Toshiba to boost NAND production News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment Toshiba Corp. will boost investment in its memory fab in Yokkaichi, increasing capacity to 30,000 300-mm wafers a month, or 40 percent more than previously planned.
Energy saving products highlight IR's mixed-growth revenue picture News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment While International Rectifier's total annual revenues grew just $100-million over last fiscal year (from $1.06 billion in fiscal 2004 to $1.17 billion in fiscal 2005), the company's biggest growth was reflected in energy-saving products, followed by computer industry products and those for military and aerospace customers. Alex Lidow is enthused about energy-saving products.
CCFL inverter delivers sure strikes Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products' MAX8729 is a fully integrated controller optimized to
drive multiple cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) used in LCD monitor and TV applications. Using a topology that the company touts as unique, the controller works in a resonant mode during striking and switches over to a fixed-frequency mode after the lamps are lit to ensure reliable striking and operation under all conditions while reducing electrical stress on the transformer.
LED module suits battery-operated devices Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment Para Light Corp. now offers an enhanced-power LED module as a light source for any battery-operated device or for use in flashlights. Available with yellow, green, red or blue LEDs, the new LS0615 series is also suitable for full-color signage as well as track-, task-, emergency-, security- and garden-lighting applications.
SMB interface eliminates additional cables or connectors Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment Bomar Interconnect Products Inc. has added a SMB interconnect to its proprietary Eliminator coaxial series, that also includes a family of F-style connectors. These Eliminator interfaces are designed to eliminate the need for extra cable assemblies and PC-board connectors traditionally required to mate box-type, or modular integrated components to boards. Users only have to connect the Eliminator connector directly to an electronic device and drop it onto the PC-board.
SMIC pushes out 90-nm, blames loss on rivals News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) disclosed that it would begin generating sales for its new 90-nm process by the fourth quarter of this year -- which is several months later than the company’s original schedule.
AC/DC supplies front industrial, medical applications Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment Artesyn Technologies' NLP250 AC/DC power supplies, which deliver up to 250 watts, are suited to front-end conversion solutions and distributed power architectures, including medical applications. The supplies provide a choice of 12-, 24- or 48-volt outputs to simplify system integration (main channel output current is 21, 10.5, and 5.25 amps, respectively), and are supported by control and monitoring features to satisfy a wide variety of DC supply requirements.
PLD vendor releases open IP core soft MCU Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment In a move to drive user development of its new 8-bit soft microcontroller core, Lattice Corp. is offering an open IP core license that eliminates the boundaries found in free reference designs that restricts the use of IP.
Tool kit modernizes PFC designs Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment International Rectifier's IRAC1150-D2 power-factor-correction (PFC) control design kit, with a complementary design tool that can be accessed from the company's myPOWER online site, brings PFC designs up to date. "This reference design allows designers to immediately see the benefit of IR’s one-cycle control performance without a major redesign or spending a lot of time evaluating and prototyping a new PFC circuit," said Stephen Oliver, marketing manager for AC/DC products.
SMIC reshuffles execs amid loss; ups capex News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment Amid a loss for the second quarter, China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) said that it has elected Yang Yuan Wang as its new chairman, replacing Richard Chang, who will remain chief executive of the loss-ridden silicon foundry provider.
14-slot AdvancedTCA shelf adds performance Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment Tracewell Systems' second generation CO-Star 14-slot AdvancedTCA (ATCA) Central Office Shelf touts numerous design enhancements including an advanced split backplane design for easy customization, highly robust construction, board-to-board assembly to eliminate internal wire harnesses, and additional airflow capacity for cooling beyond 200 watts per slot.
Silvestri named CEO of MoSys News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment Monolithic System Technology Inc. (MoSys), a provider of embedded memory solutions, announced the appointment of Chet Silvestri as chief executive.
Microsemi posts big increase in quarterly net income News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment Microsemi reported fiscal 2005 third quarter net sales of $75.2 million, up 3 percent from the $73.3 million that the company reported for the second quarter and up 17 percent from the $64.1 million it reported for the same period in 2004.
