Analyst: Digital camera market plateaus at $18B Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment With the majority of amateur and professional photographers having made the switch from film to digital cameras, the worldwide market for digital still cameras appears to be leveling off at about $18 billion per year, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Analog/digital pin-boards, GUI software, extend ATE scalability Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment ATE maker Teradyne announces two pin-cards for its existing TestStation ICT platform. These boards make the TestStation a scalable in-circuit test platform with options that include multiplexed or pure-pin, analog only or hybrid, and low pin-count or high pin-count configurations. New GUI software makes it play.
DC/DC conversion ICs pick up on power management Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment Product recap - With industry's call for the highest possible system efficiencies taking center stage, today's DC/DC conversion ICs for advanced datacom, telecom, and portable products are taking on more power-management duties.
Sensor detects photo orientation Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment SRAM's SFH 7710 SMT orientation sensor for mobile devices detects whether a photo has been taken in portrait or landscape format and automatically displays the photo in its correct orientation, eliminating the need to rotate digital pictures in order to view them.
Nvidia pushes out graphics IC for iPod Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment Nvidia Corp. is moving into unsteady waters. The company is readying a lower-margin integrated chipset for PCs, while it has also delayed a graphics chip for use in Apple Computer Inc.'s next-generation video iPod line, according to an analyst.
Autosar software developers can use UMS and SysML Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment With its Rhapsody Autosar Pack, Swedish software modeling tool vendor targets developers for the automotive industry. The product is the first modeling environment that supports the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Systems Modeling Language (SysML).
Pericom intros four HDMI switches Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Pericom Semiconductor announced it has expanded its industry-leading high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) switch portfolio with four new high-bandwidth differential signal switch solutions for multi-source or multi-sink video applications including TV, monitor, set-top box, switch box, and game consoles.
TD-SCDMA phone testing option targets Chinese developers Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Targeting The People's Republic of China's near-future wireless 3G TD-SCDMA standard, Willtek Communications announces an option for its existing 4400 Mobile Phone Tester. The tester will be equipped to handle all functions necessary to calibrate transmitter and receiver sections of a phone, perform functional tests, and carry out final testing prior to shipment.
India's BSNL pairs with Intel on WiMax Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Indian state-owned service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) is teaming with Intel Corp. in a bid to deploy the country's first WiMax-based wireless broadband and telecom service.
Nomadic 2-port cable analyzers span 2-MHz to 20-GHz Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Check out this pair of handheld battery-operated analyzers for measuring cables and communications systems. They work from 2-MHz in the HF portion of the spectrum well into the microwave regime. Anritsu's cable and antenna analyzers can also pack an optional CW module for conducting long cable-loss measurements between out to 20 GHz, and a VNA option.
Integrated PXI chassis and controller costs less than $1000 Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Lowering the entry cost for a PXI-based test system, National Instruments is rolling out a PXI chassis with integrated remote controller. The chassis provides five peripheral slots, and includes a host card to control the system from either a desktop or laptop. It can achieve up to 110-Mbytes/s sustained throughput to the PC host.
Tektronix releases software for UWB WiMedia radios Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Tektronix, Inc. announced its Tek UWB WiMedia2 software which extends the ultra wideband (UWB) debug and analysis capabilities of the Tektronix DSA70000, DPO70000 and TDS6000C series to include real-time analysis of UWB RF and electrical signals.
World's fastest USB oscilloscope? Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment PC test gear vendor Pico Technology rolls out a dual-channel PC-connected digital sampling oscilloscope with a bandwidth of 250 MHz. Pico's Model 5204 gives you a memory depth of 128-Msamples and a realtime sampling rate of 1-Gsample/s. Not bad for less than $1800, eh?
Dual-input bus converter is designed for ATCA systems Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment The Artesyn dual-input ATC210 bus converter is a fully integrated solution that combines a small footprint of 5.9 x 4.6 cm, high power density isolated dc-dc converter with advanced digitally programmable power management functions. The converter has a typical full load efficiency of 89 percent, yielding a power density in excess of 4 W/cm3.
LED driver eyes automotives Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Rated for operation at +125°C ambient, Supertex' AT9933 is a variable frequency pulse width modulated (PWM) controller suited for automotive LED lighting applications.
Factorized power designs come into the mainstream Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Product Review - Vicor Corporation's comprehensive line-up of 52 evaluation and validation boards featuring its BCM, PRM, and VTM V•I Chip power components, which are all now available in high volume quantities, culminates the company's work to bring its factorized power architecture (FPA) into mainstream designs.
PhlatLight eval kits now available from Luminus Devices Product News 11/28/2006 Post a comment Luminus Devices, Inc. has announced the availability of PhlatLight chipset evaluation kits for use in
projection applications. The kits provide a simple plug-and-play solution for light engine designers interested in developing products with PhlatLight chipsets.
FCI offers free shunt kit Product News 11/28/2006 Post a comment FCI offers a free Shunt Developer's Kit packed with a variety of shunts that feature 2-mm, 2.54-mm, and multi-position pitch options, as well as mechanical, plating, color and low-cost options.
Pericom intros new switches for emerging HD video apps Product News 11/28/2006 Post a comment Pericom Semiconductor Corporation has announced it has expanded its industry-leading high-definition
multimedia interface (HDMI) switch portfolio with four new high-bandwidth differential signal switch solutions for multi-source or multi-sink video applications including TV, monitor, set-top box,
switch box, and game consoles.
Epson to deliver first HDMI 1.3 home theater projector Product News 11/28/2006 Post a comment Silicon Image, Inc. has announced that it has supplied the HDMI receiver chip for the first home theater projector to be equipped with HDMI 1.3. Epson has selected the VastLane SiI9133 HDMI receiver chip for its new Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 1080. This is the first HDMI 1.3 home theater projector on the market supporting Deep Color capability.
M/A-COM introduces PAs for point-to-point radios Product News 11/28/2006 Post a comment M/A-COM has introduced a line of power amplifiers (PAs) for point-to-point radios that cover allocated point-to-point bands from 2.5 to 19.7GHz. Optimized for linearity and high gain, this family of PAs produces power levels ranging from 1 to 2W over various frequency bands.
Serial ATA controllers support PCIe interconnect Product News 11/28/2006 Post a comment Designed to deliver cost-effective RAID data protection for desktops, workstations and entry-level servers, Adaptec Inc. has launched a family of entry-level serial ATA (SATA) controllers consisting of the Adaptec Serial ATA 1220SA and 1430SA HostRAID devices that support Intel Corp.'s latest PCI Express (PCIe) interconnect.
3Dlabs plans spinout, samples first media processor Product News 11/28/2006 Post a comment Graphics chips specialist 3Dlabs Inc., Ltd., is planning a spinout from its owner, Creative Labs, and has started sampling selected designers with its first media processor, the result of a project announced earlier this year when the company exited the workstation graphics chip business to focus on digital media silicon.
Regulator ICs set automotive options Product News 11/27/2006 Post a comment Maxim's MAX6765-MAX6774 family of linear regulators, with a wide variety of options, delivers up to 100 mA for automotive applications. These devices draw just 31 microamps and thus are particularly suited to always-on modules.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times