Optical Digital Signal Processing: Is That Light at the End of the Performance Tunnel? Design How-To 2/27/2004 Post a comment Driven by ever more complex algorithms and more and more channels for the processor to handle, the need for more speed is escalating rapidly. Conventional DSPs are pushing the silicon technology envelope to meet the challenge. The stress of keeping pace with the demands of compute-hungry applications is only getting more severe, however, which has led some engineers and venture capitalists to consider introducing a technological discontinuity. In this case, it is light-wave processing.
Roving eye for Mars forces CCD rethink News & Analysis 2/2/2004 Post a comment Behind the spectacular panoramic images beamed back from Mars in recent weeks is a full-custom CCD imaging chip designed to meet the stringent demands and environmental conditions of the Martian surface. The 1,024 x 2,048-pixel chip, which handles imaging for each of the nine cameras on both the Spirit and Opportunity rovers, mandated a rethinking of CCD design.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.