Laser Diode Drivers Slash DVD/CD Recording Times in Optical Disk Drives News & Analysis 11/12/2003 Post a comment Making a dramatic entry into a fast-growing market, National Semiconductor introduced laser diode drivers that will allow desktop and notebook manufacturers to slash write and rewrite times for DVD/CD disk drives. National's new drivers will enable consumers to burn full 4.7-gigabyte DVD discs in approximately 15 minutes.
Differential signaling provides noise cancellation for backplane clocking News & Analysis 11/12/2003 Post a comment To distribute clock signals over the backplane, topologies include point-to-point, multidrop, and multipoint. Each solution has its benefits and shortcomings, writes this Texas Instruments' applications specialist. Multipoint LVDS offers good broadcast capabilities, but requires an understanding of the voltage swings and signaling patterns required.
Mux rolls for serial attached SCSI storage News & Analysis 11/10/2003 Post a comment PMC-Sierra Inc. has become one of the first chip makers to dive into the nascent market for the serial attached SCSI interface. The launch of its PM8380 QuadSMX 3G reflects a growing consensus around existing Fibre Channel storage networks and direct-attached SCSI markets, as opposed to still-emerging Ethernet-based storage. Rick Merritt has this report.
Mellanox rolls first 30 Gbit/s Infiniband switch Product News 11/10/2003 Post a comment In love with Interface components: This one goes faster than 30 Gbits/s. A startup called Mellanox Technologies is supporting Linux clusters and rolled out Monday (Nov. 10) its first Infiniband switch capable of handling 30 Gbit/second data transfers. The InfiniScale III is aimed at port aggregation and lowering cost per port for the high-speed, low latency interconnect. EE Times even had the price and delivery.
Pragmatic Chinese IC maker sees growth at the trailing edge News & Analysis 11/10/2003 Post a comment Noting that the latest isn't always the greatest, a senior executive at China's Central Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. said his company will continue to add capacity to its 6-inch wafer operations. One of the first players in China's foundry market, CSMC is bucking the national trend of pushing hard into advanced technology. Instead, the company continues to embrace the more mundane 6-inch wafer technology, running processes from 0.35 micron up to 3.0 microns. Making analog chips? Mike Clende
Hughes goes retro in digital satellite TV coding News & Analysis 11/10/2003 Post a comment A coding theory developed more than 30 years ago is making a comeback as a key forward error correction technology for the next-generation satellite digital video broadcasting standard, DVB-S2. Junko Yoshida has this report.
Wireless mesh networking gathers momentum News & Analysis 11/10/2003 Post a comment Wireless ad hoc mesh networking will get a boost on two levels this week with the unveiling of startup PacketHop Inc. and the announcement that wireless home networking and automation proponent Zensys A/S has entered into a business partnership with Intel Corp.
UT Starcom PHS handset: cordless color calling Teardown 11/10/2003 Post a comment Think of your cordless phone on steroids, with the ability to utilize base station handoffs, data connections, and other features. The 718-U+ Personal Handyphone System handset from UT Starcom serves the burgeoning market for fixed wireless in China. Portelligent's David Carey looks for analog components Under The Hood.
Smallest EDGE Chip-Set for High-Speed Multimedia Mobile Phones Product News 11/10/2003 Post a comment Agere Systems announced a new Class 10 EDGE wireless chip set that is 20 percent smaller than competitive offerings, delivering the industry's smallest and fastest EDGE silicon solution for high-speed mobile phone designs. Agere's EDGE chip set and software, which enable phone manufacturers to develop compact handsets capable of download speeds four times faster than most home PC dial-up connections.
Parallel port transceiver features power-on protection feature Product News 11/10/2003 Post a comment STMicroelectronics' 74LVC161284TTR is a low-voltage, high-speed IEEE1284 transceiver. A "Z" version, the 74LVCZ161284ATTR is almost identical, but features an error-free power-up function as well. Each of these transceivers can replace the function of two previous-generation 74ACT1284 devices. Both parts support both IEEE1284-I and -II (level one and level two) bi-directional parallel communications between personal computers and peripherals.
Laser Diode Drivers Slash DVD/CD Recording Times in Optical Disk Drives Product News 11/10/2003 Post a comment Making a dramatic entry into a fast-growing market, National Semiconductor introduced laser diode drivers that will allow desktop and notebook manufacturers to slash write and rewrite times for DVD/CD disk drives. National's new drivers will enable consumers to burn full 4.7-gigabyte DVD discs in approximately 15 minutes.
