The aftermarket provides a great way to add options that were too expensive or didn't exist when a car was new. Sanyo Electric Co.'s CCA-BC200 Automotive Rear View Backup Camera System, the first aftermarket rearview system, provides accurate images, letting drivers see what is in their path during back-up maneuvers. Altera Corp.'s Cyclone II FPGAs and embedded Nios II processor minimize distortion in wide-angle views and hard-to-interpret perspectives. A single Nios II core can replace two standard DSP chips, reducing size and cost while providing real-time processing for transforming, filtering, smoothing and blending algorithms.
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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