Times Square New Year's Eve Ball going high-tech News & Analysis 12/31/2005 Post a comment When the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball slides down to mark the beginning of 2006, it will be the last time it is lit entirely with conventional, incandescent light bulbs. Starting in December 2006, the ball will be lit by LEDs.
Motor driver IC keeps an eye on the camera Product News 12/30/2005 Post a comment Designed for portable electronics products with a basic digital camera, Freescale Semiconductor's MPC17C724 is a dual-channel motor driver IC that delivers 400 mA per channel for controlling the camera lens and shutter.
Video codec startup claims iPod first Product News 12/30/2005 Post a comment Claiming an industry first, low-power codec IC provider Mobilygen said that its MG1264 chip supports real-time, high-quality H.264/ACC video capture compatible with Apple Computer's video iPod.
Ovonyx, Samsung ink pact on memory IP News & Analysis 12/28/2005 Post a comment Ovonyx Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have entered into a long-term license agreement to use Ovonyx' intellectual property relating to the thin-film semiconductor memory technology.
ARC names 35-year tech vet CFO News & Analysis 12/28/2005 Post a comment Thirty-five year technology veteran Vic Young as been appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer of configurable CPU/DSP processor core and subsystem vendor ARC International.
2-Gbit DDR2 SDRAM samples for server applications Product News 12/28/2005 Post a comment Manufactured using 80-nm process technology, 2-Gbit DDR2 SDRAMs from Elpida have begun sampling to server manufacturers. The 2-Gbit DDR2 SDRAM devices are available in three different data-rate speeds, including 533-Mbits/s, 667-Mbits/s, or 800-Mbits/s.
TI set to acquire RFIC design house Chipcon News & Analysis 12/22/2005 Post a comment Chipcon’s design experience in ZigBee RF transceivers and SoCs is expected to complement TI's advanced analog silicon technologies and broad systems expertise. TI agreed to pay approximately $200 million for Chipcon. The transaction is expected to be complete in January 2006.
Lattice settles shareholder suit News & Analysis 12/22/2005 Post a comment Programmable logic supplier Lattice Semiconductor has reached a comprehensive agreement to settle a consolidated shareholder derivative litigation against a number of Lattice's former and current executive officers and directors.
Micron posts profit, appoints directors News & Analysis 12/21/2005 Post a comment Memory supplier Micron Technology Inc. reported net earnings of $63 million, or 9 cents per share on sales of $1.36 billion for the first fiscal 2006 quarter ended Dec. 1, compared with $43 million, or 7 cents per share on sales of $1.26 billion in the previous quarter.
White LED flash driver saves board space Product News 12/21/2005 Post a comment Designed for tight layouts, ON Semiconductor's NCP5603 charge pump IC can drive a high-power white LED for high brightness torch or flash applications for camera phones, or power several LEDs for general backlighting in other portable consumer electronic devices.
Grace Semi, ARM ink licensing agreement News & Analysis 12/21/2005 Post a comment Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing and ARM Holdings announced a licensing agreement by which ARM will develop a suite of Artisan physical intellectual property to support Grace's 0.18- and 0.13-micron process technologies.
Japanese firms countersue Patriot over patents News & Analysis 12/20/2005 Post a comment Processor developer and IP company Patriot Scientific Corp. has been named a defendant in five declaratory judgment lawsuits filed in the Federal District Court in Oakland, Calif., by a group of 20 Japanese electronics manufacturers.
Network-on-Chip für SoCs News & Analysis 12/20/2005 Post a comment Halbleiterexperten sind sich einig, dass eine neue Verbindungs-Technologie nötig ist, wenn man SoC-Bausteine mit einer Milliarde und mehr Transistoren erfolgreich realisieren will.
Zoran, Chinese company team on product lab News & Analysis 12/19/2005 Post a comment Digital TV semiconductor supplier Zoran Corp. has opened a joint product development laboratory with Xiamen
Overseas Chinese Electronic Corp. Ltd. (Xoceco), a China-based consumer electronics maker.
Condensed PWM controllers are more capable Product News 12/19/2005 Post a comment PWM controller recap - While lacking the glitz of so-called digitally-based systems, traditional PWM-based controller ICs for today’s switching power supplies show a fair amount of innovation in their own right.
128-Mbit DDR DRAM transfers data at 1.6-Gbytes/s Product News 12/16/2005 Post a comment Integrated Silicon Solution Inc. has introduced a 128-Mbit, DDR DRAM for the networking, consumer and automotive sectors. The IS43R32400A is organized as 4-Meg x 32, has an 8K refresh, and runs up to 200-MHz. And it provides a data transfer rate of up to 1.6-Gbytes/s.
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.