32-bit AVR processor targets multimedia systems for cell phones Product News 3/31/2006 Post a comment Atmel Corp.’s new AP7000 family of 32-bit processors integrate on a single chip virtually all the functionality required for multimedia systems that are deployed in cell phones and other infotainment systems. Packed into the chip are two Ethernet MACs, USB with On-chip PHY and LCD Controller.
Video decoders target security surveillance apps Product News 3/31/2006 Post a comment Techwell, Inc. unveiled two, four-channel NTSC/PAL video decoders with integrated audio analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, and a Motion Joint Photographic Experts Group (MJPEG) compression controller for multichannel digital video recorders (DVRs) for security surveillance applications.
Stratix II GX FPGAs shipping in volume Product News 3/31/2006 Post a comment Altera Corp. is shipping the Stratix II GX EP2SGX90E device and accompanying development kit. Featuring 12 transceivers and 90,960 equivalent logic elements (LEs), the EP2SGX90E device is the first member of the Stratix II GX FPGA family to ship to customers.
Multi-LED driver touts tight programmability Product News 3/31/2006 Post a comment Catalyst Semiconductor's LED driver, the CAT3626, is a 1x/1.5x charge pump with precision current-setting capabililties to serve applications from display backlighting to RGB/flash in cell phones and digital cameras.
Genesis Microchip to fall short of guidance News & Analysis 3/30/2006 Post a comment Image processing chip supplier Genesis Microchip Inc. announced Thursday (March 30) it expects fiscal fourth 2006 quarter sales to top off at $60 to $61 million, slightly below the previously guided range of $62 to $67 million.
Op amp filter removes GSM burst noise Product News 3/30/2006 Post a comment Intersil Corp.'s operational amplifier features an 8-MHz low-pass filter that is said to remove Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) noise from the video band and it also serves as an anti-aliasing filter.
Dual RF power detector chips work to 11-GHz Product News 3/30/2006 Post a comment The fabs at IC house Linear Technology Corp. are dishing up dual-channel RF detector chips that work out to 11-GHz. LTC's Type LTC5533 chips can be used to measure RF power in multi-band WiFi, WiMAX and other radio applications.
H-Stream Wireless raises $12.6 million News & Analysis 3/30/2006 Post a comment Fabless wireless semiconductor start-up H-Stream Wireless has raised $12.6 million in Series A funding from investors that include Intel Capital, Tallwood Venture Capital and Granite Ventures.
SigmaTel expecting bigger loss News & Analysis 3/29/2006 Post a comment Mixed-signal fabless chip vendor SigmaTel said it expects to report a larger net loss than previously expected for the first quarter. The company is not providing a specific net loss forecast at this time.
Virtex-4 FPGAs turn into traffic managers for triple-play apps Product News 3/29/2006 Post a comment Xilinx has partnered with Modelware Inc. to provide designers of networking infrastructure equipment with a product that will enable them to integrate advanced traffic management features into their systems. With the ability to support throughput from 50-Mbits/s to more than 10-Gbits/s, the hardware-based product can manage traffic in all types of triple-play applications from access equipment to metro core routers.
European photonics group seeks R&D boost News & Analysis 3/29/2006 Post a comment Photonics21, an industry led initiative that counts amongst its members all the main European companies and research organizations in optoelectronics, will next week call for a doubling of funds from national support programs over the next five years. The group believes urgent action is needed if the continent is not to fall even further behind the U.S. and Asia in optical technologies.
Cambridge Consultants re-enters venture funding News & Analysis 3/29/2006 Post a comment Design and development group Cambridge Consultants is reactivating its spin-out business after a gap of about four years. It hopes to have a new venture fund running by the summer and the first new funded company by early next year.
Monolithic Power reports sales, earnings gains News & Analysis 3/28/2006 Post a comment Fabless semiconductor supplier Monolithic Power Systems Inc. posted earnings of $3.8 million, or 12 cents per share on sales of $32.5 million in its fourth 2005 fiscal quarter, compared with $0.7 million, or 2 cents per share on sales of $14.8 million in the year-ago fourth quarter.
12-bit A/D delivers 500 Msamples/s Product News 3/28/2006 Post a comment e2v's Grenoble, France division (formerly a part of Atmel) kicked off a new high-resolution family with a monolithic, 12-bit, analog-to-digital (A/D) converter boasting a clock frequency of 500 Msamples/s.
NAND, NOR flash headed in opposite directions News & Analysis 3/28/2006 Post a comment Sales of NAND flash memory grew 64 percent to reach $10.6 billion in 2005, while the market for NOR flash declined 13 percent to finish the year at $8 billion, according to a report by market analyst firm IC Insights.
Bluetooth SIG opts for WiMedia flavor of UWB News & Analysis 3/28/2006 Post a comment The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has settled on a version of ultrawideband to propel forward. The SIG will create a high-speed version of the WiMedia Alliance's multiband orthogonal frequency division multiplexing.
Infinera numerates its numbers News & Analysis 3/28/2006 Post a comment Optical transport vendor Infinera Inc. talked big numbers here Monday (March 27) as it boasted lab demonstrations of an integrated 1.6-Tbit/s optical chip and revealed its current revenue numbers.
A/D converters tout true 16-bit resolution Product News 3/27/2006 Post a comment Analog Devices, Inc. rolled out two analog-to-digital (A/D) converters for high-end instrumentation, medical and wireless communications applications that are said to maintain low noise and high dynamic range even at high input frequencies.
ClearSpeed powers ahead despite losses News & Analysis 3/27/2006 Post a comment High performance processor specialist ClearSpeed Technology reported a 78 percent increase in turnover for the year ended 31 December 2005 to £439,000 ($764,000) but a pre-tax loss of £6.8million ($11.8 million), which was up from £4 million ($7 million) in the previous year.
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.