HiMedia Q5II Android STB Features HiSilicon Dual Core SoC, a 2.5″ SATA HDD Bay, and Supports XBMC Hardware Decode

Many Android set-top boxes are based on application processors mainly targetting tablets such as Rockchip RK3188, and media capabilities including video quality, and audio pass-through are not always optimal, or not working at all. On the contrary, HiMedia Q5II, an Android 4.2 media player, is powered by HiSilicon 3718 (or is it Hislicon 3716C V200?), a dual core Cortex A9 …

Power Tip 68: Pick the Right Turns Ratio for a Fly-Buck Converter

Sometimes you are faced with a need for a simple, low-power isolated output voltage from a wide-ranging input source. Regulation may not be important, but cost and board area may be. A good solution to these requirements is a Fly-Buck power supply, which is simply a buck regulator with a coupled-winding. Regulation is achieved by rectifying the secondary winding of …

Chips Sales Top a Trillion in 2016

Global semiconductor unit shipments, including integrated circuits and optical, sensor, and discrete (OSD) devices are slated to break the 1 trillion mark in 2016, according to a new report. The news comes as semiconductor unit growth is expected to increase to about 8% this year, according to a February 18 report by IC Insights. In 2015, shipments are projected …

Make a Frequency Plan

When designing a printed circuit board, you should develop a frequency plan, something that can be easily overlooked. A frequency plan should be one of your first steps toward a design that meets EMI/EMC compatibility, and allows for proper choice of decoupling components. A frequency plan is also useful for test applications, especially for those that test analog components and …