SMIC reshuffles execs amid Q2 loss News & Analysis 7/28/2005 Post a comment Amid a loss for the second quarter, China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) said that it has elected Yang Yuan Wang as its new chairman, replacing Richard Chang, who will remain chief executive of the loss-ridden silicon foundry provider.
Microtune, MicroLinear narrow losses as sales rebound News & Analysis 7/28/2005 Post a comment RF semiconductor supplier Microtune Inc. posted a net loss of $0.6 million, or 1 cent per share, on sales of $13.5 million in the second quarter, compared to a net loss of $2.0 million, or 4 cents per share on sales of $12.2 million the previous quarter.
AMI Semi restructures business, sees profit shrink News & Analysis 7/28/2005 Post a comment Mixed-signal semiconductor supplier AMI Semiconductor has realigned its business by integrating its foundry services business into its mixed-signal business unit, a move the company said would offer customers a full range of options from applications-specific products to custom designs and foundry services.
Connectors provide smallest pitch for industrial sensors Product News 7/28/2005 Post a comment A new line of 1.50-mm (.059 in.) pitch EZ-Conn connectors from Molex Inc. offers the smallest pitch available for industrial sensor applications. The new connector system also features a simple wire termination for cost savings and easy make-to-fit harness assemblies in the field.
Power-One loss misses guidance News & Analysis 7/28/2005 Post a comment Power supplier Power-One Inc. reported a net loss of $14.8 million, or 17 cents per share on sales of $63.4 million in the second quarter ended June, compared with a net loss of $3.9 million, or 5 cents per share, on sales of $72.5 million in the year-ago quarter.
Stand alone Li-ion chargers get even smaller Product News 7/28/2005 Post a comment Billed as a complete stand alone linear charger in a 2-by-2 mm DFN, Linear Technology's LTC4065 and LTC4065A can deliver up to 750 mA for single-cell lithium-ion batteries and applications in digital still cameras, portable point-of-sale and diagnostic equipment, cell phones, PDAs and USB-equipped handheld devices.
Terminal blocks handle high current for power panels Product News 7/28/2005 Post a comment With a pass-through current capability of up to 130 amps (A), the new OTB series of terminal blocks from BlockMaster Electronics Inc. is well suited for the transfer of high power from outside to inside power panels, particularly for special power situations or for custom polarization, said the company. These high power feed-through terminal blocks can also be used for power supply, lighting, machine tool and off-road vehicle applications.
DRAM maker sampling 2-Gbit DDR2 DRAM Product News 7/28/2005 Post a comment Micron Technology Inc. is sampling 2-Gbit, DDR2 devices to a select server customer. The DRAM maker said the part, MT47H512M4HG, is designed to enable up to 8-Gbyte high density modules, providing more memory per server with less space and power consumption than current component offerings.
Foundry wafer prices to fall through 2005 News & Analysis 7/28/2005 Post a comment The silicon foundry industry remains embroiled in a subtle but damaging price war for select products and processes. This in turn will cause foundry wafer prices to drop for the remainder of 2005, according to a report from Semico Research Corp.
TCXO touts tight stability, small size Product News 7/28/2005 Post a comment Fordahl USA Inc. said it has introduced the industry's smallest wide temperature range Stratum III and Sonet temperature compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO). The new lead-free/RoHS compliant TCXO offers a temperature stability of ±0.28 ppm over a temperature range of -40° to 85°C in a surface-mount 5 x 7-mm package.
Mitsubishi sales up, but earnings fall News & Analysis 7/28/2005 Post a comment The slumping Japanese economy took its toll on Japanese electronics supplier Mitsubishi Electric Corp., which reported net income of $98.8 million on sales of $6.6 billion in the first fiscal 2006 quarter ended June 30.
AC/DC supply meets VME/VXI requirements Product News 7/28/2005 Post a comment The 57S81 from North Atlantic Industries, working from a 115/230 VAC or 270 VDC input, delivers up to 500 watts for Versa Module and extended instrumentation (VME and VXI) applications associated with industrial and military (NAVMAT compliance) requirements.
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.