1-A, 36-V DC/DC μModule Regulator offers EMC compliance Product News 10/22/2009 Post a comment Linear Technology Corporation has introduced a complete 1A DC/DC regulator system-in-a-package that includes the inductor, switching DC/DC controller, power switches, filters and all support components housed in a 9 mm x 15 mm x 2.82 mm land grid array (LGA) package.
ARM CTO: power surge could create 'dark silicon' News & Analysis 10/22/2009 Post a comment Without fresh innovations, designers could find themselves by 2020 in an era of "dark silicon," able to build dense devices they cannot afford to power, according to the chief technology officer of ARM Ltd. at the company's annual tech conference where FPGAs and netbooks were also hot topics.
Exploring quasi-resonant converters for power supplies Design How-To 10/21/2009 Post a comment Quasi-resonant conversion is a well established technology which has been extensively used in power supplies in the consumer arena. The new Green FPS family brings the working range of this versatile technology down to the low power range. This design article from Fairchild Semiconductor will describe quasi-resonant flyback and buck converters showing how they improve power supply efficiency.
Energy Micro launches ARM-based Gecko microcontrollers News & Analysis 10/21/2009 2 comments Startup Energy Micro AS (Oslo, Norway) has launched its first products, the EFM32 family of microcontrollers, otherwise known as Gecko, with the claim the microcontrollers offer more than four times the battery life of existing 8, 16 or 32-bit microcontrollers.
Superconducting element detects explosives Product News 10/21/2009 2 comments Air passengers find it annoying, experts claim it is indispensible for flight safety: Entrainment of liquids and gels on board of airplanes is subject to tight restrictions. The Juelich Research Center (Juelich, Germany) has developed a promising technology to reliably discriminate explosives from harmless liquids.
Memscap reduces loss in Q3 News & Analysis 10/21/2009 Post a comment Memscap SA, French provider of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), published consolidated revenues of 2.4 million euros ($3.58 million) for the third quarter of financial year 2009, ending Sept. 30, 2009. This compares to revenues of 2.2 million euros ($3.29 million) for the second quarter and 4.1 million euros ($6.13 million) for the third quarter of 2008.
NXP offers power chip for CFLs Product News 10/21/2009 1 comment NXP Semiconductors has introduced a 600 V power IC that can drive and control dimmable CFL applications up to 21 W, and features 3 integrated switches.
E Ink to use Freescale SoC News & Analysis 10/20/2009 Post a comment Seeking to attract more electronic book and newspaper customers, Freescale Semiconductor is collaborating with E-Ink Corp. on a new SoC that integrates Freescale's microcontroller with a display driver.
Off-grid charging of mobiles powers a $2.3B opportunity News & Analysis 10/20/2009 Post a comment Up to 500 million mobile users " more than 10 percent of global subscribers - in emerging countries could benefit from the provisioning of off-grid charging solutions such as solar phones or external solar chargers, according to a report from the GSMA.
Low power Bluetooth set to be energized News & Analysis 10/20/2009 Post a comment Just over 2.5 billion Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) chipsets will ship in 2014 in a market that will grow at 78 percent CAGR between 2009 and 2014; but less than a third of those shipments will be for the single mode ICs, according to market research group ABI.
The forecast comes as the low energy Bluetooth community gathers in Munich, Germany for its first international technology conference at which, for instance Texas Instruments will showcase an ultra low-power coin cell demo using the upcom
Plug-and-play forum launches smart grid group News & Analysis 10/19/2009 Post a comment The Universal Plug and Play Forum has set up a smart grid task force aiming to set standards for how home networked devices monitor and manage electricity consumption and promote UPnP technology as a part of emerging smart grid standards worldwide.
Control development kit helps create power supply sequencing prototypes Product News 10/19/2009 Post a comment Lattice Semiconductor Corporation has introduced the new MachXO Control Development Kit as well as 12 new reference designs, ideal for prototyping system control functions such as power supply sequencing, temperature and current monitoring, fan control and fault logging, that are commonly found in telecom infrastructure, server, industrial and medical applications.
NXP to provide ICs for hearing implants News & Analysis 10/19/2009 Post a comment Chip company NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has a agreed to design and manufacture ICs for hearing implant products from Cochlear Ltd. (Sydney, Australia). The agreement includes the definition, development and supply of speech processor and wireless communication ICs to be used in forthcoming Cochlear products.
Market for vehicle battery modules to grow to $3.7 bn by 2014 News & Analysis 10/16/2009 Post a comment Market research analysts, NextGen Research (Oyster Bay, New York) has released a new market study of the hybrid-electric and electric vehicle markets that predicts the market for vehicle battery modules will see growth from about $1.3 billion in 2008 to $3.7 billion by 2014.
Electric motor efficiency depends upon power factor - Part 2 Design How-To 10/16/2009 1 comment Electric motor power efficiency has taken center stage. Individuals, corporations, and governments are increasingly interested in saving power, and we now have the technology that can make it possible. In this second part of a two-part series, Actel shows you how to improve your design's power efficiency using active power factor correction and other techniques.
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.