Dual chipset provides total 1FXS and 1FXO solution Product News 2/21/2005 Post a comment Today, Legerity Inc. is trumpeting a 1.5-channel FXS/FXO solution -- one complete channel of FXS and the FXO codec --in just one single device. Previously, this level of integration into a single device for voice and data networks was not available, according to the fabless analog/mixed-signal semiconductor maker.
ADI's video amps conserve battery power Product News 2/21/2005 Post a comment Product Review: Today Analog Devices, Inc. introduced a pair of high-performance video amplifiers that offer low operating power and what it claims is the industry's lowest standby power -- enabling longer battery life in portable multimedia consumer applications, such as MP3 players and digital video cameras.
Mystery tour News & Analysis 2/19/2005 Post a comment On a fab tour, Robert LeFort, president of Infineon's U.S. unit, defended its 300-mm expansion plan as part of a strategy to continue investing in its technology.
Infineon prépare sa nouvelle usine de fabrication de mémoires de 300 mm en Virginie News & Analysis 2/18/2005 Post a comment Infineon Technologies AG a commencé mi-décembre à installer le matériel dans sa nouvelle usine de fabrication de mémoires de 300 mm située à Richmond, Virginie, et le fabricant de puces espère que l’usine sera opérationnelle pour une production limitée de mémoires vives dynamiques (DRAM) au cours de l’année, ont indiqué les responsables de la société lors d’une visite de la nouvelle installation de 11 148 mètres carrés.
Authentication IC thwarts counterfeit battery packs Product News 2/18/2005 Post a comment Product Review—Intersil's ISL6296 is the third battery-validation IC announced in the past month, following those from Texas Instruments and Dallas Semiconductor. Intersil's chip uses a proprietary algorithm embedded in its FlexiHash engine, built around four 8-bit CRC calculators that provide an implied degree of security at least equal to what's provided by the Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA-0, SHA-1) developed by the National Security Agency.
Mitsubishi demonstrates H.264 encoding Product News 2/17/2005 Post a comment Mitsubishi Electric Corp. has demonstrated real-time H.264 encoding with a general purpose DSP during an open house earlier this week at its Information Technology R&D Center in Ofuna, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Lattice adds precision power manager Product News 2/17/2005 Post a comment Hillsboro, Ore. - Lattice Semiconductor's software configurable Power1208P1 Precision Power Manager IC, an extension of the company's ispPAC Power Manager programmable mixed-signal product family, is designed to provide power sequencing of up to 8 supplies and monitoring of up to 12 supplies through an optimized set of programmable digital and analog functions.
Li battery charger integrates the pass device Product News 2/17/2005 Post a comment Advanced Analogic Technologies' AAT3682 lithium-ion/polymer linear battery charger integrates the pass device (MOSFET) to minimize external parts count. Designed for compact portable applications, the AAT3682 features an embedded microcontroller serial interface to communicate the state of the battery to the system.
Intel licenses 1066-MHz bus technology to SiS News & Analysis 2/17/2005 Post a comment Taiwan's Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. (SiS) said that it has signed a licensing contract with Intel Corp. The deal involves the manufacture and sale of chipsets for the Intel's Pentium 4 processor with the 1066-MHz front side bus (FSB).
Micronas rechnet mit Anhalten der Lagerbereinigung News & Analysis 2/17/2005 Post a comment Trotz voll ausgelasteter Fertigung in den Kerngerschäftsbereichen Consumer-und Automobil-Elektronik verbuchte der Chiphersteller Micronas im vierten Quartal einen Rückgang bei Umsatz und Gewinn. Für das laufende Jahr gibt das Management einen verhaltenen Ausblick.
Intel packt Laserquelle in CMOS-Chips Product News 2/17/2005 Post a comment Intel ist es gelungen, einen unterbrechungsfreien Laser in industriegängiger Chiptechnik herzustellen. Wenngleich der Laser noch mehrere Jahre von einer kommerziellen Verwendung entfernt ist, sieht Intel eine Vielzahl von Anwendungen, vor allem in der Datenkommunikation.
Infineon readies new 300-mm fab in Virginia News & Analysis 2/17/2005 Post a comment Infineon Technologies AG began installing equipment in its new 300-mm memory fab near here in mid-December and the chip maker expects to ramp up the factory for limited DRAM production sometime later this year.
Digital Addressable Lighting Interface lowers the cost of mood lighting News & Analysis 2/17/2005 Post a comment Consider mood lighting: There's a new focus is on dynamic lighting. The storage and retrieval of entire lighting scenes is also in demand. In order to create lighting scenes, lights have to be assigned to particular groups, but as a rule, the programmer also wants the option of controlling the lights individually — but just listen to the cash register! STMicroelectronics offers insight into a low-cost digital control scheme.
WiMAX could alter telecom industry, says report News & Analysis 2/16/2005 Post a comment Because it can be deployed without government regulation, WiMAX has the ability to significantly alter the nature of the telecommunications industry, according to a study released Wednesday by market research vendor In-Stat.
Authentication IC guards against unauthorized battery packs Product News 2/16/2005 Post a comment Dallas Semiconductor's DS2703 is a battery pack authentication IC that implements a challenge/response scheme, utilizing the Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA-1) specified in the Federal Information Publication
180-1/2 and ISO/IEC 10118-3, to authenticate a battery pack for a host system such as a cell phone, PDA, or other portable computing devices. The DS2703, integrated into the battery pack, enables the host to guard against unauthorized packs that could introduce unknown function or substandard
Under the Hood of the Kyocera K112: Low-tier phone leans on analog Teardown 2/16/2005 Post a comment First launched in Brazil, the K112 handset includes games, calculator, ringtones, and an alarm. On a more technical note, the handset also features an internal antenna— an amazing bit of RF engineering in itself—to bypass those breakage-prone stubs and whips. From the February Planet Analog magazine folio, Portelligent's David Carey was impressed.
Class D amps reduce EMI, improve sound Product News 2/15/2005 Post a comment Once dismissed as providing only average-quality audio, Class D switching
amplifiers appear now to be turning the tide and gaining acceptance in consumer
applications. Companies like Analog Devices, Microsemi, National Semiconductor
and Texas Instruments recently announced a wave of analog-input Class D
Li-ion charger IC stresses advanced safety Product News 2/15/2005 Post a comment Linear Technology's LTC4061 is a stand alone linear charger for one-cell Li-Ion batteries with advanced features to improve charging safety, simplify charge termination and status reporting, and prolong battery life. The chip, which delivers 100 mA to 1 amp, can charge batteries from a wall adapter or the USB port in MP3 players, digital cameras, PDAs and cell phones. It's suited for both traditional 4.2-volt as well as the newer 4.4-volt float voltage Li-Ion batteries (charging accuracy is &plu
En janvier, TSMC affiche une croissance de 8,8% sur un an News & Analysis 2/15/2005 Post a comment La fonderie taiwanaise Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (TSMC) a indiqué que ses ventes nettes pour janvier 2005 s’établissaient à 20,843 millions de dollars NT (environ 660 million de dollars), en hausse de 4,6% séquentiellement et de 8,8% par rapport à la même période de l’année dernière.
Low-voltage regulators simplify modem, DSP designs Product News 2/15/2005 Post a comment National Semiconductor's LM2852, the first member of the company's Simple Synchronous buck regulator family, is a high-frequency, step-down switching voltage regulator that can drive up to 2-amp loads with high line and load regulation for cable and xDSL modems, digital signal processors, DSPs, field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), and set-top boxes. "These highly integrated synchronous switchers combine high-efficiency, low-voltage operation and low component count for simplified design," sai
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