Multi-channel surveillance DVR design Design How-To 8/29/2008 Post a comment With the convergence of SoC and DSP, many processors now come with hardware accelerators, enabling DSPs to handle multiple channels of video compression on a single chip. How a multi-channel video encoder can be designed to leverage the extra cycles provided by hardware accelerators.
Introduction to video analytics Design How-To 8/22/2008 Post a comment An overview of the underlying processing steps and considerations for embedded implementations of video analytics -- also called video content analysis (VCA) and intelligent video -- with a video clip showing examples of segmentation, classification and tracking.
Board biz no stretch for Stretch Product News 8/20/2008 Post a comment Making chips and developing reference designs may no longer be enough to sustain traditional semiconductor companies, especially Application Specific Standard Product (ASSP) vendors.
Photoelectric analogue sensors Product News 8/20/2008 Post a comment The Contrinex photoelectric analogue sensors in size 30x30x15mm are characterized by their large sensing range from 10 to 100mm, excellent temperature stability between -25°C and +55°C, and outstanding repeat accuracy.
Intel rolls out solid-state drives Product News 8/19/2008 Post a comment Intel Corp. launched a family of solid-state drives claiming significant performance advances over its many competitors, however, the company would not reveal prices, an Achilles heel of the emerging storage devices.
EVITA brings secure platforms into cars Product News 8/19/2008 Post a comment When cars automatically exchange informations on critical road conditions and similar topics within the context of car-to-x communication, security becomes an important aspect. An EU-funded project develops the required cryptographic technology.
Serial ATA doubles data rate to 6 Gbits/s News & Analysis 8/18/2008 Post a comment The serial ATA interface is doubling its maximum data rate to support transfers up to 6 Gbits/second, and the group marshalling the spec has also started a logo program to help ensure interoperability among the expanding group of hard, optical and solid-state drives using the link.
Wolfson teams with Ozmo on audio PAN Product News 8/18/2008 Post a comment Ozmo Inc. (Palo Alto, Calif.) is working with Wolfson Microelectronics plc (Edinburgh, Scotland) to deliver a wireless audio reference design. The design uses Ozmo's Wi-Fi personal area network chip (OZMO1000) and Wolfson's codec (WM8987L).
HyperTransport, PCI Express move forward Design How-To 8/18/2008 Post a comment The HyperTransport Consortium is giving a speed boost both to its chip-to-chip interconnect as well as a board-to-board version that has yet to gain market traction at a time when the PCI Special Interest Group is in the middle of its next big leap, the definition of a PCI Express 3.0 standard.
Intel releases controller spec for USB 3.0 News & Analysis 8/14/2008 1 comment Intel Corp. has released a draft version 0.9 of its Extensible Host Controller Interface for USB 3.0 also called SuperSpeed USB that aims to deliver data rates up to 300 Mbytes/second at the application level.
Single-phase drive/motor/gearbox combinations Product News 8/13/2008 Post a comment Nord Drivesystems has extended its range of integrated drive/motor/gearbox units with single-phase input versions. These ready-built automation blocks have become very popular with machinery and automation builders because of their space saving attributes and for the time savings they offer during equipment specification and system building.
NetXen takes flexible approach to 10G Ethernet News & Analysis 8/12/2008 Post a comment NetXen Inc. will support three physical interfaces in the third-generation 10Gbit Ethernet controller it is rolling out, underlying the fragmented nature of cable support that has slowed the roll out of 10G technology.
PCIe XMC module features two 1.5 GSPS, 8-bit A/D channels Product News 8/10/2008 Post a comment Innovative Integration is offering the X5-GSPS, an XMC I/O module featuring the National Semiconductor 1.5 GSPS ADC08D1500 dual-channel, 8-bit A/D converters connected to a Virtex5 FPGA computing core, DRAM and SRAM memory plus an eight lane PCI Express host interface.
Energy harvesting module powers wireless sensors Product News 8/8/2008 Post a comment AdaptivEnergy LLC has introduced its Joule-Thief vibration energy harvesting module that is capable of harvesting usable energy at vibration amplitudes that are below the threshold of human perception to power electronics devices.
3.5-in. TFT costs $15 each in high volume Product News 8/8/2008 Post a comment OSD Displays' latest active matrix TFT-LCD is a low-cost 3.5-in. diagonal transmissive QVGA TFT with a White LED backlight and integrated resistive touchscreen for hand-held consumer and industrial applications.
Emulex posts loss amid revenue slump News & Analysis 8/7/2008 Post a comment Emulex Corp. reported a loss in its most recent quarter amid a significant slump in sales and suggested the upcoming period looks flat for the maker of server adapter cards.
Graphical system design software platform for advanced control Product News 8/5/2008 Post a comment National Instruments (NI) announced LabView 8.6 the latest version of the graphical system design software platform for control, test and embedded system development. With this latest version, engineers can design advanced control systems using programmable automation controllers (PACs) based on FPGAs.
Internet-enabled data logger module Product News 8/5/2008 Post a comment SSV Software Systems now offers the DNP/5370, which is part of the DIL/NetPC family and comes with application-specific accessories. It can be used to save any data onto a local Flash memory card, as well as directly to an online server.
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 ...