Gas gauge ICs fuel high accuracy Product News 10/31/2004 Post a comment Focus On battery management—Gas-gauging ICs for the high-stakes portable market are in the very-high-accuracy phase of their evolution, sparked by learning algorithms that enable the best of these "early warning" systems to determine remaining battery capacity to 1 percent. With power availability in portable devices perhaps the most critical factor in applications ranging from cell phones to medical monitoring, users and system designers want to know exactly what's left in the tank—to
ASMI's Q3 sales down 13%, sees decline in Q4 News & Analysis 10/29/2004 Post a comment Chip-equipment vendor ASM International N.V. (Bilthoven, the Netherlands) said earnings for the third quarter of 2004 amounted to 3.7 million euros (US$4.7 million), compared to a net loss of EUR 9.7 million (US$12.4 million) for the third quarter of 2003.
Counterfeit batteries prompt Kyocera recall News & Analysis 10/29/2004 Post a comment Kyocera Wireless Corp. (San Diego), has announced a voluntary recall of as many as a million of its mobile phone batteries after discovering one of its former suppliers knowingly supplied counterfeits.
TI, SMIC partner on 90-nm technology News & Analysis 10/29/2004 Post a comment Chinese silicon foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) on Thursday (Oct. 28) disclosed that it has signed a deal to develop 90-nm process technologies with Texas Instruments Inc.
Application engine synthesis offers new design approach News & Analysis 10/29/2004 Post a comment On-chip application engines can greatly speed algorithm execution, says Vinod Kathail (right), founder and CTO of Synfora. Kathail shows how "application engine synthesis" works, and suggests an evaluation process for choosing the right technology and tools.
IPS Alpha forms to sell LCDs for flat-panel TVs News & Analysis 10/29/2004 Post a comment Hitachi Ltd., Toshiba Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., and Hitachi subsidiary Hitachi Displays Ltd. have concluded a joint venture agreement establishing a company to manufacture and sell liquid crystal display (LCD) panels for flat-panel TVs
CEO interview: Micron's Steve Appleton News & Analysis 10/29/2004 Post a comment Silicon Strategies caught up with Steve Appleton, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Micron Technology Inc., at London's Savoy Hotel where Micron was hosting a conference for financial analysts. Peter Clarke asked Appleton about the challenges that lie ahead in the highly competitive memory chip markets.
En raison d’un 3ème trimestre déficitaire, LSI supprime des emplois News & Analysis 10/29/2004 Post a comment LSI Logic Corp. (Milpitas, Californie) a supprimé 510 emplois, soit environ 11 % de ses effectifs, et a inscrit des charges de 383 millions de dollars pour son usine de l’Oregon, à l’heure où le fabricant de circuits à applications spécifiques (ASIC) annonce un programme complet de restructuration après un troisième trimestre déficitaire.
Rocker switches handle high current Product News 10/29/2004 Post a comment Suitable for applications with current ratings up to 20 amps at 125 Vac, the new SRJ panel-mount round rocker switches from Cherry Electrical Products can be used in household appliances, surge protectors and lighting controls.
PLL-based clock generator solves aerospace timing problem Product News 10/29/2004 Post a comment Designed for satellite applications, Aeroflex Colorado Springs, an Aeroflex Inc. company, says its radiation-hardened RadClock family of PLL-based clock generators is the first space-qualified solution that solves clock network design problems in aerospace applications with a single chip. The first products launched are the UT7R995 RadHard clock generator featuring eight-outputs and a UT7R9951 RadHard clock generator with dual-outputs.
Tiny VCO supports wide frequency range Product News 10/29/2004 Post a comment Challenged to develop a miniature voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) with comparable performance to larger packages, Crystek Crystals Corp. has launched its smallest VCO package. Measuring 0.25 x 0.25 x 0.079 in. (6.35 x 6.35 x 2.0 mm), the tiny CVCO25 oscillator provides excellent electrical performance, and generates frequencies from 100 MHz to 1 GHz. Higher frequency capability is under development.
Software speeds Dolby Digital audio testing Product News 10/29/2004 Post a comment Audio test-and-measurement specialty house Audio Precision now offers Dolby Digital generator software that's capable of up to 10X faster test and verification to Dolby Digital standards. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn takes a look at the new software and the hardware platform it uses.
