Thursday, December 16, 2010

Calsoft’s expertise in Digital Home Devices


Digital Home Devices that can sense of presence of other devices near them have been growing in popularity in recent years and are leading the consumer electronics device landscape.. Calsoft’s expertise in digital home software development spans across five distinct areas: application development, Adobe Flash-Lite based solution development, browser and plug-in architecture, multimedia codecs and platform development. Calsoft has worked with numerous customers worldwide to ensure on-time and successful delivery of many projects based in this domain. Some of the devices that Calsoft has worked on include:

    * Personal media players/mp3 players
    * Set-top boxes/IPTV
    * Consumer Electronics Devices(remote control/photo frame)
    * Home networking devices (networked drives/media players)


Calsoft can provide an end to end solution starting from the conceptual phase to the prototype. Calsoft’s expertise ranges from the platform level to application level software. Calsoft also has expertise in hardware design and can help create prototypes of your platform. Calsoft would be pleased to assist you from architecture and design to prototyping the device




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Flash Platform to Digital Home by Adobe



Adobe Systems Incorporated recently announced the extension of the Adobe Flash Platform to connected digital home devices with an optimized implementation of Flash technology that delivers high definition (HD) video and rich applications to Internet-connected televisions, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players and other devices in the digital living room. Major System on Chips (SoC) vendors, OEMs, cable operators and content providers including Atlantic Records, Broadcom, Comcast, Disney Interactive Media Group, Intel, Netflix, STMicroelectronics, The New York Times Company, NXP Semiconductors, Sigma Designs, and others announced support for the optimized Flash technology today.

The Adobe Flash Platform for the Digital Home now enables the delivery of HD Web videos to digital home devices via the Flash Video (FLV) file format. Consumers will be able to enjoy rich, interactive viewing experiences and amazing new ways to engage with HD content on televisions. Flash technology-based applications will allow users to quickly switch between television programming and Web content outside the Web browser. With the optimized implementation of Flash technology, content providers are able to extend their reach to millions of connected digital home devices, and cable operators and device manufacturers are able to develop new services and powerful user interfaces that deliver immersive experiences.

Adobe Flash Platform for the Digital Home will dramatically change the way we view content on televisions, Consumers are looking to access their favorite Flash technology-based videos, applications, services and other rich Web content across screens.

ANDROID - its growing....its everywhere....

Android isn't just for cellphones anymore. Which means that there will come a day when Android is more important than the iPhone, more important than Windows, and more important than any one device.

Android is an open source operating system created by Google for primary use on smartphones, and is currently in use on many cellphones such as the Motorola Droid, the HTC Droid Eris, the HTC Hero, the HTC Desire, the MyTouch 3G Slide, and the Dell Streak.

Recently there's been a developer release of the Android operating system for use on the x86 archictecture, which will eventually allow Android to be ported to tablets, netbooks and even onto laptops and desktops, as well as onto many other devices, such as set-top boxes, video game systems, home control systems and other things not even thought of yet.

Android is written in Java on a modified version of the Linux kernel. Because of its open architecture, it's easy for developers to build applications to run on the Android operating system. Unlike the Apple closed architecture, with its draconian gatekeepers, anyone capable of coding can write an application to run on Android. And if Google's rules are followed, that application will be made available to all Android users.

What that means to you is that if you want your cellphone to do something it doesn't currently do, and there isn't an Android application that does it, you have the ability to contract with a developer to have an application built that will allow your cellphone to do exactly what you want, though there are also developer groups who, if the idea is a great one, may take your project on in exchange for the ability to put their name on it and offer servicing and customization of that application, which is the way open source works. The sky is the limit!

