News – 2006.08.23 – Early Edition

  • Oki’s 3D Noise Reduction LSI Eliminates the CCD Camera Noise
    Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:6703) today announced its launch of two types of 3D noise reduction, high quality image processing LSIs, the ML87V2107 and ML87V21071, that operate on a 3.3V single power supply. Oki succeeded in integrating its original FIFO (First-In First-Out) memory and image processing circuit into a single chip and significantly reducing CCD camera noise in dim light, something which could not be done before.
  • Planar Creates Touchscreen Displays for Public Safety and Fleet Vehicles
    As part of its strategic initiative to increase vertical market expertise, Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLNR), a worldwide leader in specialty display solutions, today announced the debut of the company’s first touchscreen display for emergency response and fleet vehicles. A cost-effective specialty industrial display, Planar’s LX1200 is a durable monitor that is designed to easily record and exchange valuable information in harsh, rugged and unpredictable car environments, such as public safety and transportation vehicles.
  • Avago Debuts 6-Channel Commutation Encoder Modules for Brushless DC Motors
    Avago Technologies, the world’s largest privately held semiconductor company, today announced its first series of small 6-channel optical incremental C-shaped encoder modules for Brushless DC motors used in industrial automation applications. Avago’s AEDB-9340 series modules, which include a codewheel with an optical radius of 15 mm (0.590 inch), are designed to reduce overall motor size and fit easily into round encoder housings. This latest addition to Avago’s optical encoder series provides housed encoder manufacturers with an integrated encoder that is easy to assemble and offers better switching accuracy (+/- 1 degree mechanical commutation) than conventional Hall sensors.
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  • Fairchild Semiconductor Enhances Micro-SerDes Products
    Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE:FCS), innovator of the industry’s leading serialization solution for small displays and cameras in portable electronics, introduces key enhancements to its uSerDes(TM) (micro-SerDes) technology. Using the same footprint and base architecture as its popular predecessor, the FIN24AC, the new FIN224AC offers enhanced ESD protection and reduced EMI. As with any handheld electronic equipment, damage from electrostatic discharge is a primary concern. Fairchild addressed this challenge by increasing ESD protection from 8kV in the FIN24AC to 15kV in the FIN224AC. Another enhancement is the implementation of rolled edge rates of the LVTTL outputs to further reduce EMI. This is particularly advantageous in cell phones and other wireless applications where minimizing noise is crucial.
  • SLC vs. MLC Flash Memory
    SemiSerious blog: “Our preliminary analysis of the IM Flash Technologies’ 50nm 4Gb SLC NAND Flash unequivocally proves that it is, indeed, a 50nm device. This moves IMFT to the head of the class in terms of the smallest process lithography. Traditionally, it has been Samsung that has always pushed the process envelope, realizing 4Gb 65nm SLC NAND Flash in the first half of 2006. Conventional wisdom was that this SLC-based strategy, and the corresponding process shrink, was starting to run out of steam. However, IMFT has demonstrated that this is not necessarily the case with their 50nm solution.”
  • FPGA Gate Count Doesn’t Count
    Lattice blog: “When a problem or an issue gets too complex, I find it helpful to always get back to the basics. This is the case with estimating FPGA resource utilization or gate count. It is natural for industry publications to discuss FPGA density in terms of gate count. After all, today’s FPGAs are at gate densities that ASICs were at a few years ago. But what does gate count mean in the FPGA world? Gate counts do, sort of, give a rough estimate of complexity of function(s) that you are trying to implement into an FPGA. And depending on which marketing friend you talk to, the gate count has a large sliding scale.”