DoD may push back on Apple's P.A. Semi bid News & Analysis 4/23/2008 2 comments Apple Inc. may have to face the ire of the U.S. Department of Defense following its planned acquisition of P.A. Semi Inc because the startup's PWRficient processor is designed into DoD programs in every major branch of the armed services, said one P.A. Semi customer who expects Apple will end production of the parts.
Op amps deliver ultra-low noise Product News 4/23/2008 Post a comment Analog Device's ADA4898 op amp offers a combination of low distortion, low noise, high speed and high precision for 16- and 18-bit precision instrumentation applications.
iNEMI takes its roadmap on the road News & Analysis 4/23/2008 Post a comment iNEMI, the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative , is holding a workshop in Europe to give industry the opportunity to review "work in progress" on its 2009 roadmap.
Kit enables easy RF modem development Product News 4/23/2008 Post a comment Microchip Technology is offering for just $240 the EZLink development kit from Integration Associates that provides wireless customers an option for easy sub-GHz RF modem development using Microchip's PIC18F2520 8-bit MCU and Integration's IA4421 EZRadio transceiver.
Boom seen in SIM card shipments News & Analysis 4/23/2008 Post a comment Shipments of SIM cards last year increased by 28 percent, with growth being driven by demand and opportunities in emerging markets and from the latest high-speed multimedia handsets.
Development tool supports Stellaris MCUs with USB Product News 4/23/2008 Post a comment Code Red Technologies, a developer of software development tools for 32-bit MCUs, and Luminary Micro, creators of the Stellaris Cortex-M3-based MCUs, announced the immediate availability of Red Suite v1.5 development tools for the Stellaris MCUs featuring USB.
Infineon chips in for Samsung's HEDGE phones News & Analysis 4/23/2008 Post a comment Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has scored a major win in the mobile handsets sector, with number two supplier Samsung Electronics deploying the German chip maker's XMM High Speed Data packet Access (HSDPA) platform.
LED drivers provide 32 dimming levels Product News 4/22/2008 Post a comment Catalyst Semiconductor has expanded its line of Quad-Mode fractional charge pump LED drivers with two high-resolution brightness devices that offer 32-dimming levels to provide enhanced LCD backlight control in emerging portable product applications.
SoC energy meter ICs offer greater memory density Product News 4/22/2008 Post a comment Analog Devices, Inc. has expanded its portfolio of energy metering solutions with the ADE51xx and ADE55xx single-chip metering devices that feature greater memory density for more advanced solid-state energy meter applications.
Waveguides bridge 'terahertz gap' Product News 4/22/2008 Post a comment University of Utah researchers succeed in building terahertz waveguides that harness surface plasmon polaritons at the interface between a metal and a dielectric--stainless steel foil and air gaps formed by perforations--to transmit, bend, split and combine terahertz radiation.
Tradition gives way to necessity at TI News & Analysis 4/22/2008 1 comment Texas Instruments Inc. is making a hard turn towards its analog IC business for revenue growth and margin expansion, a move that holds lessons for other companies in the electronics industry.
SigmaTel OK's bid from Freescale, pushes ref design for PNDs Product News 4/22/2008 Post a comment Shareholders of SigmaTel (Austin, TX) have approved the acquisition of the analog IC specialist and the deal, valued at about $110 million, is expected to close by the end of April. At the same time, SigmaTel has introduced a version of its STMP37xx processor reference design targeted at the portable navigation GPS market, which it says enables sub-$99 portable navigation devices (PNDs).
New switch, transceiver and card push 10GE ahead News & Analysis 4/21/2008 Post a comment In separate silicon announcements, Fujitsu Microelectronics is debuting a switch, startup Aquantia new transceiver and Mellanox an upgraded server controller, all pushing forward what has been to date a slow transition to 10 Gbit/s Ethernet.
UPA targets 400Mbps+ powerline technology News & Analysis 4/21/2008 Post a comment The Universal Powerline Association is gathering industry consensus round an effort to develop the PowerMAX specification for powerline communications technology that will deliver 400Mbits/ second and beyond.
Microchip rolls out low-cost 32-bit USB-OTG MCU Product News 4/21/2008 Post a comment Microchip Technology has added another low-cost 32-bit USB On-The-Go MCU to its PIC32 line, enabling the chip maker to offer designers a dozen options to solve their growing requirements for more performance, more memory and advanced USB OTG connectivity.
NXP 'renewal' strategy a mix of lite and might News & Analysis 4/18/2008 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors, in less than two years since separation from Philips Electronics, has implemented a range of reorganization programs that include asset-lite manufacturing, divestiture and acquisitions, even as it battles analysts' concerns that its highly leveraged debt position could make further expansion difficult.
3.3-V dual SCART saves power in set-top boxes, A/V receivers Product News 4/18/2008 Post a comment Aimed at set-top boxes and A/V receivers that have two SCART connectors, Maxim Integrated Products' MAX9598 3.3-V dual SCART chip uses power-saving technology to consume 70-mW of quiescent power and integrates DirectDrive technology, eliminating the need for costly AC-coupling capacitors on the audio outputs.
Analysts remain upbeat on Nokia despite economy News & Analysis 4/18/2008 Post a comment While Nokia's share price was market down significantly despite Nokia's excellent results, analysts suggests the Finnish handset maker will weather the storm of sharp currency movements and economic downturn better than most of its peers.
Executive Interview: Xilinx chairman Wim Roelandts News & Analysis 4/17/2008 Post a comment Moore's Law is still valid but it does not work for most sectors of the industry today, according to Wim Roelandts, chairman of programmable logic device vendor Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, Calif.). Roelandts met EE Times Europe during his first visit to Israel, where he attented the recent Global Semiconductor Association conference.
Moldova’s tech community beckons News & Analysis 4/17/2008 Post a comment Moldova’s science and technology community may begin to look attractive as neighboring Romania pulls in more foreign companies and faces rising wages and a labor shortage.
3G terminal patent holders lower royalty fees News & Analysis 4/17/2008 Post a comment The companies that hold a major portfolio of patents on W-CDMA third generation technology for handheld devices within the 3G Licensing group have agreed to revised royalty rates for a further 5 years beginning January 2009.
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.