AMHERST, MASS. Primagraphics Ltd.'s Metro architecture for radar-scan conversion provides for the acquisition, processing, distribution and display of radar and graphics data. It's based on two PCI boards: the Advantage radar input card (roughly $5,400) and the Virgo scan converter card (around $7,200). The Virgo's three input channels "can be customized for almost any radar source," said spokesman William Fox. The Advantage "accepts rho-theta format data via PCI bus and converts it to any of a range of raster formats."
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.