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).
On Semiconductor NBX series silicon-based crystal oscillator clocks Product News 4/29/2011 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 4/28/2011 Post a comment 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 Product News 4/28/2011 Post a comment 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 Product News 4/27/2011 Post a comment 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 28 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.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.