SigmaTel profit falls, foresees loss News & Analysis 1/31/2006 Post a comment Mixed-signal multimedia semiconductor supplier SigmaTel Inc. reported fourth-quarter earnings of $4.6 million, or 12 cents per share on sales of $82.0 million, compared to $19.5 million, or 52 cents per share on sales of $78.6 million in the year-ago quarter.
SGI replaces CEO News & Analysis 1/31/2006 Post a comment Silicon Graphics named Dennis McKenna president, chairman and CEO. McKenna succeeds Robert Bishop, who will remain on the board of directors and serve as vice chairman.
Port expanders store user settings in non-volatile memory Product News 1/31/2006 Post a comment With Cypress Semiconductor's three latest I²C port expanders, designers don't have to perform reconfiguration after each power-up. The devices are designed with a proprietary addressing algorithm that allows them to store all user settings in non-volatile memory.
Freescale adds 5-volt capable family of 8-bit HCS08 MCUs Product News 1/31/2006 Post a comment Freescale says its new MC9S08AW family of 8-bit MCUs is the first HCS08 core-based microcontrollers that support 5-volt industrial and automotive applications. The devices offer enhanced brown-out detection for controlled power-on reset in the event of a brown-out or power failure.
600 MHz MPU targets automotive infotainment apps Product News 1/31/2006 Post a comment Renesas Technology’s newest 32-bit superscalar processor runs at 600 MHz, the highest speed yet for an SH-based MPU. Targeted applications for the new SH7785 are automotive infotainment systems and other high-performance multimedia systems that process 2D and 3D graphics.
Researchers claim 3-D nanostructure breakthrough News & Analysis 1/31/2006 Post a comment A breakthrough by an international team of scientists affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center could pave the way for the building of complex, three-dimensional nanostructures using semiconductor photolithography equipment.
Atheros' profit jumps nearly six fold News & Analysis 1/30/2006 Post a comment Wireless semiconductor provider Atheros Communications reported a fourth quarter GAAP net income of $13.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2005, a nearly six-fold increase from the $2.2 million that the company reported for the same period of 2004.
8-bit MCU packs 32 KB of SRAM and 256 KB of flash Product News 1/30/2006 Post a comment STMicroelectronics 8-bit uPSD3400 Turbo Plus microcontroller series is now available with 32 Kbytes on-chip SRAM. The devices also integrate 256 Kbytes of flash memory, USB 2.0 full-speed as well as other interfaces and peripherals.
Throughput drives 32-bitter's design Product News 1/30/2006 Post a comment Atmel Corp. has developed a high-performance 32-bit RISC processor core with an instruction-set architecture de- signed from the ground up to increase computational throughput per cycle.
PoE controller can be powered from AC adapter Product News 1/27/2006 Post a comment National Semiconductor says its LM5071, for power-over-Ethernet (PoE) applications, is the industry's first single-chip PD controller with DC/DC converter that can be powered from alternative sources such as an AC adapter.
8-MHz buck regulator suits ultra-thin portables Product News 1/26/2006 Post a comment Micrel says its MIC2285 is the industry’s first 8-MHz, 500-mA synchronous buck regulator for portable applications. As such, the regulator, working off a 2.7- to 5.5-volt input, is suited for space-sensitive applications including ultra-thin cell phones, PDAs, GPS systems, digital cameras, and portable media players.
Broadcom earnings beat guidance News & Analysis 1/26/2006 Post a comment Communications semiconductor supplier Broadcom Corp. posted fourth-quarter 2005 net earnings of $194 million, or 50 cents per share on sales of $820.6 million, compared with $71.1 million, or 20 cents per share on sales of $539.4 million in the year-ago quarter.
IR meets guidance, expects flat quarter News & Analysis 1/26/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier International Rectifier Corp. posted GAAP net earnings of $24.3 million, or 34 cents per share on sales of $278.8 million in its second fiscal 2006 quarter ended December.
IDT narrows loss News & Analysis 1/26/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier Integrated Device Technology Inc. posted a net loss of $42.3 million, or 21 cents per share, on sales of $160.8 million in its third fiscal 2006 quarter ended Jan. 1, 2006.
High-performance controllers boost the PoE connection Product News 1/26/2006 Post a comment PoE product recap - With power-over-Ethernet (PoE) the closest thing to “the next big app” in the largely mature power area, vendors are bringing new controller systems to market with higher levels of integration, higher power capability, and a lower cost per port.
Nanometrics buys Accent for $81 million News & Analysis 1/26/2006 Post a comment Metrology-equipment specialist Nanometrics Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Accent Optical Technologies Inc., a supplier of process control and metrology systems, for $80.9 million in stock.
SiRF chip integrates GPS, Bluetooth Product News 1/25/2006 Post a comment Chipset vendor SiRF Technology has launched SiRFLinkI, a single-chip solution integrating GPS and Bluetooth functions the company said reduces size, cost, and power requirements.
LSI posts profit on 21% revenue increase News & Analysis 1/25/2006 Post a comment LSI Logic reported a return to profitability on a 21 percent year-to-year increase in fourth quarter 2005 revenue. The company reported a GAAP net income for the quarter of $38 million, a sharp turnaround from net losses of $197 million for the fourth quarter of 2004 and $73 million for the third quarter of 2005.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times