KLA-Tencor reaffirms bid to acquire August Technology News & Analysis 4/5/2005 Post a comment KLA-Tencor Corp. issued a statement Tuesday (April 5), reaffirming its offer to acquire August Technology Corp. for $11.50 per share in cash. KLA-Tencor also said that it already owns approximately 4.2 percent of August's outstanding common stock.
Largest member of CPLD family hits the market in volume Product News 4/5/2005 Post a comment The EPM2210 device in Altera Corp.'s MAX II complex PLD (CPLD) series features 2,210 logic elements. The PLD vendor, which claims that its MAX II family offers the lowest cost per I/O pin, said its devices are being integrated into cost-sensitive, volume-driven applications in the consumer, communications, industrial, computing and automotive markets.
Nvidia to team with Corsair to promote fast memory for gamers News & Analysis 4/5/2005 Post a comment Nvidia Corp. has announced that Corsair Memory Inc., has been selected as the launch partner for a marketing program that will assist consumers in finding and purchasing the fastest DDR2 memory modules tuned and tested for use with NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition-based PCs or motherboards.
Intel's Bubb to leave for startup Product News 4/5/2005 Post a comment Howard Bubb, vice president and general manager of Intel Corp.'s communications infrastructure group and the former chief executive of Dialogic Corp., is leaving Intel to join a startup.
Les ventes de puces dépassent les attentes en février News & Analysis 4/5/2005 Post a comment La moyenne trimestrielle des ventes mondiales de semi-conducteurs s’élève à 18,05 milliards de dollars en février 2005, selon la SIA (Semiconductor Industry Association), et dépasse ainsi les prévisions précédentes de 17,7 milliards de dollars des analystes.
FPGA-based PMC card processes high-speed sensor data Product News 4/5/2005 Post a comment A new rugged FPGA PMC card from Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has been designed to simplify and speed the capture, processing and data output from high-speed sensors in electrooptical/infrared (EO/IR) and radar systems.Dubbed ProWare PMC-440, the PMC card features an on-board FPGA that delivers up to 20 billions operations-per-second performance for fast Fourier transform (FFT) and digital filter DSP functions. It can be used as a front-end sensor I/O interface and a DSP processing
WiMAX chipset links global communities Product News 4/5/2005 Post a comment
A new 802.16d WiMAX transceiver chipset is optimized for performance, concentrating on noise, linearity, and form factor to support the multiple WiMAX bandwidths and interfaces in use around the world.
Prognose: Gute Aussichten für IC-Branche News & Analysis 4/5/2005 Post a comment Geht es nach der US-Investmentbank SG Cowen Securities, stehen der Chipindustrie rosige Zeiten bevor. Vergangene Woche korrigierten die New Yorker Finanzer ihre Halbleiterprognose nach oben, und zwar aufgrund guter Aussichten in der Informationstechnologie und den IC-Märkten allgemein.
RoboGames: battling bots, but no killer app News & Analysis 4/4/2005 Post a comment Steve Ohr showed up at the RoboGames in San Francisco last week, snapped some pictures and talked to some people. Local television and CNN News were quick to capture the clatter and sparks of the robot combat machines, Ohr observed. Events which required more intelligence and programming school, such as maze-running, fire-fighting, autonomous navigation — even Aibo soccer — were more difficult to sit through, he said. They point to many more years of applications development. Here is
Rambus offering DRAM micro-threading technology News & Analysis 4/4/2005 Post a comment Rambus Inc. has announced it has developed a process for applying micro-threading to DRAM cores. The company said that this process increases memory subsystem efficiency, significantly improving DRAM performance in applications such as 3D graphics, advanced video imaging and network routing and switching.
AVR MCU family adds five new members Product News 4/4/2005 Post a comment Atmel Corp.'s five newest 8-bit AVR flash microcontrollers boast low power consumption for applications requiring a large code space and extensive interfacing capability, such as single-board computers.
A/D converter performance guaranteed Product News 4/4/2005 Post a comment National Semiconductor Corp. today introduced 12 low-power, 10- and 12-bit analog-to-digital converters (A/D converters) that offer guaranteed performance across three speed ranges between 50 kilosamples per second (Ksamples/s) and 1 megasamples/s (Msamples/s).
Settable equalizer increases copper throughput to 6.25 Gbits/s Product News 4/4/2005 Post a comment A settable analog equalizer boosts the integrity of NRZ data patterns at 6.25 Gbits/s data rates, and legacy application frequencies of 2.5 Gbits/s, 3.125 Gbits/s, and 5 Gbits/s. The device has the small size and low power consumption of fixed-frequency equalizers, and the flexibility of self-adaptive types " without any of their data errors. Steve Ohr took a briefing with company principals, and generated this review.
FM tuner simplifies radios in portable devices Product News 4/4/2005 Post a comment Designers seeking to include FM radio functionality in their portable devices, such as handsets, MP3 players, PDAs, and notebook PCs, should take a serious look at this latest FM tuner family from Silicon Labs, which adds FM radio tuning and requires only one external capacitor.
RFID chips first to target new global spec Product News 4/1/2005 Post a comment Philips announces the industry's first RFID chip to support EPCglobal's Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Electronic Product Code (EPC) Class 1 Generation 2 (G2) standard to simplify worldwide implementations of RFID.
Driver ICs illuminate LEDs for small signage Product News 4/1/2005 Post a comment The HV9921/22 family of three-pin constant-current ICs from Supertex is suited to driving low-current LED strings in signage and general lighting applications. These buck-controller chips can be powered from a 20- to 250-volt DC source derived from a universal mains source with front end rectifier. The HV9921 delivers 20 mA, and the HV9922 provides 50 mA.
Elpida launches 512-Mbit XDR DRAM for digital consumer applications Product News 4/1/2005 Post a comment Aimed at the digital consumer electronics market, Elpida Memory Inc. is sampling a 512-Mbit XDR DRAM that operates at 3.2-GHz and provides a data transfer rate of 6.4 Gbytes/s. XDR DRAM, the memory architecture developed by Rambus Inc., is being touted as the next-generation memory for applications that require high bandwidth to support high-end graphics, digital imaging and advanced multimedia.
Slow 'actual' chip sales seen in February News & Analysis 4/1/2005 Post a comment Worldwide "actual" semiconductor sales were projected to hit $16.8 billion for the month of February, up 6.2 percent from the like period a year ago, according to Handelsbanken Capital Markets.
Dual PWM dials into telecom, consumer apps Product News 4/1/2005 Post a comment Intersil Corporation's ISL6440 is a dual PWM controller IC optimized for converting wall adapter, battery or network intermediate-bus DC input supplies into the system supply voltages required for a wide variety of datacom, telecom, and consumer products.
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.