Said to be the industry's first component-to-video converter IC, the LMH1251 increases compatibility between different analog video standards. It eliminates the complex external circuitry and additional chips typically found in digital solutions, while adding component video compatibility without the associated headaches of many current solutions. "This one part replaces about 45 components in a discrete design," notes Robert Eddy, marketing director for amplifiers at National Semiconductor, manufacturer of the new IC. "With this, you now have a single solution that allows you to take a DVD player and play it directly onto your display." Indeed, the LMH1251 is said to be a technical breakthrough because it increases the compatibility between video standards. As the industry's first component-to-RGB video converter IC, it helps eliminate the problems associated with the interfacing of multiple video standards. Its conversion process is accomplished with an analog technology via a color space conversion matrix. The result is a cleaner, crisper decoded video image that is said to be superior to those of discrete components. With it, video from DVD players, game consoles, HDTV receivers and other devices can be directly displayed on a personal computer monitor. "More and more, video is going to high-definition," Eddy says. "For those applications, this product does the color conversion from component video to RGB, and then transmits it all in RGB." For more information, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4917-628 View larger product image
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.