Provigent gets $16M in VC funding News & Analysis 3/9/2007 Post a comment Broadband wireless transmission chip vendor Provigent has closed $16 million in venture capital, the company said this week. It marks the fourth round of funding for the fabless startup.
Media processing architecture scales from MP3 to HD video Design How-To 3/9/2007 Post a comment Media processing architectures must span a huge range of complexity and be software-programmable. ARC's VRaptor Architecture takes a heterogeneous, multicore approach: multiple high-performance processors are connected to multiple SIMD processors and multiple DMA engines, and are complemented with domain-specific accelerators, all interconnected with low-overhead, low-latency active communications channels and local wide data buses.
Cirrus Logic CEO resigns following options review News & Analysis 3/8/2007 Post a comment Cirrus Logic President and CEO David French resigned following the conclusion of the company's internal investigation into historical stock options granting practices. The investigation concluded that French and other former Cirrus executives had knowledge of and participated in stock option backdating.
Impinj nabs funding, appoints CFO News & Analysis 3/7/2007 Post a comment RFID technology vendor Impinj has secured $19 million in private funding from a group of investors led by asset management firm AllianceBernstein LP. The company also named a new chief financial officer.
Line interface unit implements internal termination Product News 3/7/2007 Post a comment Exar Corp. is sampling a 14-channel short-haul Line Interface Unit (LIU) dubbed the XRT83VSH314 that implements internal termination, allowing the same design to operate in T1, E1, or J1 modes independently on a per channel basis with minimum external components.
Cable equalizer extends DVI, HDMI cable reach beyond 40 meters Product News 3/7/2007 Post a comment Check out National's cable equalizer that enables video professionals and consumers to extend the reach of their digital visual interface (DVI) and high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) cable connections beyond 40 meters. The device also extends the reach of low-cost CAT5 cables to more than 20 meters.
USB module evaluates finished products Product News 3/6/2007 Post a comment Based on its Vinculum VNC1L embedded USB host controller, Future Technology Devices International Ltd. (FTDI) released a USB prototyping module dubbed the VDIP2 that is designed to accelerate VNC1L designs, and integrate into low-volume finished products.
TranSwitch to cut 16% of workforce News & Analysis 3/5/2007 Post a comment Network IC vendor TranSwitch plans to cut approximately 20 employees, or roughly 16 percent of its workforce, mostly from R&D. The majority of the laid-off employees will leave the company by the end of March, with a small group remaining until the end of the second quarter, the company said.
Semi market off to slow start News & Analysis 3/5/2007 Post a comment The IC industry has started off poorly in 2007, prompting Gartner Inc. to reduce its forecast for the overall chip market in 2007 from 9.2 percent to 6.4 percent.
DVB-S2 demodulator lowers set-top box design costs Product News 3/1/2007 Post a comment For designers looking to reduce the cost of HDTV digital video recorder (DVR) satellite set-top boxes, ST is offering a dual DVB-S2 satellite TV demodulator that provides the functions of two of its predecessor chip in a single package.
Dual-channel device converts T1 data rates to fiber optic cable Product News 3/1/2007 Post a comment Designed to switch T1 data rates to fiber optic cable, the Dual T1 media converter from Stratos Optical Technologies combines RJ45 interconnected T1 data with fiber optic HMA Expanded Beam technology to provide dual 1.544 Mbits/s data-rate media conversion from copper to fiber and back for tactical communication applications.
BenQ plans niche attack on cell phones News & Analysis 3/1/2007 Post a comment After high hopes of being a handset giant, the tattered remains of BenQ-Siemens will be sold off on eBay. But the company is already planning a comeback, focusing on products that have worked in the past.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and 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? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.