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Unix portability: underutilized in embedded development
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12/13/2002   Post a comment
One of the most important considerations in choosing an operating system for a new embedded platform is how long it takes to port the operating system to the hardware.
Telecom equipment makers must build on Linux to remain viable
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12/13/2002   1 comment
In the last 18 months, Linux has gone from running software-based routers and firewalls on spare white-box computers to deployment in high-volume dedicated networking applications.
Networking driver strategies for using embedded Linux
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In the modern world of advanced networking, simple hardware does not exist.
Is embedded Linux the right answer?
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Linux has influenced the strategies of some of the world's biggest software and hardware companies and entered the IT departments of even the most traditional corporations.
Building a custom embedded SoC platform for embedded Linux
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There are strong technical and business reasons to consider using Linux for your next embedded application project such as diverse hardware support, performance, scalability, high reliability, and open APIs.
A Linux reality check: embedded systems aren't desktop systems
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The success of Linux as a desktop operating system, and the appeal of its open source technology, might provoke one to dream of applying it to embedded systems.
Adding VT1.5 Switching to Sonet/SDH Platforms
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12/13/2002   1 comment
To support Ethernet, POS, T1s, and more, metro system designers must build equipment that can switch down to the VT1.5 level. Here's a look at some of the features to consider when building a VT1.5 switching card.
Samsung has single-chip LCD driver
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Advanced Switching Makes PCI Express More Comms Friendly
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Through the addition of path routing, peer-to-peer, and encapsulation techniques, the advanced switching version of PCI Express is a strong interconnect solution for emerging communication designs.
Taking the Frustration Out of Embedded Design
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12/11/2002   Post a comment
Effective hardware/software co-design tools remain elusive for most embedded-system designers. Xilinx's Rich Sevcik discusses why he thinks emerging FPGA design platforms offer a viable alternative to ASIC-based embedded design.
Tandem RF software programs streamline the design of power amplifiers
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12/10/2002   Post a comment
Harmonic-balance simulators - used in tandem with synthesis software that builds impedance matching networks -- can speed the design of RF power amplifiers. Engineers at Aerial Facilities in the UK show the steps they took to build a tunable 23-dB LDMOS amplifier with a center frequency in the 400-MHz range.
Making The Leap to Smart Memory in Mobile Devices
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12/10/2002   Post a comment
With multi-chip packages are grabbing hold in market and functionality increasing, it's time for mobile system designers to make the switch to intelligent system-in-package memory architectures.
Optical Network Unit for ATM-Based Passive Optical Networks
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12/10/2002   Post a comment
Among the different technologies proposed to solve the existing bottleneck in access networks, fiber-optic transmission has a special importance. Passive Optical Networks (PONs) appear to be among the more attractive architectures to be used in an Optical Access Network (OAN). Cristina Romero and associates present the main guidelines for the design of the Optical Network Unit (ONU) to be installed at the customer premises as required by this type of Fiber To The Home (FTTH) network.
Wireless SDR: overcoming next gen handset challenges
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12/9/2002   Post a comment
The technologies necessary to realize true broadband wireless handsets and systems present unique design challenges. Wireless handset manufacturers are must deliver products that offer expanded services and operate transparently worldwide.
Speeding DSP solutions with FPGAs
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12/9/2002   Post a comment
FPGAs can provide a fast, cost effective solution to many of today's complex demands for DSP functionality.
Selecting DSP development tools
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To achieve fast time-to-market with a new digital signal processor (DSP) design, the designer needs best-in-class development tools.
Optimizing performance of DSPs
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Many of today's digital signal processing (DSP) applications are subject to real-time constraints.
Study of the Impact of PPTC Devices on ADSL Equipment
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12/6/2002   Post a comment
To combat broadband designers' fears, new tests have been conducted on PPTC devices that prove they don't impact reach and bit rate in ADSL designs. Here's a look at the results from this study.
Altera opens office in India
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AMD has upside revenue surprise
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Programmable Array Processing Makes MPEG-4 Come Alive
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Optimizing existing microprocessor and DSP architectures for video processing does not solve the power and performance issues faced by mobile. Programmable array processors provide a better option. Here's why.
Calculating Speedup in Switch Fabric Designs
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12/4/2002   Post a comment
Proper calculation of speedup factor can have a big impact on the design of the control and data paths in network switching equipment. Here's a look at how to effectively calculate speedup factors.
Software Is Key to Choosing Dual- or Single-Processor SoCs
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12/4/2002   Post a comment
One core or two? The choice between using single or multiple processing cores (usually DSP and RISC) in an SoC is not always an easy one. Jack Shandle discusses the issues you need to consider up front and the impact of software on the ultimate dual-core/single-core decision.
InfiniBand Networks for Enterprise Computing
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12/3/2002   Post a comment
InfiniBand networks are emerging as an important technology for server clustering and may form the infrastructure for next-generation enterprise-computing systems. IBM's Dr. Casimer DeCusatis describes how InfiniBand can be used in this environment, including experimental results of a testbed using clustered servers, storage, and peripheral devices.
Chip sales continue modest growth
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Wireless multimedia: questions, few answers
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Many in the communications sector see networked multimedia as the killer app that will jump-start the market.
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