Articles

  • 2018/01/30

    Easing the Transition from Analog Headphone Jacks to Digital Audio Interfaces

    The analog headphone jack is one of the most widely adopted interfaces in the smartphone and PC markets, used by hundreds of millions of consumers every day. Beyond smartphones and PCs, the analog headphone jack is standard in most products that are capable of audio playback.

    However, some recently introduced smartphones, such as the iPhone 7, HTC U Ultra and Moto Z, and other consumer electronics products are eschewing this legacy analog jack in favor of modern digital interfaces for audio. This trend is expected to continue, and to facilitate the transition there is a market need for new adapters and accessories with digital audio capabilities.

  • 2018/01/30

    Evolving Radio/Audio for Connected Cars

    Changes in antennas, displays, in-vehicle networks and new digital radio standards have made car radios much more versatile, while bringing new challenges to car radio vendors.

    New technologies are challenging automotive radio vendors to improve radio reception while meeting different sets of requirements and cost targets. Let’s consider some of these challenges and how new integrated circuit (IC) devices can help radio vendors tackle them.

  • 2018/01/30

    Standards-Compliant Devices Gear up for Self-Driving Cars

    The automotive industry has been rushing straight towards complete autonomous driving. Looking at Japan alone, new cars, including luxury cars as well as general vehicles and minivehicles come equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), such as automatic brake system. ADAS has a high degree of recognition and is becoming a common thing.

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