WSTS revises forecast for stronger chip market growth News & Analysis 10/29/2003 Post a comment With the threat from Sars retreating for now, the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization sees double-digit percentage growth year-on-year for the worldwide market from 2003 through 2005. The personal computing, wireless communications and digital consumer sectors are driving the current upturn. From Brussels, Peter Clarke reports.
Pericom announces asynchronous mode support for PCI-to-PCI bridges Product News 10/29/2003 Post a comment Asynchronous mode allows users to run the secondary bus at a frequency that is not derived from the primary bus, thus providing far greater support for next generation PCI bus designs. Asynchronous mode support is significant as customers engineer newer faster designs that need to merge with slower legacy devices, Pericom says.
Search engine bolts onto memory Product News 10/27/2003 Post a comment It seems more than anything else, the next generation of telecom and networking is the driving force behind many new memory architecture and innovations, writes Jon Gabay OC class equipment's as well as 1 Gig and 10 Gig Ethernet are pushing the envelope driving IC makers to provide higher performances, higher densities, and higher functional integration.
Programmable spread-spectrum clock reduces EMI jitters Product News 10/27/2003 Post a comment Cypress announces what it feels is the industry's First Field-Programmable Spread-Spectrum Clock Generators. Spread spectrum has be used for EMI reduction. New programmming techniques and Socket Adaptor Kits round out a complete interface for a broad range of digital systems and peripherals. Jon Gabay has this assessment.
Ultra low power logic speeds Flash Memory connections in portable designs Product News 10/27/2003 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor International's additions to its NC7 series of TinyLogic family feature Ultra Low Power consumption. The NC7SV19, a 1-of-2 Decoder/Demultiplexer, is designed specifically for high speed flash memory selection while operating from low operating voltage, dramatic power savings and minimal space requirements.
TI claims First Demo of PCI Express-to-PCI Bridge Product News 10/26/2003 Post a comment PCI Express is a dual-simplex, point-to-point serial differential low-voltage interconnect that will consolidate all application requirements for use by multiple market segments. PCI Express architecture will be a high-performance, highly flexible, scalable, reliable, stable and cost-effective general-purpose I/O architecture that will seamlessly complement existing PCI buses and transition the market over the next several years, allowing system and communication designers to use new topologies.
Bus switch families target datacom and networking equipment Product News 10/26/2003 Post a comment Worried about the shift to higher speeds and lower operating voltages? Texas Instruments claims its' CB3T is the industry's only Bus Switches supporting 5V / 3.3V to 2.5V level translation. Its' CB3Q is a high-performance Bus Switch family with very-low and flat Ron and its' CBT-C is an enhanced 5V Bus Switch family with -2V undershoot protection.
Philips "pepper flake" shrinks logic packaging Product News 10/26/2003 Post a comment Philips Electronics announced it was expanding its offering of a small logic IC package with the addition of the industry's first 24-pin Depopulated very-thin Quad Flat-pack No-leads (DQFN) package " arguably the world's smallest. It's designed for logic gates, octals, and medium scale integrated circuits.
Commentary: The benefits of standardization in packaging Product News 10/26/2003 Post a comment There are many ways to illustrate the benefits of standardization for suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, and ultimately, the end consumer. Standardization of the USB port on the PC, for example, has made the addition of peripherals relatively simple and inexpensive. The more you standardize, the more you drive down costs, insist these competitors in an opinion piece that originally appeared in EBN.
Where standard logic was in 2001 Product News 10/26/2003 Post a comment Standard logic in 2000 maintained a solid presence in an increasingly specialized semiconductor market. The general-purpose, or "glue logic," nature of standard logic continued to help it stay competitive with ASICs, systems-on-a-chip, and other integrated solutions. EBN said the market was strong.
Bus switch chip families aim for mixed-signal apps Product News 10/26/2003 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc. says it has designed its CB3T, CB3Q and CBT-C bus switch chip families to meet the needs of system designers who face the challenge of supporting mixed-mode signal operation and need bus interface devices that provide voltage translation.
Maxim switch powers up to eight USB ports Product News 10/26/2003 Post a comment Maxim's MAX1562, MAX1562H and MAX-1563 current-limited switches power up to eight Universal Serial Bus ports. These 3- and 4-amp devices offer such features as autoreset and fault blanking for USB applications in notebook and desktop computers.
Maxim announces 3841crosspoint switch Product News 10/24/2003 Post a comment The MAX3841 is ideal for high-speed serial-data loopback, redundancy and switching for serial OC-192 and 10-Gigabit Ethernet applications or other applications up to 12.5 Gbits/s. Jon Gabay gives this assessment.
TI's transceivers satisfy TIA/EIA-485 Product News 10/24/2003 Post a comment Texas Instruments' SN65HVD1176 and SN75HVD1176 Profibus transceivers have been designed to provide improved output transition skew of less than 1 nanosecond (0.2 ns typical), giving system designers the ability to tighten up the total timing budget of their networked applications.
Quellan preps noise canceler chip News & Analysis 10/20/2003 Post a comment Quellan Inc. will announce an analog noise-cancellation chip that supports 5- and 6.25-Gbit/second backplane designs at the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society's IMAPS 2003 symposium. Quellan's Nx600 noise-canceling receiver extends the "speed reach" of gigabit backplanes, the company claims. Steve Ohr has this repoty.
Multiple vendors smarten up their hot-swap protection ICs News & Analysis 10/15/2003 Post a comment Hot-swap controller chips are coming to market in greater numbers and packed with more smarts. They've quickly evolved from discrete circuits into highly integrated chips, equipped with thermal sensing, that are proactive in maintaining power and board stability during transient events, as when a card is inserted into a live backplane. Concurrent with EE Times' InFocus report on backplane power management, Vince Biancomano has this survey on new controllers.
The 'Other' Wireless Technology is Alive and Kicking Design How-To 10/14/2003 Post a comment With all the buzz surrounding WiFi (802.11b), WiFi's alphabet-soup cousins (802.11a/g/h), Bluetooth, and lesser-known wireless RF communications technologies, it's easy to lose sight of a non-RF wireless technology near and dear to everyoneinfrared. Jim Lipman takes a closer look at what the future may hold for infrared communications.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 2 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 ...