Infineon ends 2005 in the red News & Analysis 11/18/2005 Post a comment German semiconductor supplier Infineon Technologies AG completed its fiscal 2005 year in the red, as the troubled company began to restructure its operations toward a fabless business model.
Selectable supervisor monitors positive and/or negative supplies Product News 11/18/2005 Post a comment Linear Technology's LTC2909 is a dual low-voltage supervisory IC that can monitor one of three possible polarity combinations. The LTC2909 can monitor two low-voltage inputs: Positive, negative, or both, for under-voltage, over-voltage, or either to its corresponding supply. It can also monitor a single supply (positive or negative) for under-voltage or over-voltage simultaneously. The chip's adjustable trip thresholds are set with an external resistive divider network.
Video switch saves space Product News 11/18/2005 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor's video switch matrix integrates analog switch capability, input clamps, bias circuitry and cable drivers into one device.
Acoustic echo canceller preserves sound Product News 11/18/2005 Post a comment Zarlink Semiconductor unveiled its latest acoustic echo canceller that is said to improve voice quality and reduce noise in a wide range of hands-free communication applications, including car kits, desktop phones and intercom systems.
EL lamp driver boasts higher brightness Product News 11/18/2005 Post a comment Touting lower noise and a patented high-voltage circuit to deliver higher brightness levels, the HV859 driver IC from Supertex delivers ±105 volts to electroluminescent lamps measuring up to 5 in2 for LCD backlighting, PDAs, mobile cellular phone keypads and other handheld wireless devices.
MCU offers on-chip “learning” capability Product News 11/17/2005 Post a comment ZiLOG has added the ZLP12840 to its Crimzon infrared remote microcontroller line. Packed into this device is the ability to learn codes from other infrared remote controls via a learning circuit.
Marvell posts record quarterly revenue News & Analysis 11/17/2005 Post a comment Marvell Technology Group reported record revenue of $426 million and a net income of $93 million, based on generally accepted accounting principles, for its fiscal 2006 third quarter.
TI fab workers want overtime pay for suiting up News & Analysis 11/17/2005 Post a comment Two Texas Instruments employees have filed a collective action civil lawsuit charging the company with failure to pay overtime wages legally due employees for the time spent donning protective clothing and other preparations required for a cleanroom environment.
Charger IC peaks for portables Product News 11/17/2005 Post a comment Microchip Technology says its MCP73831 battery charger IC offers the industry's best overall performance. "The MCP73831 charge management controller offers the best combination of features, output-voltage regulation, and thermally-efficient packaging on the market for small, lithium-ion and lithium-polymer-powered applications," said Keith Pazul, marketing manager for Analog and Interface Products Division. "This new charger supports market trends toward consumer devices that deliver higher perf
Commentary: Is Infineon going fabless? News & Analysis 11/17/2005 Post a comment Infineon Technologies’ decision to split its DRAM and logic businesses and seek an IPO for its memory business could foreshadow the German chip maker's move to a fabless model for CMOS manufacturing below the 90-nm node.
ColdFire MPUs tout on-chip USB functionality Product News 11/16/2005 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor has beefed-up its 32-bit ColdfFire microprocessor offerings with two new devices that offer greater control, connectivity and security features for embedded applications such as factory automation, medical devices and retail point-of-sale scanners.
Logic cell architecture sharply lowers FPGA power consumption Product News 11/16/2005 Post a comment QuickLogic Corp.'s experience with Eclipse II customers has led the company to develop a new FPGA line called PolarPro, which is designed with a new logic cell architecture that is tailored to address the needs of power-sensitive applications. PolarPro will give the battery-powered, handheld designers the option of choosing an FPGA, which hasn't been viable due to its high-cost and power-consuming nature.
Chip bridges legacy PCI devices to PCI Express-based applications Product News 11/16/2005 Post a comment Texas Instruments' XIO2000 is a single-function PCIe-to-PCI translation bridge that connects two different interfaces. It allows designers to bridge legacy PCI devices to the latest PCIe applications used in PCs, docking stations, ExpressCard, split-chassis systems and test and measurement instruments.
PMIC's stock rises on the consumer index Product News 11/16/2005 Post a comment Product recap - Power ICs and controller chips, the two most highly regarded components among the many shades and grades of power management ICs (PMICs), continue to make their way into more consumer products as well as more digitally intensive power and control architectures. At the same time, the latest batch of devices, veering somewhat from the previous generation’s highly integrated chips that provided much of the circuitry and all the bells and whistles for handheld phones (e.g., aud
Telematics switch rated for 10W Product News 11/16/2005 Post a comment ANADIGICS has introduced an RF switch that provides an impressive 10 W power rating, which is ideal for applications such as automotive telematics, as well as GSM, CDMA, and WLAN mobile platforms.
Charges drag down ADI's profit News & Analysis 11/15/2005 Post a comment Analog Devices reported fiscal fourth quarter net income of $68.3 million on net sales of $622 million. For fiscal 2005, ADI reported net income of $414.8 million on revenue of $2.4 billion.
22-bit A/Ds reside in 8-pin MSOP Product News 11/15/2005 Post a comment Microchip Technology Inc. claims these 22-bit analog-to-digital (A/D) converters are among the lowest in power consumption and among the smallest package-sized high-resolution A/D converters in the industry.
Silterra, Essensium target European market News & Analysis 11/15/2005 Post a comment Malaysian foundry Silterra and Belgium-based design company Essensium announced a new partnership that will see the two companies jointly develop turnkey solutions for European semiconductor customers.
Huawei to use Agere processors News & Analysis 11/15/2005 Post a comment Huawei Technologies will use Agere Systems Inc.’s Advanced Payload Plus 300 network and Link Layer processors in its next-generation 3G infrastructure equipment.
Spansion to extend flash range with logic IP deals News & Analysis 11/15/2005 Post a comment Spansion, the flash memory venture between AMD and Fujitsu, is planning to collaborate with ‘strategic partners’ to integrate logic blocks into its MirrorBit technology that would form the basis of a new line of products dubbed Logic on Flash.
Triple A/D converters geared for video Product News 11/15/2005 Post a comment Extending its line of mixed-signal video ICs, Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) today introduced a pair of 8- and 10-bit triple analog-to-digital (A/D) converters that provide up to 165 Msamples/second.
ARM9 MCU draws 2.5 microA in standby for POS apps. Product News 11/14/2005 Post a comment Atmel Corp. touts the low power specs for its new ARM-9 based MCU. Operating at 500Hz, the MCU draws 400 microA. Maximum operating power at 180 MHz with all peripherals turned on is just 65 mA. In standby mode, the device consumes only 2.5 microAmps.
Modulator reduces cost for base station designs Product News 11/14/2005 Post a comment Designers of 900-MHz products take note, Linear Technology has developed the LT5568 direct I/Q modulator just for your high-performance applications, such as GSM/CDMA base stations and second-generation RFID applications.
Design tools eye nanoscale realm News & Analysis 11/14/2005 Post a comment As the CAD community grapples with emerging technologies like silicon nanowires, biofluidic microchips and DNA self-assembly, one major question emerges: How are we going to design this stuff?
High-current charger IC touts digital edge Product News 11/14/2005 Post a comment Advanced Analogic Technologies’ AAT3686, a lithium-ion/polymer battery charger IC powered by the USB port or an AC adapter, boasts a number of leading edge features. These include a digital (versus analog) thermal loop for quicker response and more stable operation in the AC adapter mode, the highest charging current capability for a chip of this kind, circuitry that cuts back on the charge current depending on the condition of the alternative (USB) power source, and a serial data output t
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.