Georgia Tech center to foster Cell processor News & Analysis 11/20/2006 Post a comment Georgia Tech's College of Computing has partnered with Sony, Toshiba and IBM to create a "center of competence" focused on fostering the Cell microprocessor technology in such applications as bioinformatics, scientific computing, finance and entertainment.
Sony, NXP plan JV for contactless smart card chip News & Analysis 11/20/2006 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors signed a memorandum of understanding with Sony, establishing a joint venture to create a secure chip for contactless smart card applications in mobile phones. The companies aim to establish the venture by the middle of 2007.
U.S. wireless start-up makes AIM debut News & Analysis 11/20/2006 Post a comment Dealings in shares in xG Technology, a company that has patented and developed modulation and encoding technology that allows broadband signals to be transmitted at low power on already used parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, opened on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM) Monday (Nov.20). However, the company has had to scale back the value of the flotation.
NXP, Sony team for secure contactless ICs News & Analysis 11/20/2006 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors and Sony Corporation, already two of the major backers of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology and applications, plan to joint venture to develop secure chips for contactless communications.
21-bit LVDS deserializer reduces EMI, cost for displays Product News 11/17/2006 Post a comment Check out Maxim's latest member of its high-speed LVDS SerDes family, a hot-swappable, 21-bit DC-balanced LVDS deserializer with programmable spread spectrum. The MAX9254 spreads output clock and data over a specified ±2% or ±4% range to reduce EMI. By reducing the number of wires/traces from 22 to 8, the MAX9254 simplifies design, saves space, and diminishes the cost of system interconnects, such as cables and backplanes.
ZiLOG's MCU offers vector control capability Product News 11/17/2006 Post a comment ZiLOG's Z8 Encore! MCU (FMC16100 Series) is claimed to be the first 8-bit MCU to offer vector control capability, a feature that significantly lowers the bill of materials costs for appliance manufacturers.
White LED driver flashes brighter Product News 11/17/2006 Post a comment Touting an innovative power management technique for maintaining picture quality in portable wireless devices even when the battery is taxed by multiple phone functions, Analog Devices's new ADP1653 dual white LED driver promises a brighter camera flash for better picture quality in low-light conditions.
Consumers keep chip sales sizzling News & Analysis 11/16/2006 Post a comment Buoyed by strong sales into the consumer electronics market, the global semiconductor market is forecast to maintain a strong growth rate that should see sales rising to $321 billion by 2009, up more than 41 percent from $227.5 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Zensys brings home third generation SoC News & Analysis 11/16/2006 Post a comment Wireless home control chip specialist Zensys has started sampling its third generation of devices for the Z-Wave specification it has pioneered and that competes against other technologies such as ZigBee and Insteon.
Pushbutton interface chip simplifies audio control Product News 11/16/2006 Post a comment Maxim's stand alone MAX5486 dual, 32-tap, audio controller with a simple, debounced pushbutton interface for volume and balance control eliminates the need for external bias circuitry, which ultimately saves design time, costs, and board space.
Infineon CEO: Consolidation means more chip firms News & Analysis 11/15/2006 Post a comment MUNICH, Germany — Consolidations may be the wave of the future in the semiconductor industry, but they will happen "around segments," said Wolfgang Ziebart, chief executive officer of Infineon Technolgies, at a CEO round table at Electronica here today.
Toshiba rolls SoCs for U.S. cable standards Product News 11/15/2006 Post a comment Toshiba America Electronic Components rolled out a pair of system-on-chip devices specifically designed to support North American cable TV standards, including the Advanced Television Systems Committee standard and digital cable.
Toshiba launches MIPS-based SoCs for digital TV apps Product News 11/14/2006 Post a comment Toshiba America Electronic Components has expanded its TC904XX family of single-chip system-on-a-chip solutions for mid-range and low-end digital TV applications. The SOCs employ a 64-bit MIPS-based RISC host processor and two highly optimized DSP processors for compute-intensive multimedia tasks.
1-Gbits/s LVDS chipset rolls with embedded clock architecture Product News 11/14/2006 Post a comment Check out this LVDS SerDes chipset from National Semiconductor. It can serialize 24 bits of data over a single differential pair at a bandwidth speed of 1.03-Gbits/s. And it features an embedded clock architecture that eliminates the need for a second oscillator at the receiver.
Four-channel transceiver module samples for InfiniBand applications Product News 11/14/2006 Post a comment Zarlink Semiconductor is sampling a quad small form-factor pluggable (QSFP) transceiver module that it says provides InfiniBand equipment manufacturers with edge and board density savings of more than 60% while slashing power consumption to 250-mW per transceiver channel. At 5-Gbits/s on each of the eight fibers, the Zarlink module is said to offer the densest, pluggable transceiver bandwidth on the market.
AMI Semi offers embedded flash for automotive apps Product News 11/14/2006 Post a comment AMI Semiconductor's High Injection MOS (HiMOS) embedded memory IP enables designers to configure the size of the on-board flash memory capacity from 2Kbytes to 64Kbytes in target applications expected to operate in harsh conditions.
Infineon sounds off about MEMS-based microphones Product News 11/14/2006 Post a comment Infineon Technologies AG has used MEMS technology for a silicon microphone for consumer and computer communications devices that it unveiled at Electronica and that it says is approximately one-half the size and operates on just one-third the power of conventional microphones.
AMD Stream processor rides Nvidia's wake Product News 11/14/2006 Post a comment The ATI division of Advanced Micro Devices spun a version of an existing graphics processor tailored for technical computing one week after graphics archival Nvidia released its latest GPU which has a special mode for technical applications.
Moto, Qualcomm power up 3G phones News & Analysis 11/13/2006 Post a comment Expanding what has been, at times, a troubled relationship, Motorola Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. are to collaborate on 3G mobile phones using Qualcomm's UMTS chipsets. Previously, the two companies have worked together primarily on solutions based on CDMA2000 technology.
ST plays Ball for MEMS motion controller News & Analysis 11/13/2006 Post a comment Finnish wireless sensor specialist Ball-IT oy and STMicroelectronics are demonstrating at Electronica a MEMS-based wireless motion-control device that can operate as a free-hand personal computer mouse, compass, measuring tape, pedometer, or a 3D-object controller.
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.