News – 2006.08.14 – Early Edition

  • ABI Research Reduces RFID Market Forecast by 15%
    ABI Research announced that it has reduced its 2007 market forecast for RFID software and services revenue to $3.1 billion, which represents a downward adjustment of approximately 15% from the firm’s previous estimates. The lowered revenue expectations result from the current direction of RFID’s evolution, not from any decline in the industry.
  • Cypress Clock Generator Supports Cell Processor Architecture
    Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: CY), a world leader in timing-technology solutions, has introduced a clock generator specifically developed to provide the high performance clock signals required for both the Rambus XDR(TM) (Extreme Data Rate) memory systems and the FlexIO(TM) processor bus interface supporting applications that employ the new “Cell processor” architecture.
  • Conflict Between Thermal and SI/EMC PCB Design Requirements
    Software simulation company Flomerics has released a new survey highlighting the conflict that often occurs between meeting thermal, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and signal integrity (SI) design requirements in the development of new PCB designs. 59% of recipients agreed that thermal and EMC requirements are usually in conflict in PCB design while only 23% disagreed. An even higher 60% agreed that thermal and signal integrity requirements are usually in conflict in PCB design while 23% disagreed.
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  • Freescale MRAM – an in-depth examination
    Once promised as the replacement to conventional non-volatile memory, the prospects around MRAM are no longer as clear. Only two vendors have succeeded in bringing MRAM parts to the mass market – Cypress and Freescale. That said, Cypress discontinued their offering shortly after release and Freescale, which announced MRAM back when they were still known as Motorola, just realized commercial production of a 4M magenetoresistive memory.
  • Lifesize High Definition (HD) Video
    Over on the TI blog, “I’m continually surprised by the applications that are taking advantage of high definition (HD) video. The trade-offs from standard definition (SD) are negligible in some cases, and in other cases HD makes no sense at all. I would not be surprised to see even cell phones requiring some HD encoding support soon. Despite the limited screen size on the phone itself, camera phones will want to capture short high quality video clips to watch later in the home on a higher resolution display.”
  • Six Mobile Innovations That Will Change Your Life
    New mobile technologies are emerging that can change — and even save — lives. Expect to see these six breakthrough applications in the next year or two.