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Movea offers $1.99 'air mouse' for iPhone
News & Analysis  
11/26/2010   19 comments
Motion sensing and gesture recognition company Movea SA has announced its Air Mouse application for the iPhone4 is available for download from the App Store at a price of $1.99. The Air Mouse application enables iPhone4 users to turn their phone into a motion-operated remote control for home media and presentation uses.
Setting up power-supply OR'ing controllers (Part 2 of 3)
Design How-To  
11/26/2010   Post a comment
This book excerpt explains approaches and algorithms when using redundant controllers, in the context of Lattice Semiconductor's just published book on power-supply issues
Ontario microwave startup raises $8 million
News & Analysis  
11/25/2010   11 comments
Peraso Technologies Inc., a fabless chip company working on millimeter-wave radio transceiver technology, has raised C$8 million (about $7.9 million) in an equity financing round led by Celtic House Venture Partners.
Flight Focus uses Vector tools for DO-178B Level C/D coverage requirements
News & Analysis  
11/25/2010   1 comment
Vector Software, Inc. announced that FlightFocus Pte Ltd has deployed its VectorCAST/C++ and VectorCAST/Cover tools to achieve DO-178B certification in a short amount of time.
Vishay launches DSCC-approved, zero-ohm chip resistor
Product News  
11/25/2010   5 comments
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has introduced the RCWPM Jumper, a DSCC-approved, zero-ohm chip resistor that is MIL-PRF-32159-qualified.
Sitara ARM processor supports Profibus
Product News  
11/25/2010   12 comments
Texas Instruments Inc. has announced the availability of its AM1810 Sitara ARM processor, which integrates an ARM9 processor core with a Profibus interface. Profibus is a popular fieldbus used for communications between factory automation equipment.
NXP's Mifare to add NFC support to SIMs
News & Analysis  
11/25/2010   10 comments
NXP Semiconductors NV has struck a licensing deal so that its 13.56-MHz Mifare contactless smart card technology to be integrated into the Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) smart card format of Gemalto NV used in mobile terminals in GSM and UMTS (European 3G) mobile communications networks.
CMOS optical pulse compressor debuts
News & Analysis  
11/24/2010   8 comments
Silicon photonic pulse compressors to be used for optical time division multiplexing in future on-chip silicon photonics were demonstrated on CMOS chips by researchers at the University of California at San Diego.
The evolution of design methodology
Blog  
11/24/2010   8 comments
In nature, long periods of relatively stable environments are occasionally punctuated by large-scale changes that are the catalyst for evolution to create a large variety of mutations, and then for natural selection to weed out the unsuccessful ones. The environment in which design methodology lives is similar.
Broadcom closes Beceem buy
News & Analysis  
11/24/2010   2 comments
Broadcom said it closed the $316 million acquisition of LTE and WiMAX SoC vendor Beceem Communications.
Mentor, Rohde & Schwarz develop HW-accelerated debug platform
News & Analysis  
11/24/2010   2 comments
Mentor Graphics Corp. and Rohde & Schwarz said they have joined forces to deliver a hardware-accelerated debug platform for the verification of wireless communications SoCs.
Synopsys unveils LightTools version 7.1
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11/24/2010   Post a comment
Synopsys Inc. has made enhancements to its LightTools illumination design and analysis software.
D&R readies Intelligent Project Architect
Product News  
11/24/2010   Post a comment
Design & Reuse SA (D&R) has delivered Intelligent Project Architect (IPA) as part of its IP management platform. It is suitable for IP-based collaborative design project between geographically distributed teams using various revision control systems.
Infineon signs Chinese IGBT deal
News & Analysis  
11/24/2010   5 comments
Infineon Technologies AG has signed a license agreement with Xinjiang Goldwind Science and Technology Co. Ltd., a Chinese manufacturer of wind power equipments allowing the company to make core components for wind turbines.
Automotive MEMS sales rebound, says iSuppli
News & Analysis  
11/24/2010   6 comments
Driven by the sharp rebound in the automotive production and inventory rebuilding, the market for automotive microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors will grow to record size in 2010, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Is IBM moving to fab-lite, research heavy?
News & Analysis  
11/24/2010   16 comments
IBM appears set to gradually back away from semiconductor manufacturing and to rely for its leading-edge silicon on Samsung and GlobalFoundries as foundry suppliers. Both Samsung and GlobalFoundries are set to have wafer fabs for foundry operations in the United States, which could help cement relations.
