Designers in the open source world can finish developments quickly with the Beagle Board, a 3 x 3-inch module that can be used to create gaming images or other complex tasks. Digi-Key Corp. is now offering the card, which provides the computing power needed to create real-time pixel-shaded graphics for gaming and 3-D user interface acceleration. It also lets users develop embedded applications such as home media centers, robotics, Web kiosks and digital signage. The board is powered by a Texas Instruments' OMAP3530 processor, which includes a TMS320C64x+ DSP core and an ARM Cortex-A8, 2-D/3-D graphics engine. The portable card is powered through a USB connector, so it can be attached to a range of systems.
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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