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).
Analog Devices ADA4528 zero-drift amplifier Product News 4/14/2011 Post a comment The ADA4528 precision, zero-drift amplifier features what Analog Devices claims is the industry’s lowest noise floor, enabling designers to optimize system resolution by amplifying smaller input signals.
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.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.