As of this writing there are approximately two Android phones activated per second. Because Android is offered on so many great phones, with many new ones to be launched soon, it won't be long before Android phones hold a greater market share than any other operating system on any other phone, including the iPhone, especially since the Android 2.2 Froyo release supports Adobe Flash, a sticking point with the iPhone and other cellphones. Android 2.2 Froyo is right now being rolled out to the Nexus One, and will soon be available for most other Android phones.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Effectiveness Of Mobile Applications For Businesses

Using mobile applications as a part of improving your business strategies is the newest thing in the business world. Everyone carries smartphones now, and they can be used as great tools in the working world. They can do just about anything, be it organizing meetings, important deadlines, great presentations and reports on the train during your morning commute, or updating an appointment as soon as you find out things need to be rescheduled.

There are many mobile platforms out there for which mobile application development is possible. If you’re looking into developing an app yourself or if you want to have one developed, you’ll want to consider which platforms and smartphones you want to work with. The smartphone refers to the hardware on which your application will run, be it the iPhone, a Blackberry, or one of other numerous phones that now support a complex mobile application.

The platforms are  on which you work refers to the operating system. If you’re interested in Blackberry application development, for instance, you’ll only be catering to those who carry Blackberries, rather than people who have phones that support Android, Google’s operating system.

Thus, if you wanted to create a Blackberry app, it would serve for any model of Blackberry phone that the company produces but it wouldn’t work on any other type of phone. If you’re interested in Blackberry application development to be able to create the apps that you want for your business or for business use in general, it’s free to get the emulator and tools you need to work with the Blackberry platform.

And the possibilities are endless! Many businesses create apps specific to their companies to be able to do things like report wirelessly to supervisors, to efficiently keep inventory with custom software, or to write up reports quickly and accurately while collecting data from the field.

Mobile applications are essential for efficient businesses in today’s high tech fast paced world because they keep you more organized and efficient than ever. You can schedule or update a meeting on the spot while out to lunch with clients, or send a project into work if you get stuck in traffic, so that it arrives on time even if you don’t.

The flexibility and versatility of mobile software is amazing. If you can dream it up, it can probably be developed into an application that will serve your business. You can keep important information and memos on hand and keep your work teams more closely knit and in reach of one another if all are communicating with the same business tools. You can also incorporate other phone tools such a cameras and voice and video recording capabilities to be able to record relevant information for creating a presentation or getting your work done.

Blackberry application development is a great tool for businesses and are a great solution for improving efficiency and communication among a company’s employees. It’s a smart technique for finding ways to make the flow of transactions go easier, and developing such apps is easy with the free tools most operating systems offer today. All it takes is a great idea to get started!

All brands need a presence on mobile platforms. mobile application development for Blackberry can help you interact with your audience. Now is the time to include mobile application development in your campaign.

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Exciting Opportunities In Android Application Development

Android application development has burst onto the scene at an opportune time, as users are demanding newer, better, faster and more advanced applications for their mobile phones, for functional reasons, as well as simply for entertainment. If you don’t know already, it is the latest and fastest growing platform for creating dynamic mobile phone software applications. Mobile software developers must keep pace with the demand, and they are doing that by integrating Android software into the process. The Android’s open-source platform allows for the development of never before seen applications, and at a fraction of the cost of other closed-source options.

Because Android application software is open-source, developers can do OS level customization at a fraction of the cost. The Android platform also provides support for Java development of mobile applications. Mobile phone software application developers have the ability to create third-party applications using Java and the Android framework.

The Android platform offers a wide variety of features to create inventive and cutting edge mobile apps. Technologies that send and receive data across mobile networks such as UMTS, as well as EDGE, GSM, Bluetooth, EV-DO, CDMA and WI-Fi, which are all features of the Android platform. Android includes a software development kit (SDK) that provides a wide range of tools and libraries for Android application development.

Android SDK includes some user-friendly core applications, like an e-mail client that is compatible with Gmail, an SMS program, a personal information management (PIM) program that includes a calendar and contact list, the Google Maps application, a web browser, a music player, a picture viewer, the Android Marketplace client so that you can download third-party applications, and the Amazon MP3 store client, which gives you the ability to purchase DRM free music.

