RF module operates in 868-MHz ISM band Product News 4/30/2007 Post a comment One RF Technology has introduced a low-cost, 868-MHz RF module dubbed TinyOne Lite that is optimized for low-power radio communication at a competitive cost and available with or without an integrated antenna.
PMICs enable smaller design of DC/DC converters, LDOs Product News 4/30/2007 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products introduced the MAX8667/MAX8668, a 4-channel power-management ICs (PMICs) in a 9 mm2 TQFN package. These PMICs minimize total design size by integrating two step-down DC/DC converters and two low-input, low-dropout regulators (LDOs), as well as all feedback networks.
Micro fuel cells to hit mainstream in 2010 News & Analysis 4/30/2007 Post a comment Despite a flurry of announcements and investments in micro fuel cells for portable devices, the technology is not expected to become a mainstream product until 2010 or so, according to an expert in the arena.
MP3 chip market sees new landscape Product News 4/30/2007 Post a comment Despite the growth of MP3 player sales, the market for controller chips for these products is seeing intense price erosion as new competitors enter the fray, according to iSuppli Corp.
ST selects Obducat nano-imprint litho for R&D News & Analysis 4/30/2007 Post a comment STMicroelectronics has placed an order for a nano-imprint lithography (NIL) R&D system from Obducat AB to be used in a post-silicon R&D unit for development purposes. Obducat has also produced stampers that are being used in this assessment project.
Qimonda's Loh banking on DRAM market comeback News & Analysis 4/30/2007 Post a comment One year into his tenure as CEO of the world's third largest DRAM maker, Qimonda's Kin Wah Loh is out to prove that his company can be nimble and aggressive rather than a problematic memory division of its parent company, Infineon Technologies AG.
Micro fuel cells to hit mainstream in 2010 Product News 4/30/2007 Post a comment Despite a flurry of announcements and investments in micro fuel cells for portable devices, the technology is not expected to become a mainstream product until 2010 or so, according to an expert in the arena.
Under the Hood: Inside Microsoft's Xbox 360 Elite Teardown 4/30/2007 Post a comment In the wake of its Sony Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii video teardowns, Semiconductor Insights kept the cameras rolling as it took apart the new Xbox 360 Elite to see just how Microsoft plans to stay competitive in the hotly contested, three-way gaming platform market.
Standards not quite a 'hot topic' in Beltway News & Analysis 4/30/2007 Post a comment
The word "innovation" is on the lips of nearly every politician and half the lobbyists in Washington. But when it comes to the technical standards that form the underpinnings of U.S. innovation, the subject is "a real killer at a cocktail party," said Don Deutsch, vice president for standards strategy and architecture at Oracle Corp.
Hidden IP: booby trap or buried treasure? News & Analysis 4/30/2007 Post a comment If the process by which technology standards are forged and implemented isn't broken, it is surely straining under the weight of globalization, relentless technological change, patent-infringement and antitrust lawsuits as well as increasingly noisy standards battles among competing industry consortia.
K&S posts loss, sales drop News & Analysis 4/30/2007 Post a comment Chip-equipment provider Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc. (K&S) said net revenue from continuing operations for the second quarter was $142.7 million, compared to $152.3 million for the previous quarter and $160.3 million for the comparable year-ago quarter.
Chip sales start growing again News & Analysis 4/30/2007 Post a comment Worldwide sales of semiconductors increased by one percent in March to $20.3 billion compared with the previous month, and are 3.2 percent better than the $19.7 billion reported for March 2006, according to the the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
APT brings pro-audio quality sound to Bluetooth News & Analysis 4/30/2007 Post a comment Audio compression algorithm specialist Audio Processing Technology Ltd (Belfast, Northern Ireland) has expanded its relationship with Bluetooth chip pioneer CSR plc. to bring professional quality audio to headsets and other consumer devices.
Chip sales start growing again News & Analysis 4/30/2007 Post a comment Worldwide sales of semiconductors increased by one percent in March to $20.3 billion compared with the previous month, and are 3.2 percent better than the $19.7 billion reported for March 2006, according to the the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). The increase reverses three months of sequential declines recorded by the SIA.
Standard boosts disk drive performance News & Analysis 4/30/2007 Post a comment The IDEMA group of disk drive makers has put the finishing touches on its Long Block Data standard that aims to lower error rates and boost performance on hard drives that will start sampling later this year.
Hynix gains on Samsung in DRAMs News & Analysis 4/27/2007 Post a comment Hynix Semiconductor experienced strong growth in DRAMs for the first quarter, allowing it to come within striking distance of market leader Samsung Electronics, according to iSuppli Corp.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Timesí 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.