Chip makers swing to profitability News & Analysis 1/29/2010 Post a comment Chip makers including Sandisk, Maxim Integrated Products, Cypress Semiconductor and Lattice Semiconductor swung to profit in the calendar fourth quarter of 2009compared to losses suffered at the height of the downturn in late 2008. But memory technology licensor Rambus posted a wider loss after retroactively recognizing previously withheld royalties in the year-ago period.
Analyst rails against the fab-lite News & Analysis 1/28/2010 6 comments The fabless chip vendors and pursuers of fab-lite manufacturing strategies are about to get a shock, according to Malcolm Penn, principal analyst with Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England). Some companies could under-perform, others could be driven out of business in a market that should be booming for them; and all because they have lost control of manufacturing.
Video interview with MP3 co-inventor Audio DesignLine Blog 1/27/2010 Post a comment One of MP3's inventors discusses how the audio compression technology works, its origins and success, its real (and perceived) problems, and some practical tips, as well as what's next for MP3.
Displays shine a light on Apple tablet News & Analysis 1/26/2010 2 comments Speculation is running high the day before Apple Inc. is expected to roll out a tablet computer some say could help launch a new category, but it's unclear if the key component needed to drive the category forward—a high-resolution, low-power color display—is ready for prime time.
Embedded system virtualization for executable specifications and use case modeling Design How-To 1/26/2010 Post a comment To reduce the time-to-market of embedded system projects, virtual hardware platforms offer a method to develop hardware-dependent software and application software before production hardware is available. However, for true system-level specification and architecture optimization, full-system virtualization is required, including abstract models of HW, behavioral models of application SW and use cases.
MEMS gyro targets $115 billion smartphone market News & Analysis 1/26/2010 Post a comment Invensense eases migration of smartphones from 3-axis accelerometers to 6-axis gyroscope functionality by integrating a digital signal processor that offloads the application processor by performs all 3-D motion processing tasks.
Dublin lab lays groundwork for Intel's nanotech future News & Analysis 1/26/2010 Post a comment Back in 1994, Leonard Hobbs, now process engineering department manager and research programs manager for Intel Ireland, helped transfer a 0.5-micron CMOS process to Dublin, making Fab 10 Intel's most advanced wafer facility when it opened that year.
TI Q4 net soars on higher analog IC demand News & Analysis 1/25/2010 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc.'s net income rose sharply in the fourth quarter on benefits from higher analog demand, improving manufacturing utilization as well as lower overall costs and the company sees sales rising sequentially in the traditionally slower first quarter.
DirecTV adopts MoCA for home networking News & Analysis 1/25/2010 Post a comment DirecTV will use home networking chips from Entropic Communications Inc. in a deal that adds support from a major satellite TV player for the technology of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance which to date has mainly been used in set-top boxes for Verizon's Fios IPTV service.
VC investment fell in 2009, Q4 signals change News & Analysis 1/25/2010 Post a comment Venture capitalists invested $17.7 billion in 2,795 deals in 2009, marking the lowest level of dollar investment since 1997, according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data from Thomson Reuters.
Effective smartphone accessory design Design How-To 1/25/2010 2 comments Smartphones and MP3 players open up infinite applications and associated opportunities for designers of accessories. The challenges are complex, but through adherence to some basic guidelines, an accessory product can be a game changer for your company.
Motorola charges RIM with patent violation News & Analysis 1/22/2010 Post a comment Motorola Inc. has asked the International Trade Commission to investigate Blackberry maker Research In Motion Ltd. for alleged patent violations, joining the growing band of mobile handset companies charging rivals with violation of patent laws.
Of Windmills and Recording Studios Design How-To 1/20/2010 1 comment Windmills are cost more than a $1 million often requiring maintenance to go with their size and volatile nature. This article describes machine monitoring systems in wind turbines, how the requirements for a music studio network are similar to a turbine's monitoring system and how Firewire can been used to create a maintenance system for turbines.
Plextek spins out Telensa wireless street lighting venture Product News 1/20/2010 Post a comment Plextek has spun out a new venture, designated Telensa Ltd, that is focused on the commercialisation of a cost effective wireless system for actively controlling, monitoring and metering large populations of outdoor street lights, so they can be managed with maximum energy and operational efficiency.
Rise of the Embedded Internet Design How-To 1/19/2010 Post a comment This Intel white paper looks at how breakthroughs in computing performance per watt, along with advances in wired and wireless broadband connectivity, will enable the development of billions of new intelligent embedded devices - the embedded Internet.
Challenges in automotive radio design Design How-To 1/15/2010 2 comments In terms of in-car features, customer expectations are driving the integration of more electronic devices. In addition, new technologies and automotive operational requirements create severe design challenges for suppliers.
Coaxial cable designed to support 26.5GHz Product News 1/13/2010 Post a comment The Teledyne Storm Phase Master 190E (Enhanced) coaxial cable is designed for 26.5GHz operation and incorporates high levels of shielding to give exceptional phase stability over temperature and flexure.
Sidense gains design win in Audium audio amp News & Analysis 1/13/2010 Post a comment Sidense Corp. (Ottawa, Canada), a develop of antifuse-based non-volatile memory, has announced that its one-time programmable (OTP) technology was included in Audium's recently announced high efficiency AS1001 audio power amplifier chip.
Achieving high efficiency with power switches Design How-To 1/12/2010 Post a comment This how-to describes the general features of the asymmetric PWM half-bridge converters with current doubler and synchronous rectifier. In addition, one example with some experimental results, is shown using FSFA-series, Fairchild's Green Power Switches for asymmetric-controlled topologies.
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.