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Do you ever look at a piece of hardware and wonder, “Why, oh why, did they build it like that?”  This is what I’m thinking as I look at my 2001 Volkswagen Passat, a car that is now completely dysfunctional because of an unfortunate (yet easily foreseen) intersection of
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In June Atmel announced the Customizable Atmel Processor (CAP), a family of customizable microcontrollers, and two initial devices. Customization in the CAP is achieved via a gate array block in which users can implement functions ranging from processor cores and peripherals to algorithm
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On January 3rd, Freescale announced the first dual-core members of its Onyx family of audio DSPs.   The first two chips in the family, the DSP56720 and DSP56721, feature two DSP5636x cores operating at 200 MHz.   The chips mainly target high-definition audio processing in
Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI) this week announced four new “DaVinci”-branded processors: the TMS320DM6437, TMS320DM6435, TMS320DM6433 and TMS320DM6431. Priced at $10-23, the media processors target video applications in the car and the home. (All prices in this article are for 10,000
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This week, Analog Devices introduced four new members of its Blackfin processor family: the ADSP-BF549, ‘BF548, ‘BF544, and ‘BF542.  These new devices will operate at clock speeds of up to 600 MHz and are intended mainly for automotive applications that incorporate signal
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In September, Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI) announced the TMS320C6720 floating-point DSP. Operating at 200 MHz and priced at a modest $5.75 (unless otherwise stated, all prices mentioned in this article are for 10,000 unit quantities), the chip is the latest and least expensive member of
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Trends in Automotive Signal Processing Signal processing is pervasive in today’s vehicles, in applications ranging from engine controllers to entertainment systems. With annual automotive sales now at roughly 60 million units worldwide, it's clear that automotive
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The digital audio product Digital audio products are complex systems, comprised of numerous software and hardware subsystems. If you've already read " Anatomy of a Modern Digital Audio Product " you've seen many of these subsystems and how they work together. At the heart
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You’re driving along in your new sports car, cruising up the coast and listening to your CD player. “How I love digital signal processing,” you think to yourself as you crank up your favorite tune. What you may not realize is that digital signal processing is doing a lot more
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Special Requirements of Automotive Signal Processing Twenty years ago, automobiles had very few electronic features. Today, nearly every vehicle relies on thousands of electronic components. Although annual growth in worldwide vehicle sales is relatively slow (roughly 3%), there is