Analyst Niles sees strong upturn just ahead News & Analysis 3/31/2004 Post a comment Dan Niles, the oft-quoted stock analyst turned high-tech fund manager, said here Tuesday (March 30)that underinvestment in semiconductor capital equipment over the past three years has created a favorable climate for semiconductor supply and demand.
Focus on the class of audio amps Product News 3/30/2004 Post a comment The sweet sound you hear in your home theater, your portable CD headset, and your multi-speaker car audio may be sheer magic to your ears, but it required diverse design techniques that presented several design challenges before it could go live.
Game design gets serious for real-world applications News & Analysis 3/29/2004 Post a comment Games aren't just child's play anymore. Advances in computer graphics and communications have given rise to a growing market for "serious games" nonentertainment applications developed by public-policy advocates, educators, corporate management, the health care industry and nonprofit foundations. The reality is that many 3D game developers cut their teeth on military flight simulators. From San Jose, Richard Wallace reports.
A wiser Legerity charts its comeback with VoIP News & Analysis 3/29/2004 Post a comment Few companies have survived the telecom downturn with more lessons learned than Legerity Inc., which spun out of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in August 2000 just as the voice telephony market went into a deep freeze. There's good business left in analog line cards, the company insisted. But the real growth opportunity, David Lammers reports, is coming on now.
2-W DC/DCs serve reliably in tight spots Product News 3/29/2004 Post a comment MicroPower Direct's G200 series is a family of 2-watt DC/DC converters in a 14-pin dual-in-line (Mini-DIP) case suited to industrial, data-acquisition, data processing equipment, remote equipment, and board level power distribution subsystems. Users have a choice of twenty-eight single- and dual-output models that deliver 3.3, 5, 12, 15, ±5, ±12, or ±15 VDC from a 5, 12, 24, or 48-VDC input.
Chip drives 20 white LEDs Product News 3/25/2004 Post a comment Linear Technology's LT3466 is a dual step-up DC/DC converter that can drive up to 20 white LEDs from a (3.6-volt) lithium-ion source. Its high efficiency, current-mode and fixed-frequency operation ensure uniform LED brightness, low noise and maximum battery life, while on-chip Schottky diodes eliminate both the added cost and space requirements of external diodes. Its two independent converters are capable of driving asymmetric LED strings (up to 10 in series per converter) from an input voltag
GSM reaches 60 million subscribers in U.S. News & Analysis 3/24/2004 Post a comment The 3G Americas trade group reported at this week's CTIA Wireless 2004 showcase that 60 million subscribers are now using GSM technology in the Americas, equating to a 110-percent growth rate since February 2003. Rob Keenan reports from Atlanta.
PDK 'checklist' aids analog, RF designers News & Analysis 3/24/2004 Post a comment Seeking to make life easier for analog, mixed-signal and RF designers, the Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA) has approved a standardized checklist that describes the content of process design kits (PDKs). The effort complements a new Accellera initiative to standardize data representations within PDKs.
Feature-rich handsets demand specialized power management News & Analysis 3/24/2004 Post a comment "We have little doubt that newly emerging applications, such as video streaming, will soon become legitimate in mainstream handsets," write Fairchild Semiconductor engineers in this feature from the March Planet Analog folio. Their article makes recommendations on specialized power management units for handsets.
Copper carries 10Gbit Ethernet in demo News & Analysis 3/22/2004 Post a comment A startup's lab demo of 10-Gbit/second Ethernet over Category 5e cable is fueling a heated debate over whether copper cabling should be included in the emerging 10GBase-T standard. The demo comes as a handful of startups line up to define a next-generation physical-layer chip for ultrafast Ethernet over dominant, but aging, copper. Rick Merritt has this report.
Intersil expands analog to IBM foundry News & Analysis 3/22/2004 Post a comment Intersil said it will move its 0.6-micron BiCMOS wafer processing production to IBM's Burlington, Vt., manufacturing facility following an expansion of a September 2003 foundry services agreement between the two companies. Currently, 0.6-micron high-performance analog products are being produced using the same BiCMOS process at both Intersil's 6-inch and IBM's Burlington 8-inch fabs
New design rules: Yield to consumer News & Analysis 3/22/2004 Post a comment Brian Fuller attended the 2004 Semico Summit in Phoenix last week and came back with this message: "Design for Grandmother... If you don't give the (end) consumer what he wants, you're dead meet." National Semiconductor's Brian Halla (shown) was among the voices heard there.
CMOS wireless looks to 60-GHz devices News & Analysis 3/22/2004 Post a comment Now that the Federal Communications Commission has opened up spectrum for broadband wireless services in the 60- to 90-GHz bands, designers are challenged to develop low-cost CMOS devices that operate in the microwave region. But the path from device to system is fraught with obstacles. Just ask anyone who has ever tried to design a fully integrated low-power multiple-antenna wireless-LAN radio front end at 60 GHz with conventional silicon technology.
Speedy A/Ds demand stable clocks News & Analysis 3/22/2004 1 comment Analog-to-digital converters capable of digitizing high-frequency inputs are now available at 14-bit resolution and greater than 100-MHz clock rates.
CMOS most appropriate for 60-GHz mixers News & Analysis 3/22/2004 Post a comment The increasing popularity of the 60-GHz unlicensed band for wireless communications, combined with CMOS scaling yielding faster devices, offers a great opportunity for using mainstream CMOS technology for 60-GHz radios.
Comms rides power lines via optical AFE News & Analysis 3/22/2004 Post a comment A new approach to the analog front end used in broadband-over-power-line (BPL) applications is built on optical coupling technology, which is designed to significantly improve power efficiency, system robustness and overall solution cost.
Sonet CMOS transceiver hits 10 Gbits/s News & Analysis 3/22/2004 Post a comment We developed a single-chip full-rate 4:1 serializer/deserializer chip consuming less than 1 watt in a standard 0.13-micron CMOS technology, which was described at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in February.
Digi-Key offers ADI products Product News 3/19/2004 Post a comment Digi-Key Corp., a leading electronic components distributor, has signed an agreement with Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) that allows Digi-Key to distribute the IC manufacturer's products in the Americas
Victor tire gauge: analog under pressure Teardown 3/17/2004 Post a comment Having suffered through scores of error-prone mechanical tire gauges over the years, a $10 investment at Wal-Mart brought me into the modern age with the purchase of a Victor digital tire pressure monitor, writes David Carey in a forth-coming issue of Planet Analog magazine. Why anyone would call Victor's product a "Digital Tire Gauge" is a mystery, he says. Analog electronics are at the heart of the product.
Carlo Bozotti tapped to succeed Pistorio at ST News & Analysis 3/17/2004 Post a comment STMicroelectronics said Monday (March 15) that Carlo Bozotti, ST's corporate vice president and general manager of its memory products group, is the likely successor to Pasquale Pistorio, the company's president and CEO for almost 17 years. EE Times volunteers few insights on the future of this mixed-signal powerhouse.
Upconverter to reduce power gaps in wireless News & Analysis 3/17/2004 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc. brought a digital upconverter to market this week that will reduce crest factors by up to 7 dB in wideband CDMA, cdma2000, and time-division, synchronous CDMA (TDSCDMA) wireless basestation designs. Rob Keenan has this report.