Voltage regulation IC market powered down in '07 - analyst News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment The global voltage regulation IC market, which over the past few years has enjoyed growth in the 10 to 15 percent range, only managed to increase by 5 percent in 2007, to more than $7 bn, according to the latest analysis from IMS Research (Wellingborough, England).
Companies team for sub $100 3G Linux phone Product News 1/31/2008 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors has teamed with embedded Linux developer Purple Labs (Chambery, France) for a sub $100 3G reference mobile phone targeted at handset designers focusing on emerging and developing markets.
8-bit MCUs extend battery life in portables Product News 1/31/2008 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor has introduced low-power 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) designed to enhance portable performance, extend battery life and improve energy efficiency for a wide range of embedded applications.
Motorola joins CSR's drive for an E-GPS forum News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment Motorola is the first company to join the CSR-led Enhanced GPS Forum that has just been established to encourage equipment makers and operators to work together to accelerate development of location technologies.
Sun rallies industry around Rock CPU News & Analysis 1/30/2008 1 comment Sun Microsystems is trying to rally an industry consortium around its approach to supporting transactional memory, a key piece of the puzzle of tomorrow's parallel programming systems Sun will implement in its upcoming Rock microprocessor.
Graphics processor breaks Teraflop barrier Product News 1/30/2008 Post a comment In a move that will expand the visual boundaries of PC entertainment beyond the 1080p HD threshold, AMD has developed the ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 graphics processor that breaks the Teraflop (one trillion floating point operations per second) barrier.
24-bit audio DAC delivers longer music playback Product News 1/30/2008 Post a comment Aimed at mobile music applications, ST's single-chip STw5210, a 24-bit audio DAC with playback time extender technology, reduces system power consumption for longer music playback, and incorporates on-chip power management, enabling direct connection to a battery.
NXP powers ahead with programmable LTE modem Product News 1/30/2008 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) is set to demonstrate at next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona a multi-mode, programmable LTE modem that will be the basis of a software defined radio system from the company.
Qimonda bets on DRAM demand beyond PC News & Analysis 1/30/2008 Post a comment Memory maker Qimonda saw its sales precipitate during the past quarter. At the company's shareholders annual meeting in Munich, Qimonda CEO Kin Wah Loh gave a cautiously optimistic forecast, betting on consumer electronics to replace the PC market as main demand driver.
8-bit MCUs deliver 1.8-3.3-V operation Product News 1/29/2008 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor is extending its popular low-end, 8-bit HCS08 microcontroller (MCU) family with the introduction of two high-performance devices, aimed at consumer and industrial applications.
Intel, Sun, TI debut hot chips at ISSCC Product News 1/28/2008 Post a comment Intel will debut the world's biggest commercial microprocessor as well as its lowest power X86 chip at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco next week, but a server chip from Sun Microsystems and a cellphone processor from Texas Instruments will outflank Intel on both fronts.
Battery charger chips get smart Product News 1/28/2008 Post a comment Battery life is arguably the most important feature in many of today's high-volume portable electronic products. While much of the portable electronics industry has migrated to the lithium-ion battery, drawn by its high capacity, small size, light weight and durability, no similar consensus has been reached about the battery charger IC.
NetLogic delivers "hybrid" knowledge-based processor Product News 1/28/2008 Post a comment NetLogic Microsystems' NL9000 is said to be industry's first fully-programmable "hybrid" knowledge-based processor that combines high-performance knowledge-based processing with the low-power efficiency of algorithmic Sahasra technology for next-generation IPTV and advanced mobile wireless networks
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.