Audience reverse engineers human hearing for mobile
News & Analysis 3/30/2012 5 comments
Using its earSmart voice processor, using two microphones that work like human ears, Audience’s chip enables analysis of sound in much the same way as the human brain, which when processing audio decides what to remove, what to keep and what to enhance.
Engineering Pop Culture! 3/30/2012 2 comments
Monday is the start of something new and powerful. It is the start of a major experiment within the EDA Designline that could have big ramifications…
The next killer app: Machines that see
Blog 3/30/2012 12 comments
processor vendors are beginning to focus on embedded vision applications and to tune their processors for such apps, often by incorporating specialized co-processors designed for vision processing.
OneLED - Waterproof LEDs advance design of outdoor displays
Design How-To 3/30/2012 1 comment
Small multi-color LEDs with high brightness performance are ideal candidates for outdoor video displays with high resolution. This article will discuss the benefits of surface-mount LEDs which are made from a completely black package for highest contrast indoor video, as well as ingress protected (IP) LEDs for outdoor use.
Enea adds Linux to OS offering
News & Analysis 3/29/2012 4 comments
Operating system vendor Enea AB (Stockholm, Sweden) announced at the DESIGN West exhibition that it is now supplying Enea Linux together with some complementary technologies.
Forecasting tech's future: How high can we go?
Engineering Pop Culture! 3/29/2012 2 comments
Forecasting the future of the high tech market is always a tricky undertaking. Customers never want to hear that the industry is going to stall or even contract. Unfortunately, all business markets go through lifecycles. In consumer electronics (CE), there are some products that go through very brief lifecycles before being replaced by another technology, such as personal data assistants (PNDs), and others that have demonstrated extremely long lifecycles, such as set-top boxes (STBs) and TVs.
TI THS4531 ADC driver
Product News 3/29/2012 Post a comment
TI's fully differential amplifier uses only 250 uA of quiescent current while providing 36 MHz of bandwidth to support the low power needs of portable and high-density systems
High-voltage surge stoppers ensure reliability during power spikes
Design How-To 3/29/2012 6 comments
In automotive, industrial, and avionic applications, high-voltage power supply spikes are commonly encountered. The electronics within these systems must not only survive surges, but in many cases also operate reliably throughout the event—and devices charged via automobile power points (lighters) must also be protected.
Report: Toshiba will join Elpida bidding
News & Analysis 3/29/2012 1 comment
After earlier turning down an opportunity to invest in Japanese DRAM vendor Elipda Memory, Toshiba has apparently decided to join the bidding for the bankrupt firm, according to English language news service reports quoting Japan's Nikkei newspaper.
World on cusp of EV tipping point, says Tesla CTO
News & Analysis 3/29/2012 53 comments
Slow, steady improvement in battery technology over the past several decades as brought the world to the cusp of a tipping point that will lead to greater adoption of electric vehicles, according to JB Straubel, chief technology and co-founder of Tesla Motors.
Exar cuts 40% of jobs
News & Analysis 3/28/2012 15 comments
Analog mixed-signal IC vendor Exar said it has eliminated about 40 percent of its global headcount in the past two months.
Panel ponders many-core ICs tripping 'the singularity'
News & Analysis 3/28/2012 9 comments
Will the processing power being enabled by many-core processors cause the advent of machines with super-human intelligence, an event sometimes referred to as the singularity? That was the question put to a panel of some of the best minds in multicore processor theory and design assembled at the Multicore DevCon, part of DESIGN West being held here this week.
Imperas preps fast models of ARM Cortex-A15 processor
News & Analysis 3/28/2012 1 comment
Imperas, a pioneer of high-level modeling and virtual prototyping, has models of the ARM Cortex-A15 processor in beta and expects them to be available in the first half of 2012. The range of available models, together with Imperas tool and operating system support, is helping platform and software developers debug systems in parallel with SoC design, speeding up and improving system development, the company said.
Mobile MotionEngine empowers apps
Product News 3/28/2012 2 comments
The Freespace MotionEngine has already empowered the smart TV revolution at LG, Roku and Sony by enabling remote controllers to point-and-click on-screen air-mouse style. Now Hillcrest Labs has repurposed it for tablets and smartphones running the Android and Windows Phone operating systems.