NEC expands MCU portfolio for inverter control Product News 2/1/2007 Post a comment NEC's latest 32-bit RISC microcontrollers for inverter-control applications deliver a four-fold increase in resolution of the A/D converter that detects motor rotation and an approximately six-fold increase in gain ratio of the operational amplifier that adjusts the level of motor status signals compared with the company's previous generation parts.
Bluetooth modules feature high-output antenna Product News 2/1/2007 Post a comment In an effort to help designers easily implement wireless connectivity into their systems, Free2move AB has launched a series of Bluetooth modules that support Bluetooth Version 2.0 + enhanced data rate (EDR) and are certified according to CE and FCC.
Metalink losses put at $16.2 million for 2006 News & Analysis 2/1/2007 Post a comment Revenues at fabless semiconductor supplier Metalink Ltd. (Yakum, Israel) fell in the fourth quarter to $3.6 million, compared to $4.2 million for the third quarter of 2006. Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2005 were $4.4 million.
Vertigo project to raise EU role in embedded design News & Analysis 2/1/2007 Post a comment Work has started on a European research project that aims to ensure that Europe's electronics industry can maintain its competitive position in embedded systems. Dubbed Vertigo for Verification and validation of Embedded System Design workbench and part of the EU's Sixth Framework Programme , the project brings together ST Microelectronics, Aerielogic and TransEDA Systems linked with four Universities.
China's Actions Semi pursuing acquisitions News & Analysis 2/1/2007 Post a comment In an unusual move for a Chinese design house, Actions Semiconductor is combing the landscape, looking for acquisition opportunities at home and abroad as it seeks to grow beyond its core MP3 market.
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.