NEC worker allegedly faked purchases, inflated sales News & Analysis 3/23/2006 Post a comment Japanese electronics maker NEC Corp. has launched an internal probe after finding an employee at an engineering unit allegedly faked business deals and inflated sales by 36.3 billion yen ($310 million) over half a decade, according to an online Business Week report.
STMicro unveils STB middleware for Chinese market Product News 3/23/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier STMicroelectronics has announced that its affiliate company Shanghai-BMC has released a complete digital video broadcasting-multimedia home platform (DVB-MHP)-compliant middleware solution for TV set-top boxes for the international market.
Consumer apps fuel audio power amp demand Product News 3/22/2006 Post a comment Demand for a variety of handheld consumer electronics products is resulting in an onslaught of audio power amplifiers from companies like Austriamicrosystems,
National Semiconductor, STMicroelectronics, Toshiba America Electronic Components and Texas Instruments.
Amps drive video signals close to zero volts Product News 3/22/2006 Post a comment STMicroelectronics Inc. introduced two single-supply, 300-MHz amplifiers that were designed to drive high-definition signals on 75-ohm video lines at close to zero volts in high-end industrial and medical imaging systems, and in HDTV-enabled set-top boxes and DVD players.
Fast FPGA-based modules prototype logic on your PC Product News 3/22/2006 Post a comment Here's news of a fast Xilinx FPGA-equipped tool to help get a logic circuit up-and-running, with a bonus of controlling and interactively monitoring your circuit while it runs. Software permits you to program your design---using a PC graphical interface---into the FPGA, then run, control, and observe it. You can even save your design for automatic FPGA configuration at power-up.
Nvidia to acquire 3D graphics company News & Analysis 3/22/2006 Post a comment Graphics processor company Nvidia Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Hybrid Graphics Ltd., a Finland-based developer of embedded 2D and 3D graphics software for handheld devices.
Chip maker expands digital isolator family with four-channel devices Product News 3/22/2006 Post a comment The latest additions to Silicon Laboratories' 2500VRMS digital isolator product family use chip-scale transformers fabricated using CMOS technology to deliver highly integrated four-channel isolators that the company claims are one-third the size of optocouplers, the traditional method of providing isolation in a system.
Sigma Designs posts higher sales News & Analysis 3/21/2006 Post a comment For the fourth fiscal 2006 quarter ended Jan. 31, 2006, digital media processor supplier Sigma Designs Inc. reported net sales of $10.5 million, up 24 percent from $8.5 million for the previous quarter and up 33 percent from $7.9 million reported for the same period last year.
Pin driver doubles throughput Product News 3/21/2006 Post a comment Intersil Corp. announced a quad,18-volt pin electronics driver and comparator that includes four independent, programmable drivers and high-speed window comparators for use in automated test and measurement (ATE) applications.
Rambus raises first quarter guidance News & Analysis 3/21/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor intellectual property provider Rambus raised its first quarter revenue guidance, saying that the company now expects to report revenue in the range of $45 million to $48 million.
Quick supply for PowerQUICC chips delivers 10 amps Product News 3/21/2006 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor's MC34703, a third generation QUICCsupply for powering the company's Power Quad Integrated Communications Controller chip as well as other company microprocessors and DSPs, delivers up to 10 amps for applications ranging from telecom and network cards to industrial controllers.
Dual-channel isolators provide data and power isolation in single package Product News 3/21/2006 Post a comment ADI has extended is iCoupler digital isolator family with a trio of devices that are the first to employ isoPower, the company's proprietary technology designed to couple data and power isolation in one package. The ADuM524X products are said to reduce cost by 70% and board space by 80% compared with other isolation methods.
SST cuts first quarter guidance News & Analysis 3/21/2006 Post a comment Flash memory specialist Silicon Storage Technology cut its first quarter guidance, saying that it now expects first quarter revenue to be between $108 million and $112 million.
A/D converter captures audio for portable recording apps Product News 3/20/2006 Post a comment Cirrus Logic Inc. launched a low-power, analog-to-digital (A/D) converter today that is said to provide high quality audio capture capabilities for portable digital audio recording applications, such as digital voice recorders, voice recognition systems, digital microphones and audio video capture cards.
Processors pack VoIP bells, whistles News & Analysis 3/20/2006 Post a comment Highly integrated applications processors are playing a key behind-the-scenes role in the latest Internet Protocol wired and wireless telephony systems. From basic IP handsets and feature-rich desktop video phones, to SoHo and enterprise gateways and routers, the wide variety of VoIP products shown at last week's Voice Over Networks Conference here owe their existence to the ingenuity of chip designers and algorithm developers.
Fujitsu, Rambus ink patent deal News & Analysis 3/20/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor IP company Rambus Inc. has signed a patent license agreement with Fujitsu Ltd., covering the manufacture and sale of systems and semiconductors worldwide.
Micron hit with another class action suit News & Analysis 3/17/2006 Post a comment Micron Technology has been hit with another class action lawsuit tied to the company's supposed involvement in an alleged price-fixing scheme among memory chip makers between February 2001 and February 2003.
Seiko Epson to trim chips, displays units News & Analysis 3/17/2006 Post a comment Restructuring at Seiko Epson Corporation will lead to a dramatic reduction of its ailing displays and semiconductors divisions as well as a narrower range of printers. The moves are expected to save $544 million over the next three years.
Court halts Japanese suit against Patriot, TPL News & Analysis 3/17/2006 Post a comment IP firm Patriot Scientific Corp. has announced that the U.S. District Court of Northern California has stayed the declaratory judgment actions recently filed in that court against Patriot and the TPL Group, another global intellectual property management company, by several Japanese manufacturers.
IBM to license Rambus IP for Cell BE chips News & Analysis 3/17/2006 Post a comment Processor IP company Rambus Inc. has signed a technology license agreement with International Business Machines, enabling the company to build Cell Broadband Engine (Cell BE) processors and companion chips using Rambus' FlexIO processor bus and XDR memory interface technologies.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.