The digital music revolution is transforming home stereos. Denon's D-F103 CD/HDD Mini System manages digital audio files from portable devices, CD players and the Internet. It stores as many as 10,000 songs on a hard disk drive, letting consumers stash CDs away with 8-tracks. It blends audiophile-quality components with the ability to handle files recorded in many formats. The system's Ethernet connection links listeners to the Web to bring in Internet radio stations, augmenting AM and FM bands. At its core is Analog Devices Inc.'s 600 MHz Blackfin ADSP-BF533 processor, which has the flexibility to let users rip CDs at 4x speed while listening to other music.†
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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