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Texas Instruments presents 3-D DLP technology
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8/31/2007   Post a comment
On the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Texas instruments has introduced an enhancement to its DLP projection technology that enables TV sets to display three-dimensional images. Mitsubishi and Samsung are among the first OEMs to implement the technology in their products, TI said.
IBM measures single-atom memory, molecular switch
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8/30/2007   Post a comment
IBM's Almaden Research Center has measured the ability to store a bit on a single atom, portending hard drives with ultra-high storage capacity.
HDMI transmitter features on-chip consumer electronic control support
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8/28/2007   Post a comment
The ADV7520NK from Analog Devices simplifies portable HDMI product design by integrating consumer electronic control functions allowing end users to command multiple A/V devices with one remote.
RF protocol stack optimized for wireless 2.4-GHz control devices
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8/28/2007   Post a comment
Nordic Semiconductor has developed a complete off-the-shelf RF protocol stack for leading-edge wireless desktop control devices using its low-power 2.4-GHz transceivers.
HDMI transmitter claims to be first to feature on-chip consumer electronic control support
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8/27/2007   Post a comment
Analog Devices' ADV7520NK is a low-power HDMI(TM) v1.3 (High-Definition Multimedia Interface(TM)) transmitter for portable media and DVD players, video recorders, and other mobile multimedia devices capable of supporting high-definition audio and video content. The ADV7520NK is the first HDMI transmitter to incorporate a CEC (Consumer Electronic Control) buffer on-chip, which reduces component count, eases design complexity and speeds time to market for portable high-definition (HD) devices by e
TI rolls out pair of HDMI switches
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8/27/2007   Post a comment
These switches connect either two or three digital video signals coming from devices such as game consoles, digital video switch boxes, set-top boxes or DVD players to a single HDTV display.
4,8 and 16-channel PC-based video surveillance and DVR design using PCI or PCIe bus
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8/24/2007   1 comment
How to increase video capture system channel density using PCI and PCIe bridges and switches. Examples include connecting an FPGA-based video encoder to a PCIe link via a local-bus-to-PCIe bridge; developing a 16-channel DVR card using quad-PCI capture chips; and developing a 16-channel capture card using a PCIe switch.
How to support multiple SD devices using CPLDs
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8/22/2007   Post a comment
This tutorial details a scalable, auto-sensing bidirectional multiplexer-based CPLD-based design that allows host devices to support any number of SD devices.
100W GaN-on-silicon RF power transistor enters volume production
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
RF power transistor vendor Nitronex has developed a 28V, 100W-class gallium nitride on silicon (GaN-on-silicon) HEMT for applications operating between 2.1- and 2.7-GHz.
Ultra-secure, digital rights management, single-chip solutions for handheld products
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
QuickLogic's patented silicon fabrication technology make digital rights management (DRM) solutions effectively "reverse engineering proof."
RF connectors target high-power applications
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
Bomar Interconnect Products has expanded its line of V-Bite RF edgecard connectors with the introduction of a male Type N connector optimized for high-power applications.
Buffer amplifier pair covers 4- to 21-GHz frequency range
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
Mimix Broadband is offering a pair of buffer amplifiers in standard RoHS compliant 3x3mm QFN plastic packages, making them easy to implement and handle in volume applications.
Digital USB headset solution is first for mobile phones
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8/20/2007   Post a comment
The single-chip Nexperia PNX0161, from NXP Semiconductors, is offered as the industry's first digital USB headset solution for mobile phones.
Compromise blends Ethernet, Fibre Channel
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8/20/2007   Post a comment
Rivals Brocade Communications and Cisco Systems agreed on a frame format for running Fibre Channel over Ethernet, clearing a major hurdle in the effort to develop a standard for the converged network and opening the door for work to begin on chips that implement the standard.
USB audio controller targets VoIP telephony
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8/19/2007   Post a comment
Check out Winbond's latest addition to its audio controller line. The USB2.0-compabile device is aimed at Skype or other PC-based VoIP applications and integrates an 8051 MCU that enables feature-rich applications.
Sun advances work on novel chip interconnect
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8/17/2007   Post a comment
Sun Microsystems will demonstrate at the Hot Chips conference it has solved one of the key problems of its Proximity technology, a novel chip interconnect that someday could enable a new level of ultra-dense, high speed computer and communications systems.
Understanding superior professional audio design: A block-by-block approach
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8/15/2007   Post a comment
This article walks you through the main blocks of the professional audio signal chain, provides desirable parameters, and identifies the benefits designers should consider when designing a professional audio product.
Practical design considerations--Ethernet vs. RapidIO standards
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8/15/2007   1 comment
The RapidIO specification outlines an appropriate set of baseline functionality for chassis- and board-level applications resulting in lower implementation costs and reduced overall complexity.
Testing Draft IEEE 802.11n systems - Part 1: Not all "n" is created equal
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8/14/2007   Post a comment
Exhaustive testing of "802.11n-compliant" systems found notable variations in performance and pointed to software as a key determinant.
Motor-driver IC features Hall-element commutation for driving vibration motors
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8/14/2007   Post a comment
The full-bridge motor-driver IC A1442 is optimised for driving vibration motors in applications such as mobile telephones, pagers, electronic toothbrushes, hand-held video game controllers and low-power fan motors.
GPS Bluetooth mouse powered by u-blox's SuperSense chip
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8/10/2007   Post a comment
Navilock, the German positioning products manufacturer, has chosen a GPS chip developed by u-blox, a leading Swiss provider of GPS receiver technology, to power a high performance Bluetooth GPS mouse, the BT-451.
Motion-based "Auto Mode Selection" eliminates blur, improving camera images while simplifying controls
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8/10/2007   Post a comment
Auto Mode Selection eliminates confusing autoexposure mode controls, such as "Sports" or "Portrait", and increases the percentage of successful photos -- without blur -- by adjusting the camera to account for motion in the scene, or from handheld camera shake.
Emulex, Qlogic tip 8G Fibre Channel products
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8/9/2007   Post a comment
Both Emulex Corp. and QLogic Corp. announced prototype chips and cards supporting the 8Gbit/second version of Fibre Channel expected to roll out in storage networks starting next year, doubling throughput of today's 4 Gbit/s nets.
PCI-SIG compliant development kit for Altera's Arria GX FPGAs
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8/7/2007   Post a comment
Altera's Arria GX FPGA low-cost development kit is certified PCI-SIG compliant for x1 and x4 PCI Express solutions.
Chip makers, researchers dish on hottest chips, interconnects
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8/6/2007   Post a comment
The Hot Chips and companion Hot Interconnects conferences provide a peek inside the leading multicore processors as well as research into the on- and off-chip networks that those future microprocessors may use.
Ultrasound pulser delivers up to 200V output
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8/6/2007   Post a comment
Aimed at non-destructive testing (NDT) applications, Supertex high speed ultrasound pulser IC is designed to deliver peak output currents over 3.3A with up to a 200V swing.
Codec cranks for wireless stereo headsets
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8/1/2007   Post a comment
Open Interface North America is rolling out a lossless audio codec that provides better performance than its competitors without requiring new hardware, targeted at enabling low cost, high quality Bluetooth stereo headsets.

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.
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