Analyst Niles sees strong upturn just ahead News & Analysis 3/31/2004 Post a comment Dan Niles, the oft-quoted stock analyst turned high-tech fund manager, said here Tuesday (March 30)that underinvestment in semiconductor capital equipment over the past three years has created a favorable climate for semiconductor supply and demand.
Focus on the class of audio amps Product News 3/30/2004 Post a comment The sweet sound you hear in your home theater, your portable CD headset, and your multi-speaker car audio may be sheer magic to your ears, but it required diverse design techniques that presented several design challenges before it could go live.
Game design gets serious for real-world applications News & Analysis 3/29/2004 Post a comment Games aren't just child's play anymore. Advances in computer graphics and communications have given rise to a growing market for "serious games" nonentertainment applications developed by public-policy advocates, educators, corporate management, the health care industry and nonprofit foundations. The reality is that many 3D game developers cut their teeth on military flight simulators. From San Jose, Richard Wallace reports.
A wiser Legerity charts its comeback with VoIP News & Analysis 3/29/2004 Post a comment Few companies have survived the telecom downturn with more lessons learned than Legerity Inc., which spun out of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in August 2000 just as the voice telephony market went into a deep freeze. There's good business left in analog line cards, the company insisted. But the real growth opportunity, David Lammers reports, is coming on now.
2-W DC/DCs serve reliably in tight spots Product News 3/29/2004 Post a comment MicroPower Direct's G200 series is a family of 2-watt DC/DC converters in a 14-pin dual-in-line (Mini-DIP) case suited to industrial, data-acquisition, data processing equipment, remote equipment, and board level power distribution subsystems. Users have a choice of twenty-eight single- and dual-output models that deliver 3.3, 5, 12, 15, ±5, ±12, or ±15 VDC from a 5, 12, 24, or 48-VDC input.
Chip drives 20 white LEDs Product News 3/25/2004 Post a comment Linear Technology's LT3466 is a dual step-up DC/DC converter that can drive up to 20 white LEDs from a (3.6-volt) lithium-ion source. Its high efficiency, current-mode and fixed-frequency operation ensure uniform LED brightness, low noise and maximum battery life, while on-chip Schottky diodes eliminate both the added cost and space requirements of external diodes. Its two independent converters are capable of driving asymmetric LED strings (up to 10 in series per converter) from an input voltag
TI boosts TMS320C6713 DSP performance to 300 MHz Product News 3/25/2004 Post a comment Eying the increased processing demands of the professional audio, high-end consumer audio, industrial and medical industries, Texas Instruments has launched a 300 MHz TMS320C6713 digital signal processor that offers a 33 percent performance increase over the existing 225 MHz C6713 processor. The unit provides 1800 MFLOPS for applications that need the precision and dynamic range offered by floating-point calculations.
GSM reaches 60 million subscribers in U.S. News & Analysis 3/24/2004 Post a comment The 3G Americas trade group reported at this week's CTIA Wireless 2004 showcase that 60 million subscribers are now using GSM technology in the Americas, equating to a 110-percent growth rate since February 2003. Rob Keenan reports from Atlanta.
PDK 'checklist' aids analog, RF designers News & Analysis 3/24/2004 Post a comment Seeking to make life easier for analog, mixed-signal and RF designers, the Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA) has approved a standardized checklist that describes the content of process design kits (PDKs). The effort complements a new Accellera initiative to standardize data representations within PDKs.
Feature-rich handsets demand specialized power management News & Analysis 3/24/2004 Post a comment "We have little doubt that newly emerging applications, such as video streaming, will soon become legitimate in mainstream handsets," write Fairchild Semiconductor engineers in this feature from the March Planet Analog folio. Their article makes recommendations on specialized power management units for handsets.
Readers' Choice Award Winner: ADI's ARM7 core with 12 bit ADC Product News 3/24/2004 Post a comment Analog Devices will be coming to the eUSA show with the launch of its new ARM-based microcontroller family of devices that integrate a 16/32 bit ARM7TDMI RISC processor core with a precision 12-bit successive approximation data converter and a wide assortment of on-chip digital and analog peripherals circuitry.
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.