ASP falls said to weigh on small/medium size displays Product News 12/18/2007 Post a comment The average selling prices of small/medium size displays for mobile phones, PDAs, handheld games and automotive applications for long term contracts continued to decline during the third quarter of the year, albeit at a slower pace than in previous quarters, according to market research group DisplaySearch.
NFC Forum seeks competition entries News & Analysis 12/18/2007 Post a comment The NFC Forum is seeking entries for an international competition to uncover the best potential applications being developed that use near field communications technology.
Group focuses on camera phone image quality News & Analysis 12/18/2007 Post a comment The 22-member consortium looking to improve the image quality of camera phones is moving into the second phase of its efforts to develop repeatable, robust, test methods for evaluating the metrics associated with image quality -- both subjective and objective.
USB, Kleer plug into digital TVs News & Analysis 12/17/2007 Post a comment USB Implementers Forum is developing a variant of its technology to link mobile devices and TVs, and startup Kleer Corp. is announcing it has characterized its proprietary wireless link for standard definition video.
NEC expands power MOSFET line Product News 12/15/2007 Post a comment NEC Electronics America Inc. has expanded its NP series of 24-trench power MOSFETs with devices that provide higher avalanche capability and maximum channel temperature with low on-state resistance.
ULDO family features low input voltage Product News 12/15/2007 Post a comment Micrel has launched a tiny high performance, high PSRR, ultra-low dropout (ULDO) linear regulator family with input voltage down to 1.6V for high efficiency portable devices such as mobile phones, PDAs, portable media players (PMP), GPS and other portable device applications.
FireWire turns up heat with 3.2 Gbit/s spec Product News 12/14/2007 Post a comment Tomorrow's FireWire interconnects will quadruple in maximum data rates, hitting 3.2 Gbits/second thanks to the S3200 specification from the 1394 Trade Association which sees the new link, in part, as a low-cost alternative to HDMI for carrying uncompressed video.
Zilog's first 1.8-V flash MCU debuts Product News 12/14/2007 Post a comment Designated the Z8 Encore! XP F1680 series, this single chip is based on Zilog's eZ8 CPU core and provides customers a rich set of analog and digital peripherals, multiple flash memory configurations up to 24KB and a low bill of materials (BOM).
Memsic raises $60 million in IPO News & Analysis 12/14/2007 Post a comment Memsic Inc., the specialist chip maker that uses MEMS technology, has raised $60 million in its IPO in a transaction that values the Andover, MA-based company at $226 million.
Greenpeace urges console makers to play the game News & Analysis 12/14/2007 Post a comment Nintendo's Mario, Microsoft's Master Chief and Sony's Kratos, and friends, are just not doing enough for the environment, so lobbyist group Greenpeace is urging their fans to write to the games console makers to make the machines more eco-friendly.
Device controls stepper motors with limited burden on MCU Product News 12/13/2007 Post a comment LSI Computer Systems Inc.(LSI/CSI) has developed a low-cost precision stepper motor controller designated LS7290 that is designed to control two-phase bipolar stepper motors or four-phase unipolar stepper motors with minimum burden on the host microcontroller.
Broadcom tops ABI's Wi-Fi chip ranking News & Analysis 12/13/2007 Post a comment Broadcom Corporation has been ranked top in market research group ABI's study of WiFi chip vendors, with Atheros Communications and Marvell Semiconductor taking second and third spots respectively.
AMD to postpone some Quad-Core shipment News & Analysis 12/13/2007 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said it will delay the shipment of several Quad Core processors until the first quarter of 2008 due to manufacturing delays it believes have overshadowed many of its other major achievements.
Maxim selects Avnet as first global distributor Product News 12/12/2007 Post a comment Marking a significant change of its distribution channel strategy, Maxim Integrated Products has selected Avnet Electronics Marketing as its first global distributor. Avnet will provide design chain and supply chain services
Beceem touts mobile WiMAX interoperability News & Analysis 12/12/2007 Post a comment Mobile WiMAX terminal chip supplier Beceem Communications (Santa Clara, Calif.) has completed initial interoperability testing between its chipset and Sprint's WiMAX infrastructure as part of the operator's Mobile WiMAX device launch preparations.
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.