MOSFET chip set boosts supplies by 15% Product News 4/30/2005 Post a comment Renesas Technology says its RJK0305DPB/RJK0301DPB high-side/low-side chip set achieves an efficiency of 90 percent, the highest in the industry, for small DC/DC converters (20 amps at 1.3 volts from a 12-volt input). In such applications, this increase in efficiency corresponds to an increase in output current of about 15 percent as compared to converters built with the company's previous generation MOSFETs.
7200-rpm, 100-Gbyte drive available in 2.5-in. platter for notebooks Product News 4/29/2005 Post a comment Seagate Technology has added to its Momentus family of hard disk drive products a 7200-rpm, 100-Gigabyte drive, the highest capacity available for notebooks. And it has ramped up the areal densities on its 5400 and 4200 drives to 120-Gbytes from 100-Gbytes. With the latest additions, Seagate now offers a complete line of 2.5-in notebook drives covering all spin speeds, capacity points and interfaces.
Dell to expand India outsourcing, says report News & Analysis 4/29/2005 Post a comment Dell Computer plans to add 2,000 people in India by the year's end as the PC maker seeks to make the country a hub for software development and back-office work, an Associated Press report said Friday (April 29).
E-passport makers hail U.S. retreat News & Analysis 4/29/2005 Post a comment Global electronic passports suppliers hailed a decision by the U.S. State Department to add a requirement for additional security measures in next-generation U.S. passports.
Nanometrics posts profit on 14% sales gain in Q1 News & Analysis 4/29/2005 Post a comment Metrology-equipment specialist Nanometrics Inc. said revenues for the first quarter of 2005 were $23.5 million, an increase of 14 percent from $20.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2004 and an increase of 72 percent compared to $13.7 million for the first quarter of 2004.
Amid headcount reductions, ASE Test posts loss News & Analysis 4/29/2005 Post a comment Amid a headcount reduction, Taiwan's ASE Test Ltd., the world's largest independent provider of semiconductor testing services, said revenues for the first quarter totaled $115.8 million, down 11 percent from Q1 2004 and down 21 percent from Q4 2004.
Microsoft rejoint l’Alliance WiMedia News & Analysis 4/29/2005 Post a comment Microsoft Corp. a annoncé vendredi (29 avril) avoir rejoint l’Alliance WiMedia, groupe chargé de la promotion des technologies de communications sans fil à ultra large bande.
Tools tailored for XAP 32-bit RISC core Product News 4/29/2005 Post a comment Cambridge Consultants has forged a set of development tools for its XAP3 royalty-free RISC processor core for ASICs and FPGAs. The tool set comprises the Gnu Compiler Collection (GCC) C/C++ compiler and the uCLinux and Micrium (C/OS-II real-time operating systems. In particular, the Gnu Compiler Collection imparts an industry standard C programming environment and support for C++ and Java.
Yamaichi offers a test & burn-in socket with ultra fine pitch for BGA/CSP Product News 4/29/2005 Post a comment The continuous miniaturization of mobile applications and the resulting shrinking of module sizes requires ever smaller pitches. This miniaturization also presents a challenge to the socket manufacturers, as not only the reliability, but also the processing capability of the contact systems for Test & Burn-In applications must be ensured.
Microsoft joins WiMedia Alliance News & Analysis 4/29/2005 Post a comment Microsoft Corp. announced Friday (April 29) it has joined the WiMedia Alliance, an industry group promoting ultrawideband wireless communications technology.
SMIC's loss widens as sales fall 15% in Q1 News & Analysis 4/29/2005 Post a comment Chinese silicon foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) reported sales of $248.8 million in the first quarter of 2005, down 14.7 percent from $291.8 million in the prior quarter.
Samsung plans to reduce MCP variations News & Analysis 4/28/2005 Post a comment In an effort to cut costs, Samsung Semiconductor Inc. plans to reduce the variations of multi-chip packages that it currently offers to the cellphone market, said Ivan Greenberg, director of flash strategic marketing at Samsung Semiconductor USA.
Intel pushing for common bus for cellphone ICs News & Analysis 4/28/2005 Post a comment Faced with increasingly complex cellular handsets, Intel Corp. is pushing for a common bus specification that would be used by different types of memories within cellphones, said Mark Leinwander,
system architecture manager at Intel's flash products group.
Analyst sees new products gaining traction in LCD and handheld markets Product News 4/28/2005 Post a comment Following yesterday's yesterday's report on March quarter revenues, American Technology Research analyst Doug Freedman is upgrading his assessment of Intersil Corp. Though it's given up market share in the PC power components market, the company has overcome some of the bumbs from its merger with Xicor and is growing its business in the display arena. Here are the analyst's notes and projections from that earnings report.
Self-powered chips - The work of fiction Design How-To 4/28/2005 Post a comment Emerging portable micro-power applications like sensors, and implantable electronics continue to push technology to handle small, long lasting, low-cost, and fully integrated solutions. However, there are limitations that must be overcome. Here's what one graduate program is doing to meet these demands.
Ceramic caps reduce short-circuit risk in auto apps Product News 4/28/2005 Post a comment EPCOS AG has developed a new type of ceramic capacitor, designated as a multi-layer serial ceramic capacitor (MLSC), to minimize the risk of short circuits if the capacitor is damaged, particularly for applications where the capacitor is permanently connected to a power source or voltage source such as in automotive electronic circuits.
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