Microchip integrates USB, large RAM in PIC MCUs Product News 6/29/2010 Post a comment In an effort to improve throughput and data buffering in Ethernet connectivity, remote sensing, data logging and audio streaming applications, Microchip Technology has integrated USB for Embedded Host/Peripheral/On-the-Go and 96 Kbyes of RAM into its latest microcontrollers.
Class-D amps with AGC, DRC advance portable audio Product News 6/22/2010 Post a comment Two Class-D amplifiers from Texas Instruments featuring automatic gain control and programmable dynamic range compression allow designers to compress the dynamic range of the audio to match the dynamic range of the speaker in portable applications.
SmartFusion tool eases power management design Product News 6/22/2010 Post a comment Actel Corp. has added a power management design kit for its SmartFusion intelligent mixed signal FPGAs which includes a complete reference design with graphical configurator to enter power sequencing and trimming requirements.
Broadcom offers $47 million to buy NFC pioneer News & Analysis 6/18/2010 Post a comment Fabless communications chip company Broadcom Corp. has announced that it has agreed to buy Innovision Research & Technology plc, a pioneer of RFID and NFC circuits and intellectual property, for $47.5 million in cash.
Group aims to set standards for multicore tools News & Analysis 6/17/2010 Post a comment The Multicore Association has formed a new work group to tackle the problem of incompatible software development tools for multicore processors and expects to have a draft standard for one or more common data format and a Linux-based reference implementation of its work within a year.
WiMAX group updates mobile standard News & Analysis 6/16/2010 Post a comment Amid threats from a rival standard, the WiMAX Forum has reached a milestone in advancing the speed of data and the efficiency of broadband wireless networks based on the 802.16e Mobile WiMAX standard.
Khronos upgrades parallel programming standard News & Analysis 6/15/2010 Post a comment The Khronos Group, an industry consortium focused on developing multimedia standards and application programming interfaces (APIs), has released version 1.1 of the OpenCL specification, a royalty-free standard for parallel programming of processors.
Elpida to partner for China fab, says report News & Analysis 6/15/2010 Post a comment Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. is planning to team up with a Taiwanese DRAM chipmaker to share the cost of a wafer fab in mainland China, according to a Taiwan Economic News report, which cited newswires quoting Elpida CEO Yukio Sakamoto as its source.
PicoChip raises $20 million for femto push News & Analysis 6/15/2010 Post a comment Baseband chip supplier PicoChip Design Ltd. has secured an additional $20 million of equity funding to support expansion plans in the femtocell market. The ten-year-old company said it is on track to achieve 50 percent quarter-on-quarter sequential revenue growth in the second quarter.
Philips tests home health care devices News & Analysis 6/14/2010 Post a comment Philips Research is exploring the horizon for wearable sensors that measure an increasing number of vital signs to deliver devices that make meaningful predictions about health care while keeping a lid on the devices' power consumption.
Startup SeaMicro packs 512 Intel Atoms in server News & Analysis 6/14/2010 2 comments Startup SeaMicro announced a server that packs 512 Intel Atom processors in a 10U chassis to deliver the same performance at a fraction of their power and space as systems using conventional server CPUs, aiming to address the needs of the large data centers limited by the cost and complexity of the power and space they consume.
PowerVR gets DirectX9, support News & Analysis 6/11/2010 Post a comment Graphics intellectual property licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc has announced its PowerVR SGX544 graphics core for embedded and mobile applications with support for Microsoft DirectX 9 and multi-processor capability.
ESC Chicago: Machines that Tweet... and some that shouldn't News & Analysis 6/10/2010 Post a comment It started well: Wade Patterson, president and CEO of Synapse Wireless, used his opening remarks at Wednesday’s ESC Chicago keynote address to outline how a wireless embedded network OS has fundamentally changed the game with regard to ubiquitous wireless connectivity, thus enabling 27.6 billion devices to talk to each other, potentially via 140 characters or less a la Twitter. Then reality set in.
ARM shares spike again News & Analysis 6/10/2010 1 comment Shares in processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc spiked on Thursday taking the stock up above 300 pence a share from an opening price of 273.4 pence.
On Semi buys Sound Design Product News 6/9/2010 Post a comment In an effort to expand into medical chips, On Semi has acquired privately-held Sound Design Technologies Ltd. (SDT) from an affiliate of Global Equity Capital LLC, for approximately $22 million in cash.
Diodes enters standard logic product sector Product News 6/9/2010 Post a comment Built on an advanced 5V CMOS process, Diodes has launched two series of single-gate logic products: the 74LVC1Gxx series, which provides users with the eight most popular standard logic functions in SOT25 and SOT353 package options, and the 74LVCE1Gxx series, which offers enhanced performance versions of these same functions.
Sensors Expo: Powercast demos a prelude to mobile network RF energy harvester News & Analysis 6/9/2010 1 comment After setting up an RF energy-harvesting demo at this week’s Sensors Expo collocated with ESC Chicago, Powercast’s director of marketing Harry Ostaffe presented a paper that outlined the concepts and paths to what he believes to be the endgame: full ambient RF harvesting capabilities that sip power from ubiquitous mobile networks and eliminate batteries and direct RF power sources completely.
Intel invests in touchscreen OEM News & Analysis 6/8/2010 Post a comment OpenPeak Inc. (Boca Raton, Fla.), a provider of multimedia touch-screen devices, has secured an additional $52 million of financing from existing investors and Intel Capital.
ST adapts, hangs tough in a tumultuous market News & Analysis 6/8/2010 Post a comment STMicroelectronics N.V. is benefiting from the surging recovery in the semiconductor market but company executives said lower costs, a wave of new products, joint venture actions and the sale of the flash business at a profit have helped improve its financial standing while positioning the company for future sales improvements.
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.