Intel CEO's response to AMD: Company won't change business practices News & Analysis 6/29/2005 Post a comment Two days after Advanced Micro Devices Inc. filed an antitrust suit against Intel Corp. accusing its archrival of unfair business practices, Intel president and chief executive Paul Otellini fired back, stating the company would not change its business practices and expects any court decision to be resolved in its favor.
NAND market hit by MP3 slowdown News & Analysis 6/29/2005 Post a comment The high-flying, NAND-based flash memory market has not collapsed, as expressed by one fabless chip maker. But the sector has finally experienced some tough and turbulent times, following a lull and disappointing demand for flash-based MP3 players in the consumer market.
Dual-input supply keeps substation equipment up Product News 6/29/2005 Post a comment The Rackguard RG1202 from Northwest Power Integrations, a subsidiary of Vicor Corp., is a 600-watt dual-input AC/DC and DC/DC rack-mounted power supply specifically engineered for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems typically used to monitor and manage power lines from a central location.
Cam switches designed for power industry Product News 6/29/2005 Post a comment Designed for the power industry, Electroswitch offers a new compact Series 20 cam switch line with double-break, silver-plated contacts housed in rigid thermoset plastic for long, reliable life.
Chip set raises DC/DCs Product News 6/29/2005 Post a comment International Rectifier's new DirectFET chipset is designed to maximize DC/DC bus converter efficiency. When used with IR's recently announced IR2086S full-bridge bus-converter IC, the chip set enables a solution that can deliver 336 watts with 97 percent efficiency in a footprint that's about 30 percent smaller than a traditional quarter-brick converter, according to the company.
Flash memory price fall has frozen market, says SigmaTel News & Analysis 6/29/2005 Post a comment According to a fabless supplier of analog-intensive mixed-signal chips into the portable electronics market, a 30 percent fall in NAND flash memory pricing has "temporarily frozen the market" and caused disruption to orders for its own system-level chips.
HD DVD gains further momentum as commercialization approaches Product News 6/29/2005 Post a comment The HD DVD Promotion Group today announced that momentum is building for the launch of HD DVD. Several key manufacturers in the disc replication and equipment industry simultaneously confirmed the manufacturability of HD DVD discs at high volumes and provided tangible data to prove feasible and realistic production.
Military gets high CV tantalum capacitors in smaller case sizes Product News 6/29/2005 Post a comment AVX Corp. has developed an extended range tantalum capacitor series that offers additional high capacitance/voltage (CV) ratings in smaller case sizes than previously available. Designed specifically for military applications, the CWR19 and CWR29 capacitors are mil-qualified up to failure rates of B and C. These devices may also be used in harsh environment applications such as space exploration and aerospace.
10-watt DC/DCs point to lowest cost Product News 6/29/2005 Post a comment The single and dual output DC/DC converters in MicroPower Direct's B1000ERW series, an addition to the company's Budget Saver family, are promoted as the lowest cost 10-watt modules of their type. Priced at from $9.75 to $10.40 each in quantities of 100, these 1-by-2 inch converters, in eighteen models, provide 5, 12, 15, and ±5, ±12, and ±15 volts from a 9-18, 18-36, or 36-75 volt input.
KLA-Tencor still interested in August News & Analysis 6/29/2005 Post a comment KLA-Tencor Corp. said it is still interested in acquiring August Technology Corp for $11.50 per share despite August's announcement on Tuesday that it had agreed to be acquired by Rudolph Technologies Inc. in a cash and stock transaction valued at $10.50 per share.
France Télécom et Microsoft développeront des services multimédia News & Analysis 6/29/2005 Post a comment France Télécom et Microsoft ont conclu un accord de partenariat pour le développement conjoint de produits et de services multimédia. Ensemble, ils chercheront à fournir aux utilisateurs finaux, à savoir les entreprises et le grand public, des services interactifs sur des terminaux de plus en plus intelligents et interconnectés ainsi que des produits et des services de convergence entre le fixe et le mobile.
Startup draws VC funds for rechargeable battery News & Analysis 6/29/2005 Post a comment ReVolt Technology AS, a start-up which has developed a rechargeable zinc-Air battery, has received 7 million euro (about $8.5 million) in a first round of financing by Northzone Ventures, Sofinnova Partners, Techno Venture Management, and Viking Ventures.
TSMC claims to be largest captive mask maker News & Analysis 6/29/2005 Post a comment Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) claims to be the world's largest captive photomask maker, ahead of Intel, Samsung and others with internal mask shops, according to an executive from the silicon foundry giant.
On Semi shutters fab line, cuts 150 jobs News & Analysis 6/29/2005 Post a comment Continuing to cut costs, On Semiconductor Inc. announced a workforce reduction. The company also plans to transfer its fab operations from Malaysia to Phoenix -- a move that will eliminate a total of 150 jobs.
DIN-rail UPS serves the factory floor Product News 6/29/2005 Post a comment Sola/Hevi-Duty's SDU Series of off-line uninterruptible power supplies (UPSes) are designed to mount on a DIN rail to provide protection for sensitive electronics (including industrial computers, robotics, automation and process control equipment) on the factory floor. With a compact footprint and minimal weight (11 lbs.), the SDU can also be installed in a control panel or easily integrated into an enclosure or machine where space considerations are at a premium.
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.