Virtex Reaches $2 billion Milestone News & Analysis 8/31/2003 Post a comment Virtex, which really consists of five different product families, has been Xilinx's flagship product series for some five years. Virtex was first introduced in October 1998 using a 0.22 µm process, and shipments of this family reached $25 million in August 1999. This was followed with the introduction of the 0.18 µm Virtex E in September 1999. Virtex EM, a limited family with increased embedded memory, was introduced after Virtex E. The company was able to report total Virtex shipmen
Security for mobile devices in the enterprise News & Analysis 8/28/2003 Post a comment Data mobility and accessibility are necessities in today's business environment. Professionals want to stay connected while they are traveling, and businesses strive to improve productivity and streamline operations by making relevant information accessible to their mobile work force.
A security program based on technology News & Analysis 8/28/2003 Post a comment In today's digital economy, the high value of integrated software and hardware form a vital part in the success of a business. Looking at this technology from a network perspective, components of software and hardware enable a channel of communication, by which an organization operates and integrates with other businesses: partners, suppliers, customers, managed service providers and others.
Foundry Watch: Jazz preps world's fastest SiGe News & Analysis 8/28/2003 Post a comment After being spun-out from Conexant Systems Inc. nearly 18 months ago, silicon-germanium (SiGe) foundry specialist Jazz Semiconductor Inc. is expanding its repertoire and developing what is believed to be the world's fastest SiGe technology.
Jazz is preparing a major thrust in the 0.13-micron market, devising 130-nm versions of its separate SiGe and CMOS processes. Due out in prototype form by 2004, the company's 0.13-micron SiGe technology is said to operate at 300-GHz (Ft)--or 1.5 times fast
Power FET outputs give two-phase stepper motors a boost News & Analysis 8/28/2003 Post a comment Combining low-power CMOS logic with high-current, high-voltage power FET outputs, the Series SLA706xM translators/drivers from Allegro Microsystems Inc. provides a complete control and drive from a two-phase unipolar stepper motor with pulse-width modulation (PWM) control of the output current in a power multichip module.
Power FET outputs give two-phase stepper motors a boost Product News 8/28/2003 Post a comment Combining low-power CMOS logic with high-current, high-voltage power FET outputs, the Series SLA706xM translators/drivers from Allegro Microsystems Inc. provides a complete control and drive from a two-phase unipolar stepper motor with pulse-width modulation (PWM) control of the output current in a power multichip module.
Straightforward DDR SDRAM Connection to FPGAs Using IP News & Analysis 8/28/2003 Post a comment Double Data Rate (DDR) SDRAM is now the most popular memory type for designers of embedded applications needing large amounts of low-cost, high-performance memory. Thanks to widespread adoption by the PC industry, and improved long-term availability over SDR SDRAM, it also makes good commercial sense for use in today's applications.
LTX posts $145 million loss for '03 News & Analysis 8/27/2003 Post a comment LTX Corp. reported sales of $33.7 million in its fourth fiscal quarter of 2003, up from $28.8 million in the third quarter of 2003 and $32.6 million in the like period a year ago.
Trial begins in bias suit against AMD, Sanders News & Analysis 8/27/2003 Post a comment The opening arguments will begin today (Aug. 27, 2003) in a bias suit filed by a former executive of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. against AMD and its chairman, W.J. Sanders III, according to a report from the San Jose Mercury News.
EMS, OEMs in procurement tug of war News & Analysis 8/27/2003 Post a comment Although OEMs are increasingly handing off the responsibility for commodity component procurement to EMS providers, many remain unwilling to shift purchasing of key parts to their contract partners. That means Large North American OEMs like Hewlett-Packard, Palm, and Sun Microsystems are in a tug-of-war with the very contractors they use to offload manufacturing. Spencer Chin has these insights.
Philips' reference design upgrades CRT-based tuners to LCD TVs News & Analysis 8/27/2003 Post a comment Practically all the consumer electronics manufacturers are "moving into LCD TV sets," says Philips Semiconductors. They are looking for a solution that lets them "jumpstart quickly in the new market." Junko Yoshida reports on a reference design that enables TV set manufacturers to make a quick and painless migration from CRT to mid-end LCD TV designs.
Shortages, price hikes hit flash, MPUs, DVD chips News & Analysis 8/26/2003 Post a comment It only seemed like yesterday when the semiconductor industry was suffering from overcapacity and otherwise lackluster demand for chips. But suddenly, there are signs of spot shortages--and even price hikes--for select parts, such as DVD chips, microprocessors, and NAND-based flash memories.
Getting 12-bits of Resolution out of your 10-bit A/D News & Analysis 8/26/2003 Post a comment Cost sensitive designs benefit from using lower resolution A/Ds and simple signal processing techniques. Including software solutions in you're A/D selection process can reduce your system cost without sacrificing performance. In Part 1 of this multi-part tutorial, FAE Fugerer looks at sample "averaging" as a means of increasing A/D resolution. In Part 2, he examines "oversampling." (Be sure too to look at the Appendix material that accompanies these articles.)