Swiss criminal investigation targets ST dealings News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment A Swiss prosecutor is conducting a criminal investigation of alleged fraudulent activity pertaining to certain ST Microelectronics currency transactions entered into by the company's former treasurer between 1998 and 2005, ST said.
Analyst: Digital camera market plateaus at $18B Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment With the majority of amateur and professional photographers having made the switch from film to digital cameras, the worldwide market for digital still cameras appears to be leveling off at about $18 billion per year, according to market research firm IC Insights.
HDMI 1.3 comes to 1080p audio products in 2007 Blog 11/30/2006 Post a comment This week I spent some time at Denon and Marantz as they gave pre-CES 2007 preview. OK. You ask what does this have to do with Digital TV? Well, they realize that to fully appreciate 1080p and HDTV, you need good audio. And, not just good audio, but audio and that also includes video processing and scaling.
Analog/digital pin-boards, GUI software, extend ATE scalability Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment ATE maker Teradyne announces two pin-cards for its existing TestStation ICT platform. These boards make the TestStation a scalable in-circuit test platform with options that include multiplexed or pure-pin, analog only or hybrid, and low pin-count or high pin-count configurations. New GUI software makes it play.
DC/DC conversion ICs pick up on power management Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment Product recap - With industry's call for the highest possible system efficiencies taking center stage, today's DC/DC conversion ICs for advanced datacom, telecom, and portable products are taking on more power-management duties.
Magma names user conference chairman News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment Magma Design Automation has named Stefan Hamacher, director of central design flow development at Infineon Technologies, as international chairman of the Magma Music users conference set for Feb. 28 " March 1, 2007.
Sensor detects photo orientation Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment SRAM's SFH 7710 SMT orientation sensor for mobile devices detects whether a photo has been taken in portrait or landscape format and automatically displays the photo in its correct orientation, eliminating the need to rotate digital pictures in order to view them.
Nvidia pushes out graphics IC for iPod Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment Nvidia Corp. is moving into unsteady waters. The company is readying a lower-margin integrated chipset for PCs, while it has also delayed a graphics chip for use in Apple Computer Inc.'s next-generation video iPod line, according to an analyst.
SEC ends Xilinx' stock investigation News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment Xilinx Inc. said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has formally notified Xilinx that its investigation of its stock option granting practices has been terminated and that no enforcement action has been recommended.
NDS to pay $107 million for Jungo News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment Digital entertainment technology company NDS is completing the acquisition of startup Jungo. NDS, which supplies smart cards for digital set-top boxes, is expected to pay $107 million in cash for the company, sources in Israel told EETimes Europe.
Broadcom buying networking middleware vendor LVL7 News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Broadcom Corp. has offered $62 million in cash for LVL7 Systems Inc., one of the few remaining independent developers of middleware for networking protocols. Given LVL7's existing integration deals with Agere, Infineon Technologies, Marvell Technology, Vitesse Semiconductor, Fulcrum Microsystems and Switchcore, the Broadcom move could prompt some scrambling in the communications IC sector.
ST demos chip for speedy medical diagnostics News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment STMicroelectronics has demonstrated a prototype device capable of selectively collecting and manipulating biological molecules which the chip group suggests opens the way to cost-effective automated sample preparation for medical and forensic diagnostics.
Philips sells stake in nano tools supplier News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment LONDON — Royal Philips Electronics is selling its 24.8 percent stake in FEI Co, a supplier of tools such as scanning electron microscopes to semiconductor and nanotechnology device makers.
FEI, which is headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon, filed a registration statement on Form S-3 with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Thursday (Nov.30) relating to the planned secondary offering of 8,406,007 common shares.
Cell BE platform accelerates OPC News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment Working to speed optical proximity correction (OPC) for 45 nm ICs, Mentor Graphics and Mercury Computer Systems are bringing out an acceleration platform based on the Cell Broadband Engine (BE) processor.
Government policies driving adoption of digital power News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment It shouldn't come as a surprise that emerging government policies in Asia, Europe and North America are expected to help drive the adoption of digital power technologies, but now there is a report from Darnell Group to back up this observation.
Manage flash memory in auto infotainment systems Design How-To 11/29/2006 Post a comment As the costs of NAND and NOR flash continue to fall, in-car infotainment systems are using storage in ways that no one thought possible only a few years ago. To succeed, these systems need flash file systems that can ensure data integrity, even when power failures or uncontrolled shutdowns occur.
Transition mode PFC increases efficiency to help meet the 80+ requirements Design How-To 11/29/2006 Post a comment Electronics equipment are everywhere and typically always powered, using energy. Recent standards like the 80+ initiative are trying to rectify this situation by ensuring that power supplies are more efficient. Here's help for the engineer to improve the efficiency of new power supplies with a transition mode power factor corrected design.
TD-SCDMA phone testing option targets Chinese developers Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Targeting The People's Republic of China's near-future wireless 3G TD-SCDMA standard, Willtek Communications announces an option for its existing 4400 Mobile Phone Tester. The tester will be equipped to handle all functions necessary to calibrate transmitter and receiver sections of a phone, perform functional tests, and carry out final testing prior to shipment.
Nomadic 2-port cable analyzers span 2-MHz to 20-GHz Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Check out this pair of handheld battery-operated analyzers for measuring cables and communications systems. They work from 2-MHz in the HF portion of the spectrum well into the microwave regime. Anritsu's cable and antenna analyzers can also pack an optional CW module for conducting long cable-loss measurements between out to 20 GHz, and a VNA option.
Integrated PXI chassis and controller costs less than $1000 Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Lowering the entry cost for a PXI-based test system, National Instruments is rolling out a PXI chassis with integrated remote controller. The chassis provides five peripheral slots, and includes a host card to control the system from either a desktop or laptop. It can achieve up to 110-Mbytes/s sustained throughput to the PC host.
Tektronix releases software for UWB WiMedia radios Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Tektronix, Inc. announced its Tek UWB WiMedia2 software which extends the ultra wideband (UWB) debug and analysis capabilities of the Tektronix DSA70000, DPO70000 and TDS6000C series to include real-time analysis of UWB RF and electrical signals.
Siemens could face SEC probe News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment German law enforcement investigations into alleged bribery activity by Siemens AG employees indicate that so-called letterbox companies in the United States and the British Virgin Islands may have had a role.
Tutorial: Programming High-Performance DSPs, Part 2 Design How-To 11/29/2006 Post a comment This second of a three-part series explains how to optimize code for high-performance DSPs, with a focus on loop unrolling and software pipelining. It shows how to minimize loop overhead, and how to keep a DSP's execution units busy.
World's fastest USB oscilloscope? Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment PC test gear vendor Pico Technology rolls out a dual-channel PC-connected digital sampling oscilloscope with a bandwidth of 250 MHz. Pico's Model 5204 gives you a memory depth of 128-Msamples and a realtime sampling rate of 1-Gsample/s. Not bad for less than $1800, eh?
Connected HD living on the fast track with 5Ghz broadband Design How-To 11/29/2006 Post a comment If the availability of digital content is to take off quickly, the industry can not rely on consumers rewiring their homes with Ethernet or coax cables. The faster deployment, lower installation costs, configuration flexibility and other advantages of wireless networks have already been well established. But there have always been doubts about the ability of home networks based on the IEEE 802.11a/b/g standards to distribute high-quality (especially HD) video in a home environment.
VC funds down but LBOs up, experts say News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment The equity markets are mixed for semiconductors. As U.S. venture capital funding slows in the semiconductor industry, private-equity buyouts are expected to accelerate in the sector, experts said.
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