Among mobile software development companies, Android application development has become a growing and thriving business. With an ever-increasing level of skill and expertise creating Android applications, developers have discovered that this format is ideal for providing their customers with the tools they need, while allowing their businesses to expand and grow. When you provide content and feature-rich solutions at a cost that is a fraction of other closed source technologies, both the client and the business win.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

ANDROID - its growing....its everywhere....



Android isn't just for cellphones anymore. Which means that there will come a day when Android is more important than the iPhone, more important than Windows, and more important than any one device.
Android is an open source operating system created by Google for primary use on smartphones, and is currently in use on many cellphones such as the Motorola Droid, the HTC Droid Eris, the HTC Hero, the HTC Desire, the MyTouch 3G Slide, and the Dell Streak.
Recently there's been a developer release of the Android operating system for use on the x86 archictecture, which will eventually allow Android to be ported to tablets, netbooks and even onto laptops and desktops, as well as onto many other devices, such as set-top boxes, video game systems, home control systems and other things not even thought of yet.
Android is written in Java on a modified version of the Linux kernel. Because of its open architecture, it's easy for developers to build applications to run on the Android operating system. Unlike the Apple closed architecture, with its draconian gatekeepers, anyone capable of coding can write an application to run on Android. And if Google's rules are followed, that application will be made available to all Android users.
What that means to you is that if you want your cellphone to do something it doesn't currently do, and there isn't an Android application that does it, you have the ability to contract with a developer to have an application built that will allow your cellphone to do exactly what you want, though there are also developer groups who, if the idea is a great one, may take your project on in exchange for the ability to put their name on it and offer servicing and customization of that application, which is the way open source works. The sky is the limit!
As of this writing there are approximately two Android phones activated per second. Because Android is offered on so many great phones, with many new ones to be launched soon, it won't be long before Android phones hold a greater market share than any other operating system on any other phone, including the iPhone, especially since the Android 2.2 Froyo release supports Adobe Flash, a sticking point with the iPhone and other cellphones. Android 2.2 Froyo is right now being rolled out to the Nexus One, and will soon be available for most other Android phones.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Google to Push Android Deeper into Asia

Google (GOOG) plans to push its Android mobile software in India and China, and is exploring ways for developers to make more money from applications, stepping up competition with Apple (AAPL) and Nokia (NOK).

To attract programmers to its Android operating system, Google may offer tools that help them sell subscriptions, virtual goods, and other items from within applications on mobile phones, Andy Rubin, vice-president of engineering at Google, says in an interview.

The company also aims to put its Android operating system on lower-priced phones made by Huawei Technologies (2049:TT) and LG Electronics (066570:KS) in parts of Asia and Europe, where it's taking on Nokia, the mobile market leader. "The down-market opportunity is about to happen," Rubin says. "It's actually quite a revolution."

Android is part of Google's strategy to get more of its software on mobile devices, creating new avenues to sell advertising—its main source of revenue. The total mobile-ad market will grow to $13.5 billion in 2013 from less than $1 billion last year, according to research firm Gartner (IT) in Stamford, Conn.
Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., lags behind Apple in mobile apps, which are a growing platform for ads and help attract consumers to devices. Android users have about 65,000 apps available, less than a third of the more than 200,000 Apple programs.

