News – 2006.08.16 – Early Edition

  • HDTV Service Rising Rapidly in a Few Countries
    The number of households watching High-Definition (HD) TV programming continues to rise rapidly, reports In-Stat. Households with HDTV service, which are defined as homes with an HDTV set that receive and watch HD programming, are projected to grow from 15 million in mid-2006 to 20.3 million at the end of 2006. This impressive household growth is tempered by the fact that it is occurring in just a few countries, the high-tech market research firm says. On a more positive note, several new countries introduced HDTV service this year.
  • Mobile Phone Sales Hit $4.4 Billion in US for First Half of 2006
    According to The NPD Group, the leader in market information for the wireless industry, mobile phone sales to consumers in the U.S. reached 67 million units in the first half of 2006. This number represents a slight decrease (less than 2 percent) compared to sales during the second half of 2005. NPD estimates total first half 2006 consumer sales of nearly $4.4 billion, after rebate and promotions.
  • Other Devices to Overtake Gaming Consoles in Networked Entertainment
    The market for networked entertainment devices is currently dominated by gaming consoles. ABI Research estimates that in 2006, 44 million consoles and portable gaming handhelds will ship with network connections. But Mike Wolf, principal analyst at ABI Research says that “As the market for online distribution of content continues to expand, other device categories such as DVD players, set-top boxes and TVs will begin to rival the gaming market’s dominance in the world of networked entertainment appliances.”
  • NI Rolls Out 12 Isolated Multifunction DAQ Devices
    National Instruments announced 12 new isolated M and S Series multifunction data acquisition (DAQ) devices. These devices combine the safety of isolation with the high-performance timing, amplification and calibration technologies of existing M Series DAQ devices for increased accuracy. Built-in isolation increases the safety of data acquisition devices and eliminates common problems that can ruin measurement accuracy. The new multifunction devices offer 16-bit accuracy, 250 kS/s sampling rates, ±10 V or ±20 mA analog inputs, ±10 V or 0-20 mA analog outputs and 5 V TTL/CMOS or 24 V digital inputs and outputs.
  • Analog Devices Enriches HDTV Viewing Experience
    Analog Devices is applying its signal processing expertise to the high-definition TV (HDTV) market by playing a leading role in bringing life-like audio and video to the living room and home theater. Analog and mixed-signal circuitry are defining today’s HDTV viewing experience by faithfully converting, conditioning and regulating the signals that result in superior, cinema-grade sound and images.
  • Opengear Rolls Out Infrastructure Management Gateways
    Opengear, a quality supplier of console server and remote management solutions, today released the first two products in its new generation of Infrastructure Management gateways at the LinuxWorld Conference & Exposition in San Francisco.
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  • Cadence Bans Competitors from CDNLive!
    In a break from previous policy, Cadence Design Systems has not extended invitations to at least some competing companies to participate in its users’ group conference this year, EE Times has learned. Spokespersons at Synopsys, Mentor Graphics and Magma Design Automation have confirmed that their companies have been informed by Cadence that they will not be invited to participate in CDNLive!, scheduled for next month in San Jose, Calif. In previous years, the companies have been invited to participate in the users’ group meeting as partners, and have staged booths at the event.
  • Intel Achieves 20-Gbps Signaling
    Researchers with Intel have achieved 20-Gbit per second signaling rates over flexible circuit traces between chips, according to SiliconPipe, a company founded in 2002 to develop copper interconnect technology. SiliconPipe said the fact that Intel was researching and achieving these high-speed results was an endorsement of SiliconPipe’s own research into flexible interconnect. Source: EE Times