Bigger, Brighter TVs

The flat panel display (FPD) industry is undergoing a renaissance, with suppliers rolling out a dizzying array of new, high-resolution technologies for mobile devices, computers and TVs. But despite being in the eye of the innovation storm, FPD equipment makers remain cautious—and for good reason. There are a slew of new LCD fabs being built today, mostly in China. This, in turn, is promp... » read more

The Week In Review: System-Level Design

Cadence bought TranSwitch’s high-speed interface IP assets. TranSwitch, which made chips for communications equipment, filed for bankruptcy in November. (The company’s Web site is no longer active.) Cadence also won a deal with Microsoft, which will use Tensilica processors in the new Xbox One audio subsystem. And Cadence rolled out HiFi Audio Tunneling for Android, which takes advantage of... » read more

HDMI 2.0 Specification For 4K TV Unveiled

A new standard for transmitting and receiving 4K video is now public. HDMI 2.0 has a maximum data rate of up to 18Gbps, which is about 76% faster than the previous specification. Steve Venuti, president of HDMI Licensing, introducing the standard. HDMI version 2.0, which was developed by the HDMI Forum, provides a maximum of 4K HD @ 50/60 Hz, 32 audio channels, an audio sampling frequ... » read more