IPC reports lower bookings and shipments News & Analysis 4/29/2003 Post a comment The Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC) said its shipment and bookings indexes fell sharply in March from the year-ago month, indicating connector and printed-circuit board suppliers are still struggling with weak demand and excess production capacity.
Small EMS shops hunt for design talent News & Analysis 4/28/2003 Post a comment Without in-house engineering expertise at their fingertips, a growing number of small EMS providers are reaching out to third-party firms or larger contract manufacturers to enhance their design capabilities.
JEDEC, memory test lab square off over specs News & Analysis 4/28/2003 Post a comment A confrontation over memory module testing is shaping up between the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association and an independent lab that performs motherboard compatibility testing for Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Intel Corp.
Europe slaps hefty duty on Hynix DRAMs News & Analysis 4/28/2003 Post a comment The European Commission last week ruled that a provisional countervailing duty of 33% will be levied on imported DRAMs from Hynix Semiconductor Inc. as a penalty for what the commission said were illegal subsidies the chipmaker received from the Korean government.
In fact, as its semiconductor suppliers try to regain their footing and adopt new long-range business strategies, Japan is among the few markets expected to raise spending for new plants and equipment.
Loewe, Sharp join to make LCD TVs for Europe News & Analysis 4/28/2003 Post a comment German consumer electronics company Loewe Opta GmbH, has announced plans to further expand a collaboration agreement with Japanese liquid crystal display (LCD) maker, Sharp Corporation for the development and supply of LCD TVs to the European market.
Haltingly, Film Bows to the Digital Future News & Analysis 4/27/2003 Post a comment Kodak's Advantix Preview falls short of being a true hybrid digital/film camera. A complex and somewhat poorly implemented design, the camera seems more of a grudging acknowledgement that photography is moving from film toward cheaper, simpler and smaller digital-imaging alternatives.
PWM control chip handles higher heat Product News 4/24/2003 Post a comment Intersil Corp. has spun new versions of its Endura ISL6558 multiphase pulse-width modulation controller, making it available in an industrial temperature grade and in a near-chip-scale quad flat no-lead (QFN) package.
Lithium batteries eye PCs, autos Product News 4/24/2003 Post a comment With the energy density and capacity of rechargeable lithi-um-ion and lithium-polymer cells up by a quarter to a third over the past two and a half years, suppliers of Li-ion batteries are now tackling bigger and more varied applications that include larger and more capable PC-based systems, automobiles and military equipment.
It's a Switcher - Part 4 News & Analysis 4/21/2003 Post a comment In part 3 of this four-part series, Sanjaya Maniktala examined Buck ICs, the "Type 2s" in his topology. Here, he turns to the sensing schemes that are critical to load regulation. Whether we're looking at negative-to-positive or negative-to-negative transitions, current sensing and better output regulation can be implemented by using an op-amp like an LM324. This final article installment examines where the amplifier can be inserted in the flyback chain.
Analog controller balances power, precision and cost in handhelds News & Analysis 4/21/2003 Post a comment Wearing pulse monitors and other instruments to the health club? Our fascination with gadgets extends from airports and convention centers to the most intimate of settings. These devices have much in common: A CPU and sensor interface that's accurate, cheap, and runs from a coin cell. A Texas Instruments' authority gives details using a glucose meter example.
Power struggle News & Analysis 4/21/2003 Post a comment Look inside any portable or wired system these days and the density of the design is immediately impressive. What is not as readily apparent are the power management issues designers must grapple with as they tie together a growing number of subsystems, all running at different operating voltages.
Disk drive prices seen headed for further erosion News & Analysis 4/18/2003 Post a comment After a brief respite in the fourth quarter of 2002 and earlier this year, the disk drive market is again facing strong pricing pressures that have forced manufacturers to reinstate sales incentives in an attempt to lure back skittish distributors.