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Is Wireless HD finally 'Coming of Age?"
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1/31/2008   Post a comment
With developments in TV technology, an area that is finally beginning to come into its own is wireless HD. In the past companies like JVC and others have tried to offer wireless displays, but encountered hurdles. Well, it now seems that with advances like 802.11n and other transmission schemes from SiBEAM that wireless HD will finally find its way to consumer homes in 2008 and beyond.
Voltage regulation IC market powered down in '07 - analyst
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1/31/2008   Post a comment
The global voltage regulation IC market, which over the past few years has enjoyed growth in the 10 to 15 percent range, only managed to increase by 5 percent in 2007, to more than $7 bn, according to the latest analysis from IMS Research (Wellingborough, England).
Qualcomm, Mio team for connected PNDs
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1/31/2008   Post a comment
Taiwanese Personal Navigation Device sepecialist Mio Technology has teamed with Qualcomm Inc. to develop connected PNDs based on the chip maker's QST1100 silicon.
VME DSP board features 2 GHz Power Architecture
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1/30/2008   Post a comment
The Curtiss-Wright CHAMP-AV5 is the first DSP VME board based on the 2 GHz 1682 Power Architecture from P.A. Semi.
AdvancedMCT module features 1.2 GHz TMS320C6455 DSPs
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1/30/2008   Post a comment
CommAgility's AMC-D4F1-1200 AdvancedMCT module features four TMS320C6455 DSPs running at 1.2 GHz and a Xilinx Virtex-4 FX100 FPGA.
IBM partners in EU project on power challenges for mobiles
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1/30/2008   Post a comment
Scientists at IBM's research center in Haifa, Israel are collaborating with European partners to boost the battery power for mobile consumer devices.
VME/VXS processor board targets embedded applications
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1/29/2008   Post a comment
Pentek, Inc. has introduced its Model 4207 VME/VXS board with a combination of a PowerPC processor, Xilinx FPGA and multiple high-speed Gigabit serial interfaces for high-performance digital signal processing and data-acquisition systems.
High-power RF module supports ZigBee
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1/29/2008   Post a comment
Radiocrafts AS has expanded its product line with a compact ZigBee RF module that operates at 2.45-GHz and delivers up to 18-dBm output power.
Report: Army's Future Combat System plagued by software problems
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1/24/2008   Post a comment
Congressional auditors are reportedly questioning the exploding scale of software development required to field the U.S. Army's Future Combat System.
IC startup targets GPS location with cameras
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1/24/2008   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor startup Air Semiconductor (Swindon, England) has started discussions with several digital camera makers about integrating its first chip into models to give the cameras continuous GPS based location capabilities. Engineering samples of the Airwave-1 chip are scheduled for the summer.
Distortion in power amplifiers, Part IV: the power amplifier stages
Design How-To  
1/23/2008   2 comments
The fourth article from the "Distortion in power amplifiers" series originally published in "Electronics World" by amplifier designer Douglas Self focuses on distortion in the audio power amplifier output stage.
Matching an electrical switch's acoustic style to the application
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1/23/2008   Post a comment
There is more to a successful switch than its electrical properties; acoustic performance is also a key parameter in many applications
NXP baseband powers sub $30 eBOM HSPA phone
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1/22/2008   1 comment
NXP Semiconductors has started sampling a dual-mode Nexperia multimedia baseband chip for HSPA and EDGE phones that feature H.264 decoding on QVGA at 30 frames per second (fps).
Bookham transfers VCSEL production to Zurich plant
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1/22/2008   Post a comment
Bookham, Inc. has transferred production of polarization stabilized VCSELs for optical computer mouse applications to its facility in Zurich, Switzerland and is set to increase capacity to meet increasing demand for the parts.
Astrium signs to build Mercury probe
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1/21/2008   Post a comment
A European group led by Astrium is set to build the Mercury probe BepiColombo on behalf of the European Space Agency, ESA. The Euros 350.9 million contract calls for the probe to begin its journey to Mercury in 2013.
Gartner, IDC see strong '07 for PC shipments
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1/17/2008   Post a comment
Worldwide PC shipments increased by 13.4 percent last year to reach 271.2 million units according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. The industry ended the year with fourth quarter PC shipments of 75.9 million units, a 13.1 percent increase from the 67.1 million units shipped in the fourth quarter of 2006.
Smart fabric specialist bought from administrator
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1/10/2008   Post a comment
Peratech Limited (Richmond, Yorkshire, England) has bought, for an undisclosed sum, the assets of Eleksen from Deloittes, the accountancy group that was appointed administrator of the developer of electrically conductive sensor fabrics in October 2007.
Understanding output filters for Class-D amplifiers
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1/9/2008   1 comment
Improve your understanding of the functions performed by the various components in a Class-D audio amplifier filter and how to calculate the proper values.
