VLSI Symposium Eyes 65-nm Logic News & Analysis 5/31/2003 Post a comment Though 90-nanometer designs are not expected to move into early commercial production until late this year, about a dozen papers at the 2003 VLSI Technology Symposium will target 65-nm design rules.<
April chip sales up 10% year-over-year News & Analysis 5/31/2003 Post a comment Worldwide semiconductor sales rose 10% year-over-year in April but failed to budge from March as electronic equipment makers deferred purchases due to the absence of strong demand from corporations, according to a trade business organization.
Chip vendors zero in on wireless Product News 5/29/2003 Post a comment Power-managing ICs in wireless products are now playing a major role in system-level solutions. Cell phones, which are being combined with PDAs and cameras, are becoming increasingly small, dense and power-hungry, offsetting the size and energy density advances made by the lithium-ion battery sources powering them.
Regulators drop out at 250 mV Product News 5/21/2003 Post a comment Two low-dropout regulators from Vishay Siliconix come in a 3 x 3-mm PowerPAK MLP33 for battery-powered equipment like cell phones, wireless handsets and modems, PDAs, notebooks, pagers and digital cameras.
Soft Peripherals News & Analysis 5/16/2003 Post a comment Do we really need another entry into the processor space, asks Jim Turley. Maybe, he says, if it's a processor "like no other." Turley examines Ubicom's new IP 3000 series.
LTC rolls out a buck regulator touting 100-micro-amps spec Product News 5/15/2003 Post a comment Touting a step improvement in power management for 14- and 42-volt automotive systems as well as industrial and other high-voltage applications, Linear Technology Corp.'s LT1976 is a 1.5-amp, 200-kHz monolithic buck switching regulator with a quiescent current of 100 micro-amps, which the company bills as unique for regulators of this type.
TI Guns DSP Clock to 1 GHz News & Analysis 5/14/2003 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc. has demonstrated a version of its C64xx DSP family that clocks at 1 GHz. TI believes that the world's fastest DSP will have immediate utility in such real-time signal-processing applications as cellular basestations and digital audio and video encoding.
AMD to introduce 400MHZ front side bus News & Analysis 5/12/2003 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc. on Tuesday will introduce a new 400MHz front side bus, its fastest FSB yet, along with possibly its highest performance Athlon XP 3200+ processor, according to sources in industry.
Analysts say there is an overabundance of NAND flash, a condition that is likely to drive prices down through 2004. And with two new players, STMicroelectronics and Hynix, getting ready to enter the market this year, the glut will only worsen.