TSMC: Consumer market, 90-nm driving foundry sales News & Analysis 3/31/2006 Post a comment The industry’s insatiable appetite for consumer electronics and the trend toward 90 and 65-nm process geometries spells good times for the foundry industry, according to Charles Byers, director of worldwide brand management corporate marketing for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.
Commentary: What's in a name? Plenty Blog 3/31/2006 Post a comment The semiconductor industry has turned to sophisticated naming and branding conventions in recent years, resulting in several company monikers that sound out of place. Bring back the straightforward company names of years gone by.
32-bit AVR processor targets multimedia systems for cell phones Product News 3/31/2006 Post a comment Atmel Corp.’s new AP7000 family of 32-bit processors integrate on a single chip virtually all the functionality required for multimedia systems that are deployed in cell phones and other infotainment systems. Packed into the chip are two Ethernet MACs, USB with On-chip PHY and LCD Controller.
100-V power MOSFETs bring yet more economy Product News 3/31/2006 Post a comment Infineon says its OptiMOS 2 family of 100-volt MOSFETs, 20-strong now and 40 more expected shortly, can reduce switching losses by 20 percent, and parts count in a switched mode supply by 30 percent, as compared to traditional solutions.
LED block offers modular design Product News 3/31/2006 Post a comment Offering a building-block approach to solid-state lighting, Bivar has introduced a 1-watt LED block series with optional configurations for power, lighting styles and mounting methods.
Video decoders target security surveillance apps Product News 3/31/2006 Post a comment Techwell, Inc. unveiled two, four-channel NTSC/PAL video decoders with integrated audio analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, and a Motion Joint Photographic Experts Group (MJPEG) compression controller for multichannel digital video recorders (DVRs) for security surveillance applications.
Stratix II GX FPGAs shipping in volume Product News 3/31/2006 Post a comment Altera Corp. is shipping the Stratix II GX EP2SGX90E device and accompanying development kit. Featuring 12 transceivers and 90,960 equivalent logic elements (LEs), the EP2SGX90E device is the first member of the Stratix II GX FPGA family to ship to customers.
Multi-LED driver touts tight programmability Product News 3/31/2006 Post a comment Catalyst Semiconductor's LED driver, the CAT3626, is a 1x/1.5x charge pump with precision current-setting capabililties to serve applications from display backlighting to RGB/flash in cell phones and digital cameras.
Advanced video codecs tutorial, and more! Blog 3/31/2006 Post a comment I'm packing my bags for the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, where I'll be program chair for the Consumer Video Design Seminar all day Thursday (April 6). One of the best aspects of the conference is that, amidst all the "latest developments" being discussed in the technical sessions, there's also opportunity to take a step back
Video codecs tutorial: Trade-offs with H.264, VC-1 and other advanced codecs Design How-To 3/30/2006 Post a comment Both H.264/AVC and VC-1 codecs are capable of squeezing very high compression ratios utilizing the available processing horsepower in low-cost ICs such as programmable DSPs and fixed-function ASICs. However choosing the right codec and optimizing its real-time implementation for a specific application remains a tough challenge. The optimal design must trade-off between compression efficiency and the use of available computational horse-power. Obtaining the optimal compression efficiency with lim
Opto to surpass discrete ICs in 2006 News & Analysis 3/30/2006 Post a comment For the first time in history, the optoelectronics market this year is projected to surpass the discrete semiconductor business and become the second largest segment in the semiconductor industry behind integrated circuits, according to IC Insights Inc.
SEZ sees delivery delays in Q1 News & Analysis 3/30/2006 Post a comment Amid delivery delays in the first period, the SEZ Group said that sales were 80.2 million Swiss Francs ($61.9 million) in the fourth quarter, up 7.2 percent sequentially.
ATI posts record sales News & Analysis 3/30/2006 Post a comment ATI Technologies Inc. said revenues for the second quarter were $672 million, a new company record and a 14 percent increase relative to the first quarter of fiscal 2006.
Genesis Microchip to fall short of guidance News & Analysis 3/30/2006 Post a comment Image processing chip supplier Genesis Microchip Inc. announced Thursday (March 30) it expects fiscal fourth 2006 quarter sales to top off at $60 to $61 million, slightly below the previously guided range of $62 to $67 million.
Mixed-signal ICs take the home audio experience on the road Design How-To 3/30/2006 Post a comment Automotive audio quality has to be very high to compensate for a less-than-ideal listening environment, which means excellent performance is demanded under variable noise, vibration, and temperature conditions. Here's why mixed signal processors, separate from DSPs, are so effective.
Op amp filter removes GSM burst noise Product News 3/30/2006 Post a comment Intersil Corp.'s operational amplifier features an 8-MHz low-pass filter that is said to remove Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) noise from the video band and it also serves as an anti-aliasing filter.
Dual RF power detector chips work to 11-GHz Product News 3/30/2006 Post a comment The fabs at IC house Linear Technology Corp. are dishing up dual-channel RF detector chips that work out to 11-GHz. LTC's Type LTC5533 chips can be used to measure RF power in multi-band WiFi, WiMAX and other radio applications.
H-Stream Wireless raises $12.6 million News & Analysis 3/30/2006 Post a comment Fabless wireless semiconductor start-up H-Stream Wireless has raised $12.6 million in Series A funding from investors that include Intel Capital, Tallwood Venture Capital and Granite Ventures.