buy VLSI Technology News & Analysis 2/26/1999 Post a comment Royal Philips Electronics NV here today announced a proposal to buy VLSI Technology Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) for $17 a share in cash, making the value of the offer about $806 million.
IDF: Talks may end PC bus wars News & Analysis 2/25/1999 Post a comment Peace is breaking out in the PC bus wars. Members of the Intel-led NGIO Forum and of the competing Future I/O group met privately at the Intel Developer Forum this week and made progress toward merging what have been two separate and contentious efforts to define a channel-based I/O architecture for tomorrow's PC servers.
IDF: Monitors demo digital interface spec News & Analysis 2/25/1999 Post a comment The PC world declared war on analog this week at the Intel Developers Forum, as the Digital Display Working Group (DDWG) presented a soup-to-nuts digital-interface specification for monitors, along with early flat-panel implementations and even a compliant digital-input CRT.
IDF: Mobile Rambus spec unveiled News & Analysis 2/25/1999 Post a comment Rambus Inc. announced a mobile version of its technology at the Intel Developers Forum this week, and Intel executives said they expect the Rambus DRAMs to show up in notebook computers in mid-2000.
Atlanta's becoming a magnet for high-tech jobs News & Analysis 2/25/1999 Post a comment A high-tech boom of impressive proportions is taking place in Atlanta, Georgia. One clear indication comes from business travelers, who say it's the town with the best airport, according to Business Traveler International.
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