De-interlacing with HQV high quality video processing
Design How-To 9/30/2005 Post a comment
Most video sources, including DVD, standard-definition TV, and 1080i high-definition TV, transmit interlaced images. Instead of transmitting each video frame in its entirety (what is called progressive scan), most video sources transmit only half of the image in each frame at any given time. The founder and engineering architect of Teranex, a unit of Silicon Optix, explains how HQV video processing does de-interlace better.
USB peripheral controller features 26-MHz SPI interface
Product News 9/30/2005 Post a comment
The newest USB controller from Maxim Integrated Products dubbed the MAX3420E is designed with a 26-MHz serial peripheral interface (SPI) and integrates the digital and analog circuitry needed to implement a full-speed USB peripheral interface compliant to the USB specification 2.0.
Taiwan's Realtek enters UWB chip market
Product News 9/27/2005 Post a comment
Home networking specialist Realtek Semiconductor Corp. is breaking into the nascent market for ultrawideband devices with a physical layer chip based on the WiMedia Alliance PHY specification.
MIPS32 core based computing subsystem is available for SoCs
Product News 9/26/2005 Post a comment
K-Micro has launched its MIPS32 24Kf core-based computing subsystem, called Topaz, for integration into SoCs. The offering is aimed at system designers who increasingly want to combine their proprietary designs with standard technology blocks from an SoC supplier’s IP portfolio, such as processors, buses, and encryption engines.
Camera phone image processing "magic," revealed!
Design How-To 9/21/2005 Post a comment
An Agilent engineer explains how pictures get from image sensor to memory in a camera phone, and how the pictures are improved along the way through image processing "magic" that takes on the challenge of creating a good picture from a CMOS image sensor inside the camera phone.
Smart-card ICs are purely flash based
Product News 9/20/2005 Post a comment
Silicon Storage Technology Inc. is venturing outside its traditional low-density flash memory sector. The company has introduced a smart-card IC line called Theseus Titanium that it is targeting at the SIM and 3G USIM markets.
White Electronic Designs inks SoC contract for missiles
News & Analysis 9/20/2005 Post a comment
Phoenix-based electronic component supplier White Electronic Designs Corp. has been awarded a $1.9 million contract by an unnamed military subcontractor for System-on-Chip (SOC) Power PC products, which will be used in the latest generation of air-to-air missiles.
PLX beefs up its PCIe portfolio with 5-port 16-lane switch IC
News & Analysis 9/20/2005 Post a comment
Determined to build up a commanding lead as a supplier of I/O interconnect silicon for communications, server, storage, embedded control, and consumer applications, PLX Technology has introduced the PEX 8518, what it claims is the industry’s only five-port, 16-lane PCI Express (PCIe) switching device.
RS-232 interface portfolio expands with IEC ESD-protected devices
Product News 9/14/2005 Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. is sampling three new RS-232 devices with system-level IEC 61000-4-2 ESD protection.
By integration IEC 61000-4-2 protection onto the devices (part numbers MAX3243E, MAX3232E and MAX3227), the RS-232 interface is immune to damage caused by ESD strikes while the system is up and running.
Indian researchers propose new SoC test method
News & Analysis 9/12/2005 Post a comment
With efficient test access architecture of much interest to the SoC design and test community, two researchers at an Indian technical institute have proposed a design-for-test method for digital SoC designs using a Test Access Mechanism (TAM) switch.
TI raises Q3 guidance
News & Analysis 9/8/2005 Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier Texas Instruments Inc. issued revised guidance for its third 2005 fiscal quarter ending September, calling for earnings of 36 to 38 cents per share, up from the previous estimate of 31 to 35 cents.
Toshiba, Sigma team on Linux for multimedia
Product News 9/6/2005 Post a comment
Electronic Components Inc. will collaborate
with Sigma Designs Inc. to offer a new Linux platform based on its TX4938 MIPS-based TX System RISC microprocessor and the Sigma EM8620L digital media processor.