August 'actual' chip sales hint at double dip News & Analysis 10/7/2009 Post a comment Despite the optimistic commentaries heaped upon the global sales of semiconductors in August by the Semiconductor Industry Association and others, the months' sales returns show the gap between sales this year and last year increasing. The Americas is the only region bucking this trend.
Semiconductor manufacturing execution software embraces photovoltaics News & Analysis 10/6/2009 Post a comment Amidst ongoing pressure towards better productivity and higher efficiencies, photovoltaics manufacturers increasingly rely on manufacturing execution software systems, as do semiconductor vendors already for quite some time. At the Semicon Europa in Dresden (Germany), software vendors try to benefit from that situation.
ARM, GlobalFoundries to work on 28-nm HKMG process News & Analysis 10/6/2009 Post a comment Processor and physical intellectual property provider ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) and chipmaker GlobalFoundries Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) have agreed a deal to support customers implement the Cortex-A9 processor on GlobalFoundries 28-nm high-k metal-gate manufacturing process.
Watertight, low-power micro-actuator probes brain, in-vivo News & Analysis 10/6/2009 Post a comment Using the principal of hydrophobia, scientists at IMEC have overcome the problem of making their ultra-low-power 'inch-worm' micro-actuator watertight, thereby opening up a wide range of in-vivo biomedical applications, including recording the activity of individual neurons in the brain.
IEF: Pistorio's six tips for today's semi CEO's News & Analysis 10/5/2009 Post a comment Pasquale Pistorio, the driving force behind ST Microelectronics for many years and now honorary chairman of the chip group, gave a bravado and uplifting talk to delegates of the International Electronics Forum in Geneva.
NEC taps Dialog to power Emma News & Analysis 10/5/2009 Post a comment After the recently announced intention to merge with Renesas, NEC Electronics continues to grow the ecosystem for its Emma mobile multimedia processor. In its latest move, NEC has added Dialog Semiconductor's digital power management platform.
Texas Instruments : 200-mA regulators have auto low-power mode Product News 10/2/2009 Post a comment Texas Instruments has introduced the TPS727xx family of 200-mA, low dropout regulators (LDOs) which offer an auto low-power mode that combines ultra-low quiescent current of less than 8 uA with fast transient response while maintaining low noise and a high power supply rejection ratio (PSRR).
Engineers plug into draft smart grid specs News & Analysis 10/2/2009 Post a comment Engineers are pouring over two 100-page reports on smart grid standards released late last week and rolling up their sleeves for the next round of more detailed work in areas ranging from Internet Protocol to energy pricing models.
PMIC cuts component count in low-power portables Product News 10/1/2009 Post a comment Wolfson Microelectronics has launched the WM8320, a highly integrated power management integrated chip (PMIC) that is designed to maximize ARM processor performance and extend battery life in portable multimedia devices, such as netbooks, mobile Internet devices, smartphones, handsets and digital photo frames.
Family of 200-mA LDOs offer auto low-power mode Product News 10/1/2009 Post a comment Texas Instruments Incorporated has introduced a family of 200-mA, low dropout regulators (LDOs), which offer an auto low-power mode that combines ultra-low quiescent current of less than 8 uA with fast transient response of ±50 mV while maintaining low noise and a high power supply rejection ratio (PSRR).
IMEC tapes out Etna 3-D stacking chip News & Analysis 10/1/2009 Post a comment The IMEC research center (Leuven, Belgium) and its 3-D integration partners have taped-out Etna, a 3-D chip that integrates a standard DRAM chip on top of a logic IC. The 3-D stack consists of a 25-micron thick logic die on top of which a commercial DRAM is stacked using through-silicon vias (TSVs) and micro-bumps.
Altair offers 4G LTE baseband chip Product News 10/1/2009 Post a comment Altair Semiconductor Ltd. (Hod Hasharon, Israel), a 4G communications chip company, has announced the commercial availability of its LTE baseband chip, the FourGee-3100.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 13 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...