A look at ADI's latest Blackfin finds pair of cores Product News 1/26/2004 Post a comment Taking no chances on inherent architectural features alone, Analog Devices inc. has come to formally stake its digital media claim with a new line of beefed-up processors. Leading the charge is Blackfin's first dual-core implementation.
RGB Amplifier Optimized for UXGA LCD Displays Product News 1/26/2004 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.
Philips to work with IBM on RFID News & Analysis 1/26/2004 Post a comment Royal Philips Electronics and IBM Corp. have announced an alliance to jointly pursue the growing market for RFIDs and smart cards, with Philips Semiconductors providing smart-card controller ICs and RFID chip technology while IBM supplies its consulting, project management and implementation skills. From Paris, Junko Yoshida reports.
DSPs expand front in consumer media Product News 1/26/2004 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc.'s rollout of its latest Blackfin processors reinforces a growing industry consensus that consumer media devices could mark the next great opportunity for digital signal processors.
DSPs expand front in consumer media News & Analysis 1/26/2004 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc.'s rollout Monday (Jan.26) of its latest Blackfin processors reinforces a growing industry consensus that consumer media devices could mark the next great opportunity for digital signal processors.
LG-KV1300 phone: Analog on the leading edge Teardown 1/26/2004 Post a comment LG Electronics' newest cell phones put their emphasis on multimedia. A Wolfson Microelectronics audio codec supplies a stereo output, while two Texas Instruments Class D amplifiers drive the speakers. There's a Samsung CMOS imager with VGA resolution, and a two-color LCD display. From the January PA magazine folio, Portelligent's David Carey finds other analog parts inside.
Updated process slashes size of CDMA RF filters Product News 1/26/2004 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.
Free satellite TV's a hit in a freed Iraq News & Analysis 1/23/2004 Post a comment Since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime last April, sales of digital satellite decoders to Iraq have been explosive. While no official statistics exist, chip makers said they are being deluged with orders from set-top vendors. EE Times' Junko Yoshida reports.
ST Readies One-chip Solution for DVD Recorders Product News 1/23/2004 Post a comment STMicroelectronics is sampling its STm8000, a single-chip SoC for the DVD and HDD (hard disk drive) recorder market. The STm8000 offers manufacturers of full DVD recorders, DVRs (digital video recorders), and convergence products a lengthy set of features, including: analog TV recording, digital free-to-air broadcast support, time shifting, DV movie transfer-to-disc, memory-card reading, DivX decoding, WMA Decoding, and DVD Audio.
Online design tool for op amps -- Life just got easier Product News 1/23/2004 Post a comment National Semiconductor Corporation announced its Amplifiers Made Simple tool, the industry's first online design tool created to speed the selection, design and testing of many types of operational amplifiers for medical, scientific, industrial and automotive applications.
HDTV/STB Chipset Product News 1/22/2004 Post a comment Samsung's S5H2010 MPEG-2 decoder and S3C2800 Digital TV central processing unit (CPU) chipset should allow consumer electronics manufacturers to reach low- to mid-range price points that will drive wide adoption of HDTVs and HD Set Top Boxes.
Most Accurate High Speed Op Amps? News & Analysis 1/22/2004 Post a comment The new Elantec EL515x series features 0.3 mV input offset voltage combined with up to a 630 MHz 3dB bandwidth and a 640 V/us slew rate. Paul O'Shea offers the first report.
Fastest Fixed-Gain Amplifier for Video Signal Processing News & Analysis 1/22/2004 Post a comment Paul O'Shea reviews the TI ultra-wideband, fixed-gain video buffer amplifier from the company's Burr-Brown product line. It provides gains of +1, -1 or +2 using internal resistors. The combination of the 700 MHz bandwidth, the 2500 V/us slew rate, and 13 mA supply current makes the OPA693 an ideal video line driver or analog-to-digital converter input driver.
Pointers on battery-bounce protection News & Analysis 1/21/2004 Post a comment When you drop a battery-powered device, the impact can open internal contacts for as long as 10ms, producing a momentary loss of power that can cause a false low battery indication. You can insure continuity of power by adding a large capacitor across the battery, but the capacitor must provide a certain amount of voltage headroom as margin against the discharge of load current. Maxim engineers offer advice for keeping the levels up.
LCD digit driver helps reduce component count for feature phones News & Analysis 1/21/2004 Post a comment Austriamicrosystems' AS2591 is a CMOS IC used for driving LCDs with four backplanes and 24 (or 31) segments. This arrangement provides 12 (or 16) 7-segment digits " and 12 symbols. It is meant to provide an easy interface for the miniature alpha-numeric displays used in cellular handsets and feature phones. One of the company's engineers shows how the display driver helps build a "handsfree" cell phone (available as a reference design) with a low component count.
First Single-Chip Inkjet Fax Controller Product News 1/21/2004 Post a comment Murray Slovick looks at the industry's first single-chip controller for inkjet and thermal fax applications. This multi-processor SoC enables all required electronics to fit on a single board, reducing costs by 30 to 50 percent when compared to existing inkjet fax designs.
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.