North American PCB book-to-bill slips
News & Analysis  
11/24/2010   3 comments
The book-to-bill ratio for the North American rigid PCB industry in October 2010 fell below parity to 0.98, according to the Association Connecting Electronics Industries, a standards body for the electronics industry known as the IPC.
Software, services & open platforms drive nextgen handset design
Blog  
11/24/2010   Post a comment
As various players begin to roll out application stores in one form or another, or tie up deals with specific content, the mobile industry is entering what could be a decisive phase in its business cycle
Case study: High-Level Synthesis – Ready for prime-time?
Design How-To  
11/24/2010   7 comments
This article describes how TI implemented a Transaction-Level Model (TLM) based design and verification methodology utilizing Cadence C-to-Silicon Compiler on a Queue Manager design. It quantifies the results versus a traditional RTL-based methodology, highlighting both the benefits and remaining challenges of adopting a TLM design and verification flow utilizing C-to-Silicon Compiler.
Quantum hard drives on the horizon
News & Analysis  
11/23/2010   6 comments
Entanglement may be used someday to read and write information onto quantum hard drives.
Car Wi-Fi shipments projected to soar
News & Analysis  
11/23/2010   7 comments
Shipments of built-in car Wi-Fi systems are set to soar by more than 40 fold by 2017, as automakers increasingly view wireless connectivity as a key competitive differentiator, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Altera’s next-gen industrial networking, motor control, and safety solutions
Product News  
11/23/2010   1 comment
Good grief – it sounds like the place to be at the moment is the SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2010 Electric Automation Exhibition and Conference in Nuremberg, Germany,
Xilinx FPGA development platforms accelerate industrial system designs
Product News  
11/23/2010   3 comments
New industrial networking, machine vision and motor control platforms short-cut design and integration of hardware, software and IP for high-performance system-on-chip designs.
Broadcom reveals CPU development
News & Analysis  
11/23/2010   11 comments
A look at the BRCM 5000, a new MIPS-compatible CPU that Broadcom has developed its broadband and consumer-video SoCs.
Walkman R.I.P., Audi sound
Audio DesignLine Blog  
11/23/2010   6 comments
My take on the fate of the Walkman (maybe it should be renamed the "WalkingDeadman") and on the efforts by Audi - and other companies - to find the "right sound" for their products.
Analog Devices claims MEMS patent win
News & Analysis  
11/23/2010   6 comments
Analog Devices Inc. has said that U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled patents belonging to Knowles Electronics LLC invalid. As a result Administrative Law Judge Robert K. Rogers Jr. has quashed attempts to stop ADI from importing or selling its microphones in the United States.
Book Review: uC/OS-III The Real-Time Kernel by Jean Labrosse
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
11/23/2010   11 comments
I've long wanted to know more about how a Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) performs its magic. The book µC/OS-III - The Real-Time Kernel explains all…
LTX-Credence misses estimates
News & Analysis  
11/23/2010   Post a comment
Automated test equipment vendor LTX-Credence—set to merge with Verigy—reported sales for the quarter ended Oct. 31 that fell short of consensus analysts' expectations.
High-voltage thermoelectric power generators provide energy harvesting for self-powered distributed sensors
Product News  
11/23/2010   3 comments
Nextreme Thermal Solutions has introduced the new eTEG HV37 thermoelectric power generator, the next entry in the high-voltage (HV) series of clean energy generators based on thin-film thermoelectrics.
Adesto adds Nelson Chan to board
News & Analysis  
11/23/2010   Post a comment
Adesto Technologies Corp., a startup developing Conductive Bridge RAM (CBRAM) technology has announced that Nelson C. Chan has been appointed to its board of directors, effective October 12, 2010.
Mirics, ArcSoft team for Latin American TV
News & Analysis  
11/23/2010   Post a comment
PC-TV software-plus-silicon company Mirics Semiconductor Ltd. has announced that it is working with ArcSoft to enable viewers in Latin America to watch broadcast high definition television (HDTV) on their PCs.
Balancing and achieving key supply-design objectives
Design How-To  
11/23/2010   Post a comment
Balancing and achieving key supply-design objectives Maximizing efficiency in a low-profile form factor is a non-trivial challenge for even the most experienced power supply de­signers. Some examples of systems requiring low-profile power supply designs include: flat panel displays, rack mounted computer equipment and telecom and aerospace chassis-mounted assemblies.