Android's Growth

Google is taking steps to accelerate Android's growth. Expanding in new markets such as Korea helped drive up the number of users who activated Android devices to 160,000 a day in June, from 100,000 in May, the company said. Sixty-nine percent of Android-based phones sold in the first quarter were in the U.S. "We are definitely in the hockey stick," said Rubin, referring to Android's growth pattern. Gartner predicts that Android will leapfrog Apple's operating system, iOS, by 2012 to become the world's second-most-popular mobile operating system behind Nokia-supported Symbian.
Google also is increasing incentives for app developers. It's exploring ways for programmers to make more money from their software, such as by making it easier to accept payments within the apps or sell subscriptions, Rubin said. That provides a way for consumers to purchase new game levels, virtual weapons, and monthly subscriptions to digital magazines. Apple added similar features to the iPhone in 2009.
Android developers mainly make money from ads placed within their apps or from one-time fees. That makes it harder for them to earn as much as their Apple counterparts. Of the $4.4 billion that consumers will spend on app downloads this year, Apple's App Store will receive at least 77 percent of the revenue, according to Futuresource Consulting in Dunstable, England. Android Market will collect 9 percent. Natalie Harrison, a spokeswoman for Cupertino (Calif.)-based Apple, didn't return a call seeking comment.
While businesses like eBay's (EBAY) PayPal already offer in-app payment tools for Android developers, dealing with multiple companies increases the complexity, Rubin says. Since starting its in-app payment tool on May 19, PayPal has had more than 1,000 developers download it, says Osama Bedier, a vice-president at PayPal. Most of the developers came from China.


Helping Handset Makers

Google is also helping handset makers like Huawei in China and LG in South Korea offer cheaper Android-based smartphones, Rubin said. Huawei, the biggest maker of wireless equipment for carriers in China, unveiled four Android phones and an Android-based tablet in February.
Smaller Chinese manufacturers, which make up about 10 percent of the global phone supply, are also adopting Android, seeking to gain share with lower-priced devices. Many of these manufacturers rely on Taiwan-based MediaTek, which supplies chips for ultra-cheap phones sold in Asia, Africa, and South America. The company has joined the Open Handset Alliance, the group that promotes Android, Google said. MediaTek-based devices may cost carriers as little as $70 apiece, said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Gartner. Today, the cheapest Android phones cost carriers about $200, while low-cost Symbian devices run about $170, she said.

As more lower-priced phones come to market, more carriers will offer the devices to consumers for free. That could boost the adoption of Android, especially in emerging markets like India and China. That adoption will give Android a leg up on Nokia. While the Espoo (Finland)-based company holds only a fraction of the U.S. market, it is the leading phone maker globally. "As Android develops, the main vendor who is going to feel the pressure is Nokia," Milanesi says.

In the first quarter, more than 41 percent of smartphones shipped worldwide were powered by Symbian, the software used on most Nokia handsets. Almost 16 percent used Apple's operating system and 10 percent ran Android, according to consulting firm ABI Research in Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Nokia says it has the brand and products to maintain its market share in Europe and Asia. "Nokia has developed locally relevant solutions that consist of affordable mobile phones and applications, designed and built from the ground up to meet the specific needs of customers in emerging markets," spokeswoman Laurie Armstrong says.

