LCD TV growth to slow in '07, iSuppli says Product News 12/27/2006 Post a comment Rapid price declines will slow LCD TV revenue growth in 2007, according to projections from market research firm iSuppli. Worldwide LCD TV factory revenue will rise by 20 percent in 2007, down from 76 percent in 2006, according to the firm.
Samsung unveils 1-Gbit mobile DRAM Product News 12/27/2006 Post a comment Samsung Electronics said it has developed the industry's first one gigabit mobile DRAM for mobile products, using 80-nm process technology. It will be available in second quarter 2007.
Multi-function DMMs make 4-wire measurements with two test leads Product News 12/27/2006 Post a comment Two 6-1/2-digit graphical DMMs sport 14 measurement functions, with ranges to measure temperature, capacitance, period and frequency. A 2 x 4 ohms function uses patented split terminal jacks that let you perform 4-wire measurements using only two leads instead of four. Click to read Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn's comments.
LCD-TV growth to slow in 2007, says iSupply News & Analysis 12/27/2006 Post a comment Despite soaring sales of larger-screen sets, rapid price declines will cause the Liquid Crystal Display Television (LCD-TV) market to undergo a deceleration in 2007 compared to the red-hot year in 2006, although growth will continue at a prodigious rate, iSuppli Corp. predicts.
Warren Buffett to buy distributor TTI News & Analysis 12/27/2006 Post a comment TTI Inc., one of the world's largest distributors of passive and electromechanical components, is being bought by Berkshire Hathaway, billionaire Warren Buffet's investment vehicle. Terms of the deal, which includes TTI's catalog based distribution business, Mouser Electronics, were not disclosed.
Counting down top stories of 2006: No. 3 News & Analysis 12/26/2006 Post a comment Our No. 3 story of 2006 by Silicon Valley editor Mark LaPedus described how Apple Computer teamed up with Ford Motor, General Motors and Mazda to deliver "seamless iPod integration" across the majority of their respective car brands and models.
TSMC, UMC undamaged by quakes, according to report News & Analysis 12/26/2006 Post a comment The world's two largest semiconductor foundries -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) -- reported no damage from a pair of major earthquakes that struck southern Taiwan, according to a report.
LXI leverages Ethernet for test Product News 12/26/2006 Post a comment Focus-On: For decades, IEEE-488/GPIB served well in small- and medium-sized test systems, with VXI-based testers meeting the needs of high channel-count applications. Time marches on. Test engineers now seek high-bandwidth systems that are relatively easy to configure and are low in cost. Enter Ethernet-connected LXI.
Matsushita reportedly selling stake in JVC News & Analysis 12/26/2006 Post a comment Matsushita's reported intention to sell JVC was big news in Japan over the holiday weekend. Matsushita, which owns about 52.4 percent of JVC, offered little comment, saying the company has not decided anything in regard to the sale of its stake in legendary consumer electronics outfit.
India scores highly versus other SoC destinations News & Analysis 12/26/2006 Post a comment The emergence of rival design locations and the seemingly inevitable increase in offshoring and outsourcing is causing global companies to pay more serious attention to the immediate and future prospects of locating development activity, causing some to make individual assessments among three of the most likely destinations: China, India and Taiwan.
Ambient light sensors adjust LCD brightness to save battery power Product News 12/26/2006 Post a comment Ambient light sensors are used as backlighting controls in any number of LCD display applications from consumer electronics to automotive, and by automatically adjusting display brightness, they can conserve battery life, which is a key benefit in mobile device applications. These sensors work well in all kinds of light sources from natural sunlight to fluorescent and incandescent lamps.
Renesas to collaborate with PSC for China market News & Analysis 12/26/2006 Post a comment TOKYO — Renesas Technology Corp. will participate in a Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. (PSC) subsidiary to reinforce software development and support for Chinese consumer electronics market.
Renesas and PSC have agreed that Renesas will jointly manage Retronix Technologies Inc. (RTX), currently a wholly owned subsidiary of PSC which is specialized in system solutions.
Elpida rolls 70-nm DRAMs News & Analysis 12/25/2006 Post a comment Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. has begun mass production of the DRAM industry's first 1-gigabit and 512-megabit DDR2 SDRAMs using 70-nanometer process technology.
AMD preps 300-mm fab in New York News & Analysis 12/25/2006 Post a comment Preparing to build a new 300-mm fab in the United States, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said that it has signed a grant disbursement agreement with the State of New York.
How to use undersampling Design How-To 12/22/2006 Post a comment Undersampling can be an extremely valuable tool, but care must be taken to ensure good performance. Here's how to make it work.
Slew of high-tech execs on Santa's naughty list News & Analysis 12/22/2006 Post a comment Just days before Santa loads up the sleigh the make his famous trek, the U.S. Justice Department has provided a reminder that many high-tech executives had better be prepared to find lumps of coal in their stockings on Christmas morning.
SED's CES pullout likely related to patent dispute Product News 12/22/2006 Post a comment A legal dispute with Nano-Proprietary has placed an obstacle in the path of Toshiba and Canon's promotion of SED displays at next month's Consumer Electronics Show, an important event for a technology scheduled to be in commercial production next year.
Hurt by Intel, AMD cuts MPU prices News & Analysis 12/22/2006 Post a comment SAN JOSE, Calif. — Hurt by competitive pressures from Intel Corp. and other factors, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) has cut its product prices in the channels and offered favorable terms to others, according to an analyst.
''We believe AMD is experiencing a challenging Q4'06 from both a demand and a product mix stand point,'' said analyst Doug Freedman of American Technology Research Inc., in a report.
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5-amp LDO powers ultralow-voltage DSPs, ASICs Product News 12/22/2006 Post a comment Micrel's MIC69502 is a 5-amp low-voltage, low-dropout (LDO) regulator suited for FPGAs, microcontrollers and logic ICs in next generation optical networks, communication switches, storage networks, wireless base stations, and home entertainment systems.
Motorola Plans To Boost IPTV Set-Top Boxes With Tut Acquisition News & Analysis 12/22/2006 Post a comment Motorola plans to acquire Tut Systems for $39 million in cash and integrate its technology into set-top boxes that deliver Internet TV to the home.
Tut, based in Lake Oswego, Ore., sells digital video encoding, processing, and distribution products that support local ad insertion, real-time conditioning of video and audio, and compression of video in MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 advanced video coding formats, according to Motorola. More than 160 IPTV service providers use Tut's technology.
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