DVD ruling could delay managed copy rollouts News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment A surprise ruling in the civil suit over the technology used to secure DVDs could have a chilling effect on already overdue moves to update current and next-generation DVDs with new managed-copy features.
Low glitch, 16-bit DAC dissipates 1.5 mW at 2.7 V Product News 3/30/2007 Post a comment Texas Instruments introduced a series of digital-to-analog converters (DACs) with an integrated precision reference. The DAC8560 is a 16-bit, single-channel DAC featuring low glitch (0.15 nV-s), low-power (1.5 mW at 2.7 V), an internal reference with 2 ppm/°C temperature drift and ±0.004 percent initial accuracy.
Auto-test software increases speed, accuracy of radio testing Product News 3/30/2007 Post a comment Aeroflex developed the Auto-Test software for its 2975 P25 Radio Test Set for P25 and FM radios. The 2975's Auto-Test software increases speed, consistency and accuracy of testing P25 and FM radios while providing the ability to store, print and share test results. For public safety and other private mobile radio (PMR) network users, the 2975 Auto-Test function allows non-technical personnel to test radios automatically.
Costs cast ICs into Darwinian struggle News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment The IC business is fast becoming unaffordable for all but the wealthiest chip makers. The trend will become even more pronounced starting at 45-nm manufacturing, some industry observers predict.
Omron Semi to launch foundry services News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment Japan's Omron Corp. Friday (March 30) completed its acquisition of Seiko Epson's chip fab, Yasu Semiconductor Corp., which it plans to relaunch as a foundry for nonvolatile memory and logic.
PMC-Sierra shuts R&D sites News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment Comms-chip supplier PMC-Sierra Inc. is cutting 175 jobs -- or 15 percent of its total work force -- and is closing two design centers amid a slowdown in its business.
Low threshold voltage MOSFETs address low voltage apps Product News 3/30/2007 Post a comment Diodes Inc. has launched a series of low threshold voltage MOSFETs for low-voltage applications typically found in portable and handheld devices. The DMN5L06xxK MOSFET series can be driven directly from low-voltage logic-level outputs without requiring charge pumps.
LED driver powers small- and mid-size LCDs Product News 3/30/2007 Post a comment Sipex has released a 4-channel low side LED driver for powering small- and mid-size LCD modules that use LEDs for backlighting. The SP7616 is designed to drive LEDs in series from input voltages as high as 30 V.
OmniVision demos security solution over Zigbee wireless network Product News 3/30/2007 Post a comment OmniVision plans to demonstrate its digital security camera reference design for MPEG-4 video systems using the company's OV7720 CameraChip sensor at the International Security Conference (ISC) West. The Home SecuCam reference design is said to be the first to use video over the 805.15.4/Zigbee wireless network.
Dell primes for battle in China News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment As its main markets mature and growth sputters, Dell Inc. is making a more concerted effort to tap into the higher growth in PC sales outside the U.S. It will be tough to pull off.
Denmark beats out U.S. in 'networked' technology News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment In another indication this week that the U.S is losing its competitive high-tech edge, the country dropped from first to seventh place in "networked readiness" rankings of global economies released this week by the World Economic Forum (WEF.)
Dell probe finds 'evidence of misconduct' News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment Dell late Thursday announced it would delay filing its 10-K annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission in order to wrap up the inquiry by the audit committee of the company's board.
Cheaper avenue to 65 nm? News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and spin-off company Focal Point Microsystems claim to have devised a cheaper, easier way to pattern at the 65-nm node.
Signal source analyser improves on throughput and precision News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment Agilent Technologies has introduced an enhanced model of its E5052A signal source analyser. The 10 MHz to 7 GHz E5052B features a tenfold improvement in measurement throughput and more precise analysis functions than its predecessor, as well as a better performance in clock jitter measurement.
IMEC may have misrepresented but claims victory in court case News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment Research organization IMEC vzw (Leuven, Belgium) "may have been negligent in its representations towards third parties" in dealings that have been examined in a long-running legal case, according to IMEC in a statement. However, the recently concluded trial also ruled that "no damages to the shareholders of Rose Research have been caused by IMEC," IMEC also said.
What is Imperas thinking? News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment One of the most secretive startups in the EDA space (or is it embedded software?) is Imperas Inc. (Palo Alto, Calif.). A presentation at this week's Multicore Expo may reveal some of their thinking.
Solar gear market shines News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment The total market for commercial solar cell production equipment will grow from revenues of $1.2 billion in 2006 to $4.5 billion in 2010, according to The Information Network, a New Tripoli, Penn.-based market research company.
Kingston rolls 2-Gbyte microSD dual adapter pack Product News 3/30/2007 Post a comment Kingston Technology released a 2-Gbyte microSD card with mini- and standard-size Secure Digital (SD) adapters to maximize microSD card compatibility and interoperability between mobile phones, digital cameras and portable media devices.
TFT panel displays offer numerous design options Product News 3/30/2007 Post a comment Beside conventional built-in models that extend over the full 19” width (with corresponding front panels) and models that can be fitted in a 19” chassis using subpanels, models are also available for front-panel installation in switch cabinets and electronics cabinets, as well as stand-alone models with their own enclosures.
Test set allows developers to verify WiMAX specs Product News 3/30/2007 Post a comment Agilent released its IEEE 802.16e 2005 protocol conformance test (PCT) product that is based on its E6651A Mobile WiMAX Test Set, allowing equipment developers and test houses to run validated protocol test cases to verify that their implementations conform to WiMAX standards.
ST, China ICT to co-develop Loongson-based chips News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment The Institute of Computing Technology (ICT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and STMicroelectronics NV have agreed to work together on the development and commercialization of processors based on Loongson-2E processor intellectual property (IP) core developed by ICT.
China LCD maker struggles to survive News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment China's largest TFT-LCD maker, Beijing BOE Optoelectronics Technology Ltd. (BOE OT), is dumping most of its interest in large-sized TFT-LCD panels after failing to make it profitable.
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