Voltage regulation IC market powered down in '07 - analyst News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment The global voltage regulation IC market, which over the past few years has enjoyed growth in the 10 to 15 percent range, only managed to increase by 5 percent in 2007, to more than $7 bn, according to the latest analysis from IMS Research (Wellingborough, England).
1-A rectifier housed in tiny package Product News 1/31/2008 Post a comment Intended for portable devices such as digital audio players, mobile phones and digital cameras, Diodes Inc.'s SBR1U40LP 1-A Super Barrier Rectifier (SBR) in housed in a 1.4-mm x 1.1-mm DFN package.
Singapore group to power up Splashpower News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment Splashpower Ltd., a Cambridge, England-based startup that has developed a wireless inductive electrical charging system for portable electronic equipment, has signed up its first major customer for the technology, Singapore based developer of converged mobile devices Mobile & Wireless Group (MWg).
Want to boost battery voltage in White LED apps? Design How-To 1/31/2008 1 comment If you're tired of the extra cost and real estate lost when using a step-up DC/DC converter, consider instead a charge pump, also known as a switched capacitor converter, to boost battery voltage. Here are the principles involved.
24-bit audio DAC delivers longer music playback Product News 1/30/2008 Post a comment Aimed at mobile music applications, ST's single-chip STw5210, a 24-bit audio DAC with playback time extender technology, reduces system power consumption for longer music playback, and incorporates on-chip power management, enabling direct connection to a battery.
Power Integrity and Energy Aware Floor Planning Design How-To 1/29/2008 Post a comment Extreme performance and frequency are no longer dominant design goals for SoC's. Recent years have witnessed changes in microprocessors' architectures, with multi-GHz unicore CPU devices abandoned in favor of low-frequency multi-core variants, and frequency becoming a forgotten memory.
SEMI forms solar group News & Analysis 1/28/2008 Post a comment SEMI has announced the formation of a solar group as part of the association's new and global photovoltaic (PV) initiatives.
World's darkest material comes to light News & Analysis 1/28/2008 1 comment What's claimed to be the world's darkest material is composed of vertical arrays of carbon nanotubes, aiming to boost the sensitivity/efficiency of solar panels, infrared sensors and astronomical observatories.
Battery charger chips get smart Product News 1/28/2008 Post a comment Battery life is arguably the most important feature in many of today's high-volume portable electronic products. While much of the portable electronics industry has migrated to the lithium-ion battery, drawn by its high capacity, small size, light weight and durability, no similar consensus has been reached about the battery charger IC.
GSE claims solar-cell breakthrough News & Analysis 1/28/2008 Post a comment Amid a major expansion program, Global Solar Energy Inc. (GSE) claims to have achieved a breakthrough for solar cells based on copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film technology.
More Green for PoE Design How-To 1/26/2008 Post a comment Here's how higher power efficiency mandated by the latest energy initiatives translates to greater cost savings for evolving power-over-Ethernet systems
CEA, Jusung target high efficiency solar cells News & Analysis 1/22/2008 Post a comment Seeking to accelerate the development of the solar industry, the Laboratory of Innovation for New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials (CEA-Liten) and South Korean chip-equipment provider Jusung Engineering Ltd. have signed a two-year collaboration agreement. Amounting to 7 million ($10.1 million), it aims to develop silicon-based heterojunction solar cells of efficiency up to 20 percent.
Greenpeace attacks carmakers for slow progress News & Analysis 1/22/2008 Post a comment As automobile shows opened in Brussels and Vienna in Europe last week, Greenpeace International challenged the European car manufacturers to stop undermining a European proposal for more fuel-efficient cars and instead take action to lower the climate impact of their fleets.
Patent reform debate heads to U.S. Senate News & Analysis 1/18/2008 Post a comment Calls for patent reform will heat up next month when the U.S. Senate is expected to take up a broad and controversial patent reform bill that aims to raise the quality of patents and reduce patent litigation and abuse, legislation that has pitted large electronics companies against individual inventors and the pharmaceutical industry and divided political parties and government branches in a debate over the best legal structure to protect innovation.
Gartner, IDC see strong '07 for PC shipments News & Analysis 1/17/2008 Post a comment Worldwide PC shipments increased by 13.4 percent last year to reach 271.2 million units according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. The industry ended the year with fourth quarter PC shipments of 75.9 million units, a 13.1 percent increase from the 67.1 million units shipped in the fourth quarter of 2006.
SiC transistors drive solar inverter efficiency Product News 1/16/2008 Post a comment The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Freiburg, Germany) claims it has achieved a record efficiency for its inverter designed for PV generators. Key to the high efficiency are Silicon Carbide (SiC) power transistors from US vendor Cree, Inc.
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.