How to manage a derivative SoC project News & Analysis 4/30/2004 Post a comment Designing derivative systems-on-chip can save a great deal of time, but only if you have a good physical design flow in place. ReShape's Lane Albanese (right) presents a "design maturity" workflow model that will help design teams develop realistic plans, assemble resources, and measure progress.
High-output supplies focus on ion beams Product News 4/30/2004 Post a comment HiTek Power's OL20K and OL30K series extend the maximum output of the company's high-power, high-voltage supply families to 20 and 30 kilowatts, respectively, at voltages up to 200 kV. Thus they are suited for use in a wide range of electron- and ion-beam systems, including ion implantation, ion vapor deposition, electron-beam welding, and particle acceleration.
Moving from Vera to SystemVerilog 3.1 News & Analysis 4/30/2004 Post a comment Making the transition from a language such as Vera to SystemVerilog 3.1 will require a translation strategy and enforcement of coding guidelines, says VeriEZ president and CEO Sashi Obilisetty.
Motorola updates PowerQuicc families Product News 4/30/2004 Post a comment Motorola Inc.'s Freescale Semiconductor entity announced updates of its PowerQuicc II Pro and PowerQuicc III families at the Smart Network Developers Forum Tuesday (April 27). The two architectures, based on the e300 and e500 PowerPC cores, respectively, each added encryption blocks, and Motorola said it plans announcements soon on e700 cores as well.
SlimStack connector offers ultra-low profile Product News 4/30/2004 Post a comment A new range of 0.95-mm height SlimStack connectors from Molex Inc. offers ultra-low profile stacking for space-constrained applications such as cell phones, PDAs, digital consumer equipment and other handheld systems. These new 0.40-mm pitch SMT connectors come in single- and dual-row versions in circuit sizes from 7 to 80.
Miniature pushbuttons offer hundreds of options Product News 4/30/2004 Post a comment NKK Switches offers a new series of miniature snap-acting pushbutton switches that offer hundreds of combinations. The MB2400 series momentary action pushbuttons feature a snap-acting mechanism that provides a smooth actuation, a short stroke, light touch and audible feedback.
Denali offers PCI Express compliance suite News & Analysis 4/29/2004 Post a comment Promising to save man-years of effort for PCI Express verification, Denali Software is introducing PureSuite, a compliance test suite with some 7,500 pre-built tests. It works with PureSpec, Denali's existing verification intellectual property (IP) for PCI Express.
Flash lamp module integrates lamp, power supply and socket Product News 4/29/2004 Post a comment New compact xenon flash lamp modules from Hamamatsu Corp. integrate a 5-watt xenon flash lamp with a power supply and trigger socket. Featuring high stability and long operating life, the L9455/L9456 modules are suitable for water quality and atmospheric analyzers for both scientific and homeland security applications.
Connor-Winfield earns ISO9001:2000 certification Product News 4/29/2004 Post a comment Connor-Winfield Corp. has announced that it has received certification to the new ISO 9001:2000 quality standard through an assessment process by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance. Connor-Winfield, along with its Custom Manufacturing Division (CMS), received this new certification in January 2004.
Vishay miniaturizes SI RF capacitor Product News 4/29/2004 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology Inc. has expanded its line of silicon-based RF capacitors with the introduction of the HPC0201A devices that are packaged in a small 0201 case size. The company said the small package size will help designers improve the performance and reduce the size of next-generation wireless products.
Ohmite beefs up resistor offering Product News 4/29/2004 Post a comment Ohmite Manufacturing Company has recently announced the introduction of its new RW1S0CK Series of SMD current sense resistors and 30 Series of high-energy wirewound resistors.
Protection devices target color LCDs in handsets Product News 4/29/2004 Post a comment Semtech Corp. has developed a new protection device that is specifically designed to protect high-resolution color LCD screens in cell phones from damage by electromagnetic interference (EMI), radio-frequency interference (RFI) and electrostatic discharge (ESD). The EClamp2340C not only offers ESD/RFI/EMI protection; it replaces 40 discrete components in a typical cell phone design.
