Freescale hits GaAs on RF basestation ICs Product News 6/30/2010 1 comment Freescale is moving into gallium arsenide for monolithic microwave basestation ICs that harness ultralow-noise amps for trunk network amplifier radio cards and as predrivers for its high-voltage lateral diffusion MOS power amps.
MagnaChip withdraws IPO - again News & Analysis 6/30/2010 Post a comment MagnaChip Semiconductor LLC, a spinoff from Hynix Semiconductor Inc. that filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2009, has withdrawn a planned initial public offering due to "adverse market conditions."
The Inefficiency of C++, Fact or Fiction? Design How-To 6/30/2010 1 comment This article will attempt to sort out the facts from the fiction in this statement. By better understanding the underlying mechanisms of the language, a designer can avoid code bloat.
Commentary: Does SATA have a future? Blog 6/29/2010 8 comments Companies are already churning out Serial ATA Revision 3.0 (SATA Gen 3) motherboards and hard drives that run at 6 Gbits/second. But is there really a long-term market for SATA Gen 3 products? Or will SATA Gen 3 be derailed quickly by the almost-as-fast USB 3.0 interface that is currently taking the market by storm?
HP, QLogic, Emulex FCoE News & Analysis 6/29/2010 Post a comment Hewlett-Packard is adopting new Fibre Channel over Ethernet chips from Emulex and QLogic in its latest round of data center systems, giving a much boost to the upcoming suppliers who face competition from entrenched chip designers including Broadcom, Intel and Marvell.
Microchip integrates USB, large RAM in PIC MCUs Product News 6/29/2010 Post a comment In an effort to improve throughput and data buffering in Ethernet connectivity, remote sensing, data logging and audio streaming applications, Microchip Technology has integrated USB for Embedded Host/Peripheral/On-the-Go and 96 Kbyes of RAM into its latest microcontrollers.
GE licenses Rambus LED technology News & Analysis 6/29/2010 Post a comment GE Lighting, a unit of the General Electric Company's appliances and lighting business, has signed a licensing agreement for the use of Rambus' lighting patents, reference designs and manufacturing process know-how.
Freescale plans basestation-on-chip News & Analysis 6/29/2010 2 comments Freescale Semiconductor plans to best its embedded communications competitors not just by depending on raw computing speed for its processors but by reaching the higher integration levels needed to put a "basestation on a chip," according to Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager for networking and multimedia.
BOM for iPhone 4 is $188, says iSuppli News & Analysis 6/28/2010 2 comments The 16-Gbyte version of Apple's iPhone 4 carries a bill of materials cost of $187.51, keeping with Apple's strategy of maintaining hefty profit margins on the popular smartphone, according to a teardown analysis conducted by market research firm iSuppli.
Samsung, TSMC hit by ITC complaint News & Analysis 6/28/2010 3 comments STC.UNM (STC)--the technology-transfer arm of the University of New Mexico (UNM)--said that it is charging Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. with alleged patent infringement.
Analyst: China's IC manufacturing spend paying off News & Analysis 6/28/2010 Post a comment Semiconductor fabs in China produced 40 billion ICs in 2009, accounting for 25.1 percent of domestic demand, up from 20.9 percent in 2004, according to a new report that concludes that massive investments in China's semiconductor industry are paying dividends.
Making the most of the system level in analog design Design How-To 6/28/2010 Post a comment There is a disconnect in Analog IC Design. A separation between system level and implementation
level design activities has crept up on us. The analog world seems to have evolved into two realms:
equations and spreadsheets on one side; netlists, polygons and Spice on the other. It is like a split
between the right brain and the left, leaving us struggling to combine technology with art.
transceiver Product News 6/28/2010 1 comment TI TUSB1310 provides essential physical-level functions, features sensitivity twice the USB 3.0 requirement
CoorsTek buys ceramics unit for $245M News & Analysis 6/28/2010 Post a comment CoorsTek Inc., a manufacturer of ceramic and specialty material components, has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the advanced ceramics business of Saint-Gobain for about $245 million.
media tablet iPad Killer News & Analysis 6/28/2010 3 comments Whatever you prefer to call the next-gen media tablet, the popularity of these devices speaks to changes underway in how we use computers and consume content.
Obducat CEO resigns amid losses News & Analysis 6/28/2010 1 comment Amid losses and order delays, Patrik Lundstrom has been named acting CEO of Obducat AB (Malmo, Sweden), a supplier of nano-imprint lithography tools.
Report: Firms buy stake in PSi News & Analysis 6/28/2010 Post a comment Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI)and Narra Venture Capital II have acquired a 67 percent stake in PSi Technologies Inc. (PSi) of the Philippines for $30 million.
Firm to pay up to $58M for Atmel's smart card biz News & Analysis 6/28/2010 Post a comment Atmel said it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Secure Microcontroller Solutions business to Inside Contactless for up to $58 million after completing consultation with the Works Council at Atmel's SMS facility in Rousset, France.
DC/DC converter powers systems from 18V to 75V Product News 6/28/2010 Post a comment Ericsson Power Modules has developed a quarter-brick, isolated DC/DC converter that is optimized to deliver the highest efficiency across an ultra wide input voltage range of 18V to 75V, enabling designers to use the same DC/DC converter in both 24V and 48V-battery-based systems.
Designing systems for extreme environments Design How-To 6/28/2010 Post a comment Designing embedded systems destined for extreme environments, such as 1 mile below the surface of an ocean, adds a layer of complexity and difficulty for the designer. Nate Holmes of National Instruments describes some common challenges and latest tools and approaches to issues like power and test that can aid designers in creating successful systems headed for tough spots.
Which type of "analog" designer are you? Blog 6/28/2010 4 comments There are engineers doing circuits the analog way, because they absolutely want to, or because they are forced to, or somewhere in-between; judging how much analog makes sense means stepping back and making objective assessments
ADI to spend $28 million on Irish R&D News & Analysis 6/28/2010 1 comment IDA Ireland, the government agency responsible for industrial development in Ireland, has announced a 23 million euro (about $28 million) investment in R&D at Analog Devices facility in Raheen, County Limerick.