compiled from net.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

ARM vs MIPS


ARM and MIPS multi-threaded multi-core embedded processor technology analysis
Built in multi-core embedded device (including homogeneous or heterogeneous) and multi-threading technology, can indeed bring many benefits, especially to improve system performance in the most obvious.
Although RISC embedded technology more and more challenges, but in the past, embedded software resources to maintain compatibility with the premise, to improve its future applicability, and effectively improve the performance of the new system, it may well be good solution.
Multi-core or multi-threaded applications decided
Multi-threaded multi-core and on the performance of their help, but these technologies built-in performance and in fact there is no absolute relationship, the main cause of this reason is the application of environmental requirements. Mobile phone, for example, integrated in the SoC chip, although the phone are a part of multi-core architecture, but the phone is used in SoC chip multi-application processor, the integrated nature of the core is not entirely belong to the same structure, homogeneous multi-core in practical application of embedded system case is actually very small.
The multi-threaded processors in automotive electronics or embedded network environment plays an important role, but some manufacturers use several pieces of multi-threaded multi-core chips with both multi-threaded computing architecture, in other words, the two not simply choose sides only, based on the actual application requirements, with or develop their own has become the ultimate solution when many manufacturers face the problem of attitude. It also represents, in the choice of embedded systems infrastructure, the processor itself is only the application of an aspect of how the application will be required for maximum performance, the product must be in accordance with a variety of different considerations.
The technology is not just emotional dispute
Truly homogeneous multi-core architecture-ARM11 MPCore
Embedded multi-core application processor in this field, the current ARM-technology leader, although the company itself is not fab, but purely in the form of sale of the IP processor architecture, because positioning is correct, in just few years has made great market position, the world's most handheld devices are embedded ARM processor technology.
Their technology development process, early ARM7 architecture itself to meet some of the audio codec applications. The increase in 16-bit saturation operation instruction and improve the speed ARM9 core, not only work to complete the audio encoding and decoding, as well as about 80 MHz, 15 frames / second speed of the MPEG-4 QCIF (4 分之 1 CIF resolution) coding. In the ARM11 V6 instruction set architecture and SIMD instructions to increase speed, you can achieve VGA resolution H.264 encoding. Further to the latest 64-bit Cortex A8 with Neon SIMD architecture work with under the accelerator, you can complete 30 frame / sec MPEG-4 VGA encoding, ARM11 spent only half the cycle. In reality, the work requires about 300 MHz. To make these options more viable for users, ARM is developing a parallel compiler prototype, it can extract data parallelism, and use SIMD hardware to use it.
ARM11 MPCore structure diagram. (Www.inuxdevices.com)
ARM11 ARM11 MPCore but the core foundation in the composition, structure belongs to V6 command system. According to different application needs, MPCore can be configured as a 4-processor combinations, according to official said, about to reach its peak performance of 2600 Dhrystone MIPS level. MPCore is the standard homogeneous multi-core processors, MPCore is composed of four core processors based on the ARM11 architecture, due to the advantages of multi-core design is the same frequency in the case of the processor's performance be improved significantly, so expected in multitasking applications with good performance, which is very suitable for the future of home consumer electronics needs. For example, the top box recording several TV channels at the same time, can also watch digital video on demand via the Internet program, car navigation systems provide navigation functionality in the same time, there is still spare capacity to the rear seat passengers can play all kinds of video entertainment streaming.
In such applications, the multi-core structure of the embedded processor able to demonstrate strong performance advantage. According to the original data, MPCore multiprocessor supports up to 4 shared cache structure of the symmetric multi-processor (four-way cache coherent symmetric multiprocessing, SMP), or 4-way asymmetric multi-processor (four-way asymmetric multiprocessing , AMP) and 4 both symmetric / asymmetric hybrid multi-processor systems. The high flexibility of its design, in theory, designed to meet a variety of interdisciplinary applications of computing performance, flexibility needs to ensure the responsiveness of the system available to art or data throughput.
But ARM11 MPCore early 2004, has been released in 2005, formally joined the licensing business, so far, using the processor's products focus on home appliances and automotive electronics, but the number is not much, is the industry's computing power for the processor demand has not yet appeared? It is understood that in the automotive electronics, automotive applications of microprocessors have become increasingly demanding, but also the last single-core is basically to meet the general car use, but as more and more electronic aids integrated into the car , during which the work required to deal with more and more complicated, and has far exceeded the traditional automotive microcontroller affordable level, it can be expected that the next few years should be more and more car manufacturers to use similar multi- core architecture to achieve a reasonable system response speed.
The applications in the appliance, in fact, need to use such a complex core of few products in the most widely used audio and video products, in fact, most manufacturers are using dedicated hardware decoding circuit or the DSP for encoding and decoding of the action, direct multi-core processor for encoding and decoding efficiency action in fact is not obvious. In mobile applications, in fact, power is still the most mobile vendors focusing, even ARM11 MPCore multi-core to achieve low power consumption simultaneously, but still can not single-core versions, the visibility in the mobile applications not high. But with the Intel implementation of MID (Mobile Internet Device), a similar product is expected to become a great opportunity for ARM11 MPCore architecture, because even the next generation of 45nm products Stealey Silverthorne, its power is still five times higher than MPCore above (plus The total power consumption on the chipset), and only single-core architecture, flexibility in the application is obviously not as good as MPCore architecture, but there is one point worth noting is that, Silverthorne smuggle a large amount of X86 software resources, ARM and other RISC-based system processor, placing him in this regard to be significantly below the wind.
