Startup APack offers chip-on-chip services News & Analysis 12/29/1999 Post a comment With line widths shrinking and total transistor count growing, communication between chips within a system is becoming the weak link in the chain. A Taiwanese startup has opened an advanced facility dedicated to emerging die-to-die packaging technologies that strengthen that bond.
Chinese vendors carve role at consumer show
News & Analysis 12/29/1999 Post a comment Spurred by China's hopes for accession to the World Trade Organization, the country's top consumer electronics producers will march into this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas armed with the latest digital consumer technology and low-cost mass-production prowess.
Supervisory-circuits line monitors voltages to 1.2 V News & Analysis 12/29/1999 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc. has launched what it calls the first family of supervisory circuits able to monitor core voltages as low as 1.2 V, such as those found in the newest digital signal processors, microcontrollers and microprocessors.
Data converter firms carve out identity News & Analysis 12/29/1999 Post a comment Competition in the monolithic data-converter arena intensified again this year, as some vendors attempted to one-up each other with analog-to-digital (A/D) and digital-to-analog (D/A) converters that offer more on-chip functionality.
SMD dc/dc converters crank up power Product News 12/29/1999 Post a comment With telecom and distributed-power applications leading the charge, the surface-mount dc/dc converter industry is poised to jump to power levels unheard of only two years ago.
CompactPCI bus arrives for many board makers Product News 12/29/1999 Post a comment This past year has witnessed a flood of new computer boards for the CompactPCI bus. Established CPU board makers expanded their product lines and a number of new players in both CPU and I/O boards got into the game.
Judge refuses to block spread of hacked DVD code News & Analysis 12/29/1999 Post a comment A lawyer for the licensing agency responsible for DVD security asked a judge Wednesday to halt the spread of hacked code that can be used to thwart DVD encryption. The request came as part of a lawsuit by the DVD Copy Control Association Inc., which wants to remove from the Internet a small software program that can copy the encrypted video portion of a DVD disk.
Korean board makers ramp up News & Analysis 12/28/1999 Post a comment Leading board makers here are preparing to launch advanced production capabilities that focus on a handful of pc-board products, including IC packages and memory modules destined for Rambus DRAMs.
LEDs light up Times Square News & Analysis 12/28/1999 Post a comment The Nasdaq is expected to light up Times Square at a 5:20 p.m. EDT ceremony today with a 120 x 90-foot display that lays claim to being the world's biggest. The display at Nasdaq MarketSite Tower consists of almost 19-million light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and covers roughly a 10,736 square-foot area, rising more than eight floors.
Micromachining to aid magnetic sensor performance News & Analysis 12/28/1999 Post a comment A technique for micromachining very deep and narrow holes in silicon is being applied to increase the performance of a wide range of optical and magnetic sensors here at NanoSciences Corp. In a new development program, the micromachine technique will be applied to building compact magnetic sensors.
Qualcomm to boost CDMA technology in China News & Analysis 12/28/1999 Post a comment Qualcomm Inc. is launching an effort here to help Chinese OEMs produce code division multiple access (CDMA) handsets and basestations for the local and global markets. The move comes as Chinese CDMA network operators slash prices on competing GSM networks.
Aldec offers Tcl/Tk integration tool News & Analysis 12/28/1999 Post a comment Aldec Inc. has rolled out Tool Integrator, a product based on the Tcl/Tk scripting environment that gives users a way to integrate third-party synthesis and implementation tools into its Active-HDL environment. The offering makes it easier for Aldec, which does not offer synthesis, to provide a more complete design environment for programmable logic.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times