DC/DC boost converter supplies 5-V at 900-mA Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment Supplying up to 4.5W of power, AnalogicTech's ATT1210 step-up converter for small portable applications takes a single-cell Lithium-ion battery and boosts it to a 5V/900-mA output in a total solution less than 1-mm in height.
Judge stays Nokia, Qualcomm patent suit News & Analysis 2/28/2007 Post a comment Resolution of one of the long running IPR issues between Nokia Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. has been delayed again as a judge halted legal proceedings just as a deadline neared for the two companies to renew an agreement.
Analysts divided as SanDisk targets CE News & Analysis 2/28/2007 Post a comment Amid questions about royalties from Samsung Electronics, embattled SanDisk told analysts earlier this week that the company plans to place emphasis on being a vertically integrated consumer electronics supplier, according to sources who attended the company's analyst day. Analysts appear divided on the wisdom of the strategy.
Micrel extends LDO family aimed at FPGAs, DSPs and MCUs Product News 2/27/2007 Post a comment Micrel introduced the 4A MIC68400, the latest addition to its MIC68000 family of LDOs designed specifically for powering FPGA, CPLDs, DSPs and microcontrollers. The devices are aimed at broadband modems, routers, servers, storage networks, and wireless base stations.
LCD driver offers wide voltage supply range Product News 2/27/2007 Post a comment EM Microelectronic added a second LCD driver to its product portfoliothe EM6111, which is a simplified version of its predecessor chip. The device is packaged in a small MLF16 that measures 4-mm x 4-mm and doesn't require external components.
Cypress tool adds support for capacitive sensing Product News 2/27/2007 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor rolled out version 2.2 of the company's PSoC Express development tool for programmable system-on-chip mixed-signal arrays. The new release adds support for Cypress's CapSense capacitive sensing solution and the company's WirelessUSB LP 2.4-GHz wireless radio-on-a-chip.
ITU homes in on HomePNA 3.1 as networking standard News & Analysis 2/27/2007 Post a comment The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has approved the Home Phoneline Networking Alliance's HomePNA 3.1 multimedia networking specification as a standard, making this at the moment the only internationally standardized home networking technology.
Firms collaborate on blue laser diodes, LEDs Product News 2/27/2007 Post a comment Arrowhead Research said that its majority-owned subsidiary, Aonex Technologies, has entered into a collaborative agreement with Kyma Technologies to develop materials to reduce the cost of gallium nitride--based devices such as blue laser diodes and blue light emitting diodes.
NXP delivers ULPI Hi-Speed USB transceivers for mobile phones Product News 2/26/2007 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors announced the availability of its UTMI+ Low-Pin Interface (ULPI) Hi-Speed USB transceivers, developed for mobile phone designs. The family contains four membersISP1504x1, ISP1508, ISP1702 and ISP1703all of which are compliant with industry specifications, including ULPI Rev. 1.1, USB On-the-Go (OTG) Rev. 1.2 and USB Rev. 2.0.
Cortina acquires ImmenStar to move into PONs News & Analysis 2/26/2007 Post a comment Cortina Systems Inc., known to many in the networking industry as the co-developer of the Interlaken interface with Cisco Systems Inc., has bid its way into passive-optical-networking markets with the acquisition of ImmenStar Inc. for undisclosed terms.
Analyst upgrades LSI Logic to 'buy' News & Analysis 2/26/2007 Post a comment Citing a ramping product cycle in serial attached SCSI systems and cost savings associated with its pending merger with Agere Systems, analyst Craig Berger of Wedbush Morgan Securities upgraded his firm's rating on LSI Logic's stock to "buy" from "hold."
Infinera to raise $150 million through IPO News & Analysis 2/26/2007 Post a comment Infinera Inc., the start-up that used a proprietary InP processes to integrate photonic and electronic elements in photonic ICs and which has raised over $330 million in venture capital funding since its founding in 2000, is to raise $150 million through an IPO.
Real-time clocks enhance security, reduce cost Product News 2/26/2007 Post a comment Intersil's ISL12024/25 feature a permanent 64-bit unique ID integrated with standard clock, calendar and alarm functions in a tiny package; ISL12025 also adds a CPU supervisor and watchdog timer for greater BOM reduction.
Cypress taps UMC, considers selling remaining fabs News & Analysis 2/26/2007 Post a comment Taking another step back from the manufacturing game, Cypress Semiconductor is signing up foundry United Microelectronics Co. to produce its advanced SRAM chips, the first of which will be made on a 65 nanometer process later this year.
Toumaz readies RF chip for medical monitoring News & Analysis 2/26/2007 Post a comment Toumaz Technology, a developer of RF, analog and mixed signal semiconductors targeting medical electronics applications, has successfully tested its integrated Sensium platform in a device aimed at health and lifestyle monitoring.
ZBasic MCU offers increased execution speed, User RAM Product News 2/23/2007 Post a comment Aimed at scientists, engineers, experimenters and hobbyists, Elba Corp. is offering an MCU in a 64-pin TQFP based on the Atmel ATmega 1281. Designated the ZX-1281, the ZBasic MCU is suitable for high-volume products or resource-intensive applications in which additional I/O capabilities are required.
Mosaid restructures, cuts workforce by half News & Analysis 2/23/2007 Post a comment Mosaid Technologies Inc. is cutting its workforce of nearly 120 by half and acquiring patents outside of its main memory chip business. The strategic shift is a response to a dispute last year with one of its largest investors, Loeb Partners Corporation, who demanded the sale of the company or divestiture of its non-core intellectual property (IP) business, the Systems Division.
Europe finally homing in on Ultra Wideband News & Analysis 2/23/2007 Post a comment The European Commission's decision to give member states till August to bring their regulations on licensing the use of Ultra Wideband networking in line and by implication the adoption of Wireless USB is a welcome step. But it is not the end of the long road the continent has been taking on the use of UWB.
Cable TV demodulator lowers set-top box design costs Product News 2/22/2007 Post a comment STMicroelectronics made key enhancements to its STV0297 cable TV demodulator with the STV0279E, a QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) device that embeds four I²C addresses for PVR applications and TSMF (Transport Stream Multiplexing Frame) capability to support the Japanese market.
Storage adapters support SAS and SATA functionality Product News 2/22/2007 Post a comment LSI Logic has unveiled the first models in its newest 8200 series of MegaRAID SAS/SATA adapters. The 8200 series MegaRAID SAS storage adapters are said to deliver support for SAS and SATA II drives at a cost parity with SATA-only adapters.
NEC shuts fabs, exits structured ASICs News & Analysis 2/22/2007 Post a comment Troubled NEC Electronics Corp. said it will exit the structured ASIC and single-chip cell phone sectors, fire 600 engineers, and consolidate its nine front-end manufacturing lines in Japan to four.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 2 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...