Renesas builds capacitorless twin-transistor RAM for embedded SoCs Product News 9/30/2005 Post a comment In a development that could have significant impact of a wide range of memory-intensive embedded System-on-Chip designs, Renesas Technology Corp. today announced that it has built a high-density capacitorless twin-transistor RAM (TTRAM) that achieves both high-speed operation and low power consumption.
Active OR-ing hot-swap IC is also programmable Product News 9/30/2005 Post a comment Summit Microelectronics touts its SMH4814 as the industry's first programmable dual-feed active OR-ing hot-swap controller. The SMH4814
device can monitor and control two independent -48 volt feeds, allowing for redundant power supply control.
August chip sales to get PC boost, says analyst News & Analysis 9/30/2005 Post a comment Monthly chip sales are expected to improve to a three-month average of $18.5 billion in August, up from $18 billion in July, according Handelsbanken Capital Markets. Official figures from the U.S. Semiconductor Association are scheduled to be released early next week.
Philips CEO expects slow growth in 2006 News & Analysis 9/30/2005 Post a comment The global semiconductor market may have seen a slowdown in the first half of this year, but the third and fourth quarters are likely to experience 5 to 6 percent growth, according to Philips Semiconductors chief executive Frans van Houten.
Comparator draws zero current Product News 9/30/2005 Post a comment Micrel Inc. claims this precision micro-power battery monitor/comparator with an on-chip 2.55-V reference voltage source features an extremely low supply current and draws virtually zero current from a battery or monitored voltage source.
USB peripheral controller features 26-MHz SPI interface Product News 9/30/2005 Post a comment The newest USB controller from Maxim Integrated Products dubbed the MAX3420E is designed with a 26-MHz serial peripheral interface (SPI) and integrates the digital and analog circuitry needed to implement a full-speed USB peripheral interface compliant to the USB specification 2.0.
Hifn lowers revenue guidance News & Analysis 9/30/2005 Post a comment Hifn said it expects fiscal 2005 fourth quarter results to be below the company's earlier expectations, "primarily due to continued softness in orders from customers in the telecommunications industries." Hifn's fiscal fourth quarter closes Friday.
Micron posts gain on higher DRAM sales News & Analysis 9/29/2005 Post a comment Memory supplier Micron Technology Inc. posted net earnings of $43 million, or 7 cents per share, on sales of $1.26 billion in the fourth fiscal 2005 quarter ended Sept. 1, compared to a net loss of $128 million, or 20 cents per share on sales of $1.05 billion the previous quarter.
PoE controller sources three operating extras Product News 9/29/2005 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products' MAX5945 is a quad power-sourcing-equipment (PSE) controller for power-over-Ethernet (PoE) with extra flexibility. In addition to providing the PSE's usual discovery, classification, current limit, and DC and AC load disconnect detection functions for a powered device (PD), the fully compliant IEEE802.3af controller provides three features not available from competing devices, according to the company.
Power management IC oversees add-on modules Product News 9/29/2005 Post a comment Atmel promotes its AT73C211 as the first power management IC for handset add-on modules. "Our AT73C211 is a first in its market," said Michele Casetta, marketing manager for the Power Management and Audio Analog Companion PMAAC Product Line. "The integration of various power supply channels and an ultra-low-power backup supply channel with a power controller circuit for startup and shutdown makes it an ideal companion for every application where power consumption, cost and space are key."
Switches boast fast switching time Product News 9/28/2005 Post a comment Austriamicrosystems' first family of high performance analog switches are said to offer a 40 percent switching time improvement over competing devices, while maintaining low on-resistance flatness and channel matching.
Power IC eases portable management Product News 9/28/2005 Post a comment Dialog Semiconductor's DA9025 multi-block power management subsystem, which contains a buck converter providing up to 400 mA, four low dropout regulators and a supply for a real time clock, has the facility to handle the requirements of a typical lithium-ion powered handheld application (e.g., processor controlled system with memory and analog functionality such as data conversion and sensor interfacing).
Synchronous buck controller billed as the first in an SOT-23 Product News 9/28/2005 Post a comment National Semiconductor says its synchronous buck controller, the LM1770, is the industry’s first in an SOT-23 package. It's designed to replace traditional switching regulators and LDOs in enterprise server and point-of-sale applications with a high-efficiency alternative that takes very little space. Its constant on-time control topology contributes to its space savings; no external compensating components are required.
CEO shakeup at Semtech News & Analysis 9/28/2005 Post a comment Semtech said the employment of President and CEO Jason Carlson has terminated by mutual agreement with the company and that Carlson has resigned as a member of Semtech's board of directors.
ADI to close TigerSharc DSP design center News & Analysis 9/27/2005 Post a comment In a move signaling the maturing state of the architecture, Analog Devices Inc. has announced it will close its ten-year-old Herzliya, Israel design center, the birthplace of its TigerSharc DSP architecture, within four months.
California Micro, Epson ink foundry deal News & Analysis 9/27/2005 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier California Micro Devices has completed a wafer supply agreement with Seiko Epson Corp., engaging the Japan-based Epson foundry as a high-volume wafer source for ICs targeting the mobile handset, personal computer and digital consumer electronics markets.
Samsung CEO says choice will help company prosper News & Analysis 9/27/2005 Post a comment Banking on the company’s core component strengths and leading supplier status in many product areas, Samsung CEO Jong-Yong Yun said giving consumers myriad choices for next-generation electronic products would ensure company’s continued growth.
Taiwan's Realtek enters UWB chip market Product News 9/27/2005 Post a comment Home networking specialist Realtek Semiconductor Corp. is breaking into the nascent market for ultrawideband devices with a physical layer chip based on the WiMedia Alliance PHY specification.
Power.org adds eight members News & Analysis 9/27/2005 Post a comment Power.org, an open community developing standards and applications around IBM Corp.'s Power Architecture, announced Monday that eight new members have joined the organization, bring total membership to more than 30 companies.
GHz-speed A/D consumes 1.9 W Product News 9/26/2005 Post a comment National Semiconductor Corp. today expanded its family of gigahertz-speed analog-to-digital converters with three converters that are said to offer the industry's best performance with ultra-low power consumption.
Cray, Mitrionics team on FPGA technology News & Analysis 9/26/2005 Post a comment Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. announced that it is working with Sweden-based Mitrionics Inc. to provide users of the Cray XD1 supercomputer a faster way to implement application-accelerating field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology.
Low priced ARM7-based MCUs operate at speeds up to 70 Mhz (63 MIPs), Product News 9/26/2005 Post a comment The ARM7-based MCU market continues to heat with more devices that offer increased performance and lower pricing. The newest devices from Philips Semiconductors tout 70 Mhz operating speeds and pricing as low as $1.47 in 10,000 piece quantities. According to Philips, the 32-bit ARM7s are now price competitive with many 8-bit MCUs.
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.