In my October column , I explored the phenomenon of mobile application processors (the brains of smartphones and tablets) competing against more traditional types of embedded processors for use in embedded systems. But after writing that column, something happened that made me realize that mobile
Microchip Technology's GestIC: An E-Field Based Competitor (or Companion) to Camera-Based Gesture Technology
Touch-free gesture interfaces are increasingly entering the public consciousness, spurred on by trendsetting popular implementations such as Microsoft's Kinect. And, as Tom Cruise's portrayal of Chief John Anderton in the future-forecasting film Minority Report suggests, they're
December 16, 2012 | Write the first comment.
The October issue of IEEE Spectrum Magazine includes an interesting article titled " Could Supercomputing Turn to Signal Processors (Again)? " which discusses the viability of developing supercomputers using digital signal processors. It covers, among other things, a recent analysis
Semiconductor memory is increasing in capacity and cost-effectiveness all the time. Yet, there are plenty of deeply embedded applications for which every spare byte of RAM or flash memory is a precious commodity, especially those leveraging memory integrated onto an SOC of processor, rather than
We tend to think of digital signal processing as being computationally demanding, since it typically involves applying math-intensive algorithms to real-time streaming data. And, compared with many other types of embedded processing tasks, digital signal processing does indeed make heavy demands on
In last month's edition of InsideDSP , Jeff Bier's editorial discussed the advantages of (and potential issues with) designing an embedded system around an application processor originally developed for smartphones, tablets, and other high volume devices. To wit, at the beginning of his
In reading the InsideDSP newsletter every month, one observation that I hope you've made is that a diversity of processing options exist for implementing digital signal processing algorithms. The alternatives include GPUs, FPGAs, conventional CPUs, and standalone DSPs, along with DSP cores
November 19, 2012 | Write the first comment.
The prodigious transistor budgets delivered by modern semiconductor processes enable designers to create powerful processor cores and chips. However, this silicon potential will be for naught if it can't easily be harnessed by algorithm developers. Consider the non-trivial die area and
Texas Instruments recently stated that it intends to de-emphasize application processors for smartphones and tablets , and instead refocus its OMAP processors on embedded applications. And Qualcomm, which has been very successful lately in smartphone and tablet application processors, is dipping
Analog Devices becomes the latest semiconductor manufacturer to standardize on the increasingly pervasive Eclipse open-source IDE (integrated development environment) and extensible plug-in system with the CrossCore Embedded Studio software suite for C++ and assembly language-based software