Dc/dc module market declining, says report News & Analysis 8/31/2006 Post a comment Once a bright spot in the long-troubled merchant power supply market, the dc-dc converter module sector is now projected to grow significantly less than anticipated just 12 months ago, according to market research firm Darnell Group.
3.3-V RS-485 transceivers consume up to 70% less board space Product News 8/31/2006 Post a comment Intersil has introduced its most rugged RS-485/RS-422 transceiver family yet. The ISL317XE is the first Intersil RS-485 devices to have an IEC61000 ESD rating, providing what it says is the highest ESD standard in the industry. The 3.3-V devices also support a data transmission rate of 20-Mbits/s and are housed in a tiny MSOP (mini small-outline package), consuming 50 to 70% less board space than conventional parts.
RF Monolithics buys networking, software companies News & Analysis 8/28/2006 Post a comment RF Monolithics Inc. has signed definitive agreements to acquire Cirronet Inc., a wireless data communications and networking company, and Caver-Morehead Systems Inc., a supplier of computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) software.
NEC unveils automotive image processor Product News 8/25/2006 Post a comment NEC Electronics Corp. has introduced its first system-on-chip image processor for automotive applications, adding to microcontrollers used in powertrain and body controls. The company is aiming at a de facto standard in the image recognition field for automotive applications.
Hot products: LEDs, multimedia ICs, microcontrollers Product News 8/24/2006 Post a comment The hottest products posted this week at eeProductCenter include a line of wedge-based LEDs, a family of high-definition multimedia interface ICs, a 10-GHz socket, an ambient light sensor and a newly packaged 8-bit PIC microcontroller chip.
Bitmap controller cranks it up to 10-V for LCD displays Product News 8/24/2006 Post a comment Take a look at this bitmap controller and driver for full dot-matrix monochrome TN and STN LCD displays from EM Microelectronic. The circuit has a driving capability of 8x32, 4x36, 2x38 or 4, 3, 2, 1 rows x 40 columns addressed by a 3-wire and I²C interface. And it delivers an external high LCD voltage up to 10-V.
Chip maker expands HDMI product line Product News 8/21/2006 Post a comment Analog Devices has expanded its HDMI IC line with transmitters and receivers that support HDMI v1.2a signals up to UXGA resolutions (1600 x 1200 at 60 Hz) and DVI (digital video interface) v1.0. It also added HDMI multiplexers that employ an advanced equalizer technology, allowing consumers to position their HD equipment up to 20 meters away from the television without incurring HDMI signal degradation that can result in picture loss.
Stock option probe delays Marvell's Q2 results News & Analysis 8/16/2006 Post a comment Fabless chip maker Marvell Technology Group Ltd. announced it would only release revenue results for the second quarter of fiscal 2007, because of an ongoing review of the company's stock options and related accounting practices by a special committee of its Board of Directors.
Diamond MEMS integrated with CMOS News & Analysis 8/16/2006 Post a comment The world's first microelectromechanical systems directly integrated onto a CMOS chip is the aim of a new joint effort among U.S. laboratories, industry and academia.
PCI-to-PCI bridge targets 32-bit PCI bus bridging apps Product News 8/15/2006 Post a comment Check out this 32-bit 66-MHz asynchronous PCI-to-PCI bridge dubbed the Tsi350 from Tundra Semiconductor that is priced at less than $8 each in volume quantities. Fully compliant with the PCI local bus specification revision 2.3, the Tsi350 has sufficient clock and arbitration pins to support nine PCI bus master devices for a wide range of applications from communications equipment to embedded video recorders.
PMC-Sierra concludes stock options review News & Analysis 8/14/2006 Post a comment After an independent review of its stock options grant practices, broadband and communications semiconductor supplier PMC-Sierra Inc. determined that certain options awarded from 1998 through 2001 differ from measurement dates previously used to determine stock-based compensation expense from 1998 to 2002.
Broadcom to delay 10-Q filing News & Analysis 8/10/2006 Post a comment Communications semiconductor supplier Broadcom Corp. has filed a Form 12b-25 notification with the Securities and Exchange Commission warning of a delay in filing its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2006, due to an ongoing investigation of its stock options grant practices.
Clock generator supports emerging cell processor apps Product News 8/10/2006 Post a comment Cypress has developed a clock generator to provide the high performance clock signals required for both the Rambus XDR memory systems and the FlexIO processor bus interface supporting applications that employ the Cell processor architecture. The CY24271ZXC XDR clock generator provides four programmable differential outputs using a reference input clock of either 100 MHz or 133 MHz to enable the 6.4 GB/sec XDR memory system and the up to 8.0-GHz FlexIO processor bus.
Transmitter-receiver pair transmits video, audio signals at up to 10.8-Gbits/s Product News 8/10/2006 Post a comment This chip duo from Genesis Microchip is claimed to be the first product that adheres to the DisplayPort 1.0 standard. Aimed at high-bandwidth display applications such as HDVTs, projectors and high-resolution monitors, the transmitter (gm60028) and receiver (gm68020) only require a single differential pair to transport pixel data for a 1680x1050 LCD panel.
2-port switches provide true 10BaseFL/100B-SX/100B-FX support Product News 8/8/2006 Post a comment The latest 2-port devices from Micrel are claimed to be the only switch products on the market that provide true 10BaseFL/100B-SX/100B-FX support. As a result, modern networks can connect to legacy multimode fiber with 10Base FL or 100BaseSX without incurring additional latency.
ITC favors Chinese company in SigmaTel patent suit News & Analysis 8/4/2006 Post a comment China-based fabless IC company Actions Semiconductor Co. said Friday (Aug. 4) that the U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a determination in favoring Actions in the patent infringement lawsuit between the company and Austin-based semiconductor supplier SigmaTel Inc.
Dual UART series operates at 1.8-V for battery-powered apps Product News 8/3/2006 Post a comment At 1.8-V operating levels and a data-transfer speed of 16-Mbits/s, Exar's XR16M and XR68M dual UART series is suitable for a variety of battery-operated consumer products. The devices also feature a programmable fractional baud rate generator with prescaler, and 16-byte, 32-byte, and 64-byte FIFO choices.
ESD protection chip supports HDMI 1.3 specification Product News 8/1/2006 Post a comment Philips' latest chip is said to be the first ESD protection device to support the HDMI 1.3 specification. The IP4776CZ38 delivers up to 8-kV of ESD protection in contact mode for four HDMI transmission channels, as well as total line capacitance of only 0.7-pF. At those levels, designers are ensured high signal integrity for video formats such as 1080p.
High-speed crosspoint switches deliver 900-Gbits/s capacity Product News 8/1/2006 Post a comment Featuring a per-port speed of up to 6.5-Gbits/s and low-latency switching capabilities, the VSC3172 and VSC3144 crosspoint switches from Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. deliver near-terabit aggregate bandwidth capacity for blade server, video and network equipment designs used in core, metro and enterprise environments.
10-Gbits/s dual clock data recovery PHY aimed at short-reach XFP apps Product News 8/1/2006 Post a comment AMCC has developed the S19256 dual clock data recovery PHY chip for use in short-reach and intermediate reach XFP modules. The S19256 is approximately 30% lower in cost than its sister device, the S19233, which is tailored for long-haul applications. It is also designed with a built-in equalizer to mitigate data-dependent jitter generated during the transmission of signals in FR-4 material.
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.