AVR picoPower line expands with four 32-pin MCUs Product News 7/24/2007 Post a comment Check out Atmel's 32-pin picoPower AVR MCU with flash memory densities ranging from 4 to 32-Kbytes. The 32-pin devices consume as little as 340-µA in active mode at 1.8V running from the internal RC oscillator at 1-MHz, 650-nA in power-save mode with real time counter running, and 100-nA in power-down mode.
Dialog stabilizes after crash News & Analysis 7/24/2007 Post a comment In the second quarter, Dialog Semiconductor could stabilize its situation after last year's refocusing process. The company even returned to an albeit small growth.
NXP warns of soft IC market for Q3 News & Analysis 7/24/2007 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors is warning that the chip market remains soft and said it anticipates single digit sequential growth in sales for the third quarter as it announced second quarter sales of Euros 1.14 billion, almost the same as for the previous quarter and a 4.6 percent decline over the corresponding period last year.
DC/DC controller draws 30-microamps in automotive systems Product News 7/24/2007 Post a comment Check out Linear Technology's ultra-low quiescent current, two-phase dual output synchronous step-down DC/DC controller that draws only 30µA when one output is active and only 50µA when both outputs are active, making it well-suited for automotive applications.
PMC/XMC module offers complete software radio system Product News 7/24/2007 Post a comment Pentek has released its Model 7140-420 dual digital transceiver with wideband digital downconverter (DDC) core and interpolation filter. This is a complete software radio system in a PMC/XMC module with a GateFlow FPGA IP core that provides high-performance DDC and interpolation.
Intel does 10 Gbit without TOEs News & Analysis 7/23/2007 Post a comment Intel Corp. rolled out a 10 Gbit/second Ethernet controller supporting its I/O Acceleration Technology and PCI Express, but not the Remote Direct Memory Access and TCP Offload Engines getting broad support in future networks.
Cypress deal advances 'labless engineering' Product News 7/23/2007 Post a comment In a move that advances "labless engineering," Presto Engineering Inc. has acquired a test facility from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. to provide engineering services to Cypress and other chip manufacturers.
Can metal-insulator electronics do it better, sans semiconductors? News & Analysis 7/23/2007 Post a comment
Ultrahigh-speed electronics is quickly approaching a "terahertz gap" between semiconductors that top out at hundreds of gigahertz and optical frequencies that hit hundreds of terahertz. Promising to span that breach, where wavelengths are measured in millimeters, is a new breed of metal-insulator electronics that inventor Phiar Corp. (Boulder, Colo.) has demonstrated at frequencies up to 3.8 THz.
Reconfigurable processors 'morph' weaponry News & Analysis 7/23/2007 Post a comment Much like the consumer electronics and wireless industries, where mobile devices are king, the U.S. military is developing its own version of mobility with autonomous weapons that use less power and are able to sift through and relay large amounts of sensor data using on-board processors.
Still dancing to Intel's tune News & Analysis 7/23/2007 Post a comment
Competing with the world's biggest semiconductor company has been brutal on Advanced Micro Devices Inc. The company's sales, profits and operating margins have weakened considerably as Intel Corp. has unleashed a barrage of next-generation process technology, R&D and manufacturing initiatives to blunt the impact of any advances AMD has made in recent years.
PLS rolls XC2300 tool set News & Analysis 7/23/2007 Post a comment In time for the introduction of Infineon's new XC2300 microcontroller family, tool vendor PLS Programmierbare Logik & Systeme (Lauta, Germany) has introduced a set of debug tools.
Filtronic looks to return to profitability in '07 News & Analysis 7/23/2007 Post a comment Wireless components and GaAs technology specialist Filtronic plc said it would return to profitability for the current financial year after progress in its U.K. defence operations and particularly in its point-to-point sub-assembly components sectors.
24-bit ADCs address precision industrial apps Product News 7/20/2007 Post a comment TI's 4-channel ADS1274 and 8-channel ADS1278 analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) target demanding multi-channel signal acquisition applications such as vibration analysis, medical monitoring, industrial and energy metering equipment.
IEEE will write 40, 100 Gbit/s Ethernet specs News & Analysis 7/20/2007 Post a comment Engineers have struck a deal to pave a road map to both 40 and 100 Gbit/second options for Ethernet networking and create a single IEEE task group that will start writing the specifications which could emerge in draft form by early 2009.
AMD's Ruiz: 'Customers want us to succeed' News & Analysis 7/20/2007 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said it is intensifying efforts to rebalance its cost-structure and improve profitability by adopting what chairman and CEO Hector de J. Ruiz described as an asset-lite strategy. In pursuit of that strategy, the company expects to sell some plants and equipment as well as buildings and land to raise about $1 billion.
Google joins in femtocell pioneer's Round B News & Analysis 7/20/2007 Post a comment Femtocell technology and access point pioneer Ubiquisys Ltd has secured $25 million in a round B funding that included Google and existing backers, bringing the total venture capital raised to date to $37 million.
AMD sales rise 13% on higher MPU shipment News & Analysis 7/19/2007 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s second quarter revenue rose and its net loss narrowed on a sequential basis on higher demand for the company's microprocessor products. AMD said it will continue efforts to bring down costs and reorganize its operations.
Infineon bets big on automotive growth News & Analysis 7/19/2007 Post a comment Driven by energy efficiency requirements, demand for comfort and safety functions and by the growing motorization in emerging markets, the automotive semiconductor market grows faster than the overall chip market. Within the automotive segment, Infineon presently grows much faster than the total market, said Peter Bauer, Infineon board member and head of the company's AIM (Automotive, Industrial, Multimarket) division last Thursday (July 19) at the roll-out of a new microcontroller chip for safe
DMB group slates EC decision on mobile TV News & Analysis 7/19/2007 Post a comment Members of WorldDMB -- the organization which promotes the adoption and implementation of Eureka 147 based technologies -- strongly criticized, and said they "continue to be mystified" by, the European Commission's unilateral support of DVB-H for mobile television in Europe, apparently to the exclusion of all other mobile TV standards, including those developed by European industry such as T-DMB.
Renesas expands 32-bit CISC MCU family Product News 7/19/2007 Post a comment Check out Renesas' H8SX 32-bit CISC MCU family, which adds faster external interfaces, USB and TFT LCD direct-drive capability. The H8SX devices offer up to 50-MIPS performance and 1-Mbyte on-chip flash to meet the needs of home automation, office automation, consumer, and industrial applications.
Vishay rolls out ChipFET power MOSFET line Product News 7/18/2007 Post a comment Vishay Siliconix PowerPAK ChipFET power MOSFETs replace TSOP-6 devices with 75% lower thermal resistance in 33% smaller footprint, and offer the same 3-W maximum power dissipation as larger SO-8 devices, but provide greater thermal efficiency.
ADC delivers fast sampling Product News 7/18/2007 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products has unveiled its high performance 8-bit, 2.2 Gsps analog-to-digital converter (ADC), aimed at broadband communication receivers, radar systems and high-end instrumentation.
Optical controller simplifies GPON transceiver design Product News 7/18/2007 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the DS1865, an optical control, calibration and monitor IC that is designed to simplify GPON transceiver design. All control, monitoring, and fault management functions are implemented in the optical controller's CMOS process.