DC/DC boost converter supplies 5-V at 900-mA Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment Supplying up to 4.5W of power, AnalogicTech's ATT1210 step-up converter for small portable applications takes a single-cell Lithium-ion battery and boosts it to a 5V/900-mA output in a total solution less than 1-mm in height.
Micrel extends LDO family aimed at FPGAs, DSPs and MCUs Product News 2/27/2007 Post a comment Micrel introduced the 4A MIC68400, the latest addition to its MIC68000 family of LDOs designed specifically for powering FPGA, CPLDs, DSPs and microcontrollers. The devices are aimed at broadband modems, routers, servers, storage networks, and wireless base stations.
LCD driver offers wide voltage supply range Product News 2/27/2007 Post a comment EM Microelectronic added a second LCD driver to its product portfoliothe EM6111, which is a simplified version of its predecessor chip. The device is packaged in a small MLF16 that measures 4-mm x 4-mm and doesn't require external components.
Real-time clocks enhance security, reduce cost Product News 2/26/2007 Post a comment Intersil's ISL12024/25 feature a permanent 64-bit unique ID integrated with standard clock, calendar and alarm functions in a tiny package; ISL12025 also adds a CPU supervisor and watchdog timer for greater BOM reduction.
Cable TV demodulator lowers set-top box design costs Product News 2/22/2007 Post a comment STMicroelectronics made key enhancements to its STV0297 cable TV demodulator with the STV0279E, a QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) device that embeds four I²C addresses for PVR applications and TSMF (Transport Stream Multiplexing Frame) capability to support the Japanese market.
ESS retrenches, divests DVD chip lines News & Analysis 2/16/2007 Post a comment As part of a cost-cutting effort, ESS Technology Inc. said it sold its DVD chip product lines to a Hong Kong-based electronics distributor, and will instead pursue licensing of its image sensor technology and patents.
PoE chips support existing VoIP, WLAN networks Product News 2/16/2007 Post a comment Microsemi is offering a pair of Power-over-Ethernet devices12- and 24-port versions to safely deliver power over standard Ethernet cabling to existing 10/100Mbps network devices, such as VoIP phones, WLAN access points and IP network video cameras in enterprise installations. These scalable products not only support existing 10/100 devices, but also will enable new PoE applications and services without the need for additional upgrades.
Image sensor packaging gets thin Design How-To 2/16/2007 Post a comment Solid state image sensors must be packaged to protect against corrosion, mechanical damage and obscuration by dust particles -- a single ordinary dust particle spans many pixels. How imager packaging evolved in recent years from large, hermetic, discrete packages to automotive and handset wafer-level packages less than a half millimeter thick.
Power supply chip controls two SIM or smart cards Product News 2/14/2007 Post a comment Linear Technology has developed a dual subscriber identity module (SIM) and Smart Card power supply IC designated the LTC4558, which has a level translator that provides both 1.8V and 3V SIM power and digital signal level shifting in a 3-mm x 3-mm QFN package.
ST to establish joint R&D labs in India News & Analysis 2/14/2007 Post a comment STMicroelectronics said it will set up R&D centers at two of India's top technology institutes to work on advanced chip designs and digital watermarking technology, among other things.
Medtronic discloses component for "brain radio" News & Analysis 2/14/2007 Post a comment Engineers from Medtronic disclosed at the International Solid State Circuits Conference a novel amplifier that is a key component in an implantable "brain radio" the company is developing to monitor and control nervous disorders.
Antenna module integrates RF receiver Product News 2/13/2007 Post a comment Intended for mobile handsets, personal navigation devices (PNDs), PDAs and laptops, Antenova Ltd. introduced the GPS RADIONOVA RF antenna module that integrates a low-power receiver IC with antenna technology for embedded GPS applications.
Welcome to the 'super-silicon era,' says keynoter News & Analysis 2/12/2007 Post a comment With the embrace of other materials such as silicon germanium and silicon-on-insulator for IC fabrication, the semiconductor industry has over the past decade entered into the "super-silicon era," when silicon on its own is no longer adequate to address the requirements of electronics, according to a keynote speaker at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
HDMI gains traction in PCs Product News 2/12/2007 Post a comment In what amounts to the first volley in a battle for mindshare with rival DisplayPort for digital display interfaces in PCs, the group responsible for licensing the High-Definition Multimedia Interface announced more than 50 PC products are currently using HDMI.