In the RISC-based MID products category, you can also consider the latest ARM processor architecture, that is, Cortex-A8, the new ARM v7 processor based system, and integrates a 64-bit DSP processing unit, for streaming applications possesses excellent acceleration, making it ideal for handheld devices like MID of multimedia and even gaming applications. Strictly speaking, Cortex-A8 can also be regarded as one of multi-core system, but its structure and core MPCore different kind of homogeneity, instead of using a general-purpose processor core, and made with a heterogeneous multi-core DSP core processor, I believe this to the Texas Instruments ARM application processors draw a lot of development experience.
Cortex-A8 structure diagram. ( www.arm.com )
In fact, NOKIA's N770/N800 it already has all the features of the MID, and more compact size, but unfortunately, with the original 1500mAh rechargeable battery, the continued use of the time only 3.5 hours, and general market not far from the UMPC products, less the Intel MID products, systems using ARM processor (N800 based ARM1136J (F)-S core, the i.MX31 applications processor) power advantage has not been highlighted in this out, but standby time to be slightly longer than the MID.
Adhere to multi-threaded MIPS line
May be regarded as an emotional issue, MIPS and ARM insist on the implementation of different technology strategies, ARM Development Multi Processor (MP, multi-processor core), and MIPS are to Multi Thread (MT, multi-threaded) to develop, on the application of concepts point of view, MP and MT technology, both committed to improving the overall performance of the processor, both of which can reduce any current software application thread processing time. But neither of these techniques use different hardware architecture to reduce processing time, so for any specific software program code for, MP and MT on processor performance improvement with a different degree.
But it will cause such a result, in fact, 2 IP, R & D concepts are very connected. As MT technology focused on the processing unit, memory controller, effective use, to save the maximum extent possible the use of transistors, and this premise up to enhance performance, which the MP architecture, the number of system performance requirements, on the copy How many core chips into a completely different approach in the waste, MP can get a more comprehensive breadth of application, but is a bit extravagant, compared, MT in terms of cost and performance balance performance is wiser to some.
Many people compare the MP and MT, and to some extent, such a comparison is actually not much sense, because the basic design concept has been poles apart, on the use of the natural structure can not be generalized. Technically, in order to achieve multi-processing hardware, software optimized for both the complexity in fact the same than the more complex single-core architecture to many, but in order to avoid processing unit and memory controller on the conflict in resource allocation , MT structure may be much more complicated, but the MP framework to some extent, in fact, will face the same problems (especially shared cache and memory controller, multi-core architecture). Both in the command level, or thread-level multi-task, with the traditional single-core single-threaded programs written in a way the best method with different creature.
The MT architecture in general, a single processor core in the computing process, often have memory access speed can not keep up the problem of increasing the processor frequency, which led to the cache miss (miss), the formation of long-idle execution pipeline situation, we all know, a system storage unit, to belong to the fastest processor in the buffer, followed by the L1 cache, L2 cache, the last is the main memory, the speed difference of up to thousands of times more than the processor to obtain instructions or data, must first be extracted from the cache, stored in a buffer in the operation, the final results to come back to the cache memory, and fill in the idle back to main memory when processing given access to the cache device needs only to find the required data is not in cache, which is an enormous amount of time must be spent to find and read the main memory, during this time may be wasted dozens of high frequency cycle, the data processing pipeline to fill the waiting time to form the idle state.
If the concept of multi-threaded processing, timely to pull over to other threads have been created to fill the idle state, its rate of growth is very obvious even to the point, although not doubled, but from 20% to 40% are likely to . In achieving this purpose, an increase in the number of transistors in only about 15% of the level can be, If the same general structure of single-core processors in dual-core performance for the change of growth of about 40% to 70% of the degree, and almost doubled the number of transistors the situation, the MIPS MT can be seen how efficient the technology. But the MT technology a serious drawback, it is the work of multi-threaded processing, context switching is too frequent (context switch) will likely cause significant performance loss.
MIPS 74K processor schematic. (Www.mips.com)
MIPS Technologies, Inc. has a large product line, which are single-threaded 24K and 74K series, and multi-threaded 34K series. 74K just published in June this year, the 65nm process, its operation frequency has gone beyond 1GHz, using general-purpose processor with a DSP core design, but the overall performance and power consumption performance was slightly worse than a similar architecture ARM Cortex-A8. Multi-threaded processor, the protagonist-34K range, the processor core can set one or two virtual processing elements (VPE) and up to 5 thread context (TC), can be configured to provide sufficient flexibility. But talk white, in fact, two VPE approach is to simulate the single-core Core 2, so that 34K core to execute two separate operating systems, or a two-way symmetric multi-processor operating system.
MIPS32 34Kc core using 90nm technology, the worst operating conditions the frequency of 500MHz. Core size is 2.1mm2, while the core part of the power consumption of 0.56mW/MHz @ 1.0V . The series core contains a total of 34Kc, 34Kf, 34Kc Pro and 34Kf Pro. The core is fully compatible with the IEEE 754 specification of the hardware floating-point processor. One 34Kc Pro and 34Kf Pro core with CorExtend feature that allows SoC designers themselves amplified instructions.
MIPS 34K processor schematic. (Www.mips.com)
According to MIPS own estimates, with the same family of products compared to up 24K, 34K, and in VPE 2 2 TC's configuration settings under the performance can be improved to exceed 60% of 24K processor, chip area roughly increased by 14%, and because the multi-threading errors caused by the cache ratio from 4.41% to 5.16%, be considered within the acceptable range.
However, compared with single-core 74K up, 34K but also does not apply to networks or multimedia streaming intensive computing environments, while the increase in VPE and TC cells, the same will increase the chip area. Although the MT to technical limitations, it is not suitable for multimedia encoding and decoding applications, but in automotive electronics, manufacturers have been successfully formed using two 34K-processor dual-core multi-threaded processors, and provides very good execution performance, there are successful precedents for this, we can predict the future there will be more with MIPS multi-core and multi-threaded solution there, but way, the deployment cost advantages but also how much is left, provided by the program makers on the worrying to it.
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Friday, May 21, 2010

