Spreadtrum sacks CTO News & Analysis 4/26/2013 3 comments The sudden firing of Qiuzhen Zou, Spreadtrum's chief technology officer, hints at internal turmoil within the Chinese fabless chip firm.
What’s the story behind Spreadtrum’s sudden sack of its CTO?
Add radio on-a-chip to any design News & Analysis 4/23/2013 7 comments Designers can add FM radio to any of their consumer gadgets with a $5 software-defined radio-on-a-chip, an antenna-to-audio solution from mixed signal semiconductor maker, Silicon Labs (Austin, Texas).
Micrel MIC826 voltage supervisor Product News 4/18/2013 Post a comment Micrel’s latest microprocessor supervisor improves accuracy of power supply monitoring, reduces solution size up to 70 percent, and cuts current consumption up to 75 percent.
3-D IC stacks pushed back to 2015 News & Analysis 4/2/2013 6 comments Globalfoundries reports on a functioning 3-D wafer-level stack with through silicon vias as the industry pushes out plans for such products to 2015 or later.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments