3-LED driver optimized for high-volume applications Product News 5/31/2006 Post a comment Honing in on simplicity and cost-effectiveness, Catalyst Semiconductor's CAT3603 is a fractional charge pump in a 3-by-3 mm TDFN package specifically optimized for high-volume, three-LED backlighting display applications for cellular phones, digital still cameras, and handheld devices.
Chipidea extends USB controller core IP News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Analog and mixed-signal semiconductor intellectual property (IP) group Chipidea has started sampling a USB controller core, a block designed to complement the company’s range of USB physical layer transceiver (PHY) IP.
Panelists explore system-to-silicon link News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Panelists at the Medea+DAC conference in Germany offered suggestions for designing system-level silicon, including formal specifications, abstracted hardware-software interfaces and the use of regularity in silicon fabrics.
IXYS, Atmel release light ballast demo kits News & Analysis 5/30/2006 Post a comment IXYS released dimmable and non-dimmable demo kits for light ballast applications. These kits are the result of the cooperation between IXYS and Atmel Corp. to develop design tools and speed up the implementation of ballast solutions for the lighting market, IXYS said.
Philips scores in China with ULC handset design News & Analysis 5/30/2006 Post a comment Philips Semiconductors has scored a major win in the Chinese market with the country’s third largest mobile handset maker, Haier , choosing its Ultra Low Cost (ULC) reference platform for a model targeted at the fast growing sector.
IQE sees strong growth in epitaxial wafers News & Analysis 5/30/2006 Post a comment Epitaxial wafer maker IQE plc. expects sales in the first quarter of its financial year to be 19 percent ahead of the previous quarter, and 53 percent better than in the corresponding quarter of last year.
STMicro, Airgo partner on wireless STB ref design Product News 5/30/2006 Post a comment ST Microelectronics has embedded Airgo Networks, Inc.’s MIMO Wireless LAN technology into its STx7100 platform and the companies have collaborated on a set-top-box reference design that will allow video content to be streamed wirelessly around the home.
Gartner: FPGA/PLD market to grow 14 percent in '06 News & Analysis 5/26/2006 Post a comment The market for FPGAs and other programmable logic devices is expected to grow from $3.2 billion in 2005 to $6.7 billion in 2010, according to Bryan Lewis, a vice president and chief analyst of ASIC, SoC and FPGA research at market analyst firm Gartner Dataquest.
2-Gbyte miniSD memory card targets cell phones Product News 5/26/2006 Post a comment Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.’s 2-Gbyte flash miniSD memory card is said to be much smaller than a standard SD Memory Card but delivers increasingly large capacity. Its primary application is in mobile devices with miniSD slots, but it can also be used in standard SD slots with an adapter.
Fast triple mux extends video performance Product News 5/26/2006 Post a comment Intersil's ISL59448 is a triple- channel, high-bandwidth (500 MHz) 2:1 multiplexer with a slew rate of 1600 V/microsecond to meet the high resolution requirements of monitors, projectors, and KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) peripherals.
ARM9-based MCU line touts upgrade path from ARM7 devices Product News 5/26/2006 Post a comment Atmel’s AT91SAM9260 is the first member of the pin-compatible ARM926EJ-S -based MCU family that shares the same integration levels and programming models as the company’s ARM7-based devices, allowing direct migration between controllers based on different ARM cores.
USB manager/charger IC coordinates portable powering Product News 5/25/2006 Post a comment Linear Technology's LTC4085 for portable power applications integrates an autonomous power manager, "ideal diode" switch, and stand alone battery charger to provide seamless transition between USB input, wall adapter, and battery power sources.
RF development platform speeds time-to-market Product News 5/25/2006 Post a comment An RF development platform has been launched by Sundance Digital Signal Processing Inc. Combining four cards into one PCI (full and compact) compatible board, the SMT8101 aims to boost rapid prototyping and help development teams to get their products into production and to market quickly.
Pixelplus delays Q1 earnings announcement News & Analysis 5/25/2006 Post a comment South Korean fabless semiconductor company Pixelplus Co. Ltd. said it would postpone its first quarter 2006 earnings announcement originally scheduled for Friday, May 26, until its independent registered public accountants complete their audit of Pixelplus' financial statements for fiscal 2005.
Axiom claims legal victory over Silicon Labs News & Analysis 5/24/2006 Post a comment Axiom Microdevices said Wednesday that a federal district judge in Austin, Texas, has entered a final judgment rejecting Silicon Laboratories' claims of patent infringement and technology trade secret misappropriation against the company.
MCU targets Chinese market with 12KB flash unit Product News 5/24/2006 Post a comment The newest members of Zilog’s Z8 Encore! XP family of 8-bit microcontrollers are aimed at the Chinese MCU market. Targeted applications for the F0830 include entry level universal and brushed/brushless DC motor control, digital power management, battery charging, environmental sensors and electronic control of appliances.
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.