New TI packaging facility ramping production News & Analysis 4/21/2009 Post a comment Seventeen months after breaking ground, Texas Instruments said its new test and assembly facility within the Clark Freeport Zone in the Philippines is fully operational and ramping production with the latest packaging technologies.
Position sensing at submicron resolutions Product News 4/21/2009 Post a comment Useful for position feedback of micro-actuators, austriamicrosystems AS5311 is a hall-effect sensor based linear magnetic encoder that the company says is the first such part to achieve submicron resolution.
Wide bandwidth dual 14bit ADC Product News 4/21/2009 Post a comment Catering to high-end data conversion applications such as defense imaging systems or test and measurement equipment, Texas Instruments has introduced a 14bit dual channel ADCs with sample rates of 250MS/s.
TSMC rolls sign-off flow, RF design kit Product News 4/21/2009 Post a comment Seeking to accelerate the product development process, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) is rolling out a one-two punch in the arena: It has unveiled a mixed-signal/RF design kit as well as a foundry-specific integrated sign-off flow.
Processor architecture not a factor for low-power mobile systems Design How-To 4/20/2009 Post a comment With all the features and connectivity options on today's handset, including Ethernet, USB, GSM, GPS, MP3, Wi-Fi, WCDMA, displays, audio, it turns out that the choice of processor, whether or not it's an Intel Atom or an ARM Cortex, takes a distant second place to well-optimized code and functional partitioning when it comes to power consumption and managing the power budget.
SMIC, takes on Dolphin IP for media player SoCs News & Analysis 4/20/2009 Post a comment Foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (Shanghai, China) and virtual component supplier Dolphin Integration SA (Meylan, France) have announced a partnership for the release of the digital-to-analog audio converters with low power consumption.
Frontier, S3 team on digital radio SoC News & Analysis 4/20/2009 Post a comment Silicon& Software Systems Ltd (Dublin, Ireland), a licensor of mixed-signal circuits for consumer products, has licensed its IP to Frontier Silicon (Watford, England) for use in the latter's Chorus 3 SoC for digital radios.
Infineon licenses Ident Technology IP for game consoles News & Analysis 4/20/2009 Post a comment With technology from a startup company, Infineon plans to broaden its product line in the market for game console add-ons. The chip manufacturer will implement Ident Technology's techniques to detect gestures for its ASICs aiming at game console user interfaces.
Entrepreneurs still key to silicon's progress News & Analysis 4/20/2009 Post a comment A few weeks ago, Moshe Gavrielov, president and chief executive officer of FPGA vendor Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), said it was all over: Venture capital would not return to the semiconductor industry--not even after the current recession--because of the heady sums required to launch a chip startup and the more than five-year lag before VC investors see a return.
Fairchild Semi posts loss, says orders improving News & Analysis 4/16/2009 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor reported a net loss of $51.1 million on revenue of $223.3 million for the first quarter, but the company's top executive said orders improved toward the end of the quarter and in the first weeks of the second quarter.
Wideband PA module covers 0.1 to 20 GHz News & Analysis 4/15/2009 Post a comment A wideband power amplifier module, designated HMC-C057, for use in microwave radio, VSAT, military and space, fiber optic and broadband test equipment applications from 100 MHz to 20 GHz is available from Hittite Microwave.
Microchip aims to 'elbow out' rivals in MCU crisis News & Analysis 4/15/2009 2 comments Having failed to buy Atmel Corp. earlier this year, Microchip Technology Inc. is now embarking on a slightly different course: The controller and analog specialist hopes to expand or ''elbow out'' its product lines--and its rivals--amid a growing crisis in the IC supply chain.
Why Analog Audio Cables Really Aren't All The Same Design How-To 4/15/2009 4 comments "While there aren't a lot of parts to audio cables, there are more than you might think, especially on higher-end cables. Their goal, like most wiring, is to transmit an electrical signal from point A to point B without losing signal strength or clarity. But because this is the real world and not fantasy land, there will always be some kind of loss, and when the signal is analog - rather than digital - there's less of an all-or-nothing tradeoff."
