Atheros weaves mesh networking effort
News & Analysis 4/30/2010 Post a comment
Atheros Communications is trying to rally interest in a standard for using mesh technology in home networks, an effort that would help the company merge and add value to its Wi-Fi and powerline chip products.
ESC: Embedded helping to harness medical data explosion
Blog 4/29/2010 Post a comment
The proliferation of portable medical devices and the explosion of new patient data wrought by widely available imaging technologies are forcing medical electronics designers to devise new ways of integrating diverse biotechnologies with electronics while curtailing power consumption.
More chip firms top estimates, but ST comes up short
News & Analysis 4/23/2010 Post a comment
Several more chip makers--including Cypress Semiconductor, Microsemi, PMC-Sierra and Lattice Semiconductor--reported quarterly sales that beat analysts' expectations, but bellwether European semiconductor firm STMicroelectronics came up short of estimates.
Infineon, Fairchild agree common power MOSFET packaging
News & Analysis 4/22/2010 Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG and Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. have announced an agreement to create compatibility between their power MOSFET packages. Specifically the agreement covers the Infineon PowerStage 3x3 and Fairchild MLP 3x3 packages.
Chip makers beat analysts' expectations
News & Analysis 4/21/2010 Post a comment
In another signal that the semiconductor market recovery remains in full swing, chip makers Qualcomm, SanDisk and Intersil reported quarterly results that exceeded consensus analyst expectations.
The RCA phono plug: An outdated relic?
Audio DesignLine Blog 4/21/2010 7 comments
When it came to choosing the RCA phono plug as a standard for consumer audio (and video) applications, "cheap" and "simple" clearly won out over technical considerations.
NXP, Trusted Logic open up NFC-Android API
News & Analysis 4/20/2010 Post a comment
Dutch chip company NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and Trusted Logic SA (Paris, France) have announced the release of an open-source application programming interface to attach near-field communications to the Android software stack.
Bluetooth backers explore 60 GHz future
Product News 4/20/2010 Post a comment
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group is expected to create a study group to help pick a transport for a future gigabit-class version of the short-range wireless technology, and the leading candidates are the two rival flavors of 60 GHz technology promoted by the WirelessHD Consortium and the Wireless Gigabit Alliance.
Europe frets under air-travel ban
News & Analysis 4/19/2010 6 comments
The closure of northern European air space due to a volcanic dust cloud is starting to have an impact on business as well as causing distress to tens of thousands of travelers stranded abroad.
Leverage latest power devices to improve data-center efficiency
Design How-To 4/16/2010 1 comment
Worldwide in 2005 alone, more than $7 billion was spent on powering data-center servers, with half the energy wasted on power conversion, conditioning, distribution and environmental control. This feature shows how the latest power devices can improve efficiency at every stage of the power delivery system to greatly reduce that waste.
PC market booms on European demand
News & Analysis 4/15/2010 Post a comment
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 84.3 million units in the first quarter of 2010, a 27.4 percent increase from the first quarter of 2009, according to preliminary results from Gartner Inc. Gartner had been expecting first quarter PC shipments to grow 22 percent.
Samsung opens up over cancer allegations
News & Analysis 4/15/2010 Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has denied chemicals used in its manufacture of integrated circuits cause leukemia or lymphoma during a planned tour of its Gi-Heung wafer fab facility, about 39 miles south of Seoul, according to reports.
Infineon predicts strong Q2 and Q3
News & Analysis 4/12/2010 1 comment
European chip company Infineon Technologies AG has said that it now expects the second quarter of its 2009/10 financial year, ending Sept. 30, 2010, will be better than previously expected.