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.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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