Hynix CEO sees chance to reduce debts News & Analysis 3/31/2010 Post a comment Kwon Oh-chul, the incoming CEO of Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (Icheon, Korea), is looking forward to a good year in terms of sales and profits and that this will let Hynix reduce its debts and for banks to offload more of their stake in the company.
HARDWARE TOOLS - Microchip development kits speed accessory designs for iPod and iPhone Product News 3/30/2010 Post a comment Microchip Technology Inc. offers three new development kits that enable the rapid design of accessories for iPod and iPhone using Microchip's PIC microcontrollers. The kits provide examples of the hardware and software required to implement applications such as digital-audio sound systems, docking stations and many new accessories that can leverage the infrastructure for iPod and iPhone.
Intel rolls Xeon chips for high-end servers Product News 3/30/2010 Post a comment Intel Corp. officially rolled out its new high-end x86 server processors, the Xeon 7500 family, using up to eight dual-threaded cores with support from more than twice as many OEMs as Intel's previous high-end server CPUs, including an SGI system delivering a up to 256 processors.
NEC expands 32-bit MCU line Product News 3/30/2010 Post a comment NEC Electronics America Inc. announced 78 new members to the V850ES/Jx3 family of 32-bit All Flash microcontrollers (MCUs) with low power consumption, optimized pin counts and expanded functionality.
Analyst, reviewers cool on Nvidia Fermi News & Analysis 3/29/2010 Post a comment Nvidia Corp. has officially rolled out adapter cards using its latest high-end graphics processor, code-named Fermi, to a cool reception from analysts and reviewers who say the chip does not have a dramatic performance advantage over graphics processors rolled out last fall from archrival Advanced Micro Devices, although Fermi could make deeper in-roads into supercomputers than AMD's offerings.
8-bit MCUs support energy efficient designs Product News 3/29/2010 Post a comment Infineon Technologies recently expanded its XC800 microcontroller (MCU) portfolio with two powerful 8-bit device seriesthe XC82x and XC83xwhich reduce system cost and allow for improved energy efficiency of a wide range of industrial applications.
DesignArt launches 4G basestation chip family Product News 3/29/2010 Post a comment DesignArt Networks Ltd. (Ra'anana, Israel) has announced its DAN3000 family of ICs for use in 4G LTE and IMT-Advanced basestations. The company said its chips would allow the deployment of multi-gigabit mobile radio access networks (RANs).
AMD debuts 12-core server processors News & Analysis 3/29/2010 1 comment Advanced Micro Devices has officially rolled out its latest Magny Cours sever processors a day before archrival Intel Corp. is expected to announce its competing Nehalem-EX CPUs with Hewlett-Packard and SGI among companies announcing plans to use the AMD chips in servers.
ESC: Microchip simplifies access to embedded wireless Product News 3/26/2010 9 comments Recent moves regarding ZigBee, Wi-Fi and Google have greatly increased the opportunities for designers of embedded systems, once they overcome the many issues associated with embedded wireless, from determinism to FCC regulations to rising concerns regarding security.
Letter to the Editor: TI defends analog strategy News & Analysis 3/25/2010 1 comment Texas Instruments Inc. in response to a recent EE Times report on the analog IC market said it has increased investments in manufacturing facilities and boosted production as part of plans to improve lead times for its products.
BOARDS - Fanless, ultra low-profile Intel Atom system uses minimal power News & Analysis 3/24/2010 Post a comment The SolidLogic Atom JT01 from Logic Supply is an ultra-slim, fanless Intel Atom system housed in a ruggedized, small-footprint enclosure targeted for use in industrial environments, public access areas, or remote locations. The SolidLogic Atom JT01 is designed for reliable, stable operation while consuming minimal power.
Renesas, Cavium collaborate on networking News & Analysis 3/24/2010 Post a comment Renesas Technology Corp. and Cavium Networks Inc. have announced that they are working together to deliver joint reference designs that incorporate quad-search ternary content addressable memory with Octeon multicore processors for networking.
