Toshiba to boost NAND production News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment Toshiba Corp. will boost investment in its memory fab in Yokkaichi, increasing capacity to 30,000 300-mm wafers a month, or 40 percent more than previously planned.
Energy saving products highlight IR's mixed-growth revenue picture News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment While International Rectifier's total annual revenues grew just $100-million over last fiscal year (from $1.06 billion in fiscal 2004 to $1.17 billion in fiscal 2005), the company's biggest growth was reflected in energy-saving products, followed by computer industry products and those for military and aerospace customers. Alex Lidow is enthused about energy-saving products.
CCFL inverter delivers sure strikes Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products' MAX8729 is a fully integrated controller optimized to
drive multiple cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) used in LCD monitor and TV applications. Using a topology that the company touts as unique, the controller works in a resonant mode during striking and switches over to a fixed-frequency mode after the lamps are lit to ensure reliable striking and operation under all conditions while reducing electrical stress on the transformer.
Optical sensor saves power, space in portable devices Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment Intersil Corp. has entered the light sensor market with the launch of its new EL7900, a light-to-current optical sensor, that integrates a photodiode and a current amplifier on a single surface-mount chip. The new device offers both a power- and space savings for portable and handheld system designers.
LED module suits battery-operated devices Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment Para Light Corp. now offers an enhanced-power LED module as a light source for any battery-operated device or for use in flashlights. Available with yellow, green, red or blue LEDs, the new LS0615 series is also suitable for full-color signage as well as track-, task-, emergency-, security- and garden-lighting applications.
SMB interface eliminates additional cables or connectors Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment Bomar Interconnect Products Inc. has added a SMB interconnect to its proprietary Eliminator coaxial series, that also includes a family of F-style connectors. These Eliminator interfaces are designed to eliminate the need for extra cable assemblies and PC-board connectors traditionally required to mate box-type, or modular integrated components to boards. Users only have to connect the Eliminator connector directly to an electronic device and drop it onto the PC-board.
Twentieth Century Fox to support Blu-ray Disc Format News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment Twentieth Century Fox, a member of the Board of Directors of the Blu-ray Disc Association since October 2004, announced today that it will release content on the new high definition Blu-ray Disc format through its subsidiary Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC.
SMIC pushes out 90-nm, blames loss on rivals News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) disclosed that it would begin generating sales for its new 90-nm process by the fourth quarter of this year -- which is several months later than the company’s original schedule.
AC/DC supplies front industrial, medical applications Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment Artesyn Technologies' NLP250 AC/DC power supplies, which deliver up to 250 watts, are suited to front-end conversion solutions and distributed power architectures, including medical applications. The supplies provide a choice of 12-, 24- or 48-volt outputs to simplify system integration (main channel output current is 21, 10.5, and 5.25 amps, respectively), and are supported by control and monitoring features to satisfy a wide variety of DC supply requirements.
The Week in Review: July 24 to 30 News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment Gathered herein are the top five stories for the week beginning Sunday, July 24, 2005, as ranked by EE Times' readers, up to and including Friday, July 29. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article. In addition we provided an editor’s selection of other significant stories of the week.
Analyse : Pourquoi Intel annonce-t-il une nouvelle usine de fabrication ? News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment Comme Intel Corp. l’a suggéré au début de la semaine, la construction d’une nouvelle usine de plaquettes de 300 mm n’a pas grand chose à voir avec la croissance future des PC. Au contraire, cette annonce fait plutôt partie de sa stratégie visant à rattraper son rival en microprocesseurs, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), et à obtenir un avantage compétitif sur celui-ci au nœud stratégique de 45 nm.
PLD vendor releases open IP core soft MCU Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment In a move to drive user development of its new 8-bit soft microcontroller core, Lattice Corp. is offering an open IP core license that eliminates the boundaries found in free reference designs that restricts the use of IP.
Losses grow as sales slide at Mentor News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment EDA company Mentor Graphics Corp. reported a net loss of $6.8 million on revenue of $154.8 million for the second quarter of 2005. The loss was up from $4.4 million reported in the preceding quarter and the revenue was down from first quarter revenue of $164.3 million.
Tool kit modernizes PFC designs Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment International Rectifier's IRAC1150-D2 power-factor-correction (PFC) control design kit, with a complementary design tool that can be accessed from the company's myPOWER online site, brings PFC designs up to date. "This reference design allows designers to immediately see the benefit of IR’s one-cycle control performance without a major redesign or spending a lot of time evaluating and prototyping a new PFC circuit," said Stephen Oliver, marketing manager for AC/DC products.
