NTIA approves Philips converter boxes for coupon program Product News 12/26/2007 Post a comment Philips announced today that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has approved three set-top digital-to-analog converter boxes to its list of coupon-eligible tuners. The three new converter boxes are marketed under the Magnavox and Philco brands.
Ford: hydrogen fuel feasible News & Analysis 12/26/2007 1 comment Ford Motor Co. has developed an autocatalytic reaction scheme involving three hydrides that could someday enable hydrogen to be pumped into tanks as easily as gasoline.
Intel-ST memory venture delayed News & Analysis 12/26/2007 Post a comment Amid turmoil in the debt capital markets, Intel, Francisco Partners and STMicroelectronics have delayed the closing of Numonyx, its joint flash memory venture, to March 28, 2008.
Applied, Chinese rival face legal battle News & Analysis 12/25/2007 Post a comment Applied Materials Inc. and Chinese fab-tool rival Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc. (AMEC) have agreed to disagree over a confidentially motion filed as part of a bitter legal battle between the two companies.
Tantalum caps find hi-rel niches News & Analysis 12/24/2007 Post a comment While the bulk of demand for tantalum capacitors comes from the handheld and gaming markets, as designers cram greater functionality into these ever-shrinking devices, there has also been quite a bit of activity in high-reliability markets--including military, automotive and medical--that require higher-performance components.
Digital TV links: crowded house News & Analysis 12/24/2007 Post a comment Consumer electronics companies are asking the Federal Communications Commission to mandate that their products be given access to applications and services running on the headend systems of cable-TV providers.
Solving HDTV's unhappy returns News & Analysis 12/24/2007 Post a comment Fueled by rapidly declining average selling prices, an exploding supply of content and a vigorous consumer appetite, growth in high-definition television sales continues to accelerate this holiday season.
Under the Hood: Silicon TV tuners clearing hurdles Teardown 12/24/2007 Post a comment Although mobile phone and WLAN transceivers made the transition to silicon ICs years ago, solid-state TV tuners have been slower off the starting block. Semiconductor Insights takes a look at offerings from several companies that have started to offer IC-based TV receivers that will replace the traditional "can tuner."
Deal hints at consolidation in digital TV chip market Product News 12/24/2007 Post a comment STMicroelectronics' proposed $336 million acquisition of digital TV chip maker Genesis Microchip, announced earlier this month, could be the beginning of a long-expected wave of consolidation among chip companies that supply the booming digital TV market, according to analysts and executives.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
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