TI acquires Luminary Micro News & Analysis 5/14/2009 3 comments Texas Instruments acquired Luminary Micro, a supplier of ARM Cortex-M3-based 32-bit microcontrollers. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
16bit ADCs suit remote sensor applications Product News 5/14/2009 Post a comment Linear Technology has developed a pair of 16bit delta sigma ADCs with integrated references that suit remote sensor battery-powered applications and industrial sensors monitoring temperature or pressure.
TI to demo SuperSpeed USB 3.0 transceiver chip News & Analysis 5/13/2009 Post a comment Texas Instruments is demonstrating a 5Gbit/s transceiver test chip at next week's USB Developers Conference in Tokyo, Japan that it says will speed the implementation of the emerging SuperSpeed USB 3.0. specification
Photo flash and backlight driver ICs optimise power efficiency phones Product News 5/13/2009 Post a comment AnalogicTech has introduced a set of flash and backlight White LED (WLED) drivers for the highly competitive feature phone market. Offering better efficiencies in power usage in highly compact packages, the AAT3176 flash driver and the AAT3351 WLED driver help handset designers extend battery life and reduce product footprint.
Are the gloves off for motor control? Design How-To 5/12/2009 Post a comment Developments in MCU performance are creating new opportunities for three-phase motor control solutions, which could lead to greater efficiency in everyday white goods. Which approach is best, hardware of software?
Dresden launches $200 million 'Cool-Silicon' project News & Analysis 5/12/2009 Post a comment The Saxony region of Germany, supported by state and federal funds worth 100 million euro (about $135 million), has formed the so-called Cool-Silicon-Cluster. This is a five-year program intended to reduce the energy consumption of ICs and information technology while invigorating technology and employment in the Dresden region.
Analog IC market seen stabilizing News & Analysis 5/12/2009 Post a comment Conditions in the analog semiconductor market are stabilizing due to rising demand and slowing price erosion, but a real industry recovery is still far away, according to market research firm iSuppli.
German group buys Technitrol's MEMS microphones operation News & Analysis 5/11/2009 Post a comment German component manufacturer Epcos AG has bought, for an undisclosed sum said to be in the mid-single digit million Euros, the development activities and patents related to MEMS microphones of Technitrol, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA), opening up a new market for Epcos.
Can Star Trek really be revisited? Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 5/8/2009 1 comment This weekend we go back to the future with the launch of a reinvigorated Star Trek. By all accounts it has most of not all of the elements of the original, amplified by special effects. But can we really go back?
TriQuint lands $50 million deal from China's ZTE News & Analysis 5/7/2009 Post a comment Chinese wireless communication system equipment vendor ZTE Corp. will purchase at least $50 million worth of components from RF chip supplier TriQuint Semiconductor in 2009 under the terms of an agreement between the two companies.
Back to the (electric motor) basics Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 5/7/2009 Post a comment
There is a great deal of interest in motor control from this audience, so I thought it would be a good time to refresh our knowledge of some of the more common electric motors.
AC induction motor fundamentals Design How-To 5/7/2009 Post a comment Included is the basics of an AC induction motor; the different types, their characteristics, the selection criteria for different applications and basic control techniques.
Meeting fails to save Accent engineering jobs News & Analysis 5/7/2009 Post a comment A meeting between between engineers and the management of the design company Accent SpA and trade unions held Wednesday (May 6) at the Italian Manufacturers’ Association in Milan, failed to bring about any change to proposed job cuts, according to a source familiar with the talks.
Allegro : Hall-effect sensor adapts to target Product News 5/6/2009 Post a comment The ATS617 from Allegro MicroSystems is a three-wire differential Hall-effect sensor that combines enhanced EMC capability with a peak-detecting algorithm that provides design flexibility by offering the ability to sense a wide range of target geometries.
System ICs to return to growth in Q3, iSuppli says News & Analysis 5/5/2009 Post a comment The market for system ICs--including ASICs, application-specific standard products and programmable logic devices--is poised to return to sequential growth in the third quarter after watching its revenue fall by nearly one third over the past six months, according to market research firm iSuppli.
CDMA cell-band and PCS front end modules boost handset performance News & Analysis 5/5/2009 Post a comment Two front end modules (FEMs) that incorporate a power amplifier (PA), duplexer, band-pass filter and coupler to improve efficiency and extend talk time in mobile handsets, designated AFEM-775x includes Avago Technologies' CoolPAM and Film Bulk Acoustic Resonator (FBAR) technologies to improve performance in CDMA cell band and dual-band handsets, wireless PDAs and wireless data cards.
24bit ADCs target temperature measurement Product News 5/5/2009 Post a comment Texas Instruments latest 24bit ADCs have been designed with temperature measurement (RTDs, thermocouples, thermistors), flow/pressure measurement and industrial process control applications in mind.
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