Sony reshuffles management News & Analysis 9/25/2006 Post a comment Sony Corp. has reassigned several executives to further align its structure along its core consumer and semiconductor businesses and strengthen product development and quality.
AV picoPower technology extends battery life Product News 9/25/2006 Post a comment Atmel Corporation has announced three new AVR® microcontrollers with incorporated power-saving technology that provides multi-year battery life in lighting control, security, keyless entry, ZigBee™ and other applications that spend a significant amount of their time in sleep mode.
Micron tips 1-Gbit DDR3 News & Analysis 9/25/2006 Post a comment Micron Technology is upping the ante for Double Data Rate 3 memory with a 1-Gbit chip made in its 78-nm process that is ready to ship to customers for evaluation.
Powerline networking chip developer doubles funding News & Analysis 9/25/2006 Post a comment U.K. start-up SiConnect has raised a further £2.8 million from existing investors to coincide with the home powerline chip developer receiving first-time working silicon for its first transceiver from its foundry, Chartered Semiconductor.
German carrier takes strategic stake in CoreOptics News & Analysis 9/25/2006 Post a comment T-Com Venture Fund the corporate venture fund of the broadband/fixed network division of Deutsche Telekom AG has made what it says is a strategic investment in CoreOptics , a developer of 10-and 40-Gbit transponders and subsystems.
Allegations are renewed against Infineon's former CEO, say reports News & Analysis 9/22/2006 Post a comment Bribery allegations against Infineon's former CEO Ulrich Schumacher have been repeated in a Munich court, according to German media reports. Schumacher is alleged to have taken several hundreds of thousands of euros from a former business partner in return for awarding motor sport sponsorship contracts.
Micrel, MPS settle patent suit for $3 million News & Analysis 9/21/2006 Post a comment Analog semiconductor supplier Micrel Inc. and power management product company Monolithic Power Systems (MPS) Inc. have settled a patent infringement suit Micrel filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
MCU targets embedded industrial apps Product News 9/21/2006 Post a comment Innovasic Semiconductor's fido1100 microcontroller has been designed for the industrial embedded system designer. Capabilities built into the silicon ease the burden of software debug and test, especially for real-time and safety-critical operation.
FTC: Bar Rambus from enforcing patents News & Analysis 9/21/2006 Post a comment Lawyers for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission have filed a brief arguing that memory chip technology licensor Rambus be barred from enforcing its pre-1996 patents on Jedec-compliant memory products.
90-nm FPGAs embed SerDes, physical coding sublayer block Product News 9/21/2006 Post a comment Lattice's latest FPGA family, the ECP2M, consists of low-cost devices that embed high-speed SerDes I/O plus a a pre-engineered Physical Coding Sublayer (PCS) block. At less than $22.95 in 100,000 unit quantities, the ECP2 FPGAs bridge the price/performance gap between low-cost and high-end FPGAs.
UWB chip vendor WiQuest rolls Vista drivers News & Analysis 9/20/2006 Post a comment Ultrawideband chip vendor WiQuest Communications announced the availability of Windows Vista drivers for its range of wireless USB reference designs, including the wireless USB Adapter, 4-port Hub, PCIe Mini Card and PCIe Half Mini Card.
Silicon Labs trims guidance News & Analysis 9/20/2006 Post a comment Blaming weaker-than-expected demand and inventory adjustments, analog/mixed-signal IC vendor Silicon Laboratories lowered its third quarter revenue estimate. The company now expects to post third quarter revnue of $113 million to $116 million, down from previous guidance of $122 million to $127 million.
Former Sipex CEO settles with SEC News & Analysis 9/20/2006 Post a comment Former Sipex CEO Walid Maghribi has agreed to pay a $45,000 fine to settle charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to his role in what the SEC called improper reporting of revenue from certain purported sales transactions, according to the SEC.
ST adds 8-bit MCU for automotive apps Product News 9/20/2006 Post a comment STMicroelectronics' ST7FL family of 8-bit microcontrollers includes an EEPROM memory bank of from 1.5- to 8-Kbytes to store configuration parameters, thus eliminating the need for external devices.
Pairing projects set to extend apps for RFIDs News & Analysis 9/20/2006 Post a comment EM Microelectronic has outlined innovative ways of ‘pairing’ RFID devices on substrates that promise to extend the applications for RFID technology beyond the traditional areas of transportation, access control and animal identification.
Broadcom CFO steps down over options probe News & Analysis 9/19/2006 Post a comment Citing the company's ongoing investigation into historical stock options granting practices, Broadcom Chief Financial Officer William Ruehle abruptly stepped down. Broadcom's board named Bruce Kiddoo, vice president and corporate controller, acting CFO on an interim basis.
Freescale, Elmos extend automotive electronics alliance News & Analysis 9/19/2006 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor and Elmos Semiconductor are extending their strategic alliance in automotive electronics to include the joint development of application-specific devices that combine Freescale's 16-bit microcontrollers with the German group’s high-voltage CMOS ASSPs.
Freescale, Elmos bolster automotive alliance News & Analysis 9/19/2006 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and Elmos Semiconductor will team to develop application-specific semiconductor products (ASSPs) combining Freescale's 16-bit microcontroller (MCU) architectures with Elmos' high-voltage CMOS ASSPs.
CPRI SerDes delivers 800-ps fiber delay-calibration accuracy Product News 9/19/2006 Post a comment National Semiconductor has developed the SCAN25100 CPRI SerDes, which integrates delay calibration measurement circuitry to precisely measure basestation-to-remote radio heads (RRH) and RRH-to-RRH fiber delay components with a guaranteed ±800-ps of accuracy. The SCAN25100 CPRI SerDes can even track fiber delay changes as small as 200-ps.
NiMH charger monitors for qualified batteries Product News 9/19/2006 Post a comment Touting an extra measure of safety, Dallas Semiconductor's DS2714 is a loose-cell charger IC specifically for functioning NiMH and NiCd batteries; it shuts down on detecting primary alkaline cells, lithium primary cells, and defective NiMH or NiCd cells.
ARC targets multimedia apps with IP core Product News 9/19/2006 Post a comment ARC International is expanding its range of IP cores targeted at multimedia SoCs with the ARC Player Subsystem that offers an MPEG-4 video decoder and multi-standard audio codecs coupled with a configurable 32-bit microprocessor as a pre-verified solution.
ASML, Sematech team on manufacturing R&D News & Analysis 9/19/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor R&D consortium Sematech has awarded ASML Holding NV the contract to qualify the imaging performance of advanced logic patterns, metrology structures and defect designs for the 45-nm, 32-nm, and 22-nm technology nodes.
Maxim lowers quarterly guidance News & Analysis 9/18/2006 Post a comment Blaming slower-than-expected bookings, Maxim Integrated Products said it expects fiscal first quarter 2007 revenue to be flat to down 3 percent sequentially.
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.