A Digital Home Demonstration Design How-To 4/14/2009 Post a comment The concept of a digital home is still a new endeavor for many people. It is starting to gain momentum with the public, both to create a simpler life style and to save on energy bills. It is also becoming an option, and in some cases a standard, for new homes. I sat down with Bruce Miller, president for Trivista Smart Homes, to talk about digital homes.
Linear Tech hits guidance, cuts 130 jobs News & Analysis 4/14/2009 Post a comment Linear Technology said it reduced its workforce by about 130 jobs after a fiscal third quarter in which revenue was $200.9 million, down 19 percent sequentially and 33 percent year-to-year, but within range of previous company guidance.
Spot and avoid counterfeit component bombs Design How-To 4/14/2009 4 comments The proliferation of counterfeit components is a plague, the cost of which is staggering: from failed devices and the associated recalls to destroyed reputations of the original parts designers and suppliers. This feature shows how to spot and avoid those lurking counterfeit bombs.
Bluetooth: Dead and alive Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 4/14/2009 1 comment After all the research, development, marketing and debates, Bluetooth was successful. But only as a mobile headset cable replacement. So, is that it?
CEO Interview: Jalal Bagherli of Dialog is ready to take a bet News & Analysis 4/14/2009 Post a comment JALAL BAGHERLI was parachuted in to Dialog Semiconductor plc some three years ago to turn round the Germany-headquartered power management chip group into a fabless operation with strong mixed-signal R&D. We caught up with him to check on progress to date at the company Bagherli likes to refer to as Europe’s fastest growing, publicly quoted semiconductor operation.
Research team reports breakthrough in optical silicon communication News & Analysis 4/14/2009 Post a comment Transmission speeds beyond 100 Gbit/s based solely on silicon devices have become possible through the efforts of an American-European research group. In particular telecommunications industries are possible beneficiaries. The researchers believe they have paved a promising way to handle the increasing global data traffic.
Power suit technology: making Iron Man a reality Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 4/14/2009 Post a comment The HAL robot suit by Cyberdyne can improve strength in an individual by 2 to 10 times. In this case robotics is used to help people with degenerative muscle
disease, or other disabilities, be more mobile.
A Global Approach to Lower Energy and Higher Efficiency in Embedded Systems Design How-To 4/13/2009 Post a comment VirtualMetrix has developed a new software technology to manage all performance resources of a processorbased system with the goal of minimizing the energy consumption, increasing the processor efficiency and providing performance isolation to enable a higher degree of hardware convergence while reducing software development costs. The performance management software was combined with OK Labs' OKL4 virtualization Microkernel to create a complete software platform for embedded systems, including
Who Killed My Battery? Blog 4/13/2009 Post a comment Notebook computers, with Intel x86 processors, can run for a few hours on a battery charge while mobile phones, with ARM processor based chips, operate for a few days. Despite what ARM might like us to believe, this has little to do with the processor in each machine. The difference between a few hours and a few days is a factor of about 24. The difference in area between the 3 inch display of a handset and the 15 inch display of a notebook computer is a similar factor of about 25. This is no co
Thinking Optics vs RF RF & Microwave Designline Blog 4/11/2009 1 comment Don't waste you time at the supermarket checkout line looking at the celebrity publications; instead, exercise your brain with some semi-philosophical thought questions
Freescale says no wireless unit sale yet News & Analysis 4/10/2009 Post a comment A spokesperson for Freescale Semiconductor said there is no update on the company's discussions to sell its wireless chip unit, declining to comment on several reports that Freescale was nearing the sale of all or part of its cellular products group to a Chinese firm.
Analyst: Strong IC rebound to start in second half News & Analysis 4/9/2009 Post a comment Spurred by pent-up electronic system demand and increasing average selling prices, the IC market will register double-digit growth in 2010 and 2011 after beginning to recover in the second half of this year, according to market research firm IC Insights.