Transmeta sells processor line to Hong Kong firm News & Analysis 5/31/2005 Post a comment Troubled Transmeta Corp. announced plans to license and sell its x86-based microprocessor technology to Culture.com Technology Ltd., a subsidiary of Culturecom Holdings Ltd of Hong Kong. The deal is valued at $15 million, plus other considerations.
Class-D digital amplifier made for flat-panel TVs Product News 5/31/2005 Post a comment Review: This digital-input Class-D audio power amplifier from Texas Instruments Inc. is said to enable the development of flat-panel displays (FPDs) with sound quality that matches the display's high-quality image, while minimizing cost and component count.
First wave of IP support washes over FPGA family Product News 5/31/2005 Post a comment Lattice Semiconductor Corp. has released for its recently announced LatticeXP field-programmable gate array (FPGA) family the first set of IP modules that address the needs of the consumer, computing and communications markets.
ICs charge lithium-ions from AC or USB Product News 5/31/2005 Post a comment Linear Technology's LTC4075 and LTC4075X are stand alone dual-input linear battery charger ICs that automically select the charging source (either a wall adapter or a USB port) for single-cell lithium-ion batteries. Using a constant-current/constant-voltage algorithm, the chargers, for application in PDAs, MP3 players, portable test equipment, and cell phones, can deliver up to 950 mA from a wall adapter or 500 mA from a USB supply.
ZVEI sieht Bauelemente-Branche weiter wachsen Product News 5/30/2005 Post a comment 151 Einen leichten Aufwind hat der Zentralverband Elektrotechnik und Elektronikindustrie (ZVEI) für den Bauelemente-Markt registriert. Der Verband bestätigt damit frühere Einschätzungen, würzt sie jetzt aber mit einer leichten Prise Optimismus.
Chipbranche kann mit mehr Wachstum rechnen News & Analysis 5/27/2005 Post a comment Eine überraschende Verbesserung der weltweiten Wirtschaftslage und andere Faktoren haben das Halbleiter-Marktforschungsinsititut IC Insights dazu veranlasst, seine Erwartungen für den Chipmarkt in die Höhe zu schrauben. Statt um 2 Prozent zu schrumpfen, soll die Branche nun in diesem Jahr um 4 Prozent wachsen.
Credence falls short of guidance, expects weak quarter News & Analysis 5/26/2005 Post a comment Semiconductor test solutions provider Credence Systems Corp. reported a net loss of $19.5 million, or 21 cents per share on sales of $101.9 million in the second fiscal 2005 quarter ended April 30, compared to a net loss of $36.3 million, or 41 cents per share on sales of $93.9 million the prior quarter.
Dual controller daisy-chains for multitracking Product News 5/26/2005 Post a comment Linear Technology's LTC3828 is a dual step-down switching controller with integrated tracking for sequencing multiple voltage rails, a phase-locked loop (PLL) for precision synchronization, and PolyPhase operation for reducing input capacitance and noise. The chip, which enables the design of compact multiple output power supplies in applications such as single-board computers, industrial equipment, automotive electronics and FPGA-based systems, can daisy chain to multiple LTC3828s or other DC/D
Analyst's Couch: 512-Mbit DDR2 costs fall below DDR News & Analysis 5/25/2005 Post a comment In a surprise development, manufacturing costs for 512-MBit Double Data Rate 2 (DDR) SDRAM have reached the crossover point with those of equivalent-density DDR, an event that will trigger a rapid increase in DDR2 production for the remainder of the year, iSuppli Corp. believes.
Dual-output regulator simplifies notebook designs Product News 5/25/2005 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products' MAX8737 is a dual, high-power, linear-regulator controller that (with external n-channel MOSFETs) provides two independent low-voltage supplies for notebook computers, point-of-load regulators, and low-voltage bias supplies. The chip, working from a nominal 5 volts, delivers a highly regulated 0.5 to 2.5 volts at each output (no-load accuracy is ±5 mV), with the external MOSFETs faciliating a scaleable current design that provides good load regulation (±1 p
Clock extraction circuitry times high-speed communications test News & Analysis 5/24/2005 Post a comment A critical aspect of the receiver circuit decision process is ensuring that the "0-or-1" decision process occurs at an optimal time. Some form of clock signal must be provided to the decision circuit to time the decision process, writes Agilent's Greg Le Cheminant. But this signal must be highly synchronous with the incoming data stream. Just a small offset in frequency between the data rate and the receiver clock, he says, will degrade the BER. Greg's tutorial on clock-data recovery (CDR) in th
Video converter renders dual images Product News 5/24/2005 Post a comment National Semiconductor Corp. today introduced what it claims is the first dual-channel video format converter for high-definition television that features two video conversion channels and a dual 3-D architecture.
Tiny log amp spans 1 MHz to 10 GHz Product News 5/24/2005 Post a comment Designed to measure and control RF signals, Analog Devices' new log amp is optimized for accuracy, power, and size in order to target wireless infrastructure, broadband wireless and radar applications.
Quad wideband noise canceller accelerates interconnect speeds by up to 400% Product News 5/24/2005 Post a comment The Nx2000 is a VLSI analog device that integrates eight of the company's channel emulator cores, each with fully adaptive phase, amplitude and frequency control. It can cancel eight network aggressors from four victim channels dynamically in under a square inch of board area. As a result, channel throughput is improved by up to 400%, according to the company.
LED controller puts on a light show Product News 5/23/2005 Post a comment Dialog Semiconductor's new DA9026 controller is designed to program up to 18 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for running the "fun lights," light shows, and backlighting in cellular handsets, handheld games, and other portable devices. It incorporates on-chip memory to store up to 15 light-pattern sequences and can drive separate red, green and blue LEDs (i.e., six RGB LEDs) using precision current d/a converters (DACs). Programmable variables include pattern, repetition rate, intensity of each LED,
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.