Private equity group eyes Filtronic News & Analysis 5/30/2008 Post a comment Filtronic plc , the British electronics group that has recently sold off its compound semiconductor division, that included Europe's largest GaAs foundry in Newton Aycliffe (England), and oveerr the past two years most of its activities in wireless communications, incuding PAs in mobile handsets, looks set to be acquired by U.S. private equity group Carlyle.
New LinkSwitch simplifies CV/CC charger designs Product News 5/29/2008 Post a comment Newest generation touts an output accuracy of 5 percent over line and temperature variations, includes line-drop compensation circuitry, and guarantees very low no-load dissipation to easily meet Energy Star 2.0 standards for external power supplies.
ST moves SPEAr SoCs to 65nm Product News 5/29/2008 Post a comment By transferring the SPEAr family to 65-nm process technology, ST's SoC can integrate an advanced ARM926EJ-S processor core with two 16k memory caches, running at 333MHz, for data and instructions and up to 300,000 gates (ASIC-equivalent) of embedded configurable logic.
Power MOSFETS offered in PowerPAK SC-70 package Product News 5/29/2008 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology has released 15 power MOSFETS in a PowerPAK SC-70 package. This offering is said to include the industry's first 12-V devices in this package type, together with the industry's lowest on-resistance for voltage rating and package size.
Next up for LSI: Ethernet? News & Analysis 5/28/2008 Post a comment For a company now focused exclusively on storage and networking markets, LSI Corp. has a glaring lack of standard Ethernet products, and chief executive Abhi Talwalkar is exploring the options for the venerable Silicon Valley icon.
ST extends 32-bit MCU family Product News 5/28/2008 Post a comment STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) has added 28 devices to its family of 32-bit Flash microcontrollers based on ARM's Cortex-M3 core to provide up to 512 Kbytes of Flash, larger SRAM and additional peripherals for displays, sound, storage and advanced control.
Analog design expertise is rare, valuable News & Analysis 5/27/2008 1 comment An enduring shortage of analog engineers--that may be getting worse rather than better--is requiring digital chip powerhouses to redouble their efforts to recruit and groom analog engineers.
Freescale rolls mobile media processor Product News 5/27/2008 Post a comment In the wake of its acquisition of Sigmatel, Freescale Semiconductor is rolling out its i.MX37, a applicaitons processor using new video and imaging blocks to attack high end media players and navigation systems and the first in a series of applications processors targeted at specific market segments.
Infineon to sell stake amid merger rumors News & Analysis 5/26/2008 Post a comment The rumors continue to fly at Infineon AG. Amid the departure of its top executive, Infineon is looking to sell a 40-to-50 percent stake in the company to KKR. KKR, in turn, would merge Infineon and NXP Semiconductors, according to reports.
Spec a year away for 40/100G Ethernet News & Analysis 5/22/2008 Post a comment The IEEE 802.3ba group developing a spec to drive Ethernet at rates of 40 and 100 Gbits/second reports significant progress from its last meeting, but it may take at least another nine months to cook a standard that could be the basis for first-generation products.
Designers draft multicore programming guide News & Analysis 5/22/2008 Post a comment The Multicore Association is kicking off an effort to define best programming practices for embedded multicore processors, hoping within a year to define and create a guide to handling the thorniest problems in the growing arena of parallel software.
DDR2 FBDIMMs operate at 1.5V vs. 1.8V Product News 5/22/2008 Post a comment As part of its commitment to the enterprise-computing space, Lexar Media's energy-efficient Crucial server memory product line utilizes the industry's first 1.5V, 1-Gbit-based components to deliver reduced chip count, energy-efficient FBDIMM modules.
DRAMs gear up for next-gen graphics Product News 5/21/2008 Post a comment Three DRAM makers are shipping parts using GDDR5, a new memory interface initially supporting data transfers at 4 Gbits/second per pin that will serve a new generation of graphics controllers expected from Advanced Micro Devices and archrival Nvidia as early as June.
Continental rolls automotive controller for emerging markets News & Analysis 5/21/2008 Post a comment With a Basic Function Controller for low-cost cars, automotive Supplier Continental AG intents to serve emerging markets. The device reflects in many ways the shifting distribution of power in the global automotive market: It has been developed in Continental's Shanghai laboratories; the first customer is Chinese car OEM Geely.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.