White LED drivers deliver 90% efficiency Product News 5/31/2007 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology has released two 1.25-MHz current-mode boost converters optimized for white LED applications. The SiP12510 and SiP12511 white LED drivers offer a 90% typical efficiency, said to be the highest rating for this type of device.
Optical sensors meet AEC Q101 qualification Product News 5/31/2007 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology says it has introduced the industry's first transmissive optical sensors qualified to the AEC Q101 standard. The TCPT1300X01 and TCUT1300X01 sensors are also said to be the industry's first with a MSL 1 moisture rating.
Input ADC offers fault protection up to ±30 V Product News 5/31/2007 Post a comment Linear Technology released the LTC1856, a 5 V, 16-bit, 8-channel, 100 ksamples/s analog-to-digital (ADC) converter with ±10 V input ranges and additional fault protection. An overvoltage fault up to ±30 V on one or more unused channels will not corrupt the accuracy of the selected channel and provides protection on 24 V (±10% tolerance) industrial supply lines.
Regulators use I2C interface for overvoltage, overcurrent protection Product News 5/31/2007 Post a comment Intersil released the ISL6422B and ISL6423B low-noise block (LNB) supply and control voltage regulators. These regulators use an I2C interface to improve system reliability by reporting diagnostics and protecting a satellite set top box (SSTB) against overvoltage, overcurrent, overtemperature and backward current.
Motorola to cut 4,000 more jobs News & Analysis 5/31/2007 Post a comment Motorola, which is trying to get its financial house in order in coping with falling mobile phone sales, said Wednesday that it would cut an additional 4,000 jobs in shaving another $600 million in costs.
Dwindling of rare metals imperils innovation News & Analysis 5/31/2007 Post a comment The world may soon find itself running out of rare metals used to form key components in high-tech devices from cell phones to semiconductors to solar panels, according to a report in New Scientist magazine.
Gartner cuts chip forecast News & Analysis 5/31/2007 Post a comment Gartner has lowered its 2007 worldwide semiconductor forecast to $269.2 billion, a 2.5 percent increase from 2006. In its previous forecast, the research firm predicted a 2007 revenue increase of 6.4 percent.
Fast TCP accelerates Web News & Analysis 5/31/2007 Post a comment Network congestion, like vehicular traffic jams, is getting worse. No matter how fat the pipe, the antiquated Transmission Control Protocol never fully utilizes the available bandwidth.
Infineon Austria names new CEO News & Analysis 5/31/2007 Post a comment Effective June 1, Monika Kircher-Kohl will follow Reinhard Ploss as the new CEO for Infineon Austria. Ploss has recently been named General Manager for Infineon's newly-created manufacturing and logistics business unit and member of the board.
European fund invests $37 million in 7 Israeli companies News & Analysis 5/31/2007 Post a comment Kreos Capital (formerly European Venture Partners, EVP) has started fulfilling on its promise to invest $360 million in Israeli technology companies over the next three years. The European fund has been reported to have completed $37 million worth of capital in seven companies.
Floating point coprocessor is tailored to handle GPS data News & Analysis 5/31/2007 Post a comment Micromega Corp.'s uM-FPU V3.1 floating point coprocessor chip extends the powerful feature set of the original uM-FPU V3 chip to include serial I/O support, NMEA sentence parsing, block transfers, additional matrix operations and string support, among other enhancements.
PLDA readies PCI Express IP solution News & Analysis 5/31/2007 Post a comment PLDA, provider of IP core, hardware FPGA-based boards and custom interfacing solutions for PCI/CompactPCI, announced it would present the second generation of its PCI Express IP solution at the Design Automation Conference next week in San Diego, California.
Gartner cuts chip forecast News & Analysis 5/31/2007 Post a comment Gartner Inc. has lowered its 2007 worldwide semiconductor forecast to $269.2 billion, a 2.5 percent increase from 2006. In Gartner's previous forecast, it predicted a 2007 revenue increase of 6.4 percent.
R&D jobs to go in Tundra restructuring News & Analysis 5/31/2007 Post a comment Communications chip group Tundra Semiconductor Corporation is reducing its headcount by 20, or about 7 percent of the company's global workforce, and will not fill several vacant positions as it restructures to shore up its finances.
Handy-Markt wächst weiter stürmisch News & Analysis 5/31/2007 Post a comment Im ersten Quartal 07 ist der weltweite Markt für Mobiltelefone um 14 Prozent auf 257 Millionen Geräte gewachsen. Dabei liefen die europäischen Hersteller Nokia und Sony Ericsson dem US-Konkurrenten Motorola deutlich den Rang ab.
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.