DVD platform boasts Wi-Fi capability Product News 1/31/2007 Post a comment Zoran has teamed with middleware provider Kestrelink to offer a wireless-connected DVD player platform with Wi-Fi capability, based on Zoran's Vaddis DVD multimedia processor and the KestrelMedia networking connectivity suite.
UCSB researchers claim blue laser diode breakthrough News & Analysis 1/29/2007 Post a comment A team of University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) researchers led by Shuji Nakamura, a pioneer of laser diode science, have created a new type of blue-violet laser diode that they say could replace the c-plane violet laser diodes used for competing next-generation DVD formats. The researchers say they've achieved lasing operation in nonpolar gallium nitride semiconductors and demonstrated the world's first nonpolar blue-violet laser diodes.
Analyst upgrades Broadcom rating Product News 1/25/2007 Post a comment Citing positive feedback through channel checks and saying the company's touch screen technology may have a far larger market opportunity beyond Apple's iPhone, analyst Alex Gauna of UBS Securities upgraded his firm's rating on Broadcom's stock to "buy" from "neutral."
Broadcom restates, takes $2.2B in options charges News & Analysis 1/24/2007 Post a comment Broadcom announced the filing of amended and delayed 2005 annual and 2006 quarterly reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which included net readjustments of $2.2 billion as a consequence of improperly backdated stock options.
Favorable tax claim lifts ST's Q4 News & Analysis 1/24/2007 Post a comment Buoyed by the favorable resolution of a tax claim, STMicroelectronics posted a net income of $276 million, or 30 cents per diluted share, on revenue of $2.48 billion during the fourth quarter of 2006.
Microtune makes SEC filings, takes $8.5M charge News & Analysis 1/23/2007 Post a comment TV tuner chip specialist Microtune said it has made required filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for three quarters of 2006 and for the full year 2005. As a result of improper past stock options granting procedures, Microtune said it took additional stock-based compensation charges of approximately $8.5 million.
TI bests Q4 expectations, plans layoff News & Analysis 1/22/2007 Post a comment Surprising Wall Street analysts who were expecting a weaker quarter, Texas Instruments reported a net income of $668 million on sales of $3.46 billion for the fourth quarter of 2006. But the company issued a first quarter revenue outlook that fell below analyst expectations and announced plans to eliminate about 500 jobs.
Head of TI wireless chip unit stepping down News & Analysis 1/19/2007 Post a comment Gilles Delfassy, senior vice president and head of Texas Instruments' wireless terminals unit, will retire after 28 years with the company, TI said. Effective immediately, TI has promoted Greg Delagi to senior vice president and leader of the operation, which develops semiconductors for cell phones.
Camera for the car guy Automotive DesignLine Blog 1/18/2007 Post a comment If what you do behind the wheel qualifies as "action" (at least in your mind) here is a cool way to chronicle it--and impress that special someone.
NEC rolls EMMA3 series for HD DVD players, recorders Product News 1/17/2007 Post a comment NEC Electronics rolled out its latest EMMA series of system LSI chips for digital consumer applications. The EMMA3 series is optimized for systems such as HD DVD players and recorders that handle the processing of next generation DVD content, according to NEC.
Capacitive sensing kit touts configurability Product News 1/16/2007 Post a comment Capacitive sensing technology provider Synaptics unveiled a new product, OneTouch, described as a configurable solution that enables customers to develop custom interface designs for capacitive buttons and scrolling applications.
Design of High-Performance Balanced Audio Interfaces - Part 6 Design How-To 1/14/2007 Post a comment Balanced inputs benefit from specialized circuitry. The InGenius circuit silicon implementation differs from the discrete solution in many respects. Since all critical components are integrated, a well controlled interaction between resistor values and metal traces can be duplicated with similar performance from die to die. But the integration of certain components creates new challenges.
Design of High-Performance Balanced Audio Interfaces - Part 5 Design How-To 1/14/2007 Post a comment Balanced inputs benefit from specialized circuitry. The InGenius circuit silicon implementation differs from the discrete solution in many respects. Since all critical components are integrated, a well controlled interaction between resistor values and metal traces can be duplicated with similar performance from die to die. But the integration of certain components creates new challenges.
