Dopant-free transistor could boost printable electronics Product News 9/30/2009 Post a comment Researchers from the Nanoelectronic Materials Laboratory (NamLab) based in Dresden (Germany) have created an electronic device that goes without dopants. The device gets its switching characteristics by means of electric fields. With its high electron mobility, it could eventually be used in printable electronics.
Ericsson : POL supplies allow easy paralleling Product News 9/30/2009 Post a comment Based on the popular POLA platform, two point-of-load (POL) devices from Ericsson Power Modules provide easy paralleling, making it possible for power servers and memory storage designers to access very flexible solutions for the next generation of low voltage supplies with high dc currents approaching 100 A.
Exar enters digital power market Product News 9/30/2009 Post a comment The first two products in the seriesthe XRP7704 and XRP7740are two highly integrated field programmable power regulator ICs that Exar claims provide programmable digital power at the same cost as analog with many additional power management features.
One analyst takes on the PM market Power DesignLine Blog 9/30/2009 Post a comment Global sales of digital power semiconductors are set to increase to $821 million in 2013, up from $127 million in 2008, according to iSuppli Corp. The most rapid growth will be in DCPs.
EC report discusses increased support for electronics News & Analysis 9/30/2009 Post a comment The European Commission has identified nanotechnology, electronics and photonics as key enabling technologies (KETs) that are of strategic interest to the European Union. Advanced materials and biotechnology are also listed in a report that goes on to discuss ways in which greater support should be offered to these disciplines.
Faulty memory chip causes Philips defibrillator recall News & Analysis 9/30/2009 1 comment Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), a leading vendor of consumer and medical products, has announced that it is recalling approximately 5,400 HeartStart FR2+ automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
Philips to close facility in France Product News 9/30/2009 Post a comment Here comes another name on the list of site closures. Dutch Royal Philips announced it would shut down its TV production facility in Dreux, France, a move that will impact about 212 jobs. No date has been mentioned.
Don't Let Metastability Cause Problems in Your FPGA-Based Design Design How-To 9/29/2009 Post a comment This article describes metastability in FPGAs, explains why the phenomenon occurs, and discusses how it can cause design failures. It also explains how mean time between failures (MTBF) is calculated from design and device parameters, and presents techniques to improve system reliability with increased MTBF.
Canon shuffles responsibility for semi equipment News & Analysis 9/29/2009 Post a comment Canon and its independent marketing arm, Canon Marketing Japan, announced they have reached a basic agreement to transfer Canon Marketing Japan's semiconductor equipment-related business to Canon, effective Jan. 1, 2010.
Micron narrows quarterly loss News & Analysis 9/29/2009 Post a comment Saying the market remains challenging but is beginning to improve, memory chip vendor Micron Technology reported a net loss of $88 million for the quarter ended Sept. 3, down from a net loss of $290 million in the prior quarter and a net loss of $344 million in the year-ago quarter.
Future robotics technology Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 9/29/2009 Post a comment One thing that I was asked to do for the "Dissecting the Bot" article was make some predictions on what future robotics technology will look like. I have my thoughts, what are yours?
TI to open 300-mm analog fab in North Texas News & Analysis 9/29/2009 2 comments Texas Instruments plans to open a 300-mm analog semiconductor fab in Richardson, Texas. The company expects to begin equipping the facility next month and ship the first chips from the fab by the end of next year.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.