Moving videos around is becoming easier with editing tools that shorten the time needed to quickly prepare videos for transfer to portable media players. Lazer PC multimedia acceleration cards from Lumanate provide up to a 10x real-time speed improvement for transcoding video content for devices like the iPod, iPhone, Xbox 360, Zune and others. It’s built around the ViXS XCode 3106, an MPEG4 AVC Transcoder/Encoder chipset from ViXS Systems. The chipset transcodes content to a lower bit rate, lower resolution and the various video formats of storage and portable players. The Lazer board, now an internal USB solution in Dell XPS PCs, is being prepped for retail sales.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.