The tension between cost and quality is one of the fundamental tradeoffs in the design of consumer electronics devices—and many other systems. Customers predominantly select among competing products based on price, especially in these challenging economic times, but consumers are also
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Recently I heard a presentation from a start-up chip supplier promoting a new type of programmable architecture for baseband processing in cellular base stations and handsets. The company's CEO contended that digital signal processors (DSPs) are becoming passé, soon to be replaced by
Toward the end of an article published in the February 2013 edition of InsideDSP , analyzing BDTI's published benchmark results of Qualcomm's QDSP6 (aka "Hexagon") v4 DSP core, you'll find the following prescient quote: Qualcomm is, of course, not done innovating with
The cellular base station and its associated infrastructure topology have remained largely unchanged throughout the industry's history to date, although upgrades have periodically occurred to address the needs of evolving voice and data standards. Within each base station are beefy
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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 . But the company is no stranger to hardware, either. Take, for example, its recent testing of
Algorithms are the essence of digital signal processing; they are the mathematical "recipes" that transform signals in useful ways. Companies developing new algorithms, or considering purchasing or licensing algorithms, often need to assess whether an algorithm will fit within their
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"If it has speech recognition, why do we have to use our fingers?" According to Bernie Brafman, Vice President of Business Development at Sensory, that simple question has been at the forefront of many of the company's customers' minds throughout Sensory's 19-year existence.
In a recent interview in EE Times , BDTI co-founder and president Jeff Bier commented: Multi-core CPUs are very powerful and programmable, but not very energy-efficient.  So if you have a battery-powered device that is going to be doing a lot of vision processing, you may be motivated
Back in September 2011 , an InsideDSP article described a just-published analysis conducted by BDTI and sponsored by Altera, evaluating the viability of implementing complex hardware-accelerated single-precision floating-point functions on FPGA fabric. As I wrote then: To date, FPGAs have
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The article, " QDSP6 V4: Qualcomm Gives Customers and Developers Programming Access to its DSP Core ," which appeared in the June 2012 edition of InsideDSP , showcased Qualcomm’s decision to open up access to its DSP core via a software development kit. This decision corresponded