It used to be that an “entertainment center” was a heavy oak piece of furniture that took up a wall of the living room. It housed your TV, game consoles, VHS tapes, video player, and maybe the photo albums too. It all seems so primitive in retrospect.
Today, a smart TV replaces all of that. Smart TVs are devices that integrate Internet into your television. So you can stream media and run apps and even listen to the stereo, all on your TV. In fact, you can use your smart TV with inputs from USB devices, laptops, Blu-ray player, a local storage drive, satellite signal, etc. You can wirelessly connect your TV to peripherals like computer keyboards and mice, headphones, and mobile devices, too.
But it won’t necessarily be easy. All those devices traditionally transmit and receive signals on their own low-power frequencies. As you add peripherals, things can get messy.
Taiwan’s Syncomm specializes in solving that problem. The company designs semiconductors and related electronics especially for enabling smart TVs, computers, mobile and audio devices to connect to their multiple peripherals wirelessly from a single host. The company designs its products for an environment where you can mix and match peripherals simultaneously and seamlessly.
The list of global OEMs that use Syncomm semiconductors contains most of the big names, like Sony, Samsung, ASUS, Lenovo, JVC, Panasonic, and Philips. They even provide product to IKEA, the furniture maker.
While the company’s well known for its Synic brand, last year it launched ezWa—a line of smart controllers. Controllers like the “Touchpad, Qwerty Keyboard with Two-way Voice” and “Gaming Controller with Two-way Voice,” strive to make home entertainment more vibrant for everyone.
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Of course, you wouldn’t necessarily design a controller with the same software you use to design your semiconductors. For example, the team at Syncomm now needs software for effectively bending sheet metal in its models. They already used Pro/ENGINEER as the company’s mechanical engineering software. But recently they upgraded to PTC Creo. And they added PTC Creo Advanced Assembly Extension (AAX), PTC Creo Interactive Surface Design (ISDX), and PTC Creo Flexible Modeling (FMX), so that engineers and designers can focus more on creativity.
- With PTC Creo AAX, teams can share design information with each other so they can complete their tasks concurrently while working within the context of the full assembly.
- PTC Creo ISDX provides the functionality to use free form surface design to parametric models, for nicer-looking curves and models.
- While PTC Creo FMX adds a direct modeling environment to PTC Creo Parametric, so concept design, last-minute changes, and editing client’s 3D data go faster.
The team at Syncomm says they’re enjoying double-digit performance gains because of the software upgrade. “After evaluating PTC Creo, it was a ‘no brainer’ to make the switch,” Syncomm team members say.
The result has been greatly improved modeling efficiency and a 15% cut in the time it takes to make modeling modifications. And best of all, engineers have reduced mechanical structure development time by 50%.
And the team is being recognized for their excellence in design, with their latest wireless solution ezWa being awarded the AVF Innovation Award by the China Video Industry Association.
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