Cameras in handsets evolving from novelty to DSC performance, despite constraints Design How-To 5/30/2008 Post a comment The quality of pictures from higher-end camera phones (3MP, 5MP, 8MP with autofocus, optical zoom, better lenses and image stabilization) now rivals today's low to mid-range point and shoot DSCs (with video capture). Yet from a design perspective, says Kodak, the mobile camera will remain a factor of ten different from DSCs -- ten times smaller, ten times cheaper, ten times lower power consumption.
Visualize your DSP's data Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 5/30/2008 Post a comment The open-source Signal Visualizer uses an IP connection to pull data off your DSP and display it graphically. It only needs a simple C client on the DSP.
New LinkSwitch simplifies CV/CC charger designs Product News 5/29/2008 Post a comment Newest generation touts an output accuracy of 5 percent over line and temperature variations, includes line-drop compensation circuitry, and guarantees very low no-load dissipation to easily meet Energy Star 2.0 standards for external power supplies.
CATV amplifier facilitates migration towards deep fiber Design How-To 5/29/2008 Post a comment ANADIGICS launched the ACA2420 power doubler line amplifier, a high output power device designed to ensure optimal video and data delivery in deep fiber HFC architectures and other cable TV deployments that minimize the use of cascaded system amplifiers.
Engineering Outsourcing 101 Design How-To 5/29/2008 Post a comment Here are the basics of outsourcing. This article explains when to consider outsourcing, and when to keep projects in-house. It provides insights on how to choose and use outside engineering resources.
Calling all engineering students! RF & Microwave Designline Blog 5/28/2008 1 comment I have to admit I miss sitting down with a few hardened military designers who were hammering out a course into a new millennium where the term "wireless" would be ubiquitous in the commercial market. What a fast, strange trip it's been!
Analog design expertise is rare, valuable News & Analysis 5/27/2008 1 comment An enduring shortage of analog engineers--that may be getting worse rather than better--is requiring digital chip powerhouses to redouble their efforts to recruit and groom analog engineers.
Freescale rolls mobile media processor Product News 5/27/2008 Post a comment In the wake of its acquisition of Sigmatel, Freescale Semiconductor is rolling out its i.MX37, a applicaitons processor using new video and imaging blocks to attack high end media players and navigation systems and the first in a series of applications processors targeted at specific market segments.
Get a fix on GPS Design How-To 5/27/2008 Post a comment Spirent Communications and Agilent Technologies to join CSR in the EGPS Forum. Find out the latest on GPS, EGPS, and A-GPS..
Verify the design of two-way radio Design How-To 5/26/2008 Post a comment This article describes how a design team at Motorola used the Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE circuit simulator to characterize complex analog/RF blocks for two-way radio and related communication devices.
Technology you never knew you needed Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 5/24/2008 Post a comment Would you like to cut costs? Cut power? Reduce pins and traces? Reduce bandwidth and memory? There is a technology that can do all this, but you've probably never heard of it.
CoFluent readies V3 of ESL modeling, simulation tool News & Analysis 5/23/2008 Post a comment As part of the pre-DAC drum roll of product announcements, French Electronic System Level (ESL) company CoFluent Design has unveiled version 3.0 of CoFluent Studio, an ESL graphical modeling and simulation toolset leveraging Eclipse technologies. Its availability is expected in the fourth quarter of 2008.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments