Sharp finally announces Blu-ray Disc player at IFA Product News 8/31/2007 Post a comment Sharp has unveiled its new BD-HP20S AQUOS Blu-ray player at IFA 2007 in Berlin, as the latest addition to its AQUOS home entertainment family. This powerful BD player provides high definition content in 1080p screen resolution, and features 24 frame per second (fps) capability.
Texas Instruments presents 3-D DLP technology Product News 8/31/2007 Post a comment On the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Texas instruments has introduced an enhancement to its DLP projection technology that enables TV sets to display three-dimensional images. Mitsubishi and Samsung are among the first OEMs to implement the technology in their products, TI said.
NDS vows revamp of STBs, DVRs to save energy Product News 8/30/2007 Post a comment NDS Group plc, a supplier of software, conditional access systems and architectural blueprints for digital pay-TV, has announced plans to reduce the energy consumption of digital televisions, set-top boxes and digital video recorders as well as its own "carbon footprint."
Qualcomm joins IMEC TAD design program Product News 8/30/2007 Post a comment Mobile technology provider Qualcomm has joined IMEC's Technology-Aware Design Program (TAD). The Belgian research center and the U.S. fabless chip vendor will collaborate on innovative circuit and system design methodologies.
Secure supervisor circuit incorporates tamper detection Product News 8/29/2007 Post a comment Maxim says the SPI-compatible DS3650 is the industry's first secure supervisor with tamper detection to meet the payment card industry's voltage- and temperature-monitoring requirements. It integrates a battery-backup controller, system power monitor, CPU supervisor, temperature sensor, along with two tamper-detection comparators.
Multiplexer supports high-voltage and dual-voltage SD/SDIO/MMC Product News 8/29/2007 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor says the FSSD06 is the first multiplexer that supports high voltage and dual-voltage secure digital (SD)/secure digital I/O (SDIO)/ multimedia cards (MMC), enabling an application's processor to multiplex between a SD card, SDIO card, MMC card and peripherals
Panasonic delivers world's first 3LCD 1080p microdisplays Product News 8/29/2007 Post a comment Panasonic has started to ship a new line of High Definition LCD Rear Projection Display televisions featuring their revolutionary long-life LIFI, a first-of-its kind light fidelity projection display application that ensures image brightness over an extended period of time as well as greatly reduced start-up time.
Fujitsu introduces new H.264 transcoder Product News 8/28/2007 Post a comment Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. has extended its family of high-performance H.264-compliant ICs, announcing a new transcoder designed to compress full high definition (1920 x 1080) MPEG-2 video data to H.264 data for high-volume consumer applications.
Mobile processor enhances gaming notebooks Product News 8/28/2007 Post a comment AGEIA Technologies has launched the PhysX 100M mobile processor for high performance gaming notebook PCs that features low power and thermal design with power dissipation of nearly 10-W under game-play conditions.
Smaller players gain share of global digital STB market Product News 8/28/2007 Post a comment The worldwide market for digital set-top boxes experienced continued strong growth in 2006, with smaller Asian manufacturers advancing up the market share ladder. Traditional STB stalwarts still remain the worldwide leaders, but are facing increased competition from lower tier manufacturers. The digital STB market reached an estimated 122 million units shipped in 2006.
Amimon's WHDI chips now avaialbe for wireless HD Product News 8/28/2007 Post a comment AMIMON Inc. has announced the availability of
its Wireless High-definition Interface (WHDI) chipset. The WHDI chipset (AMN2110 and AMN2210) enables CE display and device manufacturers to develop HD home entertainment products that connect wirelessly.
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