TVS devices offer multiple options Product News 4/29/2004 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology has launched two new families of transient voltage suppressors (TVSs), including, claims the company, the industry's first 800-W bidirectional TVS in a SMB package. The new surface-mount TransZorb products are offered with 500-W, 800-W, and 1000-W peak pulse power ratings (10/1000 μs waveform).
TTL-I/O PXI plug-in maxes memory Product News 4/29/2004 Post a comment Strategic Test Corp. has a 125-MHz 1-channel to 16-channel digital I/O card for PXI systems. All of the on-board memory can be used when recording or replaying with 16, 8, 4, 2 or 1 channels.
Focus on precision timing challenges Product News 4/29/2004 Post a comment Electronic clock devices are not your grandfather's chime clock; no, the clocks used in today's electronics are much more precise and versatile. Electronic clocks are the quarterback of the PCB team that determine the rhythm and accuracy of the signals getting passed around and off the board.
Focus-On: Standards for test coverage reports Product News 4/29/2004 Post a comment Industry efforts are under way to develop a standard method for reporting test coverage, with the goal of having a reporting standard for stuck-at faults ready in time for next year's International Test Conference.
Synopsys tight-lipped about MoSys lawsuit News & Analysis 4/29/2004 Post a comment Faced with a breach-of-contract suit from spurned partner Monolithic System Technology Inc., Synopsys Chairman and CEO Aart de Geus is revealing little about why Synopsys terminated its controversial merger with MoSys.
Legal woes force Aptix into Chapter 11 protection News & Analysis 4/29/2004 Post a comment A failed lawsuit has forced Aptix Corp., a provider of rapid prototyping systems, into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, EE Times has learned. Coming on the heels of the imprisonment of its former CEO, Aptix was granted Chapter 11 protection after being unable to pay court-ordered fees to Cadence Design Systems.
Rugged integrated connectors are cost competitive Product News 4/28/2004 Post a comment Designed for SOHO, LAN-on-motherboard, hub and switch applications, Pulse, a Technitrol Company, introduces the J0C-0003/4/5/6 series of 10/100Base-TX surface mount RJ45 single port (1-by-1) tab-down connectors with integrated magnetics. The J0C connector series can withstand the mechanical and thermal stresses of reflow soldering, yet are priced competitively with through-hole connectors, said the company.
VHDM stacker system offers high density, faster speed Product News 4/28/2004 Post a comment Achieving high density and increased speeds up to 2.5 Gbit/s of bandwidth per signal pair in mezzanine board-to-board applications, the new VHDM 8-row stacker system from Molex Inc. is designed for both single-ended and differential signaling. The system may be used in telecommunication equipment, test systems, high-end servers, memory storage systems, and cellular base stations.
Terminal block system provides flexibility, innovation and low assembly costs Product News 4/28/2004 Post a comment Weidmuller has launched a new generation of terminal blocks that the company claims to provide innovative wiring concepts and low assembly costs. Dubbed the Weidmuller Connection System (WeiCoS), it combines both terminal block and plug-in connection technology that results in a modular, functionally flexible, and manufacturer-independent wiring system.
Waytek expands terminal block line Product News 4/28/2004 Post a comment Waytek has expanded its line of double row terminal blocks with the introduction of its general purpose 10- and 12-position devices available in 20- and 30-amp ratings, up to 600 volts.
Mini BNC joins RF connector family Product News 4/28/2004 Post a comment Bomar Interconnect Products Inc. has added a miniature BNC connector to the company's proprietary line of V-Bite RF edgeboard connectors that are designed to provide "unparalleled" signal integrity in RF applications. The V-Series line includes a F-Type, a threaded through-panel BNC, twin BNC, standard BNC, and TNC version, along with the new miniature BNC.
Samtec offers full line catalog Product News 4/28/2004 Post a comment Samtec Inc. has released its newly expanded F-204 Full Line Catalog. This updated catalog provides more than 360 pages of applications, specifications, and ordering information. It is organized into functional subsections including high speed, high density, micro & one-piece, board-to-board, micro card, micro-rugged & power, I/O interfaces, cable assemblies, and sockets.
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.