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.
SoC schedules: slip slidin' away News & Analysis 3/21/2008 Post a comment No prudent chip company would admit as much to customers, but the unspoken truth in today's complex world of system-on-chip design is that most ICs will neither be developed nor delivered on time. EE Times has learned that an enterprise resource planning tool is coming to the rescue.
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.
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.
FlatWire aims to short-circuit WPANs Product News 3/18/2008 2 comments FlatWire is said to obviate the need for wireless personal area networks (WPANs) by offering all standard wiring cables in a flat form factor that can be glued to walls and ceilings, then concealed with a coat of spackle and paint.
Fujitsu MCU integrates SMSC's MediaLB interface Design How-To 3/16/2008 Post a comment Fujitsu has started to implement SMCS's Media Local Bus technology in the latest member of its 32-bit MB91460 MCU product series that is designed to support high-performance automotive and industrial applications for fast data processing and distribution.
Video quality analysis with automated, scripted testing Design How-To 3/7/2008 Post a comment Subjective video analysis is useful for development and evaluation purposes but does not lend itself to operational monitoring, production line testing, troubleshooting, or equipment specific repeatable measurements. The demand for objective video quality testing arose from the need for quantitative, repeatable video analysis.
Multiplexers reconstruct impaired HDMI, DVI signals Product News 3/3/2008 Post a comment Intersil's timing regenerators and multiplexers for HDMI and DVI applications feature a signal regenerator function that allows them to restore corrupted HDMI signals to their original quality in consumer and professional video systems.
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