Firms collaborate on blue laser diodes, LEDs Product News 2/27/2007 Post a comment Arrowhead Research said that its majority-owned subsidiary, Aonex Technologies, has entered into a collaborative agreement with Kyma Technologies to develop materials to reduce the cost of gallium nitride--based devices such as blue laser diodes and blue light emitting diodes.
Analyst upgrades LSI Logic to 'buy' News & Analysis 2/26/2007 Post a comment Citing a ramping product cycle in serial attached SCSI systems and cost savings associated with its pending merger with Agere Systems, analyst Craig Berger of Wedbush Morgan Securities upgraded his firm's rating on LSI Logic's stock to "buy" from "hold."
Storage adapters support SAS and SATA functionality Product News 2/22/2007 Post a comment LSI Logic has unveiled the first models in its newest 8200 series of MegaRAID SAS/SATA adapters. The 8200 series MegaRAID SAS storage adapters are said to deliver support for SAS and SATA II drives at a cost parity with SATA-only adapters.
Sun steps on TOEs with Ethernet chip Product News 2/20/2007 Post a comment Sun Microsystems is eschewing TCP offload engines with Neptune, a 10 Gbit/second Ethernet adapter card and chip optimized for use with multi-threaded processors such as Sun's Niagara.
Power amplifier supports mobile broadband wireless spec Product News 2/19/2007 Post a comment ANADIGICS expanded its WiMAX product portfolio with the AWM6423 power amplifier module that measures 4.5 mm X 4.5 mm and is designed with an integrated step attenuator and output power detector to minimize external component count, PCB space requirements, and development costs for new designs
Sony's semi biz to pivot from vertical to horizontal News & Analysis 2/14/2007 Post a comment Sony is steering its semiconductor business from vertically integrated operation to "fab-lite" operation that would involve outsourcing production of the Cell processor. The move is a major break from Sony's previous strategy to develop and manufacturing core chips internally, a philosophy that remains a top priority for rival consumer electronics giant Matsushita.
AT&T chooses Qualcomm's MediaFLO for mobile TV News & Analysis 2/14/2007 Post a comment Cingular, the wireless unit of AT&T, has selected Qualcomm's Forward Link Only technology for mobile TV deployment and signed a definitive agreement with Qualcomm's MediaFLO USA subsidiary to deliver mobile entertainment and information services to subscribers. The companies expect to make the service available to customers in late 2007.
Transceiver eliminates RF complexity in EDGE handsets Product News 2/12/2007 Post a comment RF Micro Devices launched the Polaris 3 Total Radio chipset aimed at helping EDGE handset makers improve transmit and receive sensitivity functions. Polaris 3 includes a single chip CMOS transceiver module, Rx SAW filters and matching components; a transmit PA front-end RF switch module with integrated RF shield; and a DC-DC switch-mode power supply.
Broadcom comes to 3GSM with 65-nm EDGE, HEDGE News & Analysis 2/12/2007 Post a comment Broadcom will parlay its 65-nm foundry access into single-chip transceivers for EDGE and HSDPA+EDGE, to be shown at the 3GSM in Barcelona. Broadcom pledges to offer "HSDPA at WCDMA prices, and EDGE at GPRS prices," according to director of mobile communications marketing Robert Nalesnik.
Video color space converter design using mixed-signal via-configurable ASICs Design How-To 2/9/2007 Post a comment Mixed-signal via-configurable ASIC technology gives designers the ability to develop fully integrated mixed-signal ASICs without the lengthy development cycles, high NREs, high risk, and extended fabrication times associated with full-custom mixed-signal IC development. Designing a complete video color space converter becomes easier, for example, with mixed-signal via-configurable ASIC.
Freescale to remain baseband source for Razr News & Analysis 2/8/2007 Post a comment One week after Motorola expanded its relationship with Texas Instruments for baseband handset chips using the Omap architecture, Motorola reinforced its existing relationship with Freescale Semiconductor by pledging to use Freescale processors in 2G and 3G handsets through 2009.
Options scandal charges drag Broadcom's Q4 profit News & Analysis 2/8/2007 Post a comment Citing more than $50 million worth of charges in connection with historical stock options granting impropriety, fabless chip vendor Broadcom posted a sharp sequential drop in net income for the fourth quarter of 2006, despite a 13 percent increase in net revenue.
Highly integrated DVB-H receiver brings TV to mobile phones Product News 2/6/2007 Post a comment DiBcom is sampling two receivers for mobile TV applications the DIB908x-H and DIB1908x-H, which are pin-compatible, offering manufacturers the possibility of reusing the same phone-base design to produce multi-standard mobile TV phones for countries that support other standards in addition to DVB-H.
90-nm read channel consumes 50 percent less power Product News 2/6/2007 Post a comment Agere Systems has started to ship a 90-nm TrueStore read channel that delivers half the electrical current required by the previous-generation read channels, extending the battery life of handheld consumer electronic devices, such as MP3 players and portable media players, without recharge.
65-nm SoC combines WiFi, Bluetooth and FM receiver Product News 2/2/2007 Post a comment Seeking to help manufacturers drive advanced wireless technologies into more handsets, Broadcom's latest device integrates Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM receiver technologies onto a single silicon die, and is manufactured using 65-nm process technologiy to deliver what the company says is the lowest active and idle power consumption.
SigmaTel cuts not deep enough, analyst says News & Analysis 2/2/2007 Post a comment A cost reduction plan announced by troubled media IC vendor SigmaTel that is expected to save the company $5 million to $7 million per quarter does not go deep enough, according to Wedbush Moragan Securities analyst Craig Berger, who said in a research note that Wedbush now forecasts a pro forma loss for the company of $1.55 per share for 2007.
Bluetooth modules feature high-output antenna Product News 2/1/2007 Post a comment In an effort to help designers easily implement wireless connectivity into their systems, Free2move AB has launched a series of Bluetooth modules that support Bluetooth Version 2.0 + enhanced data rate (EDR) and are certified according to CE and FCC.
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