According to Samsung (Seoul, South Korea), the chip, designated the S5H1406, enables digital TV receivers to acquire and track signals in harsh environments such as multi-path channel conditions, dynamic conditions with multiple signal variations and where reception is weak.The chip is designed to work with a System-on-Chip (SoC) device, the S5H2200, developed by Samsung last July, to give customers a total digital TV solution. The S5H2200 integrates a dual MPEG-2 decoder, CPU, and the company's image improvement function known as the DNIe, or Digital Natural Image engine.By implementing the company's proprietary algorithms, the S5H1406 offers quick access to signals that reduce transmission interference. The chip also offers an advanced demodulator and synchronization detector, high performance equalizer and forward error correction (FEC).Samsung's S5H1406 chip will be available in Asia the first quarter of 2005.
And yet the world of electronics is not slowing down. Higher speed processors, higher frequency RF devices, miniaturized camera and video components, and new breakthroughs in nanotechnology provide a rich set of technologies that can be applied across multiple industries. The military's need for better satellite-based intelligence, secure communications and weapons with pin-point accuracy is fueling a resurgence in leading edge technologies. The commercial need for wireless everywhere” is resulting in growth in cell phones, laptops, and communication hubs. Improvements in video capture and display is creating a boom in digital cameras, digital video recorders, and home theater systems. Even sensor technology is going wireless as automotive, medical, and industrial companies make use of sensors equipped with RF transmitters and receivers.
A standardized set of recommended deliverables would also help. That doesn't mean every IC vendor would provide exactly the same set of models and documentation; rather, the vendor would provide a checklist of items that the pc board designer could inquire about. A common taxonomy would ensure that everyone was talking about the same thing.