Hoping to help jump-start the move to HD Radio, Visteon Corp. is offering HD Jump, a portable radio that docks in automotive and home settings. It brings the clarity of Ibiquity’s digital technology, now being broadcast by more than 1,000 radio stations. An ARM processor from STMicroelectronics, augmented with a Texas Instruments DSP chip that utilizes Visteon’s Mach DSP technology, handles music processing while also offering song title and artist information. The automotive cradle includes an MP3 jack, giving owners of older cars many of the infotainment selections of new high-end vehicles.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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