Tasks in Home Automation


HVAC
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) solutions include temperature and humidity control. This is generally one of the most important aspects to a homeowner. An Internet-controlled thermostat, for example, can both save money and help the environment, by allowing the homeowner to control the building's heating and air conditioning systems remotely.

Lighting
Lighting control systems can be used to control household electric lights in a variety of ways:
  • Extinguish all the lights of the house
  • Replace manual switching with Automation of on and off signals for any or all lights
  • Regulation of electric illumination levels according to the level of ambient light available
  • Change the ambient colour of lighting via control of LEDs or electronic dimmers
Natural lighting
Natural lighting control involves controlling window shades, LCD shades, draperies and awnings. Recent advances include use of RF technology to avoid wiring to switches and integration with third party home automation systems for centralized control.

Audio
This category includes audio switching and distribution. Audio switching determines the selection of an audio source. Audio distribution allows an audio source to be heard in one or more rooms. This feature is often referred to as 'multi-zone' audio.
  • There are three major components that allow listen to audio throughout your home, or business:
    • CAT 5e/ CAT6 cable from a central audio unit.
    • A keypad to control volume and sources.
    • 2 sets of speaker cabling (4ply from amplifier, and 2 ply from key pad to the speakers).
Video
This includes video switching and distribution, allowing a video source to be viewed on multiple TVs. This feature is often referred to as 'multi-zone' video.
Integration of the intercom to the telephone, or of the video door entry system to the television set, allowing the residents to view the door camera automatically.

