Thursday, April 24th, 2014

March 25, 2014, GPU Technology Conference, San Jose, CA—Mike Romey from ZOIC Studios described their implementation of a virtual production pipeline. The ZEUS (Zoic environmental universal system) has many functions such as tracking monitors for the rigged cameras and other equipment, real-time render for actors on green screens, previsualization, markup, etc. for work on virtual [...]

November 20, 2013, Printed Electronics Show, Santa Clara, CA—Karl Willis from Autodesk talked about creating new forms of displays and combining optics and electronics with 3-D printers. The goal is customized objects from fully printed devices. In collaboration with Disney, they developed new form factors for displays, sensors, and illumination. Light pipes inside a 3-D [...]

October 24, 2013, Robo Business, Santa Clara, CA—Dan Kara from Myria RAS looked at the various components that comprise a robotics system to develop a sense of the industry growth. The high fragmentation and emerging technologies adversely affects the reporting functions. Now, robotics seem to have a wide range of capabilities from specialized and dedicated [...]

September 23, 2013, Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, San Jose, CA—Mark Horowitz from Stanford described the steps needed to increase analog design reuse and facilitate greater design automation. As ICs grew from simple SSI chips to today’s SoCs, the tools for digital design enabled much higher levels of abstraction, which allowed for greater automation and design [...]

September 11, 2013, Intel Developers Forum, San Francisco—The SCSI Trade Association is updating their specifications to match the performance of SSDs in the storage systems. The multiple layers of storage can all communicate over a single protocol over the various transport layers. The SAS spec now supports 12Gbps and 1.2M IOPS to allow for the [...]

August 26, 2013, Hot Chips Conference, Stanford, CA—Prakash Iyer from Intel presented the internal details of the latest Atom processor. Clovertrail+ is a dual core processor manufactured in a 32nm high-k, metal gate process and is directed towards phones and tablets. The 32-bit machine has integrated memory controller, graphics subsystems, GPU, various encoders and decoders, [...]

July 11, 2013, Motion Tracking Developers’ Conference, San Francisco—Jean-Christophe Eloy from Yole Development presented the trends in MEMS and their applications. The mobile space and many consumer devices are now including MEMS. The mobile space, while requiring a full set of sensors, is looking for greater differentiation in their products. This push is driving the [...]

July 11, 2013, Motion Tracking Developers’ Conference, San Francisco—Behrooz Abdi from Invensense the efforts and innovation needed to scale and integrate full platforms for our daily lives. The move towards motion tracking differs from simple motion sensing in requirements for accuracy and stability. The motion sensing market is growing with many more apps becoming available. [...]

July 9, 2013, Semicon West, San Francisco—Laurent Malier from Leti offered a view of the next decade and the drivers for technology. Semiconductors will be more important in the future as everything will have some electronics embedded within. The big drivers will be in the areas of enegy, health and well being, mobility and communications, [...]

June 5, 2013, Augmented World Expo, Santa Clara, CA—The AR infrastructure needs to move to standards and open platforms to become as recognized and used as USB. Christine Perey from Perey Consultants moderated a panel of people working on those standards. Panelists were Rob Manson from ARStandards.org, Neil Trevett from Khronos, and Martin Lechner from [...]