TI introduces ADC supporting 8 input channels News & Analysis 12/27/2000 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc has introduced a highly-integrated delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter (ADC) from the company's Burr-Brown product line, which features 24 bits of no missing code (NMC) performance, operates from 2.7V to 5.25V, and consumes less than 1mW of power, according to TI.
TI's 24-bit ADC packs eight-channel multiplexer, programmable gain amplifier News & Analysis 12/27/2000 Post a comment TUCSON, Ariz. -- Texas Instruments Inc. today claimed unmatched integration and performance in a new 24-bit analog-to-digital converter that features an eight-channel multiplexer, programmable gain amplifier, input buffer, burn-out current sensor, dual independent current DACs, and other functions for measurement and control applications.
San Diego-based REMEC buying RF assembly/test firm in Philippines News & Analysis 12/27/2000 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- REMEC Inc., a publicly-traded supplier of high-frequency subsystems here, announced it plans to acquire Pacific Microwave Corp., a device assembler and testing house in the Philippines. Privately-held PMC specializes in backend production and testing of radio-frequency (RF), microwave, and millimeter-wave gallium-arsenide (GaAs) devices, subsystems, and boards for broadband wireless applications.
Microtune bucks industry trend, holds to revenue forecast News & Analysis 12/21/2000 Post a comment Microtune, Inc., Plano, Texas, said today that based on quarterly results to date, the company believes that its
guidance for fourth quarter 2000 revenue remains in line with the revenue guidance provided during the company's most recent quarterly earnings conference call. On that call, the company increased guidance for the fourth quarter from a consensus estimate of $17.5 million to a range of $21 million to $22 million in revenue.
TI rolls out front-to-back digital audio chip set News & Analysis 12/19/2000 Post a comment DALLAS Texas Instruments Inc. here this week announced an all-digital amplifier chip solution. The company's TDAA chip set provides a totally digital signal processing chain from line-level input to high-power output. (Apogee Technology unveiled a pulse-width modulator, the front end to a digital amplifier chain, at November's Comdex computer show).
BitBlitz unveils 8-channel CMOS transceiver News & Analysis 12/18/2000 Post a comment MILPITAS, Calif. -- BitBlitz Communications Inc. here this week will launch an eight-channel part that incorporates the low-power CMOS technology the company unveiled last summer. The BBT3800 transceiver has eight data channels running at 3.125 Gbits per second each. Power consumption is 200 mW/channel.
Cypress to mix programmable logic, high-speed serial I/O in new chip series News & Analysis 12/18/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. here today announced plans to offer a new series of devices that mix programmable logic and serial interface functions for high-bandwidth communications applications. Cypress said its new family of programmable serial interface chips, called PSI, will reduce system development, complexity and cost.
3dfx to liquidate, sell assets to NVIDIA News & Analysis 12/15/2000 Post a comment 3dfx Interactive, Inc. plans to sell most of the company's assets to NVIDIA Corp. for $112 million, it announced today. It called the move "an effort to protect its creditors and maximize shareholder value."
TI rolls out low-frequency RF chip for keyless entry systems News & Analysis 12/15/2000 Post a comment DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced a new low-frequency RF chip designed to simplify the design of vehicle access systems while cutting cost, development time and broad space requirements. TI's new 3D analog frontend IC, designated TMS37122, supports passive entry, including anti-collision, "passive go," immobilization, and remote keyless entry features all in one system, said the company.
Mitel to become pure-play chip company, sell telecom systems unit News & Analysis 12/15/2000 Post a comment OTTAWA--Mitel Corp. today announced plans to turn itself into a pure-play semiconductor company by agreeing to sell off its communications systems division for $350 million in cash and a minority interest in a business controlled by Terence H. Matthews, a co-founder of Mitel. The transaction is expected to be completed in February 2001.
Pixelworks buying Panstera to expand chip offering for XGA LCDs News & Analysis 12/14/2000 Post a comment UALATIN, Ore.--Pixelworks Inc. here announced it will acquire privately-held Panstera Inc., a San Jose-based supplier of system-on-chip ICs for advanced displays. The acquisition, to be made with $127.4 million in stock, is aimed at expanding Pixelwork's mixed-signal device technology for high-volume, XGA-resolution liquid crystal displays (LCDs).
I Have Heard the Future and It Thumps for No Reason News & Analysis 12/13/2000 Post a comment While fitting an engine with five alternators for a loudest car audio system contest is excessive, it does reveal the future of consumers' demands to auto makers. ANALOGnet site director Charles H. Small takes a look at the gadgets and power level requirements for the future's automobiles.
Anadigics chops Q4 results estimate, but sees rebound in 2001 News & Analysis 12/11/2000 Post a comment WARREN, N.J.--Anadigics Inc. today warned investors of lower-than-expected financial results in the fourth quarter due to inventory adjustments by communications systems makers and a slow production ramp of the company's new heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) power amplifier products. After a slowdown in sales, Anadigics said it expects a resumption of strong growth in the second half of 2001.
