ASML tips next gen EUV lithography system News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment Lithography gear provider ASML (Veldhoven, the Netherlands) has unveiled a production version of its upcoming NXE range of EUV machines that, the company says, is part of a roadmap that supports cost-effective chip manufacturing to at least 11 nanometres (nm).
Cloud computing hard to harness, experts say News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment The vision of cloud computing is simple, but making it a reality will require years of work in areas such as parallel programming primitives, authentication standards and application programming interfaces, said panelists at an annual research event at the headquarters of Internet auctioneer eBay Inc.
Firms launch mobile broadband awareness campaign News & Analysis 9/29/2008 Post a comment An initiative led by the GSM Association has united 16 IT and wireless service providers--including Microsoft , Dell, Toshiba, Qualcomm and T-Mobile--to drive the adoption of notebook computers with mobile broadband capability.
Evolution: 20 years of switching fabric Design How-To 9/29/2008 Post a comment Into a look at the evolution of switching fabrics, this article discusses the shortcomings of each previous fabric genration and the evolution of dominant standards and design longevity.
Fotowatio buys four solar plants Product News 9/29/2008 Post a comment Fotowatio, one of Spain's largest solar companies, has acquired four solar photovoltaic power plants that produce 32 megawatts (MW) of energy in Murcia, Spain.
Apple offers unlocked iPhone in Hong Kong News & Analysis 9/29/2008 Post a comment In an apparent break from the marketing strategy it has employed in the rest of the world, Apple is offering in Hong Kong a carrier-independent, "unlocked" iPhone that can be used with each customer's wireless operator of choice.
Student completes his MP3 project Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/29/2008 Post a comment With the help of the readers of Programmable Logic DesignLine, a student learns about the CRC-7 algorithm used by SD Cards and successfully completes his project.
Creditors to sell Hynix stake News & Analysis 9/29/2008 Post a comment The Korea Exchange Bank (KEB), the single largest shareholder of Hynix Semiconductor Inc., plans to sell its combined 36 percent stake that it holds with eight other companies in the chip maker.
DS2 demos 280-Mbps powerline communications News & Analysis 9/29/2008 Post a comment Diseno de Sistemas en Silicio SA (Valencia, Spain), also known as DS2, has demonstrated technology being developed for 400-Mbit per second powerline communications, at the Broadband World Forum, which opened in Brussels, Monday (Sept. 29).
Underwater helicopter surfaces News & Analysis 9/29/2008 1 comment Undersea robots have until now operated like fixed-wing aircraft, requiring motion to maneuver. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers now say they have created the helicopter-of-the-sea, the Odyssey IV.
Surface mount gate drive transformer is highly resistant to EMI Product News 9/29/2008 Post a comment With a small surface mount package featuring rugged housing materials that are highly resistant to the effects of EMI, the SM580 gate drive transformer from Datatronic Distribution Inc. provides efficient pulse control in gate drive circuits used in MOSFETs and IGBTs for switch mode power supplies and other electronic equipment.
Buck-boost LED driver offers wide input voltage range Product News 9/29/2008 Post a comment Designed to drive high current LEDs, Linear Technology's 100V, high-side current sense DC/DC converter features a 6V to 100V input voltage range that makes it well-suited for a wide variety of applications, including automotive, industrial and architectural lighting.
What power development would you invest in? Power Management DesignLine Blog 9/29/2008 Post a comment The pressure keeps building on power management engineers to produce a breakthrough in energy efficiency performance that will sweep the market forward. But are there any real contenders out there that will have a major impact in the future?
Nokia, Huawei sign cross licensing accord News & Analysis 9/29/2008 Post a comment Finnish communications group Nokia and its wireless infrastructure joint venture Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) have sealed a cross-licensing agreement with China's Huawei covering essential patents for wireless standards.
Bluetooth headset turns to SUN and goes green Teardown 9/29/2008 Post a comment Last year, I purchased a hands-free Bluetooth car kit as a Christmas gift for a family member who, as a sales rep, spends significant time talking in her car. Worried for her safety as she drives with one hand on the wheel and the other around a cell phone, I initially felt a sense of pride as she unwrapped a gift that demonstrated concern for her well-being. Sometimes, however, a buzz can be short-lived. After a quick explanation of what the gift was, I could see a bit of uneasiness creep in as
Understand receiver dynamics and AGC tradeoffs in WiMAX femto- and picocells Design How-To 9/29/2008 Post a comment WiMAX deployment is increasing due to the allocation of additional frequency spectrum and the need for higher data rates and broadband access around the globe. Because WiMAX is designed to be a data-centric standard, its infrastructure deployment must be different from previous voice-centric standards such as GSM and CDMA. WiMAX, operators will continue to deploy conventional macrocells, which are intended to provide initial coverage and capacity, but will rely more on smaller base stations to f
In multicore SOC architectures, buses are a last resort Design How-To 9/29/2008 Post a comment The one-processor system model that dominated electronic system design since 1971 is now thoroughly obsolete. Today's SOC designers readily accept the idea of using multiple processors in their complex systems to achieve design goals and use the terms "control plane" and "data plane" to describe how these various on-chip processors are used on the chip. These terms appeared during the Internet and networking boom. At first, they referred to the design of multiple-board networking systems but hav
Digital multiphase controllers push power efficiency Design How-To 9/29/2008 Post a comment Given rapidly rising energy costs, it's hardly surprising that power efficiency has become a leading differentiator for designers of high-performance servers and desktop systems. But managing power to the current generation of low-voltage, high-frequency processors poses a number of new challenges.