Rugged VHF power RF MOSFET operates up to 165-V DC Product News 8/23/2007 Post a comment Microsemi's VHF Power RF MOSFET for broadband linear amplifier applications uses a new patented process and finer geometry that operates reliably at up to 165 volts DC, delivering much higher peak power and RF gain than in previous high voltage parts.
Thermal management ICs target smaller packages Product News 8/23/2007 Post a comment SMSC has introduced the EMC210x family of fan controllers with RPM closed-loop control and multiple temperature management, and three SMBus temperature sensors for systems requiring a high level of temperature monitoring.
Quad-input HDMI 1.3 receiver improves HDTV viewing Product News 8/22/2007 Post a comment NXP has developed a HDMI 1.3 receiver chip, the TDA19978HL, to improve the quality of audio and video performance of HDTVs by combining 12-bit deep color and extended gamut, as well as high bit rate and direct stream transport audio formats.
8-bit digital potentiometer integrates EEPROM Product News 8/21/2007 Post a comment The AS1506 from austriamicrosystems is a 256-tap SPI-interfaced potentiometer available with 10-, 50- and 100-kOhms resistance that offers 150 year data retention and 10 million write cycles with the company's Hi-EPR EEPROM.
Compromise blends Ethernet, Fibre Channel News & Analysis 8/20/2007 Post a comment Rivals Brocade Communications and Cisco Systems agreed on a frame format for running Fibre Channel over Ethernet, clearing a major hurdle in the effort to develop a standard for the converged network and opening the door for work to begin on chips that implement the standard.
Fancy footwork in NAND flash dance News & Analysis 8/20/2007 Post a comment Seeking to gain ground on Samsung, NAND flash rivals Hynix, IM Flash and Toshiba are quietly expanding their production and readying a new class of sub-45-nm devices.
DSP drives receiver module BOM below $10 Product News 8/20/2007 Post a comment Israeli consumer electronics company Etherwaves has selected a Blackfin DSP from Analog Devices for its latest Sonata DAB and DAB+ receiver modules. Combined with Etherwaves' proprietary ClearSignal software, the DSP helps to drive the costs for the receiver module below $10, the company said.
Tilera starts shipping 64-way multiprocessor Product News 8/20/2007 Post a comment Tilera Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has said it has started shipping its Tile64 processor, a 64-processor chip based on an architecture that could scale to hundreds and even thousands of cores, according to the company.
USB audio controller targets VoIP telephony Product News 8/19/2007 Post a comment Check out Winbond's latest addition to its audio controller line. The USB2.0-compabile device is aimed at Skype or other PC-based VoIP applications and integrates an 8051 MCU that enables feature-rich applications.
Sun advances work on novel chip interconnect News & Analysis 8/17/2007 Post a comment Sun Microsystems will demonstrate at the Hot Chips conference it has solved one of the key problems of its Proximity technology, a novel chip interconnect that someday could enable a new level of ultra-dense, high speed computer and communications systems.
4-channel LIN transceiver reduces system costs Product News 8/16/2007 Post a comment LIN nodes continue their exponential growth rates in cars resulting in master modules controlling multiple LIN busses. To address this growing need for multi LIN transceiver systems Melexis introduces a 4-channel LIN transceiver IC.
HP researcher in power struggle News & Analysis 8/15/2007 Post a comment Partha Ranganathan describes his research in power efficient systems and multicore processors at Hewlett Packard Labs that won him recognition from MIT Technology Review magazine as one of the top technology innovators under 35.
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.