ISM-band radio-on-a-chip includes flash microcontroller Product News 12/12/2006 Post a comment Building a remote control, wireless mouse, or home automation product? If so, check out this new device from RFIC maker Cypress Semiconductor. It's debuting a next-generation radio-system-on-a-chip for ISM band applications. The device integrates the company's existing 2.4-GHz transceiver with its popular enCoRe II 8-bit Harvard architecture flash-equipped microcontroller.
Analog expands its indispensable role in 2007 News & Analysis 12/11/2006 Post a comment We can look ahead to 2007 and have some reasonable assessments. Most striking is that "analog" circuitry and functions, in the broadest sense of the term, will continue to grow in importance to successful products. From mass-media products in multimedia, cell phones, and HDTV, to wired and wireless networks, to industrial and medical applications, anytime you have some sort of real-world I/O or transducer, or a transition between physical media, you have an analog requirement.
Overcoming high-volume IC design challenges to maximise profits Design How-To 12/11/2006 Post a comment The handcrafted blocks in high-volume ICs dictate the overall floorplan and limit the remainder to irregular topologies, while the layout of this circuitry forms the focus for key performance, area and design-rule improvements. A shape-based physical design platform offers the ability to design the entire net as a whole, taking into consideration design rules, timing, performance and area. Furthermore, the shape-based approach routes all of it at once, delivering results that are as good " if n
PCIe switches solve I/O connectivity challenges Product News 12/11/2006 Post a comment IDT has developed the PRECISE family of PCI Express (PCIe) switches consisting of 10 devices aimed at solving system I/O connectivity issues typically found in high-end servers, storage, communications, industrial and consumer equipment.
Fast responding DC/DC meets 3-GHz DSP system requirements Product News 12/8/2006 Post a comment Texas Instruments says its PTH08T240F 10-amp (non-isolated) power module has the required transient response characteristics to meet the 3 percent accuracy core voltage tolerance spec TI's newest 3-GHz digital signal processors (DSPs), such as the TMS320TCI6487, with just 3,000 microfarads of external output capacitance.
Slow growth may push analog, FPGA firms private Product News 12/8/2006 Post a comment The semiconductor industry is headed for an era of single-digit growth, that may attract analog and FPGA chip makers to go private as the industry consolidates, said the top chip analyst for Gartner Dataquest at a December 8 briefing
Power MOSFET Tutorial - Part 2 Design How-To 12/6/2006 Post a comment This is the second part of a two-part tutorial on Power MOSFETs, which are well-known for their switching speeds and are considered an ideal switch. Here's your chance to learn how to select the right one for your application.
Creating the Digital World: Step One Design How-To 12/5/2006 Post a comment A key enabling technology in today's communications systems is real time digital signal processing (DSP), coupled with the high density implementation thereof. This month, we will focus on the technology that matured rapidly and continues to evolve to enable all of this magic A/D converters.
Power MOSFET tutorial, Part 1 Design How-To 12/5/2006 1 comment Power MOSFETs are well-known for their switching speeds and are considered an ideal switch. But, they have drawbacks. In this two-part tutorial, you will learn what they are and how to select the right one for your application.
Class D audio system tunes in for digital TV Product News 12/5/2006 Post a comment Product Review - Integrating a stereo analog-to-digital converter, sample-rate converter, digital audio processor and a 30-watt Class D amplifier that includes a PWM controller and power stage, Cirrus Logic touts its CS4525 as an innovative Class D audio IC that greatly simplifies system design for the global flat-panel digital television market.
Pericom expands HDMI switch product portfolio Product News 12/5/2006 Post a comment Pericom Semiconductor has expanded its high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) switch portfolio with four high-bandwidth differential signal switch products for multi-source or multi-sink video applications, including TV, monitor, set-top box, switch box and game consoles.
AMD, Hynix to crack top 10 in '06, iSuppli says News & Analysis 12/4/2006 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices and Hynix Semiconductor will finally break into the list of the world's top 10 semiconductor suppliers this year, according to a preliminary ranking from market research analyst iSuppli, which increased its chip industry growth forecast to 9 percent for 2006.
Analyst cuts '06 chip forecast, warns of tough Q4 News & Analysis 12/4/2006 Post a comment A financial analyst cut his forecast for 2006 semiconductor industry growth for the third time and said the Philadelphia Stock Exchange SOX semiconductor index could decline in December given continued supply chain inventory reductions, impending first quarter seasonal weakness and continued negative year-on-year industry revenue comparisons.
SIA: Record October chip sales, but slowdown looms News & Analysis 12/1/2006 Post a comment October worldwide semiconductor sales reached $21.9 billion, setting a new monthly record for the fourth consecutive month, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. But the organization's chief warned of a slowdown on the horizon.