High flex cables target demanding C-Track, robotic applications Product News 8/31/2008 Post a comment Designed for demanding continuous flexing applications, Weidmuller's SAI High Flex cables include PUR/PVC cables and halogen free PUR/PUR cables that are rated for C-track applications, as well as weld slag-resistant PUR cables designed to endure the twisting motion of robotic applications.
Multi-channel surveillance DVR design Design How-To 8/29/2008 Post a comment With the convergence of SoC and DSP, many processors now come with hardware accelerators, enabling DSPs to handle multiple channels of video compression on a single chip. How a multi-channel video encoder can be designed to leverage the extra cycles provided by hardware accelerators.
Judge urges ban on importation of SiRF GPS chips News & Analysis 8/25/2008 Post a comment A U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge has recommended that the ITC bar the importation into the U.S. of chips from SiRF Technology Holdings that infringe on patents held by a Broadcom subsidiary.
Industrial motors power chip market shows 9% annual growth News & Analysis 8/25/2008 Post a comment The market for power semiconductors in industrial motor drives is set to grow from $1 billion in 2007 to $1.3 billion in 2010, with the growth mainly driven by an increasing fraction of motors electronic drives, according to IMS Research (Wellingborough, England). Those figures imply a annual growth rate of about 9.1 percent.
Inside Canmore: Intel plugs x86 into TVs Design How-To 8/21/2008 Post a comment Intel Corp.'s first x86-based chip for consumer electronics the CE 3100, aka Canmore, represents an initiative that speaks to everything from Intel's growing system-on-chip capabilities to its drive toward Internet TV, a concept that has left many pioneers dead by the roadside.
Serial ATA doubles data rate to 6 Gbits/s News & Analysis 8/18/2008 Post a comment The serial ATA interface is doubling its maximum data rate to support transfers up to 6 Gbits/second, and the group marshalling the spec has also started a logo program to help ensure interoperability among the expanding group of hard, optical and solid-state drives using the link.
HyperTransport, PCI Express move forward Design How-To 8/18/2008 Post a comment The HyperTransport Consortium is giving a speed boost both to its chip-to-chip interconnect as well as a board-to-board version that has yet to gain market traction at a time when the PCI Special Interest Group is in the middle of its next big leap, the definition of a PCI Express 3.0 standard.
HDMI's Lip Sync and audio-video synchronization for broadcast and home video Design How-To 8/15/2008 6 comments HDMI 1.3 includes a Lip Sync feature to address the rising problem of poor audio-video synchronization resulting from numerous digital video processing steps in the television signal chain. But compliance is voluntary, and for a variety of reasons, CE devices and HDTVs may vary significantly in their synchronization performance.
Intel releases controller spec for USB 3.0 News & Analysis 8/14/2008 1 comment Intel Corp. has released a draft version 0.9 of its Extensible Host Controller Interface for USB 3.0 also called SuperSpeed USB that aims to deliver data rates up to 300 Mbytes/second at the application level.
NetXen takes flexible approach to 10G Ethernet News & Analysis 8/12/2008 Post a comment NetXen Inc. will support three physical interfaces in the third-generation 10Gbit Ethernet controller it is rolling out, underlying the fragmented nature of cable support that has slowed the roll out of 10G technology.
Reliability of IEC 61000-4-2 ESD testing on components Design How-To 8/10/2008 Post a comment Testing using the IEC systems-level standard tends to provide ambiguous results for components; here's some info on understanding how to reconcile device-level checks with this spec, especially when it comes to the reliability of air discharge results.
Xilinx supports APIX interface Product News 8/6/2008 Post a comment The APIX interface for in-car graphics displays has found a new supporter: FPGA vendor Xilinx now has included APIX into the list of the interfaces supported by its Automotive Spartan 3E device.
Transceiver nudges 10G Ethernet forward News & Analysis 8/5/2008 Post a comment Startup Teranetics Inc. will nudge the emerging market for 10 Gbit Ethernet forward when it announces availability of the first dual-ported transceivers for copper, raising hopes for dense, lower cost switches that could drive market uptake.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and 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? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.