Battery Charge Control: Dedicated ICs vs Microcontrollers Design How-To 10/25/2011 3 comments Microcontrollers can be used to directly control battery charger power conversion circuits. However, microcontroller circuits and firmware are normally more expensive to design and test and often cost more to produce than chargers based on dedicated charge control ICs. Here are the tradeoffs to consider when making a choice between microcontrollers and dedicated charge control ICs for battery charge control.
Got a Linear Rocks ticket? News & Analysis 10/20/2011 18 comments Linear Technology is built on its founders’ undying belief in analog, its mission carried out by hundreds of analog “gurus” at the company. Of course, if you have a ticket to Linear’s 30th anniversary party, you already knew that.
Infineon to make power ICs on 300-mm wafers News & Analysis 10/12/2011 6 comments Infineon Technologies AG has succeeded in making power MOSFETs on thinned 300-mm wafers and is planning to invest 250 million euro (about $340 million) to set up manufacturing in Dresden, Germany.
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.