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February 24, 2024

Will electric fields lead the way in developing semiconductors with high power efficiency?

Life -- Phys.org - In the realm of material science, the phenomena of polarization and polarity have conventionally been associated with insulators. However, envision a scenario where these characteristics could be induced in metals, potentially mitigating power...

February 24, 2024 08:01 AM

EDA Back On Investors' Radar

Media -- Semiconductor Engineering - EDA is transforming from a staid but strategic sector into a hot investment market, fueled by strong earnings and growth, a clamoring for leading-edge and increasingly customized designs across new and existing markets, and...

February 24, 2024 05:58 AM

February 22, 2024

Research reveals new insights into exciton binding energies in organic semiconductors

Life -- Phys.org - Organic semiconductors are a class of materials that find applications in various electronic devices owing to their unique properties. One attribute that influences the optoelectronic property of these organic semiconductors is their "exciton...

February 22, 2024 10:53 PM

What's a USB oscilloscope?

Media -- EE World - By connecting to a computer, a USB oscilloscope lets engineers offload screens and compute-intensive functions to the host, which reduces needed bench space and brings portability. Oscilloscopes are sometimes grouped into three types, benchtop,...

February 22, 2024 08:04 AM

Smartphone vendors mulling QLC NAND in high storage capacity models

Media -- DIGITIMES - Mobile phone vendors, including Apple and Oppo, are actively evaluating the use of Quad-Level Cell (QLC) NAND flash memory in large-capacity 1TB smartphone models, according to industry sources.

February 22, 2024 08:01 AM

AI Can Now Help Design Electronic Circuit

Distribution -- TTI MarketEye - The application of AI techniques in chip design is still in the early adopter phase. Learn how design engineers are exploring use cases and using AI to simplify complex problems as well as finding it particularly valuable in model development...

February 22, 2024 07:48 AM

January 17, 2024

Bistable switch made on comparators

Aspencore -- EDN - The bistable load switch is made on two comparators. The load is switched on and off sequentially by applying a voltage of two different levels to the input of the device.

Earlier in [1], a new class of bistable elements was proposed-two-threshold...

January 17, 2024 02:36 AM

January 16, 2024

Developing a flat soliton microcomb source

Life -- Phys.org - Optical chip-related technology is the inevitable path to retain the validity of Moore's Law, which has become the consensus of academia and industry; it can effectively solve the speed and power consumption problems of electronic chips. This...

January 16, 2024 02:13 AM

January 15, 2024

The Early History Of The Microcontroller: It Came From Texas

EE -- Hackaday - Ti's presentation of the rapid integration of calculator chips.Although for most generations alive today the era of microcontrollers (MCU) feels like it starts somewhere with the Intel 8051 and AVR MCUs, the history of these self-contained...

January 15, 2024 07:36 AM

GaN FETs Enable 75 - 231 Ampere Laser Diode Control in Nanoseconds for Advanced Automotive Autonomy

Media -- eBOM - EPC launches three laser driver boards showcasing AEC-Q101 qualified GaN FETs' rapid transition for superior LiDAR system performance

EPC introduces three evaluation boards - EPC9179, EPC9181, and EPC9180 - featuring pulse current laser drivers...

January 15, 2024 02:20 AM

First functional graphene semiconductor could power future chips

Enterprise -- The Register - This one time at band gap... we managed to use wonder stuff as an electronic material for semiconducting

Researchers say they have discovered a way to produce semiconductors using graphene that could - at some stage further down the road...

January 15, 2024 01:53 AM

A Very 21st Century Receiver for a Very 20th Century Band

EE -- Hackaday - The FM broadcast band has been with us since the middle of the 20th century, and despite many tries to unseat it, remains a decent quality way to pick up your local stations. It used to be that building an FM broadcast receiver required a bit...

January 15, 2024 01:48 AM

January 14, 2024

Unlocking Value: The Power of AI in Semiconductor Test

Media -- Semiconductor Engineering - AI (Artificial Intelligence) and data analytics empower semiconductor manufacturers to extract valuable insights from the massive amounts of data generated throughout the silicon lifecycle. By leveraging AI algorithms, semiconductor...

