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 …

FRAMs as alternatives to flash memory in embedded designs

Ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) is widely known as a non-volatile, stand-alone memory technology that has been a part of the semiconductor industry for more than a decade. In recent years, integrated circuit manufacturers have been considering FRAM as a strong contender for embedded, non-volatile memory, as an alternative to flash technology. This article discusses key technology attributes of …

A brief primer on embedded SoC packaging options

With shrinking technology, voltage levels are being reduced, lowering noise margins required to enable a clean design from a signal integrity perspective. Higher operating frequency requirements further complicate design closure. Semiconductor packages are a quintessential piece of the signal integrity puzzle. This article addresses the basics of packaging such as types of packages and their advantages and disadvantages, future …

Embedded Processor ARM

As the information and technology world is growing by leaps and bounds, the technological advances have started offering better facilities and services to the consumers which can add to the ease of the people and offer well finished products and services at comprehensive prices. The booming communication industry in comparison to the well equipped medical industry and the technologically fed …