TI claims First Demo of PCI Express-to-PCI Bridge Product News 10/26/2003 Post a comment PCI Express is a dual-simplex, point-to-point serial differential low-voltage interconnect that will consolidate all application requirements for use by multiple market segments. PCI Express architecture will be a high-performance, highly flexible, scalable, reliable, stable and cost-effective general-purpose I/O architecture that will seamlessly complement existing PCI buses and transition the market over the next several years, allowing system and communication designers to use new topologies.
Bus switch families target datacom and networking equipment Product News 10/26/2003 Post a comment Worried about the shift to higher speeds and lower operating voltages? Texas Instruments claims its' CB3T is the industry's only Bus Switches supporting 5V / 3.3V to 2.5V level translation. Its' CB3Q is a high-performance Bus Switch family with very-low and flat Ron and its' CBT-C is an enhanced 5V Bus Switch family with -2V undershoot protection.
DSP is dead; long live DSP Product News 10/26/2003 Post a comment Why are custom IC and ASIC vendors claiming their implementation of DSP is faster, cheaper, cooler and perhaps prettier than a programmable DSP from the usual suspects: TI, Agere Systems, Motorola and ADI? Will Strauss, in a June 2002 column in EE Times, says if you think the general-purpose DSP vendors are sitting on the butts, thing again.
Philips "pepper flake" shrinks logic packaging Product News 10/26/2003 Post a comment Philips Electronics announced it was expanding its offering of a small logic IC package with the addition of the industry's first 24-pin Depopulated very-thin Quad Flat-pack No-leads (DQFN) package " arguably the world's smallest. It's designed for logic gates, octals, and medium scale integrated circuits.
Commentary: The benefits of standardization in packaging Product News 10/26/2003 Post a comment There are many ways to illustrate the benefits of standardization for suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, and ultimately, the end consumer. Standardization of the USB port on the PC, for example, has made the addition of peripherals relatively simple and inexpensive. The more you standardize, the more you drive down costs, insist these competitors in an opinion piece that originally appeared in EBN.
Where standard logic was in 2001 Product News 10/26/2003 Post a comment Standard logic in 2000 maintained a solid presence in an increasingly specialized semiconductor market. The general-purpose, or "glue logic," nature of standard logic continued to help it stay competitive with ASICs, systems-on-a-chip, and other integrated solutions. EBN said the market was strong.
Bus switch chip families aim for mixed-signal apps Product News 10/26/2003 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc. says it has designed its CB3T, CB3Q and CBT-C bus switch chip families to meet the needs of system designers who face the challenge of supporting mixed-mode signal operation and need bus interface devices that provide voltage translation.
Power-over-Ethernet hookup eased Product News 10/26/2003 Post a comment Linear Technology's LTC4257 interface controller is the company's first power-over-Ethernet device made specifically to meet the powered device (PD) requirements of IEEE's 802.3af specification.
Maxim switch powers up to eight USB ports Product News 10/26/2003 Post a comment Maxim's MAX1562, MAX1562H and MAX-1563 current-limited switches power up to eight Universal Serial Bus ports. These 3- and 4-amp devices offer such features as autoreset and fault blanking for USB applications in notebook and desktop computers.
PowerQUICC III Adds Security Engine Product News 10/25/2003 Post a comment Motorola is unveiling the new MPC8555 PowerQUICC III processor with integrated security at the Network Processors Conference West in San Jose, California and at the Smart Networks Developer Forum (SNDF) in Taipei, Taiwan, and Qingdao, China.
VIA Finds a Way to Trim Processor Size, Add Security Features Product News 10/24/2003 Post a comment Made in a 130nm process and available at speeds of 533MHz, 800MHz and 1GHz, the Eden-N is almost without question Via's best processor yet. It features the very small nanoBGA package, which measures just 15mm x 15mm. By comparison, Intel's Pentium M CPU measures in at 35mm x 35mm
Maxim announces 3841crosspoint switch Product News 10/24/2003 Post a comment The MAX3841 is ideal for high-speed serial-data loopback, redundancy and switching for serial OC-192 and 10-Gigabit Ethernet applications or other applications up to 12.5 Gbits/s. Jon Gabay gives this assessment.
DRAM vendors slot DDR3 for 2006 debut News & Analysis 10/24/2003 Post a comment
With DDR2 SDRAM just getting ready to crack the market, memory makers last week confirmed that the architecture's follow-on, DDR3, will debut in 2006.
At a JEDEX conference here, the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association said a feature set for the DDR3 standard will be defined in 2004.
TI's transceivers satisfy TIA/EIA-485 Product News 10/24/2003 Post a comment Texas Instruments' SN65HVD1176 and SN75HVD1176 Profibus transceivers have been designed to provide improved output transition skew of less than 1 nanosecond (0.2 ns typical), giving system designers the ability to tighten up the total timing budget of their networked applications.
ARM's Next-Generation Processor Gets a New Look Product News 10/24/2003 Post a comment ARM Holdings plc's next-generation processor will be a superscalar machine that will break through the gigahertz clock frequency threshold that has until now blocked what is mainly the preserve of PC and server microprocessors.
More for the Money News & Analysis 10/23/2003 Post a comment Murray Slovick looks at Philips' new LPC2114 and LPC2124 32-bit MCUs, aimed at a wide range of applications including motor control, servo loop control, power management and data acquisition. Key features of the devices include up to 256K bytes of embedded Flash memory, 10-bit A/D converters, 16K of SRAM and 10mm x 10mm size.
More for the Money Product News 10/23/2003 Post a comment Murray Slovick looks at two new members of Philips' ARM-based MCU family. The new LPC2114 and LPC2124 32-bit MCUs are aimed at a wide range of applications including motor control, servo loop control, power management and data acquisition. Key features of the devices include up to 256K bytes of embedded flash memory, 10-bit A/D converters, 16K of SRAM and a 10mm x 10mm footprint.
Motorola to sell China fab to SMIC News & Analysis 10/23/2003 Post a comment As expected, Motorola Inc. announced plans to sell its fab in China to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), a silicon foundry provider in Shanghai.
"Shoot-Through" in Synchronous Buck Converters News & Analysis 10/23/2003 Post a comment The synchronous buck circuit is in widespread use to provide "point-of-use" high-current, low-voltage power for CPUs, chip sets, peripherals, etc. In the synchronous buck converter, the power stage has a "high-side" MOSFET to charge the inductor, and a "low-side" MOSFET that replaces a conventional buck regulator's "catch diode" to provide a low-loss recalculation path for the inductor current. Shoot-through is defined as the condition when both MOSFETs are either fully or partially turned on.
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.