White LED drivers deliver 90% efficiency Product News 5/31/2007 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology has released two 1.25-MHz current-mode boost converters optimized for white LED applications. The SiP12510 and SiP12511 white LED drivers offer a 90% typical efficiency, said to be the highest rating for this type of device.
Optical sensors meet AEC Q101 qualification Product News 5/31/2007 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology says it has introduced the industry's first transmissive optical sensors qualified to the AEC Q101 standard. The TCPT1300X01 and TCUT1300X01 sensors are also said to be the industry's first with a MSL 1 moisture rating.
Input ADC offers fault protection up to ±30 V Product News 5/31/2007 Post a comment Linear Technology released the LTC1856, a 5 V, 16-bit, 8-channel, 100 ksamples/s analog-to-digital (ADC) converter with ±10 V input ranges and additional fault protection. An overvoltage fault up to ±30 V on one or more unused channels will not corrupt the accuracy of the selected channel and provides protection on 24 V (±10% tolerance) industrial supply lines.
Regulators use I2C interface for overvoltage, overcurrent protection Product News 5/31/2007 Post a comment Intersil released the ISL6422B and ISL6423B low-noise block (LNB) supply and control voltage regulators. These regulators use an I2C interface to improve system reliability by reporting diagnostics and protecting a satellite set top box (SSTB) against overvoltage, overcurrent, overtemperature and backward current.
Motorola to cut 4,000 more jobs News & Analysis 5/31/2007 Post a comment Motorola, which is trying to get its financial house in order in coping with falling mobile phone sales, said Wednesday that it would cut an additional 4,000 jobs in shaving another $600 million in costs.
Gartner cuts chip forecast News & Analysis 5/31/2007 Post a comment Gartner has lowered its 2007 worldwide semiconductor forecast to $269.2 billion, a 2.5 percent increase from 2006. In its previous forecast, the research firm predicted a 2007 revenue increase of 6.4 percent.
Gartner cuts chip forecast News & Analysis 5/31/2007 Post a comment Gartner Inc. has lowered its 2007 worldwide semiconductor forecast to $269.2 billion, a 2.5 percent increase from 2006. In Gartner's previous forecast, it predicted a 2007 revenue increase of 6.4 percent.
R&D jobs to go in Tundra restructuring News & Analysis 5/31/2007 Post a comment Communications chip group Tundra Semiconductor Corporation is reducing its headcount by 20, or about 7 percent of the company's global workforce, and will not fill several vacant positions as it restructures to shore up its finances.
Mitsubishi advances solar cell conversion efficiency News & Analysis 5/31/2007 Post a comment Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has achieved photoelectric conversion efficiency rates of 18.0 percent in a 150mm square practical use multi-crystalline silicon solar cell. The company claims this is a 1.2 percent improvement over previous models and is the best conversion rate achieved to date in the industry.
CEVA unveils 32-bit, dual-MAC DSP core Product News 5/31/2007 Post a comment The CEVA-TeakLite-III cores are assembly code compatible with previous generation TeakLite cores, but incorporate many significant enhancements. Upgrades include 32-bit and dual 16x16-bit multipliers and instructions for accelerating FFT, Viterbi, and Huffman algorithms.
Real-Time Operating Systems for DSP, part 8 Design How-To 5/31/2007 Post a comment Part 8 of this 8-part series shows how to analyze systems with aperiodic tasks. It also explains the dangers of priority inversion, and explains how to avoid priority inversion by using priority inheritance.
Design tools spur fuel cell development year round Design How-To 5/31/2007 Post a comment Challenge X EXCLUSIVE: Developing a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in three years is a daunting task. In a northern climate that only allows test driving on roads for eight months of the year, the task is nearly impossible--without the correct tools that is.
900 W modular power supply passes medical safety approvals Product News 5/30/2007 Post a comment PowerGate introduced the ACE Series of 300 to 900 W modular power with medical safety approvals. The ACE series consists of four power platforms offering 300/450/650/900 W which can be configured with a selection of 32 different output modules to provide many possible output configurations for medical and low-leakage applications.
China semi market to peak in 2007, iSuppli says News & Analysis 5/30/2007 Post a comment While China's overheating economy and tech industry have raised concerns about a possible market crash, the Chinese semiconductor segment has already settled into what research firm iSuppli Corp. called a more sustainable growth rate.
Palm's Foleo gets mixed reactions News & Analysis 5/30/2007 Post a comment Palm Inc. launched today the Foleo, an ultra thin, light and inexpensive notebook-like companion for a smartphone, but the concept is already being greeted by mixed reviews.
Prototype-foundry SVTC partners with TSMC News & Analysis 5/30/2007 Post a comment Fresh from its spin-off from Cypress Semiconductor, SVTC Technologies LLC is aggressively moving to fill a void for independent prototyping fabs that specialize in novel semiconductor technologies using 8-inch wafers.
Research firm lowers capex forecast News & Analysis 5/30/2007 Post a comment Amid a lull in the IC industry, Strategic Marketing Associates lowered its capital spending forecast for 2007 to 5 percent growth, and warned that spending might not grow at all this year.
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