RF module operates in 868-MHz ISM band Product News 4/30/2007 Post a comment One RF Technology has introduced a low-cost, 868-MHz RF module dubbed TinyOne Lite that is optimized for low-power radio communication at a competitive cost and available with or without an integrated antenna.
Under the Hood: Inside Microsoft's Xbox 360 Elite Teardown 4/30/2007 Post a comment In the wake of its Sony Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii video teardowns, Semiconductor Insights kept the cameras rolling as it took apart the new Xbox 360 Elite to see just how Microsoft plans to stay competitive in the hotly contested, three-way gaming platform market.
Video codecs in SoCs using OCP-based programmable accelerator design Design How-To 4/27/2007 Post a comment Video codecs involve a huge amount of data parallelism due to their block-based structure. Most computations are not performed on a single pixel, but on a block of pixels. Dedicated acceleration units with a wide data-path (16 x 16 x 8-bit = 2048-bit, for example) speed up the codec by up to three orders in magnitude compared to a pure software solution, facilitating lower clock rates. To support multiple standards, such as the VC-1 and H.264 video codecs, within a single SoC, considerable flexi
CE growth to see 'significant slowdown' News & Analysis 4/25/2007 Post a comment CE growth may decelerate in the coming years, but a few areas will still be hot, such as PMP/MP3 players. But giants like Apple, Samsung and Sony will make it tough for the little guy to survive.
North, South Korea planning IT forum News & Analysis 4/23/2007 Post a comment Following in the path of other emerging markets, North Korea is eager to get its hands on advanced technology and will hold a meeting with South Korea to forge closer tech ties.
UC Berkeley confirms $10 cell phone project News & Analysis 4/23/2007 1 comment How cheap is cheap? Try 10 bucks for a cell phone. UC Berkeley confirmed that it is, indeed, working on such a device, but it will be years before it gets to the serious engineering stage.
China launches satellite for rival to GPS News & Analysis 4/17/2007 Post a comment China launched its second navigation satellite over the weekend as part of a plan to build the country's "Compass" navigational system, which could emerge to rival America's Global Positioning System.
Newark to distribute Cypress' PSoCs News & Analysis 4/12/2007 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has selected Newark to distribute its PSoC mixed-signal arrays, which provide programmable platforms for integrating as many as 100 peripheral functions with microcontrollers.
Marvell chip supports Bluetooth, FM Product News 4/11/2007 Post a comment Marvell Technology Group rolled out a single-chip solution that combines Bluetooth core specification version 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate-compliant baseband, a radio frequency transceiver and a worldwide FM radio receiver.
Analyst forecasts 18% chip sales growth in '08 News & Analysis 4/10/2007 Post a comment Strong end market growth and stabilizing average selling prices will drive semiconductor industry revenue to $316 billion in 2008, an increase of nearly 18 percent from projected 2007 chip industry sales, according to a forecast by market watcher Objective Analysis.
Conexant cuts sales forecast News & Analysis 4/9/2007 Post a comment Conexant Systems said revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2007 were $200 million, a sequential decline of 18.5 percent, blamed on weakness across all its product categories.
Analyst: MCU prices will keep declining News & Analysis 4/6/2007 Post a comment Average selling prices for microcontrollers declined across all categories in 2006 and are expected to continue doing so, according to a report by market research analyst Semico Research.
Silicon Image narrows guidance; CFO retiring News & Analysis 4/5/2007 Post a comment High-definition video IC vendor Silicon Image narrowed its first quarter guidance, saying it now expects revenue to be at the low end of the previously guided range of $68 million to $72 million. The company also announced that its chief financial officer intends to retire.
Voltage monitor guaranteed over high temps for automotive apps Product News 4/3/2007 Post a comment Check out Linear's latest triple supply voltage monitor that guarantees operation across -40°C to 125°C. The LTC1728H-5 monitors 5V, 3.3V and one adjustable trip threshold set with an external resistive divider network, giving users the flexibility to monitor voltages as low as 1-V.
Highly-integrated SoC targets fax machines Product News 4/3/2007 Post a comment Conexant Systems has developed a document imaging SoC with complete imaging, communications capabilities, and peripheral control functions. The CX95410 is powered by a 180-MHz 32-bit RISC processor, a 120-MHz DSP image processor, and three 288-MHz flexible I/O processors.
SST boosts NANDrive density to 8-Gbytes Product News 4/3/2007 Post a comment SST expanded its NANDrive solid-state storage product line with devices that range in capacities from 1- to 8-Gbytes and leverage its NAND controller technology, multi-chip packaging techniques and an industry standard ATA/IDE interface. .
Blog Make a Frequency Plan Tom Burke 17 comments When designing a printed circuit board, you should develop a frequency plan, something that can be easily overlooked. A frequency plan should be one of your first steps ...