Cirrus Logic closes sale of digital video product line assets Product News 6/30/2005 Post a comment This looks like it could be a subject of column: Cirrus Logic has had quite a number of "false starts" over the years. Digital video may be one of them. Intersil did well to focus on analog and mixed-signal building blocks. Will the market be as kind to Cirrus. Stay tuned...
Intel CEO's response to AMD: Company won't change business practices News & Analysis 6/29/2005 Post a comment Two days after Advanced Micro Devices Inc. filed an antitrust suit against Intel Corp. accusing its archrival of unfair business practices, Intel president and chief executive Paul Otellini fired back, stating the company would not change its business practices and expects any court decision to be resolved in its favor.
NAND market hit by MP3 slowdown News & Analysis 6/29/2005 Post a comment The high-flying, NAND-based flash memory market has not collapsed, as expressed by one fabless chip maker. But the sector has finally experienced some tough and turbulent times, following a lull and disappointing demand for flash-based MP3 players in the consumer market.
Single-chip, triple differential receiver reduces board space by more than half Product News 6/28/2005 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc.' AD8143 is a compact, single-chip solution that receives differential signals over a twisted pair cable. The triple differential receiver is primarily designed to receive RGB (red, green, blue) signals with resolutions up to 1600 X 1200; however, it can able be used to receive any other type of differential analog signal or high-speed data transmission.
Toshiba nomme un DG pour le marché automobile européen News & Analysis 6/28/2005 Post a comment Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) annonce la nomination de Peter Lieberwirth en tant que directeur général en charge du marché automobile. A ce poste, il sera responsable des activités commerciales de Toshiba sur le marché européen et supervisera les activités du service marketing circuits intégrés dédiés aux secteurs de la micro-informatique, de l’automobile et grand public.
AMD antitrust suit alleges Intel used coercion News & Analysis 6/28/2005 Post a comment AMD has filed an antitrust suit against Intel alleging that its arch-rival has been operating an unlawful monopoly in the x86 microprocessor market and that it has been coercing computer makers, distributors, small system builders and retailers from dealing with AMD.
Under the Hood: Sendo X Smartphone promotes analog underground Teardown 6/27/2005 Post a comment The ever-present mobile phone continues to connect, entertain, organize, and occasionally annoy, but to be sure the technology never stands still, writes David Carey in this teardown report for Planet Analog. In the battle to deliver big things in small packages, Sendo of the UK has rolled out the Sendo X, which hides a wealth of unconventional features behind a very conventional phone appearance. Might be the name for a rock group, he jests: "Analog Underground."
DRAM maker beefs up graphics memory portfolio Product News 6/26/2005 Post a comment Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is sampling a graphics double data rate (GDDR) 3 DRAM that can deliver 2-gigabits per second (Gbits/s) speeds for applications requiring high-quality images and fast animation in PCs, workstations, and high-end game consoles.
Charger ICs for cameras and handhelds are package perfect Product News 6/24/2005 Post a comment Emphasizing the industry's smallest packages for circuits of their type, National Semiconductor says its two new battery-charger products, one a single-cell USB/AC charger and the other a charge control and protection circuit for embedded lithium-ion/polymer batteries, greatly ease integration into cellular phones, digital still cameras, MP3 players, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and handheld instrumentation. These devices, which require few external components, deliver up to 1.2 amps.
Motor platform spins simpler solutions Product News 6/24/2005 Post a comment STMicroelectronics new family of monolithic motor drivers form the heart of an open, scalable solution for a wide range of motion control applications. The new powerSPIN platform includes devices suitable for driving DC motors, stepper motors and brushless DC motors, along with a comprehensive support package including evaluation boards, PC software and detailed application notes.
Enhanced host bridge supports dual-processor systems Product News 6/24/2005 Post a comment Tundra Semiconductor is concentrating its efforts on producing host bridges that support PowerPC processor-based designs. The company just released a derivative of its Tsi108 system controller that supports dual processors and offers better power management capabilities than its counterpart.
White-LED driver pair eases series, parallel backlighting Product News 6/23/2005 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology's two new white LED drivers, the SiP12401 boost controller and SiP12501 boost converter, are optimized for backlighting small liquid crystal displays in cell phones and digital cameras. These drivers, one suited to series- connected LEDs and the other to parallel-connected LEDs, deliver up to 80 percent efficiency.
Sipex Corp. faces Nasdaq delisting News & Analysis 6/22/2005 Post a comment Analog semiconductor supplier Sipex Corp. will be delisted from the Nasdaq exchange effective June 23, according to a letter from the Nasdaq Listings Qualification Panel.
Des chercheurs japonais façonnent un nouveau semi-conducteur à base de diamant News & Analysis 6/22/2005 Post a comment Des chercheurs de l’Institut national japonais des Sciences et des technologies industrielles avancées (AIST) ont utilisé un procédé de déposition en phase vapeur pour synthétiser un substrat semi-conducteur à base de diamant de type n orienté dans le plan 001. L’équipe a, en outre, produit une émission ultraviolette dans un matériau à partir d’une jonction p-n électroluminescente.