Stepping Motor Fundamentals Design How-To 6/1/2009 Post a comment Stepping motors fill a unique niche in the motor control world and are commonly used in measurement and control applications. This technical paper looks at the fundamentals of these motors, and provides microcontroller motor control examples.
AMD rolls six-core server CPUs News & Analysis 6/1/2009 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices rolled out its first six-core, single-threaded server processors, on the heels of archrival Intel Corp.'s debut in late March 30 of its Xeon 5500 chips that sport four, dual-threaded cores.
Analysis: AMD's fab-light strategy; myth vs. reality News & Analysis 6/1/2009 2 comments Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is already benefitting from its decision to spin off the manufacturing operation but it will take years before the company gets to reap the full benefits of its fabless manufacturing strategy due to the nature of its relationship with spin off GlobalFoundries Inc.
E-book chip market to reach $1.1 billion in 2013, says In-Stat News & Analysis 6/1/2009 Post a comment Worldwide shipments of e-books are expected to grow from almost 1 million units in 2008 to close to 30 million units in 2013, according to market research company In-Stat (Scottsdale, Ariz.). This shipment growth is expected to result in a semiconductor market of $1.1 billion in 2013, In-Stat said.
Extending Battery Life on the iPhone Blog 6/1/2009 Post a comment With the more advanced features being implemented in smart phones, the devices are being used for much more than just as a phone. I watch movies, play games, surf the web using WiFi, check e-mail you name it chances are I'm doing it on my phone. But this also means that I have to charge it much more often, usually every night. And that is just from intermittent use throughout the day. The next time I have to travel, while I will be entertained, I don't expect my phone to have any charge left
Zuken launches CADSTAR ECAD-MCAD bridge Product News 6/1/2009 Post a comment Zuken is introducing an important new bridging technology to the CADSTAR design suite " CADSTAR BoardModeler Lite. This technology provides an optimized environment for the verification of the PCB layout in its mechanical environment.
Power detection and control for mobile handsets Design How-To 6/1/2009 Post a comment A key requirement within the modern mobile-handset power amplifier (PA) is a need to detect and control the transmitted power. This three-part article first explores the various methods of power control for amplifiers operating in both saturated and linear modes. The discussion continues with power detection techniques used in modern handsets. Topics include current, voltage, diode, power, logarithmic (log), and RMS detection, including performance characteristics such as RF bandwidth, video ban
Taiwanese group pays $215 million for E Ink News & Analysis 6/1/2009 Post a comment Electronic paper display technology pioneer E Ink Corporation (Boston, Mass.) is set to be acquired by Prime View International (PVI) , one of Taiwan's leading suppliers of small and medium sized displays and itself a developer of ePaper display modules.
MIPS backs Android at Computex News & Analysis 6/1/2009 Post a comment Android will get a boost at Computex in Taipei this week as MIPS Technologies announces it will help port the software to a range of MIPS-based processors, starting with chips from RMI and Sigma Designs.
French MEMS startup raises $5.6 million News & Analysis 6/1/2009 Post a comment French startup Neosens, specializing in the development of physico-chemical sensors in microsystems technologies, announced it has raised 4 million euros ($5.6 million) in a second capital financing round led by Sofinnova Partners, Capricorn Cleantech Fund and Galia Gestion. Existing investors ICSO Private Equity and IRDI reaffirmed their confidence in Neosens.
Visibility still limited for IC sales, says SIA chief News & Analysis 6/1/2009 Post a comment George Scalise, president of the US Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), reiterated that "visibility remains limited" for the global semiconductor market while welcoming the latest figures indicating that sales increased in April by 6.4 percent to $16.54 billion.
UK research targets improved display readability News & Analysis 6/1/2009 Post a comment A multi-disciplinary research and development project led by GE Aviation Systems (Newmarket, England) and backed by the U.K.'s Technology Strategy Board) will deliver information displays with enhanced readability in bright lighting conditions.
Chip sales see 6.4% improvement in April News & Analysis 6/1/2009 Post a comment The three-month moving average of global chip sales in April was $15.64 billion, up 6.4 percent on that achieved the previous month, and the second straight monthly improvement, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA).
Freescale, Qualcomm mint smartbooks at Computex News & Analysis 6/1/2009 2 comments At Computex, Freescale and Qualcomm are minting a new term—smartbooks--for the ARM- and Linux-based portables their customers are designing that are bigger than smart phones, smaller than notebooks and different than netbooks.