Conferees ponder Taiwan's design rise News & Analysis 7/29/2004 Post a comment Taiwan's ascendancy in the electronics design food chain seemed official on the floors of the fourth annual Embedded System Conference-Asia and the twelfth annual Electronics Design Automation & Test-Taiwan Conference & Exhibition here this week. From Hsinchu, Majeed Ahmad filed this report.
HF-Leistungsverstärker: Harte Zeiten in Sicht News & Analysis 7/29/2004 Post a comment Hersteller von HF-Leistungsverstärkern für Mobilfunk-Basisstationen werden in den kommenden Jahren nichts zu lachen haben. Davon geht die Marktforschungsgruppe ABI aus Oyster Bay im US-Bundesstaat New York aus. Hauptursache ist laut Lance Wilson, Research Senior Analyst bei ABI, der zwangsläufig einsetzende Auftragsrückgang bei großen GSM-Implementierungen.
Stepper-motor IC drives auto apps Product News 7/28/2004 Post a comment Allegro MicroSystems' A3980, an automotive-friendly addition to the company's line of microstepping motor driver ICs, features a unique two-wire interface with translator for control of step, step-size, and direction. The interface and translator provide for operating bipolar stepper motors in full-, half-, eighth-, and sixteenth-step modes without the need for a complex system controller.
Building Advanced Switching Backplanes: ATCA Hardware Issues News & Analysis 7/28/2004 Post a comment Advanced switching holds a great deal of promise in emerging Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture designs. But, to be an effective option, designers must first deal with issues like topology, cabling, trace routing, and interconnection. From CommsDesign.com, a Vitesse engineer explains some of the analog design issues.
Unique, dual-connected op amp enables two stages in one chip News & Analysis 7/27/2004 Post a comment Microchip's MCP62x5 family enables a standard two-stage amplifier signal chain to be implemented into an eight-lead package with a power-saving chip select. The internal connection of the two stages enables one operational amplifier to feed into the other making a more compact design.
Rough ride predicted for cellular RF power amplifier makers News & Analysis 7/27/2004 Post a comment Manufacturers of the RF power amplifiers and RF power semiconductors used in cellular base stations are in for a rough ride over the next few years according to market research group ABI (Oyster Bay, NY). The main concern, according to ABI Research senior analyst Lance Wilson, is the inevitable slow down of large-scale GSM deployment. From London, John Walko filed this report.
Stand-alone digital audio receivers to remain a blip on the landscape News & Analysis 7/27/2004 Post a comment A forecaster, the Diffusion Group, predicts that u.s. market for digital audio receivers will flare up and die. According to the Dallas-based Diffusion Group, the early market for digital audio receivers (DAR) such as NETGEAR's MP101 and digital audio adapters (DAA) such as Apple's Airport Express will enjoy rapid growth through 2006 and then face a host of market challenges.
Samsung unveils HDTV System-on-Chip News & Analysis 7/27/2004 Post a comment Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Korea, has introduced a system-on-a-chip (SOC) device for high-definition TVs and digital set-top-boxes to meet FCC requirements. The S5H2200 is a single-chip solution that incorporates dual HD MPEG-2 decoders, which can simultaneously provide high-quality audio and video for digital broadcasts to the sub-screen as well as to the main screen, an ARM920T-based 330MHz CPU, and the company's proprietary picture improvement function, DNIe (Digital Natural Image Engine).
Unique, dual-connected op amp enables two stages in one chip Product News 7/27/2004 Post a comment Microchip's MCP62x5 family enables a standard two-stage amplifier signal chain to be implemented into an eight-lead package with a power-saving chip select. The internal connection of the two stages enables one operational amplifier to feed into the other making a more compact design.
OpAmp mit niedrigem Energiebedarf und hohen Ausgangsstrom News & Analysis 7/27/2004 Post a comment Mit niedrigem Stromverbrauch und Betrieb an einer einzelnen Spannungsquelle von 2,7 bis 6 V sind die neuen Operationsverstärker von Analog Devices prädestiniert für den Einsatz in portablen Geräten – beispielsweise als Audio-Verstärker. Ein Blick auf ihre technischen Daten zeigt jedoch, dass das Spektrum der möglichen Applikationen noch weiter reicht.
Anadigics meet guidance but posts loss Product News 7/26/2004 Post a comment Anadigics Inc. recorded a net loss of $11.7 million on revenue of $22.7 million in the second quarter, up 7% sequentially from the previous quarter vs. guidance of a 5% increase. In the year-ago quarter, the Warren, N.J. supplier of wireless and broadband devices posted a net loss of $13.7 million on sales of $18.0 million.