January 14, 2024 11:07 PM

January 13, 2024

Cadence acquires Invecas

Media -- Evertiq - Cadence Design Systems says it has acquired Invecas, a provider of design engineering, embedded software and system-level solutions, headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

January 13, 2024 10:57 PM

TI launches new automotive chip to help automakers build smarter, safer cars

Media -- SemiMedia - Texas Instruments recently introduced new semiconductors designed to improve automotive safety and intelligence. The AWR2544 77GHz millimeter-wave radar sensor chip is the industry's first for satellite radar...

January 13, 2024 10:03 PM

pSemi Unveils PE562212, Its Smallest and Fully Integrated PA-LNA-SW IoT Front-End Module

Business Wire -- pSemi Unveils PE562212, Its Smallest and Fully Integrated PA-LNA-SW IoT Front-End Module

January 13, 2024 10:10 AM

Altium 365 Integrates with Z2Data To Deliver Comprehensive Component Data and Risk Management Solution

Business Wire -- Altium announced its integration with Z2Data, one of the most comprehensive electronics supply chain risk management solutions.

January 13, 2024 10:05 AM

World's 1st graphene semiconductor could power future quantum computers

Life -- Live Science - Scientists overcame a limitation in graphene to harness the material as a working semiconductor at terahertz frequencies with 10 times the mobility of silicon.

January 13, 2024 09:37 AM

Dig Deeper: EDA's Role in Chiplets

Electronics -- The Ojo-Yoshida Report - Synopsys says the EDA industry is committed to ensuring that their customers can scale from large single-die SoCs today to multi-die systems incorporating perhaps hundreds of chiplets tomorrow.

January 13, 2024 09:30 AM

Cadence Acquires Invecas to Accelerate System Realization

Business Wire -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNS) announced today that it has acquired Invecas, Inc., a leading provider of design engineering, embedded software and system-level solutions, headquartered in Santa Clara, California. The purchase adds a skilled...

January 13, 2024 08:18 AM

January 08, 2024

Scientists reveal first functional graphene semiconductor

Media -- Evertiq - After many years of speculation, it appears that researchers have successfully developed a chip based on the 'wonder material' graphene.

January 08, 2024 08:36 PM

IoT connectivity module is Matter-enabled

Aspencore -- EDN - Simplifying device interoperability, Murata's Type 2FR tri-radio connectivity module supports Matter over Wi-Fi, Matter over Thread, and Matter over Ethernet. The module integrates NXP Semiconductors' RW612 wireless MCU in a 12x11-mm package that...

January 08, 2024 07:30 PM

600-V MOSFETs pack fast recovery diode

Aspencore -- EDN - Two 600-V N-channel super-junction MOSFETs from Alpha & Omega incorporate a body diode for robustness and fast reverse recovery. Based on the company's aMOS5 technology, the AOK095A60FD (TO-247) and AOTF125A60FDL (TO-220F) provide an on-resistance...

January 08, 2024 07:29 PM

DDR5 clock driver handles 7200 MT/s

Aspencore -- EDN - A DDR5 registering clock driver (RCD) from Rambus, the RCD4-GA0A boosts data rates to 7200 MT/s, a significant increase over DDR5 devices operating at 4800 MT/s. Intended for registered DIMMs, the driver chip can accelerate performance in generative...

January 08, 2024 07:29 PM

Gated 555 astable hits the ground running

Aspencore -- EDN - The classic and versatile 555 finds its way into many low to moderate frequency oscillator applications. Some of these require the ability to selectively gate oscillation on and off on demand and the 555's RESET pin can conveniently be used for...

January 08, 2024 07:28 PM

ASIC developers may have the upper hand amid automotive IC competition

Media -- DIGITIMES - The rising competition in the automotive IC market has discreetly benefited ASIC design services and silicon IP vendors, according to industry sources.