Security
Control and integration of security systems.
With Home Automation, the consumer can select and watch cameras live from an Internet source to their home or business. Security cameras can be controlled, allowing the user to observe activity around a house or business right from a Monitor or touch panel. Security systems can include motion sensors that will detect any kind of unauthorized movement and notify the user through the security system or via cell phone.
This category also includes control and distribution of security cameras.
  • Detection of possible intrusion
    • sensors of detection of movement
    • sensors of magnetic contact of door/window
    • sensors of glass breaking
    • sensors of pressure changes
  • Simulation of presence.
  • Detection of fire, gas leaks, water leaks (see fire alarm and gas alarm)
  • Medical alert. Teleassistance.
  • Precise and safe closing of blinds.
Intercoms
An intercom system allows communication via a microphone and loud speaker between multiple rooms.
  • Ubiquity in the external control as much internal, remote control from the InternetPCwirelesscontrols (p.ej. PDA with WiFi), electrical equipment.
  • Transmission of alarms.
  • Intercommunications.
Robotics
  • Control of home robots, using if necessary domotic electric beacon.
  • Home robot communication (i.e. using WiFi) with the domotic network and other home robots.
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

VIA solutions on Digital Home Solutions..

I was casually discussing with a senior executive from VIA and the info I got from him was quite good.

As the widespread usage of consumer electronics and information technology increases, demand is driving the evolution of technology for the home in areas including Internet connection, storage, software, applications, operating systems, and hardware platforms. These networked technologies make home entertainment, security surveillance, and automation control easier, and enable the convenient sharing of resources with the whole household.


VIA employs its expertise in x86 computing technologies, digital media processing, networking and connections to operate in digital home and poises itself to take advantage of what promises to be a hot division in embedded computing. VIA's digital home solution is based on the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) standard that facilitates managing and accessing digital media on a network. In addition, VIA offers a convenient set of software tools (VIA Future Life SDK and API) that can be quickly integrated with third party applications.

Staying eco-friendly is VIA's long-lasting policy. VIA converges the PC technologies for digital home solutions, while providing an enhanced digital home experience that is power-efficient, carbon free, and lead free.

Most of the vendors are empahsising on GO GREEN...


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Adobe FlashLite 4.0 overview

Here is the link for Adobe FlashLite 4.0 overview. This is much improved than the previous version.

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Home automation

Home automation designates an emerging practice of increased automation of household appliances and features in residential dwellings, particularly through electronic means that allow for things impracticable, overly expensive or simply not possible in recent past decades.

The term may be used in contrast to the more mainstream "building automation", which refers to industrial uses of similar technology, particularly the automatic or semi-automatic control of lighting, doors and windows, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, and security and surveillance systems.
The techniques employed in home automation include those in building automation as well as the control of home entertainment systems, houseplant watering, pet feeding, changing the ambiance "scenes" for different events (such as dinners or parties), and the use of domestic robots.

Typically, it is easier to more fully outfit a house during construction due to the accessibility of the walls, outlets, and storage rooms, and the ability to make design changes specifically to accommodate certain technologies. Wireless systems are commonly installed when outfitting a pre-existing house, as they obviate the need to make major structural changes. These communicate via radio or infrared signals with a central controller.

Introduction to Digital Home

Digital home refers to a residence with devices that are connected through a computer network. A digital home has a network consumer electronics, mobile, and PC devices that cooperate transparently and simplify usability in the home. All computing devices and home appliances conform to the same standard system in a digital home so that everything can be controlled by a computer. Network sockets are installed in every room like AC power receptacles.

Digital home product companies provide hardware and software, as well as connectivity and supporting technologies, that enable digital content – including music, photos, and video – to be distributed on multiple devices in the home and beyond.

The companies provide a broad range of building blocks for digital home solutions, including chips, reference designs, and software for media center PCs, set-top boxes, digital media adapters, portable media players, and handheld devices.

All the home appliances would include network or peripheral connectivity, such as a USB port, a wired network interface, or a wireless port (i.e. Wi-Fi).