High density FPGA prototype for space-bound systems cuts design risk Product News 6/30/2006 Post a comment Aimed at space-bound systems, Actel's four million-gate RTAX4000S FPGA prototype enables designers to obtain the same architecture, density and timing properties, and packaging options offered by space flight-quality RTAX-S devices, without the added costs of MIL-STD 883 qualification and hermetically sealed packaging.
NAND to invade PCs, analyst says News & Analysis 6/30/2006 Post a comment The combination of Microsoft's forthcoming Vista operating system and initiatives sponsored by big-name IC suppliers like Intel and Samsung Electronics will result in NAND flash memory being designed as a cache between PC hard drives and main memory, according to a new report by market research firm Semico Research.
Renesas expanding Vietnam design subsidiary News & Analysis 6/30/2006 Post a comment Japanese chip maker Renesas Technology plans to expand capability at its Vietnam design subsidiary, adding a new building and increasing the number of engineers at the site to 500 from 100, the company said.
Polysilicon shortages seen curbing semi growth News & Analysis 6/29/2006 Post a comment An undersupply of polysilicon could cause semiconductor market growth to fall short of WSTS estimates this year and possibly stagnate in 2007, according to an analyst with Tokyo market research firm J-Star Global Inc.
Monolithic quad-band GSM/GPRS PA debuts in CMOS Product News 6/29/2006 Post a comment Stemming from breakthrough technology developed at the California Institute of Technology, cellphone device supplier Axiom Microdevices says it's sampling a patented quad-band CMOS-based PA that will give you access to the advantages of mainstream CMOS instead of GaAs. This device should help make cellphone design smaller and more highly integrated.
Watchdog timer touts automotive edge Product News 6/29/2006 Post a comment EM Microelectronic says its EM6152, EM6152A, and EM6153 are the only system power ICs for automotive applications that incorporate a multi-mode windowed watchdog timer, reset logic, and 5-volt, 400-mA LDO.
Pre-matched PAs serve WiMAX applications Product News 6/29/2006 Post a comment RF components supplier Mimix Broadband rolls out samples of internally pre-matched PAs designed for linear WiMAX applications. Its surface-mount plastic-packaged PAs are slated for operation in 700-MHz, 2.5-GHz, and 3.5-GHz circuits.
Simtek raises Q2 guidance News & Analysis 6/29/2006 Post a comment Nonvolatile static RAM supplier Simtek Corp. announced that revenue for the quarter ended June 30, 2006 are expected to exceed $6.0 million, topping the high end of the company's previous guidance.
Ness, Pulsic set up India development center News & Analysis 6/29/2006 Post a comment Global IT solutions provider Ness
Technologies Inc. has established an extended development center (EDC) with Pulsic Ltd., a supplier of physical design solutions for analog, mixed signal and custom digital design. The development center is located at Ness' facility in Bangalore, India.
Updated: Xilinx issues Spartan-3 recall News & Analysis 6/28/2006 Post a comment Programmable logic supplier Xilinx has issued what appears to be a sizeable recall of Spartan-3, Spartan-3E and Spartan-3L FPGAs made between early September 2005 and late April of this year, according to a posting on the company's Web site.
Secure processor touts integrated RFID Product News 6/28/2006 Post a comment Broadcom's BCM5890 secure processor with integrated radio frequency identification technology is designed to secure personal authentication transactions associated with physical access, logical access (into a PC or network) and contactless payment applications.
European groups hover around ZigBee News & Analysis 6/28/2006 Post a comment Two European heavyweights ST Microelectronics and Schneider Electric have joined the ZigBee Alliance’s board of directors, increasing their involvement with the wireless sensor and home control networks effort.
Dual-channel logarithmic detector IC to measure and control RF signals Product News 6/27/2006 Post a comment Here's news of of an RFIC that works from 1-MHz out to 10-GHz, comprising a dual detector/controller. When it debuts in quantity later this year, the 6-stage demodulating chip will be able to be used to closely measure and control gain across a transmitter and receiver signal path, letting it serve in AGC circuits, power-level control circuits, and even to measure VSWR.
Nokia, G&D form Near Field Comms venture News & Analysis 6/27/2006 Post a comment Nokia is forming a joint venture with Giesecke & Devrient , a specialist developer of smart cards, to develop applications and management systems for use with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.
USB 2.0 programmable chip accelerates music file download in handsets Product News 6/26/2006 Post a comment Cypress has developed what it claims is the world's first 1.8-V Hi-Speed USB 2.0 programmable microcontroller dubbed the MoBL-USB FX2LP18 that can enable cell phones to download music files in about two to three seconds compared with existing devices that take up to 30 to 40 seconds. And it can do this without compromising battery life.
Audio DSP aims for home theater, automotive apps Product News 6/26/2006 Post a comment Texas Instruments 8-channel TAS3108 audio DSP enables up to 7.1-channel processing in digital TVs, home theater-in-a-box systems, and automotive head units and external amplifiers. The device perform five simultaneous instructions per clock cycle and operates at 135MHz, providing a maximum of 675 MIPS.
PIC controllers boost next-generation digital power Product News 6/26/2006 Post a comment Product Review - Taking digital power supply technology to the next level, Microchip Technology's dsPIC digital signal controller (DSC) family is designed to maintain the generality and flexibility of a DSP solution (versus a dedicated controller) without the accompanying high overhead.
Tool suite hits the market for 65-nm Virtex-5 FPGAs Product News 6/26/2006 Post a comment Xilinx's 8.2i Integrated Software Environment (ISE) tool suite supports its line of 65-nm Virtex-5 domain-optimized FPGAs. Leveraging the high-performance features of the Virtex-5 ExpressFabric technology, the ISE 8.2i design environment boosts performance by 30% compared with previous-generation FPGAs.
Qimonda seeks momentum in memory market News & Analysis 6/23/2006 Post a comment The word 'Qimonda' stands for breathing and flowing energy, and it is that philosophy the memory spinoff company from Infineon is using in an attempt to grab a major share of the memory market.
ST moving set-top box chip to 65nm Product News 6/23/2006 Post a comment After a sluggish 2005 that marked a dip in its once-dominant share of the set-top market, STMicroelectronics is back to "kicking butt," according to Christos Lagomichos, vice president, general manager of ST's Home Entertainment Group.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & 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? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times