Atmel Intros Secure MCU for Smart Cards Product News 11/20/2003 Post a comment The AT91SC25672RC is based on the ARM SecurCore SC100 CPU core. Occupying less than 20 mm2, this product is aimed at the high volume smart card market, in particular JavaCard implementations. Low power consumption also makes it compliant with mobile phone requirements.
CMOS dual band radio core offers digital and analog interfaces Product News 11/20/2003 Post a comment The WiLD RF is a WLAN dualband radio IP core in CMOS technology usable for development of a standalone single chip radio, either with an digital or analog interface to the modem or for integration with other functional blocks like MAC and Modem for complete 802.11a,b,g applications.
Analog Devices fourth-quarter net more than doubles News & Analysis 11/20/2003 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc. said its fiscal fourth quarter net income soared 153 percent with orders for future delivery surging to a two-year high as the chip sector recovery continued to gain momentum. The DSP and analog IC supplier exceeded analysts' consensus estimate in the three months ended Nov. 1 with revenue rising 22 percent from the year-ago quarter on broad demand from all segments of the company's operation.
White LED driver powers a 9V CCD Camera via USB News & Analysis 11/20/2003 Post a comment USB is a de facto standard in every new personal computer and/or laptop. But this doesn't come free: USB 1.0 connections only give you 5 volts. In this design note from the November issue of Planet Analog magazine, a National Semiconductor engineer shows how to wire a white LED driver to cough up the 9 volts needed to power a CCD camera.
HP iPAQ 1945: PDA packs plenty of analog Teardown 11/20/2003 Post a comment So, just how Analog is your Personal Digital Assistant? Of the roughly 600 electronic components used in the latest HP iPAQ design, only a small fraction formed the binary heart of the system, writes David Carey in this teardown report compiled for the November issue of Planet Analog magazine. Samsung, Philips, National Semiconductor, Semtech and Maxim are among the names he sees.
LVDS fan-out buffers support high-availability systems Product News 11/19/2003 Post a comment IDT enters the high-performance clock distribution market with the introduction of a family of industry leading, low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) fan-out buffers. IDT believes it is the first to offer LVDS fan-out buffers with redundant clocking and glitchless switchover. This feature reduces system failure and increases reliability.
First Look: IBM's Power5 Processor Product News 11/18/2003 Post a comment Power5, which will debut in 2004, will be a dual-core processor with a shared L2 cache memory and external L3 caches integrated on a multi-chip module (MCM). Power5-based systems will be four times as
fast as IBM's current Power4-based p690. Murray Slovick examines IBM's newest server chip.
Consumer goods swaying DRAM design Product News 11/17/2003 Post a comment Consumer electronics, which traditionally has been late to adopt most technologies, is rapidly becoming a technology driver. The emergence of digital media along with the blossoming of tiny form factors has driven consumer electronics vendors to the leading edge of the SoC integration curve as they try to pack more signal processing horsepower and memory bandwidth into smaller packages at lower power. EE Times Ron Wilson and EBN's Crista Souza collaborated on this report.
Analog mux parts claim reduction in signal feed-through Product News 11/17/2003 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.
Industry recovery gathers steam News & Analysis 11/17/2003 Post a comment Solid demand for mobile phones and consumer electronics devices has caused sales of NOR flash memory to surge the last two months and is leading to tighter supplies and pushing the price of some parts higher.
Itanium to Get Multithreading in 2005 Product News 11/16/2003 Post a comment Rick Merritt reports that Intel Corp. will use multithreading and a whopping 24 Mbits of cache in the Montecito version of its Itanium processor. The news could vault Itanium ahead of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Ultrasparc, according to industry analysts, but the Intel processor will still lag IBM Microelectronics' Power series.
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.