Famous photonics names set to disappear
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1/9/2008   Post a comment
Some famous global names in the optoelectronics and photonics sectors are set to disappear later this month when Gooch & Housego plc (Ilminster, England) celebrates its 60th anniversary with a major integration of its various component operating companies.
Kleer's wireless audio protocol wins support at CES
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1/9/2008   Post a comment
Among the companies endorsing the protocol are: Sennheiser, AKG, RCA, Pioneer, Ultimate Ears, Global Icons, iSkin, Cresyn, DigiFi, Foster, Fujikon, Kaga Components and Yusan.
Virtual tool launched for EMI shielding design
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1/9/2008   Post a comment
Antenna and EMI shielding device specialist Laird Technologies has made available a web-based tool for fabric-over-foam EMI-shielding gaskets that allows engineers to configure, view and download 2D drawings and 3D models directly into their designs in all conventional CAD formats.
DisplayPort ready to ramp in PCs, monitors
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1/9/2008   Post a comment
DisplayPort backers projected a complete picture of an interconnect standard ready to ramp at the Consumer Electronics Show, showing working chips and systems from multiple companies and a road map into the next year, indicating the specification has crossed the chasm from idea to product.
Ethernet-to-Modbus interface works with VXI-11/LXI test instruments
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1/7/2008   Post a comment
ICS Electronics has introduced an Ethernet-to-Modbus interface for controlling Modbus RTU devices over a network or the Internet.
NXP catches SlingCatcher set top box
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1/7/2008   Post a comment
Sling Media, the company behind the SlingBox that allows users to access their television programs, music, and pictures from their laptops when on the move, is using NXP Semiconductors' set top box chip set to power its follow-up device, the SlingCatcher, that is being demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mirics extends broadcast tuner range
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1/7/2008   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor startup Mirics Semiconductor (Fleet, England) has started sampling the second device in its planned line-up of reconfigurable RF devices for terrestrial broadcast reception.
Audio networking platform offers complete solution
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1/7/2008   Post a comment
The JukeBlox audio networking platform from BridgeCo combines an ARM9-based processor, Linux-based middleware, SDK and reference design to provide a complete solution for connecting audio systems to home networks, the Internet, and portables.
ARM touts graphics IP licensing opportunity
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1/7/2008   Post a comment
ARM Holdings plc has built up a significant momentum behind its Mali graphics technology that is now licensed by 18 OEMs and SoC developers, including Samsung Electronics, Micronas, Inc. and Zoran.
Miniprojector startup expands U.S. operations
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1/7/2008   Post a comment
Light Blue Optics (Cambridge, England), the company that has developed and patented holographic laser projection technology for miniature display projection systems, is continuing to expand its U.S. operations.
Reciva, Marvell team for Internet radio
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1/7/2008   Post a comment
Internet radio specialist Reciva Ltd (Cambridge, England) has teamed with wireless chip developer Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) for a joint platform for Internet radio receivers and networked devices.
IPWireless name fades as NextWave restructures
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1/4/2008   Post a comment
The IPWireless name is to disappear as new owner NextWave Wireless Inc. reorganizes and the specialist developer of mobile broadband and mobile TV technologies is assimilated into a separate division dubbed NextWave Network Products.
Start-up offers wire-free power to electronic devices
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1/3/2008   Post a comment
An Israeli start-up has developed technology that provides wire-free power to electronic devices.
C6000 vs. PowerPC, part 3: Tools, OSs, and support
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1/3/2008   Post a comment
Part 3 of this 3-part series compares the tools, OSs, and support for the PowerPC and the C6000. It also looks at example applications for the processors.
HDMI reference design enables wireless A/V streaming between systems
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1/2/2008   Post a comment
Pulse-LINK is offering two CWave HDMI-Over-Coax and Wireless HDMI production-ready reference designs, one of which offers wireless streaming of high quality audio and video content between entertainment source devices and HDTV displays.
Wireless A/V cable replacement using the AirHook interface
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1/2/2008   Post a comment
This paper details why the unlicensed 3.1-4.8 GHz frequency band is best for wireless A/V cable replacement and describes techniques to best tailor a system operating in this band to the unique requirements of this application.
IBM confirms acquisition of storage start-up XIV
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1/2/2008   Post a comment
IBM Corp. has confirmed that it is acquiring XIV, a privately-held storage technology company based in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Silicon Line raises funds in Series A round
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1/2/2008   Post a comment
Silicon Line GmbH (Munich, Germany), a fabless chip company focusing on ultra low power analog ICs, has has secured initial funding in a Series A round led by Belgium-based Capital-E and Germany-based Munich Venture Partners.


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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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