Omron Semi to launch foundry services News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment Japan's Omron Corp. Friday (March 30) completed its acquisition of Seiko Epson's chip fab, Yasu Semiconductor Corp., which it plans to relaunch as a foundry for nonvolatile memory and logic.
Dual-band PA module targets entry-level handset sector Product News 3/29/2007 Post a comment RF Micro Devices designed its latest PowerStar power amplifier for manufacturers of dual-band handsets for the growing entry level and replacement markets. The GSM/GPRS PA dual-band module features improved isolation, harmonic performance and cross-band, helping to reduce RF complexity and increase design flexibility related to antenna and switch selection.
Ethernet upgrades to be sole data center net News & Analysis 3/29/2007 Post a comment Broadcom, IBM, Intel and others are in an early development stage with Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE), an interconnect that in addition to improved data networking could take on jobs handled by Fibre Channel and Infiniband, creating a single technology to link all systems in the data center.
ARC scores major licensing deals in Asia Product News 3/28/2007 Post a comment ARC International has sealed licensing agreements with several Asia-based semiconductor companies who will use its configurable processor IP in SoCs targeted at applications such as multimedia devices VoIP phones, and flash memory devices.
RF Magic rolls DVB-C silicon tuner Product News 3/27/2007 Post a comment Fabless RF system-on-chip vendor RF Magic Inc. has unveiled a single-chip silicon tuner developed specifically for applications compliant with the digital video broadcasting over cable (DVB-C) standard in use in Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa.
Touch-sensing ICs target medical touch-panel applications Product News 3/26/2007 Post a comment Omron Electronic Components developed the B6TS application-ready touch-sensing IC family which measures floating capacitance through most touch-panel materials. They are suitable for use in medical products that need to withstand disinfectant cleaning, impervious to liquids and operated by personnel wearing surgical gloves.
3.125-Gbits/s LVDS buffers reduce jitter Product News 3/26/2007 Post a comment National added three signal-conditioning buffers to its LVDS product portfolio that offer transmit pre-emphasis and receive equalization for jitter performance up to 3.125-Gbits/s, while using less power than previous-generation devices.
NXP advances TV-on-mobile functions in handsets Product News 3/23/2007 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors introduced the NXP TV-on-mobile HotPlug system product that combines everything an OEM needs to implement TVoM functions in advanced mobile systems, including hardware, DVB-H and DVB-T software stacks and security.
Updated: Court rules on Qualcomm standards behavior News & Analysis 3/22/2007 Post a comment A federal district court has adopted a unanimous jury finding that Qualcomm violated its duty to disclose patents to an industry standards body and thereby waived its rights to enforce two patents the company alleged covered the H.264 video compression standard, according to a statement released by rival Broadcom.
For low-power design, speak two languages News & Analysis 3/22/2007 Post a comment It's looking like the impasse between camps supporting Common Power Format and Unified Power Format means that chip designers will need to familiarize themselves with both or hope that translators can make the task easier.
White LEDs warm up for indoor lighting Product News 3/21/2007 1 comment Cree Inc. has increased the brightness and efficiency of its XLamp XR-E and XLamp XR-C white light-emitting diodes by more than 20 percent, enough to making them suitable for indoor "warm white" lighting applications.
Keynoters sketch out future of handsets News & Analysis 3/20/2007 Post a comment Cellphones will become broadband devices with built-in TV projectors while Wi-Fi handsets could someday become an alternative for cellular, according to investor Vinod Khosla and Skype CEO Niklas Zennstrom who gave back-to-back talks at the VON conference.
BroadLight rolls quad GPON OLT controller Product News 3/20/2007 Post a comment BroadLight launched what it claims is the industry's first quad GPON OLT controller that provides a high level of integration for packet and TDM transport over ITU-T G.984 GPON and dramatically reduces power, space and costs for multi-port OLTs.
Multimedia processor lowers cost of video-enabled portable devices Product News 3/19/2007 Post a comment Building on its Mobile-Media architecture, CEVA has unveiled its Mobile-Media-Lite family with the launch of the MM2200, an integrated, single processor that handles all multimedia-related processing, as well as application and system tasks for lower cost video-enabled portable multimedia devices.
Qualcomm, Broadcom settle two of five lawsuits News & Analysis 3/16/2007 Post a comment Qualcomm and Broadcom continued efforts to settle at least some of the multiple patent infringement and trade-secret misappropriation claims the two have traded for the last three years. The two companies have agreed to dismiss, without prejudice, all patent claims and counter-claims pending in U.S. District Court in San Diego and to dismiss with prejudice trade-secret claims in the same court.
Half-duplex RS-485 transceivers eliminate isolated control channel Product News 3/16/2007 Post a comment The MAX13487E/MAX13488E are the first RS-485 transceivers to employ Maxim Integrated Products' proprietary AutoDirection technology, which eliminates an isolated control channel to simplify designs and reduce discrete component count in isolated metering, automotive and industrial applications.
Broadcom names CFO News & Analysis 3/15/2007 Post a comment Fabless chip vendor Broadcom said that Eric Brandt would join the company later this month as senior vice president and chief financial officer.
TI houses PCIe devices in 12x12mm packaging Product News 3/14/2007 Post a comment TI announced a new package size for the XIO2000A, its PCI Express (PCIe) to PCI Bus translation bridge device targeting PCIe Mini Cards and ExpressCards for the mobile computing market where board space is a premium.
Samsung samples 8-Gbyte moviNAND Flash to mobile OEMs Product News 3/14/2007 Post a comment Samsung is sampling to major mobile manufacturers its moviNAND embedded-Flash solution with 8-Gbytes of storage, which it says is the highest density embedded Flash memory to date. It can store up to 2,000 songs or enough map data to implement global positioning system (GPS) and points of interest for the entire western world.
Analyst upgrades Broadcom to 'strong buy' Product News 3/13/2007 Post a comment Craig Berger, an analyst for Wedbush Morgan Securities, upgraded his firm's rating on Broadcom's stock to "strong buy" Tuesday, citing multiple factors including suspicion that Broadcom has secured more design wins at Nokia than previously anticipated, which could boost second half 2007 revenue.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.