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posted in October 2006
Dual-port transceivers target high-speed industrial apps
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10/27/2006   Post a comment
Take a closer look at this dual-port industrial physical layer transceiver family from National Semiconductor. The DP83849 PHYTER family offers flex-port switching technology and advanced cable diagnostics, two key features for embedded design engineers developing products that require high-speed industrial connectivity and dual-port functionality for redundancy and system management.
340-MHz HDMI transmitter chip connects PCs to HDTVs
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10/27/2006   Post a comment
Silicon Image's latest VastLane HDMI transmitter chips can drive the biggest, highest-resolution PC monitors on the market with a single-link solution as well as output sound and video to any digital display, from existing DVI LCD monitors, HDTVs and projectors to future low-cost all digital PC monitors with DVI or HDMI inputs.
Video processing approaches for a portable multimedia SoC
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10/27/2006   Post a comment
The three main approaches for developing multimedia based SoCs are: hardwired accelerators, video co-processors and general purpose processors. By evaluating each, explains CEVA, the SoC designer can ascertain which approach works best.
Beyond DVD: Is the next home entertainment center the car?
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10/26/2006   2 comments
Infotainment will serve up a digital cornucopia of video, GPS navigation, safety, and other features. But beyond a wide data "pipe," flexible silicon, derived from consumer electronics, is needed.
Silicon Image rolls HDMI transmitters for PCs
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10/23/2006   Post a comment
Chip maker Silicon Image rolled out a pair of VastLane High Definition Multimedia Interface transmitters said to provide a single-chip solution for enabling PC manufacturers to drive digital output to PC monitors and high-definition TVs.
Pentagon urges 'relevant' R&D
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10/20/2006   Post a comment
U.S. military planners, faced with mounting casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan along with a decline in federal R&D spending, are pressing contractors to shift their focus from gee-whiz technologies to "relevant" ones that can save lives and improve capabilities today.

Chipset yields high linearity transmitter for GSM/EDGE base stations
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10/20/2006   Post a comment
Check out this transmitter chipset from Maxim Integrated Products. Aimed at GSM/EDGE base station applications, chipset consists of a SiGe I/Q modulator and highly integrated, digital RF variable-gain amplifier that together deliver what the company says is the lowest noise and highest levels of linearity of any competing direct-conversion zero-IF transmitter product.
10-Mbits/s bus transceiver debuts for FlexRay automotive networks
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10/20/2006   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has developed a high-speed, FlexRay automotive bus transceiver that supports baud rates of up to 10-Mbits/s, which the company claims is ten times the bandwidth available on a CAN-based network.
SATA controllers extend RAID 6 performance
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10/19/2006   Post a comment
AMCC launches a high-performance 3ware 9650SE SATA RAID controller family that employs simultaneous parity calculation to boost the performance in RAID 6 systems.
IPTV firm chooses NXP platform
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10/16/2006   Post a comment
Interactive Television Networks, a provider of Internet Protocol TV systems and networks, has selected the NXP STB810 set-top box chip platform to build IP set-top box devices for mass deployment in the U.S.
DVD writer bypasses the PC
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10/16/2006   Post a comment
Sony's VRD-MC1 is a standalone DVD writer that accepts a host of still and video image input media and transfers the files directly to DVD disk; no PC is required. Architecturally, the product resembles a DVD recorder (DVD-R) and its associated optical drive, with added bridge electronics that expand the input options well beyond the composite- or component-video input typical of conventional DVD-R systems.

