Mobile broadcasters face technical, business hurdles News & Analysis 1/8/2008 Post a comment A broad group of local television stations will start technical field trials of three competing mobile broadcasting technologies next month, but Hollywood executives said they will need to negotiate content rights before broadcasters turn on commercial systems that will serve cellphones and other mobile devices.
HDMI plugs into cameras, cellphones Product News 1/8/2008 Post a comment Silicon Image Inc. is rolling out a mobile version of High Definition Multimedia Interface for digital cameras, portable media players and cellphones at a time when OEMs are exploring wireless options.
Why we need an analog design flow that's like digital now Design How-To 1/7/2008 Post a comment Analog designs are notoriously sensitive to variations in temperature, noise and process variation, much more so than digital. These analog designs must be thoroughly verified against these variations and then analyzed within the context of the SOC after it is characterized at the block level.
Audio networking platform offers complete solution Product News 1/7/2008 Post a comment The JukeBlox audio networking platform from BridgeCo combines an ARM9-based processor, Linux-based middleware, SDK and reference design to provide a complete solution for connecting audio systems to home networks, the Internet, and portables.
Under the Hood: Low-cost phone is rich in features Teardown 1/7/2008 Post a comment At an estimated total cost to manufacture of less than $45 based on a Portelligent teardown analysis, the Tianyu B811 finds itself positioned just above the ultralow-cost voice-only phones, where bill-of-material costs have now dropped below $30.
Reciva, Marvell team for Internet radio Product News 1/7/2008 Post a comment Internet radio specialist Reciva Ltd (Cambridge, England) has teamed with wireless chip developer Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) for a joint platform for Internet radio receivers and networked devices.
Tip of the Week: Glitch-free portable charging Design How-To 1/6/2008 Post a comment Superior to discrete solutions, today's IC-based controller/managers for charging portable devices from the USB port, the car and other away-from-home sources provide better surge protection and higher efficiency in a smaller package.
Wireless high on top 10 design features of 2007 Design How-To 1/4/2008 Post a comment While there was a strong demand from readers across the DesignLine network in 2007 for tutorials on electronic fundamentals such as IGBTs, MOSFETs and ADCs, a compilation of the top 10 design features shows an emphasis on wireless applications such as WiMAX and Wi-Fi, as well as video and DSP.
Measuring video quality: Can objective metrics match human eyes? Design How-To 1/4/2008 Post a comment Can objective metrics replace the "gifted" human eye when evaluating video quality? In short -- no -- but they have an important purpose. Subjective video analysis is costly, time consuming, and difficult to repeat. Objective metrics act as important evidence, while subjective analysis provides the confirmation.
Spec signals wireless video flood at CES News & Analysis 1/3/2008 Post a comment The WirelessHD consortium has finished the initial specification for short-range 60 GHz radios, a technology that will compete with a wide variety of standard and proprietary Wi-Fi and ultrawideband approaches trying to deliver a wireless link for video to the digital home.
UWB boosts HD audio standard Product News 1/2/2008 Post a comment Ultrawideband technology aims to bring order to current spectrum chaos by enabling HD audio to move into the unlicensed 3.1- to 10.6-GHz band designated for personal area networks.
Jitter, Noise, and Signal Integrity at High-Speed: A Tutorial--Part IV Design How-To 1/2/2008 Post a comment Published November 19, 2007, this Chapter 1 excerpt from Jitter, Noise, and Signal Integrity at High Speed, is a basic and high-level introduction to terminology, definitions, and concepts concerning jitter, noise, signal integrity, bit error rate, and working mechanisms for communication link systems. Part IV is a historical overview of jitter, noise, BER, and signal integrity.
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