Assault and batteries
Power DesignLine Blog 10/31/2009 3 comments
The soft on/off switch functionality in many products is a real drain on their limited batteries
Customization makes the difference, Dialog CEO Bagherli says
Product News 10/30/2009 Post a comment
With a share price hike of more than 1000 percent in less than a year, Dialog Semiconductor (Kirchheim, Germany) currently is one of the most successful chip vendors in Europe. The fabless company has built its remarkable success on power management applications for portable devices. But isn't power management a rather commonplace application with little chances to differentiate? Dialog CEO Jalal Bagherli says no if some critical factors are taken into account.
Isolation in high-voltage battery monitoring for transportation
Design How-To 10/30/2009 Post a comment
HV stacks are already used in many industries and applications outside of the transportation industry " typically in uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to store energy from the grid in dc form; as emergency dc supplies in 48V communications equipment; as emergency supplies in crane and lift systems; and in wind turbines for feathering the blades in an emergency. Discussed here the use of battery stacks in vehicles, the underlying issues are common to all types of stacks.
Maxim posts profit
News & Analysis 10/30/2009 Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products posted a sequential double-digit increase in sales for the second consecutive quarter in the period ended Sept. 26, the company said.
Microsemi to close Arizona fab
News & Analysis 10/28/2009 Post a comment
Analog mixed-signal semiconductor vendor Microsemi plans to close its manufacturing facility in Scottsdale, Ariz., by April 2011, eliminating an undisclosed number of jobs.
STMicroelectronics : Smart-reset chip supports two-button control
Product News 10/28/2009 Post a comment
To overcome the frustration people can feel when electronic products ‘freeze’ in mid-operation, a smart-reset chip announced by STMicroelectronics allows the system to be restarted safely without removing the battery or finding a tool to push the reset button, usually hidden behind a hole in the casing.
Year-to-year chip growth expected to return in Q4
News & Analysis 10/27/2009 1 comment
After declining on a year-to-year basis for the first three quarters of 2009, semiconductor industry revenue is expected to increase on a year-to-year basis in the fourth quarter--albeit in comparison to the low levels established in the fourth quarter of last year.
MEMS market to resume growth after 2010, says Yole
Survey 10/27/2009 Post a comment
The MEMS market has been flat since 2007, from $7.1 billion in 2007, to $6.8 billion in 2008 to an estimated $6.9 billion in 2009. A restart of the net growth is, however, expected after 2010, according to French market research consultancy Yole Développement.
TriQuint misses analyst estimates
News & Analysis 10/21/2009 Post a comment
RF semiconductor supplier TriQuint Semiconductor fell short of consensus analyst expectations for third-quarter sales and fourth-quarter guidance, a rare miss in a stretch that has seen many chip makers beat analyst estimates over the past two weeks.
Energy Micro launches ARM-based Gecko microcontrollers
News & Analysis 10/21/2009 2 comments
Startup Energy Micro AS (Oslo, Norway) has launched its first products, the EFM32 family of microcontrollers, otherwise known as Gecko, with the claim the microcontrollers offer more than four times the battery life of existing 8, 16 or 32-bit microcontrollers.
Forum split on future of chip startups
News & Analysis 10/21/2009 1 comment
A discussion panel organized here by Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) revealed some of the dynamic tension between the fabless chip startup community and their key suppliers the EDA companies and the foundries. Held immediately before an evening meeting intended to put hopeful startups in front of venture capitalists, the round-table aired a number of issues facing startups but drew few conclusions.
PC maker sees slow road for USB 3.0
News & Analysis 10/21/2009 1 comment
Description: Intel's decision to wait until 2011 to support USB 3.0 in PC chip sets will put mainstream adoption of the interconnect on hold for a year, said a senior technology manager at a top tier PC maker who also called for separate 60 GHz industry groups to unite in the wake of the failure of wireless USB.
E Ink to use Freescale SoC
News & Analysis 10/20/2009 Post a comment
Seeking to attract more electronic book and newspaper customers, Freescale Semiconductor is collaborating with E-Ink Corp. on a new SoC that integrates Freescale's microcontroller with a display driver.
Apple iPhone 3G best for call quality: Blackberry Storm worst
Blog 10/20/2009 Post a comment
With all the additional multimedia and work-saving functionality smartphones bring to the table, it's easy to lose track of the one basic requirement by which all handsets are ultimately judged: how well they keep that all-important voice link. It turns out that Apple and its iPhone 3G has that angle covered too: better than anyone.
Melexis : Automotive ASSPs enable smart actuators
Product News 10/20/2009 Post a comment
Based on long standing experience in development of fully integrated window lift ICs, Melexis extends its product portfolio of ASSPs with a new generation of system solutions for different smart actuator applications, like window lifter, roof control, engine flaps as well as seatbelt retractors and others.