LED driver claims world on a string Product News 8/31/2005 Post a comment Austriamicrosystems bills its AS3691 chip as the world's first high-current with high-precision LED driver. "The IC's absolute current accuracy of 0.5 percent allows for highly accurate brightness settings and is thus ideal for supporting sophisticated color management applications like LCD monitors with RGB backlighting," said Ronald Tingl, marketing manager for Power Management. The AS3691 includes four independent high precision current sources each capable of sinking 400 mA (for four strings
Codec expands portable features Product News 8/31/2005 Post a comment Wolfson Microelectronics plc introduced a stereo codec for portable multimedia apps, including cellular phones that is said to integrate high-quality audio performance and enhanced mixing capabilities, with low-power consumption.
Infineon defends memory stance News & Analysis 8/31/2005 Post a comment Allaying recent rumors about plans to spin off its memory unit, Infineon Technologies AG defended the business despite a lackluster outllook for the sector.
128-Mbit NAND flash device shifts to 90-nm process Product News 8/31/2005 Post a comment ; STMicroelectronics has started to produce 128-Mbit NAND flash memory using 90-nm process technology. The company also plans to shift production of its 256-Mbit and 512-Mbit flash memory devices using the advanced manufacturing process this year.
Tundra's sales jump 6% News & Analysis 8/30/2005 Post a comment Chip maker Tundra Semiconductor Corp. (Ottawa) reported sales of $18.2 million in its first fiscal quarter, up 6 percent quarter-over-quarter but down 20 percent from a year ago.
Sigma Designs earnings flat on higher sales News & Analysis 8/30/2005 Post a comment Digital media processor supplier Sigma Designs Inc. posted net earnings of $0.1 million, or zero cents per share, on sales of $7.9 million in the second fiscal 2006 quarter ended July 31, compared to a net loss of $0.7 million, or 3 cents per share on sales of $6.4 million the previous quarter.
Tracker/sequencer ICs ease basic power-up designs Product News 8/30/2005 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products' MAX6877-MAX6883 are dual/triple power-supply trackers/sequencers for controlling power-up and power-down of up to three rails. They're the company's first hardware programmable (versus programmable memory) trackers and sequencers for cost-effective design in simplified power management systems. Users adjust key performance parameters such as voltage thresholds, slew rates, and timing parameters with (external) resistors and capacitors.
Online tool speeds amp selection Product News 8/30/2005 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc.'s amplifier parametric evaluation tool is said to create a virtual evaluation board environment to remove the guesswork from selecting and implementing operational amplifiers.
AMI CEO receives contract extension News & Analysis 8/30/2005 Post a comment Christine King, president and chief executive of AMI Semiconductor Inc., has received a contract extension through the end of 2008, according to a report from the Idaho State Journal.
16-bit converter targets precision apps Product News 8/30/2005 Post a comment This 16-bit, 10 Msamples/second delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter from Texas Instruments Inc. features 86 dB signal-to-noise ratio and 95 dB spurious-free dynamic range over a 5-MHz bandwidth.
Regulator delivers the boost to bias LCDs Product News 8/30/2005 Post a comment Allegro MicroSystems' A8483 is a 1.2 MHz step-up regulator chip suited for general purpose battery-powered work as well as such applications as bias/backlighting supplies for plasma and liquid-crystal displays. Other applications include cellular phones, PDAs, camcorders, personal stereos, MP3 players, cameras, and mobile GPS systems.
Ramtron acquires Goal Semiconductor News & Analysis 8/30/2005 Post a comment Nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory supplier Ramtron International Corp. has acquired fabless semiconductor supplier Goal Semiconductor Inc., for $7.6 million in cash and stock.
Audio DSP line adds performance and features for consumer apps Product News 8/29/2005 Post a comment Texas Instruments has beefed-up its Aureus family of audio digital signal processing chips, a move that will enable consumer electronics manufacturers to provide more performance and features for applications requiring multi-channel decoding, including audio/video and DVD receivers and home-theater-in-a-box systems.
Pixelworks, AMD team on set-top box platform Product News 8/29/2005 Post a comment System on-chip supplier Pixelworks Inc. has collaborated with AMD Inc. to co-design the Sailfish II platform, a reference design based on the Pixelworks PWBSP-16 broadband signal processor IC and the AMD Alchemy Au1550 processor that enables set-top boxes to integrate broadband video, voice and data access into a single device.
Hynix, NanoAmp, Winbond join CellularRAM group News & Analysis 8/29/2005 Post a comment Hynix Semiconductor Inc., NanoAmp Solutions Inc., and Winbond Electronics Corp. have joined the CellularRAM work group, an organization creating common specifications for high-performance pseudo-SRAM (PSRAM) devices for future 2.5G and 3G handset designs.
Decoder boosts compatibility between video formats Product News 8/29/2005 Post a comment National Semiconductor Corp.'s video decoder is said to increase compatibility between different video standards allowing consumers to output video directly from DVD players, gaming devices and other devices to their PC monitors.
Freescale to supply Apple with PowerPC to '08 News & Analysis 8/27/2005 Post a comment Apple Computer's transition to Intel microprocessors may not happen as fast as expected, as the computer maker has signed a microprocessor supply agreement with Freescale Semiconductor that lasts through 2008.
Mosaid’s sales jump 54 percent News & Analysis 8/26/2005 Post a comment Intellectual-property and ATE specialist Mosaid Technologies Inc. said revenues for the first quarter of fiscal year 2006 were $14.2 million, an increase of 54 percent over the revenues of $9.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2005.
Amino, Philips team on IPTV reference design Product News 8/26/2005 Post a comment Amino Communications has announced that its advanced software stack for IPTV set-top boxes will be combined with Philips Nexperia home entertainment engine PNX8550, for porting to the STB810 semiconductor set-top box reference and development platform.
Power IC with charger boosts management potential Product News 8/26/2005 Post a comment Summit Microelectronics' multi-output SMB122, a second-generation power management IC equally at home in either single lithium-ion cell or AC-input applications, brings power regulation and advanced power control to the designer's table. Indeed, this chip is billed as the world's first multi-output power IC that includes a fully programmable battery charger.
12-bit A/D converters conserve board space Product News 8/26/2005 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products Inc.'s 12-bit family of
tiny, high-speed, analog-to-digital converters feature two true-differential inputs, 3 V or 5 V single-supply operation, and a SPI-/QSPI-/MICROWIRE-compatible interface.
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.