Wolfson doubles sales, profits in first half of 2004 News & Analysis 7/26/2004 Post a comment Analog company makes good: Revenues for the first half of 2004 were up 94 percent to $56.9 million year-on-year at mixed-signal fabless semiconductor company, Wolfson Microelectronics plc, and up 22 percent sequentially from $46.5 million in the second half of 2003, the company reported Monday (July 26). From London, Peter Clarke filed this report.
AMI Semiconductor names Liang sales VP for Asia Product News 7/26/2004 Post a comment AMI Semiconductor, a Pocatello, Idaho, supplier of mixed-signal ICs, has named Tony Liang vice president of sales for the Asia Pacific market. Liang brings the company more than 20 years experience in sales and marketing, with more than 15 years spent working directly with technology companies in the Asia Pacific.
Focus on the crosspoint switch Product News 7/26/2004 Post a comment Switches and specifically crosspoint switches are the building blocks for telecomm systems enabling them to offer high performance and flexibility. Editor Paul O'Shea reviews some of the challenges for crosspoint switches and what companies are offering to resolve these issues.
TTPCom offers development platform for advanced GPRS handsets Product News 7/23/2004 Post a comment TTPCom announced a new platform for the development of fully featured GPRS/GSM handsets. The platform incorporates Toshiba's TC35510BXG Cellular Baseband chip, TTPCom's class 12 GPRS/GSM software and TTPCom's Ajar Platform, a complete suite of pre-integrated application software.
Single-Chip CD LSI - support for MP3 & Sony ATRAC CD Product News 7/23/2004 Post a comment Toshiba has expanded its family of digital signal processors (DSPs) for digital audio equipment with the world's first single-chip CD LSI to offer support for both MP3 and Sony ATRAC CD formats. The result is a device that will significantly simplify design and implementation of home and vehicle audio systems by eliminating the overhead on the system processor and minimising the need for external components.
Analog-Markt wächst – hauptsächlich in China News & Analysis 7/23/2004 Post a comment Der Markt für lineare Bauelemente und Datenkonverter wird in den nächsten Jahren ordentlich wachsen. Der Löwenanteil der Nachfrage geht allerdings nicht in die klassischen Industrieregionen, sondern nach China. Das Marktforschungsinstitut IMS hat Zahlen vorgelegt.
Infineon packt Handy-HF-Teil in CMOS-Chip News & Analysis 7/23/2004 Post a comment Als erster Halbleiterhersteller hat Infineon mit der Volumenproduktion seiner in CMOS-Technologie gefertigten RF-Transceiver begonnen und liefert die Bausteine an Hersteller von Mobiltelefonen.
VLDO runs from sub-1V input Product News 7/22/2004 Post a comment Linear Technology says its LT3020 is the industry's first very-low-dropout voltage regulator (VLDO) that can work from input voltages down to 0.9 volt. It's thus suited to single-cell alkaline and NiMH batteries and emerging applications that use a 1.5-volt rail and provide 0.9 to 1.25 volts at up to 100 mA for microcontroller and microprocessor cores. The LT3020 has a dropout of 150 mV, optimizing battery run time in applications with a low Vin-to-Vout differential.
GSM GPRS Power Amplifier - only two external components required Product News 7/22/2004 Post a comment Link Microtek has announced the Triquint high-efficiency, low-cost 7 x 7 x 1.3mm quad-band GSM GPRS power amplifier module (PAM). The TriQuint TQM7M4022 PAM provides advanced internal voltage reference and power control functionality in a low pin-count package compatible with existing phone PCB design and manufacturing techniques.
Fastest Video Amplifiers - for professional applications Product News 7/22/2004 Post a comment National Semiconductor launched the world's fastest amplifiers for professional and wideband video applications. The high-speed LMH6738 and LMH6739, both created using National's proprietary VIP10 process technology, are designed for applications requiring high bandwidth and low distortion.
Timing Solutions - for enterprise to core applications Product News 7/22/2004 Post a comment Zarlink Semiconductor has announced a pair of timing chips that in combination delivers the industry's most complete feature set and best performance for SONET/SDH (Synchronous Optical Networks/Synchronous Digital Hierarchy) and PDH (Pleisiochronous Digital Hierarchy) systems.
LDO & Voltage Detector - dropout voltage of only 0.1V Product News 7/22/2004 Post a comment Ricoh Europe BV announced the R5511x combining an LDO and a Voltage Detector in one package. The product's 1-Ohm LDO Regulator has a very low dropout voltage of only 0.1V typical at Iout of 100mA and has excellent low noise features with a high Ripple Rejection ratio of typical 75dB at f=1kHz.
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.