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In 2002, in a famous piece of unintentional rhetorical artistry, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld spoke to reporters about "known knowns" (things you're aware that you know), "known unknowns" (things you're aware that you don't know) and "unknown
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The decreasing cost-per-transistor delivered by modern semiconductor processes means that a number of previously rare embedded processor options are now increasingly common. This trend includes floating-point coprocessors, which are especially useful when migrating code originally developed on a PC
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In September , Freescale announced its acquisition of computer vision processor IP supplier CogniVue. BDTI discussed the news with Matt Johnson, Vice President and General Manager of Freescale's Automotive MCU division, which instigated the transaction. The two companies had closely
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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My colleagues and I at BDTI frequently evaluate processors – sometimes on behalf of processor suppliers, and sometimes on behalf of processors users. Comparing processors can be complicated, given their many attributes, including some (like energy efficiency) that are difficult to compare
As applications become more complex, and processors become more powerful, system developers increasingly rely on off-the-shelf software components to enable rapid and efficient application development. This is particularly true in digital signal processing, where application developers expect to
As Jeff Bier has mentioned in several of his recent columns, deep learning algorithms have gained prominence in computer vision and other fields where there's a need to extract insights from ambiguous data. Convolutional neural networks (CNNs) – massively parallel algorithms made up of
It's becoming increasingly possible, thanks to APIs and languages such as Khronos' OpenCL , for applications to efficiently harness the heterogenous computing resources available in modern SoCs. And it's therefore increasingly common for SoC designers to include a variety of both
Today's smartphones are technological marvels that deliver an extraordinary range of capabilities from GPS-based navigation to sophisticated photography. But sometimes we just want to make a phone call. And particularly when we're on the move, who hasn't struggled to hear the other
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In 2012, I wrote about how mobile application processors were becoming increasingly popular in embedded systems . Since then, this trend has accelerated, fueled in part by low-cost development boards aimed at enabling embedded system developers to evaluate these chips and quickly create prototype