Broadcom Claims First Navigation/Sensor Hub Chip

Irvine, Calif. – Broadcom Corporation has claimed the industry’s first low-power Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and sensor hub combo chip to deliver new always-on location applications for a variety of mobile devices. By integrating the GNSS chip and sensor hub into a single chip, the new BCM4773 device minimizes battery drain and adds a…

TI Touts First Wireless Haptic Dev Kit

Dallas, Tex. – Texas Instruments (TI) has claimed the industry’s first wireless haptic development kit, providing system designers with a fast way to prototype eccentric rotating mass (ERM) motor and linear resonant actuator (LRA) haptic effects. The Haptic Bluetooth Kit (DRV2605EVM-BT), featuring Bluetooth low energy (BLE) and a free iOS app to control on-board LEDs…

Intersil Delivers Single-Chip PMIC for Smartphones

Milpitas, Calif. – Intersil Corporation has introduced the single-chip ISL98611 display power and LED driver for smartphones. The company touts the ISL98611 as the first power management IC that integrates the display power and backlight LED driver functions in a single chip, improving efficiency of both functions to increase smartphone battery life by an hour…

Military Connector Tags to Increase by 2%

Lead times held steady for most interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) components over the past month, according to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s most recent Market and Technology Trends report. Despite slight price upticks for a few interconnect and passive components, pricing trends are expected to remain generally stable. However, tags for several types of military connectors…

Consolidation Rules Home Appliances Market

El Segundo, Calif. — Home appliance manufacturers are looking to increase their market share through acquisitions, new territories and new market segments to take advantage of strong growth in the market, according to a new report from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). Worldwide shipments of home appliances are forecast to reach 611 million units by the end of 2014,…

DRAM Prices Will Continue to Fall

Despite higher DRAM prices starting in the second quarter of 2014 due in part to a lack of capacity expansions and increased obstacles in transitioning to 2Xnm manufacturing, DRAM prices start to drop at the end of July, according to DRAMeXchange, the memory and storage research division of TrendForce. Prices are expected to continue downward…