7-phase DC/DC boosts supply efficiency 3 percent Product News 2/28/2006 Post a comment International Rectifier‘s improved XPhase family of scalable multi-phase DC/DC chipset devices, the IR3084 and IR3084U control ICs, help achieve up to three percent higher efficiency in 130-amp applications with seven phases, as compared to five-phase designs.
Op amps draw 13 uA per amp Product News 2/27/2006 Post a comment Exclusive to eeProductCenter: Linear Technology Corp. says its 1.8-volt dual and quad operational amplifiers are the first available in a tiny DFN package.
16-bit MCU boasts 1.8 mW/MIPS power consumption Product News 2/27/2006 Post a comment NEC Electronics America’s 16-bit 78KOR series flash microcontrollers boasts low power consumption of 1.8 milliwatts per million instructions per second and six times the power/performance ratio of NEC Electronics' 8-bit 78K0 MCUs.
DC/DCs toughen up for military and aerospace Product News 2/24/2006 Post a comment International Rectifier's AHP line of hybrid DC/DC converters, for analog and digital circuits that require a well-regulated power source, adds over-voltage protection circuitry on the input while minimizing internal components count.
Transmeta narrows loss, meets guidance News & Analysis 2/24/2006 Post a comment Microprocessor IP supplier Transmeta Corp. posted a net loss of $2.1 million, or 1 cent per share on sales of $13.3 million in its fourth 2005 quarter ended December, compared with a loss of $28.1 million, or 15 cents per share on sales of $11.2 million in the year-ago quarter.
Rambus claims victory in antitrust case News & Analysis 2/23/2006 Post a comment A San Francisco court has ordered the evidence in the Rambus antitrust hearings to be turned over to Rambus, in an apparent coup for the chip licensing company’s quest to prove that several chip makers colluded to fix prices and engage in other anti-competitive practices.
Cirrus Logic, Genesis team on HD-AVR design Product News 2/23/2006 Post a comment Image processing semiconductor supplier Genesis Microchip Inc. and audio IC supplier Cirrus Logic Inc. have jointly developed a reference design for High Definition mainstream audio/video receivers (HD-AVR).
WiMAX chipset shrinks footprint Product News 2/23/2006 Post a comment Atmel hits the drawing board to deliver a new line of eeProduct Center's Janine Love takes a closer look at Atmel's new line of WiMAX radio transceivers that are designed from the ground up to meet WiMAX specifications and conserve board space.
Vietnam OKs Intel chip plant News & Analysis 2/23/2006 Post a comment Vietnam's Ministry of Investment and Planning has approved an investment license for based Intel Corp., which plans to build a $605 million plant in Ho Chi Minh City, a ministry official was quoted as saying in an Associated Press report.
Triple-throw switches boost audio signals Product News 2/23/2006 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products Inc. says these dual, single-pole, triple-throw analog switches handle negative signals with a single positive power supply to reduce external components and improve audio signal quality.
NAND glut to depress DRAM prices: iSuppli News & Analysis 2/22/2006 Post a comment The current surplus of NAND flash memory is expected to negatively impact prices of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) devices in the near future, according to market research firm iSuppli Corp.
Xilinx, ISR offering SDR kit News & Analysis 2/22/2006 Post a comment Xilinx and ISR Technologies released an off-the-shelf prototyping-to-production kit that the companies say accelerates implementation of software defined radio modems.
Virtex-4 FPGA-based kit accelerates adoption of software-defined radio modems Product News 2/22/2006 Post a comment Xilinx has teamed up with ISR Technologies to develop an off-the-shelf prototyping-to-production kit that accelerates implementation of SDR (software-defined radio) modems. The SDR kit leverages the partial reconfiguration feature of Virtex-4 FPGAs, and complies with JTRS-mandated specifications, including the Software Communications Architecture (SCA).
MOSFET drivers deliver 12 amps Product News 2/21/2006 Post a comment Microchip Technology's TC4451 (inverting) and TC4452 (noninverting) MOSFET drivers, for use in switching power supplies and similar high-speed, high-current applications, can deliver peak output currents of 12 amperes.
Japanese companies unleash revised SRAM spec News & Analysis 2/21/2006 Post a comment Japan-based Toshiba Corp., NEC Electronics Corp., and Fujitsu Ltd. have announced the 4th revision of their standard interface specification for pseudo SRAM known as COSMORAM (Common Specifications for Mobile RAM) Rev. 4.
National, ARM unveil next-gen PowerWise spec News & Analysis 2/21/2006 Post a comment National Semiconductor Corp. and ARM Holdings PLC have released a second-generation PowerWise interface (PWI) specification that provides enhanced power management interconnect capability to feature-rich, multi-domain system-on-chips (SoCs) in battery-powered, handheld electronic devices.
Atmel achieves RoHS compliance for Its PowerPC MPUs Product News 2/21/2006 Post a comment Atmel Corp. has begun marketing RoHS-compliant versions of several of its extended-reliability microprocessor products based on PowerPC cores. The offerings involve the PowerPC 603R, 745, 755 and 7457 microprocessors, in either LGA-form or Pb-free CBGA, from commercial to military temperature range.
Emcore awarded DARPA solar cell contract News & Analysis 2/21/2006 Post a comment ; Semiconductor materials supplier Emcore Corp. has signed a subcontract to participate in the Defense Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Very High Efficiency Solar Cell (VHSEC) program to more than double the efficiency of terrestrial solar cells within the next 50 months.
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.