Bluetooth Audio SoC Adds Active Noise Cancelling

Qualcomm Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, International, Ltd., has added active noise cancelling (ANC) to its CSR8675 product platform, claiming the industry’s first Bluetooth audio system-on-chip (SoC) to integrate this advanced technology. The new feature reduces the complexity and cost of adding active noise cancelling to headphones by eliminating the need for a separate ANC…

Multi-Protocol SoC Delivers Smarter Homes

Greensboro, N.C. – Qorvo, a provider of RF solutions, introduced a complete system on chip (SoC) for smart home devices that delivers multi-protocol support with “best-in-class” power consumption. The GP695 SoC integrates multiple communication protocols, including IEEE 802.15.4, ZigBee 3.0, Thread and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for sensors and actuators throughout the home. This enables a…

MediaTek Chipset Enables Crystal-Clear Audio

MediaTek announced the availability of the MT2533D, a highly integrated chipset for smart, connected headphones, headsets, earpieces and hands-free systems, at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Although designed for wireless headphones and in-vehicle hands-free systems, the MT2533D chipset also can be used in stand-alone sports headsets or travel earpieces thanks to local MP3 playback,…

Cypress Demos Direct USB-C to HDMI Cable

San Jose, Calif. – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. claims the industry’s first complete solution for USB-C to native HDMI connections without adapters or converters. Based on Cypress EZ-PD USB-C controllers, the solution allows next-generation laptops, smartphones, tablets, digital cameras and other HDMI-enabled sources with USB-C connectors to connect directly to HDMI-enabled displays, including HD and 4K televisions,…

6-Axis IMU Speeds Up Time to Market

San Jose, Calif. – InvenSense, Inc., a provider of MEMS sensor platform solutions, launched the ICM-20648, a 6-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) with an advanced software stack for wrist-worn wearable devices. The ICM-20648 includes InvenSense’s 6-axis integrated MEMS (3-axis accelerometer + 3-axis gyroscope) motion sensors and digital motion processor (DMP) blocks for lower power sensor…

Fingerprint Sensing Unlocks Biometrics Market

Biometric technology covers finger, hand, face, eye, voice and even vein scans, which can be used across a variety of security applications such as industrial, homeland/security, consumer, and healthcare. However, consumer electronics, particularly smartphones, is driving biometrics development with fingerprint sensing leading the way, according to Yole Développement (Yole).  The consumer market for biometrics is…