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.