Charge-pumps brighten display picture Product News 5/31/2004 Post a comment Three new generations of charge-pump from Advanced Analogic Technologies bring a new level of functional, high-efficiency, and cost- and space-saving performance to LED- and LCD-based display applications. These chips maximize brightness in white LEDs (AAT3140/41) in single-cell portable applications, improve camera flash performance (AAT3112), and provide the positive and negative voltages (AAT3190) for thin-film transistor liquid-crystal displays (TFT-LCDs), organic light-emitting diodes (OLED
High quality audio amp for the home with minimal design effort Product News 5/28/2004 Post a comment National Semi offers three new stereo audio amplifiers in its Overture line of products for home stereo systems. Check out the review by Editor Paul O'Shea on these newest audio amplifiers that feature quiet fade-in/fade-out mute mode circuitry for gradually bringing the sound up or down.
Infineon: Noch keine Entscheidung zum DRAM-Ausstieg News & Analysis 5/28/2004 Post a comment Infineon will sicher seine Logiksparte behalten. Über eine Abspaltung des Speichergeschäfts aber hat das Unternehmen noch keine Entscheidung getroffen. Auf einer Konferenz in London stand Infineon-Manager Dominik Asam Rede und Antwort.
Minolta Dimage X: a different view on optics Teardown 5/27/2004 Post a comment Electronics integration continues to reduce camera form-factor and cost though a clear partitioning of digital and analog functions suggests little technical or economic benefit from combining disparate functions into a common IC process. Sometimes the road less-integrated provides an optimum balance of function, design risk, and cost, particularly when it comes to mixed-signal systems, writes David Carey in this installment of Under The Hood " Analog Edition. That doesn't mean there isn't a lot
Class-D audio power amplifiers balanced just right for small LCD TVs Product News 5/26/2004 Post a comment Providing liquid crystal display (LCD) TV manufacturers with the feature set required to meet high efficiency audio demands, TI announced two new stereo Class-D audio power amplifiers for 17 to 23 inch LCD-TVs. The two new devices feature efficient Class-D operation, driving up to 10W of continuous stereo output power with no external heat sink.
Dialog, Intel sampling combo for mobile devices News & Analysis 5/26/2004 Post a comment Dialog Semiconductor Plc has started sampling a tightly integrated system level power management IC that in a single CMOS device supports both a communications processor and the Intel PXA27x family of applications processors.
Intersil taps AMI Semiconductor's memory technology News & Analysis 5/26/2004 Post a comment AMI Semiconductor Inc., a designer and manufacturer of integrated mixed-signal and structured digital products, has been selected by Intersil Corp. to help design analog ICs at the sub-micron levels for Intersil's consumer, computing, industrial and communications products. From Singapore, Tony Santiago picks up the scent.
Flexible PWM controller fits IBA bill Product News 5/26/2004 Post a comment National Semiconductor positions its LM5033 as the first fully-featured 100-volt DC/DC pulse width modulation (PWM) controller for meeting the needs of modern intermediate bus architectures (IBAs). "The introduction of the intermediate bus is an inflection point in the evolution of distributed power architectures," said Paul Greenland, marketing director for the Power Management group. "Customers expect the next generation of intermediate bus converters to be flexible and efficient without sacri
Modern serial buses demand sophisticated level translation News & Analysis 5/26/2004 Post a comment Electronic design has changed considerably since the days when TTL and 5V CMOS were the dominant standards for logic circuits. The increasing complexity of modern electronic systems has led to lower-voltage logic, which in turn causes incompatible input and output levels for the logic families within a system. It's not unusual, for example, that a digital section operating at 1.8V must communicate with an analog subsection operating at 3.3V. In this article from Planet Analog magazine, a Maxim e
In embedded, CPU progress is evolutionary Product News 5/24/2004 Post a comment In the processor world, the major architectural innovations happen in workstation CPUs, and embedded processors follow from a great distance. Evolution, not revolution, marks the progress of embedded CPUs. And the recent Embedded Processor Forum in San Jose had more than its share of gradual change.
In hot market, only reliable rad-hards need apply News & Analysis 5/24/2004 Post a comment The market for radiation-tolerant FPGAs is heating up as chip vendors roll out new devices intended for military and aerospace applications. But so too is the level of scrutiny they must endure to prove that their parts can work reliably under the harshest conditions.
Free software download helps speed A/D converter design Product News 5/24/2004 Post a comment Analog Devices today announced the launch of
its ADIsimADC(TM) software design tool that allows systems designers
to simulate analog-to-digital converter (ADC) performance, speeding
the evaluation and design process. The software is available as a free
download from the ADI website.
ARM readies cores for control, data processing tasks Product News 5/24/2004 Post a comment ARM Ltd. (Cambridge, UK) is broadening its product offerings beyond the well- established 16/32-bit embedded RISC processors with two new types of licensable core-based solutions: one is a multiprocessor core that specifically handles control tasks; the other is responsible for heavy data processing jobs.The two new core-based solutions were pitched to system designers at the recent Embedded Processor Forum.
Nintendo and Sony demo gaming units News & Analysis 5/24/2004 Post a comment Nintendo Co. Ltd. and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) showed the first working prototypes of their new portable gaming systems at the 2004 Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3) in Los Angeles last week.
AMD continues shift away from megahertz race News & Analysis 5/24/2004 Post a comment In the latest step away from the megahertz race, AMD Corp. said it will use a "performance-power rating" to name its embedded processors. The move means processor names will have higher numbers than the clock rating expressed in megahertz.
Chip makers mull cell phones with hard drives News & Analysis 5/24/2004 Post a comment Cellular phones are poised to take yet another step in silicon integration by packing hard-disk drive controllers and read channels into their baseband processors. At least three companies are at some stage of exploring such designs, though several sources expressed doubts about when and at what pace hard disks will appear in cell phones. Rick Merritt reports.
MIPs-based MPU employs fast system interconnect for comm. apps Product News 5/24/2004 Post a comment PMC-Sierra's RM9150 microprocessor combines the E9000 64-bit MIPS microprocessor core with the new system interconnect called the Fast Device Bus for embedded control processing applications such as Ethernet routers and switches, line cards, network attached storage, industrial control, high-end laser printers, imaging, and high-end consumer applications that require multip
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.