Fånga in kalla atomer för databehandling News & Analysis 2/28/2005 Post a comment Forskare har konstruerat magnetiska vågledare på kiselsubstrat och lyckats styra superkalla atomer till kaviteter där dom kan påverka varandra. Resultatet är kretsar där atomer behandlar data
Intel's Barrett warns U.S. over global competition News & Analysis 2/28/2005 Post a comment Intel's outgoing chief executive officer Craig Barrett has written an essay which warns that U.S. leadership in semiconductors is not inevitable and that to stand any chance in a global competition the U.S. must first choose to compete.
Unified methodology enables full-chip test News & Analysis 2/28/2005 Post a comment Disconnected point tools don't provide a good design for test strategy. Cadence Design Systems' Mick Tegethoff (right) describes a "unified" full-chip approach that spans test specification, implementation, and verification.
Chalmers samverkar med MC2 News & Analysis 2/28/2005 Post a comment Chalmers samlar resurserna inom hårdvaruforskning i elektronik- och mikrosystemteknik. Det hjälper företagen att förverkliga idéer för nya produkter och stärker forskning och utbildning i mikroelektronik och mikrosystem.
Le père du Mac est décédé à 61 ans News & Analysis 2/28/2005 Post a comment Jef Raskin, créateur de l’ordinateur Macintosh, est décédé le samedi 26 février à son domicile de Pacifica (Californie) à l’âge de 61 ans. Un cancer du pancréas avait été récemment diagnostiqué.
Le PDG de Cadence déclare que le marketing de la CAO doit changer News & Analysis 2/28/2005 Post a comment A l’occasion d’une visite dans les centres indiens de Cadence situés à Noida, près de New Delhi, et à Bangalore, le Président-directeur général de Cadence, Michael J. Fister a déclaré que les entreprises de CAO allaient davantage prendre conscience des besoins du client et qu’elles n’allaient plus seulement représenter un secteur qui se permet des tentatives d’intimidation par des babillages technologiques.
Kontron schlägt Brücke zwischen PCI und PCI Express News & Analysis 2/28/2005 Post a comment Kontron Embedded Modules stellt mit 'Pisa-Express' ein neues CPU-Slotkarten-Konzept vor, das sowohl PCI als auch PCI-Express über einen einzigen Half-Size-Slot ausführt. Damit knüpft der Hersteller an den Erfolg seiner Pisa-Familie an.
PoL converter packs big power into a small space Product News 2/28/2005 Post a comment An ultra-integrated DC-to-DC converter for Point of Load (POL) applications from Enpirion offers 20W of output power, 6A of output current, and 92% peak efficiency power density of up to 700 Watts-per-cubic-inch, or 80 Watts-per-square inch.
Scope Wars: The closing bell? Product News 2/28/2005 Post a comment eeProductCenter sounds the bell in the ongoing oscilloscope specsmanship battle between Agilent Technologies and Tektronix. If you haven't been following this instrumentation specs debate, here's your chance to catch up, with Agilent's latest retort to Tektronix now on-line.
MCU enables energy-efficient lighting systems Product News 2/28/2005 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor has hopes of penetrating smart fluorescent lighting applications that require power factor correction and/or high-resolution pulse width modulation with its newest 8-bit microcontroller line.
Hot research harnesses cold atoms News & Analysis 2/28/2005 Post a comment It sounds wildly impractical: define magnetic waveguides on silicon chips so as to route clumps of supercold atoms into cavities, where their wave functions can interfere with one another.
China Ministry, Freescale to set up Linux-on-PowerPC lab News & Analysis 2/28/2005 Post a comment In an effort aimed at promoting the use of the PowerPC architecture running the Linux operating system in the People's Republic of China, Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has aligned with China's government-run Software and Integrated Circuit Promotion Center to set up a jointly run evaluation lab in Beijing.
Centilium erweitert Spielraum für Breitbandleitungen Product News 2/28/2005 Post a comment Um gegen die Konkurrenz von Mobilfunkern und Kabelanbietern mithalten zu können, müssen Telekommunikationsbetreiber ihre Breitband-Zugänge 'Triple-Play'-fähig machen, also Sprach- Daten- und Videoübertragung über ihre Netze anbieten. Der Halbleiterhersteller Centillium hat einen Chipset, mit dem das geht.
