World's lowest power op amp? Product News 7/11/2007 Post a comment Intersil's pinPOINT product line's new family of nano-power, single-supply precision op amps and comparators achieves supply current consumption of 450nA (Max).
Euro consortium demos SRAM using 32-nm process News & Analysis 7/10/2007 Post a comment The PullNano consortium, a European collaborative research project set to to take CMOS down to the 32-nanometer and 22-nanometer manufacturing nodes, has devised a functional CMOS SRAM demonstrator built using 32nm design rules.
Adcore-Tech starts sampling baseband processor Product News 7/10/2007 Post a comment Adcore-Tech Co. Ltd, the joint venture established last year by NEC Corp., NEC Electronics Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial, Panasonic Mobile Communications and Texas Instruments Inc., has started sampling mobile phone makers the W-CDMA baseband processor it was set up to develop.
ST, Bosch sign licensing agreement News & Analysis 7/10/2007 Post a comment Long-time partners, Bosch Group and STMicroelectronics NV announced a licensing agreement by which Bosch will use ST's smart power and high-voltage technologies to design and manufacture highly integrated automotive products.
TI's DSPs dominate China's TD-SCDMA Node B's News & Analysis 7/9/2007 Post a comment Digital signal processors from Texas Instruments Inc. are used in 80 percent of the Node B basestation equipment being supplied for the trials of the country's Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access (TD-SCDMA) air interface technology, according to market research groups.
Si-on-sapphire goes mainstream Teardown 7/9/2007 Post a comment
Silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) has for years been recognized as a technically superior semiconductor vehicle but price, yield, availability and process issues have limited SOS to specialized military and aerospace projects. Now, the heteroepitaxial growth of single-crystal silicon on sapphire has made the technology viable for such applications as handsets.
DSCs fuel the green revolution News & Analysis 7/9/2007 Post a comment
Digital signal controllers (DSCs) are a new class of processor that combines the best attributes of microcontrollers and digital signal processors (DSPs).
SiP ballast IC targets compact fluorescent lamps Product News 7/9/2007 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor has introduced the FAN7710, a highly integrated ballast IC specifically developed for compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) designs. Offering a system-in-package (SiP) approach, the FAN7710 optimizes performance while simplifying design and overcoming the space limitations of CFL lighting applications.
IMEC cleared of all blame in court case News & Analysis 7/9/2007 Post a comment Research organization IMEC vzw (Leuven, Belgium) has been cleared in the Dallas County District Court in the U.S. of any wrongdoing in a long running dispute with shareholders of Rose Research about the licensing of optoelecronics technology.
Nanotron raises $10.3 million in funding round News & Analysis 7/9/2007 Post a comment German wireless technology developer Nanotron Technologies GmbH has raised Euros 10 million ($10.3 million) from a group of venture capital funds led by London based Cleantech investor zouk ventures and including Polytechnos (Munich, Germany) , Danfoss (Denmark), and IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft - VC Fonds Berlin.
Current/power monitor IC achieves high accuracy Product News 7/6/2007 Post a comment TI has introduced a high-side measurement, bi-directional current/power monitor IC with an I2C interface. The INA209 provides high accuracy for power monitoring and control in servers, telecommunications equipment and industrial equipment.
Voltage reference delivers low-noise performance Product News 7/5/2007 Post a comment The ISL21007 voltage reference from Intersil delivers low-noise performance at 4 uVpp (0.1 Hz to 10 Hz) and low supply current at 150 uA (maximum over temperature). The voltage reference is aimed at portable instrumentation applications where power and noise are a concern.
USB power manager integrates three buck regulators Product News 7/5/2007 Post a comment Linear Technology introduces a multi-function power management solution for Li-ion/polymer battery applications. The LTC3557 integrates a linear PowerPath manager, a standalone battery charger, ideal diode, three high-efficiency synchronous buck regulators and an always-on LDO.
PA pioneer extends Pacific Rim operations News & Analysis 7/5/2007 Post a comment Nujira Ltd, which has patented and developed efficient power amplifiers for wireless applications, is expanding its operations in the Pacific Rim with a field support office in Japan and a larger sales network in China.
ADC operates at 350 MSPS Product News 7/3/2007 Post a comment Kenet has released a higher speed and lower power KAD2708-350 analog-to-digital converter (ADC) that operates at 350 MSPS. The company also announced the addition of CMOS outputs for lower-speed versions.
Assa Abloy takes over Irish RFID specialist News & Analysis 7/3/2007 Post a comment RFID product and service provider Assa Abloy Identification Technologies (ITG) has acquired Aontec Teoranta (Galway, Ireland). The move gives ITG access to additional production capacity and strengthens the company's position in government markets.
ESL rolls out fiber-to-RS485/422/232 interface converter Product News 7/2/2007 Post a comment Aimed at defense applications, Electro Standards Laboratories' (ESL) Model 4149 high speed ruggedized fiber-to-RS485/422/232 interface converter provides typical operating speeds of 1.5-Mbits/s for RS232 to fiber conversion and 20-Mbits/s for RS485/422 to copper conversion.
AMD to ship native x86 quad-core processors in August Product News 7/2/2007 Post a comment AMD's quad-core Opteron processors, code-named Barcelona, are planned for shipment in both standard and low-power versions at launch later this summer, marking the first time the chip maker has made both standard and low-power parts immediately available as part of a new processor launch.
MIT spin-off tips secret behind low-power A/Ds Product News 7/2/2007 Post a comment MIT spin-off Kenet reveals that it uses charge packets, like charge-coupled devices (CCDs), rather than power-hungry amplifiers to build what it says are the coolest-running, lowest-power analog-to-digital (A/D) converters devised to date.
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.