Garmin GPSMap 76S: Sensory overload Teardown 9/29/2003 Post a comment Besides a GPS longitude-latitude position indicator, the GPSMAP from Garmin is an altimeter electronic compass. It has specialized magnetic sensors, and a variety of ICs from suppliers like Cirrus Logic, Fairchild, Linear Technology, and Maxim. David Carey opens the case to show what's inside.
Broadcom aims two chips at STB, TV market News & Analysis 9/29/2003 Post a comment Broadcom Corp. last week extended its presence in the market for set-top-box and TV electronics with the introduction of the BCM3405 multichannel low-noise amplifier (LNA) and BCM-3418 analog cable tuner.
STMicroelectronics sets sights on China News & Analysis 9/29/2003 Post a comment Refusing to be outdone by competing integrated device manufacturers or made outmoded by pure-play foundries, STMicroelectronics N.V. last week sketched an ambitious manufacturing strategy designed to keep the company at the near-bleeding edge of chip- makers.
AMD throws 64-bit challenge at Intel News & Analysis 9/29/2003 Post a comment In a bold attempt to leapfrog Intel Corp., Advanced Micro Devices Inc. last week introduced a family of 64-bit processors for mainstream PCs that it hopes will mark the beginning of the end for 32-bit computing.
Wafer prices on the move, FSA reports News & Analysis 9/29/2003 Post a comment Fabless semiconductor companies and integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) are facing sticker shock as foundries, emboldened by rising plant utilization and improving demand, have begun hiking wafer prices in a bid to recoup their investments.
CD-quality car radios closer to realization News & Analysis 9/29/2003 Post a comment The move toward CD-quality car radios gained momentum last week, as Kenwood Corp. delivered the first HD Radio tuner and Philips Semiconductors said it will roll out a new chip that could help cut the cost of entry into the fledgling market.
ChipCenter's Paul O'Shea does his own assessment News & Analysis 9/25/2003 Post a comment TI's two analog-to-digital converters aren't typical in any way. They are very high-resolution, 24-bit delta-sigma converters that cover just about every requirement for high-resolution de-signs. These two products provide data rates that can meet high-speed requirements and support the data rate to decrease the noise for low-speed requirements. Chipcenter's Paul O'Shea has this assessment.
CAN controller chip tackles serial communications apps News & Analysis 9/25/2003 Post a comment Microchip Technology's newest standalone controller-area network (CAN) device now offers the option to address serial communications challenges. The MCP2515 gives designers a CAN solution that provides faster data throughput and efficient data byte filtering, the company said. It also generates start-of-frame output and uses an SPI interface.
Selecting PLLs for ASIC Applications requires tradeoffs News & Analysis 9/25/2003 Post a comment PLLs, like many other analog IP macros, come with many features and specifications. Selecting the correct PLL early in the design can help the design team make tradeoffs when they are less costly, improve the integration quality of the PLL, and avoid surprises close to tapeout. From the September PA magazine folio, a True Circuits expert gives this assessment of what you should look for.