The Week in Review: Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 News & Analysis 12/31/2004 Post a comment Gathered below are the top five stories for the week beginning Sunday December 26, 2004, as ranked by Silicon Strategies' readers, up to and including Thursday, December 30. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
TSMC va accélérer le déploiement de son procédé 90 nm News & Analysis 12/31/2004 Post a comment Afin d’accélérer le déploiement de sa technologie 65 nm, le géant taïwanais de la fonderie, Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), a annoncé, le mercredi 29 décembre, qu’il développerait les capacités de son usine 90 nm au cours de l’année 2005.
NIST devises world's smallest, sensitive sensor News & Analysis 12/31/2004 Post a comment The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) claims to have demonstrated a tiny, magnetic sensor that can detect magnetic field changes as small as 50 picoteslas a million times weaker than the Earth's magnetic field.
Future Horizons cuts IC forecast to 15% growth in '05 News & Analysis 12/30/2004 Post a comment Market research firm Future Horizons on Thursday (Dec. 30) cut its worldwide growth forecast for ICs. The research firm now predicts that the semiconductor industry would grow 15 percent in 2005, down from its original forecast of 28 percent.
Three-phase PWM condenses microprocessor designs Product News 12/30/2004 Post a comment International Rectifier's IR3093 is a three-phase interleaved PWM control IC that supports AMD Athlon, AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon64, and Intel VR10.X processors for applications that include desktop computer motherboards, voltage regulator modules, video graphics cards and telecom single-in-line (SIP) modules. It integrates MOSFET gate drivers, reducing parts count by 75 percent as well as solution size over competing devices, according to the company.
Samsung sets aside $100 million for DRAM probe News & Analysis 12/30/2004 Post a comment South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on Thursday (Dec. 30) said that it has set aside a $100 million provision against a DRAM price fixing scheme that has rocked the industry, according to published reports.
Conexant shareholders file suit, saying company hid troubles News & Analysis 12/28/2004 Post a comment Shareholders of Conexant Systems Inc. have filed a class-action suit against the company in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, claiming the communications semiconductor supplier failed to fully inform them about the company's deteriorating finances and inventory problems.
New Circuit Protection Options for Power Electronics News & Analysis 12/27/2004 Post a comment When a fault occurs in a linear transformer or power supply, some of the components may begin to overheat. In the case of the switch mode charger, some of the components that can fail are the magnetics or the switching FETs. A solution to this problem may be to use a polymeric positive temperature coefficient device that can help provide both overcurrent and overtemperature protection in one convenient package. A Raychem engineer offers these insights. (Thanks go to Paul O'Shea at powermanagment
Quad DC/DC brightens display solution Product News 12/21/2004 Post a comment Linear Technology's compact LT1942 incorporates a triple-output supply with built-in power sequencing for thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal displays (TFT-LCDs), as well as a driver for backlighting up to 12 white-LEDs.
Chinese company develops complete RFIC transceiver News & Analysis 12/21/2004 Post a comment Comlent, a fabless RFIC design house, announced Tuesday (Dec. 21) it is the first Chinese company to successfully develop a whole radio-frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) transceiver and power amplifier (PA) chip set for PHS/PAS handsets.
SST lower guidance, will take inventory charge News & Analysis 12/20/2004 Post a comment SST (Silicon Storage Technology) Inc. announced Monday that revenue for the fourth quarter ending December would top out between $102 million and $108 million, compared with previous guidance of $120 to $130 million.
SST lower guidance, will take inventory charge Product News 12/20/2004 Post a comment SST (Silicon Storage Technology) Inc. announced Monday that revenue for the fourth quarter ending December would top out between $102 million and $108 million, compared with previous guidance of $120 million to $130 million.
Industry discovers the IC: inventory correction News & Analysis 12/20/2004 Post a comment By some accounts, it has been a banner year for the IC industry in 2004. The first half was hot as vendors racked up record sales and profits. And in total, the industry is expected to grow anywhere between 25-to-30 percent in 2004 over 2003, depending on the forecaster.
IEDM buzz News & Analysis 12/19/2004 Post a comment The sparks and papers were flying at IEMD in cool and crisp San Francisco, as presenters addressed process technology, strained silicon, high-k, MRAMs, and even test tube transistors.
All-in-one regulator cuts costs to the core Product News 12/18/2004 Post a comment Intersil Corporation bills its ISL6568 two-phase PWM controller IC as the industry's smallest all-in-one VID multiphase CPU core regulator. With integrated 3-amp, 5-12 volt MOSFET gate drivers, it claims the highest performance-to-price ratio in the smallest PC board area of any Intel or AMD CPU core voltage regulator available.
Motorola annonce une réorganisation en vue d’une « mobilité transparente » News & Analysis 12/16/2004 Post a comment Motorola Inc. devrait débuter la nouvelle année par une réorganisation de ses différentes unités en une « entreprise de mobilité transparente » à l’heure où le nouveau Président-directeur général, Ed Zander, tente de donner une nouvelle forme à la société. Quatre unités devraient être créées et aucune perte d’emploi n’est prévue dans le cadre de cette réorganisation.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times