Tzero readies mobile UWB chip
Product News 1/30/2009 2 comments
Startup Tzero Technologies hopes 2009 will be the year ultrawideband establishes a foothold and sketched out plans for a new mobile chip that is the latest part of its two-pronged strategy.
AMCC CEO to step down amid revenue decline
News & Analysis 1/30/2009 Post a comment
Applied Micro Circuits Corp. President and CEO Kambiz Hooshmand will step down on June 1 after the company reported a $274.5 million fiscal third quarter net loss due largely to a $264.1 million non-cash write-down of goodwill.
Tutorial: Line echo canceller (LEC) and DC offsets
Design How-To 1/30/2009 2 comments
This article discusses the role a line echo canceller plays in guaranteeing the voice quality and low-speed modem connection stability in VoIP applications when affected by DC offset. It presents a brief overview of echo cancellation implementation schemes, and examines how performance degrades with DC offset and to investigate and remove DC offset.
Beyer: Freescale can weather 'pessimistic' industry scenario
News & Analysis 1/30/2009 1 comment
Ten months into his tenure as chairman and CEO at Freescale Semiconductor Rich Beyer says he is positive about the company's prospects and sees it emerging from the current "miserable" downturn a stronger competitor despite a raft of problems, debts and liquidity concerns.
Low cost, small chip integrates GPS, Bluetooth and FM transceiver
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CSR has launched BlueCore BC7830, which claims to be the smallest GPS combination device designed for mobile handsets. Measuring a mere 11mm² in silicon size, the BC7830 includes GPS, Bluetooth v2.1+EDR, FM transmit and receive technologies and support for Bluetooth low energy all on a single chip.
Replace your MCU's ADC with a tiny 16-bit ADC that integrates a 10ppm/C reference
Design How-To 1/28/2009 Post a comment
The LTC2460 ADC makes it easy to replace a microcontroller's embedded ADC with barely any additional board space. It is available in a 3mm x 3mm DFN package (as well as 12-pin MSOP package) and offers very good DC analog performance. Unlike many of the ADCs offered in microcontrollers, its linearity, offset error, and gain error are all tested and guaranteed over the full -40°C to +85°C industrial temperature range.
TI cancels planned sale of wireless baseband unit
News & Analysis 1/27/2009 Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. said it was unable to find a buyer willing to pay what it wanted for the wireless merchant base band business and will no longer sell the unit but instead will continue supporting existing customers in-house.
Microchip: Motor control eval board enhances DSC-based apps
Product News 1/27/2009 Post a comment
Microchip Technology has introduced the dsPICDEM MCLV motor control development board - along with free motor-control software source code and an enhanced IDE - as a cost-effective method for developing dsPIC-based sensored or sensorless BLDC and PM synchronous motor control applications.
TI to cut jobs 12% as profit sinks 86%
News & Analysis 1/26/2009 7 comments
Texas Instruments Inc.'s fourth quarter net profit sank 86 percent and revenue fell 26 percent, prompting the company to announce another round of reorganization that it said will result in the elimination of 12 percent of its workforce.
Cypress Q4 revenue down 26%
News & Analysis 1/23/2009 Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor saw its fourth quarter 2008 revenue decline 26 percent sequentially and 20 percent year-over-year as it experienced its lowest book-to-bill ratio since the dotcom crash.
On-demand real-time video delivery
Design How-To 1/23/2009 2 comments
Growing demand for media-rich, just-in-time content and an expanding universe of mobile devices capable of real-time viewing are placing great demands on networks. The challenge that network designers face is how to build a highly scalable, efficient and robust real-time content distribution network.
Wolfson fined for not disclosing Apple design loss
News & Analysis 1/22/2009 Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics plc (Edinburgh, Scotland) has been fined £200,000 (about $210,000) by the Financial Services Authority for failing to disclose that it had lost a contract with a major customer, believed to be Apple Inc., in March 2008.
Will Apple sue Palm over Pre?
News & Analysis 1/21/2009 Post a comment
Without mentioning any names, Tim Cook, Apple Inc.'s chief operating officer, rattled his legal saber in the direction of Palm Inc. and its Pre smartphone that has a multi-touch interface similar to that of the patent-protected iPhone.