TI to provide foundry services to Spansion News & Analysis 8/31/2010 Post a comment Texas Instruments has agreed to provide foundry services to another semiconductor vendor, but a spokesperson for the company said TI has no designs on beefing up its presence in the foundry business long-term.
FPGA-to-ASIC conversion with zero NRE Blog 8/31/2010 10 comments KaiSemi performs automated FPGA-to-ASIC conversion with Zero NRE, functional guarantee, and a very short cycle time; this is a full turnkey solution that is seamless to the customer.
Epson Toyocom XP-6000CA absolute pressure sensor Product News 8/31/2010 1 comment Epson Toyocom Corp. has developed an extremely small absolute pressure sensor dubbed the XP-6000CA, which employs a QMEMS pressure-sensing structure that allows the sensor to squeeze into a tiny 7.0 × 5.0 × 2.0t mm package while providing total pressure accuracy (±30 Pa) and high resolution (0.3 Pa).
2A, 42V boost converter offered in automotive, military temperature grades Product News 8/31/2010 Post a comment For applications in extreme ambient temperatures, Linear Technology has created "H-grade" and "MP-grade" versions of the LT3580, a current-mode, fixed frequency step-up DC/DC converter with internal 2A, 42V switch. The device operates from an input voltage range of 2.5V to 32V, making it suitable for applications with input sources ranging from a single-cell Li-Ion to automotive inputs.
AVX AU series multilayer ceramic chips Product News 8/31/2010 Post a comment AVX has beefed up its multilayer ceramic chip (MLCC) line to include gold plated terminations, helping to eliminate a printed-circuit board’s susceptibility to tin wiskering that can affect system performance.
Ethernet switch takes new tack at virtual I/O News & Analysis 8/31/2010 1 comment Startup Xsigo Systems, Inc. rolled out a 10 Gbit/second switch that can handle Ethernet networking and Fibre Channel storage traffic for a fraction of the cost of Fibre Channel over Ethernet adapters sold by companies such as Cisco Systems.
Graphite foam cools hi-intensity LEDs News & Analysis 8/30/2010 15 comments Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher James Klett (shown) claims to have developed a graphite foam technology that can help cool LED light fixtures and extend their lifespan.
Report: EMS vendors face supply chain 'pileup' News & Analysis 8/30/2010 2 comments Contract manufacturers are facing a challenging supply imbalance characterized by tight inventories of components and a glut of raw materials, according to a report by market research firm iSuppli.
Top-of-rack 10GE switches to hit $500M News & Analysis 8/30/2010 3 comments The market for 10 Gbit/second Ethernet switches geared for rack-mounted servers grew a whopping 300 percent in the last quarter, an indicator a major upgrade cycle is underway in business networks, said an analyst.
Book Excerpt Oscillators - The Darker Side, (Part 3 of 5) Design How-To 8/30/2010 1 comment If you are a fan of Robert Lacoste's The Darker Side column in Circuit Cellular, then you will be happy to know that he has published a book with tips and tricks to help boost your design's performance. Part 3 takes a closer look at a classic quartz-based CMOS oscillator.
MOST Cooperation to highlight new application options at SAE Convergence News & Analysis 8/30/2010 Post a comment At the SAE Convergence, America's most distinguished automotive electronics event, the MOST Cooperation will demonstrate that the MOST technology is now ready to set off for new horizons. The group plans to enhance the market position of its bus system hitherto used solely for multimedia data transport. New domains targeted include connected services and driver assistance systems.
Chip sales stay strong amid slowdown signs News & Analysis 8/30/2010 3 comments The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for July was $25.24 billion, up 1.2 percent from June and up 37.0 percent from July 2009, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Microsoft founder sues the industry News & Analysis 8/29/2010 17 comments Interval Licensing LLC, which is backed by Paul Allen, has filed a complaint against AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube.
Defining the system-level design Design How-To 8/29/2010 1 comment In this six part tutorial, Keith Curtis takes you step by step through development of an embedded systems design requirements document for a seven digit electronic alarm clock. Part 4: Defining the system-level design.
China researchers claim faster MRAM News & Analysis 8/27/2010 5 comments MRAM speed can be boosted and power consumption cut by using a new electrical switching technique that requires much less energy to write bits, according to Chinese researchers.
Intel cuts sales target on weak PC sales News & Analysis 8/27/2010 7 comments Intel lowered its sales target for the third quarter, saying the company now expects revenue to be between $10.8 billion and $11.2 billion, down from a previous estimate of $11.2 billion and $12 billion.
Visteon forms Russian automotive JV News & Analysis 8/27/2010 2 comments Automotive supplier Visteon Corp., which is currently operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, has formed a joint venture with Avtopribor, one of Russia's largest automotive components suppliers.
ST launches 3-D digital TV chip Product News 8/27/2010 8 comments STMicroelectronics has announced it is offering an IC with 3-D television support and 120-Hz motion estimation and motion compensation for 1080-line progressive scan pictures within mid-range integrated digital televisions.
Magma hits guidance, beats analyst expectations News & Analysis 8/26/2010 2 comments Magma Design Automation met or exceeded all financial guidance for the quarter ended Aug. 1, posting a net loss in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles of $3.3 million on revenue of $32.6 million.
The future of SoC verification: Is it enterprise computing? Blog 8/26/2010 4 comments The next generation of verification tools may be less about simulation or formal analysis, and more about managing and merging data sets, scheduling resources and mining data sets. If that list sounds familiar, it could be because what we are really seeing is the gradual convergence of verification with enterprise computing.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.