Multiphase boost converter eases 12V battery 'cranking deep'
Design How-To 4/29/2011 4 comments
Auto start-stop systems offer improved fuel efficiency and emissions, but vehicle electronics need to be protected from cranking transients. A multiphase boost converter is ideal for this function and can also simplify supplying power audio components in the infotainment system as well as isolating regenerative braking energy storage.
On Semiconductor NBX series silicon-based crystal oscillator clocks
Product News 4/29/2011 Post a comment
ON Semiconductor is extending its silicon-based crystal oscillator (XO) clock module range. The six new additions to the NBX series provide a cost-effective, high accuracy reference clock solution with dual voltage capabilities and class-leading total frequency stability as low as ±20 parts per million (ppm).
Tools spur ECU CAN/LIN communications
Design How-To 4/22/2011 Post a comment
With the increasing use of in-vehicle networks, the development of automotive electronic control units must not only consider the software requirement, but also the implementation of the embedded software via a data bus such as CAN or LIN.
Dialog offers PMOLED display driver IC
Product News 4/20/2011 Post a comment
Power management IC firm Dialog Semiconductor plc has announced that it has developed a passive-matrix organic light emitting diode (PMOLED) driver IC, the DA8620, which is being used by Lenovo in its S800 mobile phone.
Power Line Communication integrates electric vehicles with the Smart Grid
Design How-To 4/15/2011 6 comments
A compatible charging infrastructure and communication between an EV and any potential "charging spot" is required for easy and practical use. The established Power Line Communication (PLC) standard in the Smart Power Grid offers a robust and long term available setup—and the prospect of grid stabilization (charging back to the grid).
Micrel lowers Q1 targets; cites Japan issues
News & Analysis 4/11/2011 2 comments
Analog chip vendor Micrel revised downward its revenue and earnings targets for the first quarter, citing lower-than-expected sales to a customer in South Korea and reduction in demand related to supply disruptions in Japan following the March 11 earthquake.
AnalogicTech, Linear Tech settle patent dispute
News & Analysis 4/7/2011 Post a comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies said it has entered into a settlement agreement with Linear Technology that will settle an enforcement proceeding before a U.S. federal appeals court and another matter before the U.S. District Court for Northern California. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Quake makes analyst raise IC market forecast
News & Analysis 4/5/2011 1 comment
IC supply disruptions related to the Japan earthquake and tsunami of March 11 will help increase the size of the global chip market in 2011, according to market researcher IHS-iSuppli. The company has raised its forecast for the 2011 chip market to $325.2 billion, compared the previous forecast of $320.1 billion.
E-field sensing startup raises $4 million
News & Analysis 4/4/2011 3 comments
Ident Technology AG, a developer of proximity sensing and gesture recognition ICs, has received 2.9 million euro (about $4.1 million) to fund the development of its GestIC three-dimensional (3-D) gesture control chip using a fabless semiconductor business model.
UK startup unveils LTE transceiver IC
News & Analysis 4/4/2011 1 comment
Genasic Design Systems Ltd., a privately-held RF design company formed in 2009, has announced the availability of its first chip, a 65-nm CMOS transceiver IC for HSPA and LTE applications.
Globalfoundries joins IMEC's CMOS club
News & Analysis 4/4/2011 1 comment
Abu Dhabi owned foundry chipmaker Globalfoundries Inc. has signed a "strategic, long-term" partnership with European research institute IMEC on sub-22nm CMOS scaling and GaN-on-Si technology.