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SoftRISC's echo canceller software enables voice over Wi-Fi
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6/30/2006   Post a comment
SoftRISC's echo canceller eliminates the need for separate DSP or AEC chips on CPUs.
Single-chip ICs optimize adaptive front lighting system design
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6/29/2006   Post a comment
Electronic control of automotive HID headlight aiming, via stepper motors, directs beams both to minimize glare for oncoming traffic and illuminate curving roadways. But the location of the motor driver chips in the vehicle impacts system efficiency.
Tech Tutorial: Driver Assistance Systems, an introduction to Adaptive Cruise Control: Part 2
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
The second half of this series introducing Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) looks at hardware, software, and radar functionality--including handling multiple radar reflections and "ghosts."
Data-acquisition board implements parallel realtime processing on your PC
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6/26/2006   Post a comment
If your data-acq application needs realtime processing, yet you typically run engineering applications on a Windows PC, check out Microstar Laboratories's latest Data Acquisition Processor. The company's mid-range DAP plug-in provides concurrent processing, using an on-board Pentium, to achieve deterministic acquisition on a PC.
Securing connected devices from the ground up
6/23/2006   Post a comment
Dan Dodge of QNX promotes the idea of 'secure-by-design' as the way to protect connected systems and devices
Tech Tutorial: Driver Assistance Systems, an introduction to Adaptive Cruise Control: Part 1
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
The first installment of this primer on Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) discusses "surround sensing" and a frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) radar as the basis of an all-weather ACC system.
3.5-in. realtime SBC clocks cool-running Geode LX 800 processor
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6/22/2006   Post a comment
Here's a less-than-$300 single-board computer for power-stingy x86-based applications. The 3.5-in. SBC runs an Advanced Micro Devices Geode LX 800 at 0.9-W microprocessor that can clock up to 500-MHz.
Emulation Extension Chip eases high-speed automotive embedded processor integration
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6/19/2006   Post a comment
Debugging and calibrating are becoming more difficult as microcontroller clock speeds increase. An embedded emulation device provides designers true visibility inside highly integrated SoC microcontrollers.
Commentary: Two words to remember about Bill Gates: He won
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6/17/2006   Post a comment
Many books will be written about the career of Bill Gates, but they can all be summarized in two words: He won.
Green Hills refutes copyright infringement charge
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6/16/2006   Post a comment
Green Hills Software has refuted claims by Express Logic Inc. that Green Hills' micro-Velosity real-time operating system (RTOS) illegally copies Express Logic's ThreadX RTOS API.
Intel lures India to parallel programming
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6/16/2006   Post a comment
As it is moves to multi-core processor technology, Intel Corp. is trying to get the large Indian software development community into parallel programming.
Timely testing avoids cosmic ray damage to critical auto electronics
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6/15/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor memory failures induced by cosmic radiation must be accounted for in auto electronics design. Reliability engineers need accurate estimates of radiation sensitivity for the commercial memory devices they use.
Microsoft selects Qimonda for Xbox Graphics
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6/12/2006   Post a comment
Memory maker Qimonda announced that it was selected by Microsoft as a preferred supplier of graphics RAM memory chips for the Xbox 360 game console. The move is expected to have a positive effect on Qimonda's business volatility.
Cyberlink looks to score World Cup win with highlights analyzer
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6/9/2006   Post a comment
Just in time for the World Cup, multimedia software developer Cyberlink Corp. is releasing an analysis tool to identify sports highlights on recorded TV.
Telematics personalize transportation for the iGeneration
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6/7/2006   Post a comment
The telematics market is still modest in size and maturity. Successes have been sporadic and widely distributed--not the optimal situation for an infrastructure that has to learn to react quickly to the growing demand for consumer and automotive convergence.
Smartphone designer HTC to buy controlling stake in Dopod
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6/5/2006   Post a comment
High Tech Computer Corp., Taiwan’s leading designer of smartphones for the Windows Mobile OS, is planning to acquire a controlling stake in handset maker Dopod Holding Corp.

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