CMOS motor drivers provide high integration Product News 5/7/2008 Post a comment Designed to drive low-voltage brushless DC motors in applications that require rotor speed control and fast rotor start-stop cycles, Allegro's pair of full-bridge motor drivers employs a high density CMOS process that allows a Hall element, H-bridge output driver and PWM speed control logic to reside in one device.
Qimonda to enter photovoltaics business News & Analysis 5/5/2008 Post a comment Ailing DRAM manufacturer Qimonda AG (Munich, Germany) is entering the solar cell business. In a joint venture with solar system integrator Centrosolar group (Munich, Germany), the company plans to build a new fab in Portugal.
EDA startup tackles design for reliability Product News 5/5/2008 Post a comment Startup Micrologic Design Automation Inc. (Haifa, Israel) has released what is claims is the first nanometer range EDA tool that interactively eliminates reliability issues during the early stage of the physical design.
NXP mulls IP licensing for its Mifare platform News & Analysis 5/2/2008 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors is looking seriously at licensing to other semiconductor companies its Mifare contactless chip card platform technology for use in SIM cards and NFC applications such as ticketing, payment and access management.
French group readies NFC-enabled speakers Product News 5/2/2008 Post a comment French consumer electronics manufacturer Parrott (Paris) is readying a range of speakers that will incorporate Near Field Communications tags supplied by Innovision Research and Technology plc (Cirencester, England).
DRAM rankings: Samsung seeks to bury competitors News & Analysis 5/2/2008 Post a comment Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. clung to its DRAM market lead in the first quarter, according to market researcher iSuppli, cranking up production as competitors retreated in response to weak market conditions and a U.S. economic recession.
Graphics market soft in first quarter News & Analysis 5/1/2008 Post a comment Sales of computer graphics chips had a slightly lower than usual seasonal downturn, leading one analyst to issue a cautious market projection for the next few quarters for the sector that can be a bellwether for computer sales and a key indicator of electronics sales overall.
16-bit, 105-Msps serial output A/D converter conserves FPGA I/O pins Product News 5/1/2008 Post a comment With a high speed 2-wire serial interface, the LTC2274 from Linear reduces the number of data I/O lines required between a 16-bit A/D converter and the FPGA from 16 CMOS or 32 LVDS parallel data lines to a single, self-clocking, differential pair communicating at 2.1-Gbit/s, freeing up valuable FPGA pins.
Low-cost, versatile Class D amplifiers line debuts Product News 5/1/2008 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX9736A/B, a family of versatile single-supply, filterless Class D speaker amplifiers, which provide high-performance, thermally efficient amplifier solutions at the lowest solution cost.
CSR takes huge charge on Ubinetics acquisition News & Analysis 5/1/2008 Post a comment Shares in wireless chip specialist CSR plc (Cambridge, England) plunged by as much as 25 percent in early trading as the company announced it had taken a charge of $52.9 million for the acquisition in 2005 of Ubinetics. The compnay also saw a fall off in demand for its chips, mainly Bluetooth parts, from makers of mobile phone makers and other consumer electronics devices, notably headsets.
Fujitsu claims advance in "soft error" elimination News & Analysis 5/1/2008 Post a comment Researchers at Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) are claiming a major advance on improving the reliability of semiconductors with a technique for quick and accurate measurement of the "soft errors" that could be caused to a chip by the effect of neutrons from some cosmic rays.
Broadcom expands networking portfolio Product News 5/1/2008 Post a comment Broadcom has expanded its network switching portfolio for businesses deploying 802.11n Wi-Fi networks with an end-to-end solution that combines its Intensi-fi silicon with its FASTPATH networking software to deliver features that IT managers require across their wireless networks.
Europe continues to disappoint in chip sales growth News & Analysis 5/1/2008 Post a comment Sales of semiconductors in Europe during March were $3.4 billion, up 2.1 percent over the previous month and an increase of just 0.5 percent on the $3.4 billion achieved in the same period last year. The growth rates are the slowest of the four regions tracked by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Chip sales up 3.8% in Q1 compared to Q107 News & Analysis 5/1/2008 Post a comment Global sales of semiconductors during the first quarter of 2008 came in at $63.4 billion, up 3.8 percent on the same period last year, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 13 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...