Designing systems for extreme environments Design How-To 6/28/2010 Post a comment Designing embedded systems destined for extreme environments, such as 1 mile below the surface of an ocean, adds a layer of complexity and difficulty for the designer. Nate Holmes of National Instruments describes some common challenges and latest tools and approaches to issues like power and test that can aid designers in creating successful systems headed for tough spots.
Class-D amps with AGC, DRC advance portable audio Product News 6/22/2010 Post a comment Two Class-D amplifiers from Texas Instruments featuring automatic gain control and programmable dynamic range compression allow designers to compress the dynamic range of the audio to match the dynamic range of the speaker in portable applications.
Web services for smart objects - Part 1: Overview Design How-To 6/21/2010 Post a comment Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Interconnecting Smart Objects with IP: The Next Internet" offers an overview of web services and how they can enable smart objects to be efficiently integrated into existing IT and enterprise business systems.
Delta-Sigma converters for audio output in an infotainment FPGA Design How-To 6/21/2010 Post a comment Field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) present an efficient and inexpensive alternative when it comes to implementing complete embedded systems along with important peripheral functions. The reconfigurable logic circuitry of an FPGA offers tremendous flexibility. A lesser known feature is that the outputs of a digital FPGA also permit various analogue applications.
Auto Hack: What the industry says Design How-To 6/18/2010 Post a comment A few weeks ago, a group of US scientists performed a rather spectacular hack on a car's electronics. EE Times Europe asked experts from industry and research institutes if this proves that today's cars are inherently insecure. The answers we received tell their own tale.
DAC: IC design bound for cloud computing News & Analysis 6/17/2010 4 comments Cloud computing for EDA work may still be in the clouds but in three to five years it will occupy up to 20 percent of design transactions between major EDA vendors and their customers.
Group aims to set standards for multicore tools News & Analysis 6/17/2010 Post a comment The Multicore Association has formed a new work group to tackle the problem of incompatible software development tools for multicore processors and expects to have a draft standard for one or more common data format and a Linux-based reference implementation of its work within a year.
WiMAX group updates mobile standard News & Analysis 6/16/2010 Post a comment Amid threats from a rival standard, the WiMAX Forum has reached a milestone in advancing the speed of data and the efficiency of broadband wireless networks based on the 802.16e Mobile WiMAX standard.
Vuvuzela: the noisiest World Cup prompts DSP response News & Analysis 6/16/2010 2 comments Waves Audio Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel) a provider of software-based audio processing tools, has responded to the difficulties facing the 2010 FIFA World Cup telecasts by touting its noise-suppression plug-ins for use in the broadcast audio chain.
An introduction to networking--Part II Design How-To 6/14/2010 Post a comment Here's Part I of Chapter 2, Introduction to Networking, an excerpt from µC/TCP-IP: The Embedded Protocol Stack by Christian Legare of Micrium. This chapter segment begins with applying the OSI Model to TCP/IP
Philips tests home health care devices News & Analysis 6/14/2010 Post a comment Philips Research is exploring the horizon for wearable sensors that measure an increasing number of vital signs to deliver devices that make meaningful predictions about health care while keeping a lid on the devices' power consumption.
Startup SeaMicro packs 512 Intel Atoms in server News & Analysis 6/14/2010 2 comments Startup SeaMicro announced a server that packs 512 Intel Atom processors in a 10U chassis to deliver the same performance at a fraction of their power and space as systems using conventional server CPUs, aiming to address the needs of the large data centers limited by the cost and complexity of the power and space they consume.
NSF funds computer virus immunization effort News & Analysis 6/10/2010 1 comment Giving applications unique executables could immunize them against viruses and other malware which preys on a software application's uniformity, according to Florida State University researchers.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 16 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...