Valley control: One power management trick for new generation PCs News & Analysis 5/15/2002 Post a comment Pentium-based computers can demand up to 60 amps from 1-V line. But powering the CPU core is only one challenge: clocks, peripherals, PCI and graphics bus drivers - even DDR memory - demand a variety of voltages and currents from an otherwise "Green PC." IMVP demands more aggressive power management techniques. This Fairchild engineer explores the main challenges for powering both desktop and notebook PCs.
Developing Flows for 3G FDD Modem Designs News & Analysis 5/15/2002 Post a comment Frequency division duplexing (FDD) has emerged as the early modem winner in 3G wireless architectures. Now design engineers must implement and rework design flows to build these complex modem designs.
Compact silicon drives color phones Teardown 5/14/2002 Post a comment The Sony-Ericsson T68 mobile phone exemplifies the kind of feature-rich, high-margin handset the wireless industry is banking on for future profits. Its hardware design reflects the trend toward more compact, powerful silicon.
10 Reasons to Choose DMT for VDSL Designs News & Analysis 5/14/2002 Post a comment With video catching on in the broadband sector, members of the DSL community are working hard to bring VDSL to life. But, to make these systems work, designers must first solve the heated DMT vs. CAP/QAM battle. Here's why DMT should win.
ESS taps NEC's MPEG2 technology for chips in DVD recorders, set-top boxes News & Analysis 5/14/2002 Post a comment FREMONT, Calif. -- ESS Technology Inc. today announced it has licensed MPEG2 audio/video encoder technology from NEC Corp. in Japan, and it plans to integrate the function with MPEG4 capability in a new series of single-chip solutions for home entertainment products. The pact also expands the collaboration between the two companies in set-top box ICs.
MOSFET design simplifies DRAM News & Analysis 5/13/2002 Post a comment Details on a compact memory architecture aimed at high-performance, low-cost embedded DRAM for subquarter-micron generations will be presented at the Custom Integrated Circuits Conference this week.
Flexible I/O speeds data switch News & Analysis 5/13/2002 Post a comment A new concept for crossbar switching fabrics that targets unused switching paths will be presented at the Custom Integrated Circuits Conference this week.
Innovative ideas leap design hurdles at CICC News & Analysis 5/13/2002 Post a comment The IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) has been the prime venue for new perspectives on the toughest problems facing IC designers. This year's event, to be held this week in Orlando, Fla., offers a fresh crop of innovative circuit design ideas, some of which are excerpted in this week's Focus section.
AMD officially rolls out MirrorBit flash in attack on Intel's Strataflash News & Analysis 5/13/2002 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Competition in flash memories intensified today with the official launch of MirrorBit memories by Advanced Micro Devices Inc. The new MirrorBit devices are based on a multi-bit technology that doubles the amount of information on a chip, compared to standard flash cells, and it is AMD's response to Intel Corp.'s Strataflash devices, which were launched in 1997.
HPL creates 'Design For Yield' division to speed new IC production News & Analysis 5/13/2002 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- HPL Technologies Inc. today launched a new division to address the growing gap between IC design and the ability to produce chips with high yields in wafer fabs. The Design For Yield (DFY) division will focus on development of yield analysis and optimization software for integrated circuit designers, said the San Jose company.
ESS says DVD chip volumes surge in typically slow second quarter News & Analysis 5/13/2002 Post a comment FREMONT, Calif. -- ESS Technology Inc. today said it shipped a record-high 2 million advanced DVD decoder chip solutions in April, which is normally the start of a seasonal slowdown period. The company reiterated its guidance for strong sequential growth in DVD chip shipments, predicting a 10-to-20% increase in the current second quarter over the first three months of this year.
Kawasaki and Israeli's Silicom design 'foolproof' USB connection ICs News & Analysis 5/13/2002 Post a comment KFAR SAVA, Israel -- Silicom Ltd. here and San Jose-based Kawasaki LSI USA Inc. today claimed development of the industry's first "self-install" enabled chips for the Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard. The new Iplug-USB enabled chips are part of a three-year partnership agreement between the two companies, which will retain the rights to market the technology under their own brand names.
Power chip supplier IXYS reports 27% sequential sales growth in quarter News & Analysis 5/10/2002 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Power semiconductor supplier IXYS Corp. here reported a 27% sequential increase in net revenues to $20.4 million in the company's fiscal fourth quarter, ended March 31, compared to $16.1 million in the prior three-month period. Compared to a year ago, IXYS sales were 36% lower than $32 million in fiscal Q4 2001.
Europe's austriamicrosystems hones strategy for push into global markets News & Analysis 5/10/2002 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Chip maker austriamicrosystems AG of Austria is pushing hard to put itself on the semiconductor map--globally speaking. The 22-year-old semiconductor company says it is taking aggressive steps to make a name for itself outside of Europe as a major supplier of ASICs and specialty foundry processes for worldwide customers.
Sir John Egan leaves Qinetiq News & Analysis 5/10/2002 Post a comment Privatisation specialist Sir John Egan has quit as non-executive chairman of Qinetiq. His departure comes just as the former MoD defence arm is evaluating potential private sector investors.
Opti sues National over bus-interface IC technologies News & Analysis 5/9/2002 Post a comment MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Opti Inc. late today announced it has filed a patent infringement suit against National Semiconductor Corp. over bus-interface chip technology.
The suit, filed in the Northern District of California, claims that National has infringed on two of Opti's U.S. patents. The patents in question involve chips that incorporate Opti's "low-pin-count interface specification" technology.
HPL Technologies grows revenues 26% in quarter after acquisitions News & Analysis 5/9/2002 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Yield optimization software supplier HPL Technologies Inc. reported a 26% sequential increase in revenues to $13.7 million in the company's fiscal fourth quarter, ended March 31, compared to $10.9 million in the prior three-month period. HPL's revenues were up 209% from $4.4 million in the same quarter last year.
OFDM Uncovered Part 2: Design Challenges Design How-To 5/9/2002 Post a comment While OFDM is an attractive option for WLAN designers, it also brings with it some key implementation challenges. In Part 2 of this set, we examine how designers can handle offset, phase-noise and dynamic range headaches in OFDM architectures.
Preparing for a New Era of Growth in EDA Design How-To 5/9/2002 Post a comment If you are involved with EDA tools, chip design, silicon IP, or
chip-based electronic systems, you probably already know about the
Design Automation Conference, returning this year to the Big Easy. Co-technical committee chairs Luciano Lavagno and David Blaauw discuss some of this year's DAC highlights, including technical coverage of embedded-system design challenges, the re-emergence of analog design, and new approaches for dealing with increasing IC complexity and power consumption.
Design Considerations for Edge Routers: Part 1 Design How-To 5/8/2002 Post a comment The service edge router is the melting pot of the comm sector housing everything from ATM to IP traffic. In Part 1, we layout the key design considerations that engineers need to evaluate when building these router designs.