The RADIAS integrates a synthesizer, effecter and vocoder into a single unit. The synthesizer has 24 voices, a variety of synthesis algorithms with multiple effects, a new comb filter and wave-shaping features, as well as new formant-motion vocoding. The 16-band vocoder was among the capabilities enabled by Texas Instruments' TMS320VC5502 16-bit, fixed-point Digital Signal Processor (DSP). Korg engineers considered the 300 MHz (600 MIPS) VC5502 DSP with a core optimized for sound processing as the best choice, since it could easily implement the complex functions required in the RADIAS and it had low power consumption. For more information on Texas Instruments' TMS320VC5502 16-bit, fixed-point Digital Signal Processor.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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