USB 2.0 programmable chip accelerates music file download in handsets Product News 6/26/2006 Post a comment Cypress has developed what it claims is the world's first 1.8-V Hi-Speed USB 2.0 programmable microcontroller dubbed the MoBL-USB FX2LP18 that can enable cell phones to download music files in about two to three seconds compared with existing devices that take up to 30 to 40 seconds. And it can do this without compromising battery life.
ST moving set-top box chip to 65nm Product News 6/23/2006 Post a comment After a sluggish 2005 that marked a dip in its once-dominant share of the set-top market, STMicroelectronics is back to "kicking butt," according to Christos Lagomichos, vice president, general manager of ST's Home Entertainment Group.
Automotive interface controllers support 50-Mbits/s data speeds Product News 6/19/2006 Post a comment In an effort to bring higher performing multimedia systems to the automotive industry, SMSC recently launched a line of intelligent network interface controllers (INIC) called MOST50 that is capable of transmitting data at 50-Mbits/s over a single plastic optical fiber or an unshielded twisted pair of copper wires.
Logic, RF chip leadless packages boast smallest footprint Product News 6/14/2006 Post a comment By developing a special substrate and dedicated etching process, Philips has been able to produce ultra-thin leadless packaging for logic and RF devices. MicroPak II is said to be the world's smallest leadless logic package with a size of 1.0-mm² and the SOD882T for RF applications has a footprint of just 0.6-mm².
Vimicro, Bird to develop 3G terminals News & Analysis 6/9/2006 Post a comment Fabless Chinese semiconductor company Vimicro Corp. has signed a technology collaboration agreement with Chinese mobile phone maker Ningbo Bird Co., to develop multimedia terminals that comply with existing 3G standards.
Study: Communications driving India semi sales News & Analysis 6/8/2006 Post a comment Communication products and equipment will account for $1.8 billion, or nearly half of India's $3.8 billion in semiconductor sales this year, according to a Frost and Sullivan study commissioned by the India Semiconductor Association.
Vitesse sued by shareholders News & Analysis 6/1/2006 Post a comment Shareholders of Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. have filed suit against the company, alleging the company misstated its finances, including the dating of executive stock option grants.
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