New on EDA Blog – 2006.11.17

  • Assuies Own 802.11a and 802.11g Patent
    The Australian government got an early Christmas present yesterday. A federal court in Texas ruled in favor of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), an Australian agency. The federal court ruled that the agency’s 802.11a and 802.11g patent is valid and the agency is entitled to a reasonable royalty.
  • ZigBee Meshes Wireless Networks
    According to In-Stat, ZigBee will emerge as the dominant wireless mesh networking technology. As most of you know, ZigBee is a networking layer that is built on top of the IEEE 802.15.4 standard. And IEEE 802.15.4 is a unified standard for short-range, self-configuring wireless mesh networks (a blend of proprietary and non-proprietary implementations).
  • Multi-Format Video Transcoding Webcast
    TI is offering a webinar on video transcoding. Transcoding is the ability to take existing video content and change the format, bitrate, and resolution in order to view it on another device. As video continues to expand into portable devices and infotainment systems, the ability for video to be easily transportable and playable on any device will become more important. This also applies to making high definition (HD) content viewable on any video device at any resolution.
  • Wireless Users Carry Multiple Devices
    In-Stat just finished another study that indicates most wireless users carry redundant devices:

    • More than 15% of people carry two wireless phones
    • 80% of the people that have a camera phone also regularly carry their digital camera
    • 75% of SmartPhone users also carry a PDA
    • Over 50% of users of multimedia phones also carry their MP3 player