Troubled Brooks hit by shareholders suit News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Troubled fab-equipment automation specialist Brooks Automation Inc. announced that it has been notified that a shareholder derivative lawsuit was filed against Brooks in the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on May 23.
3-LED driver optimized for high-volume applications Product News 5/31/2006 Post a comment Honing in on simplicity and cost-effectiveness, Catalyst Semiconductor's CAT3603 is a fractional charge pump in a 3-by-3 mm TDFN package specifically optimized for high-volume, three-LED backlighting display applications for cellular phones, digital still cameras, and handheld devices.
Third-generation VME single-board computer extols backwards compatibility Product News 5/31/2006 Post a comment Here's news of a VME bus board packing a Freescale Semiconductor PowerQUICC III MPC8560 microprocessor clocking at 833-MHz. The chip provides 1926 MIPS of processing horsepower. The board is compliant with the VME Rev. C legacy standard, so it doesn't require the new VME bus extension, making it fully compatible with all existing VME backplanes.
Toshiba collaborating with DFM startup News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Toshiba will apply startup Takumi Technology's automated layout modification methodology to its mask data preparation design flow in advanced IC manufacturing under the terms of a collaborative agreement between the two companies.
SMIC gains loan for 200-mm Tianjin fab News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Responding to a growing demand for trailing-edge processes, Chinese silicon foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) is beefing up its 200-mm fab capacity.
Sycamore subpoenaed for stock option practices News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Sycamore Networks Inc. has been served a grand jury subpoena by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts, requesting documents related to an ongoing investigation of the company’s stock option practices, the company reported in its 8-K regulatory filing dated May 30.
Chipidea extends USB controller core IP News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Analog and mixed-signal semiconductor intellectual property (IP) group Chipidea has started sampling a USB controller core, a block designed to complement the company’s range of USB physical layer transceiver (PHY) IP.
MIMO RF emulator does standardized Wi-Fi benchmark testing Product News 5/31/2006 Post a comment If you're a developer of next-generation Wi-Fi equipment, check out this RF multi-path emulator that lets you test draft 802.11n-based products for interoperability, performance, conformance, and backward compatibility. This MIMO functional tester is the industry's first to meet the draft-802.11n specification.
AMCC reviews stock option practices News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment The list continues to grow in the so-called stock option scandal in the semiconductor industry. Applied Micro Circuits Corp. Wednesday (May 31) announced that it is reviewing the company's historical stock option grant practices and related accounting.
Panelists explore system-to-silicon link News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Panelists at the Medea+DAC conference in Germany offered suggestions for designing system-level silicon, including formal specifications, abstracted hardware-software interfaces and the use of regularity in silicon fabrics.
Inverter motor drivers rev up to 7.5 kW Product News 5/31/2006 Post a comment Extending the Smart Power Module portfolio to higher power commercial and industrial inverter motor applications, Fairchild's 50-amp FSAM50SM60A and 75-amp FSAM75SM60A deliver up to 5 and 7.5 kW for air conditioners and factory automation.
Samsung launches first European T-DMB phone News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Samsung Electronics said it is supplying terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting (T-DMB) phones to German mobile carrier Debitel. The phones will be used to launch Europe’s first commercial DMB-based mobile TV service.
Pattern generator-equipped logic analyzers tackle the competition Product News 5/31/2006 Post a comment Logic analyzer maker Agilent Technologies expands its portfolio with eight new fixed-configuration models in its next-generation 16800 Series. Eight models, ranging from 34-channels to 204-channels, provide 4-GHz timing sampling simultaneously with state measurements, eliminating the need to double-probe.
Logic-analysis software tracks discontinuities Product News 5/31/2006 Post a comment You can use a logic analyzer for general-purpose signal and bus timing, and to make state measurements, but you can spend hours turning low-level measurement data into meaningful information. Agilent Technologies addresses this conundrum with five logic analysis software applications supported across the company's logic-analyzer instrument portfolio. Even RF analysis is covered.
Tensilica touts contributions to EDA reference books News & Analysis 5/30/2006 Post a comment Book publisher Taylor & Francis is offering a two-book reference that provides an overview of the design automation algorithms, tools and methodologies used to design integrated circuits, according to Tensilica, employer of technologists who made major contributions to the books.
IXYS, Atmel release light ballast demo kits News & Analysis 5/30/2006 Post a comment IXYS released dimmable and non-dimmable demo kits for light ballast applications. These kits are the result of the cooperation between IXYS and Atmel Corp. to develop design tools and speed up the implementation of ballast solutions for the lighting market, IXYS said.
Barrier strips offer two mounting options Product News 5/30/2006 Post a comment Tyco's BUCHANAN JC6 series dual-barrier strips provide termination for wire and cable applications that require panel mounting or PCB installation in a variety of applications including industrial controls, power supplies, HVAC equipment, test equipment and telecom equipment.
PPDS display technology for next-gen LCD TVs licensed Product News 5/30/2006 Post a comment National Semiconductor has announced that Himax Technologies, Inc., MagnaChip Semiconductor Ltd., and STMicroelectronics have licensed National Semiconductor's PPDS (point-to-point differential signaling) display technology to develop column drivers for next-generation liquid crystal display (LCD) televisions. In addition, Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp. (CMO) has agreed to incorporate National's PPDS technology into its upcoming LCD TV modules.
Ethernet testers get EoPDH options Product News 5/30/2006 Post a comment Broadband test equipment maker Innocor adds Ethernet-over-PDH transport mechanism test capabilities to its existing TestPoint testers. The company also adds Resilient Packet Ring test options to the mix. The implementation runs on OC-48/STM-16, where RPR maps into GFP. This RPR intrusive monitor feature lets you control and impair RPR traffic to measure impacts on networks.
Asyst's CFO leaving for Agilent spinout News & Analysis 5/30/2006 Post a comment Robert Nikl has resigned his position as chief financial officer at Asyst Technologies and accepted a similar position with Verigy, the planned test equipment spinoff from Agilent Technologies.
Memory Bulletin: NAND glut seen in '06 News & Analysis 5/30/2006 Post a comment There is expected to be a slight oversupply of NAND-based flash memories in the marketplace for 2006, although supply is projected to become tight in the second half of this year, according to an analyst.
Universal Display, Mitsubishi team on OLED materials News & Analysis 5/30/2006 Post a comment Universal Display Corp. has signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. and Mitsubishi Chemical Group Science and Technology Research Center to collaborate on developing materials for phosphorescent OLED displays accessible through ink-jet printing.
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.