Multiphase boost converter eases 12V battery 'cranking deep'
Design How-To 4/29/2011 4 comments
Auto start-stop systems offer improved fuel efficiency and emissions, but vehicle electronics need to be protected from cranking transients. A multiphase boost converter is ideal for this function and can also simplify supplying power audio components in the infotainment system as well as isolating regenerative braking energy storage.
Samsung's profits fall 30 percent
News & Analysis 4/29/2011 10 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced revenues of 36.99 trillion won ($34.6 billion) on a consolidated basis for the first quarter, a 7 percent increase year-on-year.
Apple, Samsung gain in cell phone rankings
News & Analysis 4/29/2011 7 comments
Having posted a record Q1 shipment volume, South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. further closed the gap against market leader Nokia and extended its lead ahead of third place vendor LG Electronics, according to International Data Corp. (IDC).
Speaking out of line
Engineering Investigations 4/29/2011 7 comments
Fix a crashing embedded development platform or enjoy a summer evening outdoors...which would you pick?
On Semiconductor NBX series silicon-based crystal oscillator clocks
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ON Semiconductor is extending its silicon-based crystal oscillator (XO) clock module range. The six new additions to the NBX series provide a cost-effective, high accuracy reference clock solution with dual voltage capabilities and class-leading total frequency stability as low as ±20 parts per million (ppm).
Hynix' profits jump
News & Analysis 4/28/2011 1 comment
Hynix Semiconductor Inc. posted consolidated first quarter revenue of 2.79 trillion won ($2.6 billion), up 2 percent from the previous quarter but down 1 percent a year ago.
AMD licenses SMSC's USB chip interface
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) has licensed SMSC's Inter-Chip Connectivity (ICC) technology, a low power variant of the 480 Mbit/s USB 2.0 standard geared for chip-to-chip links.
Yokogawa DL850 ScopeCorder
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A new real-time mathematics option for the Yokogawa DL850 ScopeCorder introduces many new DSP-based functions that boost the instrument's power analysis capabilities as well as adding features such as sensor linearization and electrical to mechanical conversion.
FreeRTOS hits version 7
Product News 4/28/2011 1 comment
Real Time Engineers Ltd, the company behind the open source operating system, FreeRTOS, has released version 7.0, which features a new software timer implementation that allows timer callbacks to be executed in a task context, rather than as an interrupt.
TSMC posts mixed results
News & Analysis 4/28/2011 1 comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) reported consolidated revenue of NT$105.38 billion ($3.597 billion) in the first quarter, representing a 4.3 percent decrease from 4Q10 and a 14.3 percent increase in 1Q10.
Piezoelectric MEMS boosts vibration harvester
News & Analysis 4/28/2011 14 comments
Electrical engineers from the University of Michigan claim to have invented a technique for micro-machining piezoelectric MEMS that generate 10-times more energy than conventional energy harvesters.
Cadence beats Q1 estimates, promotes exec
News & Analysis 4/27/2011 Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems reported sales and earnings for its fiscal first quarter that exceeded consensus analyst expectations and announced the promotion of one EDA veteran to replace another that is leaving the company.
Xilinx beats estimates on record annual sales
News & Analysis 4/27/2011 3 comments
Xilinx posted record sales of $2.37 billion for its fiscal year and reported revenue for the quarter ended April 2 and guidance for current quarter ending in June that exceeded consensus analysts' expectations.
TSMC spins out solar, LED units
News & Analysis 4/27/2011 1 comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) plans to transfer its solar and solid-state lighting businesses into two new subsidiaries.
Loudspeakers: Objective evaluations - Part 6: Other measurements
Design How-To 4/27/2011 3 comments
In the sixth and final excerpt from the book "Sound Reproduction: The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms," Floyd Toole considers other factors affecting loudspeaker performance beyond frequency response, including phase response, impedance, wire, damping factor and sensitivity.
MATLAB, Simulink revision features code generation
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MathWorks reveals Release 2011a (R2011a) of its MATLAB and Simulink product families offering key code generation products, MATLAB Coder, Simulink Coder, and Embedded Coder as well as 80 other product updates, including Polyspace embedded software verification products.
How Green Is Your MCU?
Blog 4/27/2011 3 comments
With energy efficient, ‘green’ designs devices being all the rage, embedded developers need to be asking semiconductor vendors, “How green is your MCU?” (OK, so it’s black. Work with me here.)
Scaling a video on demand server
Design How-To 4/27/2011 1 comment
This article illustrates how to model and simulate an example model of a RTP/RTSP video on demand server using the method, notations and tools provided by CoFluent Design.
Analysis: Why ARM-AMD makes sense
Blog 4/27/2011 26 comments
With many-core processing leveling the playing field for microprocessor makers this would be a good time for AMD to focus on system-level issues impacting its processor ICs and let ARM do the heavy lifting in terms of architecture, argues Peter Clarke
ARM working on AMD to drop x86
News & Analysis 4/27/2011 39 comments
ARM CEO Warren East says it's "perfectly natural" for ARM to try to persuade AMD to license ARM processors and use them instead of Intel's x86 architecture.