Researchers carve CPU into plastic foil
News & Analysis  
11/23/2010   21 comments
Researchers will describe at ISSCC a processor built on thin plastic foil as well as a 5.2 GHz IBM CPU an Intel Itanium chip packing 54 Mbytes cache.
STMicroelectronics L6470 dSpin motor controllers
Product News  
11/23/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has unveiled a single-chip motor controller, dSPIN, containing digital, analog and power circuitry to control stepper motors.
Creating industrial pump and fan applications with Altera FPGAs and Alizem motor-control IP
Design How-To  
11/22/2010   3 comments
How Altera’s FPGAs and Alizem’s motor control IP can be used to create industrial pump and fan control applications that result in increased performance, reduced cost, and faster time-to-market.
Fairchild Semi to focus more on handsets
News & Analysis  
11/22/2010   2 comments
Fairchild Semiconductor International said it would increase its focus on the mobile handset as a market for the company's products.
Audi on the search for the right sound
News & Analysis  
11/22/2010   5 comments
While the absence of noise associated with electric vehicles is a relief for many, cars gliding along in almost perfect silence represent a potential source of danger. Audi, like many other OEMs, is now trying to find the ideal sound for its e-cars.
Wolfson selected by Movidius for mobile 3D
News & Analysis  
11/22/2010   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has been selected by mobile multimedia processing specialist Movidius to deliver audio performance and power management to its Myriad 3D platform reference and development boards.
Fairchild’s FAN5400 Li-Ion battery switching charger shortens charge time and reduces heat
Product News  
11/22/2010   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor's FAN5400 family of USB-compliant, Li-Ion switching chargers with USB On-The-Go (USB-OTG) capabilities provides faster charge times and overcomes the thermal issues.
ADI tops estimates, but sees slowdown
News & Analysis  
11/22/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices reported sales for the quarter ending Oct. 30 that beat consensus analysts' expectations, but the company said it expects sales to decline sequentially in the current quarter.
IRS2053M 3-channel Class-D audio driver offers superior sound quality in a smaller footprint
Product News  
11/22/2010   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced the IRS2053M 200 V driver IC for use in Class-D audio applications including high-performance home theater systems and car audio amplifiers requiring a compact footprint.
Audio jack detection and configuration switch enables detection of different audio accessories
Product News  
11/22/2010   2 comments
Fairchild Semiconductor has developed the FSA8008 audio jack detection and configuration switch as a one-chip audio jack detector and switch for 3- or 4-pole accessories.
Moore's Law enters the fourth dimension
Blog  
11/22/2010   18 comments
For Moore's Law to remain relevant, the semiconductor industry must rethink it to include the long-ignored dimension of efficiency.
Class-D audio amps and current limiting switches target portable, consumer apps
Product News  
11/22/2010   Post a comment
At Electronica in Munich, Germany, ON Semiconductor (Hall A5, Stand 225) is introducing four new devices designed to support portable and consumer electronics applications.
AVB reference design reduces barriers for A/V standards
Product News  
11/22/2010   Post a comment
A joint reference design for audio/visual bridging (AVB) applications is claimed to provide the lowest cost solution for Ethernet AVB endpoints.
USB audio/video codec board measures 38x70mm, draws 1.5W for embedded apps
Product News  
11/22/2010   Post a comment
The Model 2253 from Sensoray is a compact USB audio/video codec with a low power consumption well suited for embedded applications.
Customer convenience port modules connect state-of-the-art audio and video into cars
Product News  
11/22/2010   Post a comment
Molex has released the Customer Convenience Port (CCP) modules, which provide the automotive and non-automotive transportation markets with access to the high-speed audio and video connections needed for computers, video displays, CD players, DVD players and video games.
Semiconductor success is no longer about the chips, it’s about end customers
Blog  
11/22/2010   3 comments
To achieve high performance, semiconductor companies must lend a more attentive ear and more sharply focus their attention on customers.
Cars become hotspots, fueling Wi-Fi growth
News & Analysis  
11/22/2010   19 comments
Cars will increasingly become mobile hot spots, generating Wi-Fi chip revenues of $100 million by 2015, according to a new report from In-Stat.
Narda: 3dB attenuator handles 6GHz
Product News  
11/22/2010   Post a comment
Narda miniature fixed 3-dB attenuator covers up to 6 GHz and handles 200W peak power.
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