Groups seek path to bring smart grid home News & Analysis 3/24/2010 2 comments Members of the ad hoc U-Snap Alliance hope to field this summer the first products based on its specifications for carrying smart grid data over home networks, one of a handful of new efforts seeking ways to unite today's fragmented wired and wireless technologies for emerging energy applications.
MaxLinear prices IPO to raise $90 million News & Analysis 3/24/2010 Post a comment RF and mixed-signal broadband communications IC provider MaxLinear Inc. (Carlsbad, Calif.) priced its initial public offering of 6,444,100 shares of Class A common stock at a price to the public of $14.00 per share.
Google, Microchip develop energy monitor software News & Analysis 3/24/2010 Post a comment Microcontroller company Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, Ariz.) has announced the result of a partnership with software giant Google Inc. to produce a reference implementation of the Google PowerMeter application programming interface.
Intel, AMD gear up for next round of server fight News & Analysis 3/23/2010 2 comments Archrivals Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices are gearing up for the next round of battle in the lucrative server microprocessor market, but due to shifting strategies on both sides the battle between Intel's Nehalem-EX and AMD's Magny-Cours will be in some ways a tie.
Analysts cite five growth areas to watch News & Analysis 3/22/2010 Post a comment PC demand is starting off the year better than expected with Acer, Apple and Hewlett-Packard benefiting from the trend, and in smart phones Samsung and LG Electronics are poised for a major push into handsets using Google Android, according to analysts from Barclays Capital.
ARM, Renault, MontaVista join in-vehicle alliance News & Analysis 3/22/2010 Post a comment ARM Holdings plc, Renault and MontaVista Software have joined GENIVI, an automotive electronics industry alliance that is seeking to drive adoption of an open-source car infotainment platform. MontaVista joined GENIVI as a core member in June, 2009 and now the three companies have all been elected to take seats on the board of directors of the organization.
4G/LTE chips coming . . . but first, a little chaos News & Analysis 3/22/2010 8 comments As the wireless industry transitions to WiMax/LTE, gone are the days when baseband chip vendors could continuously hold onto their existing 3G/2G solutions. On the horizon is the industry's growing appetite for DSPs -- specifically designed to run Software Defined Radio (SDR), according to CEVA.
Multicore graphics firm raises $8 million News & Analysis 3/22/2010 Post a comment Privately-held graphics chip vendor LucidLogix Technologies Ltd. (Kfar Netter, Israel) has received an additional $8 million in funding from current investors Rho Ventures, Giza Venture Capital and Genesis Partners, bringing total capitalization to $40 million.
Dialog preps power management IC with audio Product News 3/22/2010 Post a comment Dialog Semiconductor plc has announced a system-level power management IC that includes a class G codec. The device is called the DA9057, and has five on-board dc/dc converters to support 24-bit stereo audio headphone playback on a 5-mW power budget.
Chelsio debuts Fibre Channel over Ethernet chip Product News 3/22/2010 Post a comment With its latest 10 Gbit/second chip, the four-port T4, Chelsio Communications Inc. aims to push ahead of a pack of competitors seeking design wins in data center systems expected to converge networking, storage and clustering functions on to Ethernet.
Quartics opens Shanghai R&D center News & Analysis 3/19/2010 Post a comment Quartics Inc. (Irvine, Calif.) has announced the opening in Shanghai of its center of excellence for video algorithm development and systems engineering. The company also introduced its programmable Qvu processor for video enhancement technology to consumers and OEM/ODM customers in China.
Researchers give update on road to parallelism News & Analysis 3/19/2010 1 comment Researchers at the University of Illinois detailed progress on three many-core processors among several small steps they have taken on a long and complex journey toward creating new parallel programming models to harness tomorrow's many-core processors.
GPS-enabled GSM/WCMDA handset shipments jumped 92% in 2009 News & Analysis 3/19/2010 Post a comment Global shipments of GPS-enabled GSM/WCDMA handsets increased 92 percent in 2009 to 150 million units, according to analysis firm Berg Insight AB (Gothenburg, Sweden). With growth set to continue at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38.7 percent, shipments are forecasted to reach 770 million units in 2014.
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.