China opens up foreign component procurement News & Analysis 11/3/2003 Post a comment Starting this month, China will begin to pry open another segment of its economy by giving foreign companies the right to set up wholly owned export divisions, further changing the dynamics of electronics companies operating in China.
Cell phone design trends prompting RF integration News & Analysis 11/3/2003 Post a comment Demand for integrated RF mobile-handset devices has been pallid so far, but that's expected to change as next-generation phone standards prompt redesigns to accommodate the attendant shifts in technology. Suppliers thus are stepping up development of integrated RF devices, and some are reporting a pickup in business as new phone models emerge. EBN's Spencer Chin has this report.
VCO line works in 50 MHz to 3.5 GHz frequency range Product News 11/3/2003 Post a comment A new line of voltage controlled oscillators (VCOs) from Crystek Crystals Corp. features a frequency range from 50 MHz to 3.5 GHz. The initial product launches include the CVCO55, CVCO45 and CVCO33. The company plans to launch additional products in the VCO family by first quarter 2004.
TCXO offers tight stability in small package Product News 11/3/2003 Post a comment Responding to customer demand for small packaging and high performance in telecommunications applications, Connor-Winfield claims its new T501 is the industry's smallest temperature compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO) with a +/-4.6 ppm stability.
Synch clock generator compatible with existing platforms Product News 11/3/2003 Post a comment Connor-Winfield's new SCG102A synchronous clock generator is a pin-for-pin replacement for the Vectron FX102 product. The mixed-signal phase locked loop (PLL) generates LVPECL outputs from a fundamental frequency, low jitter, voltage controlled crystal oscillator. These are designed for line cards in telecommunications infrastructure equipment.
Intel Takes Gaming To The Extreme Product News 11/3/2003 Post a comment Intel Corporation on Monday (Nov 3)introduced the Pentium 4 processor Extreme Edition supporting Hyper-Threading (HT) technology at 3.20 GHz. The Santa Clara, CA chipmaker said computers based on this new processor are expressly designed for high-end gamers and computing enthusiasts.
IBM Processors to Power Future Xbox Game Systems Product News 11/3/2003 Post a comment Microsoft Corp. today (Nov. 3) announced that it has entered into a semiconductor technology agreement with IBM Corp. Under the agreement, Microsoft has licensed semiconductor processor technology from IBM for use in future Xbox products and services to be announced at a later date.
IBM scores processor win for Xbox News & Analysis 11/3/2003 Post a comment Microsoft Corp. and IBM Corp.'s Technology Group announced today (Nov. 3) that the next- generation Xbox electronic game console will use a yet-to-be-designated IBM processor.
IBM's chip will replace Intel Corp.'s Pentium III processor now in the current Xbox version. The Intel chip runs at 650 to 800MHz.
High-speed cable systems offer variety of options Product News 11/3/2003 Post a comment Samtec Inc.'s new high-speed cable assembly systems provide high-speed I/O solutions on .5-mm and .8 mm-pitch (HQCD & EQCD series), JTAG interfaces (HHSC Series), edge card interfaces (EEDP Series) and custom cable assemblies to meet signal integrity specifications.
Wireless sensor nets demand trade-offs Product News 11/3/2003 Post a comment Wireless sensor networks represent an emerging technology that has great potential for widespread applications. These networks consist of a large number of simple nodes with limited power sources and functionality, but they offer far greater utility than the sum of those individual nodes.
Pain Relief News & Analysis 11/3/2003 Post a comment The worst is over for analog and mixed-signal IC suppliers that have survived several years of double-digit price erosion and weak demand from the computing and communications sectors.
Sony, Samsung detail plans for large-screen LCD TVs News & Analysis 11/3/2003 Post a comment Expecting a surge in demand for LCD TVs, Sony Corp., which has announced plans for a major restructuring, and rival Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. last week agreed to establish a joint venture to make seventh-generation thin-film-transistor (TFT) LCD panels.
Structured ASIC pioneer opts out of production News & Analysis 11/3/2003 Post a comment Struggling Lightspeed Semiconductor is putting to rest months of rumors with the announcement today that it will no longer seek new customers for its structured ASICs. Instead, the company is preparing to license its metal-mask programmable-logic fabric as intellectual property to other semiconductor vendors and directly to design teams.
High power contactor gets upgrade Product News 11/3/2003 Post a comment Tyco Electronics said its KILOVAC brand FM200 series contactor, also known as the FLATMAN contactor, switches loads up to 300 amps at either 480 Vac or 48 Vdc. The contactor is now rated to continuously carry loads up to 200 amps at the above rated voltages.
Rugged switch technology targets harsh applications Product News 11/3/2003 Post a comment Developed for harsh and hazardous environments as well as outdoor and vandal-prone locations, Texzec, Inc. said its new ActiveMetal switch technology, that combines solid metal construction with state-of-the-art sensing techniques, produces rugged keyboards, keypads and switches that are vandal-, water- and explosion-proof. They can also withstand impact and vibration, and operate in all weather conditions.
Fujitsu Develops New CPU Core for its 32-bit RISC MCUs Product News 11/3/2003 Post a comment The FR80 is the most powerful processor core to date for Fujitsu's FR family of 32-bit RISC microcontrollers. Manufactured with 0.18um process technology it can run at clock speeds of up to 200 MHz, roughly double the speed of earlier FR family products.
Commentary: RapidIO fabric is validated at system level Product News 11/2/2003 Post a comment In EE Times' November 10, 2003 issue, Ian Dunn of OEM Communications Computing Segment and John Moore of Mercury Computer Systems Inc. share results from one of the first tests of the RapidIO switch fabric that shows that in an initial implementation the interconnect has achieved 97 percent of its theoretical performance after accounting for 4 percent protocol overhead.
Distributors shed failing components businesses Product News 11/1/2003 Post a comment As the technology recession continues to hammer at distributors' profits, more are being forced to re-evaluate their business models. Reptron Electronics is the latest to conclude that it might be better off without its electronic-components operations.
Focus on Inductors Product News 11/1/2003 Post a comment Spurred primarily by current requirements of evolving voltage regulator module (VRM) specifications, inductor manufacturers are developing new designs that offer higher current ratings in conjunction with higher operating temperatures, lower direct current resistance (DCR), tighter tolerance and smaller package sizes.