Digital Potentiometers feature 1 percent accuracy Product News 7/31/2008 Post a comment Analog Devices introduced the digital potentiometer (digiPot) AD529x family with the industry's best resistor tolerance of just 1 percent, allowing designers of industrial and instrumentation equipment to meet tighter resistor matching requirements for improved system accuracy.
Local designers drive Chinese IC market growth News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Semiconductors designed for consumption in China is forecast to expand more than 60 percent between 2007 and 2012 driven by the need to customize products for the local market although total Chinese IC consumption is seen growing at a slower 7.7 percent rate during the same period.
Video: When the fab shuts down News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Matt, a young process engineer at the Hynix DRAM fab in Eugene, Oregon, shares his views about the human impact of the Korean company's decision in late July to close its only U.S. manufacturing plant.
HP, Intel, Yahoo partner in cloud computing News & Analysis 7/29/2008 Post a comment Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Yahoo have partnered with three research groups to create an open source test bed for research in cloud-computing, the concept of using globally distributed computers as a platform for delivering services.
ST launches multi-channel clock distribution chip line Product News 7/29/2008 Post a comment STMicroelectronics announced the first six devices in a series of clock-distribution ICs, which it says are the first in the market to provide per-channel output-enable controls for precision clock management in embedded and handheld applications.
ST, NXP close deal to create wireless JV Product News 7/29/2008 Post a comment ST-NXP Wireless is now a reality. STMicroelectronics NV and NXP BV have completed the deal, announced mid-April, bringing together their respective wireless operations into a joint venture company. Operations will start on Aug. 2 with a wireless product and technology portfolio.
Intersil acquires D2Audio Product News 7/28/2008 Post a comment Analog-chip maker Intersil Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire D2Audio Corp., a supplier of digital audio power amplifiers.
AMD to soon disclose 'asset-smart' plans? News & Analysis 7/28/2008 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc. continues to keep investors waiting for details of plans to overhaul its manufacturing operations but there are signs the company already began implementing the strategy and could be close to briefing analysts and shareholders.
Report: DisplayPort wins in PCs, HDMI gets TVs Product News 7/25/2008 Post a comment DisplayPort will supplant VGA and the emerging High Definition Multimedia Interface in PCs after 2010, but HDMI will retain the lion's share of external links on digitial TVs and other consumer gear, according to a new report from market watcher iSuppli.
SanDisk unveils metric for solid-state drives Product News 7/24/2008 2 comments SanDisk will announce today a metric that reduces to a single number the expected lifetime of a flash disk, hoping the industry will adopt its Longterm Data Endurance approach as a de facto standard for solid-state drives.
Hynix will close 200mm fab in Oregon News & Analysis 7/24/2008 Post a comment Hynix Semiconductor will close within two months a 200mm DRAM wafer fab in Eugene, Oregon, according to local officials speaking immediately after a visit from Hynix chief executive Jong Kap Kim, a move that comes as a reaction to a DRAM market that has been in oversupply for months.
Hynix fab: Expand, diversify or close? News & Analysis 7/23/2008 Post a comment The chairman of Hynix, Jong Kap Kim, is visiting Oregon Wednesday (July 23) on a trip that involves meetings with the governor, the mayor of Eugene where the company has its eight-inch DRAM fab and the president of the University of Oregon in Eugene and speculation about the purpose of the trip ranges widely from talk about an upgrade, diversification or even a closure.
CEA will explore 3DTV standard News & Analysis 7/23/2008 1 comment The Consumer Electronics Association will investigate the possibility of setting standards for 3DTV, seen by many observers as the next big thing in home entertainment.
CopperGate grabs latest ARC core for G.hn News & Analysis 7/23/2008 Post a comment CopperGate Communications has licensed a next-generation processor core from ARC International for a chip CopperGate is designing to support the pending ITU G.hn standard for running data at rates up to a Gbit/second over copper, coax or powerline.
Consumer giants rally around Wi-Fi variant News & Analysis 7/23/2008 Post a comment Startup Amimon has rallied five consumer giants behind its variation of an 802.11n home network for high def video, and the resulting Wireless Home Digital Interface special interest group will define by the end of the year an ad hoc standard based on an update of the Amimon technology.
Converged nets drive Brocade, Foundry combo News & Analysis 7/22/2008 Post a comment The proposed $3 billion merger between Brocade and Foundry Networks highlights the trend of business networks trying to consolidate the number of suppliers and technologies they use, increasingly focusing on Ethernet and the push to merge traffic from Fiber Channel storage networks with mainstream Ethernet nets.
OpenCores bundles development environment with OpenRISC News & Analysis 7/22/2008 Post a comment ORSoC AB (Stockholm, Sweden), a design house that took over responsibility for maintaining the OpenCores website, www.opencores.org, in November 2007, has released a "Virtual Ubuntu Linux" installation which installs and configures a VMWare virtual machine on the OpenRISC 1200 processor core.
Renesas aims flash microcontrollers at automotive Product News 7/22/2008 Post a comment Renesas Technology Corp. has announced a family of 16-bit microcontrollers with on-chip flash memory in the M16C/5L and M16C/56 groups for automotive body and chassis control applications. Sample shipments will begin in October 2008, the company said.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...