New, larger OLED displays for mass production Product News 6/24/2004 Post a comment One Stop Displays is the first to offer a 1.6" color OLED in mass production quantities. The new 1.6" offers 262k color depth, a digital interface, and the same spectacular viewing characteristics representative of organic technology.
Broadband gain amplifier has best distortion characteristics in class Product News 6/24/2004 Post a comment A new 850 MHz programmable gain, broadband amplifier from Linear Technology has the best distortion characteristics of any amplifier in its class. The LT5514 exhibits an output third-order intercept (OIP3) of 49dBm at 70MHz, and has 2nd and 3rd order distortion products lower than -87dBc, while delivering 2V peak-to-peak output into a 200-Ohm load. Its combination of low noise and high spurious-free output capability makes it ideal for 12- and 14-bit, 65Msps or faster A/D converters in high perf
Programmable skew control resolves clock network issues News & Analysis 6/23/2004 Post a comment Here's an admittedly promotional piece from our old friend Shyam Chandra at Lattice Semiconductor. Referencing the company's latest programmable clock generator " an outgrowth of the iSP programmable analog building blocks " the article does offer insights into ways complex clock trees can implemented.
Microchip adds twelve devices to PIC MCU line Product News 6/23/2004 Post a comment Microchip Technology Inc. has expanded its line of PIC flash microcontrollers with the launching of twelve devices. Included are four 64- and 80-pin devices targeting cost-constrained applications requiring additional I/O, such as industrial, computing, telecommunications and consumer.
Clamping circuit protects GSM power amplifiers News & Analysis 6/23/2004 Post a comment ANADIGICS has been granted a patent for a new active clamping circuit that protects GSM power amplifiers from damage under extreme operating conditions. The new clamping circuit is simpler than previous designs and takes up less board real estate.
Controller for bus converters allows greater than 95 percent efficiency News & Analysis 6/23/2004 Post a comment Intersil announced the release of the ISL6744, a double-ended controller intended for unregulated bus converters in 48-V DC-DC and off-line AC-DC power supplies. The ISL6744 controller works over a wide range of input voltages, and works with isolated-bus applications including 400-V power-factor-corrected AC/DC converters and 48-V intermediate buses for telecom, datacom, and server systems. It has been designed to provide efficiency optimization with its ability to accurately program the outp
65-MHz rail-to-rail amplifiers combine high speed and high drive current News & Analysis 6/23/2004 Post a comment Intersil's new EL5111 (single amp), EL5211 (dual amp), EL5411 (quad amp) and EL5611 (6X) offer a wide 65 MHz of bandwidth at -3 dB and an exceptional 90 V/s slew rate along with a common mode input ability beyond the supply rails and rail-to-rail output capability that enable maximum dynamic range at any supply voltage. The high 180-mA output short-circuit drive current capability helps ensure sharp pictures and stable brightness.
Freescale goes ZigBee with Developers Starter Kit News & Analysis 6/23/2004 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor, provides manufacturers with a single-source ZigBee-Ready platform. ZigBee technology from Freescale enables wireless products for a variety of monitoring, automation, and control applications in the home, industrial, and health related environments.
Smart controller consolidates motor designs News & Analysis 6/23/2004 Post a comment Touting an increased level of integration, Apex Microtechnology has designed its MSA240 and MSA260 as complete "PWM amplifier" solutions for DC brush motor drives. These boards include a smart controller, oscillator, comparator, error amplifier, current-limit comparators, and a full-bridge output. The error amp also can be applied as a differential amplifier on the input to allow interfacing with most motor control chip sets.
Charge-pump for LED backlights touts 1% accuracy News & Analysis 6/23/2004 Post a comment Analog Devices says its ADM8845 charge pump, which has individual current-control blocks for six white light-emitting diodes (LEDs), achieves the most accurate current-matching in the industry - to within 1 percent for uniformly backlighting the micro color thick-film transistor (TFT) liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) used in cell phones, PDAs, and digital cameras. Two control inputs allow the LEDs to be switched on and off in two independent blocks (four LEDs, and two LEDs), suiting the ADM8845 fo
Kentron tries again with quad-band DRAM News & Analysis 6/23/2004 Post a comment Since early 2001, Kentron Technologies has been trying with little success to crack the memory market with its unique quad-band DRAM memory. Undeterred, the company is still at it, and said a second-generation memory product is on the way.
