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2008-12-25 Will PMPs survive the digital video world?
With online digital video content inching its way to different viewing channels from mobile handsets to the PC monitor and right onto the living room TV, how does the traditional personal media player (PMP) compete in a digital video future populated with more multifunction devices?
2007-02-01 Video processors roll for mobile handsets, PMPs
Claiming to have solved one of the "grand challenges" of video system design, Tensilica Inc. has introduced a family of software-based video processor engines for mobile handsets and personal media players.
2006-03-14 Vestel selects Freescale's i.MX31 processor for PMPs
Vestel Electronics announced plans to enter the burgeoning PMP market with its own product line, driven by Freescale's i.MX31 multimedia applications processor.
2006-08-29 Toshiba to make Microsoft's new PMPs
Toshiba will manufacture Microsoft's upcoming portable media player, dubbed the Zune, which is planned to be released by the end of the year. The news filtered out after the Japanese group filed details of an HDD portable audio player with the FCC that looks exactly the same as the Zune device.
2006-10-11 Toshiba picks Altera's CPLDs for new PMPs
Altera announced that Toshiba has selected the Pb-free version of its MAX II CPLD family for their newest line of gigabeat portable media players.
2007-05-07 Start with the basics in feature-rich PMPs
While great audio is the starting point for the design of any portable media player, the processing and power consumption profile changes with the type of functionality you add.
2006-10-06 Sourcing fair to showcase broad array of PMPs
Manufacturers from China and the rest of Asia will showcase their latest PMP innovations at the China Sourcing Fair: Electronics & Components to be held on October 11-14 at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong.
2009-04-21 SMIC, Dolphin develop audio converters for PMPs
China foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. and virtual components for high resolution audio applications provider Dolphin Integration have partnered to deliver D/A audio converters that feature ultralow power consumption.
2007-12-07 SigmaTel chips win spots in PMPs by China OEMs
SigmaTel is collaborating with leading OEM/ODMs in China, including AMAX, Ramos, Foxda and KeenHigh, to create next-generation PMPs powered by its STMP3700 product family.
2004-11-05 Samsung develops 4-in. LCD for PMPs
Samsung has developed a 4-inch screen LCD with a 16:9 screen ratio exclusively for portable media players.
2007-06-12 PMPs to favor flash over HDDs, reports iSuppli
Flash memory will reign supreme in portable media players for the next couple of years, with the number of devices with HDDs expanding too, though at a more modest pace, says iSuppli.
2007-03-13 PMPs to experience 5.5% CAGR through 2011, forecasts iSuppli
The PMP/MP3 player market is expected to grow to 268.6 million units in 2011, rising at a compound annual growth rate of 5.5 percent from 216.9 million units in 2007.
2007-03-14 Hot trend: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi in PMPs and digicams
Vendors and solution providers at the IIC-China demonstrated their MP3s, MP4s and digital photo frames with a new function and certified sell-pointBluetooth.
2006-06-23 Gartner: iPod, other PMPs to drive NAND sales
Gartner forecasts that the market for Apple's iPod and other portable media players will drive sales of NAND flash memory in the second half of 2006.
2006-10-16 Firm moves to high-end chips for PMPs
After making its name in China for basic MP3 chips, Actions Semiconductor is moving up-market with two new chip series for personal media players.
2006-10-20 Epigon readies PMPs with Wi-Fi
Epigon Media Technologies Pvt. Ltd has readied a portable streaming media player platform and is in licensing talks with OEM in China and Taiwan, according to company executives.
2006-02-16 Audio codec suits cellphones, PMPs
STMicroelectronics' new stereo audio/voice codec is designed as a compact solution for delivering audio in the low voltage conditions of battery-powered multimedia products and cellphones.
2005-12-29 AMD processor powers Digital Cube PMPs
AMD announced that its Alchemy Au1200 processor powers Digital Cube's latest personal media players, the i-Station V43 series, the i-Station V43 Navi series and the SK C&C Air series.
2007-06-11 Tiny 24bit DACs target portable audio devices
Asahi Kasei EMD Corp. launches the latest addition to its Audio2go product family, the AK4370 and AK4371 ultralow power 24bit DACs with integrated high output headphone amplifiers for cellphones, smart phones and PMPs.
2007-06-18 Small, low-cost personal projectors target portables
Seiko Epson Corp. and Royal Philips Electronics has announced their cooperation in the field of innovative projection key modules and the immediate availability of their first joint reference design for a small and cost-effective personal projector.
2007-01-01 Multimedia ICs target China's PMP market
In a bid to woo PMP manufacturers in China, Vimicro Corp. has launched a line of multimedia chips complete with reference designs and software.
2005-01-03 MP3 Players- National Semiconductor
MP3 players have revolutionized the way we listen and distribute music.
2006-10-05 Hot IC markets: DTV, PMP
The two hottest consumer applications for semiconductors are digital television and compressed audio/portable media players, according to International Data Corp.
2007-03-01 Capacitive sensing done in OneTouch
Combining mixed-signal ASICs, tools and support, Synaptics Inc. unveiled its capacitive sensing technology as a comprehensive, configurable solution for an expanding market.
2007-04-13 Samsung mobile solution combines application processor, OneDRAM
Samsung Electronics announced the development of a key mobile solution that combines an application processor and OneDRAM for smartphones, PMPs and portable navigation devices.
2008-07-10 Power management IC eyes mobile GPS
The AAT2603 from Advanced Analogic Technologies, a power management IC targeted at mobile GPS devices, PMPs and other handheld mobile systems operating off a single Li-ion battery.
2007-05-01 Jade eyes PMP, IP camera design wins
Jade Technologies Co. Ltd plans to leverage its image- and video-processing expertise into design wins in China's growing markets for PMPs and IP camera designs.
2006-05-18 Creative sues Apple for patent infringement
Creative Technology filed a lawsuit against Apple Computer for allegedly infringing on its patent governing the user interface in PMPs.
2007-03-14 China startup hinges hopes on media player chips
China startup Jade Technologies plans to leverage its image- and video-processing expertise into design wins in China's growing markets for PMPs and IP camera designs.
2006-10-10 China Sourcing Fair to feature latest technologies
China Sourcing Fair: Electronic and Components this October 11-14 will feature miniature SMD crystals, slim GSM phones, compact PMPs plus new pavilions for GPS, and personal and healthcare products.
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