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My colleagues and I at BDTI recently completed a project to help a chip company select a licensable processor core to perform computer vision functions in a new SoC design. In the process, we learned many things about these processors. But, more interesting to me, we also learned something about
Qualcomm recently opened up the QDSP6 (aka "Hexagon") DSP core in its Snapdragon SoCs to programming access by its customers and software developer partners. Multimedia applications, for example, can benefit from leveraging QDSP6 processing resources , boosting overall performance,
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Smartphones and tablets may hog the limelight, but advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) represent another hot technology sector. Market analysis firm Strategy Analytics, for example, expects that by 2021, automotive OEMs will be spending in excess of $25 billion per year on a diversity of
The December 2012 edition of InsideDSP included the article " Texas Instruments' Latest KeyStone II SoCs: Is A Special-Purpose Server Strategy Feasible? ," which discussed TI's 66AK2Hx SoCs for specialized server applications. Based on the company's KeyStone II architecture,
A growing number of products are incorporating computer vision capabilities. This, in turn, has led to rapid growth in the number of processors being offered for vision applications.  Selecting the best processor (whether a chip for use in a system design, or an IP core for use in an SoC) is
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The hearing aid is a challenging digital signal processing application. The amount of processing horsepower required is formidable, both to filter out ambient noise and to amplify and otherwise enhance sounds that are of importance, and especially considering that the signal processing chain must
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One of the things I find endlessly fascinating about digital signal processing is that it enables using computation to offset physical limitations. For example, with the right signal processing, you can get awesome sound out of tiny, inexpensive loudspeakers , like those that fit into a smartphone
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BDTI is well known for its software-related capabilities: performance- and power consumption-related benchmarking , for example, along with algorithm evaluation and development and optimization work . In such projects, BDTI frequently employs semiconductor manufacturers' evaluation boards
ARM's Cortex-A series of high-performance CPU cores garner significant attention by virtue of their use in high-volume, high-visibility smartphones, tablets, and other consumer electronics devices. But company's Cortex-M and Cortex-R processor families, which target embedded applications,
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Do you ever feel like you could use a bigger brain? One of my all-time favorite Dilbert cartoons is the 1994 strip depicting a consultant so smart he had to "wrap his brain around his torso." In contrast, I often feel as if my brain could benefit from an external accelerator. As an