Altera drives deeper into ASIC turf News & Analysis 6/23/2003 Post a comment Altera Corp. appears to be issuing its biggest challenge yet to ASIC manufacturers by enabling customers to convert the company's Stratix FPGAs into mask-programmed ASICs through its HardCopy program. Altera's move is intended to further highlight and take advantage of the cost and time-to-market differences between FPGAs and ASICs.
Seagate stages return of notebook drive News & Analysis 6/23/2003 Post a comment Seagate Technology LLC's return to the notebook hard-disk-drive (HDD) market is being welcomed by industry executives as a positive development that could help satisfy surging demand and cool overheated prices.
DRAM market to be little affected by Hynix duty News & Analysis 6/23/2003 Post a comment The decision last week by the U.S. Commerce Department to levy a 44.71% countervailing duty against DRAM imported into the United States by Hynix Semiconductor Inc. is expected to have minimal impact on the DRAM market at large, according to analysts.
Bluetooth Awaits its Fate Amidst Data Rate Debate News & Analysis 6/23/2003 Post a comment In the midst of a critical industry debate over the future evolution of the wireless technology, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group presented details of its soon-to-be-ratified Version 1.2 specification at Bluetooth World Congress in Amsterdam.
Sony Claims to have a 'Feel' for Bluetooth News & Analysis 6/23/2003 Post a comment The Bluetooth community is struggling to find a way to ensure that consumers can quickly set up Bluetooth connectivity that currently takes hours in some cases. The goal is to get Bluetooth-enabled devices up and running within five minutes of taking them out of the box. A Sony Corp. unit said it has the answer, but others said they remain skeptical
Product Focus: A/D Converters News & Analysis 6/21/2003 Post a comment Facing customer pressure to reduce board space requirements and improve
performance, makers of analog-to-digital converters are integrating
signal-conditioning functionality into their products in hopes of furthering both objectives. Analog Devices, Linear Technology, Maxim Integrated Products, National Semiconductor and Texas Instruments are among those offering A/Ds that tout signal quality, hand customers the ability to control signal parameters or both.
Relays begin climbing the technology curve in China News & Analysis 6/20/2003 Post a comment The relay market in China is beginning to scale up the technology curve as local and global suppliers bolster solid-state-relay production to meet the switching needs of recovering communications and computer equipment manufacturers there.
"Toned-Down" DAC Holds Few Surprises Design How-To 6/20/2003 Post a comment The annual electronics design-tool Mecca known as the Design Automation Conference (DAC) took place the first week in June, accompanied by the collective finger crossing of EDA tool vendors and customers alike. Jim Lipman reviews the most important developments of the show.
ADI Boosts DSP Performance Product News 6/19/2003 Post a comment The new generation of TigerSHARC processors is said to have the industry's highest performance per dollar, per watt or per square inch of board space.
IP Cores Crowd SoCs News & Analysis 6/19/2003 Post a comment The growing trend toward putting several processor cores on the same chip is enabled by the expanded transistor budgets of 0.18-and 0.13-micron processes. Fueling this drive is the attractiveness of using standard, already-validated
processor intellectual property (IP) and easily alterable software in place of application-specific hardware. The trend can be spotted in a number of technical
papers to be delivered at this week's Embedded Processor Forum in San Jose.
Regulator, contoller ICs extend comms Product News 6/19/2003 Post a comment National Semiconductor Corp. has designed its LM5000 high-input-voltage regulator and LM5030 current-mode PWM controller in analog bipolar CMOS DMOS (ABCD) technology for next-generation communications system requirements.
How "digital" is your Digital Still Camera? Teardown 6/18/2003 Post a comment There's a ton of analog in the so-called "digital" camera. The image capture front end, optical control, and power management sections are all analog, writes Portelligent's David Carey is this exclusive teardown report for the June issue of Planet Analog magazine. But except for the analog image processor, the ICs suppliers for the Olympus C50 are not the usual suspects.
Reverse Media Independent Interface (RevMII) Block Architecture Design How-To 6/18/2003 Post a comment This article describes a design of a simple digital device able to connect two Ethernet MACs with configurable point-to-point link (Reverse MII Interface block). This link is proposed to be a simple and low-cost alternative to using Ethernet PHY in the system. The block might be used either inside an ASIC or on the system board (FPGA). The device described emulates two Ethernet PHY-level blocks connected together and is completely transparent to Ethernet MACs.
NEC Introduces 90 nm ISSP Devices News & Analysis 6/18/2003 Post a comment The structured ASIC concept seems to be catching on. In addition to this announcement from NEC, Faraday has announced that it will be offering a line of structured ASICs, IBM has announced a new 0.13 µm, "semi-custom" ASIC offering that it says will compete against the structured ASIC products, and Magma Design Automation has acquired Aplus Design, an FPGA synthesis company. Magma, an EDA company, intends to use this acquisition to pursue structured ASIC design opportunities, an area alrea
MathStar Reveals FPOA Architecture News & Analysis 6/18/2003 Post a comment MathStar, with about 40 employees, was founded in 1997 as a DSP chip developer. It went through a number of product iterations and mergers before arriving at its current FPOA (Field-Programmable Object Arrays) concept.
Where Did All This Noise Come From? News & Analysis 6/17/2003 Post a comment Remember when 3nV/sq-rt Hz was a to-die-for spec? Bill Klein is back with a new installment of his popular I took a call last week column. This one looks at the tradeoffs between op amp noise and current consumption. You dont get low noise without taking a hit on current. Some math (just a little bit) explains why.
Advanced DSP supports home theater and surround-sound audio - Part 2 News & Analysis 6/17/2003 Post a comment All home theater systems, from the most exotic to the most inexpensive, depend on some form of digital signal processing to increase fidelity, expand the number of audio channels, and enhance the "you-are-there" experience of DVD movies and audio. Some of these processing tasks involve front-end detection; others involve post-processing after the channels have been separated. Analog Devices' engineers explain some of the decoding algorithms the processor must handle.
Advanced DSP supports home theater and surround-sound audio - Part 1 News & Analysis 6/17/2003 Post a comment All home theater systems, from the most exotic to the most inexpensive, depend on some form of digital signal processing to increase fidelity, expand the number of audio channels, and enhance the "you-are-there" experience of DVD movies and audio. Some of these processing tasks involve front-end detection; others involve post-processing after the channels have been separated. Analog Devices' engineers explain some of the decoding algorithms the processor must handle.