Under the Hood: JVC Digital Videocam offers a cast of analog players Teardown 10/8/2004 Post a comment The GR-DV3000 digital video camera from JVC represents an emerging breed of hybrid still/video digital image-capture devices which rely heavily on support from the analog world. Capable of capturing megapixel stills and electronically-stabilized, the videocam uses a wide assortment of analog parts. What is unusual, Portelligent's David Carey shows, is the number of data converters and image processors from Japan.
Jennic adopts fabless model, seeks funding News & Analysis 10/8/2004 Post a comment Semiconductor intellectual property vendor Jennic is changing its market approach, shifting from being solely a supplier of IP to a fabless manufacturing business model, providing ICs directly to customers.
FIB-X formed to provide FIB services News & Analysis 10/7/2004 Post a comment Moving to address next-generation chip designs, failure analysis laboratory Microtech Analytical Labs Inc. (MAL) has spun out its focused ion beam (FIB) services unit into a new and independent company, according to officials at the FSA Expo here this week.
Analyst raises Q3 forecast for wafer maker MEMC News & Analysis 10/7/2004 Post a comment While nearly all IC-equipment and materials vendors are lowering their quarterly forecasts, investment banking firm Lehman Brothers on Thursday (Oct. 7) raised its estimates for silicon wafer maker MEMC Electronic Materials Inc.
Component orders down in September, says ECA News & Analysis 10/7/2004 Post a comment The monthly electronic component order index compiled by the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA) dipped in September, confirming an onslaught of reports from various suppliers indicating an industry slowdown.
One-chip PD interface simplifies connection to PoE Product News 10/7/2004 Post a comment National Semiconductor's LM5070 is billed as the first completely integrated, space-saving interface solution for the Powered Device (PD) that connects into Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) systems. Competing solutions use two or three chips, says the company.
Linear Technology changes CEO News & Analysis 10/6/2004 Post a comment After 23 years of leading Linear Technology Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.), chief executive Bob Swanson will relinquish that role effective January 4, 2005, passing the torch to current chief operating officer Lothar Maier.
Just what you need: SMSC introduces USB port controllers with an odd number of ports. Product News 10/5/2004 Post a comment SMSC used the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco last month to show an expanded line of USB2.0 products, including the USB2503 and USB2507, the industry's first USB2.0 3-port and 7-port hub controllers. as well as the USB2504, a second generation 4-port hub controller; the USB2228, a controller for 12-in-1 flash card readers; the USB3250, a second generation USB2.0 physical layer transceiver (PHY) device.
Industry slowdown is short term, says National's Halla News & Analysis 10/5/2004 Post a comment Refraining from making any firm predictions, National Semiconductor Corp. president and chief executive Brian Halla said in an analysts' meeting in New York City Tuesday (October 5) the current slowdown in the electronics industry is due to customers adjusting their inventories and doesn't expect the slowdown to persist long term.
TSMC to see slow Q4 as foundry market declines News & Analysis 10/5/2004 Post a comment Citing an inventory correction, a research firm has lowered its estimates for bellwether foundries Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), while Second-tier foundries are also seeing a sudden decline in fab utilization, due to wafer cancellations from their customers.
DSP extension is available for MIPS architecture Product News 10/5/2004 Post a comment MIPS Technologies has launched its DSP ASE, a new digital signal processing extension to the MIPS architecture. The DSP ASE (application-specific extension) is said to improve signal processing performance by up to 300 percent over a range of embedded applications.
Ethernet-Strom aus nur einem Chip News & Analysis 10/5/2004 Post a comment Eine Single-Chip-Lösung für Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) hat National Semiconductor vorgestellt. Der Baustein erleichtet gegenüber bisherigen Lösungen aus mehreren Chips das Design von PoE erheblich.
High Precision Amplifiers Boost Accuracy Product News 10/4/2004 Post a comment Today National Semiconductor Corp. made its foray into the precision market with a family of high-precision, high-performance amplifiers that are said to improve accuracy in industrial, medical and automotive applications.
TI's 16-bit MCU line touts 0.8 uAmps standby power Product News 10/4/2004 Post a comment Texas Instruments' newest family in its MSP430 16-bit RISC microcontroller product line offers system designers real-time clock standby power of 0.8 microamps with the ability to switch in less than one microsecond to a fully synchronized 16 MIPS in active mode. Power in active mode is spec'd at 300 microamps.
Peek-a-boo: Current tap monitors GPIO parallel ports Product News 10/4/2004 Post a comment Designed to provide an alternative to monitoring and controlling the inputs and outputs of a system's microcontroller or microprocessor, Texas Instruments is introducing the SN74LV8153 8-bit Output Expander to compliment its PCF8574 and PCF8574A I/O expansion devices. These TI expanders offer a viable method of taping a parallel bus and a practical means of interfacing with different peripheral devices.
The pulse News & Analysis 10/2/2004 Post a comment Trying to make sense of the cyclical semiconductor industry? Gathered here is a compendium of recent stories on IC forecasts, August chip data, DRAMs, PCs, and semiconductor equipment.
Ultra-thin boost converter optimized for white LEDs Product News 10/2/2004 Post a comment Allegro MicroSystems' A8430 is a high-frequency DC/DC boost converter in a 3-by-3 mm QFN package only 0.75 mm high that's designed for driving white LEDs or similar loads from a single cell Li-ion or multicell NiMH power source. Working from a 2.5- to 10-volt input, it provides a programmable constant-current output at up to 36 volts (up to four LEDs in series at 20 mA from a 2.5-volt input, 5 LEDs at 20 mA from a 3-volt input, or seven LEDs from a 10-volt input).
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.