ST moves SPEAr SoCs to 65nm Product News 5/29/2008 Post a comment By transferring the SPEAr family to 65-nm process technology, ST's SoC can integrate an advanced ARM926EJ-S processor core with two 16k memory caches, running at 333MHz, for data and instructions and up to 300,000 gates (ASIC-equivalent) of embedded configurable logic.
Startup implants RFID in operating room News & Analysis 5/19/2008 Post a comment ClearCount Medical Solutions, a Pittsburg startup, has launched what could be one of the first RFID systems to debut in an operating room setting, using RFID tags to automate the process of tracking surgical sponges.
eSOL releases iPod connectivity support for its USB host driver Product News 5/18/2008 Post a comment eSOL has added an isochronous transfer mode and an audio class driver to its PrUSB /Host product, enabling USB host-based products such as car infotainment systems and navigation systems to receive audio streaming in real time over the standard USB connection from portable music players such as iPod from Apple.
Under the Hood: Mature devices get Rolly rocking Teardown 5/13/2008 Post a comment The Sony Rolly, shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, is a "dancing" MP3 player: When songs are loaded or streamed via Bluetooth, the Rolly can roll around and flap its speaker coverings in time with the music. The speaker flaps can also muffle the sound and give it a bit more flare when noise is channeled through one side or the other.
Jazz Semi targets Israeli wireless companies News & Analysis 5/13/2008 Post a comment Pure-play foundry Jazz Semiconductor (Newport Beach, Calif.) is trying to convince wireless companies from Israel to use its foundry services, according to Michael Rome, senior sales manager for Europe at Jazz.
H.264 encoder design using Application Engine Synthesis Design How-To 5/9/2008 2 comments SoC design for consumer products relies on standard algorithms such as H.264 and JPEG for their defining capabilities. To reduce both project cost and schedule risk, Application Engine Synthesis (AES) can automatically create an application engine such as an H.264 encoder from a sequential, untimed C algorithm.
Energy-efficient Ethernet standard gains traction News & Analysis 5/8/2008 1 comment An energy-efficient Ethernet standard to slash the power consumption in networking is gaining traction and could be in a draft form suitable for building products as early as September, having already settled on an approach for use on 100 Mbit and Gbit chips.
HANA 2.0 home networking adds HD video QoS guarantee, discovery and DRM Design How-To 5/2/2008 Post a comment HANA 2.0 design guidelines incorporate new standards for device discovery, universal remote control of devices, bandwidth reservation for HD video, and zone-style DRM encompassing the entire home. At a CES demo in January, HANA showed how existing coax cables, CAT-5, and optical fiber and wireless could all be used within a HANA home entertainment network to deliver real time multi-room, multi-stream HD video.
Broadcom expands networking portfolio Product News 5/1/2008 Post a comment Broadcom has expanded its network switching portfolio for businesses deploying 802.11n Wi-Fi networks with an end-to-end solution that combines its Intensi-fi silicon with its FASTPATH networking software to deliver features that IT managers require across their wireless networks.
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.