Under the Hood: Flip Ultra camcorder - An ode to clean design Teardown 2/18/2008 2 comments The designers of the Flip Ultra digital camcorder turned ease of use into a fine art in this high-quality, user-friendly, low-cost digital video recorder that makes video sharing with sites such as YouTube and MySpace a snap. See how they did it in this feature and accompanying TeardownTV video.
Dialog Semi lands order from Asustek Product News 2/18/2008 Post a comment Fabless chip vendor Dialog Semiconductor plc (Kirchheim, Germany) succeeded in attracting 3C vendor Asustek as a customer. The Taiwanese company plans to equip its next-generation smartphones with two Dialog ASSPs.
IMEC tunes in to software defined radio Product News 2/15/2008 Post a comment A software-defined-radio chip design capable of speeds in excess of 100 megabits per second (Mb/s) is available for licensing from the Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (IMEC; Leuven, Belgium).
Under the Hood: When is a chip not a chip? Teardown 2/14/2008 1 comment There are many reasons why a semiconductor component might be branded with markings that differ from those of its actual manufacturer. A case in point is the Apple iPhone, which includes multiple devices from large companies (such as Broadcom, Philips, Samsung and Texas Instruments); all the devices carry Apple package markings.
With UWB uptake slow, Bluetooth hops on Wi-Fi News & Analysis 2/11/2008 Post a comment The Bluetooth Special Interest Group will provide a mechanism to let its protocol to ride on top of 802.11 networks while its longer term plan to create a version 3.0 based on ultrawideband technology moves slowly forward, a recognition of the market's rapid adoption of .11n and the relative slowness of UWB to gain traction.
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.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments