China's IPTV future still unclear
News & Analysis 9/29/2006 Post a comment
The recent cancellation of an IPTV trial in Beijing by one of the country's major telecom operators is the latest indication that unclear government policy still plagues IPTV in China.
Allegations are renewed against Infineon's former CEO, say reports
News & Analysis 9/22/2006 Post a comment
Bribery allegations against Infineon's former CEO Ulrich Schumacher have been repeated in a Munich court, according to German media reports. Schumacher is alleged to have taken several hundreds of thousands of euros from a former business partner in return for awarding motor sport sponsorship contracts.
CPRI SerDes delivers 800-ps fiber delay-calibration accuracy
Product News 9/19/2006 Post a comment
National Semiconductor has developed the SCAN25100 CPRI SerDes, which integrates delay calibration measurement circuitry to precisely measure basestation-to-remote radio heads (RRH) and RRH-to-RRH fiber delay components with a guaranteed ±800-ps of accuracy. The SCAN25100 CPRI SerDes can even track fiber delay changes as small as 200-ps.
Bidders may up ante for Freescale, says analyst
News & Analysis 9/18/2006 Post a comment
The heated bidding war for Freescale Semiconductor Inc. may not be over yet, as an analyst reported that private equity firms could seek to outbid the Blackstone Group consortium that agreed last week to purchase the semiconductor supplier for $17.6 billion in cash.
How the Intel HD Audio system works Pt 2
Design How-To 9/17/2006 Post a comment
Designing an A/V system employing Windows Vista can be easy. As part of your system design, you should create complete audio flowcharts of the audio paths for the primary usability models in your system. Here's the general flow for the Intel HD Audio system.
Creating multi-standard, multi-resolution video engines using configurable processors
Design How-To 9/15/2006 Post a comment
Configurable processors allow you to build a processor core that is not too big or too small for your video application by selecting only the options that you need. Designers customize the processor to exactly fit their application by creating instructions, register files, functional units and interfaces that are designed to accelerate the application. It is easy to port codecs to a processor, and adopting new video standards, upgrading existing codecs, or fixing bugs can be done post-silicon i
Mystery chips, no Portal Player, in iPod nano
News & Analysis 9/14/2006 Post a comment
Apple Computer's new iPod Nano player has three Apple marked chips of unknown origin, but no chip from PortalPlayer, according to a Wedbush Morgan Securities report discussing a teardown of the long-awaited media player.
How the Intel HD Audio system works
Design How-To 9/13/2006 1 comment
Unlike most audio equipment, the PC has multiple different layers of signal routing to consider. Here's how it interfaces to the outside world, establishes connections from multiple jacks to one or more audio codecs, routes the signals from the audio codecs through the Intel HD Audio controller and a complex software stack to the applications that are consuming or generating audio streams.
Analyst positive on Micron, Cypress, Nvidia
News & Analysis 9/13/2006 Post a comment
Although the near-term outlook remains bleak for semiconductor suppliers such as Intel, the outlook for other suppliers, notably Micron Technology Inc., Nvidia Corp., and Cypress Semiconductor Corp. is brighter, according to a report by American Technology Research analyst Doug Freedman.
Spansion, Freescale team on PoP flash
News & Analysis 9/12/2006 Post a comment
Flash memory supplier Spansion Inc. has announced a collaboration with Freescale Semiconductor for Package-on-Package (PoP) Flash memory that will enable handset makers to reduce wireless handset size and pack in more multimedia-rich features and functions, such as digital video broadcast, video conferencing and location-based services.
Pixelplus prevails in MagnaChip patent dispute
News & Analysis 9/12/2006 Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor company Pixelplus Co. Ltd. has obtained a favorable ruling from the Korea Intellectual Property Office, which granted the company's request to effectively cancel and invalidate the disputed photo diode and sensor patents claimed by MagnaChip Semiconductor.
TI expects to meet guidance
News & Analysis 9/11/2006 Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. announced Monday (Sept. 11) it expects third-quarter sales of $3.71 to $3.87 billion, compared with the prior range of $3.63 to $3.95 billion. Earnings per share are projected at 44 to 46 cents per share, compared with prior guidance of 42 to 48 cents per share.
Hot products: Single-chip cellphone, USB flash drive
Product News 9/8/2006 Post a comment
The hottest products posted this week at eeProductCenter include a miniaturized AC/DC switching power supply that delivers 1 watt in standby mode, a new USB flash drive line, a single-chip cell phone device that promises double talk time and a 14-bit, 150-MSPS analog-to-digital converter that consumes only 430 mW.
More stock options woes for Broadcom
News & Analysis 9/8/2006 Post a comment
Communications semiconductor supplier Broadcom Corp. has identified additional discrepancies in the dating of its stock options grants. The company now expects stock-based compensation expenses to be at least twice the $750 million it originally estimated.
World's fastest JPEG chipset?
Product News 9/7/2006 Post a comment
Aimed at the digital video recorder and IP camera markets, Tokyo Electron Device Ltd. is sampling what it claims is the industry's fastest JPEG chipset, which consists of a high-speed encoder, decoder and video multiplexer.
Analyst downgrades TI
News & Analysis 9/5/2006 Post a comment
Lower-than-expected 3G demand, the move to single-chip solutions, and slower DLP growth are dampening the near-term outlook for Texas Instruments, according to a report by American Technology Research analyst Doug Freedman.
Portable media player design with the Alchemy Au1200 processor
Design How-To 9/1/2006 Post a comment
The RMI Alchemy Au1200 processor is a system-on-a-chip product built expressly to meet the requirements of a PMP equipped with high-performance video capabilities, including long run time and support for multiple codecs without transcoding. Au1200 was originally developed by AMD, and is now available, along with SDKs and reference designs, from RMI, a company founded by AMD's former COO. Here's an overview of what's involved in designing a media player around it.