NEC says fiscal 2004 profit will fall 45 percent News & Analysis 1/28/2005 Post a comment NEC Electronics of Japan has trimmed its business forecast for the 2004 fiscal year ending March to sales of 710 billion yen ($6.89 billion), slightly under fiscal 2003, and an operating profit of 33 billion yen ($320 million), nearly half that of fiscal 2003.
Understanding HSDPA's Implementation Challenges Design How-To 1/28/2005 4 comments HSDPA promises to deliver "true" broadband data pipes to cellular networks. But it also brings with it a set of difficult engineering challenges. Fortunately, by using a software-based design, designers can address these challenges.
Broadcom, Zoran, AMI see Q4 sales slide News & Analysis 1/27/2005 Post a comment Although their full 2004 year fiscal results improved over 2003, AMIS Holdings Inc., Broadcom Corp., and Zoran Corp. all saw sequential sales declines in their December quarters due to slowing demand and inventory issues.
Cypress posts loss, cuts 200 jobs News & Analysis 1/27/2005 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor Corp. posted a net loss of $28.1 million, or 22 cents per share on sales of $210.2 million in the fourth quarter, compared to net earnings of $23.2 million, or 15 cents per share on sales of $236 million in the year-ago quarter.
SST, Cirrus Logic expect soft quarters News & Analysis 1/26/2005 Post a comment Weak demand, falling prices, and lingering inventory issues contributed to less-than-stellar sales and earnings results for Cirrus Logic Inc. and Silicon Storage Technology (SST) Inc.
"Driving" FlexRay Development in 2005 Design How-To 1/26/2005 Post a comment In this feature article, Decomsys's Arnold Zimmerman predicts that for FlexRay, the future is crystal clear: The first FlexRay application will not be seen in real-life cars in 2005. This is the only "bad" news about this new de-facto communication standard for automotive electronics. But this year, two to three OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) will announce that they plan to employ this new communication system. And in 2006/2007, FlexRay will be a common part of the first line of cars.
Backwards to the future? Power DesignLine Blog 1/24/2005 Post a comment Dr. Frank says that it is inevitable that designs will run out of materials improvements that can be cost-effectively integrated into the manufacturing process, which means we will run out of ways to keep logic voltages from decreasing in proportion to device size. This has some strange implications such as the smallest transistors may not be the most power efficient. What to do?
Embedded Projections for 2005 News & Analysis 1/24/2005 Post a comment 2005 will bring more complex and powerful embedded systems than ever before. But each advancement will provide a new challenge for embedded systems designers. In this commentary, Kyle Craig and Richard Barry present their predictions for the next year.
Applied Micro Circuits settles lawsuit News & Analysis 1/21/2005 Post a comment Applied Micro Circuits Corp. announced Friday (Jan. 21) it has reached an agreement to settle a class-action litigation pending against the company and certain current and former officers and directors.
MIPS, Q-Logic report strong quarters News & Analysis 1/19/2005 Post a comment MIPS Technologies Inc. and QLogic Corp. reported year-over-year gains in earnings and sales for their December quarters, as demand for the products and services of both companies continue to remain robust.
Satisfying the need for an inexpensive non-isolated PoE dual power supply News & Analysis 1/19/2005 Post a comment Power Source Equipment like Hubs with Power over Ethernet capability are emerging and any of these applications are very price sensitive. To serve the powered devices with a supply voltage of 3.3V or 5V, it is necessary to have a buck converter that scales down the available input voltage from the power source equipment. A Texas Instruments engineer details how you can develop one.
JDS Uniphase expects wider loss News & Analysis 1/18/2005 Post a comment JDS Uniphase said Tuesday it was expecting to post a loss of 2 cents per share on revenue of approximately $180 million in its second fiscal 2005 quarter ended Dec. 2004, steeper than the 1 cent per share loss originally projected.
How Intel, TI fare at 90 nm Teardown 1/10/2005 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices, Altera, IBM, Intel, Sony and Texas Instruments have all introduced 90-nanometer logic devices over the past year. Of those companies, AMD, Intel and IBM have relied solely on internal manufacturing capabilities. The others chose to outsource at least some of their manufacturing to a foundry (Altera to TSMC, Sony to Toshiba and TI to UMC). As with every successful node, the goal of 90-nm process development is to reduce size and costs while improving performance.
Consumers to Drive Electronics Growth in 2005 Design How-To 1/6/2005 Post a comment Driven primarily by consumer thirst for the "latest and greatest" gadgets, several products are poised to show healthy growth in 2005; not as great as in 2004 but still quite respectable. In this feature article, Jim Lipman covers a few of these products and discusses some of the "wait until next year (or two of three)" product and technology candidates.
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