News – 2006.08.17 – Early Edition

  • TI’s OMAP-Vox Platform Gives Edge to LG Electronics Handsets
    Texas Instruments and LG Electronics today announced that LGE has chosen TI’s OMAP-Vox(TM) platform for a new series of EDGE handsets. Built on TI’s leading OMAP(TM) platform, the OMAP-Vox platform is a family of integrated, high-performance application and communication processors designed to enable manufacturers to deliver multimedia applications to the mass market. The first LGE handsets to leverage TI’s OMAP-Vox platform will be the LG240 for Canada available in August 2006, and the ME240 for South America available in September 2006. The handsets will incorporate TI’s OMAPV1030 chipset to provide multimedia capabilities coupled with EDGE functionality.
  • Microchip Shrinks PIC Microcontrollers into 2×3 DFN Packages
    Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced that all members of its 6-pin PIC10F microcontroller family are now available in ultra-small 2 mm x 3 mm Dual Flat No-lead (DFN) packages for space-constrained applications. Additionally, three members of Microchip’s 8-pin Baseline PIC(R) microcontroller family are also available in a 2×3 DFN, providing additional I/O and functionality with the same footprint. These additions bring programmability and versatility to a wide range of low-cost, non-traditional applications for digital intelligence.
  • International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD)
    The International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD), the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry’s top technical conference, is now previewing its Technical Program, including leading keynote speakers, tutorials and panels. The Conference will be held November 5-9 at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, California.
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  • Portable Devices and Download-to-Burn Drive Online Video
    While 2006 has seen a rapid increase in consumers’ use of online video, spurred by the breakout success of websites such as YouTube, the vast majority of video content delivered over the Internet is still held captive on the PC. ABI Research believes that the over the next five years new viewing options such as network-enabled video players and download-to-burn will add momentum and broaden the overall market by giving consumers additional choices in how they consume video content.
  • Semiconductor Equipment Sales Decelerating Rapidly
    While suppliers of production equipment to the chip industry have enjoyed a strong demand for their wares over the past several years, the latest quarterly EquipmentFutures(TM) report sees previous double-digit sales growth rates quickly decelerating to a single-digit rate sooner than previously forecast.
  • DSP Market Gaining on Microcontrollers
    Databeans, a semiconductor market intelligence supplier, has just released a brand new study on the DSP market, titled “2006 Communications DSP.” In this study, the firm describes in detail, the current market conditions for communications electronics and communications DSP products. While the overall microcontroller market remains the second largest contributor to worldwide processor revenue, DSP is quickly gaining share.
  • Big Faceless Organization Rolls Out PDF Library 2.7.1
    Big Faceless Organization (BFO), provider of high quality Java software components, are delighted to present version 2.7.1 of their famed PDF Library. Documents can now be signed and date-stamped with the PDF Library, and the authenticity of those documents verified.
  • Power to the PocketPC
    Over on the Windows Mobile Team Blog is a post about the difference between Smartphone and PocketPCs with respect to power drain. “There are two differences between PocketPC and Smartphone that I consider fundamental: touch and suspend. PocketPCs have a touch screen while Smartphones don’t, and PocketPCs suspend while Smartphones are ‘always on.’ Now ‘fundamental’ and ‘important’ aren’t necessarily the same thing. You might tell me that PocketPC having pOffice is way more important than whether or not the device suspends, and I might not argue with you. But, for a battery life discussion, differences in which applications come with the device aren’t all that relevant.”