Selecting PLLs for ASIC Applications requires tradeoffs News & Analysis 9/25/2003 Post a comment PLLs, like many other analog IP macros, come with many features and specifications. Selecting the correct PLL early in the design can help the design team make tradeoffs when they are less costly, improve the integration quality of the PLL, and avoid surprises close to tapeout. From the September PA magazine folio, a True Circuits expert gives this assessment of what you should look for.
VXS: Switched Serial Gigabit Fabric for VMEbus Design How-To 9/23/2003 Post a comment The VMEbus, well into a third decade of widespread deployment, continues as the dominant bus structure for high-performance embedded systems. In an industry characterized by a steady succession of new device offerings with speed and density increases every few months, VMEbus has retained this leadership position not simply because it was based on a sound electrical and mechanical architecture. Pentek's Rodger hosking introduces VXS and reviews some basics of switched fabrics.
2003 semi outlook brightens a bit News & Analysis 9/17/2003 Post a comment The market research firm iSupply Corp. on Tuesday tweaked its outlook for 2003 semiconductor sales and revealed vendor rankings for the first half of the year, with newly formed Renesas Technology coming in as the third-largest chip maker in the world.
Operating System Wars: Coming to a Power IC Near You News & Analysis 9/16/2003 Post a comment The advent of Digitally-Controlled Power (DCP) in electronic equipment promises to bring the flexibility of software programmability to the traditionally hard-wired world of analog power control ICs and subsystems. However, the ascendance of DCP also could spur a battle over power Operating Systems reminiscent of the market fight between Microsoft Windows and Apple's Mac OS. iSuppli analyst Gary Vick has these insights.
Receiver IC replaces discretes Product News 9/11/2003 Post a comment Micrel Semiconductor's MICRF008 RF receiver IC has been designed as a low-cost alternative to discrete super-regenerative receivers and one that eliminates the need for production tuning.
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.