Advanced hard drives clamp mobiles' power drain Teardown 2/28/2005 Post a comment The Apple iPod set a trend among portable handheld consumer devices: It was among the first battery-powered MP3 music players to use a microminiature hard drive. That was followed late last year in South Korea by the Samsung SPH-V5400, arguably the first camera phone to make use of a 1.5-Gbyte hard drive. Clearly there is a move toward replacing flash memory with hard-disk drives (HDDs) in portable devices to increase storage capacity in an effort to meet consumer demands for more songs, picture
Low-end cell leans on analog Teardown 2/28/2005 Post a comment esigned primarily for the entry-level cell phone user and first launched in Brazil, Kyocera's K112 handset nevertheless supports a fairly rich feature set, including games, calculator, ring tones and an alarm-one of my favorite little extras. On a more technical note, the handset also features an internal antenna-an amazing bit of RF engineering in itself-to bypass all those breakage-prone stubs and whips.
Optical transmitter vendor receives $5.75 million News & Analysis 2/28/2005 Post a comment -Networks Inc., a vendor of indium phosphide optical transmitters able to transmit data at 10-Gbit/s and 40-Gbit/s, has closed a Series C round of financing with an investment of $5.75 million, bringing the company's total invested capital to $60 million.
Darpa ends litho aid at critical juncture for maskless News & Analysis 2/28/2005 Post a comment Those congregating in San Jose, Calif., today for the 2005 SPIE Microlithography conference will find an altered landscape in semiconductor patterning, with imprint lithography finding fertile terrain and maskless lithography facing a funding drought.
Intel plays catch-up on multicore News & Analysis 2/28/2005 Post a comment Intel Corp. will make a play for market leadership over Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in the emerging world of mainstream multicore processors at the Intel Developer Forum here this week. But the deeper, systems-level implications of a rising tide of multicore CPUs are the unfinished story of tomorrow's computers.
Darpa decision's unlucky 13 News & Analysis 2/28/2005 Post a comment The decision by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) to end its Advanced Lithography Program will affect 10 companies and research labs working on maskless lithography and three entities working on imprint technology.
Power-rail integrity a factor below 130 nm News & Analysis 2/28/2005 Post a comment Traditionally, designers have built supply rails with little concern about current/resistance (IR) drop and electromigration. For earlier technologies at 0.18 micron and above, designers could confidently assume that power rail integrity would at worst remain a secondary cause of silicon failure.
Giving board customers greater flexibility News & Analysis 2/28/2005 Post a comment Board vendors usually deliver the board with VHDL structures already in place within the FPGA to implement a basic set of operations for control, status, data formatting, triggering, gating and channel selection. Customers who try to insert their own algorithm in the midst of this VHDL code run a very high risk of "breaking" the standard functions and interfaces.
What's with verification IP? News & Analysis 2/28/2005 Post a comment There is a growing conversation these days about verification intellectual property. A clear analogy to the concept can be drawn from design IP: Use prefabricated building blocks that you can just drop into your flow to perform a predefined function. But instead of becoming blocks of the design itself, verification IP blocks become parts of the testbench used in verification. Like other IP, verification IP can, in theory, be designed for reuse or licensed from third parties.
Reborn radio gets down(loads) Product News 2/28/2005 Post a comment Some call it the 21st-century Walkman, others, the next iPod. In a phenomenon that hints at Back to the Future, the humble radio is being positioned as the gateway to easy music downloads without a PC.
Microdrives tip HDD growth spurt Product News 2/28/2005 Post a comment First the good news: Suppliers of hard-disk drives expect 2005 to bring their strongest growth in 15 years, based on higher demand for storage from popular consumer devices like MP3 players, cell phones and personal video recorders.
Holographic storage standards eyed Product News 2/28/2005 Post a comment Work on holographic information storage system technology will reach a milestone this week when a technical committee of Ecma International holds its first meeting here to begin a standardization effort.
System-on-chip calls attention to higher power density Product News 2/28/2005 Post a comment Product Review—Enpirion's latest device is promoted as a step-improvement over the company's EN5330 introduced last May (see eeproductcenter.com, ID#21100422 and ID#21100071), which was the first claimed power system-on-a-chip with an on-board output inductor for its synchronous buck PWM converter.
Immortal Works 106 News & Analysis 2/28/2005 Post a comment Hats off to this month's Immortal Works caption writers, whose biting bons mots ingratiated them with our esteemed judges and earned them instant fame in the process.
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.