Building a hybrid IPTV and DTV/DVB set top box Design How-To 3/31/2007 Post a comment During this transition period, where the IPTV business is in its infancy and the terrestrial transmission of digital TV signals takes over from analog, there is a need for a STB that is a hybrid of the two sets of requirements -- to receive, decode and display terrestrial digital TV signals, as well as provide a platform for the viewing of IPTV services.
DVD ruling could delay managed copy rollouts News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment A surprise ruling in the civil suit over the technology used to secure DVDs could have a chilling effect on already overdue moves to update current and next-generation DVDs with new managed-copy features.
Low glitch, 16-bit DAC dissipates 1.5 mW at 2.7 V Product News 3/30/2007 Post a comment Texas Instruments introduced a series of digital-to-analog converters (DACs) with an integrated precision reference. The DAC8560 is a 16-bit, single-channel DAC featuring low glitch (0.15 nV-s), low-power (1.5 mW at 2.7 V), an internal reference with 2 ppm/°C temperature drift and ±0.004 percent initial accuracy.
Auto-test software increases speed, accuracy of radio testing Product News 3/30/2007 Post a comment Aeroflex developed the Auto-Test software for its 2975 P25 Radio Test Set for P25 and FM radios. The 2975's Auto-Test software increases speed, consistency and accuracy of testing P25 and FM radios while providing the ability to store, print and share test results. For public safety and other private mobile radio (PMR) network users, the 2975 Auto-Test function allows non-technical personnel to test radios automatically.
Costs cast ICs into Darwinian struggle News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment The IC business is fast becoming unaffordable for all but the wealthiest chip makers. The trend will become even more pronounced starting at 45-nm manufacturing, some industry observers predict.
Omron Semi to launch foundry services News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment Japan's Omron Corp. Friday (March 30) completed its acquisition of Seiko Epson's chip fab, Yasu Semiconductor Corp., which it plans to relaunch as a foundry for nonvolatile memory and logic.
PMC-Sierra shuts R&D sites News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment Comms-chip supplier PMC-Sierra Inc. is cutting 175 jobs -- or 15 percent of its total work force -- and is closing two design centers amid a slowdown in its business.
Low threshold voltage MOSFETs address low voltage apps Product News 3/30/2007 Post a comment Diodes Inc. has launched a series of low threshold voltage MOSFETs for low-voltage applications typically found in portable and handheld devices. The DMN5L06xxK MOSFET series can be driven directly from low-voltage logic-level outputs without requiring charge pumps.
LED driver powers small- and mid-size LCDs Product News 3/30/2007 Post a comment Sipex has released a 4-channel low side LED driver for powering small- and mid-size LCD modules that use LEDs for backlighting. The SP7616 is designed to drive LEDs in series from input voltages as high as 30 V.
Dell primes for battle in China News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment As its main markets mature and growth sputters, Dell Inc. is making a more concerted effort to tap into the higher growth in PC sales outside the U.S. It will be tough to pull off.
Denmark beats out U.S. in 'networked' technology News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment In another indication this week that the U.S is losing its competitive high-tech edge, the country dropped from first to seventh place in "networked readiness" rankings of global economies released this week by the World Economic Forum (WEF.)
Dell probe finds 'evidence of misconduct' News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment Dell late Thursday announced it would delay filing its 10-K annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission in order to wrap up the inquiry by the audit committee of the company's board.
Cheaper avenue to 65 nm? News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and spin-off company Focal Point Microsystems claim to have devised a cheaper, easier way to pattern at the 65-nm node.
Panasonic and Plasma Blog 3/30/2007 Post a comment Yesterday, Panasonic officially announced its new HDTV line for 2007. Leading the pack of product introductions was plasma displays. Panasonic looks to continue its dominance for 2007 and beyond by producing a total of 11.5 million unit panels from four existing plants.
Solar gear market shines News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment The total market for commercial solar cell production equipment will grow from revenues of $1.2 billion in 2006 to $4.5 billion in 2010, according to The Information Network, a New Tripoli, Penn.-based market research company.
Kingston rolls 2-Gbyte microSD dual adapter pack Product News 3/30/2007 Post a comment Kingston Technology released a 2-Gbyte microSD card with mini- and standard-size Secure Digital (SD) adapters to maximize microSD card compatibility and interoperability between mobile phones, digital cameras and portable media devices.
Test set allows developers to verify WiMAX specs Product News 3/30/2007 Post a comment Agilent released its IEEE 802.16e 2005 protocol conformance test (PCT) product that is based on its E6651A Mobile WiMAX Test Set, allowing equipment developers and test houses to run validated protocol test cases to verify that their implementations conform to WiMAX standards.
China LCD maker struggles to survive News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment China's largest TFT-LCD maker, Beijing BOE Optoelectronics Technology Ltd. (BOE OT), is dumping most of its interest in large-sized TFT-LCD panels after failing to make it profitable.
China LCD maker struggles to survive Product News 3/30/2007 Post a comment China's largest TFT-LCD maker, Beijing BOE Optoelectronics Technology Ltd. (BOE OT), is dumping most of its interest in large-sized TFT-LCD panels after failing to make it profitable.
Data-parallel DSP aimed at cost-sensitive video surveillance apps Product News 3/30/2007 Post a comment At just $29 each in low-volume quantities, Stream Processors is bringing designers building power- and price-sensitive video surveillance systems that need the flexibility of software programmability a data-parallel DSP that delivers programmable performance of 16,000 MMACs while consuming less than 0.1 milliwatt per MMAC.
Judge rules against DVD consortium News & Analysis 3/29/2007 Post a comment A Superior Court judge ruled Thursday (March 29) a startup's media server does not violate the Content Scramble System (CSS) security technology used to protect DVD disks because the standard licensing contract and specifications for the technology are so poorly worded.
China Netcom win boosts A/V codec News & Analysis 3/29/2007 Post a comment China Netcom, one of China's major wired-telecom companies, will implement a homegrown A/V codec in its fledgling Internet Protocol television network this year.
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