Power couple reconciles News & Analysis 9/28/2007 Post a comment IBM and Freescale, which had a parting of the ways after co-developing the Power microprocessor in the 1990s, have reunited their efforts through the Power.org group.
New cable eases data-center crunch News & Analysis 9/28/2007 Post a comment Quellan Inc. and W.L. Gore & Associates have collaborated on a new copper interconnect for data center systems that the duo claims will significantly reduce power, size and latency while extending reach.
Falling ASPs for TV ICs impact revenue growth News & Analysis 9/28/2007 Post a comment While revenue for TV IC manufacturers declined 3 percent quarter-to-quarter due to ASP margin declines in second quarter 2007, TV IC shipments increased 12 percent quarter-to-quarter and 51 percent year-to-year, according to DisplaySearch.
Avnet pays $80 million for Acal's IT solutions unit News & Analysis 9/27/2007 Post a comment Avnet, Inc. has bought, for £41 million (about $80 million), the IT Solutions division of British distributor Acal plc. Acal said it would now focus on its two other divisions, electronics and parts services, and that some of the proceeds would be used to seek strategic acquisitions to expand these groups.
AMCC readies 1-GHz embedded processor Product News 9/27/2007 Post a comment Based on the Power Architecture standard, AMCC's latest processor for wireless infrastructure and enterprise networking applications embeds a superscalar core that delivers a frequency ranging from 667-MHz to 1.2-GHz with 2.0 Dhrystone MIPS/MHz.
Controller supplies power to CableCard hosts Product News 9/26/2007 Post a comment Designed to supply power to CableCard 2.0 cards in CableCard host systems, the MIC2569YQS from Micrel supports both S-Mode (Single Stream Video) and M-Mode (Multiple Stream Video) through a simple-to-control parallel interface.
Market watcher slashes chip forecast News & Analysis 9/26/2007 Post a comment Market watcher iSuppli Corp. has cut its forecast of global semiconductor revenue growth in 2007 to 3.5 percent, down from its previous prediction of a six percent rise due to weakness in sales in the first half of the year that will not be offset by the current uptick in growth.
Audio amp reduces EMI, optimizes power Product News 9/26/2007 Post a comment National Semiconductor says it has introduced the industry's first single-chip 3-W mono Class D audio amplifier with spread spectrum technology and an integrated boost converter. This device enables portable products to operate at a constant output power even at low battery voltages.
150-W power conversion IC speeds energy-efficiency compliance Product News 9/26/2007 Post a comment Power Integrations has announced the TOPSwitch-HX AC-DC power conversion chip, which incorporates a 700-V power MOSFET, high voltage switched current source, PWM control, oscillator, thermal shutdown circuit, fault protection and other control circuitry onto a monolithic device.
Electric motorbike teardown Teardown 9/26/2007 6 comments Vectrix designed its battery-powered VX1 motor scooter to go up against motorbikes from the likes of Honda and Yamaha. A teardown of the system shows how successful the company was at balancing performance with economy and low emissions.
Electronics hone racer's edge Teardown 9/26/2007 Post a comment A teardown by Portelligent of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR MotoGP racing motorcycle shows a system that melds cutting-edge electronics and communications technology human skill and instinct to both man and machine in good stead at track speeds in excess of 200 MPH.
Dual N-channel MOSFETs cut board space by 50% Product News 9/25/2007 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor's two latest dual N-channel PowerTrench MOSFETs are two highly integrated modules that are designed to reduce board space while providing the ability to achieve higher conversion efficiency in synchronous buck designs.
Power group rallies around roadmap News & Analysis 9/25/2007 Post a comment At its first technical conference, the Power.org group laid out a roadmap of stepwise improvements for Power microprocessors, led by IBM Corp. and Freescale Semiconductor, who seek to keep its software base stable while expanding use of multi-core techniques and its penetration into consumer markets.
Playstation3 helps robots see News & Analysis 9/24/2007 Post a comment A team of university researchers from Dartmouth and the University of California ported to Cell processors on a network of Sony Playstation3s a new vision algorithm derived from brain research as part of an effort to enable machine vision in robots.