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2005-08-18 TI, A-MAX extend reach in portable entertainment market
Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) and A-MAX Technology Ltd (A-MAX) have announced that A-MAX will be supporting TI's DSP technology for developing and manufacturing two advanced portable digital entertainment products
2006-03-21 SDK designed for portable media SoC
SigmaTel launched its new Software Development Kit 4.201 for its fourth-generation SoC portable multimedia player solution, the STMP3600
2007-09-28 Powering portable media players with innovative solutions
In the past, when system designers were handed a project, they basically purchased off-the-shelf discrete power solutions from the various vendors. The list of issues the power designer must consider has greatly increased as power systems have become more complicated.
2008-05-29 Freescale positions i.MX processor for portable multimedia devices
Freescale Semiconductor introduces the i.MX37 multimedia applications processora highly advanced device for portable media player (PMP), mobile Internet and portable GPS navigation (PND) markets.
2006-10-02 DRM challenges inhibit digital media opportunities
The lack of DRM interoperability is becoming a major issue as digital media markets grow. DRM and CA are important technologies in today's digital content markets, representing a barrier to digital content markets, a competitive weapon and a direct market opportunity
2008-09-15 Driver IC upgrades LCD backlight for media player apps
ON Semiconductor has released the NCP5890, a lighting management device that integrates LCD backlighting, fun light controls and ambient light sensing in a 3mm x 3mm x 0.55mm uQFN-16 package.
2005-01-10 Archos' AV320 mobile media player polishes the product
Riding ever-cheaper storage and slowly increasing multimedia content, the Archos AV320 is a 2G portable media player from the company that arguably created the category.
2005-01-05 AMD unveils media processor, teams with TiVo for DVRs
AMD unveiled an SoC solution for portable media players that supports direct video content transfer to digital video recorders and scaling to DVD-quality displays
2008-10-17 Smallest' PMIC rolls for portable media players
Maxim Integrated Products has released what it claims to be the smallest power management IC (PMIC) that integrates a single-cell Li-ion/lithium-polymer (Li-Poly) charger with proprietary Smart Power Selector circuitry that seamlessly distributes power within the system.
2006-06-02 TDG: Microsoft ripe to enter portable gaming in '07, '08
Microsoft will likely leverage its Xbox franchise to enter the portable game console (PGC) market in late 2007 or early 2008, suggests new research from The Diffusion Group
2006-09-01 Saving power in portable applications
Power requirements and power-saving challenges call for new manufacturing and process technologies. These methods must work together to optimize performance and maximize battery life for the customer's benefit.
2005-05-13 SanDisk licenses SRS WOW tech for MP3 player market
SanDisk has licensed SRS Labs Inc. WOW 3D audio and bass enhancement technology for a variety of new SanDisk Sansa flash-based MP3 music players.
2007-03-26 Samsung takes interesting route in media player race
Samsung's latest effort, the YP-K5, features an MP3 player, FM radio and JPEG image viewer designed with a slide-out, pop-up stereo speaker panel to serve up tunes sans headphones
2008-10-29 Reference tool hastens production of media devices
Mentor Graphics has released an application reference design that is claimed to speed up the development of multimedia devices such as portable media players, personal navigation devices, mobile Internet devices, mobile phones and other peripherals
2004-09-15 Ready-to-use reference designs squeeze into portable media players
Sharp Microelectronics announced two new reference designs to address the growing category of portable multimedia apps
2004-12-14 Portable media jukebox reference design includes MPEG-4 video
Want to beat iPod to the video punch by manufacturing a low-cost portable jukebox that plays MPEG-4 video on a color screen, along with MP3 audio, from a 1-inch hard disk drive
2004-08-02 Nearing the age of digital media portability
With a plethora of available portable devices, the goal now is to provide consumers with ubiquitous access to their coveted entertainment anywhere, anytime
2006-07-06 Mobilic unveils dev't kit for portable consumer products
Mobilic announced its new, portable multimedia device solution that combines the features of a digital camera, PMP, Java games, Web browsing and a production-ready development kit
2008-02-07 Media player chip brings HD sound to music phones
austriamicrosystems has released the first member of a new family of media player ICs based on IP aimed at bridging the gap between the audio experience of music phones and Hi-Fi home audio devices
2008-01-14 Glitch-free portable charging
A USB-based battery charger must extract as much power from the USB port as efficiently as possible to meet the stringent thermal constraints of today's power-intensive applications.
2005-03-07 CE-ATA spec for portable devices finalized
A final CE-ATA specification emerged from the Intel Developer's Forum in San Francisco Thursday (March 3), paving for the way for a standard disk drive interface for next-generation handhelds and portable consumer electronics devices
2005-01-12 austriamicro SoC complements PortalPlayer media technology
austriamicro's new AS3515 analog SoC has been designed to interface to and complement PortalPlayer's technology for personal media players
2004-09-01 Adding video to personal media players
The next step in the evolution of the portable MP3 player is to add video. Perhaps "revolution" is a better term because adding video record, store and playback capabilities to the portable MP3 player requires a very different design approach
2007-03-06 Pioneer MP3 player resembles Nano
The overall PMP300 architecture bears a resemblance to one of today's most popular flash-based players, the Apple Nano.
2005-05-13 Philips ends hold out, signs Windows Media deal
Royal Philips Electronics and its semiconductor unit announced a long-term licensing agreement to support Microsoft Windows Media audio and video codecs and Microsoft's digital rights management (DRM 10) scheme in it consumer and chip products
2007-03-12 Freescale processor powers Aigo's MP5 player
Freescale's i.MX31 processor allows Aigo's new media player to support stream media format, which has long been a technical bottleneck in MP4
2004-03-18 Equator WMV9 media processor plays to consumer
Equator Technologies has announced the availability of a media processor, priced at $19 that handles multiformat video coding in full D1 resolution
2006-01-10 Toshiba media player integrates Freescale, Microsoft products
Toshiba has launched the gigabeat S Series, a line of hard disc drive digital video and audio players powered by mobile technology from Freescale and Microsoft.
2005-05-05 TI adopts Cypress USB controller for portable music player
Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) has selected Cypress Semiconductor Corp.'s EZ-USB FX2LP and EZ-OTG.
2003-09-05 Portable, multimedia systems face bright future in China
Wireless communication, HDTV and lithography are the technologies that will have the biggest impact on China's electronics industry over the next 3 years.
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