Legal costs bump up Lattice's Q2 losses News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment The costs of an investigation into executive compensation and internal controls at programmable logic company Lattice Semiconductor Corp. were partly responsible for the company reporting a net loss of $8.2 million on revenue of $52.4 million in the second quarter.
Hitachi affiche des pertes au 1er trimestre fiscal News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment Le géant d’électronique japonais Hitachi Ltd. a publié des ventes de 18,2 milliards de dollars avec une perte nette de 217 millions de dollars au titre de son premier trimestre fiscal, clos le 30 juin. Le niveau de ses ventes est semblable au premier trimestre 2004, à l’heure où Hitachi enregistrait un bénéfice de 142,3 millions de dollars.
Controllerchip vereinfacht Netzwerk-Implementierung News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment Für die einfache Implementierung von Netzwerk-Controllern hat Epson seine Controller-Chipfamilie S1S60000 um einen neuen Baustein erweitert. Der S1S60020 bietet eine erbelich höhere Performance als die bisherigen Familienmitglieder.
Chip-Ranking: Infineon wird nach hinten durchgereicht News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment Gleich um mehrere Plätze nach hinten wurde Infineon im aktuellen Ranking der größten Halbleiterunternehmen durchgereicht. Gewinnen konnte in der Aufstellung der "Top ten" der Branche des Marktforschungsinstituts IC Insights hingegen Freescale Semiconductor, die Halbleiter-Ausgliederung des Motorola-Konzerns.
SMIC erwirbt NROM-Lizenz News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment Die chinesische Fourndy Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) hat von dem israelischen Chipunternehmen Saifun eine Lizenz für die Fertigung der NROM-Technologie erworben.
SMIC reshuffles execs amid loss; ups capex News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment Amid a loss for the second quarter, China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) said that it has elected Yang Yuan Wang as its new chairman, replacing Richard Chang, who will remain chief executive of the loss-ridden silicon foundry provider.
14-slot AdvancedTCA shelf adds performance Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment Tracewell Systems' second generation CO-Star 14-slot AdvancedTCA (ATCA) Central Office Shelf touts numerous design enhancements including an advanced split backplane design for easy customization, highly robust construction, board-to-board assembly to eliminate internal wire harnesses, and additional airflow capacity for cooling beyond 200 watts per slot.
Silvestri named CEO of MoSys News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment Monolithic System Technology Inc. (MoSys), a provider of embedded memory solutions, announced the appointment of Chet Silvestri as chief executive.
Microsemi posts big increase in quarterly net income News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment Microsemi reported fiscal 2005 third quarter net sales of $75.2 million, up 3 percent from the $73.3 million that the company reported for the second quarter and up 17 percent from the $64.1 million it reported for the same period in 2004.
SMIC reshuffles execs amid Q2 loss News & Analysis 7/28/2005 Post a comment Amid a loss for the second quarter, China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) said that it has elected Yang Yuan Wang as its new chairman, replacing Richard Chang, who will remain chief executive of the loss-ridden silicon foundry provider.
Microtune, MicroLinear narrow losses as sales rebound News & Analysis 7/28/2005 Post a comment RF semiconductor supplier Microtune Inc. posted a net loss of $0.6 million, or 1 cent per share, on sales of $13.5 million in the second quarter, compared to a net loss of $2.0 million, or 4 cents per share on sales of $12.2 million the previous quarter.
AMI Semi restructures business, sees profit shrink News & Analysis 7/28/2005 Post a comment Mixed-signal semiconductor supplier AMI Semiconductor has realigned its business by integrating its foundry services business into its mixed-signal business unit, a move the company said would offer customers a full range of options from applications-specific products to custom designs and foundry services.
Connectors provide smallest pitch for industrial sensors Product News 7/28/2005 Post a comment A new line of 1.50-mm (.059 in.) pitch EZ-Conn connectors from Molex Inc. offers the smallest pitch available for industrial sensor applications. The new connector system also features a simple wire termination for cost savings and easy make-to-fit harness assemblies in the field.
Stand alone Li-ion chargers get even smaller Product News 7/28/2005 Post a comment Billed as a complete stand alone linear charger in a 2-by-2 mm DFN, Linear Technology's LTC4065 and LTC4065A can deliver up to 750 mA for single-cell lithium-ion batteries and applications in digital still cameras, portable point-of-sale and diagnostic equipment, cell phones, PDAs and USB-equipped handheld devices.
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.