Free Downloadable Spice Tools Capture And Simulate Analog Circuits

Most companies used to be concerned that models would reveal their secret intellectual property (IP). But now that it’s possible to encode the details, most analog semiconductor companies provide Spice models of their devices. In fact, several companies offer free downloadable Spice simulators or “Spice-like” software that provides for schematic capture and simulation.  For more than 15 years, Linear Technology …

Can The Chip Makers Beat The Euro Zone Blues?

A big question on people’s minds at this year’s Electronica show in Munich will be: How is the international electronics industry riding out the financial storm created by the Euro zone crisis? Europe’s semiconductor manufacturers have all experienced a drop in revenues this year, and as an industry group the decline is put at around 8% with some of the individual …

Transistor Aging

Illustration: Daniel Hertzberg You know when it’s time to get a new car. Your odometer is far into six digits, perhaps the engine is burning lots of oil, or the transmission is growling. Fixing all that might well cost quite a bit more than your ancient vehicle is worth. But what about your microprocessor? Unlike automobiles, microprocessors don’t have convenient …