How to select power line polarity protection diodes Design How-To 6/30/2012 1 comment Diode rectifiers are ideal solutions for automotive electronic power line protection and have several important parameters for these applications, including: Forward current, repetitive reverse voltage, forward surge current, and fusing rate.
Newport Media gets the ISDB picture in smartphones News & Analysis 6/29/2012 5 comments Fabless chip company Newport Media has won design slots for its digital television receiver SoCs in smartphones and feature phones from Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola and ZTE. The chips are specifically for reception of Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial transmissions, which are standard in Latin American and Japanese markets.
Litho firm buys packaging patents from IBM News & Analysis 6/28/2012 2 comments Ultratech, a supplier of lithography and laser-processing systems used to manufacture semiconductors, said it acquired the rights to a collection of chip packaging patents from IBM. The purchase price was not disclosed.
Google tries 'Made in the USA' Blog 6/28/2012 17 comments Google says it is not making a political statement, but the company's decision to "design and manufacture" the Nexus Q in the U.S. will sound like a call to arms as it stakes out numerous fronts in an intensifying war for market share in the wireless devices market.
Marvell aims to be China chip leader News & Analysis 6/28/2012 10 comments No, Marvell Technology is not moving to China. However, the U.S. fabless chip company wants to become “the largest semiconductor company in China,” according to a Marvell executive.
Mr. GPS leaves CSR Blog 6/28/2012 6 comments When an executive resigns from a company, it is announced in a dry press release in which it says that Mr. XYZ “is leaving the company for personal reasons to spend more time with his family.”
Report: Qualcomm wafer fab not ruled out News & Analysis 6/28/2012 30 comments Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm, the world's largest fabless chip company, has not ruled out owning a wafer fab or putting large amounts of cash down to ensure the firm's supply of semiconductor chips, according to a Bloomberg report.
Turning the speed dial Blog 6/28/2012 3 comments With all the standards activity focused on making all sorts of electrical interfaces run faster and use less power, cost less and enable higher density, is it time to turn the speed dial up on the process?
Researchers report solid-state quantum leaps News & Analysis 6/27/2012 5 comments Labs in the U.S. and Europe separately reported progress in adapting solid-state materials to store spintronic quantum states, a critical hurdle on the path to using spintronics in quantum computing.
Silicon Laboratories Si21x8 TV tuners Product News 6/27/2012 Post a comment Silicon Laboratories launched its fourth generation TV tuner product line, which includes devices that offer greater integration, lower power consumption and the highest tolerance to Wi-Fi and LTE interference.
China speed vs. China quality Blog 6/27/2012 30 comments Many of my friends, colleagues and readers told me that a flood of comments posted by EE Times community members’ after each of my China stories is more revealing than my reporting.
Maxim pledges $200M boost for U.S. chip making News & Analysis 6/27/2012 2 comments Analog and mixed-signal chip maker Maxim said it plans to spend $200 million to upgrade its wafer fabs in Oregon, Texas and California. The investment will also create additional manufacturing jobs.
The EC’s new marketing tactic? Sexism Engineering Pop Culture! 6/27/2012 30 comments In what appears to be an institutional attempt to patronize and condescend to women everywhere, the European Commission’s marketing team has released a YouTube video of a group of giggly girls in lab coats, apparently manicuring their way to a science degree.
Mega-cool micro-design contest Engineering Pop Culture! 6/27/2012 Post a comment I just heard from that young man-about-town Richard Quinnell – the editor of Microcontroller Central – that he's running a micro-design contest.
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