Programmable clock generator offers flexible skew control Product News 6/23/2004 Post a comment Lattice Semiconductor today introduced its revolutionary new family of ispClock in-system programmable clock generator devices. The first devices in the ispClock5500 family, the 10-output ispClock5510 and 20-output ispClock5520, combine a high- performance clock generator with a flexible, Universal Fan-out Buffer. The on-chip clock generator can provide up to 5 clock frequencies ranging from 10MHz to 320MHz using a high-performance PLL and clock multiply and divide facilities. The Universal F
New color LCD display drivers offer fast response for high speed moving images Product News 6/23/2004 Post a comment Dialog Semiconductor today launched the first two products in its new color liquid crystal display (LCD) driver family. Using multi-line addressing (MLA) LCD technology, the new DA8912A and DA8913A incorporate fully integrated graphic display RAM with high speed interfaces and various power management functions to enable a single, low power chip for managing the display in next generation mobile phone handsets and portable electronic products.
Philips: "Plattform-Ansatz hat sich bewährt" News & Analysis 6/23/2004 Post a comment Auf der Design Automation Conference im kalifornischen San Diego fand Rene Penning de Vries, frischgebackener CTO von Philips Semiconductors, Zeit für ein Interview mit Silicon Strategies. Peter Clarke fragte Penning de Vries nach seiner Strategie für die Herausforderungen, die bei der Entwicklung und Produktion jetzt vor ihm liegen.
Moto's Freescale pegs IPO at $2.4 billion News & Analysis 6/22/2004 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor Inc., the semiconductor subsidiary of Motorola Inc., confirmed plans to conduct an initial public offering of shares through the filing of an amended S-1 registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
NTT Docomo puts wallet's contents in phone News & Analysis 6/22/2004 Post a comment Tapping the contactless Felica IC communications technology embedded in four new phones for its i-mode mobile network, NTT Docomo Inc. will launch a service next month that puts electronic money, e-tickets, personal ID and other services onto i-mode handsets.
Infineon unveils 16-Mbit MRAM prototype News & Analysis 6/22/2004 Post a comment Infineon Technologies AG introduced a prototype 16-Mbit magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM) device, but the chip maker acknowledged that the nonvolatile memory technology won't be ready for volume production anytime soon.
Controller for bus converters allows greater than 95 percent efficiency Product News 6/22/2004 Post a comment Intersil announced the release of the ISL6744, a double-ended controller intended for unregulated bus converters in 48-V DC-DC and off-line AC-DC power supplies. The ISL6744 controller works over a wide range of input voltages, and works with isolated-bus applications including 400-V power-factor-corrected AC/DC converters and 48-V intermediate buses for telecom, datacom, and server systems. It has been designed to provide efficiency optimization with its ability to accurately program the outp
65-MHz rail-to-rail amplifiers combine high speed and high drive current Product News 6/22/2004 Post a comment Intersil's new EL5111 (single amp), EL5211 (dual amp), EL5411 (quad amp) and EL5611 (6X) offer a wide 65 MHz of bandwidth at -3 dB and an exceptional 90 V/s slew rate along with a common mode input ability beyond the supply rails and rail-to-rail output capability that enable maximum dynamic range at any supply voltage. The high 180-mA output short-circuit drive current capability helps ensure sharp pictures and stable brightness.
Family of sigma-delta ADCs offers optimal combination of low noise, low power Product News 6/22/2004 Post a comment Analog Devices today introduced a new family of
sigma-delta analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) that deliver an unprecedented low-noise and low-power solution for applications in industrial and medical instrumentation markets. Unlike traditional precision data-converter solutions, which compromise on either power
or noise, the new ADCs feature both low noise (40 nVrms) and low power(400 uA), while offering a complete range of analog functions in less board area.
One button reset control turns microprocessor on and off News & Analysis 6/21/2004 Post a comment Even sitting in a drawer, your MP3 player still east power. To save battery life, it's best to turn off the central processor as well as its peripherals and power supply components, a Maxim guru says. Here's a one-button circuit for turning the whole thing off.
Thumb drives are hitching a ride to a speedy ramp-up News & Analysis 6/21/2004 Post a comment Thumb drives so called for their diminutive size are quickly becoming a mass-market phenomenon, but despite their capacious storage, they lack a couple of key attributes: They have no speed standards and you can't boot a Windows computer from them. Rick Merritt has this report.
Deutsch-schwedischer Chip-Flirt News & Analysis 6/21/2004 Post a comment Der schwedische Netzausrüster Xelerated und Infineon wollen gemeinsam Chipsets für die Transport-Aggregation auf Layer 1 bis 3 entwickeln. Das gaben die beiden Unternehmen auf der Fachmesse 'Supercomm' bekannt.
Triple-regulator packs power punch Product News 6/18/2004 Post a comment Linear Technology's LT1941, for xDSL, hard disk drives and microprocessor core applications, is a triple-output (nonisolated) switching regulator IC with internal power switches. Two step-down converters provide a nominal 1.8 volts at 2.5 amps and 3.3 volts at 1.4 amps and the third source can be configured as a boost, inverter (nominal -12 volts at 350 mA) or SEPIC converter.
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.