X-Digital's MSL384 Satellite Receiver streams digital audio to hotels and apartment complexes requires digital processing with high density and low power. By converting digital satellite signals to FM analog signals, X-Digital's satellite receiver allows reception by standard consumer audio receivers. X-Digital's engineers chose Analog Devices' ADSP-BF531 Blackfin processor for high-density MPEG 1 Layer 2 Audio decoding. Since each processor handles eight MPEG 1 Layer 2 Audio streams and has a Visual DSP++ 4.0 kernel, it can process multiple digital audio signals. With this capability, the satellite receiver avoids the need to install a satellite dish for every room or apartment.
NASA and Boeing developed a huge, carbon composite cryogenic fuel tank for deep space missions, and started testing it last month. The 18-ft cryotank will enable heavy-lift launch vehicles to send both humans and robots into deep space.
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