Microtune to expand RF efforts into more broadband applications News & Analysis 1/31/2002 Post a comment PLANO, Tex. -- In a move to expand its business, Microtune Inc. today announced plans to offer radio-frequency silicon chips and systems solutions for a wide range of commercial and consumer electronics applications in broadband communications, wireless connectivity products and automotive markets.
Lowering ispPAC frequencies to the audio range News & Analysis 1/24/2002 Post a comment The ispPAC family of analogue components gives the circuit designer the flexibility of designing general-purpose analogue signal processing applications using in-system-programming (ISP). Designs are completed on the PAC Designer software and downloaded to the devices in milliseconds allowing the completed design to be immediately evaluated. Configuration data is stored in non-volatile memory enabling retention of circuit designs while power is turned off.
Fairchild reports loss for quarter and year News & Analysis 1/22/2002 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor International reported a net loss of $16.2 million or 16 cents per share in its fiscal 2001 fourth quarter ended December 31, compared to a net income of $93.7 million or 92 cents per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2000.
TI claims highest analog integration on MCU for embedded displays News & Analysis 1/22/2002 Post a comment DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today claimed it has broken the 1-microampere barrier in a low-power 16-bit microcontroller, which integrates mixed-signal functions and flash memory for embedded display applications in utility metering, portable instruments, intelligent sensing, and other systems.
Interface line topologies rule high-frequency applications News & Analysis 1/21/2002 Post a comment Engineers typically treat 3-inch-long traces as short interconnects, with few high-frequency considerations. But this approach often overlooks problems with interface operation or RF emissions, writes engineer Mike Grabois in this original contribution to Planet Analog. We need to recognize where various line topologies turn into transmission lines, he says.
Linear Technology sees slight sales improvement News & Analysis 1/15/2002 Post a comment MILPITAS, Calif. -- Linear Technology Corp. today reported a 1% sequential increase in revenues to $121.3 million in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended Dec. 30, compared to $120.1 million in the prior three-month period. LTC's revenues were 53% lower than $258.5 million in net sales in the quarter a year ago.
Elantec profits fall, but revenue increases sequentially News & Analysis 1/15/2002 Post a comment In its first fiscal quarter ended Dec. 30, Elantec Semiconductor Inc., Milpitas, Calif., reported a 78.9% decline in net income to $2.1 million, or 8 cents per diluted share, from $9.8 million, or 37 cents per diluted share, in the same period last year.
A New Method for Clock Recovery in MPEG Decoders Design How-To 1/15/2002 Post a comment Using a Least Mean Squares technique, Hooman Hassanzadegan (Basamad Negar Company) and Nima Sarshar (Sharif University of Technology, Iran) describe a novel way to perform clock recovery in MPEG decoders. The technique also reduces the PLL hardware you need to do the recovery.
Conexant adds encoders for HDTV video on PCs, DVD, game systems News & Analysis 1/14/2002 Post a comment NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Conexant Systems Inc. today announced an expansion of its broadcast video offering to include new encoders that cut the cost of "TV-out" solutions for displaying high-definition television (HDTV) on PC systems, DVD players, game consoles, and other new systems.
Pro Logic II matrix decoder melds multimedia News & Analysis 1/9/2002 Post a comment As more people have come to appreciate the benefits of surround-sound playback, they also want nonsurround program material-particularly music-to take full advantage of their multichannel playback systems. This desire is not only for home theaters, but also for car audio systems, computers and even headphone listening. The Dolby Pro Logic II 5.1-channel matrix decoder was designed with these expanded uses in mind.
Digital pots shrink volume controls News & Analysis 1/9/2002 Post a comment In this circuit-oriented piece, Maxim's application guru gives pointers for giving digital potentiometers the logarithmic taper found in mechanical volume controls - and ensure left-right channels are balanced to within a few dB.
Decimation Stages with WDFs for Flexible Digital Receivers Design How-To 1/9/2002 Post a comment Dieter Brckmann of the University of Wuppertal, Germany, describes a decimation filter architecture for highly optimized but flexible digital receivers. By using cascaded low-order wave digital filters for certain blocks, you reduce hardware cost and get superior sensitivity properties with respect to coefficient quantization effects, better noise performance, and less group-delay distortion.
California Micro sees order growth, but still expects loss in quarter News & Analysis 1/7/2002 Post a comment MILPITAS, Calif.--California Micro Devices Corp. today affirmed previous estimates of $7-to-$7.5 million in revenues in its fiscal third quarter, ended Dec. 31, and a pro-forma net loss of $0.38-to-$0.40 per share, before restructure charges and other items related to the company's new manufacturing model.
DVD driving consumer electronics convergence News & Analysis 1/3/2002 Post a comment The DVD player is the fastest-selling consumer device of all time, and the increasing consumer acceptance of DVD technology is paving the way toward the integration of computers, communications and consumer electronics.
Overview News & Analysis 1/3/2002 Post a comment n home stereo, conventional wisdom suggests digital signal processing has taken over more and more of the audio signal-processing chain.
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.