Transphorm has introduced the TPS2010PK, TPS2011PK and TPS2012PK power diodes, all made with gallium-nitride materials rated at 600 volts. The diodes are intended for power supplies and inverters used in electric vehicles and solar panels, among other applications.
Infineon Technologies introduced a line of switch-mode light-emitting diode driver ICs for applications in LED lighting. The chipmaker says the devices could be used in commercial, residential and street lighting.
Samsung Electronics says it has commenced volume production on a wafer-fabrication line that will turn out flash-memory chips and DRAM using a 20-nanometer process for smartphones and tablet computers. The chipmaker's capital investment in the line is expected to reach $10.2 billion.
Blogger Loring Wirbel questions International Data Corp.'s recent report on "intelligent systems," noting that the market research firm lumped any product with a networked microprocessor into the category. While it's hard to get engineers to agree on what is or isn't an embedded system, Wirbel argues that a system's use of Ethernet and Internet protocol is more important when it comes to defining embedded systems.
Sonics increased the operating speed of its network-on-a-chip device to 1GHz, citing customer requirements for faster and more power-efficient chips. Another consideration is the need for quicker communication both on-chip and off-chip, according to this analysis.