European project takes aim at power leakage in SoCs News & Analysis 1/10/2006 Post a comment The European Commisssion is part funding a three year project looking at design methods to control leakage power in NanoCMOS SoCs. Dubbed CLEAN, the project is being led by ST Microelectronics and it aims to extend battery life and reduce the power consumed by electronics devices in CMOS designs below 65nm.
Xilinx releases upgraded development suite News & Analysis 1/9/2006 Post a comment Xilinx released the latest version of the company's free, downloadable development system, ISE WebPack, including all the features of the company's ISE Foundation programmable logic design solution.
SemIndia announces ATMP plant in India News & Analysis 1/9/2006 Post a comment India will have its first semiconductor assembly-test-mark-pack (ATMP) plant later this year, as the initial part of SemIndia’s plans to have a complete semiconductor manufacturing facility in India.
Operational amplifier integrates cooling devices Product News 1/6/2006 Post a comment Power Amp Design's operational amplifier boasts rail-to-rail operation at both the inputs and the output combined with a power supply voltage range from ±8 volts to ±50 V (100 volt total supply voltage), and an output range up to 15 amps.
Controller combines digital manager and battery charger Product News 1/6/2006 Post a comment Summit Microelectronics' SMB118, part of a second generation of multi-output programmable power manager ICs, integrates six precision programmable regulators and a programmable battery charger to cut system size and cost in portable consumer electronics.
Chip pair supports 36-bit color depth at 1080p resolution Product News 1/5/2006 Post a comment Pressure from TV manufacturers to develop a technology to replace low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) as they accelerate the move to 1080p HDTV resolution and 30- and 36-bit color depths has driven one chip maker to develop a transmitter and receiver that allow HDTVs achieve a much higher level of visual performance at no additional cost.
Nanocrystals eyed as solar cell material News & Analysis 1/5/2006 Post a comment Carrier multiplication, a phenomenon in which semiconductor nanocrystals respond to photons by producing multiple electrons, is applicable to a broader array of materials than previously thought, according to scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
NAE recognizes creators of charge-couple device Product News 1/4/2006 Post a comment A pair of former Bell Laboratories engineers have been recognized by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for their 1969 invention of the charge-couple device (CCD), a light-sensitive component at the heart of digital cameras and other widely used imaging technologies
Xilinx ups quarterly guidance News & Analysis 1/4/2006 Post a comment American Technology Research analyst Satya Chillara is expecting higher-than-anticipated March quarter revenue from programmable logic supplier Xilinx.
LED driver shows true colors Product News 1/3/2006 Post a comment Linear Technology's LTC3783, a PWM LED driver that boasts a 3000:1 dimming range for high-power LED strings and clusters, uses digitally-based True Color circuitry to eliminate the color shift normally associated with traditional LED current dimming.
G.984-compliant transceiver features clock and data recovery Product News 1/3/2006 Post a comment Applied Micro Circuits Corp.'s G.984-compliant transceiver with clock and data recovery puts the chip maker into the burgeoning Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) market. The S3157 is designed to perform parallel-to-serial and serial-to-parallel conversion, clock generation, and system timing.
PWM controller offers extra flexibility Product News 1/3/2006 Post a comment Touting a high degree of design flexibility, Intersil's ISL6420A PWM controller offers programmable switching frequency, programmable soft start, external compensation, a wide DC input (4-28 volts) to support a broad variety of applications, and two package choices.
Rambus, AMD ink patent licensing deal News & Analysis 1/3/2006 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is paying $75 million over the next five years to use a range of Rambus technologies in a deal that specifically excludes AMD using the patents to manufacture Rambus-designed memory chips.
Simtek raises $11 million, closes ZMD deal News & Analysis 1/3/2006 Post a comment Simtek Corporation has raised $11 million in a private placement of shares, the bulk of which is being used to complete the previously announced acquisition of a nonvolatile memory product line from Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG (ZMD).
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.