Power management chip combines three DC/DC converters Product News 2/25/2008 Post a comment Targeted at portable devices with rapidly evolving feature sets, AnalogicTech is offering a pair of 3-channel devices that allow designers to combine three step-down DC/DC converters without radically altering their existing core system design or adding numerous discrete devices.
Infineon enhances power semiconductor portfolio Product News 2/25/2008 Post a comment At the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC), Infineon Technologies announced that it has added three new families of power semiconductors to its extensive OptiMOS 3 N-channel MOSFET portfolio. The devices enable designers to increase power density significantly, the vendor claims.
Power semis, DC/DC chip tout benchmarks at APEC Product News 2/24/2008 Post a comment Vishay's new devices include an n-channel TrenchFET with claimed best on-resistance and figure-of-merit; 600- and 1200-volt IGBTs rated from 75 to 200 amps; and the first controller IC for intermediate bus converters with integrated 1.6-amp high- and low-side MOSFET drivers.
IBM unveils atomic memory advance News & Analysis 2/22/2008 Post a comment The first successful characterization of the force required to move magnetic atoms on a surface suggests that IBM's technique is a prelude to future bit-cells holding just a few atoms.
Researchers measure force to move a single atom News & Analysis 2/22/2008 Post a comment Researchers at the University of Regensburg in Germany and IBM's Almaden Research Labs in California have calculated for the first time exactly how much effort is needed to drag a single atom of cobalt across the surface of different metals.
BMW shows how electronics improve fuel effectiveness News & Analysis 2/22/2008 Post a comment At the International Automotive Salon in Geneva, BMW will show a 'mild hybrid' drive in connection with a Diesel engine in a Sports Activity Vehicle. Besides being the first combination of these three elements, the design is characterized by intensive usage of electronics.
Berkeley researcher describes parallel path News & Analysis 2/22/2008 Post a comment A veteran computer science researcher described plans for defining a new model for parallel programming at an annual gathering at the University of California at Berkeley where otherss sketched out issues they are pursuing that could lead to the era of ubiquitous computing.
LED driver extends battery life by up to 10% Product News 2/21/2008 Post a comment Leadis Technology has started to sample the LDS8860, a charge-pump based 6-channel LED driver that implements the company's proprietary PowerLite Current Regulator to deliver up to 91% power efficiency for longer battery life.
Ofcom denies spectrum bundling News & Analysis 2/21/2008 Post a comment U.K .communications regulator Ofcom has denied rumors that it will further delay the 2.6 GHz mobile broadband auction so refarmed 900 MHz spectrum can be bundled into the same auction.
Analog's answer to FPGA opens field to masses News & Analysis 2/21/2008 8 comments By making analog circuits easier to design and simulate, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology hope to further the cause of analog while enabling engineers to incorporate lower-power circuitry into their products. In the same way that field- programmable gate arrays have spawned advances in digital signal processing, the Georgia Tech researchers believe their large-scale field-programmable analog array (FPAA) has the potential to seed growth in analog.
TriCore microcontroller gets design win with BMW News & Analysis 2/21/2008 Post a comment German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG has announced a plan to work with BMW M GmbH, a subsidiary of BMW, on the development of an engine control unit for the next BMW M series of cars. Infineon is set to provide microcontroller chips, integrate them into the system and provide technical support.
ISSI launches Pseudo SRAM line Product News 2/20/2008 Post a comment The first members of ISSI's Pseudo SRAM line are 4-Mbit and 8-Mbit devices targeted at consumer, industrial, automotive, networking and telecom applications.
PowerPC embedded processor targets cost-sensitive apps Product News 2/20/2008 Post a comment AMCC's latest Power Architecture device, the PowerPC 440EPr, features up to 500MHz of processing speed, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, 32 bit PCI, USB2.0, support for 32-bit DDR2 high performance memory and an integrated Turbo Security Engine, while offering typical power dissipation of 3.5-W.
CDR chip simplifies XFP module design Product News 2/20/2008 Post a comment Inphi's 3200EC is a 10-Gbit/s dual CDR with EDC engine that when coupled with its 1348TA linear TIA reduces development costs and accelerates delivery of standards-compliant 10GBASE-LRM XFP modules.
Fuel gauge integrates LED drivers Product News 2/20/2008 Post a comment Maxim is calling its DS2788 the industry's smallest stand-alone fuel gauge to integrate LED drivers and a pushbutton input for multiple Li+ cells into a single IC.
Alliance formed to promote gaming on PCs News & Analysis 2/20/2008 Post a comment Some of the biggest names in the PC gaming industry, including Intel Corp., AMD, NVidia Corp. and Microsoft, have combined forces to form an alliance that will promote the PC as the gaming platform of choice.
ARC looks to new revenue streams for growth Product News 2/20/2008 Post a comment Configurable cores and IP specialist ARC International (St Albans, England) has reported unaudited sales of £14.4 million ($28.9 million) for the year ended December 31, 2007, up 17 percent on the previous year on a dollar basis, and a net loss of £1 million , a 10 decrease year-on-year.
Op amp consumes 5-mA at 850-MHz Product News 2/19/2008 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) is touting its ADA4857 as the lowest power voltage-feedback amplifier in its class, making it ideal for densely populated, thermally sensitive instrumentation equipment that requires high-speed signal conditioning.
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.