Microchip, Chang headline 2009 ACE Award winners News & Analysis 3/31/2009 Post a comment Microcontroller and analog chip vendor Microchip Technology was presented the award for "Company of the Year," one of 11 winners of the 2009 EE Times ACE Awards. Morris Chang, founding chairman of TSMC, was honored with a "Lifetime Achievement Award."
STMicro Mobile App Voltage-Agnostic MEMS-Based Motion Sensor Product News 3/31/2009 Post a comment STMicroelectronics MEMS sensors with a 3-axis accelerometer with absolute analog output for data-integrity protection in hard-disk drives, vibration monitoring and compensation, remote control, as well as motion user interfaces in mobile and gaming devices or portable media players.
Simplifying BLDC commutation and feedback system Design How-To 3/31/2009 Post a comment In a Brushless DC (BLDC) motor system, an electronic mechanism
is required to commutate the system. Unlike a Brush DC motor system,
the permanent magnet is located at the Rotor and the windings are
located at the Stator. As a result of this setup arrangement, the
windings are required to energize in sequence, to enable smooth
commutation. For the electronic system to determine which windings to
energize, Hall sensor feedback is used to get the current location of
the windings with respect to the
Microchip DSCs take digital power control mainstream Product News 3/30/2009 Post a comment Emphasizing low cost, small size, low power and flexibility, Microchip's GS Series digital signal controllers is its effort to increase its share of a digital power market that it believes is going mainstream and will grow at a compound annual rate of 40 percent.
WiMedia and UWB: where to from here? Blog 3/30/2009 Post a comment This week, we're pleased to present a guest commentary on the future of UWB, by Eric Broockman, CEO Alereon, Inc, commenting on and extending the recent news about this technology and its future. . . .
Magma CEO upbeat on new products, analog push News & Analysis 3/27/2009 Post a comment Despite challenging times for his company and the industry as a whole, Magma Design Automation Chairman and CEO Rajeev Madhavan was upbeat about new products and his company's inroads in analog EDA during an interview with EE Times this week.
Watch out Heidi Klum, here comes the HRP-4C! Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 3/27/2009 Post a comment A very interesting development in the world of robotics as the HRP-4C fashion model is introduced to the world at Tokyo's Fashion Week. This modern marvel of sensors, motors, and controllers, responds to voice commands, walks, talks, and even has motors controlling facial expressions. But is the research and development effort worthwhile?
Company Spotlight on Broadcom Design How-To 3/27/2009 Post a comment Broadcom's Robert Nalesnik provides insight into the mobile industry related to Broadcom's integrated chipset, which offers BlueTooth, FM, 802.11n and GPS, as well as trends like HD capabilities in cell phones and open source software.
Fastest yet 24bit delta-sigma ADC claimed Product News 3/27/2009 Post a comment With speeds of up to four mega samples per second (MS/s), Texas Instrument's latest 24bit delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter (ADC) is said to be 60 percent faster than its nearest competition.
Where is $3 trillion in global stimulus spending going? News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment Where is $3 trillion in global stimulus money is going? How will it impact and change the mega trends shaping the future of electronics industry? What are the fundamental technologies upon which the success of that industry will depend? Which technologies will lose out? Lisa Su, Freescale's CTO, believes she knows.
New analog IC markets seen after 2008 decline News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment Growth drivers for analog ICs will migrate from mobile phones, multimedia players and general trends in portability and wireless to a new lineage of applications on the horizon in areas such as energy, transportation, health and safety, according to market research firm Databeans. The firm reported that the analog IC market declined 2 percent in 2008 and is in for another tough year in 2009.
TI analog boss says unit will drive company growth News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc. is bolstering its position in the analog semiconductor market by relying on its extensive product portfolio and worldwide sales force to drive growth in a depressed demand environment, according to company senior vice president Gregg Lowe.
Analysis: Is TI ready for a major analog IC acquisition? News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc. wants to sharply increase its analog IC market share, but achieving that goal would require the company to again gamble on a significant acquisition similar to a strategic move it made nine years ago that helped cement its leading position in the segment.
Credit rating agency lowers outlook for TI News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment Fitch Ratings lowered its rating outlook for Texas Instruments to "negative" from "stable," saying it expects TI's revenue and operating performance for 2009 to deteriorate due to broad-based macroeconomic weakness through at least the rest of the year.
TriQuint rolls new driver amplifiers Product News 3/25/2009 Post a comment TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. has rolled out two new driver amplifiers, including the industry's first surface-mount technology (SMT) device for use in 40-gigabits-per-second networks.
X-Fab sees major falls in sales, profits in '08 News & Analysis 3/25/2009 Post a comment Analog and mixed-signal foundry group X-Fab (Erfurt, Germany) said the outlook this year for its services is "clouded by a high degree of uncertainty" as it reported sales growth during the first half of 2008, followed by a significant decrease during the second half.
Ciranova gets PyCells on TSMC's agenda News & Analysis 3/24/2009 Post a comment EDA company Ciranova Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has announced a multi-year partnership with silicon foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. to develop process design kit (PDK) technology based on Ciranova's PyCell architecture.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times