Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

November 11, 2015, ARM TechCon, Santa Clara, CA–Mike Assenti from Dolby Laboratories talked about the energy consumed in audio processing tasks. He provided definitions and basic techniques for taking power measurements in smaller devices. The growing number of apps for audio functions in mobile devices is a clear indicator of user desire for better audio. [...]

November 10, 2015, ARM TechCon, Santa Clara, CA—Mike Muller CTO from ARM talked about the changes in semiconductors over the past 25 years. Not only has transistor density increased according to Moore’s law, but so have functionality and capabilities. The change have also gone into other categories, like data discs. A CD has row and [...]

September 22, 2015, SNIA Storage Developer Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Andy Rudoff from Intel and the SNIA NVM programming TWG spoke about the coming changes in non-volatile memory programming models. The emergence of a new class of non-volatile memory will blur the definitions of memory and storage and bring about many changes in computer architectures. The [...]

August 11, 2015, Siggraph, Los Angeles—Tim Foley from Nvidia provided an overview of the latest generation of APIs for graphics work on various platforms. These new APIs are emerging as systems become performance and power limited. The new generation of APIs include Vulkan, D3D12 (or DX12) and Metal. The rationale for the new languages is [...]

June 2, 2015, Society for Information Display Symposium, San Jose, CA—Engineers from Intel explained their work on RGB-D cameras that operate at over 30 fps. By synchronizing and combining registration of the visible and IR depth information, they enable new apps and user experiences. The underlying technology is similar to that in the Microsoft Kinect. [...]

June 3, 2015, SID, San Jose, E Ink, noted for their monochromatic electrophoretic e-paper products has added a yellow color to its Spectra line of products. Now they can produce displays that show black, white, and either red or yellow. The primary focus for the new technology is for retail shelf displays. The are a [...]

May 21, 2015, Imagination Summit, Santa Clara, CA—Omid Tahemia from Ikanos Communications talked about the challenges related to in-home connectivity. The growing complexity in apps and technology is causing the platforms to stutter. The diversity of apps makes the installation and integration of new devices and their controlling apps somewhat less than simple plug and [...]

April 20, 2015, International Association of Privacy Professionals, San Francisco—Jeff Northrop talked about the growing importance of privacy within the framework of today’s culture of openness. The changing requirements have created a need for better design oversight on privacy issues before release of the latest app. Privacy issues are growing with many responses. The EU [...]

April 8, 2015, Data Storage Innovation Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Eric Burgener from IDC talked about the directions and changes in the flash markets, with emphasis on flash-based arrays. The constant drivers are for bigger, faster, and cheaper for all devices. The all flash market is becoming the third compute platform. Many systems are changing into [...]

May 28, 2914, Augmented World Expo, Santa Clara, CA—We talked with Anna Jen from Epson about their latest Moverio BT-200 head-mounted displays. These binocular eyeglass-style displays have a number of features to enable numerous AR and display functions. The glasses are clear and have stereo imagers for AR capabilities. The coaxial displays are mounted within [...]