The consumer electronics market is not only one of the fastest moving of all markets, it’s one of the broadest. With mobile phones, tablets and similar devices updated on a rapid time scale, consumers are always on the lookout for the latest products. Those involved in the the sector, as well as those looking to enter the consumer electronics market, need to keep up to date.

New Electronics covers developments in the consumer electronics sector, bringing technology updates and opinion from the market.

And I’m a monkey’s uncle!

Ignoring the small things like larger brains and opposable thumbs, what really sets us apart from other species is our ability to communicate. By Philip Ling.

Stay in touch

Why choose capacitive sensing over mechanical forms of switching for touch sensing applications? By Vanessa Knivett.

Multimedia processor brings fast access

High quality audio and video can be delivered directly to an in product hard disk via Oxford Semiconductor’s OXAV940 multimedia processor. The device also offers non linear editing facilities and fast upload and download over integral FireWire and USB2.0 interfaces. With a processing capacity of more than 24billion instructions a second, the AV940 can handle Mpeg4, Mpeg2, Mpeg1 and digital video encoding and decoding at 704x576 resolution. Featuring the ARM940T core, along with an sdram controller, the processor comes in a 288pin bga.

Camera modules standardised

Can a mobile 'phone's camera be standardised? Nokia and STMicroelectronics believe so and have created the Standard Mobile Imaging Architecture (SMIA), which covers not just the functionality, but also the performance, mechanical format and reliability of a camera module.

Phone key

1, 22 Sony Ericsson W810i 2006 2 Samsung SGH-R210S 2001 3 Sagem mc930 1999 4, 26 Philips Savvy 1999 5 Hyundai HGC300E 6, 25 Nokia RinGo 1997 7 unidentified 8 Motorola cd920 1998 9, 32 Bosch GSM509 2002 10 NEC DB2000 1999 11, 39, 40 Panasonic EB-G450 1997 12 Motorola v2288 2000 13 Philips Savvy Vogue 2001 14 Sony Ericsson P910i 2004 15, 34 Nokia 3510 2002 16 Samsung SGH600 1999 17 Ericsson T18S 1999 18 Kyocera K112 2003 19 NEC TR5E1000-9A 1988 20 Philips Fizz 1996 21 Apple iPhone 2009 23 Nokia 6301 2007 24 Sony Ericsson P990i 2005 27 Siemens C10 1998 28 Nortel M800 29 Auna Gigaset DECT phone 30 Alcatel OT Pro (issued by Barclaycard, in association with Cellnet) 1998 31 Motorola c520 1998 33 Philips Genie 1999 35 Motorola Micro TAC Classic 1989 36 Motorola Executive Phone 2 1992 37 Motorola mr201 38 Motorola mr30 1995

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