Smartphones have become the most important application for high-performance, energy-efficient processors (see " ARM's 2015 Mid-Range Platform Prep: A 32-Bit Next-Step " in this month's edition of InsideDSP ). That's because smartphones are a huge and growing business, and
Intel is widely regarded as being not only the world's largest semiconductor supplier, but also a leading-edge manufacturing process developer and implementer. While foundries such as TSMC are still finalizing their 20 nm processes, for example, Intel has been shipping 22 nm-based production
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
In January 2013 , InsideDSP covered the CEVA-MM3101, the company's first DSP core targeted not only at still and video image encoding and decoding tasks (akin to the prior-generation MM2000 and MM3000) but also at a variety of image and vision processing tasks. At that time, the company
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
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.