Under the Hood of the Kyocera K112: Low-tier phone leans on analog Teardown 2/16/2005 Post a comment First launched in Brazil, the K112 handset includes games, calculator, ringtones, and an alarm. On a more technical note, the handset also features an internal antenna— an amazing bit of RF engineering in itself—to bypass those breakage-prone stubs and whips. From the February Planet Analog magazine folio, Portelligent's David Carey was impressed.
MOSFET or bipolar, which should you use? Design How-To 2/9/2005 Post a comment MOSFET or bipolar, which should you use? Recent developments in bipolar transistors position the technology to rival or exceed MOSFET performance in many applications. From powermanagementdesignline.com, a Zetex engineer reviews the characteristics and benefits of each technology to extract the best system performance.
Application processors duel Teardown 2/7/2005 Post a comment Convergence of functionality in handset designs is constantly raising the bar for value-added features, such as cameras, games, music playback and video capturing. It is estimated that the average cost of a handset will drop from about $125 today to $110 by 2008. In contrast, the average cost of the ICs within the handset will increase from approximately $40 today to $44.50 by 2008, as consumers demand higher functionality at a low price. A versatile application processor is key to achieving a s
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.