Multimedia on the factory floor Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 5/30/2008 Post a comment considerable graphical display capabilities. Future system will offer much more: They will be required to understand human language and gestures.
Cameras in handsets evolving from novelty to DSC performance, despite constraints Design How-To 5/30/2008 Post a comment The quality of pictures from higher-end camera phones (3MP, 5MP, 8MP with autofocus, optical zoom, better lenses and image stabilization) now rivals today's low to mid-range point and shoot DSCs (with video capture). Yet from a design perspective, says Kodak, the mobile camera will remain a factor of ten different from DSCs -- ten times smaller, ten times cheaper, ten times lower power consumption.
New LinkSwitch simplifies CV/CC charger designs Product News 5/29/2008 Post a comment Newest generation touts an output accuracy of 5 percent over line and temperature variations, includes line-drop compensation circuitry, and guarantees very low no-load dissipation to easily meet Energy Star 2.0 standards for external power supplies.
CATV amplifier facilitates migration towards deep fiber Design How-To 5/29/2008 Post a comment ANADIGICS launched the ACA2420 power doubler line amplifier, a high output power device designed to ensure optimal video and data delivery in deep fiber HFC architectures and other cable TV deployments that minimize the use of cascaded system amplifiers.
e2v wins ESA's ADC contract News & Analysis 5/29/2008 Post a comment The European Space Agency (ESA) has commissioned e2v, a specialist in designing and manufacturing electronic components for the space industry, to develop an analog to digital converter (ADC) for next-generation broadband satellite payloads.
Calling all engineering students! RF & Microwave Designline Blog 5/28/2008 1 comment I have to admit I miss sitting down with a few hardened military designers who were hammering out a course into a new millennium where the term "wireless" would be ubiquitous in the commercial market. What a fast, strange trip it's been!
Startup turns on global TV for notebooks Design How-To 5/28/2008 Post a comment Startup Mirics Semiconductor is gearing up two chips aimed at letting a notebook computer receive and playback any digital terrestrial TV or radio signal using a wide multiband receiver chip along with demodulation software that runs on a host x86 processor.
A model transistor News & Analysis 5/27/2008 Post a comment Researchers working on the EU-funded Robuspic project say they have developed accurate behavioural models that will help semiconductor companies design more efficient power transistors.
Analog design expertise is rare, valuable News & Analysis 5/27/2008 1 comment An enduring shortage of analog engineers--that may be getting worse rather than better--is requiring digital chip powerhouses to redouble their efforts to recruit and groom analog engineers.
Infiniscale unveils analog DFY tool News & Analysis 5/27/2008 Post a comment On the eve of Design Automation Conference in Anaheim, California, French EDA startup Infiniscale SA unveiled a model-based parametrical yield optimizer that is claimed to allow analog design-for-yield (DFY).
Allegro : MOSFET pre-driver IC replaces belt-driven actuators Design How-To 5/27/2008 Post a comment Designed around Allegro's latest generation of BCD semiconductor process technology, the A3941 automotive-grade full-bridge MOSFET pre-driver IC includes enhanced features which make it suitable for high-temperature automotive systems and industrial systems using a 24 V battery supply.
Freescale rolls mobile media processor Product News 5/27/2008 Post a comment In the wake of its acquisition of Sigmatel, Freescale Semiconductor is rolling out its i.MX37, a applicaitons processor using new video and imaging blocks to attack high end media players and navigation systems and the first in a series of applications processors targeted at specific market segments.
Verify the design of two-way radio Design How-To 5/26/2008 Post a comment This article describes how a design team at Motorola used the Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE circuit simulator to characterize complex analog/RF blocks for two-way radio and related communication devices.
Infineon to sell stake amid merger rumors News & Analysis 5/26/2008 Post a comment The rumors continue to fly at Infineon AG. Amid the departure of its top executive, Infineon is looking to sell a 40-to-50 percent stake in the company to KKR. KKR, in turn, would merge Infineon and NXP Semiconductors, according to reports.
Infineon CEO Ziebart resigns News & Analysis 5/26/2008 Post a comment Wolfgang Ziebart has resigned as CEO and president of Infineon Technologies AG, with effect from June 1. Peter Bauer has assumed the position of spokesman of the management board.
Dynamic Voltage Droops & Total Power Integrity Design How-To 5/23/2008 Post a comment This article sheds light on key differences such as voltage droops and noise wave propagation resulting from on-chip load interaction with power network impedance and discusses how total power integrity may be rigorously inspected through rapid analyses and physics-based simulations.
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