Introduction to video transcoding for CE Design How-To 3/21/2008 Post a comment Adapting media to play on different consumer devices, such as to convert a hi-def set top box recording for playback on a portable media player or cell phone, requires more than changes in codecs, frame rates and resolution -- it also requires adapting container formats and adapting network protocols.
EE Times lauds ADI's Stata News & Analysis 3/21/2008 Post a comment Ray Stata understands the strategic value of silence. "Generally, if you really listen, the story is there," he says, and it becomes "quite clear" what you need to do.
Fail-safe gyro sensors targets high-reliability applications Product News 3/20/2008 Post a comment Austrian fabless chip vendor SensorDynamics has introduced two angular rate sensors which integrate monitoring circuitry at chip and module level. This double safety enables designers to use them in automotive applications as well as in other application areas where very high levels of resilience and safety are a requirement.
RDS receivers enhanced for portable, in-car navigation devices Product News 3/19/2008 Post a comment Silicon Labs has expanded its broadcast audio portfolio to include two radio data system (RDS) receivers that meet the growing demand to couple RDS traffic message channel and open data applications with static GPS navigation maps to dynamically route drivers around traffic anomalies.
Cost-effective AC Induction Vector Control Drive Using Single Shunt Current Sensing Design How-To 3/19/2008 Post a comment Against the background of rising demand for energy-saving industrial and home appliances, conventional AC induction motor applications strongly need optimization since they waste about 50 percent of the electrical energy. System costs and power consumption can be drastically reduced utilizing digital control of an analog motor circuit. The article describes how the Freescale MC56F80xx microcontroller family can be used in such motor control applications.
Power controller supports upcoming PoE standard Product News 3/18/2008 Post a comment Akros Silicon's Powered Device controller implements the 2-Event Physical Layer Classification functionality of the IEEE 802.3at standard, which raises the maximum available PD input power to 30W from the previously specified level of 13W, opening a range of new applications for Power-over-Ethernet.
TI high-performance analog team meets in India News & Analysis 3/18/2008 Post a comment The president and CEO of Texas Instruments said last year that high-performance analog (HPA) could be the core growth engine of the company's future. The HPA team recently held its first-ever review meeting outside in the U.S. in Bengaluru.
Under the Hood: Sonos brings multi-zone digital audio to life Teardown 3/18/2008 Post a comment The designers of the Sonos Digital Music System made four inspired design decisions early on to realize its ground-breaking, multi-room digital audio system, but deep into the design process, even they were humbled by the intricacies of effective wireless system design. See why.
X-Fab sales soar on acquisitions, strong demand News & Analysis 3/18/2008 Post a comment Strong demand from automotive, communications and consumer goods customers caused sales of X-Fab Silicon Foundry (Erfurt, Germany) to soar 66 percent in FY 2007. The takeover of ZMD's foundry business, now X-Fab Dresden manufacturing facilities, also contributed to the company's success.
Sensors become ubiquitous and intelligent Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 3/17/2008 Post a comment While still far from covering the entire industrial value chain, the "digital factory" concept is gaining momentum. Industrial Automation " this is something that most often deals with factory floor topics, aiming at controlling all aspects of production directly via computer.
DSP system design, part 1: The basic laws Design How-To 3/17/2008 Post a comment Here are ten laws that guide DSP system development. Topics covered include economies of scale and experience effect, DSPs vs. FPGAs, fixed- vs. floating-point, and RTOSs and algorithm libraries.
Control IC tailored for Intel power processors Product News 3/16/2008 Post a comment International Rectifier's XPhase control IC specifically designed for Intel VR11.0 and VR11.1 processor-based power devices is packaged in a small, thermally enhanced 32-lead 5mm x 5mm MLPQ that the company says is 50% smaller than a traditional six-phase control chip.
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.