News & Analysis
Optimized VC-1 Video Decoder for Mobile Devices
TIVR Communications, a provider of efficient multimedia solutions, has announced the availability of highly optimized SMPTE VC-1 Simple & Main Profile (Microsoft’s WMV9) video decoder software for Mobile and Embedded platforms. TIVR’s VC-1 decoder benchmarking results show that Real-time (15 fps) decoding of QVGA (320x240) resolution VC-1 Simple Profile streams coded at 192 kbps is achievable with 37 MHz of ARM9 CPU load (on average).
Device protects against brown out conditions in communications infrastructure equipment
Analog Devices has expanded its family of power supply sequencer and supervisory products with a flexible, accurate device that protects against brown out conditions in communications infrastructure equipment. The ADM1185 quad voltage monitor and sequencer is designed for systems with multiple power supplies, like wireless base stations, that require sequencer products to ensure voltage rails are powered up in a controlled manner in order to prev...
Online Registration for electronica Saves Time and Money - and you could win a classic car for a weekend
Effective immediately, those who will be attending electronica – the world’s leading electronics trade show, which will be held from 14 to 17 November 2006 at the New Munich Trade Show Center – can order their entrance tickets online and perhaps win an E-Type Jaguar for a weekend. There are also other benefits to registering, such as a reduced admission price and free transport to electronica using Munich’s excellent public transportati...
National Instruments and Agilent Technologies to Increase LabVIEW Support for Agilent Instruments
National Instruments and Agilent Technologies have announced a cooperative effort to create National Instruments LabVIEW Plug-and-Play instrument drivers for Agilent LXI, USB and GPIB instruments. The two test and measurement companies are working together to provide instrument drivers to engineers and scientists shortly after the release of new Agilent measurement products, making it even easier to combine the popular graphical development plat...
GPS Chipset Maker NemeriX Finds its Way to Anglia
Anglia Components has become sole UK distributor franchise for NemeriX, the Swiss manufacturer of low power chip sets for GPS applications. Power consumption of each chip set is typically 25 mW at 1 fix per second, making the devices ideal for battery-powered portable applications. NemeriX's products include analogue RF receivers, digital baseband processors and integrated devices that combine SiGe (Silicon Germanium) RF and standard CMOS baseba...
Synplicity CTO to Deliver Keynote on FPGAs at 65
Synplicity has announced that Ken McElvain, the company's co-founder and chief technical officer, will deliver a keynote address at FPL 2006 in Madrid, Spain. The keynote address, titled, FPGAS at 65 nm and Beyond - Powerful New FPGAs Bring New Challenges, will take place on August 28, 2006, the first day of the conference.
Zetex gets new VP for Asia Pacific
Zetex Semiconductors has strengthened its presence in the Asia Pacific region through the appointment of Echo Li as Vice President Sales. Based at the company’s Hong Kong office, Echo will be responsible for local sales strategy for the Zetex range of audio, DBS, lighting, motor control and power management products.
TI and Arrow to Present Live Analog eLab Webcast on Digital Audio Modulation Techniques
Texas Instruments and Arrow Electronics are to present a live Analog eLab Webcast for designers entitled "Class-D Audio Power Amplifiers: Operation, Efficiency and EMC" on Wednesday, September 6, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. CDT (18:00 hrs CET). During the online discussion, TI analog expert Bill Klein, P.E., and eLab panelists Stephen Crump of TI and David Schmidt of Arrow will talk about the operation and efficiency of Class-D amplifiers with special fo...
Tiny 1.3-Megapixel Image Sensor offers advanced image processing
Avago Technologies has introduced the ADCC-3100 and claims it is the first one-fifth inch optical format, 1.3-megapixel small form factor (SFF) CMOS image sensor with advanced image processing, including spot metering capabilities. Avago's entry into the emerging SFF product category captures the changing requirements in the cellular phone market.
Sensors simplify brightness control in portable applications
Intersil’s ISL29001/2 light-to-digital sensors will suit applications where performance, flexibility and small size are critical. The devices are fully integrated to give customers a one-chip solution that converts light intensity to a digital output signal that can be fed directly into a controller for backlight control in portable applications.