Report: Analyst upgrades AMD despite price war News & Analysis 6/23/2006 Post a comment A Merrill Lynch analyst upgraded the stock of microprocessor supplier Advanced Micro Devices Inc. to neutral from sell, but cautioned about competitive challenges facing the company, according to an Associated Press report.
Capacitor-free LDO has 1 percent accuracy Product News 6/22/2006 Post a comment Holding stable with or without an output capacitor, Texas Instruments' TPS74xxx family of 1.5- and 3-amp low-dropout linear regulators (LDOs) feature 1 percent voltage regulation accuracy over line, load, and temperature.
Intel opens third 65nm plant, in Ireland News & Analysis 6/22/2006 Post a comment Intel Corp. has opened its next wafer fab in Leixlip, Ireland. It is the chip maker's third facility to use 65-nm process technology and reportedly the industry's first 65-nm production plant in Europe.
Sunplus first to license TTPCom's 3G engine News & Analysis 6/22/2006 Post a comment TTPCom Limited has revealed that Sunplus Technology Co. Ltd., a fabless IC design group based in Taiwan, has become the first licensee of CBEmacro 3G, the company’s latest version cellular baseband Engine.
Pelikon partners with Memtron for integrated displays News & Analysis 6/22/2006 Post a comment Pelikon , a spin-out from Cambridge Consultants Ltd. that develops and makes inorganic electroluminescent displays including flexible, plastic versions, has signed an integrator partnership with Memtron Input Components, the membrane switch division of U.S. group Esterline.
Le PDG d’Inside Contactless expose les objectifs 2006 News & Analysis 6/21/2006 Post a comment Revendiquant un esprit dynamique propre aux jeunes pousses, Inside Contactless, concepteur de puces sans contact, jouit d’une croissance soutenue sur la scène internationale. Son Président-directeur général, Rémy de Tonnac, s’est exprimé laconiquement sur les attentes et objectifs à court terme de la société lors d’une récente visite d’EETimes.fr au siège à Aix-en-Provence.
Strong iPod sales to drive NAND growth, Gartner says News & Analysis 6/21/2006 Post a comment Strong growth in the market for Apple's iPod and other portable media players is expected to be a significant driver for sales of NAND flash memory in the second half of this year, according to market research firm Gartner, which is predicting a NAND shortage in the fourth quarter.
ITC delays Actions Semi-SigmaTel patent decision News & Analysis 6/20/2006 Post a comment The U.S. International Trade Commission has extended the target date for completion of an investigation of a patent infringement claim brought by U.S.-based SigmaTel against Chinese fabless IC provider Actions Semiconductor.
Spansion bumps 2Q guidance News & Analysis 6/20/2006 Post a comment Flash memory specialist Spansion raised its second quarter revenue guidance, saying it now expects revenue to be in the range of $605 million to $635 million.
Low-noise boost converter drives up to 10 LEDs Product News 6/20/2006 Post a comment Catalyst Semiconductor points to the low-noise, fixed-frequency switching scheme and integrated over-voltage and soft-start functions in its CAT4238 boost converter, which can drive up to 10 LEDs, as key product differentiators.
EL drivers cut down the noise a notch Product News 6/20/2006 Post a comment Supertex' HV835 and HV857L high-voltage drivers for single and dual-segment electroluminescent (EL) lamps leverage the company's patented technology for futher cutting audible noise.
Boomer audio subsystems add RF suppression Product News 6/19/2006 Post a comment National Semiconductor's two new Boomer audio subsystems, the LM4946 and LM4947, integrate radio-frequency (RF) suppression technology to improve noise performance in cell phone and other portable applications.
Automotive interface controllers support 50-Mbits/s data speeds Product News 6/19/2006 Post a comment In an effort to bring higher performing multimedia systems to the automotive industry, SMSC recently launched a line of intelligent network interface controllers (INIC) called MOST50 that is capable of transmitting data at 50-Mbits/s over a single plastic optical fiber or an unshielded twisted pair of copper wires.
Maxim sued over stock options investigation News & Analysis 6/15/2006 Post a comment The law firm of Finkelstein, Thompson & Loughran announced that a lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against certain officers and directors of Maxim Integrated Products Inc., resulting from allegations concerning improper backdating of Maxim options granted to Maxim employees.
Op amps extend high-end video applications Product News 6/15/2006 Post a comment Expanding its existing high-speed, low-power op-amp portfolio, ON Semiconductor's cost-effective NCS25xx family of 500 MHz-1.4 GHz devices are designed for high definition video applications (set-top boxes, security video cameras, video switching).
Semtech delays 10-Q filing News & Analysis 6/14/2006 Post a comment Semtech Corp. has delayed filing its Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2006, past the extended June 14, 2006 due date.
Lattice Semi raises guidance News & Analysis 6/14/2006 Post a comment FPGA supplier Lattice Semiconductor Corp. has announced it expects second-quarter sales to grow 5 to 7 percent sequentially, as compared with previous guidance of 3 to 6 percent. In addition, the company expects other income of $4.0 million, up from previous guidance of $2.5 million.
NanoPolaris acquires nanotube company News & Analysis 6/14/2006 Post a comment Arrowhead Research announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary NanoPolaris has acquired the assets of Unidym, a Los Angeles-based developer of carbon nanotube-based electronics.
UWB RF silicon to deliver broadcast-quality video Product News 6/14/2006 Post a comment Check out this 2-chip UWB chipset supported by reference design boards. The ICs will let you transmit near-flawless broadcast-quality video over wireless networks. It can meet the IEEE's link-reliability and MPEG packet error-rate requirements defined by Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony.
Mosaid, Infineon settle patent disputes News & Analysis 6/14/2006 Post a comment Mosaid Technologies Inc., one of the most aggressive companies in protecting its semiconductor IP, has settled its long running patent dispute with Infineon Technologies AG in a deal that sees both Infineon and its memory products spin-off,
Qimonda AG, licensing the Canadian group's patent portfolio.
Unaxis takes "strategic" stake in US laser maker News & Analysis 6/14/2006 Post a comment Unaxis Optics has bought a "substantial strategic stake" in Novalux Inc., the California-based maker of solid state lasers. Terms of the deal which includes the joint development of laser modules for mass production and its commercialization by Unaxis Optics were not disclosed.
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.