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
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
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
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
Adapteva's Epiphany Floating Point Processor Core: A Leading-Edge Lithography May Finally Open Doors
September 04, 2012 | Write the first comment.
Cost- and power consumption-sensitive digital signal processing applications tend to leverage fixed point processors, for a common fundamental reason: fixed-point processor cores are substantially less complex than their floating-point counterparts, leading to reductions in transistor count and
Spansion is a name that's probably familiar to many of you, as a supplier of nonvolatile memories. You might be wondering, therefore, what the company's doing gracing the pages of InsideDSP . Well, hold that thought! Spansion was originally founded in 1993 as a joint venture of AMD and
Over the past 25 years, programmable logic devices have grown in capacity and capability through lithography advancements and the integration of specialized functional blocks. First were dedicated memory arrays derived from the same SRAM used to build logic cells. Next came dedicated-function
June 22, 2012 | Write the first comment.
A decade ago, ARM processors were mainly found in cell phones, disk drives, and few other specialized applications. These days, they seem to be everywhere, from microcontrollers to tablet PCs. During this same time period, digital signal processing (DSP) tasks such as multimedia and communications