NEC chip set to bridge Blu-ray, HD DVD formats
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10/11/2006   Post a comment
NEC Electronics Corp. has developed a chip set for optical drives that would bridge the incompatible Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD formats.
Amoi leveraging Agere chipset for low-cost handset
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10/11/2006   Post a comment
Mobile handset maker Amoi is among the first Chinese companies to leverage silicon for ultra low cost phones, saying it will use a recently introduced chipset from Agere Systems that includes MP3 playback to bring its bill of materials cost down to around $30.
Ethernet PHY delivers lowest power, highest ESD
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10/11/2006   Post a comment
Micrel is sampling its sixth generation PHY, which it claims delivers the industry's lowest power consumption of just 150-mW and the highest ESD ratings for a Fast Ethernet transceiver at 6-kV.
Narrowband RF chip delivers high receiver sensitivity
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10/11/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices has launched a narrowband RF transceiver that complies with government regulations for radio transmitters and delivers what it says is the best receiver sensitivity of -123-dBm at 1-Kbit/s.
Ramtron chip combines FRAM with real- time clock/calendar
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10/10/2006   Post a comment
Ramtron's new FM3130 is billed as a 64-kbit 3-volt FRAM-Enhanced processor companion device that combines the benefits of nonvolatile ferroelectric RAM with an integrated real-time clock/calendar in one tiny package.
LSI Logic rolls next-gen media processor architecture
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10/9/2006   Post a comment
LSI Logic unveiled the company's next-generation, multi-core transcoding media processor architecture, Domino[X], said to offer flexibility and scalability to address both high-performance professional codec solutions and cost-sensitive consumer electronics products.
LVDS buffer-repeaters tout high ESD protection, low jitter transfer
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10/9/2006   Post a comment
Check out this pair of 2-Gbits/s signal-conditioning buffer-repeaters from National Semiconductor, which claims that the devices provide the lowest jitter transfer and highest ESD protection of 15-kV, and feature on-chip termination.
Serial interface display controller aimed at wireless handsets
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10/6/2006   Post a comment
California Micro Devices has introduced a serial interface display controller for wireless handsets that incorporates the VESA Standard Mobile Display Digital Interface (MDDI) link, which is fully compatible with QUALCOMM's Mobile Station Modem (MSM) chipset.
Open Source Embedded Asterisk-based PBX
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10/4/2006   3 comments
Building an embedded IP-PBX represents a significant paradigm shift from existing open source PBX designs that typically use PCI cards on x86 platforms. Until recently, current micro controllers (e.g. those in the 200MHz ARM & MIPs class) typically lack the DSP horsepower for multiple channels of speech compression or echo cancellation that is required for analog line interfaces. The Analog Device Blackfin chip has changed all this......
Embedded flash enables 'smart' automotive interface applications
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10/4/2006   Post a comment
In SoC design, arranging the co-existence of components, especially non-volatile memory, is not an easy task, because where there is complexity there is also the potential for cost.
High-end board design seen growing in India
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10/4/2006   Post a comment
The establishment of several new board design centers and the prospect of new Indian government incentives for volume manufacturing could spur an Indian board industry.
Agere to use Intrinsity's Fast14 technology
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10/2/2006   Post a comment
Intrinsity Inc. will work with Agere Systems to incorporate Intrinsity's form of mixed dynamic and static logic in macrocells used in Agere's semiconductor products.
Korean tech exports soar
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10/2/2006   Post a comment
Korean IT exports exceeded $10 billion for the first time in September as a result of brisk sales of semiconductors, mobile phones and display panels, the Ministry of Information and Communication said.
Cypress adds mode to USB transceiver
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10/2/2006   Post a comment
Cypress has taken its high-speed MoBL-USB TX2 transceiver for mobile handsets and added a mode that allows all input/output (I/O) pins on its UTMI interface to be tri-stated. This MoBL-USB TX2 transceiver, which is optimized for Intel's Monahans processor, allows handsets makers to share baseband or application processor general purpose I/O pins between high-speed USB and other features such as a camera module, GPS or DVB-H.
VIA launches HDTV-ready chipset for embedded market
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10/2/2006   Post a comment
VIA Technologies' latest IGP chip set for the VIA C7 and Eden processor platforms integrates graphics, audio, memory, storage and HDTV support all in a single chip design. The VIA CX700M chip set measures just 35-mm X 35-mm, helping designers build smaller products.


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