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Introduction to Multimedia Networks
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8/28/1998   Post a comment
Multimedia Networks is a brief overview of the videoconferencing origins and the current issues facing the multimedia and networking industries. The current focus on bringing multimedia communications to the LAN and tying endpoints via the WAN is stressing all elements of design, including workstations, multimedia subsystems, networking components, software, and standards. This overview takes a communications slant at the problem and highlights some of the industry activities and technical direc
TMS320C67x vs. ADSP-21160: Which Floating-Point DSP Offers Highest Performance?
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8/22/1998   Post a comment
This paper discusses the factors that the system engineer should consider in selecting one of these processing platforms over the other. While the obvious step is to compare the raw processing power of two processors, this comparison will give little indication of expected system performance, especially in highly demanding multiprocessing applications. Instead, a tradeoff requires an analysis of many aspects of the application.
Optimizing Network Interface Cards for Operation in a Standard High Volume Server
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8/14/1998   Post a comment
This article first describes the typical SHV Server architecture and then discusses the performance issues of handling Ethernet network traffic in the SHV Server. For any designer faced with processor, bus, and transfer control issues, this technical discussion of servers sheds light on the general problems of system balance in many applications.
Enabling Gigabit Ethernet for mainstream market adoption
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8/4/1998   Post a comment
This paper, submitted by Jato Technologies, provides a high-level discussion of 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet, its potential, and the enabling technology required for its rapid adoption by the mainstream market.
Embedded Networking: Why Has It Taken So Long?
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8/2/1998   Post a comment
This paper from Osicon Technologies is an interesting view of what has prevented networking from taking on widespread embedded status, how things have changed, and now, where it all might be heading. Coke machines will signal the dispatcher they need refilling. The Maytag repairman will patiently play Solitaire while waiting for email from a washer or dryer in distress. What will make all this happen? Integrated solutions based on systems on silicon that reduce both the cost and complexity of em


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