Every function in this power management IC Product News 1/31/2004 Post a comment austriamicrosystems touts its AS3603, an enhanced version of its AS3601 power management platform, as an industry benchmark for functionality and flexibility for mobile applications including cell phones, PDAs, and digital cameras. It features a DC/DC converter and ultra-low power LDOs, all programmable in 0.05-volt steps. The AS3603's feature set also includes a a driver for white LEDs, and a programmable 1-watt audio amplifier. The company says this chip takes up less than half the space of co
Switch technology supports broadband differential signaling Product News 1/30/2004 Post a comment There's a new class of switch products will enable the handling of differential broadband signals in advanced high-bandwidth applications, according to Pericom Semiconductor Corp. The company's line of application specific standard products (ASSPs) now includes switching solutions that address applications requiring up to 700 MHz of bandwidth.
Report Casts Doubt on Sony's "90-nm" PSX Processor Product News 1/29/2004 Post a comment A key chip in Sony's Playstation X game consoles was implemented in a 130-nm manufacturing process even though Sony announced plans to implement the combination chip in a 90-nm process, the technology and patent analysis firm Semiconductor Insights (Ottawa, Canada) reported on Thursday (Jan. 29.)
Op Amp sets benchmarks for power and noise Product News 1/28/2004 Post a comment LTC says that these two families of op amps have set some significant benchmarks for low places including power and noise. The company says these devices consume only 50% as much power as competitive devices.
Improved packaging and layout minimizes op amp distortion News & Analysis 1/28/2004 Post a comment When using operational amplifiers, optimizing the layout to achieve the lowest large-signal distortion appears to be an abstract problem. A part might provide distortion as low as "100 dB when evaluated on a board provided by the manufacturer, but might get 10 dB worse when it is plugged into the user's system. An ADI engineer shows how they've solved that problem.
16-bit Virtual MCU is 80C51 Code Compatible Product News 1/28/2004 Post a comment On Tuesday (Feb. 3) Dolphin Integration SA of Meylan, France will launch a 16-bit silicon IP microcontroller said to be fully binary code compatible with 8-bit 80C51 architectures. It is being positioned as a credible alternative to more expensive 32-bit MCUs for SmartCards and other applications.
Updated process slashes size of CDMA RF filters News & Analysis 1/27/2004 Post a comment Agilent Technologies Inc. has reworked its proprietary film bulk-acoustic-resonator (FBAR) process technology to achieve a 66 percent reduction in the size of RF duplexer and RF filter devices for code-division multiple-access PCS phones operating in the 1,900-MHz band.
RGB Amplifier Optimized for UXGA LCD Displays News & Analysis 1/27/2004 Post a comment Linear Technology introduces the LT6553, a triple video amplifier with an internally fixed gain of 2. Eliminating the need for external gain setting resistors, the LT6553 features a -3dB bandwidth of 650MHz. The fast slew rate of 2500V/us coupled with a quick 6ns settling time enhances the AC performance, resulting in sharper video images.
Multimedia card striving to become universal memory News & Analysis 1/27/2004 Post a comment The MultiMediaCard Association is equipping its flash memory cards with higher data rates, a wider bus and more security in hopes of overtaking the CompactFlash card for market dominance. From Munich, Christoph Hammerschmidt reports.
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.