Window comparator triggers pulse-width to voltage converter News & Analysis 7/25/2005 Post a comment Analog circuits are often used to advantage to offload tasks from microcomputers freeing them up to concentrate on higher priority tasks while the analog circuit performs its function independent of the microcomputer, writes a Linear Technology Corp engineer in July's Planet Analog magazine. But when an event or condition requires the analog circuit to generate an interrupt to request the microcomputer’s attention, it must be capable of responding in a fast time window — and in a way
Anadigics narrows loss as broadband sales improve News & Analysis 7/25/2005 Post a comment Wireless and broadband communications supplier Anadigics Inc. reported a loss of $9.1 million, or 27 cents per share on sales of $23.9 million in the second quarter, compared to a loss of $11.5 million, or 34 cents per share on sales of $21.8 million in the year-ago quarter, and $11.7 million, or 36 cents per share on sales of $22.7 million in the year-ago quarter.
D/A converter cuts power by 70 percent Product News 7/25/2005 Post a comment Analog Devices, Inc. has developed a lower-power version of its TxDAC transmit digital-to-analog converters (D/A converters) that is said to reduce power dissipation by up to 70 percent over the previous generation.
Audio A/D converter touts eight-channels Product News 7/25/2005 Post a comment Cirrus Logic Inc. rolled out an audio analog-to-digital converter (A/D converter) IC that is said to eliminate the need for multiple stereo A/D converters for surround-sound or multichannel applications.
Clocking requirements spur buffer demand Product News 7/22/2005 Post a comment Alliance Semiconductor Corp. expanded its product offering with a new family of high-performance zero delay buffers (ZDB's) and non-zero
delay buffers (NZDB's) in response to precise, high-performance clocking requirements.
Skyworks turns in quarterly profit, meets revenue guidance News & Analysis 7/21/2005 Post a comment Skyworks Solutions reported revenue of $191.5 million for its fiscal third quarter, which ended July 1, up slightly from the $190.5 million that the company posted during its fiscal second quarter but down from the $207.4 million in revenue that it reported for the same period in 2004.
SanDisk readies 70-nm flash line, posts profit News & Analysis 7/21/2005 Post a comment Amid a 70-nm flash-memory chip and systems launch, SanDisk Corp., a supplier of flash storage card products, said second quarter revenues increased 19 percent on a year-over-year basis to $515 million and increased 14 percent compared to the first quarter of 2005.
Intersil expects sales, earnings to rise News & Analysis 7/21/2005 Post a comment Analog semiconductor supplier Intersil Corp. reported net earnings of $17.3 million, or 12 cents per share on sales of $139.1 million in the second quarter of 2005, up from $12.8 million, or 9 cents per share on sales of $128.1 million in the previous quarter.
Xilinx profits up on 4% sales gain News & Analysis 7/21/2005 Post a comment Xilinx Inc. reported sales of $405 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2006, up 4 percent sequentially from the prior quarter but down 4 percent from the same quarter a year ago.
13-bit A/D converter boosts receiver performance Product News 7/21/2005 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc.'s 13-bit analog-to-digital converter (A/D converter) features 68 dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and 79 dB spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR), at the maximum sample rate of 210 megasamples/second and an input frequency of 230 MHz.
Cypress falls short on profit expectations News & Analysis 7/21/2005 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier Cypress Semiconductor Corp. reported a second-quarter net loss of $15.3 million, or 12 cents per share on sales of $220.5 million, compared to earnings of $21.9 million, or 18 cents per share on sales of $264.3 million in the year-ago quarter.
Powerful final-test memory system debuts Product News 7/21/2005 Post a comment Automatic test equipment maker Agilent Technologies now has a new final-test memory tester targeting multi-chip packages and discrete flash. Dubbed the Versatest Series Model V5500, this ATE system offers a tester-per-site architecture.
Qualcomm’s sales fall 1%, profits up News & Analysis 7/20/2005 Post a comment Communications chip and systems vendor Qualcomm Inc. reported sales of $1.36 billion for its third fiscal quarter, up 1 percent year-over-year and down 1 percent sequentially.
Smaller power ICs facilitate extended PoE Product News 7/20/2005 Post a comment Focusing on higher density for extended portable applications, Power Integrations has further expanded its DPA-Switch family for power-over-Ethernet (PoE). The company's four new DPA-Switch devices come in S-PAKs, which provide a footprint savings of 40 percent and reduce package height by 55 percent as compared to the existing TO-263. There's no tradeoff in equivalent thermal impedance.
Audio converter boasts wide sampling rate Product News 7/20/2005 Post a comment AKM Semiconductor's low-cost, audio analog-to-digital (A/D converter) for audio applications touts a dynamic range of 102 dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and -96 dB total harmonic distortion plus noise (THD+N).
Otellini says Intel will win legal battle with AMD News & Analysis 7/20/2005 Post a comment Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini on Tuesday dismissed charges from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. that it has illegally dampened competition in the microprocessor market and said that Intel only agreed to sanctions in a recent ruling in Japan in an effort to resolve the legal battle.
Quad-output controller hits the books Product News 7/20/2005 Post a comment Intersil's ISL6232 is a system quad-output power supply controller for notebook computers that's optimized for converting battery, wall adapter or network DC input voltage into system supply voltages required for portable applications.
Dual-input chip eases on-the-fly charging Product News 7/20/2005 Post a comment Intersil's ISL6299 is a fully integrated dual-input battery charger IC for single-cell Li-ion/polymer applications. The chip, working off the USB port (7 volts maximum) or desktop cradle/AC adapter (up to 28 V, touted as the highest in the industry) is thus designed to offer compact support for cell phones, smart phones, PDAs, MP3 devices, portable multi-media players, digital still cameras, and other portable industrial and test equipment.
512-Mbyte microSD flash card hits the market Product News 7/20/2005 Post a comment SanDisk has introduced a 512-Mbyte microSD card, which it claims is the largest capacity available in this form factor. It also plans to have a 1-Gbyte microSD card by the end of the year and a 2-Gbyte version in 2006.
Five-LDO chip eases power management Product News 7/19/2005 Post a comment Semtech Corp.'s SC900, a power management IC with five ultra-low dropout regulators (ULDOs), includes an I2C interface to facilitate precise control of each regulator's output voltage, power-good monitor setpoint, reset logic and active/nonactive shutdown mode. The chip is suited to cellular phones, PDAs and similar portable equipment applications where it's essential to maintain performance as the battery voltage slowly declines.
ARM-based configurable system-on-chip ICs boost time-to-market Product News 7/19/2005 Post a comment Using its own Structured Processor Enhanced Architecture and the ARM946ES CPU running at 192Mhz, STMicroelectronics has begun marketing a family of configurable System-on-Chip ICs for such applications as digital engines for printers and scanners among other embedded control uses.
Halbleitermarkt dümpelt vor sich hin News & Analysis 7/19/2005 Post a comment Der Umsatz mit Halbleitern hat im Juni stagniert. Weder gegenüber dem Vormonat noch gegenüber dem Juni des Vorjahres ergab sich eine Veränderung. Gegenüber dem Mai hingegen stieg der Umsatz um 2 Prozent an, meldet der Zentralverband Elektrontechnik- und Elektronikindustrie (ZVEI). Allerdings verzeichnet der Branchenverband eine leichte Besserung der Auftragseingänge.
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.