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.
Our society is doomed...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 6/29/2012 50 comments
Someone just sent me a photograph that makes you think "I don’t know whether to laugh or cry"…
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.