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.

Finger on the pulse

As biometric security gets government backing, the technology is finding wider application. By Christos Papakyriacou.

More power, less consumption

Multiple power management techniques create compact and multifeatured systems with maximum battery life. By Andreas Biß, Sven Stegemann and Gunter Wagschal.

Giant killing?

Mobile tv is providing an opportunity for start ups to challenge the big names. By John Walko.

Let’s talk

Interoperability in multiformat home networking. By Mario Giani and Marion Derivière.

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.

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