32-bit Secure Processor for Smart Card ICs Product News 11/26/2003 Post a comment Murray Slovick looks at STMicro's new ST22FJ1M, a 32-bit smart card processor with 1Mb of embedded Flash memory. The chip's memory capacity and security features should open up a host of new opportunities in the mobile communications, pay-per-view TV, IT security and Identification markets.
Multichannel DAC Family supports DVDs and super audio CDs News & Analysis 11/25/2003 Post a comment Wolfson Microelectronics introduced a family of low-cost, power-efficient multi-channel digital analog converters. Members include five 6-channel and a 2-channel DAC. They offer power-saving operation at a low cost and provide performance for the next generation of DVD and super audio compact disc players.
Power chip drives point-of-load applications News & Analysis 11/25/2003 Post a comment Texas Instruments' TPS54350 is the newest addition to the company's SWIFT (switcher with integrated FET technology) family, a 3-amp, nominal 15-watt DC/DC (non-isolated) PWM buck converter suitable for point-of-load applications. Working from a 4.5- to 20-volt input, the converter is especially useful for powering DSP, FPGA, and microprocessors directly from a mid-voltage bus, versus an additional low-voltage bus.
Analog mux parts claim reduction in signal feed-through News & Analysis 11/25/2003 Post a comment Intersil's new MightMUX devices claim a 99 percent reduction in off-state leakage current and a 99 percent reduction in off-state signal feed-through " at least, compared with Intersil's previous-generation switches. But then, a 2-pA leakage current is respectably low.
Supervisor IC indicates fan failure News & Analysis 11/25/2003 Post a comment A watchdog timer can monitor the tachometer output of your PC fan, and tell you when you have a problem. From the November issue of Planet Analog magazine, a Maxim apps engineer shows how.
Chips from magnetoresistive material advance in lab News & Analysis 11/25/2003 Post a comment Magnetoresistive materials being developed by researchers at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory may offer a promising alternative to the semiconductor industry's current chip-making processes. Instead of relying on atomic accuracy, theorists say that the researchers, who have harnessed nanoscale imperfections in a material, could use it as a thin film for chip fabrication. Colin Johnson reports.
Controller handles multiple hard drives News & Analysis 11/25/2003 Post a comment small startup has crafted a novel controller for high-end gaming and video-editing desktop PCs that use multiple hard-disk drives. NetCell Corp., based here, claims its TurboDisk chip can control up to five hard drives while providing better performance and data protection than RAID Level 5 controllers, at a lower cost.
Multichannel DAC Family supports DVDs and super audio CDs Product News 11/25/2003 Post a comment Wolfson Microelectronics introduced a family of low-cost, power-efficient multi-channel digital analog converters. Members include five 6-channel and a 2-channel DAC. They offer power-saving operation at a low cost and provide performance for the next generation of DVD and super audio compact disc players.
CMOS transceiver circuit builds a compact RFID reader News & Analysis 11/25/2003 Post a comment EM Microelectronic offers a practical circuit for an RFID card reader. The author offers instructions for configuring the circuit for read-only, read-write and passive transponder applications. Because the operation is dependent on the resonance of the RFID card with its reader, tuning capacitor selection can be critical, he advises.
Reusable architecture is DSP framework Product News 11/24/2003 Post a comment Over a decade ago, fixed-point digital signal processor implementations became available, enabling easy software programmability for different DSP algorithms. Those early DSPs offered limited processing capabilities that could have been used for specific uncomplicated tasks such as voice compression and decompression. Over the years, DSP usage has spread to other applications including audio decoding and encoding, signal modulators and equalizers, different video applications, and advanced vocod
First AE-5 Series 32-Bit Smart Card MCU from Renesas Product News 11/24/2003 Post a comment The AE57C is the first product from Renesas Technology Corp.'s AE-5 Series of 32-bit smart card microcontrollers. According to the company it offers approximately four times the , but offers approximately four times the processing performance of the AE-4 Series as it executes one instruction per cycle instead of one instruction in two cycles. The chip comes with 132 KB of EEPROM, the largest memory capacity of any of the company's smart card microcontrollers.
Modular units speed DSP/ARM solutions Product News 11/24/2003 Post a comment LSI Logic Corp.'s newest ZSP processor core module boards are aimed at SoC and platform developers that want to integrate a ZSP500 or ZSP400 based subsystem with any available ARM processor core module. These board-level solutions are said to provide for seamless integration and a rapid prototyping environment for shortened time-to-market for voice, multimedia or wireless applications.
ADI's revenue, profits better than expected News & Analysis 11/24/2003 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc. rode the fledgling electronics industry recovery to a solid performance in its latest fiscal quarter, with all segments of the company's operations recording higher-than-expected sales.
AMD makes splash on MPU, fab fronts News & Analysis 11/24/2003 Post a comment Last week was a big one for Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
At Comdex early in the week, Sun Microsystems Inc. announced it has adopted AMD's 64-bit Opteron for new single- and dual-processor servers. According to analyst Nathan Brookwood of Insight64, Saratoga, Calif., Sun executives hinted that the company might use Opteron for Sun workstations, of which roughly a million units are sold each year.
Reaching for the top News & Analysis 11/24/2003 Post a comment Even as demand explodes for flash memory, the technology underlying it is expected by many in the industry to hit a technological wall when scaling to finer widths.
Flextronics unit working on structured array News & Analysis 11/24/2003 Post a comment Flextronics Semiconductor is contemplating a move into structured ASICs to give its customers another avenue to reduce system development costs.
The fabless ASIC company has partnered with start-up eASIC Inc., a Santa Clara, Calif.-based developer of a one-mask metal programmable array that can either be embedded in a cell-based design or used as the base fabric for fast-turnaround ASICs.
Processors Begin 64-bit Push Product News 11/23/2003 Post a comment At the Microprocessor
Forum IBM unveiled its first 64-bit PowerPC microprocessor,
one of 18 new computer, embedded or network processors
detailed the event.
Choosing the Best Microcontrol Solution Still Requires Flexiblity Product News 11/22/2003 Post a comment As embedded applications become more complex and offer more functions, microcontrollers makers need to
keep up with the changes. In the past, the answer has been to integrate as much
as possible on to a single chip and drive the process technology smaller to keep
cost under control. But as Microchip Technology's Fanie Duvenhage explains, this philosophy does not always provide the best
and most cost-effective solution for embedded control.
QuickLogic touts products as resistant to reverse engineering News & Analysis 11/21/2003 Post a comment With increasing amounts of intellectual property being put into FPGAs, QuickLogic Corp. is attacking the question of design security on two fronts.
Touting its antifuse-based FPGAs and Embedded Standard Products as resistant to reverse engineering, QuickLogic has set up a Website to promote awareness and offer potential solutions to IP theft.
Mixed signals News & Analysis 11/21/2003 Post a comment The long-awaited semiconductor and chip-equipment recovery is here. Or is it? Some see a few more speed bumps ahead, as wafer-fab utilization and chip inventories were disappointing in Q3.