MLVs target auto apps with high-energy capabilities Product News 10/29/2004 Post a comment AVX Corp.'s new series of multi-layer varistors (MLVs) are designed for electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection requirements in automotive applications. Designated the CANBus series varistor, the new surface-mount device can offer a significant space savings by replacing three components two back-to-back zener diodes and an EMC capacitor in parallel typically used to protect against transient voltage spikes.
TFT displays come with resolution scaling feature Product News 10/29/2004 Post a comment Supporting legacy and next-generations designs, One Stop Displays offers a new 8.4-in. thin-film-transistor (TFT) display with a smart 6-bit TTL interface that can adjust to resolution requirements. At clock frequencies below 36 MHz, the OSDT084SN05v2 display is scaled to a VGA resolution to support legacy devices, and at higher frequencies offers a SVGA resolution.
Open-top sockets make it easier to test and program QFN/MLF devices Product News 10/29/2004 Post a comment Emulation Technology has unveiled its new open-top testing and development sockets and open-top programming adapters for quad flat non-leaded/micro lead-frame (QFN/MLF) packaged devices. Both the sockets and adapters are available in body sizes of 3 x 3 mm to 15 x 15 mm, 8- to 84- pin counts, and lead pitches of 0.50 mm, 0.65 mm, 0.80 mm, 1.27 mm.
Polymerelektronik schält sich aus dem Ei News & Analysis 10/29/2004 Post a comment Bei kaum einer anderen Technologie in der Elektronik klaffen Versprechen und Wirklichkeit so weit auseinander wie bei der Polymer-Elektronik. Vor allem Schaltgeschwindigkeiten und Zuverlässigkeit bleiben noch weit hinter der Siliziumtechnik zurück. Doch die Akteure bleiben optimistisch. Schließlich winken phantstisch anmutende Kostensenkungen.
The Week in Review: October 24 to 30 News & Analysis 10/29/2004 Post a comment Gathered below are the top five stories for the week beginning Sunday October 24, 2004, as ranked by Silicon Strategies' readers, up to and including Saturday, October 30. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
IPS Alpha forms to sell LCDs for flat-panel TVs News & Analysis 10/29/2004 Post a comment Hitachi Ltd., Toshiba Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., and Hitachi subsidiary Hitachi Displays Ltd. have concluded a joint venture agreement establishing a company to manufacture and sell liquid crystal display (LCD) panels for flat-panel TVs.
Multichemistry battery IC simplifies charging Product News 10/29/2004 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products' MAX8713, billed as a simplified SMBus-based multichemistry battery charger that uses a minimum number of external components, provides a regulated charge voltage accurate to ±0.5 percent for portable equipment applications such as handset car kits, digital cameras, and cable modems.
Sun: Erstes 'Niagara'-Silizium ist fertig News & Analysis 10/29/2004 Post a comment Sun Microsystems hat erste Exemplare seines neuen 'Niagara'-Prozessors produziert, dessen Markteinführung allerdings nicht vor 2006 stattfinden soll. Der Baustein enthält acht 64-Bit-Ultrasparc-Kerne. Als "Durchsatz-Prozessor" positioniert, soll der Niagara neue Systeme antreiben, die vorwiegend kommunikationsintensive Aufgaben wahrnehmen.
Schaltregler für Computer-Motherboards News & Analysis 10/29/2004 Post a comment Für den Einsatz in Server- und PC-Motherboards mit AMD- und Intel-Prozessoren, Grafikkarten und Telekommunikationsmodulen hat International Rectifier einen programmierbaren Zweiphasen-Schaltregler für phasenverschobene Pulsbreitenmodulation entwickelt. Der Regler unterstützt AMDs Athlon- und Opteron-Prozessorfamilien sowie Intels Itanium (VR10.X).
Centillium cuts programs, workforce News & Analysis 10/28/2004 Post a comment Broadband chip set provider Centillium Communications said late Thursday (Oct. 28) it has reduced its work force and cut development programs in an effort to lower operating expenses and save approximately $4.5 million in the first quarter of 2005.
Chartered predicts sales decline as orders weaken News & Analysis 10/28/2004 Post a comment Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (Singapore) reported net income of $16.2 million on sales of $257.3 million in its third quarter, compared with a net loss of $75.9 million on sales of $137.7 million in the year-ago quarter.
Low-power innovators are king in mobiles News & Analysis 10/28/2004 Post a comment Where mobile devices are concerned, low power is king. Develop a scheme to dramatically reduce power consumption without sacrificing performance and the world really will beat a path to your door.