Big score for TriQuint GaN program RF & Microwave Designline Blog 11/30/2010 4 comments I just heard from TriQuint that they scored a $17.5M GaN manufacturing development contract form the US Air Force Research Laboratory.
AMS, NXP team up for RFID authentification Product News 11/30/2010 6 comments Analog chip company Austriamicrosystems AG and Dutch company NXP Semiconductors NV have announced that they have developed a reference design for product authentication in embedded consumer applications.
Move over RC: silicon timing has you beat Design How-To 11/27/2010 Post a comment Using an RC-circuit comes with a number of significant limitations. This, however, is about to change with the emergence of a new class of timing devices, based on silicon oscillator technology.
Wolfson selected by Movidius for mobile 3D News & Analysis 11/22/2010 Post a comment Wolfson Microelectronics has been selected by mobile multimedia processing specialist Movidius to deliver audio performance and power management to its Myriad 3D platform reference and development boards.
ADI tops estimates, but sees slowdown News & Analysis 11/22/2010 Post a comment Analog Devices reported sales for the quarter ending Oct. 30 that beat consensus analysts' expectations, but the company said it expects sales to decline sequentially in the current quarter.
Analog Devices AD9278 and AD9279 receiver chips Product News 11/22/2010 Post a comment Octal ultrasound receivers integrate ADIís data conversion technology to provide high output-referred large-signal SNR, enabling improved sensitivity in diagnostic ultrasound systems while reducing board space up to 40 percent.
Wherefore art thou oh 60GHz? RF & Microwave Designline Blog 11/22/2010 14 comments After three years, WirelessHD and the vaunted 60GHz bandwagon hasnít gone anywhere. Moreover, it hasnít showed up in any other interesting applications either. Why? It isnít because it canít be made to work.
Analog IC market projected to decline in Q4 News & Analysis 11/18/2010 3 comments Fourth quarter analog semiconductor revenue is projected to be roughly $10.3 billion, a decline of 7 percent compared to the third quarter, according to market research firm Databeans.
Startup touts benefits of chaotic logic News & Analysis 11/17/2010 35 comments The chaos that results from non-linear mathematics could have a part to play in semiconductor logic, according to researchers drawn from universities in the United States and India, and a startup company called ChaoLogix.
New IC verification techniques for analog content Design How-To 11/17/2010 4 comments The amount of analog content increases as designers integrate more functions, such as WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, GPS and audio. This article illustrates a number of analog design rules and how they can be verified efficiently. Verification requires technology that combines the circuit extraction capability of a traditional LVS tool, the geometric checks of a DRC tool, the ability to do selected parasitic extraction, and the ability to use analysis tools. This technology addresses problems that cannot
Cell phone chip markets and ranking News & Analysis 11/16/2010 3 comments The silicon chips and other components that go into cell phones are set to make up an almost $50 billion market in 2010 and it is expected to reach a size of $71 billion in 2014, according to market research firm Forward Concepts.
Triquint wins NRL amplifier contract News & Analysis 11/15/2010 Post a comment Triquint Semiconductor announced it has been signed a $2 million, 2-year contract with the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to develop a range of high performance S-band low noise amplifiers and high performance amplifiers.
Inphi IPO raises $81.6 million News & Analysis 11/15/2010 Post a comment Inphi Corp. priced its initial public offering of 6,800,000 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $12.00 per share last week. The company granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,020,000 shares to cover over-allotments.
ATIC cash draws chip research to Abu Dhabi Research 11/15/2010 2 comments The Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) has announced it is extending its university research partnership to serve the needs of technology ecosystem in Abu Dhabi. Under the agreement SRC member companies will conduct research in Abu Dhabi, sponsored by the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC).
TSMC launches IC engineering award News & Analysis 11/15/2010 3 comments The European division of foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. is launching an annual award to encourage European students to demonstrate their skills in mixed-signal of RF design.
MIPI M-PHY takes center stage Design How-To 11/14/2010 Post a comment The curtain is up and the M-PHY specification is taking center stage, positioned to handle the many different roles required for a faster, more reliable, physical interface layer (PHY Layer) on mobile devices.
Any-frequency clock generator debuts News & Analysis 11/10/2010 1 comment Analog/mixed-signal chip maker Silicon Laboratories introduced a clock generator that synthesizes any eight frequencies without the need for separate phased-locked loops.
Foundries, memory firms shine in IC ranking News & Analysis 11/9/2010 3 comments All of the top 20 semiconductor suppliers have for one are expected to register strong double digit growth rates in 2010, according to a preliminary ranking of the top 20 chip suppliers.
Unification in the RF front-end : the new MIPI standard Design How-To 11/8/2010 4 comments MIPI RFFE is the specification of a bus interface specifically tailored for the needs of current and future mobile wireless systems to control the slave devices in an RF front-end. This article gives an overview of MIPI RFFE Version 1.0 and discusses the desires and rationale behind the development of RFFE, including a survey of existing alternatives.
Startup opens retina implant fab News & Analysis 11/4/2010 11 comments Retina Implant AG, a developer of electronic sub-retinal implants for the visually impaired, has opened a manufacturing plant to meet anticipated demand for its devices.
NXP sees demand for NFC, lighting ICs News & Analysis 11/2/2010 3 comments Despite closing wafer fabs and being constrained in manufacturing capacity in some areas, NXP is building capacity in its remaining manufacturing sites, according to CEO Rick Clemmer.
Chinese RF startup files for IPO News & Analysis 11/1/2010 3 comments Fabless RF and analog chip company RDA Microelectronics Inc. (Shanghai, China) has filed an F-1 prospectus form for a $100 million initial public offering of stock with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.
Recession buster! RF & Microwave Designline Blog 11/1/2010 3 comments I just got back from European Microwave Week (EuMW) in Paris and have to share my enthusiasm.
DNA detection startup signs Roche News & Analysis 11/1/2010 1 comment DNA Electronics Ltd., a fabless chip startup that offers real-time nucleic acid detection, has signed an agreement with a subsidiary of Hoffmann-La Roche AG (Basel, Switzerland) to develop a semiconductor-based DNA sequencing system.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 14 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...