Sirenza claims 25 million-unit milestone in SiGe products News & Analysis 11/30/2001 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Sirenza Microdevices Inc. today said it has now shipped over 25 million products, based on high-performance silicon-germanium (SiGe) process technology. The SiGe chips--including a range of radio-frequency (RF) devices--are fabricated by Atmel Corp., which is supplying foundry services to Sirenza.
Pipelined A/D and Quadrature transceiver simplifies set-top box design News & Analysis 11/28/2001 Post a comment The name set-top box, because of its usual location, is used for many related types of devices. Some simply allow a television set to become the user interface to the Internet. Others allow a TV to receive and decode digital television broadcasts. Others combine a Web browser with email, an Internet picture phone, video-on-demand, TV picture-in-picture, interactive TV, and other features. Analog Devices' engineers suggest a front-end topology that supports a wide variety of these configurations.
New techniques re-time data signals for plesiochronous communication News & Analysis 11/27/2001 Post a comment In large systems, where designs are typically partitioned into two or more subsystems, clock distribution becomes prohibitively complex. Each subsystem may have its own local clock. The intra-system interfaces require data transmitted synchronously from one subsystem, to be re-timed or synchronized to the local reference in the receiving subsystem. A communications expert examines some techniques for doing this well.
Analog Devices expects sales to fall 5% this quarter News & Analysis 11/20/2001 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc., Norwood Mass., today announced revenues of $423 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2001, which ended November 3, which were 47% below the prior year's fourth quarter and 12% below the immediately prior quarter.
MPEG-7 tackles multimedia content News & Analysis 11/12/2001 Post a comment The September 2001 debut of the MPEG-7 standard heralds a new wave of applications for managing the exponential growth and distribution of multimedia content such as content over the Internet, digital broadcast networks and home databases.
Streaming audio needs interoperability News & Analysis 11/12/2001 Post a comment Commercial radio networks with enough bandwidth to support streaming audio and video services are now a reality. General Packet Radio Service systems, cdma2000 (1X) systems and wideband code-division multiple access systems are either already in use, or quickly coming online in countries around the world.
Object-based MPEG offers flexibility News & Analysis 11/12/2001 Post a comment The debate over MPEG-4's future is heating up. Its specifications have been available for some time, the MPEG-4 Industry Forum (M4IF) just welcomed its 100th member and the Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA) last month released its open specification for Internet streaming based on MPEG-4.
Latest MPEG efforts: solutions or confusion? News & Analysis 11/12/2001 Post a comment System designers are working harder than ever to reconcile the increasing complexity of new formats and standards cropping up for mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), camcorders, Web tablets, set-top boxes, personal video recorders and digital TV.
Semiconductor market projected to grow slowly in 2002 News & Analysis 11/7/2001 Post a comment The worldwide semiconductor industry will experience a lackluster recovery in 2002, with growth of about 6%, according to a forecast made by the Semiconductor Industry Association. The SIA projected that while global semiconductor sales would decrease 31% this year to $141 billion, the industry would conversely report growth of 6% in 2002 to $150 billion, 21% growth in 2003 to $181 billion, and 21% in 2004, totaling $218 billion worldwide.
To integrate or not? Analogue, digital strategies diverge News & Analysis 11/7/2001 Post a comment As enthusiasm for application-specific, system-level semiconductor solutions grows, some analogue-IC makers maintain there is increased need for a "less is more" approach that allows discrete and mixed-signal functionality to remain partitioned from the digital blocks
To integrate or not? Analog, digital strategies diverge News & Analysis 11/6/2001 Post a comment
As enthusiasm for application-specific, system-level semiconductor solutions grows, some analog-IC makers maintain there is increased need for a "less is more" approach that allows discrete and mixed-signal functionality to remain partitioned from the digital blocks. Others, however, disagree.
Cellular base station IC sales to regain momentum after 2002, says new report News & Analysis 11/5/2001 Post a comment OYSTER BAY, N.Y.-- Integrated circuit revenues for cellular-phone base stations will remain relatively flat at around $380 million in the next year or so, but IC sales are expected to gain momentum after 2003, when carriers move to next-generation wireless services and increase the volume of their networks, according to a new forecast from Allied Business Intelligence Inc. here.