Video codecs in SoCs using OCP-based programmable accelerator design
Design How-To 4/27/2007 Post a comment
Video codecs involve a huge amount of data parallelism due to their block-based structure. Most computations are not performed on a single pixel, but on a block of pixels. Dedicated acceleration units with a wide data-path (16 x 16 x 8-bit = 2048-bit, for example) speed up the codec by up to three orders in magnitude compared to a pure software solution, facilitating lower clock rates. To support multiple standards, such as the VC-1 and H.264 video codecs, within a single SoC, considerable flexi
Telecom is back, says Xilinx CEO
News & Analysis 4/26/2007 Post a comment
Xilinx's revenue declined 2 percent in the March quarter, due to weakness in the wireless, consumer, and defense markets. The good news, said the PLD company, is telecom business is returning.
CE growth to see 'significant slowdown'
News & Analysis 4/25/2007 Post a comment
CE growth may decelerate in the coming years, but a few areas will still be hot, such as PMP/MP3 players. But giants like Apple, Samsung and Sony will make it tough for the little guy to survive.
North, South Korea planning IT forum
News & Analysis 4/23/2007 Post a comment
Following in the path of other emerging markets, North Korea is eager to get its hands on advanced technology and will hold a meeting with South Korea to forge closer tech ties.
China launches satellite for rival to GPS
News & Analysis 4/17/2007 Post a comment
China launched its second navigation satellite over the weekend as part of a plan to build the country's "Compass" navigational system, which could emerge to rival America's Global Positioning System.
Xilinx enables multi-image processor
Product News 4/16/2007 2 comments
Miranda utilizes Xilinx FPGA Rocket I/O transceivers and high-performance DSP capabilities for latest Kaleido-X multi-room, multi-image display processor and router.
MathStar taps Arrow for global support
News & Analysis 4/11/2007 Post a comment
As part of an effort to reach electronic designers outside of the United States, MathStar Inc. has tapped Arrow Electronics Inc. to be a global distributor of its programmable logic devices.
Xilinx at NAB 2007
Product News 4/10/2007 Post a comment
Xilinx to demonstrates its programmable broadcast solutions at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Conference April 16 - 19, 2007
The low-power FPGA
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 4/10/2007 Post a comment
Which burns less power: an FPGA or a DSP? The answer is more complicated than you may realize.
China's MII focusing on flat-panel industry
Product News 4/9/2007 Post a comment
China's got fabs, now it wants a chunk of the flat-panel industry. The Ministry of Information Industry recently said it will step up its efforts to support companies looking to move into this area. Given Taiwan and South Korea's leading market share, that may be a tall order
PECI-to-I2C/SMBus translators offer temperature management
Product News 4/6/2007 Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products introduced the MAX6618/MAX6621 translators which convert Intel's platform environment control interface (PECI) data to I2C protocol. These devices provide a design which implements temperature management for system-management microcontrollers.
iSLI offers "FPGAs for DSP" course
Product News 4/4/2007 Post a comment
The iSLI (Institute for System Level Integration) is offering a "FPGAs for DSP & Communication" course. The course covers the use of FPGAs for Digital Signal Processing (DSP) algorithms, applications architectures and hardware-software system partitioning.
VMETRO adds analog, serial I/O for FPGA-based PMCs
Product News 4/3/2007 Post a comment
Board maker VMETRO has announced a trio of I/O modules for use with its FPGA-based PMC (PCI mezzanine card) products. Users can choose the front-end processing appropriate to the application from a dual-channel 105 MSPS analog input, a dual channel 210 MSPS analog output or a RS485 module.