Efficient Algorithms for MPEG-4 Video Decoding Design How-To 12/17/2002 Post a comment Efficient, programmable video decoding is critical for emerging mobile devices. J. Geoffrey Chase and Christopher Pretty from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand describe efficient algorithms for MPEG-4 video decoding and quantify the impact of accelerating co-processors for creating fully programmable MPEG-4 decoding solutions.
Estimating MOSFET switching losses means higher performance buck converters News & Analysis 12/11/2002 2 comments Lower voltages, higher current, and faster load slew rate pose a constant challenge for power supply designers. New-generation MOSFETs, high performance capacitors and new multiphase structures pose new challenges, writes this well-versed engineer.* Distributed power architectures - like Point of Load (POL) designs - will benefit from an understanding of MOSFET switching losses, he points out.
Tandem RF software programs streamline the design of power amplifiers News & Analysis 12/10/2002 Post a comment Harmonic-balance simulators - used in tandem with synthesis software that builds impedance matching networks -- can speed the design of RF power amplifiers. Engineers at Aerial Facilities in the UK show the steps they took to build a tunable 23-dB LDMOS amplifier with a center frequency in the 400-MHz range.
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.