Vishay-IR deal could end or turn nasty News & Analysis 8/29/2008 Post a comment Now that International Rectifier Corp. has formally rejected Vishay Intertechnology Inc.'s purchase offer, the two companies must now chart separate paths or seek ways to revive the $1.6 billion transaction.
Court upholds ITC patent ruling against Linear Tech News & Analysis 8/29/2008 Post a comment A U.S. District Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling invalidating a charge pump patent held by Linear Technology, according to a Advanced Analogic Technologies. (AnalogicTech), a provider of power management ICs for mobile consumer devices.
Multi-channel surveillance DVR design Design How-To 8/29/2008 Post a comment With the convergence of SoC and DSP, many processors now come with hardware accelerators, enabling DSPs to handle multiple channels of video compression on a single chip. How a multi-channel video encoder can be designed to leverage the extra cycles provided by hardware accelerators.
LLC resonant topology lowers switching losses, boosts efficiency Design How-To 8/28/2008 2 comments With the current global energy crisis, the focus is on efficiency and electronic products are facing the daunting challenge of delivering high performance, while consuming less power. This means power supply designers will need to consider soft switching topologies to improve efficiency as well as to allow for higher frequency operation.
Memscap reduces operating loss in first half Product News 8/27/2008 Post a comment Memscap SA, French provider of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), published a consolidated revenue of 7.9 million euros ($12.1 million) for the first half of 2008. This compares to a revenue of 7.3 million euros ($9.8 million) for the same period last year. In dollars, the year-over-year growth amounted to 24 percent.
H.264 receives Emmy award News & Analysis 8/26/2008 Post a comment One month ahead of the famous Emmy awards show for actors and directors, the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has awarded the Emmy awards for technology and engineering. The 'Prime Time Award' went to an international team for the development and establishment of the H.264/MPEG 4 standard on Advanced Video Coding (AVC).
Sensors galore at Euro conference News & Analysis 8/26/2008 Post a comment The International sensor technology conference EUROSENSORS is due to take place in Dresden, Germany from 7th to 10th September 2008, with more than 500 experts expected to participate.
A hat-trick of op-amps Product News 8/26/2008 Post a comment National Semiconductor has introduced three operational amplifiers (op amps) with integrated electromagnetic interference (EMI) filters, designed to maintain the accuracy of analog systems by reducing the effects of radio frequency (RF) interference.
Op amps integrate EMI filters Product News 8/25/2008 Post a comment National Semiconductor has introduced three op amps with integrated EMI filters that maintain the accuracy of analog systems by reducing the effects of RF interference.
Semicon Europa: Yes, we go to Dresden News & Analysis 8/25/2008 Post a comment As reported earlier by EE Times Europe, the Semicon Europa trade fair will take place in Dresden in the future. The organizer of the event quoted requests from the industry and a changing semiconductor environment as the reasons to again transplant the venue of the event.
Industrial motors power chip market shows 9% annual growth News & Analysis 8/25/2008 Post a comment The market for power semiconductors in industrial motor drives is set to grow from $1 billion in 2007 to $1.3 billion in 2010, with the growth mainly driven by an increasing fraction of motors electronic drives, according to IMS Research (Wellingborough, England). Those figures imply a annual growth rate of about 9.1 percent.
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.