Microtune expands all-silicon RF arsenal with upstream cable amplifier chip News & Analysis 12/11/2000 Post a comment PLANO, Tex. -- Dallas area startup Microtune Inc. is adding a upstream amplifier IC to its single-chip TV tuner to deliver what the company says is the first all-silicon, two-way RF "gateway" for interactive applications over cable networks. The MicroStream MY1530 chip provides programmable amplification of return signals that are transmitted from cable network devices--such as set-top boxes and modems--in interactive applications. The BiCMOS chip is the first upstream amplifier IC to support bo
Peregrine believes SOS-based CMOS is now ready for mainstream News & Analysis 12/8/2000 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- Having been labeled a developer of exotic technology for niche markets, wireless-chip specialist Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. is looking to break out in 2001. The San Diego supplier of chips based on a silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) CMOS process is beginning to leverage its technology into more mainstream markets, such as wireless broadband equipment, base stations, and, of course, handsets.
IBM shows Bluetooth-enabled jewelry, gadgets News & Analysis 12/8/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- As chip and system vendors huddled over first-generation commercial products at this week's Bluetooth Developers Conference, researchers from IBM Corp. unveiled their long-term vision of how Bluetooth and other wireless technologies may transform users' involvement with computers.
This EE's systems whizz by at 60 mph News & Analysis 12/7/2000 Post a comment The top EE at Delco Electronics has more on his mind than chips. "Automotive electronics is driven by three things: silicon, software and system engineering," said Les Wilkinson, who became general director of engineering at Delphi Automotive's Delco division (Kokomo, Ind.) last month.
International Rectifier acquires analog-chip maker Unisem for $50 million News & Analysis 12/5/2000 Post a comment EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- In a move to expand its analog-chip business, International Rectifier Corp. here today announced that it has acquired Unisem Inc. for about $50 million in cash.
Based in Irvine, Calif., Unisem is a supplier of analog ICs for power-management applications in portable equipment, networking systems, and other products.
Chartered teams with Lucent to decide if 300-mm makes sense News & Analysis 12/4/2000 Post a comment DALLAS -- While major DRAM makers and other silicon foundry suppliers gear up for production on 300-mm wafers, Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. is still weighing the economics of those large-diameter substrates for communications ICs and system-on-chip applications, said company managers during a visit here.
Broadcom strengthens position in home networking with VisionTech buy News & Analysis 12/1/2000 Post a comment Already a top player in WAN and LAN devices via its $5 billion-plus acquisition spree, Broadcom Corp. is fortifying its position in home-networking chips by purchasing MPEG-2 leader VisionTech Ltd. for $777 million in stock. VisionTech offers MPEG-2 video- and audio-encoder chips for personal video recording, which enables instant replay or rewinding of live TV programs.
Smart toys pose design challenge News & Analysis 12/1/2000 Post a comment Smart toys can learn, follow behavioral patterns and change their actions based on environmental stimuli. And, although electronic toys have made noises for many years, we are now seeing the first wave of dolls, dogs and other critters that both speak and "understand" the child's response, then act accordingly.
Set-top box converges I/O needs News & Analysis 12/1/2000 Post a comment The packages that Santa drags down the chimney each year contain more electronic content than ever before, along with rising processing power in the internal components.
Biomorphics takes consumer spin News & Analysis 12/1/2000 Post a comment Many toys are becoming more 'robotic' by incorporating intelligent information processing onboard. On the high end of the market, Sony Japan has introduced the AIBO robotic dog, a sophisticated programmable pet surrogate.
Toys speak and some even listen News & Analysis 12/1/2000 Post a comment Toys are becoming increasingly interactive. Integrated circuits that combine audio and video are a reality and highly effective speech control chips will be available very soon.
DSP ICs ramp up toy intelligence News & Analysis 12/1/2000 Post a comment Frivolous items are sometimes good indicators of profound changes. Take toys. Many parents of young children will walk aisle after aisle of their local toy store this month and check out talking baby dolls, talking stuffed animals, talking games, talking puzzles and who knows what other talking toys-all ready to speak their electronic minds at the push of a button or the sound of a voice.
Access becomes key toy enabler News & Analysis 12/1/2000 Post a comment Toys and games are getting significantly smarter and more capable, thanks to a new generation of digital components that leverage the latest in semiconductor technology.
Smart toys revel in mobility, speech, control News & Analysis 12/1/2000 Post a comment The future of smart toys may be glimpsed in a robotic animal that is billed as "autonomous, sensitive to its environment, able to learn and mature." The latest version of the Sony Aibo, the ERS-210, announced in October, represents an outrageous use of analog and mixed-signal technology.
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.