Slowdown makes employers more selective about hiring News & Analysis 8/31/2001 Post a comment Though more engineering students have moved into digital circuitry, a shortage of analog engineers has persisted over the past several years. And while the sluggish economy has helped to relieve that shortage, employers said they can now be more choosy about analog specialists.
Synch and clock recovery - an analog guru looks at jitter News & Analysis 8/27/2001 Post a comment A fundamental problem in serial data communications is synchronizing bit information between the transmitter and the receiver. Without additional channel bandwidth, clock and data bits are frequently misaligned - reflecting timing errors are called jitter. Maxim's Justin Redd characterizes some typical jitter patterns in terms of amplitudes and pulse widths, and offers pointers for control.
RFS, Alcatel in Iran microwave project News & Analysis 8/21/2001 Post a comment Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) and Alcatel Italy are to supply roughly 800 microwave antennas and 32 kilometres of associated flexible waveguide systems to the Iranian state-owned Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI)
OmniVision, TI bundle CMOS camera chip set with 1394 link News & Analysis 8/20/2001 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- OmniVision Technologies Inc. here today announced a partnership with Texas Instruments Inc. aimed at easing the development of low-cost digital cameras with CMOS-based image sensors and IEEE 1394 connections for high-speed data transfer.
Maxim says it expects revenues to decline again News & Analysis 8/16/2001 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products Inc., Sunnyvale, reported net revenues for its fourth quarter ended June 30, including results from Dallas Semiconductor Corp., were $318.1 million, an 18.4% decrease from the $389.8 million reported for the same quarter a year ago and a 20% decrease from $397.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2001.
Embedded test lowers SoC costs News & Analysis 8/16/2001 Post a comment Advances in very deep-submicron process technology require corresponding investments in design and test. Design infrastructure enabling the achievements of advanced design capability is well understood, yet the investment in test is often overlooked.
Programmer interface is key to ATE throughput News & Analysis 8/16/2001 Post a comment The immense device volumes associated with PC, cellular-phone and Internet infrastructure markets have driven chip suppliers to demand higher throughput and greater versatility not only from their test systems but also from test engineers.
Zarlink develops 1-volt analog foundry process for mixed-signal ICs News & Analysis 8/16/2001 Post a comment PLYMOUTH, England -- Canada's Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. has launched a new low-power analog 0.35-micron CMOS process for foundry services at its facility in Plymouth. The company, formerly called Mitel Semiconductor Inc., said the nonvolatile analog process offers the industry's broadest range of devices and is optimized for low-voltage operation (at 1 volt) in mixed-signal ICs.
Excess inventory still huge, report claims News & Analysis 8/13/2001 Post a comment EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--Despite worldwide efforts to reduce chip inventories in the current downturn, the industry's supply chain is still awash with too many semiconductors--about $8 billion in excess inventory, based on new estimates released today by iSuppi Corp. here.
Lansdale buys IF/RF amplifier series from Motorola News & Analysis 8/7/2001 Post a comment TEMPE, Ariz. -- Lansdale Semiconductor Inc. here has acquired Motorola Inc.'s MC1350 product line of intermediate frequency (IF) and MC1490 radio frequency (RF) amplifiers under an agreement to continue supplying customers with devices after Motorola stops production of the two chip families.
Chip sales plunge 8.8% News & Analysis 8/2/2001 Post a comment Worldwide sales of semiconductors fell another 8.8% sequentially in June, and were 30.7% below June 2000 levels, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. "Based on the inventory reduction that has occurred in the first half of 2001 and the further reductions projected for the third quarter, we believe the industry will return to sequential growth in the fourth quarter of this year," Scalise added.
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