Analysis: Why Renesas is creating mobile IC spinoff News & Analysis 10/31/2010 5 comments Renesas Electronics' decision to spin out its mobile semiconductor products into a separate subsidiary is motivated not only by the differences between the markets for microcontrollers and baseband chips, but also to help protect Renesas' power amplifier business.
Graphene bandgap opened by vapor News & Analysis 10/29/2010 10 comments Tuning a semiconductor bandgap in sheets of pure carbon called graphene can be done using water vapor during fabrication, according to researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
USB - the car-consumer connection Design How-To 10/29/2010 3 comments In automotive environments, USB interface technology is about to conquer the pole position among competitive technologies. At chip level, the supporting infrastructure is already available.
Analog chip vendors post profits News & Analysis 10/28/2010 5 comments Analog chip vendors Maxim Integrated Products, Alpha and Omega Semiconductor and MaxLinear reported profits for their most recently concluded quarters
Interconnect pushed China super to #1 News & Analysis 10/28/2010 26 comments A homegrown, ultrafast interconnect chip set was part of the secret sauce behind the Tianhe-1a, the first China-built system to be named the world's fastest supercomputer.
Design implications of Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) Design How-To 10/28/2010 Post a comment
On September 30th, the IEEE ratified IEEE Std. 802.3az-2010, specifying the technology and requirements for the development of Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) components and systems. This paper outlines the basic premise and features of the amendment and how it can impact your next design.
Hynix, Magnachip post Q3 gains News & Analysis 10/28/2010 1 comment South Korean chip makers Hynix Semiconductor and MagnaChip Semiconductor reported third quarter sales increases despite some signs of a softening semiconductor market.
Brazil: A high-tech hot spot for innovation and investment Blog 10/28/2010 13 comments Brazil has risen to become the world’s eighth-largest economy and is predicted to join the top five by 2030, outlines Claudionor Coelho of Jasper Design Automation. In addition to its well-known strengths in renewable energy, raw materials, agriculture, oil and the aviation industry, Brazil is fast becoming a major player in electronics.
What do you know about smart radio? RF & Microwave Designline Blog 10/28/2010 6 comments If you've got something to say about smart radio, then it's your lucky day. IEEE Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySPAN) 2011 has issued a call for papers and demonstrations, with a deadline of November 15th.
Will Broadcom buy change the femto market? News & Analysis 10/28/2010 13 comments Broadcom’s $86 million acquisition of Percello validates the fledgling femtocell market; it presents a scenario for femtocell to get integrated in another box; and it shows the future of femtocells priced on par with WiFi.
PandaBoard touts low-cost OMAP 4 mobile software dev Product News 10/28/2010 3 comments PandaBoard is an open source development tool for mobile devices that provides access to the OMAP 4 applications processor platform from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI). The OMAP 4 platform is power- and performance-optimized for Smartphones and other mobile devices. A growing online community of Linux experts supports PandaBoard developers designing on mobile open source software distributions such as Android, Angstrom, Chrome, MeeGo and Ubuntu.
Diagram generation tools modernize automotive electrical design Design How-To 10/28/2010 Post a comment Automated wiring and component diagram generation decreases design engineers "drafting" tasks, while synchronizing and updating process documentation for increased productivity. Automation brings consistency and standardization, while modern tools permit customization for proprietary purposes.
Intel backs cloud computing alliance News & Analysis 10/27/2010 6 comments Intel through its clout behind cloud computing, pledging to help drive the creation of standards, including participation in an alliance of global businesses.
Help needed with Microsoft Visio Blog 10/27/2010 8 comments To be honest this is a bit of a bummer, because if you had asked me only a week ago I would have claimed to be one of the world's experts in using this little rascal.
Projection display firm raises VC News & Analysis 10/27/2010 2 comments Light Blue Optics Ltd., a startup company developing a color projector suitable for inclusion in mobile phones and other portable equipment, has announced it has raised $13 million in funding.
Testing SerDes I/O links the third time around Design How-To 10/27/2010 2 comments This article describes the main objectives of SerDes testing at the system level. It then presents major test and measurement considerations, starting with BER and proceeding to jitter, clock recovery, and protocol awareness.
BI Technologies Model 144 series resistor networks Product News 10/27/2010 2 comments Aimed at military and aerospace applications, TT electronics BI Technologies is offering high-reliability custom resistor networks in hermetically sealed metal or HTCC packaging, enabling harsh environment operation to +175°C.
IBM, European researchers seek CMOS successor News & Analysis 10/27/2010 6 comments IBM Research Zurich, Infineon Technologies and Globalfoundries have joined forces with a half dozen European universities and research centers on a mission to cut the power consumption of electronic devices by10-fold and reduce standby power to zero.
ARM TechCon Teardown Smackdown: Dell Streak vs. The Archos 7 Blog 10/26/2010 11 comments The promo for this ARM TechCon event is actually a bit misleading: “Which tablet PC will come out on top? Watch as EE Times Editors Brian Fuller and Patrick Mannion dissect the inner workings of the devices and explore which is the strongest contender, based on speed, power consumption, display, features and functionality.”
STMicro hits Q3 target, names new COO News & Analysis 10/26/2010 Post a comment STMicroelectronics reported revenue for the third quarter in line with consensus analyst expectations and said it expects further growth in sales in the fourth quarter despite softening of demand in some market applications.
Cadence sketches out tools vision News & Analysis 10/26/2010 5 comments Cadence Design Systems, Inc. rolled out a strategy to provide an end-to-end flow silicon and software design tools as part of a new EDA360 campaign.
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.