Researcher gives update on Mars Rovers News & Analysis 9/27/2007 Post a comment The two Mars Rovers continue to explore the geology of the red planet, although one had a recent brush with death in a prolonged dust storm, said Jim Bell, a Cornell researcher who reported on the robotic vehicles in a keynote at the Power.org conference.
AMCC readies 1-GHz embedded processor Product News 9/27/2007 Post a comment Based on the Power Architecture standard, AMCC's latest processor for wireless infrastructure and enterprise networking applications embeds a superscalar core that delivers a frequency ranging from 667-MHz to 1.2-GHz with 2.0 Dhrystone MIPS/MHz.
TSMC hit by legal setbacks News & Analysis 9/27/2007 Post a comment Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) said that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California awarded UniRAM Technology Inc. some $30.5 million in damages concerning a legal case.
Ding Dong: Plasma is not dead, according to support group Product News 9/26/2007 Post a comment According to the Plasma Display Coalition (PDC), through global manufacturing initiatives, investment in advanced technology and production capacity, the plasma display category is poised for growth as the industry enters the fourth quarter holiday sales season. The PDC sees 25-percent growth in 2007 because of "Full HD" models.
SerDes: A new definition? Blog 9/26/2007 Post a comment The mission of engineers is to find a better way and that might be what Align Engineering has done with its Align Lock Loop (ALL) technology.
Designing RF remote controls for DTV products Design How-To 9/26/2007 Post a comment In the short history of television remote control units, several different schemes have been tried. Early examples from the 1950s used wires, a single beam of light and ultrasonic sound to change channels and control the volume. These have obvious limitations. For instance, the photoelectric cells in the light beam example couldn't tell the difference between a flash light, an ordinary table lamp or even sunlight. This could lead to some chaotic television viewing.
Controller supplies power to CableCard hosts Product News 9/26/2007 Post a comment Designed to supply power to CableCard 2.0 cards in CableCard host systems, the MIC2569YQS from Micrel supports both S-Mode (Single Stream Video) and M-Mode (Multiple Stream Video) through a simple-to-control parallel interface.
Market watcher slashes chip forecast News & Analysis 9/26/2007 Post a comment Market watcher iSuppli Corp. has cut its forecast of global semiconductor revenue growth in 2007 to 3.5 percent, down from its previous prediction of a six percent rise due to weakness in sales in the first half of the year that will not be offset by the current uptick in growth.
iSuppli cuts IC forecast News & Analysis 9/26/2007 Post a comment iSuppli Corp. has reduced its forecast of global IC revenue growth to 3.5 percent in 2007, down from its previous prediction of a 6 percent rise.
DRAMs to remain flat News & Analysis 9/26/2007 Post a comment Thanks to a capacity glut, the DRAM market is projected to grow by 2.5 percent in 2007, according to iSuppli Corp.
Audio amp reduces EMI, optimizes power Product News 9/26/2007 Post a comment National Semiconductor says it has introduced the industry's first single-chip 3-W mono Class D audio amplifier with spread spectrum technology and an integrated boost converter. This device enables portable products to operate at a constant output power even at low battery voltages.
Pyxis Announces NexusRoute Product News 9/26/2007 Post a comment Pyxis Technology has announced NexusRoute, a DFM-aware, yield-driven auto router that comprehends and optimizes manufacturability and yield concurrently with the actual routing and timing closure process.
150-W power conversion IC speeds energy-efficiency compliance Product News 9/26/2007 Post a comment Power Integrations has announced the TOPSwitch-HX AC-DC power conversion chip, which incorporates a 700-V power MOSFET, high voltage switched current source, PWM control, oscillator, thermal shutdown circuit, fault protection and other control circuitry onto a monolithic device.
Elektrobit interface tester supports WiMAX, LTE Product News 9/26/2007 Post a comment Finnish communications group Elektrobit has started selling to chip developers, equipment suppliers and network providers a bsestation interface tester that conforms to both mobile WiMAX and 3GPP Long Term Evolution specifications.
FPGAs look for a lingua franca Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 9/26/2007 Post a comment ESL tools have made FPGA design a lot easier, but the lack of a common design language means the learning curve is still too steep.
Toshiba exec: NAND is sold out News & Analysis 9/26/2007 Post a comment Toshiba Corp. is unable to meet demand for its NAND flash memory devices and is sold out until December, according to Shozo Saito, president and CEO of the company's semiconductor unit.
Native quad core finally hits x86 market Design How-To 9/26/2007 Post a comment AMD's Barcelona, the first quad-core x86 processor, goes up against Intel's Core architecture. A look inside the chip, from its fundamental structure out to its architectural features, shows that while Intel has typically outperformed AMD's K8-based (Athlon 64) products, the new AMD chip will be on top until Intel ships its 45-nm Penryn processor.
Electronics hone racer's edge Teardown 9/26/2007 Post a comment A teardown by Portelligent of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR MotoGP racing motorcycle shows a system that melds cutting-edge electronics and communications technology human skill and instinct to both man and machine in good stead at track speeds in excess of 200 MPH.
Electric motorbike teardown Teardown 9/26/2007 6 comments Vectrix designed its battery-powered VX1 motor scooter to go up against motorbikes from the likes of Honda and Yamaha. A teardown of the system shows how successful the company was at balancing performance with economy and low emissions.
Implementing solid security on a Bluetooth product Design How-To 9/25/2007 Post a comment The first section of this article outlines the security features of individual Bluetooth components, and the subsequent section drills-down into the application component explaining the various types of Bluetooth security breaches and recommended solutions to thwart them from the product application.
SMIC delays Wuhan fab, says analyst News & Analysis 9/25/2007 Post a comment Chinese silicon foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) has delayed the ramp of its 300-mm wafer fab in Wuhan, China, according to an analyst.
POL converters deliver 30 A Product News 9/25/2007 Post a comment SynQor has expanded its NiQor family of non-isolated point of load (POL) converters with the introduction of the NQ15W50SGA30 device that delivers up to 30 A in the DOSA standard footprint and pinout.