NXP offers automotive Class-D amplifer Design How-To 8/31/2012 5 comments NXP Semiconductors NV has announced the availability of a stereo Class-D audio amplifier that can provide 136 watts into two by 8 ohms for use in automobiles where high power output is required.
Choosing the right EMS partner for medical apps Design How-To 8/30/2012 Post a comment Medical electronics market is facing fierce competition, tightening regulations and pressure to produce differentiated products. The demand for support from EMS is then increasing, especially in the sophisticated category of high complexity, low volume medical electronic devices.
Analog specialist Apex targets printing market News & Analysis 8/21/2012 1 comment Apex has reemerged as a niche power analog vendor targeting printing applications in the industrial sector, an embryonic market that CEO Greg Brennan (shown) believes has significant growth opportunities.
Apex reemerges as analog chip company News & Analysis 8/20/2012 4 comments Apex Microtechnology, Inc., which Cirrus Logic acquired in July 2007, has been re-established as a stand-alone corporation as the result of Cirrus Logic selling its Tucson-based Apex Precision Power business unit for $26 million to a group of private investors led by Alerion Capital.
Analog IC firm snags $11 million in funding News & Analysis 8/16/2012 Post a comment Spectra7 Microsystems, formed last month from the combination of Fresco Microchip and RedMere Technologies, said it closed more than $11 million in funding from venture capital firms Celtic House Venture Partners, Ventures West Capital and EdgeStone Capital Partners.
Analog firms step up stock buybacks News & Analysis 8/15/2012 7 comments Analog companies are ratcheting up their stock repurchase programs in an effort to boost the market’s long-term confidence in their financial viability.
RFMD releases Rx/Tx module Product News 8/14/2012 1 comment RFMD’s RF6549 transmit/receive module features separate ports for Rx and Tx paths, and two ports on the output for connecting a diversity solution or a test port.
Design fundamentals of implementing an isolated half-bridge gate driver Design How-To 8/13/2012 10 comments Isolated half-bridge gate drivers are used in many applications that range from isolated dc-to-dc power supply modules where high power density and efficiency are required, to solar inverters where high isolation voltage and long-term reliability are critical. These design concepts will be discussed in detail as this article explores the ability of isolated half-bridge gate driver solutions to provide high performance and a small solution size.
Semi market growth seen as doubling News & Analysis 8/10/2012 5 comments Over the next five years the long-term growth rate for the semiconductor market is going be more than double what it has been, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Wafer-scale CMOS X-ray imaging for medical apps Design How-To 8/10/2012 Post a comment There is a growing interest in the use of solid-state based X-ray medical imaging and detection systems in the replacement of conventional diagnostic imaging techniques. One of these technologies is wafer-scale CMOS sensor-based imaging, which can bring advantages in terms of performance such as high resolution, high dynamic range and low noise capabilities.
Power Integrations settles with IRS News & Analysis 8/6/2012 Post a comment Analog chip vendor Power Integrations announced it would make a one time payment of $42.6 million to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service for taxes and interest for the years 2003 through 2006.
Chip market could fall by 5% in 2012, says ABI News & Analysis 8/6/2012 4 comments Market researcher Allied Business Intelligence Inc. has decided that a lack of confidence in the global economy and a past lack of investment in semiconductor manufacturing mean the chip market will continue to be soft in the second half of 2012.
ADI expands D/A converter portfolio Product News 8/2/2012 2 comments ADI has introduced AD5686/96 quad 16-bit nanoDAC+ and AD5316R/7R quad 10-bit nanoDAC D/A converters in tiny packages, targeting a wide range of instrumentation and communications applications.
Renesas forecasts flood of red ink News & Analysis 8/2/2012 10 comments Struggling Japanese chip firm Renesas Electronics Corp. has forecast it will make a net loss of 150 billion yen (about $1.91 billion) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, as it published sales down 11 percent sequentially for the first fiscal quarter, ended June 30.
Wolfson predicts return to profit in 2H12 News & Analysis 8/1/2012 7 comments Audio and MEMS mixed-signal chip company Wolfson Microelectronics has announced a reduction in its net loss in the second quarter as it has increased its sales revenue. The company said it expects to return to "underlying profitability" in the second half of 2012.
Japan revives mobile chip joint venture News & Analysis 8/1/2012 5 comments Japan has revived plans for a mobile equipment chip joint venture but has come up with something smaller and less ambitious than a previous plan that was cancelled earlier this year.
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.