Author Archives: Ken Cheung

Silicon Magnetic Sensor Revenue to Grow $1.4 Billion

The silicon magnetic sensor market is set to commence a period of strong growth in 2010 as demand surges from the automotive, industrial and consumer markets, according to iSuppli Corp. Global silicon magnetic sensor revenue will reach $1.4 billion in 2013, up from $821 million in 2009. This equates to slightly more than 5 billion magnetic sensor ICs and switches, up from about 2.8 billion units in 2009.

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iSuppli Sees Green Future for LED-backlit LCD-TVs

Light Emitting Diode (LED)-backlit Liquid Crystal Display-Televisions (LCD-TVs) will gain considerable momentum in 2010 and beyond because of the increasing commitments from various parts of the TV supply chain, consumer demand and a higher focus on green technologies, according to iSuppli Corp. iSuppli forecasts that global shipments LED-backlit LCD-TV 40-inches and larger in size will expand to 112.1 million units by 2013, rising at a whopping Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 405 percent from a mere 34,000 units in 2008. In 2010 alone, shipments of LED-backlit LCD TVs 40-inches in size and larger will rise by a factor of nearly eight, reaching 18.8 million units, up from 2.5 million in 2009.

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Vishay Siliconix Unveils 60-V Power SiM400 MOSFET in SOT-923 Package

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) released a 60-V n-channel power MOSFET in the tiny SOT-923 package that will provide dramatic space savings over devices in larger packages such as the SC-70 and SC-89. The smallest 60-V power MOSFET ever released, the SiM400 in the SOT-923 measures 1 mm by 0.6 mm with a maximum height profile of 0.43 mm. Its footprint dimensions are 77 % smaller than the SC-89, and its height profile is 26 % thinner.

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Cellular Handsets and Portable Devices Drive Wi-Fi Hotspots

Wi-Fi handset shipments have exploded over the past year, and will continue to show strong growth over the next several years. With the increasing prevalence of Wi-Fi enabled handsets, hotspot usage by handheld devices has increased significantly. As a percentage of total connects, handhelds increased from 20% in 2008 to 35% in 2009. By 2011 handhelds are anticipated to account for half of hotspot connects reports In-Stat.

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dPict Imaging Launches Nexeon HD Xtra Video Frame Grabber

dPict Imaging announced the Nexeon HD Xtra, a full-featured PCI Express video frame grabber for high-resolution HDTV video inputs. Nexeon HD Xtra adds support for the high-definition Serial Digital Interface (SDI) standard. In addition to SDI, Nexeon HD Xtra supports digital HDMI or analog YPrPb format video inputs, and supports display and capture from HDTV sources up to 1080i and VGA display sources up to 1280×1024.

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Duke University Develops Next Gen Lens for Telecommunications, Radar

Duke University engineers have created a new generation of lens that could greatly improve the capabilities of telecommunications or radar systems to provide a wide field of view and greater detail. But the lens they fashioned doesn’t look anything like a lens. While traditional lenses are made of clear substances – like glass or plastic – with highly polished surfaces, the new lens looks more like a miniature set of tan Venetian blinds. Yet its ability to focus the direction of electromagnetic rays passing through it dramatically surpasses that of a conventional lens, the engineers say.

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MIPS Technologies, Tensilica Speed SOC Design on Android Platform

MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MIPS) and Tensilica® Inc. announced they are working together to accelerate SOC (system-on-chip) design activity on the popular Android platform. Together, MIPS and Tensilica will help companies speed the design of new home entertainment and mobile consumer products based on Android. A joint demo of a MIPS32® processor core integrated with Tensilica’s HiFi 2 Audio DSP will be on display in suites that both companies have at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 7-10, 2010.

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Win a HP TouchSmart 600 Computer

I’m giving away a HP TouchSmart 600 PC on my dad blog. The deadline to enter is Wednesday (December 23, 2009 Pacific time). The HP TouchSmart 600 PC is a multi-touch gadget. The all-in-one computer features full HD display, integrated webcam, wireless LAN, and Bluetooth. Currently, there are two series in the TouchSmart 600 family: 600t and 600xt (same as 600t, but with a faster processor, bigger hard drive, discrete graphics, HDMI and game console connectivity).

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SolidWorks World 2010 Features James Cameron, Avatar Director

A machinist, a truck driver, and then a winner of 11 Oscars, Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron is now a featured special guest at SolidWorks World 2010, taking place Jan. 31 through Feb. 3 in Anaheim, Calif. Cameron’s films, including Titanic, Aliens, and the Terminator franchise, have amassed over $3 billion in box office receipts. Not every tinseltown luminary could inspire an audience of 4,000-plus SolidWorks® software users, but Cameron is an innovator’s innovator. As part of his Hollywood resume, he has invented a plethora of technology for exploring the depth of the seas and outer space, including Mars.

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Vishay Debuts SiB455EDK 12-V p-channel TrenchFET Gen III Power MOSFET

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) introduced a new 12-V p-channel TrenchFET® Gen III power MOSFET with the industry’s lowest on-resistance for a p-channel device in the thermally enhanced PowerPAK® SC-75, which features a 1.6-mm by 1.6-mm footprint area. The new SiB455EDK is the latest product built on TrenchFET Gen III p-channel technology, which uses self-aligning process techniques to pack one billion transistor cells into each square inch of silicon. This leading-edge technology allows a superfine, sub-micron pitch process that cuts the industry’s best on-resistance for a p-channel MOSFET in half.

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