Cheaper iPhone on the way, says analyst News & Analysis 12/31/2008 Post a comment A lower-cost version of Apple's popular iPhone, unofficially dubbed the "iPhone Nano" by some, could be hitting stores by the second quarter of 2009, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Intel rolls new education PCs at CES News & Analysis 12/30/2008 Post a comment Intel Corp. will make a fresh foray into low-cost PCs at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, launching a tablet-style netbook for students as well as a personal area network technology for linking Wi-Fi devices.
Chip distributor inventories rising, analyst warns News & Analysis 12/30/2008 Post a comment Thanks to weaker-than-expected shipments in November, inventories for Asian semiconductor distributors have reached far beyond desired levels, something likely to have a negative impact on overall chip shipments in the first half of 2009, according to a Wall Street analyst.
New Sony PS3 cuts costs with 65-nm chips Design How-To 12/29/2008 Post a comment The second generation of Sony's PlayStation 3 gaming console features a new design and carries a bill of materials that is 35 percent lower than the original model, according to a teardown analysis by market research firm iSuppli.
Samsung preps WiMax, LTE chips News & Analysis 12/29/2008 1 comment Samsung Electronics is expanding its portfolio of silicon for cellphones with basebands for Long Term Evolution and WiMax and media accelerators at a time when its handset division is tapping a broader set of chip vendors.
Notebooks surpass desktops in strong quarter News & Analysis 12/23/2008 Post a comment Amid strong PC sales, global notebook PC shipments exceeded desktop sales on a quarterly basis for the first time ever in the third quarter of 2008, according to iSuppli Corp. forcing the market watcher to increase its 2008 PC estimates half a point.
XMOS offers free audio code for processors Product News 12/23/2008 Post a comment Multicored processor vendor XMOS Semiconductor Ltd. (Bristol, England) has developed source code for a range of digital audio applications including Ethernet AVB and USB 2.0. The company plans to demonstrate hardware versions of the applications at the 2009 NAMM conference.
Camera design for machine vision Design How-To 12/19/2008 Post a comment The fundamental components of machine vision and a close look at camera requirements, including image sensor technology, architecture requirements, interface standards, resolutions, frame rates and signal processing.
Readers' top ten stories of 2008 Blog 12/18/2008 Post a comment Here are the top ten online stories for the year so far as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Thursday, Dec. 18. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
PLX to acquire storage interconnect IC vendor News & Analysis 12/16/2008 Post a comment PCI Express Internet chip vendor PLX Technology said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Oxford Semiconductor, a privately held fabless provider of silicon and software for the consumer and small office/home office storage markets, in a deal worth at least $26 million.
Update: Samsung sweeps up photo frame chips Product News 12/15/2008 Post a comment Samsung Electronics is sweeping components found in digital photo frames into a new family of system-on-chip devices, aiming to win sockets from small Asian companies who have supplied less integrated solutions to date.
Startup rolls integrated protocol processor News & Analysis 12/15/2008 Post a comment Siverge Networks debuted a single chip that handles a wide range of protocols for an equally broad target market of wired, optical and wireless telecom systems at a time when the industry is giving conflicting signs about the extent the global recession will impact the telecom market.
Intro to low-power design Design How-To 12/10/2008 Post a comment This article explains the basics of low-power design. Topics covered include sleep modes, memory system design, systems clocks and real-time clocks, and power over USB.
Startup debuts digital video processor Product News 12/10/2008 Post a comment Startup Zenverge has emerged from stealth mode with a processor architecture optimized to quickly translate video from one format to another, aiming at transcoding high definition video four times faster than existing chips for a wide range of client and network media systems.
TI: Microcontroller for Contactless Smart IC--Part II Design How-To 12/10/2008 Post a comment Legacy smart IC architectures restricted by high power usage and low data capacity limit their scalability for future government identification (ID) applications. To better serve contactless and dual-interface contact applications, the smart IC microcontroller needs a low power design and a minimum 16-bit RISC architecture.
Security alert: Beware of USB memory sticks News & Analysis 12/9/2008 1 comment The next time you find a USB memory stick in a parking lot or outside your house, think twice before plugging it in: It could cost you your intellectual property or personal identity. That was the startling alert put out by Adriel Desautels, chief technology officer at anti-hacking specialist firm NetraGard. And it's only the start.
Chip reverse engineering firms merge News & Analysis 12/9/2008 Post a comment United Business Media Ltd., the publisher of EE Times, has acquired for at least $8 million Sanguine Microelectronics, a semiconductor reverse engineering company based in Shanghai that UBM will merge into its existing Semiconductor Insights group in Ottawa.
Melexis enhances second-generation BLDC controller family Product News 12/8/2008 Post a comment Melexis has launched its first member of the second generation of integrated brushless DC motor controllers. The MLX81200 sports TruSense and SineDrive technologies which enable designers to integrate applications of this motor type in automotive applications.
AMD to take lower stake in foundry venture News & Analysis 12/8/2008 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices said it would reduce its planned stake in the joint venture it announced with Abu Dhabi-government backed Advanced Technology Investment Co. AMD will now own 34.2 percent of the venture, down from 44 percent.
Rankings: A peak inside China's chip industry Product News 12/5/2008 Post a comment A recent report from consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers provides a rare glimpse inside China's semiconductor industry, offering a ranking of 29 indigenous Chinese chip firms with 2007 revenue greater than $30 million, according to the firm.
Intel job cuts coming, says analyst News & Analysis 12/5/2008 Post a comment An analyst said he expects Intel to cut 6 to 7 percent of its total headcount, or roughly 5,000 to 6,000 employees, as part of a series of cost-cutting moves that could save the company as much as $1 billion annually.
Chip companies set to drive hybrid vehicle opportunities Design How-To 12/4/2008 Post a comment The semiconductor market supplying hybrid powertrains will increase rapidly from $384 million this year to $1.3 billion in 2015, mainly in power devices but also in analog microcontrollers and sensors, according to Strategy Analytics' automotive electronics group.
A high-reliability 32-bit Flash microcontroller for safety-critical applications. Design How-To 12/4/2008 Post a comment As the world becomes increasingly complex and safety an evermore critical issue, consumers and businesses want electronic systems that are reliable and safe and so contribute to a trouble-free daily life. The H8SX Flash MCU solutions target this kind of applications, especially in automotive, industrial and medical fields, where high reliability and low field failure rates are essential.<
More about SoC/Multicore debug interfaces Design How-To 12/2/2008 Post a comment Having problems debugging that complex SoC or multicore design? Check here first for the latest design articles on JTAG and other hardware debug interfaces you can use to solve your on-chip data transfer conflicts.
Video: Intel, M'soft launch parallel lab News & Analysis 12/2/2008 1 comment The Parallel Computing Lab officially opened its doors at the University of California, Berkeley, where researchers have been conducting work for several months to define a new parallel programming model for tomorrow's many-core processors.
TI: Microcontroller for Contactless Smart IC--Part I Design How-To 12/2/2008 Post a comment Legacy smart IC architectures restricted by high power usage and low data capacity limit their scalability for future government identification (ID) applications. To better serve contactless and dual-interface contact applications, the smart IC microcontroller needs a low power design and a minimum 16-bit RISC architecture.
Top 20 chip suppliers: iSuppli's preliminary rankings News & Analysis 12/1/2008 Post a comment Six of the top 10 semiconductor companies are expected to suffer revenue declines in 2008, with the broader industry hamstrung by a "disastrous" year for the memory chip segment, according to market research firm iSuppli's preliminary rankings of the top 20 chip suppliers for the year.
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