Secure supervisor circuit incorporates tamper detection Product News 8/29/2007 Post a comment Maxim says the SPI-compatible DS3650 is the industry's first secure supervisor with tamper detection to meet the payment card industry's voltage- and temperature-monitoring requirements. It integrates a battery-backup controller, system power monitor, CPU supervisor, temperature sensor, along with two tamper-detection comparators.
Researchers use body heat to power electronics News & Analysis 8/28/2007 Post a comment Researchers have used thermoelectric generators to harness natural body heat to generate electricity and power electronic systems, according to the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS (Erlangen, Germany).
Under the Hood: Gauging standard-cell performance Teardown 8/27/2007 Post a comment Standard-cell-based design has become the mainstream methodology for designing the digital-logic sections of ASICs. Semiconductor Insights shows how it used advanced imaging and algorithms to go deep inside the structure of TI's OMAP2420 SoC.
Thermal management ICs target smaller packages Product News 8/23/2007 Post a comment SMSC has introduced the EMC210x family of fan controllers with RPM closed-loop control and multiple temperature management, and three SMBus temperature sensors for systems requiring a high level of temperature monitoring.
TDI claims first InGaN substrate News & Analysis 8/20/2007 Post a comment Technology and Devices International Inc. (Silver Spring, Maryland), a developer of compound semiconductor substrates, has started supplying wafers with a top layer of indium gallium nitride (InGaN) for use in LED production.
IMS predicts solid growth for backlighting LED market Product News 8/16/2007 Post a comment A growth potential of 50 percent over the next six years forecasts IMS Research for semiconductors used in backlighting applications. Increasing use of LEDs in these applications will intensify the pressure on the competing cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) technology.
HP researcher in power struggle News & Analysis 8/15/2007 Post a comment Partha Ranganathan describes his research in power efficient systems and multicore processors at Hewlett Packard Labs that won him recognition from MIT Technology Review magazine as one of the top technology innovators under 35.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 15 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 ...