Aptina and eASIC teamed on a H.264 High Definition (HD) reference design that is capable of supporting up to 720p/30fps rates. The eDVR92-based H.264 HD reference design is aimed at enabling and simplifying the development for a new class of low-cost HD applications and making low-cost HD solutions available for the masses. It is ideal for low-cost HD camcorders, baby monitors, public transportation, wireless surveillance, medical, and industrial/automotive vision systems. The eDVR92-based H.264 HD reference design is available now from eASIC. Pricing for the eDVR9200 CODEC IC starts at $4.95 in high volume.
Atmel, HMT Microelectronic, and MESCO Engineering teamed together to create a turnkey solution for integrated IO-Link devices. The solution provides designers overall savings in bill-of-material and board space. The IO-Link reference design combines Atmel’s AVR , HMT’s PHY IC, and MESCO’s IO-Link stack to create the industry’s smallest IO-Link reference design. IO-Link is the upcoming industrial control communication standard that will introduce several benefits for the end user, including easier cabling, remote diagnostics, and configuration.
Texas Instruments (TI) unvieled the DM368IPNC-MT5 Internet Protocol (IP) camera reference design. The DM368IPNC-MT5 camera reference design provides low power, high definition (HD) video processing for video surveillance applications. The DM368IPNC-MT5 IP camera reference design with H.264 main profile 1080p at 30 frames per second (fps) offers compression in a full HD solution, with the complete camera utilizing only three Watts. The IP camera reference design is based on a new DaVinci video processor. The DM368IPNC-MT5 IP camera reference design is available for USD $995.
Microchip Technology introduced the Digital Interleaved Power Factor Correction (PFC) Reference Design. The Digital Interleaved PFC reference design provides an easy method to evaluate the power efficiency and features of Microchip’s dsPIC33 “GS” series of Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) for Switch Mode Power Supplies (SMPSs), in an interleaved PFC application. The reference design helps designers of green power-supply products lower costs, reduce size, and improve power efficiency via digital power conversion. All of the documentation, software, and Gerber files needed to build the reference design are available now for free.
The Pure Sine Wave Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Reference Design, from Microchip Technology, is based on the dsPIC33F “GS” series of digital-power Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). The UPS reference design demonstrates how digital-power techniques enable easy modifications through software, the use of smaller magnetics, intelligent battery charging, higher efficiency, compact designs, lower audible and electrical noise via a purer sine-wave output, USB communication and a lower overall bill-of-materials cost. All of the documentation, software, and Gerber files needed to build the reference design can be downloaded for free.
Future Lighting Solutions and Freescale created a wireless control reference design for the rapid development of wireless control applications in any industry — including wireless color mixing and light dimming for solid-state lighting applications. The reference design features Freescale components and IEEE 802.15.4 protocols to provide highly reliable, long-range, low-power wireless connectivity. The Future wireless control reference is available immediately in small quantities.
The XMOS Ethernet Audio Video Bridging (AVB) Reference Design platform is a complete AVB networked audio system with support for all AVB endpoint requirements — including Ethernet interface, packet processing, timing synchronization, configuration/stream setup and media rate recovery. The XMOS Ethernet AVB Reference Design is ideal for the development of a broad range of professional and consumer networked audio and video applications, automotive entertainment systems, and home networking systems. The XMOS AVB Reference Design Kit is priced at US$3750.
XMOS introduced an Ethernet-based LED Tile Reference Design Kit. The kit helps digital designers to rapidly develop LED tile systems using daisy chains of Ethernet scan boards. All requirements are implemented entirely in software, which is available on an open source basis as a royalty free download. The XMOS LED Tile Reference Design Kit is available immediately for $349.
Texas Instruments introduced reference designs for Internet Protocol (IP) cameras and digital video recorders (DVR). The reference designs feature electronic bill of materials (eBOM) of less than $40 for the IP camera and $60 for the DVR. The reference designs reduce development time from approximately 160 man months to only four months. The IP camera reference design is available for USD $795 from Appro Photoelectron. The DVR reference design is available for USD $1195 from UD Works.
Microchip introduced an AC/DC reference design based on the new dsPIC33F “GS” series of digital-power Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). The reference design shows how digital-power techniques are applied to reduce component count, lower product cost, eliminate oversized components, and incorporate topology flexibility to innovate the best solution for the application. Complete documentation, including software and Gerber files, can be downloaded for free.