Secure processor touts integrated RFID Product News 6/28/2006 Post a comment Broadcom's BCM5890 secure processor with integrated radio frequency identification technology is designed to secure personal authentication transactions associated with physical access, logical access (into a PC or network) and contactless payment applications.
Audio DSP aims for home theater, automotive apps Product News 6/26/2006 Post a comment Texas Instruments 8-channel TAS3108 audio DSP enables up to 7.1-channel processing in digital TVs, home theater-in-a-box systems, and automotive head units and external amplifiers. The device perform five simultaneous instructions per clock cycle and operates at 135MHz, providing a maximum of 675 MIPS.
Report: Analyst upgrades AMD despite price war News & Analysis 6/23/2006 Post a comment A Merrill Lynch analyst upgraded the stock of microprocessor supplier Advanced Micro Devices Inc. to neutral from sell, but cautioned about competitive challenges facing the company, according to an Associated Press report.
Intel opens third 65nm plant, in Ireland News & Analysis 6/22/2006 Post a comment Intel Corp. has opened its next wafer fab in Leixlip, Ireland. It is the chip maker's third facility to use 65-nm process technology and reportedly the industry's first 65-nm production plant in Europe.
Synopsys enhances Sentaurus TCAD software News & Analysis 6/13/2006 Post a comment Synopsys Inc. has announced the availability of a new Sentaurus TCAD release that adds process and device modeling capabilities to accelerate development of advanced technologies, as well as full support for 64-bit dual-core Intel Xeon processors.
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.
32-bit MCU family simplifies automotive audio Product News 6/8/2006 Post a comment Offering About 70 percent higher speed than its previous SuperH-based MCUs, Renesas five new SH7263 devices have a 200MHz, 32-bit SH-2A CPU core with a built-in floating point unit and include a USB2.0 host interface for portable-audio-player connectivity and an LCD controller for
WVGA-size color screens. They also integrate a CD-ROM decoder and additional audio peripherals.
FPGA-based accelerators boost Opteron Product News 6/8/2006 Post a comment The first two companies to offer socket-compatible coprocessors for AMD64 Opteron processor sockets, DRC Computer Corp. and XtremeData Inc., are delivering programmable solutions that can accelerate time-critical algorithms.
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.