Smart grid: Slow buildout begins
Special Report 9/26/2011 8 comments
Communications integration; advanced control, sensing, metering and metrics; and a human interface methodology are still on the smart grid architects’ to-do list.
Cypress release PSoC Creator 2.0
Product News 9/22/2011 2 comments
Cypress’ PSoC Creator merges IP and tool and now hardware and software into a true ESL design creation and implementation tool – direct to silicon…
Making sounds with analogue electronics - Part 1: Before the synthesizer
Design How-To 9/21/2011 5 comments
Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Sound Synthesis and Sampling" looks back at the history of audio electronics before the synthesizer, briefly reviews the differences between analogue and digital synthesis, and discusses "one of the major innovations in the development of the synthesizer" - voltage control.
Blog 9/21/2011 Post a comment
There are many news stories out every week that are interesting, but on their own don't warrant a full writeup. This is a roundup of such information...
Intelligent sensor, algorithms improve battery management
Design How-To 9/19/2011 2 comments
More than half of the vehicle breakdowns that are caused by the electrical system can be traced back to the lead-acid battery and could have been avoided by knowledge of the battery state. A battery management system provides the necessary information by fast and reliable detection of the State-of-Charge, State-of-Health, and State-of-Function in terms of cranking capability.
Chip sales slowing rapidly, says Gartner
News & Analysis 9/15/2011 7 comments
Market research company Gartner Inc. has joined rival prognosticators in predicting the 2011 global chip market will decline from the previous year. It has also halved its forecast for chip market growth in 2012 with the warning that a U.S. double dip recession would require a further downward sales revision.
Imagination takes stake in digital RF firm
News & Analysis 9/15/2011 1 comment
Graphics and communications IP licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc as teamed up with Orca Systems Inc. on the development of technology for broadcast television reception. Under the terms of the deal Imagination has also taken an equity stake in Orca, and Imagination CEO, Hossein Yassaie, has joined Orca's board of directors.
Parade Tech stages Taiwan IPO
News & Analysis 9/13/2011 Post a comment
Parade Technologies Ltd., a fabless supplier of mixed-signal ICs for display and high-speed interface standards, has announced that its IPO goes public Tuesday (Sept. 13) on Taiwan's GreTai Securities Market.
Globalfoundries offers automotive BCD process
News & Analysis 9/13/2011 Post a comment
Globalfoundries Inc. has said it is preparing to offer a 0.18-micron bipolar-CMOS-DMOS process called BCDlite for automotive applications such as power management devices, audio amplifiers, displays and LED driver integrated circuits (ICs).
Brazil's Chipus partners with second foundry
News & Analysis 9/9/2011 1 comment
Chipus Microelecrtronics SA, a Brazilian startup licensor of analog and mixed-signal circuit designs, has said it has begun designing a library of low-voltage, low-power analog IP cores for implementation on a 0.18-micron CMOS process used by foundry Silterra Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
ADI rolls A/V front-end IC for home theaters
Product News 9/8/2011 Post a comment
Analog Devices introduced an audio/video front-end chip for home theaters that integrates AV processing, support for HDMI specification version 1.4 for 3-D resolution and includes the first HDMI receiver to support THX Media Director embedded metadata.
Former ST, Cadence JV tips smart meter ICs
Product News 9/6/2011 10 comments
Accent Spa, founded in 1993 as a design services joint venture between Cadence and STMicroelectronics, has launched three smart meter ICs, confirming its transformation into a fabless chip company focused on smart grid applications.
Fairchild lowers Q3, cites slow distribution
News & Analysis 9/6/2011 Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor, a supplier of analog and mixed-signal and power ICs, has reduced its guidance for third quarter sales significantly saying it has yet to see the normal seasonal increase in sales through distribution channels.
China's fabless turn to Taiwan, says survey
News & Analysis 9/6/2011 2 comments
China's fabless chip companies are turning to Taiwan to a greater degree to help them get close to the leading-edge in geometry and compete globally, according to an IC design house and fabless chip company survey conducted by EE Times-China.
Mobile measurement supports onboard EHV high-voltage testing
Design How-To 9/1/2011 Post a comment
On-road EHV testing calls for considerably greater data acquisition and wiring challenges than stationary applications. Onboard or road test data collection within a typical test track environment subjects instrumentation to higher-than-usual shock and vibration inputs, placing greater mechanical demands upon components and systems.
Analyst sees firm July, raises chip forecast
News & Analysis 9/1/2011 2 comments
The three-month average of global chip sales for July is going to be reported as $24.8 billion, up compared with a figure of $24.68 billion reported for June by World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).