Broadcom enters analog, OpenCable tuner markets News & Analysis 9/23/2003 Post a comment Broadcom Corp. (Irvine, Calif.) significantly widened their address to the market for set-top box and TV electronics today with the introduction of an analog cable tuner. The company has a couple of years experience with tuners designed for QAM cable systems (where a good QAM system may require -82 dBC phase noise and -52 dBC distortion), but the requirements for the CableLabs Open Cable specification are considerably more stringent. Ron Wilson has this report.
Via CEO vows to bring chipset fight to Intel News & Analysis 9/23/2003 Post a comment Via Technologies Inc.'s chief executive, Chen Wen-chi, believes his company must surpass Intel Corp. on chipset technology within the next six months if it is to recapture market share lost during a two-year legal battle over bus licensing fees.
Xilinx goes to bat for Taiwan foundry News & Analysis 9/23/2003 Post a comment Xilinx Inc. is taking a more forthright position in the comeback campaign of foundry United Microelectronics Corp., averring that UMC and IBM Corp. are equals in technology development and reiterating its strategy to stick with UMC for high-volume manufacturing.
DDR2 SDRAM is coming, but at what price? News & Analysis 9/23/2003 Post a comment DRAM makers are readying production capacity and Intel Corp. is lining up chipset support, but questions surrounding the initial price premium of DDR2 memory chips are complicating industry efforts to predict how quickly PC OEMs will adopt the next-generation technology.
2003 semi outlook brightens a bit News & Analysis 9/17/2003 Post a comment The market research firm iSupply Corp. on Tuesday tweaked its outlook for 2003 semiconductor sales and revealed vendor rankings for the first half of the year, with newly formed Renesas Technology coming in as the third-largest chip maker in the world.
Operating System Wars: Coming to a Power IC Near You News & Analysis 9/16/2003 Post a comment The advent of Digitally-Controlled Power (DCP) in electronic equipment promises to bring the flexibility of software programmability to the traditionally hard-wired world of analog power control ICs and subsystems. However, the ascendance of DCP also could spur a battle over power Operating Systems reminiscent of the market fight between Microsoft Windows and Apple's Mac OS. iSuppli analyst Gary Vick has these insights.
Digital audio processing in package deal News & Analysis 9/15/2003 Post a comment For engineers designing digital audio systems, choosing the right audio codec isn't always a straightforward exercise. A sampling of different audio technologies-MP3, Dolby AC-3, MPEG-2 AAC, MPEG-4 AAC, DTS and others-shows how tough choosing one standard can be. Anthony Cataldo reports on Tensila's efforts to implement audio decode in software.
Chip makers looks for new ways to take PC's temperature News & Analysis 9/15/2003 Post a comment As processors get hotter and the desktop systems they go into get smaller and more complex, some engineers believe it's time for a new way to track the PC's internals. National Semiconductor has had a head start in this area. Rick Merritt has preview of what they'll show at the Intel Developers' Forum.
Altera to ride TSMC's process technology in 90nm race News & Analysis 9/15/2003 Post a comment Altera today will announce plans to ship its first 90nm FPGAs--a high-end family dubbed Stratix II--in the second quarter of 2004, one quarter after foundry partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. is slated to release its 90nm process into production.