January 08, 2024 07:43 AM

How Secure Are FPGAs?

Media -- Semiconductor Engineering - The unique hybrid software/hardware nature of FPGAs makes them tempting targets for cyberattacks, while also enabling them to rebuff attacks and change the attack surface before significant damage can be done.

But it's becoming...

January 08, 2024 07:41 AM

STMicroelectronics Offers SiC MOSFET Devices For Li Auto's EV Segment

Media -- ElectronicsB2B - Li Auto is adopting ST's advanced third-generation 1200V SiC MOSFET ST's SiC MOSFETs technology has garnered commendation from leading OEMs STMicroelectronics has recently signed a collaboration deal with Li Auto. STMicroelectronics will...

January 08, 2024 07:20 AM

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Releases αMOS5(tm) 600V FRD 95mohm and 125mohm Super Junction MOSFET

Business Wire -- Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) (Nasdaq: AOSL), a designer, developer, and global supplier of a broad range of discrete power devices, wide band gap power devices, power management ICs, and modules, today announced the release of two αMOS5(tm)...

January 08, 2024 07:08 AM

What are the elements of analog IC EDA tools?

Media -- EE World - Analog functions like sensor interfaces, signal conditioning, power management, and energy harvesting are needed in many applications. These functions are implemented with circuits like operational amplifiers, regulators, filters, sense amplifiers,...

January 08, 2024 04:08 AM

11 Intriguing Engineering Milestones to Look for in 2024

Electronics -- IEEE Spectrum - This story is part of our Top Tech 2024 special report.

Journey to the Center of the EarthTo unlock the terawatt potential of geothermal energy, MIT startup Quaise Energy is testing a deep-drilling rig in 2024 that will use high-power...

January 08, 2024 02:18 AM

December 28, 2023

Taiwan wafer foundry industry, 4Q23

Media -- DIGITIMES - Taiwan's foundry industry thrives on advanced chip shipments and expects up to US$90 billion in revenues in 2024 despite a 1Q24 dip.

December 28, 2023 08:44 PM

December 27, 2023

Facing stricter environmental standards, Nuvoton Technology's Cortex-M4 MCU series pushes boundaries, expanding the operating temperature from -40 °C to 125 °C

Media -- ELE Times - Nuvoton Technology unveiled the next-generation high-performance NuMicro M463 microcontroller series. This series features a 200 MHz Arm Cortex-M4 processor, expanding the operating temperature range from -40 C to 125 C to meet rigorous...

December 27, 2023 08:35 PM

Emerging device applications bring new ASIC and IP core opportunities

Media -- DIGITIMES - Emerging AI computing and high-speed transmission applications are opening up new ASIC and IP core business opportunities for IC design service providers, according to industry sources.

December 27, 2023 05:56 AM

Unlocking the World of RFID Chips: A Comprehensive Exploration

Media -- ELE Times - Radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips represent a silent revolution in technology, revolutionizing how we interact with the world in the age of digital innovation. Let's examine RFID chips in more detail, including their definition,...

December 27, 2023 05:54 AM

December 22, 2023

480th development board with mikroBUS(tm)!

Electronics -- MikroElektronika - Today, we present the 16th development board from NXP that has embraced the mikroBUS(tm) standard to simplify development and maximize efficiency! It is called the KW45B41Z Evaluation Kit Boar [...]

December 22, 2023 03:34 AM

Flux Upgrades Its Copilot Tool Adding Multi-Modal AI Features

Media -- All About Circuits - Released today, the upgrade brings improvements-including image capability-in Flux AI Chatbot giving designers a smarter virtual "engineering partner" to help with electronics PCB designs

December 22, 2023 03:32 AM

December 21, 2023

Smart Manufacturing Advances The Next Generation Of Semiconductor Chips

Media -- Semiconductor Engineering - Semiconductor devices are ubiquitous in our everyday lives and foundational to today's communication, education, manufacturing, health, and transportation industries.