65-nm HDTV decoder chip handles two video streams Product News 1/11/2007 Post a comment Intended for set-top boxes, digital video recorders (DVRs) and DVD players, STMicroelectronics is sampling a high-definition decoder chip that is capable of decoding two video streams simultaneously. The STi7200 supports both HD DVD and Blu-ray formats, in addition to high-definition satellite and cable TV standards. It is said to be the first dual HDTV decoder chip to be manufactured using 65-nm process technology.
Allied adds 25,000 products News & Analysis 1/10/2007 Post a comment Allied Electronics Inc. today launched a significant expansion of its catalog of semiconductor and electrical components with the addition of 15 suppliers and 25,000 new products for 2007.
Chip surplus swells in 4Q as market cools News & Analysis 1/10/2007 Post a comment Amid signs of a seasonal slowdown in the semiconductor market, excess chip inventories continued to swell in the fourth quarter of 2006, leaving the industry with a surplus of parts worth $4.3 billion, according to iSuppli Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.)
Design of High-Performance Balanced Audio Interfaces - Part 4 Design How-To 1/10/2007 1 comment High signal-to-noise ratio is an important goal for most audio systems. However, ac power connections unavoidably create ground voltage differences, magnetic fields, and electric fields. Balanced interfaces, in theory, are totally immune to such interference. Bill Whitlock describes a new type of IC used to create balanced interfaces.
HDMI chips switch three ports to a single display Product News 1/9/2007 Post a comment Pericom has sharply enhanced its HDMI switch line with four devices that meet the high-bandwidth needs of consumer video electronics products. Signal conditioning and switching features allow designers to switch as many as three ports to a single display over cables as long as 20 meters.
Sigma rolls Mini-PCI Windeo reference design Product News 1/9/2007 Post a comment Media processor IC vendor Sigma Designs announced the availability of a Mini-PCI Windeo reference design kit that the company said enables consumer electronics OEM and ODM companies to develop digital entertainment products featuring wireless capability for in-home high-definition audio/video distribution.
HDMI receiver supports high-bit-rate audio Product News 1/8/2007 Post a comment High-definition video IC provider Silicon Image rolled out a pair of VastLane High Definition Multimedia Interface 1.3 receiver chips, including the SiI9135, which it claimed is the first HDMI receiver to support high-bit-rate audio.
Next-generation VDSL2 chipset debuts for triple-play broadband apps Product News 1/5/2007 Post a comment The second-generation Accelity-2 chipset from Conexant is being marketed as the industry's highest density and most interoperable VDSL2/ADSL2plus convergence product for central office (CO) applications. It delivers downstream speeds beyond 140-Mbits/s and is targeted at triple-play voice, video and data equipment such as digital subscriber line access multiplexers (DSLAMs), digital loop carriers (DLCs), and remote terminals.
Conexant rolls out VDSL2 CPE gateway SoCs Product News 1/5/2007 Post a comment Check out this family of integrated VDSL2 customer premises equipment SoCs from Conexant. Aimed at triply-play voice, video and data products, the SoCs feature a flexible architecture that supports all VDSL2 profiles up to "30a" for applications requiring 100/100-Mbits/s operation, an integrated voice-over-IP engine, and a powerful network processor.
Digital cable set-top box SoC supports latest video compression technologies Product News 1/5/2007 Post a comment An advanced digital cable set-top box chip from Broadcom supports the latest generations of video compression technologies, such as advanced video coding (AVC-MPEG-4), VC-1 and MPEG-2, and combines the features of channel bonding with powerful security, enabling multiple system operators to provide new Internet-based IP and more secure video services to consumers.
Pixelplus claims split decision in patent ruling News & Analysis 1/3/2007 Post a comment South Korean fabless chip vendor Pixelplus said it obtained a favorable ruling from the Korea Intellectual Property Office granting the company's request to "effectively cancel and invalidate" a disputed contact hole process patent claimed by South Korean rival MagnaChip Semiconductor.
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