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.
Parallax Inc. is known for developing the Basic Stamp microcontroller development board and educational accessory kits. In addition to developing a user-friendly educational platform to learn about 8-bit microcontrollers and software programming, it created a multicore 32-bit chip called the Propeller.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
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