HDTV-ready video processor targets embedded apps Product News 9/29/2006 Post a comment VIA Technologies, Inc.'s VIA CX700M integrated video processor for the VIA C7 and Eden processor platforms integrated premium graphics, audio, memory, storage, and HDTV support all in a single chip design. Integrated into the chip are the Northbridge and Southbridge functions.
Maxim asks Nasdaq to remain listed News & Analysis 9/29/2006 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products Inc. has requested a hearing before the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel, asking to remain listed on the Nasdaq exchange despite a delay in filing its Form 10-K
Santa Rosa core controllers boost Pd reporting accuracy Product News 9/29/2006 Post a comment Intersil's ISL6260C, ISL6261A, and ISL6262A core controllers meet Intel's next-generation (Core Duo and Core 2 Duo) mobile platform requirements, providing improved reporting accuracy for power dissipation, higher efficiency, and even better transient response.
China's IPTV future still unclear News & Analysis 9/29/2006 Post a comment The recent cancellation of an IPTV trial in Beijing by one of the country's major telecom operators is the latest indication that unclear government policy still plagues IPTV in China.
Philips completes sale of majority of semis division News & Analysis 9/29/2006 Post a comment Royal Philips Electronics has completed the sale of an 80.1 percent stake in its semiconductors business to a private equity consortium consisting of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), Silver Lake Partners, Bain Capital, Apax Partners and AlpInvest Partners NV.
LED driver with diagnostics cuts maintenance costs Product News 9/29/2006 Post a comment Bringing new functionality to traditional LED driver chips, austriamicrosystems' AS1109 integrates LED error-diagnostic readback circuitry for detecting open and shorted LEDs and thermal anomalies for a variety of large fixed, slow-rolling and bar-graph displays, industrial controller displays, and traffic signs.
STMicro could be next buyout target, report says News & Analysis 9/28/2006 Post a comment Europe's largest chip maker could be the next target of private equity following the leveraged buyout of Philips Electronics' chip unit and the pending acquisition by a private equity consortium of Freescale Semiconductor, according to a Bloomberg report citing a report by Merrill Lynch analysts.
ZiLOG's 16-bit MCU targets security apps Product News 9/28/2006 Post a comment ZiLOG Inc.'s ZNEO Z16F family of flash microcontrollers, based on the company's new ZNEO 16-bit CPU core, targets specific markets such as high-end motor control and domestic security applications.
Rail-to-rail op-amps draw less than 1 microamp Product News 9/28/2006 Post a comment Linear Technology's LT6003 (single), LT6004 (dual), and LT6005 (quad) rail-to-rail op-amps draw less than 1 microamp in operation— a new benchmark for precision low-voltage devices and tiny footprint, according to the company.
Intel adding architecture extensions for 45-nm News & Analysis 9/27/2006 Post a comment Intel plans to add more than 50 new streaming SIMD extensions to extend the Intel 64 instruction set architecture for the 45-nanometer node, according to Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager of the digital enterprise group.
Free reference design integrates display interface in Lattice FPGAs Product News 9/27/2006 Post a comment Check out this free reference design from Lattice Semiconductor. The reference design illustrates how to use the pre-engineered I/O components within its low cost LatticeECP2 and new LatticeECP2M FPGA families to implement the 7:1 source synchronous LVDS interfaces commonly found in display applications.
NXP set to increase stake in Singapore foundry News & Analysis 9/27/2006 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors, formerly Philips Semiconductors, is to buy for about $185 million the 17.5 percent of shares owned by EDBI (EDB Investments Pte. Ltd.) in Singapore-based SSMC (Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Co. Pte. Ltd.).
Artimi demos WiMedia USB MAC News & Analysis 9/27/2006 Post a comment Artimi Inc. is using this week’s Intel Development Forum for the first demonstration of its WiMedia Wireless USB Media Access Controller (MAC).
Intel rebuilding; eyeing 45-nm, Otellini says News & Analysis 9/26/2006 Post a comment Eager to turn the corner after a yearlong stretch of rough road that culminated in massive layoffs, Intel CEO Paul Ottelini came out swinging, emphasizing his company's process technology lead over semiconductor industry competitors and implying that the world's top chip maker is making a fresh start.
Dual GPS/Galileo chips to exhibit sub-second acquisition times Product News 9/26/2006 Post a comment A family of GPS and Galileo-ready satellite navigation and position location chips and chipsets are coming. These devices, when they roll off the fab lines early next year, will exhibit acquisition performance of under one second. That ultra-fast acquisition time will be due to a 50-channel GPS architecture, with over one million correlators and separate acquisition and tracking engines capable of massively parallel searches.
Mentor Graphics unveils low-cost development suite Product News 9/26/2006 Post a comment Mentor Graphics Corp. has announced the Edge Development Suite, a bundled version of its Edge Development Tools that includes an integrated development environment (IDE), software simulator, compiler and debugger, priced at $2,995.
Sequans powers Mitac's WiMAX desk top unit News & Analysis 9/26/2006 Post a comment WiMAX chip specialist Sequans Communications and Taiwanese electronics group Mitac have teamed to develop a fixed WiMAX desk-top unit. The T220B is the first of several products being developed following a strategic alliance between the companies.
Compact HDD motor controller also saves on power Product News 9/26/2006 Post a comment STMicroelectronics' L7208 motor controller IC for 1.8-inch and sub-1.8-inch hard disk drives (HDDs), touting an ultrathin LGA package and minimal power draw, integrates its power FETs and all of the circuitry for driving the spindle motor and voice coil actuator.
3-watt buck regulator has integrated inductor Product News 9/26/2006 Post a comment Enpirion touts a breakthrough in power density with its 1-amp, 3-watt DC/DC buck regulator IC, the EN5312Q1, reportedly the first of its kind to integrate an inductor to simplify design and cut footprint, parts count, and noise.
AMD, Intel square off in quad core News & Analysis 9/25/2006 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices and Intel Corp. will square off over quad-core processors this week as each side tries to position itself as leading the race for multicore x86 processors.
MathStar rolls new family of FPOAs Product News 9/25/2006 Post a comment Fabless programmable logic supplier MathStar introduced its second generation of field programmable object arrays, claiming operational speeds of up to 1-gigahertz. The company claims that this speed is up to four times faster than today's top FPGA architectures, depending on the application.
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.