EET on the QT
For each permutation of digital TV, Taiwan’s MediaTek claims to have a solution. Senior executives of the world’s second largest digital TV system-on-chip company drove home that point during last month’s Consumer Electronics Show.
ARM is slowly marching into military electronics, responding to the need for smaller, lighter systems for drones, wearable computers, robots and other weapons. It’s entering the battlefield at a time when Intel’s X86 has overtaken the Freescale Power chips that once dominated this sector.
At roughly 2 percent, semiconductor market growth last year came in far short of initial expectations. One factor in the disappointing showing: “delusions of grandeur” by the OEMS bringing media tablets to market to compete with Apple’s iPad.
Congress has reauthorized two programs that nurture high-tech R&D. The action means funding for the programs will be stable for at six more years.
Industry groups are proposing tighter export controls on pc boards that contain sensitive information on the operation of weapons.
The FDA’s moves toward greater transparency have not won over the medical electronics community.
DuPont Displays thinks it has come up with a better way to cut the cost of making heretofore costly active-matrix OLEDs and has attracted an unidentified Asian TV manufacturer to back up its claim.
Resolved: 3-D chip integration is more than a niche market, and chip makers are deploying the technology in pursuit of performance gains and profits. That was the conclusion of a sometimes heated free-for-all during the recent International Electron Devices Meeting.
Is the digital TV chip market still worth taking a stab at, when Taiwan’s Mstar and MediaTek seem to have it largely sewn up? Yes, according to CEVA.
Startup Wilocity is sampling a 60-GHz transceiver for PCs and peripherals that can deliver 3.5-Gbit/second application-layer throughput while consuming 2 watts based on an emerging variant of Wi-Fi.
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