ARC, Toshiba extend licensing deal
Product News 3/31/2008 Post a comment
ARC International and Toshiba have extended their partnership developing configurable multi-processor technology and, as part of the deal, the Japanese chip maker has also extended its license to use the ARChitect Processor Configurator.
Reconfigurable radios, part 1: SDR architectures
Design How-To 3/31/2008 Post a comment
The article makes the case for software defined radio (SDR), and discusses strategies for balancing flexibility, energy efficiency and spectrum use. It looks at different hardware architectures, including a multicore solution, as well as reconfigurable analog front ends.
Mango DSP and Steelbox Networks create analytic-enabled intelligent video networks
Product News 3/28/2008 Post a comment
Mango DSP, a provider of intelligent video servers for the CCTV, video surveillance and homeland security defense markets, and Steelbox Networks, developer of "the world's fastest media appliance", have signed a partnership agreement. The partnership will present the industry with a comprehensive intelligent video, processing, distribution, storage and management solution.
Profinet controllers are IRT-enabled
Product News 3/28/2008 Post a comment
In recognition of the fact that an increasing number of Profinet industrial Ethernet installations uses high-speed Isochronous Realtime communication schemes, Siemens has equipped several Simatic controllers with the respective interfaces.
Researchers tout foldable, stretchable Si circuits
Product News 3/28/2008 1 comment
Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new form of stretchable silicon integrated circuit that can wrap around complex shapes such as spheres, body parts and aircraft wings, and can operate during stretching, compressing, folding and other types of extreme mechanical deformations, without a reduction in electrical performance.
HD video line buffering in FPGA
Design How-To 3/28/2008 Post a comment
Complex video processing algorithms -- encoding, motion estimation, and scaling -- implemented using FPGAs need access to various pixel values within a single frame or across multiple frames. The required video line buffers within an FPGA make video applications memory intensive.
Huge growth seen for MEMS sensors, actuators
News & Analysis 3/27/2008 Post a comment
Worldwide sales of MEMS-based semiconductor sensors and actuators are expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19 percent between 2007 and 2012, reaching $9.7 billion in five years compared to $4.1 billion in 2007, according to market research group IC Insights.
VoIP quality issues, part 1: Compression, delay, and echo
Design How-To 3/27/2008 1 comment
This article addresses VoIP issues including voice quality, transit delay, echo, comfort noise, and foreign language speakers. It explains the G.711, G.726, G.729A, G.723.1, and G.722 voice compression standards.
Digital signal controllers integrate 16-bit audio DAC module
Product News 3/26/2008 Post a comment
Microchip Technology announced six 28- and 44-pin 16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers with a dual-channel, 100-ksps, 16-bit audio DAC module for price- or size-conscious embedded system designers who require improved audio performance or wish to add audio playback to existing embedded applications.
Digital-to-analog Conversion is everywhere
Design How-To 3/26/2008 Post a comment
Only a few know the differences in architecture and what advantages and disadvantages a string architecture has over an R2R ladder, and vice versa. Knowing the differences and how those general purpose DACs work enables the designer to choose the best DAC for their application. This article will shed some light on the basic operation of DACs and will give some answers to questions you always wanted to know.
It's out of my hands
RF & Microwave Designline Blog 3/26/2008 Post a comment
Recently, in my home state of NJ, police received the authority to stop and fine motorists for using hand-held cell phones while they drive. But are we actually safer?