How a Power Switch Can Save the World
Design How-To 6/30/2009 2 comments
Nearly all electronic products contain a switch-mode power subsystem. To improve efficiency and cost throughout the life cycle of an application, many topologies and control methods have been tried. The latest-generation of power switches have changed the landscape by allowing integration as well as exceeding the new energy efficiency regulations that are becoming mandatory in the industry.
Altera rolls low power, anti-tamper FPGAs
Product News 6/29/2009 Post a comment
Altera this week is rolling out a new product family, Cyclone III LS, billed by the company as the industry's first low power FPGAs with anti-tamper, design-security and design-separation features.
Industry agrees on unified cellphone chargers
News & Analysis 6/29/2009 Post a comment
The members of industry association Digitaleurope have signed a memorandum of understanding aiming at developing a common charging solution for mobile phones. The move dangles the availability of a charger that can be used across all almost brands.
SMSC to outsource test operations
News & Analysis 6/25/2009 Post a comment
Chip vendor SMSC said it plans to outsource some of its production test operations to Asian suppliers. The affected operations are currently handled in New York State.
Silicon startups get the squeeze
News & Analysis 6/22/2009 6 comments
Top venture capitalists say opportunities are changing and narrowing for semiconductor startups because the costs of bringing a new processor or system-on-chip to market are becoming prohibitive and raising new funds to invest in high tech companies of any kind is getting increasingly difficult.
UPDATE: B'com, Toshiba win sockets in iPhone 3GS
Teardown 6/19/2009 Post a comment
Teardowns of the third generation Apple iPhone reveal a more integrated—and probably lower cost--handset thanks in part to new design wins for Broadcom and Toshiba that caused one analyst to quip the 'S' in the iPhone 3GS may stand for savings.
Moore's Law repealed! But does it matter?
Design How-To 6/18/2009 8 comments
Looking at the real cost, performance and time-to-market requirements designers face, the repeal of Moore's Law, which appears to be in progress, may not even matter anymore, according to Gene Frantz, Principal Fellow at Texas Instruments and creator of "Gene's Law", a power-related corollary of Moore's.
Silicon Labs lifts Q2 outlook
News & Analysis 6/17/2009 Post a comment
Mixed-signal IC vendor Silicon Laboratories lifted its second quarter revenue and earnings outlook, citing stronger-than-expected sales of new products, access and audio broadcast products.