France targets Euros 23 million digital sensor project News & Analysis 1/30/2007 Post a comment The French government has put Euros 5.6 million towards a project to develop infra-red imaging sensors targeted at uses in the automotive, medical and aerospace industries. Participants in the Euros 23 million R&D project, dubbed Imalogic, include ST Microelectronics, image sensor specialist Sofradir, its subsidiary Ulis, Trixell, and French microelectronics research center CEA-LETI.
Nujira powers ahead with $9.8 milion round B News & Analysis 1/30/2007 Post a comment Power amplifier technology developer Nujira has closed a $9.8 million Series B funding round, bringing the total venture capital invested to nearly $18 million. The company, formed in 2002, also announced it has demonstrated its ultra-high efficiency RF Power Amplifier (PA) operation in collaboration with three simultaneous full-bandwidth WCDMA carriers.
StacoSwitch launches eCommerce site News & Analysis 1/29/2007 Post a comment StacoSwitch, a manufacturer of ruggedized keypads and switches for military and industrial use, launched an eCommerce site to give global customers around-the-clock access to products, pricing and ordering.
iPhone margins smaller than reported, claims analyst News & Analysis 1/29/2007 Post a comment Analysts are beginning to question earlier reported Bill of Materials costs on Apple's iPhone and are suggesting that the gross margins Apple will achieve may be much lower than predicted, and nearer the mid to high 20 percent range than the estimated 50 percent. In particular, there are debates about the cost of the display and related touch screen technology.
Auto-focus zoom camera block design uses wide range image sensor for surveillance Design How-To 1/26/2007 Post a comment Dallmeier Components' new Integrated Optics Package for use in pan-tilt-zoom surveillance video cameras incorporates Pixim's Orca Chipset for ultra wide dynamic range imaging (102dB typical). The image sensor converts light to a digital signal directly at the point of capture, enabling each pixel to have independent, optimized exposure. Here's the inside story of how it works and how it was designed.
Five steps to FlexRay Design How-To 1/25/2007 Post a comment This short primer lays out the basic steps that lead to a robust network topology definition for FlexRay applications.
Israeli startup readies multicore processor Product News 1/25/2007 Post a comment Multicore processor specialist Plurality Ltd. is starting to ship evaluation boards and associated development kits for its HyperCore Processor, the first designs to emerge from the work on its HyperCore Architecture Line. Commercial 64-core chips are scheduled for the third quarter of this year.
AMD posts loss, sees flat Q1 News & Analysis 1/24/2007 Post a comment A major acquisition and a price war with rival Intel Corp. left Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) with a net loss of $574 million in the fourth quarter of 2006.
Newspapers blast e-reader makers over poor interfaces News & Analysis 1/19/2007 Post a comment Senior executives at Ifra, the global newspaper association, blasted the quality of electronic readers suitable for displaying newspapers on the move and suggested it is the user interface on existing e-readers, such as the Iliad from Philips Electronics off-shoot iRex Technologies BV, that needs to be significantly improved.
Chelsio rolls 10GBase-T adapter cards News & Analysis 1/18/2007 Post a comment Chelsio Communications, Inc. is sampling its 10GBase-T adapter for servers, but the first wave of these products face limitations due to high prices and power consumption, limited range and requirements for new cables.
Digi-Key secures RFID distribution deal News & Analysis 1/16/2007 Post a comment Digi-Key Corp. today announced a global distribution pact that will allow the company to participate in the $3 billion RFID market, distributing products from RFID specialist FEIG Electronic GmbH.
World's smallest digital TV demodulator? Product News 1/16/2007 Post a comment Here's news of a very small ATSC-A/53-compliant demodulator that meets the imminent FCC tuner mandate for the US. It will be able to demodulate standard and high-def TV meeting ATSC-A/53 specs for North American broadcast standards, and QAM 64/256 as specified by the ITU.
Spec complete for 5 GHz Express News & Analysis 1/15/2007 Post a comment The PCI Special Interest Group announced they have completed work on the base spec for PCI Express 2.0, doubling serial signaling rates on the interconnect from 2.5 to 5GHz.
Reference designs support digital video for PC wireless docking Product News 1/10/2007 Post a comment Fabless semiconductor company WiQuest Communications, focusing on ultrawideband devices, makes available what it claims is the world's first wireless docking reference design for PCs. Operating at a 1-Gbit/s data rate, the system supports wireless transmission of high-quality digital video and PC graphics.
UDI dies as Intel, Samsung back DisplayPort News & Analysis 1/9/2007 Post a comment Intel and Samsung officially put their weight behind the VESA Displayport 1.1 specification at a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show, effectively killing the competing Universal Display Port.
Tools streamline FlexRay design Design How-To 1/4/2007 Post a comment The right choice of tools can ease the design of a complex FlexRay system. Within minutes, a system can be configured and ready for download to target hardware.
Smallest fanless Mini-ITX computer? Product News 1/4/2007 Post a comment Using heat pipes and heatsinks, here's a fanless Mini-ITX computer system that measures just 7 x 7 x 3-in. in size. The diminutive box can house a range of Intel-based and VIA Technologies-based Mini-ITX form-factor mainboards.
ST touts 'Sound Terminal' audio concept at CES Product News 1/4/2007 Post a comment STMicroelectronics will unveil at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a digital audio streaming concept dubbed 'Sound Terminal' and show a range of tightly integrated audio chips as the first products to implement the theme.
Avnet acquires Sun Micro distributor, Access News & Analysis 1/3/2007 Post a comment Avnet Inc. announced it has completed its acquisition of Sun Microsystems reseller, Access Distribution, a move which will expand both Avnet's portfolio of computer solutions and its IT footprint in Western Europe.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 2 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...