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.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
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