RAID-on-Chip controller brings SAS storage to the masses Product News 7/9/2006 Post a comment Product reviewVitesse has developed a pair of PCI Express-based SAS RAID-on-Chip controller ICs that are sharply lower in price than conventional devices. The VSC7250 and VSC7251employ RAID on Demand technology, which allows customers to use a single board design to meet various data protection requirements with a pay-as-you-need model that cuts development costs.
Audio system LSIs sound MP3 file playback Product News 7/7/2006 Post a comment ROHM's BU9432-C1 and BU9434-C2 audio system LSIs integrate an MP3 decoder, DAC, system controller, USB host controller, and 3-output power supply to facilitate playback of MP3 files contained in flash memory.
Spartan-3 issue could take weeks to resolve News & Analysis 7/7/2006 Post a comment A mold compound issue that forced programmable logic supplier Xilinx to issue a substantial recall of Spartan-3 FPGAs could take weeks to rectify, according to Satya Chillara, an analyst at American Technology Research.
Modest growth seen for consumer SoCs Product News 7/7/2006 Post a comment Annual worldwide shipments of consumer electronic system-on-chips are expect to grow from 1.11 billion in 2005 to 1.77 billion in 2011, a compound annual growth rate of approximately 6.9 percent, according to a report from the The Diffusion Group (TDG).
AudioCodes to acquire Netrake News & Analysis 7/7/2006 Post a comment Even as it completed its acquisition of San Diego-based NuEra Communications, AudioCodes Ltd. announced a $10 million offer for Netrake Corp., a developer of session border controllers and secure gateways.
AMD slashes 2Q sales outlook News & Analysis 7/7/2006 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices lowered its sales target for the second quarter, saying it now expects second quarter sales to be approximately $1.215 billion, down roughly 9 percent from first quarter sales of $1.332 billion.
Analog front ends beat a speedy path to integration Product News 7/6/2006 Post a comment Product recap - With high-quality front-end processing for data, communications, and imaging systems becoming more critical, designers are fast beating a path to secure analog front ends (AFEs) with higher speed and lower jitter for TV and home theatre applications, better signal conversion topologies for high-definition imaging, higher sensitivity for various wireless authentication systems, greater intersystem compatibility, and faster time-to-market.
India's Ammos to ramp up ASIC business News & Analysis 7/6/2006 Post a comment Ammos Software, a two-year old ASIC implementation services firm based here, will open a marketing office in Sacramento, Calif. this month and apply for additional funding in a few months.
SEC, DoJ looking at Marvell's options practices News & Analysis 7/5/2006 Post a comment The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California are investigating historical stock options practices at fabless chip maker Marvell Technology Group Ltd., according to a regulatory filing.
Li-ion charger improves safety, efficiency Product News 7/5/2006 Post a comment Texas Instruments' bq24060, a 1-amp, single-cell lithium-ion linear charger in the company's bqTINY family, has enhanced thermal foldback regulation and power management electronics to charge more safely and efficiently from a cradle or AC adapter.
Commentary: A Framework for European innovation News & Analysis 7/5/2006 Post a comment We wholeheartedly agree with calls that the incoming Finnish EU presidency focus on the way the Commission and member states administer and fund innovation and R&D and that the seventh Framework Programme is speedily approved and implemented.
EU presidency told to focus on innovation and R&D News & Analysis 7/5/2006 Post a comment One of the U.K.'s leading industry lobby groups, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), has called on the incoming Finnish Presidency of the European Union to step up efforts to boost innovation and research and development in Europe's economy.
EC opens online consultation on RFID News & Analysis 7/4/2006 Post a comment The European Commission has launched an online consultation process on what Europeans think about radio frequency identification devices (RFID) and how their use could boost the regionís competitiveness.
TI, Broadcom open S.Korean front against Qualcomm News & Analysis 7/3/2006 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc. and Broadcom Corp. have broadened their unfair trade practices allegations against Qualcomm Inc. and have lodged complaints with South Korea's Fair Trade Commission, alleging the San Diego , California-based maker of cellular phone modem chips had abused its dominant position in the market there.
Qinetiq teams with Japanese group on GPS technology News & Analysis 7/3/2006 Post a comment Qinetiq has teamed with Japanese consumer electronics group C&N Inc. that will see the British companyís GPS technology incorporated into some of C&Nís portable electronic devices such as mobile phones, navigation devices, personal organisers, cameras and watches.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Timesí 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.