MCU enables energy-efficient lighting systems Product News 2/28/2005 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor has hopes of penetrating smart fluorescent lighting applications that require power factor correction and/or high-resolution pulse width modulation with its newest 8-bit microcontroller line.
System-on-chip calls attention to higher power density Product News 2/28/2005 Post a comment Product Review—Enpirion's latest device is promoted as a step-improvement over the company's EN5330 introduced last May (see eeproductcenter.com, ID#21100422 and ID#21100071), which was the first claimed power system-on-a-chip with an on-board output inductor for its synchronous buck PWM converter.
Low-Z driver ICs boost multiphase, motor designs Product News 2/25/2005 Post a comment Four new high-speed, low-impedance n-channel MOSFET driver ICs from Siliconix are intended to improve high-current, single- and multiphase DC/DC switching power supply designs. One of the new drivers is specifically suited to brushless motor control applications.
Power manager ICs expand facility Product News 2/25/2005 Post a comment Summit Microelectronics' new SMB110 and SMB113 chips bring additional functionality to the company's line of Programmable Power Manager (PMM) ICs for digital supplies. The SMB110 five-channel and SMB113 four-channel ICs are optimized for increasingly complex consumer electronics applications.
Memory Bulletin: NAND flash rankings in '05, '06 News & Analysis 2/25/2005 Post a comment Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is expected to remain the leader in the NAND-based flash-memory market in 2005 and 2006, but Hynix/STMicroelectronics, Infineon, and Micron will experience the fastest growth in the business, according to projected rankings from RBC Capital Markets Inc.
Marvell's sales up 7% in record quarter and year News & Analysis 2/24/2005 Post a comment Marvell Technology Group Ltd. said revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005 was a record $340.3 million, an increase of 40 percent over $243.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004 and a 7 percent sequential increase from $317.6 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2005.
Pericom Semiconductor cuts workforce News & Analysis 2/23/2005 Post a comment Pericom Semiconductor Corp. announced Wednesday (Feb. 23) it would reduce its workforce by 25 employees as part of a cost reduction program slated to save $1.2 million annually.
Digital consumer electronics will drive new HDD growth, says analyst News & Analysis 2/23/2005 Post a comment Cable companies like Comcast have a strong interest in seeing that set top boxes come equipped with media storage devices, a Lehman Brothers analyst told IDEMA, and because of that the disk drive industry is poised for 38% growth. The need for storage will foster a new pecking order among consumer electronics companies, the analyst said. Steve Ohr was there to capture his comments.
Canadian embedded memory startup emerges News & Analysis 2/23/2005 Post a comment Seeking to bring scalability in the embedded memory space, a new Canadian startup has emerged and said it will shortly ship its initial products a set of DRAM-based cores for the 90-nm node.
ZiLOG's MCU fits in 8-pin package Product News 2/23/2005 Post a comment Packing all the functionality of its larger 20- and 28-pin XP family members, but using 80 percent less space on the printed circuit board is ZiLOG's Z8 Encore! XP microcontrollers in a small 8-pin footprint.
Sasken develops GSM/GPRS chip with Rohm News & Analysis 2/22/2005 Post a comment Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd. said it has developed a complete GSM/GPRS chipset solution, including the baseband and protocol software, with Japan-based semiconductor supplier Rohm Co. Ltd.
Agere adds India design center News & Analysis 2/22/2005 Post a comment Agere Systems has opened a second development site here as part of its expansion, joining an existing site set up in 1998 when the company was part of the Lucent microelectronics group.
Mysticom retimer chips achieve new levels of integration for CX4 and LX4 apps Product News 2/22/2005 Post a comment Mountain View, Calif. Mysticom Semiconductor has introduced a pair of new retimer chips for Xenpak, X2 and XFP modules that incorporates its third generation 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) transceiver technology. The new chips the MY3128 designed for 10GBase-CX4 over Infiniband cable and the MY3129 designed for10GBase-LX4 over multimode fiber tout the highest levels of integration and industry's smallest footprint. For systems designers, this means fewer components, lower costs a
8-bit MCU supports full-speed USB 2.0 Product News 2/22/2005 Post a comment Designed to support full-speed USB 2.0, STMicroelectronics uPSD3400 Turbo Plus series of 8051-class embedded flash microcontrollers offers system-level-integration with flash and SRAM densities of up to 256-kbytes and 32-kbytes, respectively.
Technology moves forward to provide us with universal memory Product News 2/21/2005 Post a comment For too long, we have been conditioned into thinking of memory as volatile or non volatile. For too long have real time scratchpad memory, buffer memory, and register states been fleeting with loss of power. It's time to shift our paradigms and new technology is giving us that opportunity.
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.