High-definition displays have become commonplace, so TV makers are returning to the time-tested concept of improving display capabilities. Dolby Labs. Inc. is taking a very modern approach with its high-dynamic-range technology, which employs LEDs to improve contrast ratio and image quality. The LEDs used to backlight LCD screens provide local dimming, which provides a perception of depth while enhancing brightness and contrast.
Among the key enabling components are Xilinx Inc.'s Virtex-4 SX FPGAs, which feature the company's XtremeDSP technology. Using FPGAs lets Dolby designers create tailored designs for each partner.
Californiaís plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isnít the first such undertaking and certainly wonít be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.
A customer who was thermal printing strip steel had a problem: When the strip's speed increased, the thermo printer would catch fire. When he set a flame to a piece of the strip, he couldn't get it to burn. What was the problem?