Mitsubishi advances solar cell conversion efficiency News & Analysis 5/31/2007 Post a comment Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has achieved photoelectric conversion efficiency rates of 18.0 percent in a 150mm square practical use multi-crystalline silicon solar cell. The company claims this is a 1.2 percent improvement over previous models and is the best conversion rate achieved to date in the industry.
Italian automotive technology goes Sweden News & Analysis 5/31/2007 Post a comment TTControl has completed a resale contract with Swedish automotive electronics company Linreco AB. Thus, the Bressanone, Italy, based subsidiary of Austrian automotive electronics vendor TTTech, can expand its activities into Scandinavia.
Motorsteuerungs-ICs vereinfachen Schaltung News & Analysis 5/31/2007 Post a comment Intelligente Steuerungen für Elektromotoren sind ein unverzichtbares Element für die Senkung des Energieverbrauchs. International Rectifier hat für den Einsatz in kleineren und mittelgroßen Motoren eine Familie von Schaltkreisen entwickelt, die aufwändige Stromversorgungen für die High-Side-Schaltungen erübrigen.
CEVA unveils 32-bit, dual-MAC DSP core Product News 5/31/2007 Post a comment The CEVA-TeakLite-III cores are assembly code compatible with previous generation TeakLite cores, but incorporate many significant enhancements. Upgrades include 32-bit and dual 16x16-bit multipliers and instructions for accelerating FFT, Viterbi, and Huffman algorithms.
900 W modular power supply passes medical safety approvals Product News 5/30/2007 Post a comment PowerGate introduced the ACE Series of 300 to 900 W modular power with medical safety approvals. The ACE series consists of four power platforms offering 300/450/650/900 W which can be configured with a selection of 32 different output modules to provide many possible output configurations for medical and low-leakage applications.
China semi market to peak in 2007, iSuppli says News & Analysis 5/30/2007 Post a comment While China's overheating economy and tech industry have raised concerns about a possible market crash, the Chinese semiconductor segment has already settled into what research firm iSuppli Corp. called a more sustainable growth rate.
Palm's Foleo gets mixed reactions News & Analysis 5/30/2007 Post a comment Palm Inc. launched today the Foleo, an ultra thin, light and inexpensive notebook-like companion for a smartphone, but the concept is already being greeted by mixed reviews.
Prototype-foundry SVTC partners with TSMC News & Analysis 5/30/2007 Post a comment Fresh from its spin-off from Cypress Semiconductor, SVTC Technologies LLC is aggressively moving to fill a void for independent prototyping fabs that specialize in novel semiconductor technologies using 8-inch wafers.
RIM plays catch-up with Wi-Fi News & Analysis 5/30/2007 Post a comment Research In Motion is finally adding Wi-Fi to its popular BlackBerry wireless devices. Competitors Motorola and Nokia have offered Wi-Fi on their devices for some time.
Research firm lowers capex forecast News & Analysis 5/30/2007 Post a comment Amid a lull in the IC industry, Strategic Marketing Associates lowered its capital spending forecast for 2007 to 5 percent growth, and warned that spending might not grow at all this year.
Motorola set to open Israeli R&D site News & Analysis 5/30/2007 Post a comment Motorola is joining the rush of top multinational technology companies that are stepping up their R&D activity in Israel, with a government-backed site that will initially employ 200 engineers and researchers.
German distributors see orders decline News & Analysis 5/30/2007 Post a comment German components distribution sales grew 9.3 percent in the first quarter of 2007, compared to the final quarter of 2006. But new orders hint of slower business for the rest of the year.
European groups join 'Fab Club' News & Analysis 5/30/2007 Post a comment Two of the three companies that have joined the Fab Owners Association (FOA) are based in Europe and brings the number of semiconductor and MEMS manufacturing facilities owned by member companies to over 60.
Video IC delivers high resolution video Product News 5/30/2007 Post a comment The ISL51002 10-bit video digitizer from Intersil Corp. combines ease-of-use and high-resolution video performance to offer a solution for digitizing analog YPbPr video from HDTV tuners, set-top boxes, SD and HD DVDs, as well as RGB graphics signals from PCs and workstations.
Optical controller simplifies GPON transceiver designs Product News 5/30/2007 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a highly integrated optical control, calibration, and monitor IC. The DS1865 integrates GPON power-leveling functionality, a laser bias APC loop, video amplifier control, and SFF-8472 diagnostic and alarm features.
REVIEW: PMBus point-of-load DC-to-DC chip has 500-mV to 8-V output ranges Product News 5/30/2007 Post a comment Here's a nifty power conversion and power management IC for synchronous DC-to-DC converter designs. The chip is configured to regulate two independent outputs, or two phases in a single output mode, and supports two types of current-sense topologies. Output range spans 500-mV to 8-V. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Terminal block eases wire installation Product News 5/30/2007 Post a comment BlockMaster Electronics has introduced the MTB series of terminal blocks with a low profile of 8.5 mm and a 55-degree angle of wire entry for easier wire installation and space savings.
RF packaged multi-function circuits ease manufacturing Product News 5/30/2007 Post a comment Check out TriQuint's first three packaged devices in its Multi-Function Circuit (MFC) family that it says offer manufacturing ease and cost advantages. The devices address OEM needs for frequency upconversion (amplification) in the transmit and local oscillator chains for digital radio and satellite communications systems.
MontaVista expands European presence News & Analysis 5/30/2007 Post a comment In response to the rising demand for embedded Linux solutions in Europe, MontaVista Software Inc. announced it is expanding presence on the European soil by opening new offices and strengthening its field operations team in Germany, in Finland and in the United Kingdom.
Emulator emulates Honeywell MRAM and ASICs News & Analysis 5/30/2007 Post a comment Silicon Laude announces a multipurpose in-circuit emulator that can emulate not only Honeywell's HXNV0100 radiation hardened synchronous MRAM, but also Honeywell ASICs containing up to one million gates.
Synopsys, Zuken tie simulation to boards News & Analysis 5/30/2007 Post a comment Promising an integrated platform for system-level design, simulation, and verification, Synopsys and Zuken will link Synopsys' Saber simulator to Zuken's CR-5000 pc-board design environment.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times