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The hearing aid is a challenging digital signal processing application. The amount of processing horsepower required is formidable, both to filter out ambient noise and to amplify and otherwise enhance sounds that are of importance, and especially considering that the signal processing chain must
ARM's Cortex-A series of high-performance CPU cores garner significant attention by virtue of their use in high-volume, high-visibility smartphones, tablets, and other consumer electronics devices. But company's Cortex-M and Cortex-R processor families, which target embedded applications,
The April 2012 edition of InsideDSP covered Analog Devices' BF60x family , which as the then-published product roadmap indicated, was the successor to the high end of the BF5xx product range ( Figure 1 ). Figure 1. Analog Devices' new BF70x products fill the "single core
Back in October 2011 , InsideDSP covered both recently introduced and pending CPU-plus-GPU products from AMD, along with the cores that they were based on. At the time, AMD referred to CPU-plus-GPU integration as "Fusion"; the company has subsequently renamed such products as APUs
Those of you familiar with Analog Devices' longstanding presence in the DSP market, via the company's Blackfin, SHARC and TigerSHARC product lines, can be forgiven for assuming that SigmaDSP is yet another family of general-purpose DSPs ( Figure 1 ). Figure 1. SigmaDSP is an
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Qualcomm recently opened up the QDSP6 (aka "Hexagon") DSP core in its Snapdragon SoCs to programming access by its customers and software developer partners. Multimedia applications, for example, can benefit from leveraging QDSP6 processing resources, boosting overall performance,
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Lately I've been spending many hours on conference calls: Early morning calls with colleagues in Europe and India, mid-day calls with customers in the U.S., and late evening calls with partners in China. I often find these calls difficult and fatiguing--not because of what people are saying,
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Our team at BDTI includes people based in California, Colorado, Illinois, and Rhode Island. And our customers are all over the world. So, we all spend a lot of time in conference calls... often-frustrating conference calls. Any of you in a similar situation will immediately know what I'm
In January 2013 , InsideDSP covered the CEVA-MM3101, the company's first DSP core targeted not only at still and video image encoding and decoding tasks (akin to the prior-generation MM2000 and MM3000) but also at a variety of image and vision processing tasks. At that time, the company
The tension between cost and quality is one of the fundamental tradeoffs in the design of consumer electronics devices—and many other systems. Customers predominantly select among competing products based on price, especially in these challenging economic times, but consumers are also