From the moment our phone's alarm clock wakes us up to unwinding...

December 21, 2023 06:04 AM

Japanese chip gear-maker Kokusai targets Chinese growth

ReadWriteWeb -- Kokusai Electric Corp, a Japanese chip machinery maker, is hiring in China in a move to extend the 66% rally [...]

December 21, 2023 05:35 AM

Analog of a thyristor with a controlled switching threshold

Aspencore -- EDN - Thyristors are a semiconductor device with an S-shaped current-voltage characteristic. They are a kind of managed keys with a state memory that are turned on when a control signal is applied to the input of the thyristor. When working on direct...

December 21, 2023 05:31 AM

Update: STM32MP13, ST's most affordable and fastest single-core MPU can now run an RTOS! Promise delivered!

Media -- Electronics Maker - As promised when we published this blog post last March, ST is delivering today the STM32CubeMP13, which brings, among other things, the ability to run a real-time operating system on the Cortex-A7 of the STM32MP13. The package contains...

December 21, 2023 05:08 AM

New 4.5 kV XHP(tm) 3 IGBT module

Media -- Electronics Maker - Enables downsizing of drives combined with maximum efficiency



The paradigm shift towards offloading complexity to suppliers and adopting smaller IGBT modules is evident in various applications....

December 21, 2023 05:07 AM

December 17, 2023

Intel, Samsung, and TSMC Demo 3D-Stacked Transistors

Electronics -- IEEE Spectrum - A vision for future processors with nearly double the density of transistors is beginning to take shape, now that all three advanced chipmakers have demonstrated CFETS, or complementary field-effect transistors. CFETs are a single structure...

December 17, 2023 10:39 PM

New 4.5 kV XHP(tm) 3 IGBT module enables downsizing of drives combined with maximum efficiency

Electronics -- Infineon - The paradigm shift towards offloading complexity to suppliers and adopting smaller IGBT modules is evident in various applications. In response to the global push for downsizing and integration, Infineon...

December 17, 2023 10:37 PM

Infineon expands the MOTIX family with 160 V 2-channel gate driver ICs for battery-powered applications

Media -- ELE Times - Infineon Technologies today announced the expansion of its MOTIX family of products for automotive and industrial motor control applications. To further expand the advanced product family, Infineon introduces the 2-channel MOTIX gate driver...

December 17, 2023 10:10 PM

December 14, 2023

Microchip launches AVR EB family of microcontrollers to reduce noise, vibration and system harshness in BLDC applications

Media -- Components in Electronics - As electronic devices evolve, more motors are being utilized across consumer, automotive and industrial markets. Many designers select Brushless DC (BLDC) motors to increase device longevity and lessen Noise, Vibration and...

December 14, 2023 11:30 PM

Lattice: Edge-to-Cloud on FPGA Developers' Minds

Aspencore -- EETimes - When Lattice Semiconductor's first-ever developers conference was in the planning stage, staff started asking some of its 10,000 field-programmable gate array (FPGA) customers what topics they'd like to

December 14, 2023 08:15 AM

Demystifying Mixed-Signal Simulation For Digital Verification Engineers

Media -- Semiconductor Engineering - The convergence of analog and digital technologies on a single chip, commonly referred to as mixed-signal, has reshaped the integrated circuit (IC) landscape. In recent years, mixed-signal designs have emerged as the dominant...

December 14, 2023 08:06 AM

Fingerprinting Chips For Traceability

Media -- Semiconductor Engineering - Semiconductor components increasingly require unclonable and tamper resistant identifiers, which are especially necessary as devices become increasingly heterogeneous collections of chiplets and subsystems. These fingerprints...

December 14, 2023 07:20 AM

Testing ICs Faster, Sooner, And Better

Media -- Semiconductor Engineering - The infrastructure around semiconductor testing is changing as companies build systems capable of managing big data, utilizing real-time data streams and analysis to reduce escape rates on complex IC devices.

At the heart of...

December 14, 2023 07:20 AM