Microchip grabs MCU unit lead from Motorola News & Analysis 7/7/2003 Post a comment Steve Sanghi likes to think of Microchip Technology Inc. as the Toyota of the microcontroller world.
Like the Japanese auto manufacturer, Microchip, Chandler, Ariz., has built credibility and mass appeal for its 8-bit microcontrollers with bare-bones, low-priced products, gradually mixing in models that offered more features and fetched higher prices.
IBM, Xilinx shun mask programming News & Analysis 7/7/2003 Post a comment In recent years, a number of chipmakers have answered customers' calls to reduce development costs with some kind of fancy mask-programmable part. But IBM Microelectronics and Xilinx Inc. have so far been no-shows to the gate array revival party.
European Commission calls for 35% duty on Hynix DRAMs News & Analysis 7/7/2003 Post a comment The European Commission has notified member countries that it has made a final determination that Hynix Semiconductor Inc. should be assessed a duty of about 35 percent on imported DRAMs as a penalty for accepting what the EC found to be illegal Korean government subsidies, according to sources.
Lattice Announces 10 Gbits/s SerDes News & Analysis 7/1/2003 Post a comment Lattice has joined Xilinx in offering an ASSP 10 Gbits/s transceiver. Lattice moved away from its PLD base several years ago when it introduced a series of programmable switches. It followed this with several programmable analog devices. Non-PLD products are still a small part of Lattice's total revenues.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
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