MIPS32 core based computing subsystem is available for SoCs Product News 9/26/2005 Post a comment K-Micro has launched its MIPS32 24Kf core-based computing subsystem, called Topaz, for integration into SoCs. The offering is aimed at system designers who increasingly want to combine their proprietary designs with standard technology blocks from an SoC supplier’s IP portfolio, such as processors, buses, and encryption engines.
SuperH MPU supports Gbit Ethernet apps Product News 9/23/2005 Post a comment Renesas has combined its 32-bit SuperH MPU core with a floating point unit to meet the needs of Gigabit ethernet for network devices and digital home appliances. The SH7763 doubles its performance by achieving 478 MIPS, and 1.9 giga floating point operations per second at the operating frequency of 266MHz.
Kit jump-starts smart battery development Product News 9/23/2005 Post a comment San Jose, Calif.—Atmel's battery development kit, the ATAVRSB100, speeds time to market for lithium-ion designs using the company's ATmega406 'smart battery' chip. "The ATAVRSB100 implementation allows any engineer regardless of prior knowledge of smart batteries to get a jump-start in their development," said Odd Jostein Svendsli, marketing manager for battery management solutions. "At the same time, engineers can focus on implementing accurate algorithms for their specific battery, knowi
Decoders embed secure video Product News 9/23/2005 Post a comment STMicroelectronics announced its first silicon devices to implement secure video processor (SVP) technology, which is the next generation open specification for the protection of digital video content.
Multichip module broadens its DC/DC horizons Product News 9/22/2005 Post a comment Addressing the demand for higher current and higher frequency power solutions for DC/DC converters, Toshiba America's TB7001FL multichip module (MCM) combines a driver IC with a MOSFET and the company's MOSBD, a single-die combination of a power MOSFET and a Schottky barrier diode, in one package measuring just 8-by-8-by-0.85 mm. The new MCM represents a level of integration beyond the company's dual-channel MOSBD product, which combines a high-side MOSFET with a low-side MOSFET/Schottky barrier
Freescale partners with Indian design houses News & Analysis 9/22/2005 Post a comment Instead of waiting for the Indian semiconductor market to grow, Freescale Semiconductor is partnering with Indian design houses to create solutions around Freescale products for the regional and even global market.
'Common platform' partners to collaborate on DFM News & Analysis 9/21/2005 Post a comment IBM, Chartered Semiconductor and Samsung Electronics announced a collaborative design-for-manufacturing initiative that will offer a series of rules, models and utility kits for increasing manufacturing predictability, control and yield.
Samsung raises SiliconSystems NAND shipments News & Analysis 9/20/2005 Post a comment Solid state storage technology supplier SiliconSystems Inc. has announced it would receive higher production shipments of SLC NAND flash memory from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., to help increase use of solid-state
technology use among enterprise system OEMs.
Smart-card ICs are purely flash based Product News 9/20/2005 Post a comment Silicon Storage Technology Inc. is venturing outside its traditional low-density flash memory sector. The company has introduced a smart-card IC line called Theseus Titanium that it is targeting at the SIM and 3G USIM markets.
Power IC maximizes charging-with-management functionality Product News 9/20/2005 Post a comment Texas Instruments' highly functional TPS65800 power IC brings "smart-battery" and power-management technology together on one IC. The programmable chip, which incorporates all essential power transistors, cuts board space requirements by up to 70 percent versus discrete solutions for multivoltage multimedia devices such as smart phones, portable audio and media players, satellite radio, and GPS systems.
Application-Specific MCUs focus on motor control Product News 9/20/2005 Post a comment ZiLOG has launched a new version of its 8-bit Z8 Encore! Microcontrollers aimed at a wide variety of motor control applications. The integrated A/D converter with its ‘Time Stamp’ feature is coupled to the 3-Phase PWM output module, allowing for very accurate speed control. The integrated analog modules allow for current sampling, as well as ‘on-the-fly’ implementation of torque or speed control.
White Electronic Designs inks SoC contract for missiles News & Analysis 9/20/2005 Post a comment Phoenix-based electronic component supplier White Electronic Designs Corp. has been awarded a $1.9 million contract by an unnamed military subcontractor for System-on-Chip (SOC) Power PC products, which will be used in the latest generation of air-to-air missiles.
PLX beefs up its PCIe portfolio with 5-port 16-lane switch IC News & Analysis 9/20/2005 Post a comment Determined to build up a commanding lead as a supplier of I/O interconnect silicon for communications, server, storage, embedded control, and consumer applications, PLX Technology has introduced the PEX 8518, what it claims is the industry’s only five-port, 16-lane PCI Express (PCIe) switching device.
Broadcom brings single chip VoIP to multimedia WiFi apps News & Analysis 9/20/2005 Post a comment Gambling that the combination of VoIP, WiFi and low cost will open up a whole new class of embedded consumer apps for video streaming, digital cameras and video conferencing, Broadcom has just released a single chip version of its mobile VoIP processor.
Analog front end improves ultrasound images Product News 9/20/2005 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc. rolled out a quad variable gain amplifier (VGA) and two quad analog-to-digital converters (A/D converters) that are said to dramatically improve image quality in advanced medical ultrasound equipment.
Digital pots eliminate instability Product News 9/19/2005 Post a comment A family of volatile, 32-tap digitally-controlled potentiometers (DCPs) from Intersil Corp. were designed to address the need for space-constrained applications that require ultra-low power, such as LCD contrast and backlight brightness control in cell phones, PDAs and GPS receivers.
IXYS says jury findings mostly in its favor News & Analysis 9/17/2005 Post a comment IXYS Corp. said that a jury found the company not guilty of willful patent infringement in its patent dispute with International Rectifier Corp. The jury ruled in favor of IXYS on five out of seven issues presented, according to the company.
Devices filter video for set-top boxes Product News 9/16/2005 Post a comment Single-channel Composite Video Broadcast Signal (CVBS) video filters and buffers drive two DC-Coupled video loads for cable/satellite/terrestrial set-top
boxes, DVD players, hard-disk recorders (HDRs), and personal video
Chip charges xenons in a flash Product News 9/15/2005 Post a comment Allegro MicroSystems' A8436, A8438, and A8439 photoflash capacitor charger ICs, which comprise a flyback converter with an internal 40-volt DMOS switch and IGBT driver, provide a highly integrated solution for Xenon photoflash, digital camera, and camera phone applications.
Exec nabbed in Infineon investigation, says report News & Analysis 9/15/2005 Post a comment A German prosecutor said the president of Swiss BF Consulting AG was arrested in the investigation into bribery allegations involving two former workers for Infineon Technologies AG and its sponsorship of motor sports, according to an Associated Press report.
LDO provides low dropout voltage Product News 9/15/2005 Post a comment Micrel Inc. launched a 150-mA low dropout regulator with ultra-low dropout of 60 mV for battery-powered products like cell phones, PDAs, notebook computers, MP3 players and digital cameras.
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.