China's value-added tax on ICs due to expire News & Analysis 3/31/2005 Post a comment China's value-added tax on semiconductors is due to expire Friday, concluding a deal reached between the US and China last year to end what US officials believed was a discriminatory tax against foreign chipmakers.
Ramtron touts 1-Mbit FRAM as drop-in replacement for SRAM Product News 3/31/2005 Post a comment The company's latest 3-V, 1-Mbit FRAM, which comes in a 32-pin thin small outline plastic (TSOP) package, offers virtually unlimited read/write cycles. While FRAM is known for high write-endurance, some applications needed more cycles than FRAM could offer. Now Ramtron's FM20L08 allows users to access each address a million times per second indefinitely with no wear out.
Integrated features cut component count in phone line IC Product News 3/31/2005 Post a comment The newest member of Clare, Inc.'s phone interface IC family for direct access arrangements (DAA) in telephony apps features simultaneous phone line ringing detect and caller-ID monitoring, which simplifies DAA designs for international telephone applications.
Another Fully-Buffered DIMM tester bows in Product News 3/31/2005 Post a comment Another company has also joined the FB-DIMM test fray. Predating Tek's recent announcement, Pycon has shipped more than 130 FB-DIMM testers since November of last year---and is now offering a very enticing deal for first-time buyers.
8051-based MCUs go lead-free Product News 3/31/2005 Post a comment Goal Semiconductor has launched its 'go green' initiative with the VRS1000 " an 8-bit, flash 8051 MCU, modified to meet RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) standards.
Verdrillte Leitungen mit 10 Gbit/s News & Analysis 3/31/2005 Post a comment Mit einem neuen Einchip-Transceiver erhält der Vollduplexbetrieb über einfache Kabel ungeahnte Geschwindigkeiten: Der proprietäre Baustein für den 'Nahverkehr' schafft nach Unternehmensangaben über ein ungeschirmtes verdrilltes Kupferkabel einen Durchsatz von 10 Gigabit/s.
Reference Desk News & Analysis 3/30/2005 Post a comment Gathered is a compendium of 2005 market forecasts from IC Insights, iSuppli, Gartner, VLSI Research, Semico Research, Information Network and others. Also see recent Q&A’s of CEOs Steve Appleton, Craig Barrett, among others.
AMD unveils virtualization platform News & Analysis 3/30/2005 Post a comment AMD Inc. has for the first time publicly disclosed key elements of its Pacifica virtualization technology for x86-based servers, desktops and mobile computers, at the AMD Reviewer's Day in Austin, Texas.
Tiniest charger-with-DC/DC powers Bluetooth Product News 3/30/2005 Post a comment Texas Instruments' bq2501x family, combining a precision USB/AC charger system and a synchronous DC/DC converter, charges and powers portable systems from either an AC adapter or USB port with autonomous power source selection. Billed as the smallest battery charger-with-converter available for space-limited portable applications, the bq25010, in a 3.5-by-4.5 mm QFN for single-cell lithium-ion batteries, is optimized for Bluetooth headsets and accessories.
Intel CEO reportedly gains $10.7 million on options News & Analysis 3/29/2005 Post a comment Though the semiconductor industry finished 2004 with a whimper, the year finished with a flourish for Intel Corp. chief executive Craig Barrett, who realized a $10.7 million profit from exercising 384,000 stock options in 2004, according to an Associated Press report.
Entretien avec M. Pasquale Pistorio, Président honoraire de ST News & Analysis 3/29/2005 Post a comment Pasquale Pistorio a cédé son rôle de Président-directeur général de STMicroelectronics NV à Carlo Bozotti lors de l’assemblée générale annuelle de la société le 18 mars 2005. Après avoir dirigé la société et celles qui l’ont précédée pendant 25 ans, M. Pistorio a été nommé Président honoraire.
Glitch-free buck-boost outperforms SEPICs Product News 3/29/2005 Post a comment Product Review - Linear Technology touts its LTC3780 as the only "true buck-boost controller" IC today, i.e., one that generates no glitches whatsoever during (seamless) switching transitions from the buck to boost mode and vice versa, or for input transients or step changes in load. Designs using it are simpler (especially with respect to magnetic design considerations) and perform better in many applications than the popular single-ended primary inductance converter (SEPIC), according to the c
SMIC loan quest stalled, says report News & Analysis 3/29/2005 Post a comment The chairman of Shanghai-based chip maker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC) said Tuesday it is looking elsewhere to borrow money to buy manufacturing equipment while the U.S. government holds off approving a $769 million loan, according to an Associated Press report.
Austin's "magical mystery tour" News & Analysis 3/28/2005 Post a comment American Technology Research hosted a bus tour in Austin, Texas last week where a group of investors (clients of AmTech) met with executives from SigmaTel, Freescale, and Silicon Labs. The bus trip finished up with a tour of Solectron's Austin plant. Here are some of the key takeaways from that meeting, presented by AmTech analyst Doug Freedman.
Virtex-4 FPGAs boast lower power Product News 3/28/2005 Post a comment Xilinx has raised the performance benchmark again by claiming that version 4.1 of its Web Power Tool provides 1 to 5 W lower power per FPGA in its Virtex-4 family.The company cited its 90nm triple-oxide technology, embedded IP and power-saving configuration circuitry to its 'lead' in low-power consumption.
eMagin Corp. restates results News & Analysis 3/28/2005 Post a comment Display IP supplier eMagin Corp. announced Monday (March 28) it would file an amended Form 10-QSB for its third 2004 fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30, 2004, to reflect restated financial results for that quarter.
Differential amps drive 12-bit A/D converters Product News 3/27/2005 Post a comment Today National Semiconductor Corp. unveiled two high-speed, low-distortion differential amplifiers and two high-speed, low-power, 12-bit analog-to-digital converters (A/D converters) that provide the most accurate signal capture at the lowest power consumption.
Rankings debate News & Analysis 3/25/2005 Post a comment Not all rankings are alike. Compare -- and contrast -- the top semiconductor vendor rankings in 2004 from IC Insights, iSuppli, and Dataquest/Gartner.
"Failsafe" clocking mechanism offers clock switchover Product News 3/25/2005 Post a comment Micrel's SY8984x series of high bandwidth 2:1 multiplexers prevent short cycles ("runt pulses") when switching from one clock to another. Such a feature is important in data center and other mission-critical applications, in which a cough or short-cycle could result in false data triggers. While a number of manufacturers promote this form of clock switching, Micrel's architecture may be unique in that it does not rely on a phased-locked loop (PLL).
NEC America appoints new CEO News & Analysis 3/25/2005 Post a comment NEC Electronics America Inc. announced Friday (March 25) the appointment of Yuichi Kawakami as its president and chief executive effective April 1, succeeding current president and CEO Toshio Nakajima.
Toshiba vows to fight Lexar decision News & Analysis 3/25/2005 Post a comment Toshiba Corp. vowed to fight a jury verdict in California in favor of U.S. plaintiff Lexar Media Inc. that makes Toshiba liable for $465.4 million in fines related to alleged misappropriation of NAND flash memory trade secrets.