Input Capacitor and Stability Considerations in EMI filters - Part 6 in the series News & Analysis 11/10/2003 Post a comment There are things we may do unintentionally at the input of the converter that can have a major impact on the performance of the EMI filter and the converter itself, writes National Semiconductor's Sanjaya Maniktala in this new installment of the series on EMI. If we don't know the rules, we can end up saturating our filter chokes and even inducing loop instability. Pick your capacitors carefully!
VHDL harmonic balance extensions model RF circuits News & Analysis 11/6/2003 Post a comment Harmonic Balance simulators offer engineers the ability to visualize the behavior of an RF transceiver circuit in the frequency domain. VHDL-AMS/FD is the extension to the popular hardware description language that supports harmonic balance simulation for frequency domain analysis. This Frequency Domain (FD) language extension provides the RF designer the capability to describe the wireless system top down from the architectural level to down to the transistors and non-linear circuit elements. F
For PDAs: a 1.2W, low-EMI, filterless class-D audio amplifier News & Analysis 11/4/2003 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX9700B highly efficient, filterless class-D audio amplifier. It meets FCC Radiated Emissions Standards without the need for an output filter or ferrite beads. This results in a low-cost, ultra-compact, highly efficient audio amplifier requiring very few external components.
Five New 10- and 12-Bit High-Speed Analog-to-Digital Converters News & Analysis 11/4/2003 Post a comment National Semi introduced five new 10- and 12-bit converters featuring the lowest power consumption and excellent dynamic performance. These ADCs meet the performance requirements of a variety of markets such as digital TV, HDTV receivers, base station transceivers, communications receivers, and more.
Serdes claims 10-Gbit backplane channels News & Analysis 11/4/2003 Post a comment Agere Systems has built a 90-nanometer serializer/deserializer chip that can deliver 12.5-Gbit/second throughput, giving designers a way to provide 10-Gbit channels across backplanes in networking-box architectures.
New category increases SIA's IC figures by $1.5 billion News & Analysis 11/4/2003 Post a comment The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has added a new product category to its global semiconductor report, prompting the trade group to increase its overall sales figures for the chip sector by $1.46 billion since the beginning of 2003. With little fanfare, the SIA has begun to count "data-actuator products" - IC sensors - in its so-called global sales report. SiliconStrategies' Mark LaPedus reports.
Fail-safe 40Mbits/s transceivers support Profibus, RS-485/RS-422 News & Analysis 11/4/2003 Post a comment Maxim's MAX3465-MAX3469, announced this week are fail-safe, 40Mbits/s Profibus transceivers. These devices are high-speed, differential-bus transceivers for RS-485 and RS-422 communications, and are designed to meet TIA/EIA-422-B, TIA/EIA-485-A, V.11, and X.27 standards. From eeProductCenter's postings, here's the scoop.
Fail-safe 40Mbits/s transceivers support Profibus, RS-485/RS-422 Product News 11/4/2003 Post a comment Maxim's MAX3465-MAX3469, announced this week are fail-safe, 40Mbits/s Profibus transceivers. These devices are high-speed, differential-bus transceivers for RS-485 and RS-422 communications, and are designed to meet TIA/EIA-422-B, TIA/EIA-485-A, V.11, and X.27 standards. From eeProductCenter's postings, here's the scoop.
Six-phase CPU controller IC tackles 200-amp apps Product News 11/4/2003 Post a comment ON Semiconductor touts its NCP5316 DC/DC multiphase controller for meeting advanced VRM10.x specs as the industry's first four/five/six-phase IC to simplify design and reduce overall costs. It's suitable for high-performance CPUs requiring up to 200 amps. The company also released its NCP5314 two/three/four-phase controller for up to 120-amp service.
Cell phone design trends prompting RF integration News & Analysis 11/3/2003 Post a comment Demand for integrated RF mobile-handset devices has been pallid so far, but that's expected to change as next-generation phone standards prompt redesigns to accommodate the attendant shifts in technology. Suppliers thus are stepping up development of integrated RF devices, and some are reporting a pickup in business as new phone models emerge. EBN's Spencer Chin has this report.
Pain Relief News & Analysis 11/3/2003 Post a comment The worst is over for analog and mixed-signal IC suppliers that have survived several years of double-digit price erosion and weak demand from the computing and communications sectors.
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.