Switch technology supports broadband differential signaling Product News 1/30/2004 Post a comment There's a new class of switch products will enable the handling of differential broadband signals in advanced high-bandwidth applications, according to Pericom Semiconductor Corp. The company's line of application specific standard products (ASSPs) now includes switching solutions that address applications requiring up to 700 MHz of bandwidth.
Top Three Considerations Regarding Interface Development Design How-To 1/22/2004 Post a comment When semiconductor companies plan their chip development, their focus tends to center on the area where they add the most value, namely the core. Regrettably, I/O development is often taken for granted and/or pushed to the end of the development cycle. In fact, disregard for the importance of I/O development can jeopardize the success of the chip. The most advanced core is rendered useless if the data cannot get on and off the chip at optimal frequency and throughput levels. A well-thought-out p
LCD digit driver helps reduce component count for feature phones News & Analysis 1/21/2004 Post a comment Austriamicrosystems' AS2591 is a CMOS IC used for driving LCDs with four backplanes and 24 (or 31) segments. This arrangement provides 12 (or 16) 7-segment digits " and 12 symbols. It is meant to provide an easy interface for the miniature alpha-numeric displays used in cellular handsets and feature phones. One of the company's engineers shows how the display driver helps build a "handsfree" cell phone (available as a reference design) with a low component count.
IC industry headed towards 'worry-free' mode in 2004 News & Analysis 1/12/2004 Post a comment The IC and chip equipment industries are moving into a "worry-free" mode after a long and painful slump despite lingering uncertainties beyond 2004, according to executives and analysts at the Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) here Monday (Jan. 12). Mark LaPedus reports.
Military IP net will crank up bandwidth News & Analysis 1/12/2004 Post a comment The Defense Information Systems Agency has approved the recommended subcontractors chosen by Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) for the Global Information Grid Bandwidth Expansion project, an optical terrestrial network that is to deliver Internet Protocol traffic among defense and intelligence locations worldwide.
Mesh networks gather steam with standards Product News 1/5/2004 Post a comment Many organizations recognize the value that a wireless mesh network can provide, but are unsure whether they should implement one that is managed or ad hoc. The decision revolves around how to implement an authentic network without wires: one that is scalable, secure, managed and architected for performance. The need for mesh networking and its many inherent advantages has led to a call for standards in ad hoc networks that should solve many of the outstanding issues.
IC market to exceed SIA's 2003 forecast News & Analysis 1/5/2004 Post a comment The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said it expects global chip sales to exceed its 15.8- percent growth forecast for 2003 compared to the previous year. At the same time, worldwide sales of semiconductors rose to $16.13 billion in November 2003, a 4.5 percent increase from the $15.43 billion recorded in October. The total also represented a 25.7 percent rise from November 2002, SIA reported Monday (Jan. 5).
ATI spins digital TV tuner/decoder chip News & Analysis 1/5/2004 Post a comment ATI Technologies Inc. is rolling out a digital TV chip that integrates front-end digital terrestrial and cable demodulators and a back-end high-definition MPEG-2 decoder. The X210VC "DTV-on-chip" will give ATI "at least a two-year jump" on DTV silicon competitors, said director of marketing Mike Gittings.
Control failure by sensing the heat Product News 1/1/2004 Post a comment Controlling the amount of heat produced or dissipated by today's more powerful electronic equipment becomes critical as the real estate shrinks enabling heat related problems to occur more easily. It can be a tricky challenge to resolve but several companies are offering possible solutions.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 15 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...