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.
FPGAs use programmable fabric to create custom logic, but this flexibility comes at a cost -- usually around 10 times more silicon real estate and 10 times the power dissipation. Can we really claim any FPGA is low power?
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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