Voltage supervisors provide 26 programmable trip points Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment Intersil introduced two voltage supervisor ICs, the ISL88016 and ISL88017, which offer 26 pin-selectable voltage trip points along with functions including power-on reset (POR) control, supply voltage supervision, and manual reset assertion in a small 6-pin TSOT package. Both devices are designed for low power consumption as well as accuracy in portable and battery-powered applications.
One-box WiMAX tester speeds manufacturing Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment LitePoint announced the IQmax-100 one-box manufacturing test solution. With integrated vector signal analyzer (VSA) and vector signal generator (VSG) resources, one-box IQmax Test Systems offer test results for critical fixed and mobile WiMAX physical layer parameters including all bandwidth and data rate options for product development, volume manufacturing and quality assurance.
10 Gigabit Ethernet ATCA switch separates control and data planes Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment Diversified Technology introduced the ATS1936, an AdvancedTCA board that can be used as hub, node or mesh enabled board. It complies with PICMG 3.0 R2.0 ECN002 and PICMG 3.1 Option 1 and Option 9 and implements 2 separate switched networks on a single pc board. By separating the Base and Fabric networks, the ATS1936 provides a separate control plane and data plane.
GreenPoint printer power-supply reference design is 83% efficient Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment ON Semiconductor unveiled its latest GreenPoint reference design for 40-W power supplies used to power desktop printers. Providing active-mode energy efficiency above 83% when delivering an output power between 5 and 40 W, the reference design achieves a no-load power consumption of 150 mW.
Henkel expands solder paste production Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment Henkel plans to expand its existing plant in Pune, India to incorporate a solder paste blending facility for its Multicore tin-lead and lead-free solder paste products to meet growing demand in India.
MOSFETs improve power efficiency Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment Toshiba has expanded its power semiconductor line with the first products in a new family of high-speed switching MOSFETs that are said to significantly improve power efficiency for synchronous DC/DC converters.
Cree expands EZBright LED platform Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment Cree's EZBright 700 LED blue chip may be used in general lighting applications including auto headlamps, streetlights, camera flash, projection lighting, personal lighting and indoor and outdoor displays.
Incap buys manufacturing unit in India News & Analysis 2/28/2007 Post a comment Finnish electronics contract manufacturer Incap Corp. and India-based TVS Electronic Ltd announced they have signed a letter of intent on the acquisition of a TVS Electronics' manufacturing unit in Tumkur, near Bangalore (India). No financial details have been released.
DC/DC boost converter supplies 5-V at 900-mA Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment Supplying up to 4.5W of power, AnalogicTech's ATT1210 step-up converter for small portable applications takes a single-cell Lithium-ion battery and boosts it to a 5V/900-mA output in a total solution less than 1-mm in height.
Judge stays Nokia, Qualcomm patent suit News & Analysis 2/28/2007 Post a comment Resolution of one of the long running IPR issues between Nokia Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. has been delayed again as a judge halted legal proceedings just as a deadline neared for the two companies to renew an agreement.
Analysts divided as SanDisk targets CE News & Analysis 2/28/2007 Post a comment Amid questions about royalties from Samsung Electronics, embattled SanDisk told analysts earlier this week that the company plans to place emphasis on being a vertically integrated consumer electronics supplier, according to sources who attended the company's analyst day. Analysts appear divided on the wisdom of the strategy.
Micrel extends LDO family aimed at FPGAs, DSPs and MCUs Product News 2/27/2007 Post a comment Micrel introduced the 4A MIC68400, the latest addition to its MIC68000 family of LDOs designed specifically for powering FPGA, CPLDs, DSPs and microcontrollers. The devices are aimed at broadband modems, routers, servers, storage networks, and wireless base stations.
Thin-film inductors save board space Product News 2/27/2007 Post a comment Designed to fit space-constrained communications applications, BI Technologies Magnetic Components Division offers the BTC series of thin-film chip inductors in 0402 and 0603 package sizes.
Lenovo to cut 1,000 more jobs News & Analysis 2/27/2007 Post a comment Lenovo Group Ltd., the world's third-largest computer maker, reportedly will cut an additional 1,000 jobs--mostly in the United States--amid intense price pressure in the PC market.
LCD driver offers wide voltage supply range Product News 2/27/2007 Post a comment EM Microelectronic added a second LCD driver to its product portfoliothe EM6111, which is a simplified version of its predecessor chip. The device is packaged in a small MLF16 that measures 4-mm x 4-mm and doesn't require external components.
Cypress tool adds support for capacitive sensing Product News 2/27/2007 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor rolled out version 2.2 of the company's PSoC Express development tool for programmable system-on-chip mixed-signal arrays. The new release adds support for Cypress's CapSense capacitive sensing solution and the company's WirelessUSB LP 2.4-GHz wireless radio-on-a-chip.
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.