Vendors tip broadband engine for Cell MPU News & Analysis 8/25/2005 Post a comment Attempting to gain momentum in the market, IBM, Sony, Sony Computer Entertainment and Toshiba disclosed more details about the Cell microprocessor, particularly about the broadband engine architecture of the chip.
M-Systems, Hynix ink supply agreement News & Analysis 8/25/2005 Post a comment Flash memory solutions supplier M-Systems has agreed to purchase $100 million of production equipment for Korea semiconductor supplier Hynix Semiconductor Inc., in return for guaranteed production capacity with favorable terms.
Chip inventories stable but low News & Analysis 8/25/2005 Post a comment Worldwide semiconductor inventories are low and stable entering the second half of 2005, although the levels among electronic distributors remains somewhat of a concern, according to a report from an investment banking firm.
PA pumps out power for WLANs Product News 8/25/2005 Post a comment As WLANs continue to pop up all over our lives, designers continue to look for ways to boost range, boost data rates, and still not devour the battery in our notebook computers. The team at SST Communications has developed such a product with the SST13LP02.
JFET in-amp housed in MSOP Product News 8/24/2005 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc. said it's breaking ground with its first junction field effect transistor-input instrumentation amplifier, which is the smallest in the industry and offers the highest common mode rejection ratio.
Stand alone charger expands options Product News 8/24/2005 Post a comment The LTC4076 and LTC4077 are Linear Technology’s second and third standalone linear lithium-ion battery charger chips with dual-input USB and AC adapter ports and offer designers various options to the company's earlier released LTC4075/X. The main differences between the LTC4075/X and the second and third offerings are in available current from the USB port and the devices' charge termination capabilities.
Single-ended to differential buffer serves single-supply A/Ds News & Analysis 8/24/2005 Post a comment Differential inputs of an A/D converter must be balanced to cancel even order harmonics and common mode noise. Systems often require this signal translation to take place without injecting dc bias currents back into the signal source. Analog Devices' engineers offer a buffer circuit for single-ended to differential signal conversion.
Battery IC extends charge to cut parts Product News 8/23/2005 Post a comment Advanced Analogic Technologies' AAT3687 BatteryManager, for single-cell lithium-ion/polymer batteries, is designed to further cut external parts count in portable consumer applications.
Intel tips new mobile, XScale processors Product News 8/23/2005 Post a comment Pushing a theme called “mobility ubiquity," Intel Corp. tipped new processors for notebook PCs and hand-held devices. This includes a new X-Scale processor a multi-core chip based on a superset of Arm’s technology.
Intel's power clampdown Product News 8/23/2005 Post a comment Intel CEO Paul Otellini inaugurated a new era for the chip giant by announcing that its next-generation architecture would focus on performance per watt and spark innovation industrywide.
Log amp spans 1 MHz to 10GHz Product News 8/23/2005 Post a comment Analog Devices has introduced a new member of its RF power detector family that is optimized for wide bandwidth, high accuracy over temperature, and low power consumption for wireless infrastructure, broadband wireless, and radar applications.
Regulators peak for high-current systems Product News 8/23/2005 Post a comment National Semiconductor's LM2716 buck-boost and LM2717 buck-buck, two regulators designed for high-current applications, feature greater than 90 percent efficiency over a wide load range for extended battery life in embedded computer systems, set-top boxes, portable Internet access devices, general point-of-load architectures, and monitors and TVs, including TFT/LCD flat-panel displays.
Development kit demonstrates viability of PCIe switch Product News 8/23/2005 Post a comment A hardware/software development kit for Integrated Device Technology Inc.’s 3-port, 24-lane Precise PCI Express (PCIe) switching solution is now available and will be used to demonstrate the company’s device at the Intel Developer Forum here this week.
Intel plays catch-up in server market News & Analysis 8/23/2005 Post a comment Attempting to play catch-up with rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) on the server front, Intel Corp. is accelerating the development of several new microprocessor lines. This includes a new 64-bit Xeon platform that incorporates an integrated memory controller, according to a report from Pacific Crest Securities Inc.
Intel, RIMM to ink deal at IDF News & Analysis 8/22/2005 Post a comment At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) this week, Intel Corp. is expected to announce a major deal with Research In Motion (RIM), according to a report from CNBC.
TFT-LCD regulator offers a cool way out Product News 8/22/2005 Post a comment Touting extremely high efficiency and thus cooler system operation, the EL7585A quad-output regulator from Intersil provides a highly integrated power source for large (19 inches and greater) thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal displays (TFT-LCDs) of the kind used in TVs and desktop monitors. Its so-called boost supply boasts the industry’s largest integrated field-effect transistor for this application, providing up to 3.5 amps.
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.