Novalux delivers 1.5-Watt red laser arrays to CE partners Product News 12/5/2006 Post a comment Novalux, Inc., has announced that it has delivered red 1.5-watt Necsel laser prototypes to key consumer electronics partners. 1.5-watt output is twice the
power of previous red Necsel devices and puts Novalux on track to produce RGB (red, green, blue) Necsel lasers for integration into high-definition (HD) projection TVs.
Class D audio system tunes in for digital TV Product News 12/5/2006 Post a comment Product Review - Integrating a stereo analog-to-digital converter, sample-rate converter, digital audio processor and a 30-watt Class D amplifier that includes a PWM controller and power stage, Cirrus Logic touts its CS4525 as an innovative Class D audio IC that greatly simplifies system design for the global flat-panel digital television market.
Pericom expands HDMI switch product portfolio Product News 12/5/2006 Post a comment Pericom Semiconductor has expanded its high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) switch portfolio with four high-bandwidth differential signal switch products for multi-source or multi-sink video applications, including TV, monitor, set-top box, switch box and game consoles.
High-side driver ASSP aimed at 24-V industrial apps Product News 12/5/2006 Post a comment AMI Semiconductor's latest high-side driver ASSP is qualified for operation up to 28-V and suited to designs with nominal system supply voltages of 24-V. It is designed to control LEDs, relays, solenoids, transistor gates, valves and other loads in industrial systems.
Gigle achieves 1-Gbps bandwidth over home wires Product News 12/5/2006 Post a comment Hispano-Scottish startup Gigle Semiconductor Ltd. has received its first test chip back from its foundry and has performed "real-house" trials of its technology demonstrating 1-Gbit bandwidth data transmission over powerline, phoneline and TV coaxial cable wiring.
IrDA transceiver and remote control receiver targets multimedia PCs and TVs Product News 12/5/2006 Post a comment The TFDU7100 integrates a remote control receiver and an IrDA transceiver into a single, 3-lens, surface-mount package for the PC market. When assembled into a notebook or multimedia computer, the device enables several functions including remote control of video or music playback and wireless sharing of photo, MP3, and other file formats.
$8000 software is free to Agilent and Yokogawa realtime oscilloscope users Product News 12/4/2006 Post a comment Focusing on clock and timing engineering and related measurement science, Amherst Systems Associates announces a North American kickoff of a program that will aggressively give away premium oscilloscope analysis and productivity software. The company's M1 Oscilloscope Tools will go to targeted users of Agilent and Yokogawa realtime oscilloscopes.
UCLA spinoff touts UWB chip for all bands Product News 12/4/2006 Post a comment An ultrawideband IC startup spun from the University of California at Los Angelos is demonstrating a universal UWB chip providing 480 Mbits/second speeds across all 12 WiMedia channels defined by the WiMedia Alliance.
Noise canceler ICs target handsets Product News 12/4/2006 Post a comment When Quellan Inc. introduced high-speed analog signal conditioners for 10-Gbit data centers last spring, CEO Tony Stelliga promised the company would next bring noise cancellation to consumer platforms. This week, Quellan will make good on that promise with Q:Active, extremely small noise-source emulation chips intended for handsets, particularly those for mobile broadcast video.
TI takes VLIW to low-cost GSM Product News 12/4/2006 Post a comment A triple-core, very long-instruction-word DSP is not usually associated with mass markets for wireless infrastructure, but Texas Instruments Inc. hopes its 3-GHz TCI6487, debuting this week at ITU Telecom World, will find its first applications in high-density GSM backbones.
Marvell brings former Intel Monahans to market Product News 12/4/2006 Post a comment Marvell Technology Inc. has wasted little time in launching Intel Corp.'s former Monahans application processor as the Marvell PXA 3xx series. By releasing samples of the fastest and highest-performance device, the PXA 320, Marvell hopes to carve out a niche at the higher end of the handset and gaming platform market.
Chip closes distance to real-time 3-D images Product News 12/4/2006 Post a comment The problem with machine vision is that cameras are 2-D recorders of 3-D scenes. One company claims to have solved the problem with a real-time 3-D camera that uses pixel-level hardware to reveal the distance to any object in any scene.
Verification tools bring ESL to enterprise Product News 12/4/2006 Post a comment Changing the definition of ESL from electronic system-level design to "enterprise system-level" design, Cadence Design Systems Inc. this week will unveil an approach to IC functional verification that encompasses hardware, embedded software and system-level interactions. New offerings include an ESL option for the Incisive Enterprise Simulator, a revamped Incisive Enterprise Manager and the Palladium III acceleration and emulation system.
Tensilica rolls 'drop-in' video processor engines Product News 12/4/2006 Post a comment Tensilica has introduced four new Diamond Standard VDO processor engines customized for multi-standard, multi-resolution video in system-on-chip designs. According to the company, each of the four Diamond Standard VDO engines are being introduced to meet the varying needs of the market.
Rival machine vision approaches take to the road Product News 12/4/2006 Post a comment Two companies are developing rival automotive machine vision solutions using inexpensive digital cameras. But while International Electronics & Engineering S.A. (IEE) has crafted a sensing system based on a combination of 2-D and 3-D cameras, Mobileye Inc. has opted to use a normal 2-D camera.
More options for pin headers Product News 12/1/2006 Post a comment FCI has expanded its FCI BASICS+ range of commodity connectors with two new versions of its Quickie Shrouded Pin Headers for cable-to-board applications.
Receptacles make it easier to replace LEDs Product News 12/1/2006 Post a comment Mill-Max Mfg. offers a full line of low-profile, above board and elevated barrel receptacles suitable for socketing LED devices in display backlighting, automotive signal lights, electronic signs and custom array displays.
Layout tool speeds MEMS design Product News 12/1/2006 Post a comment GenISys has started sampling to designers of MEMS based devices, sensors and flat panel displays a flexible simulation platform for mask aligner lithography that lets them virtually model, redesign and optimize device layouts and processes in hours rather than weeks.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.