Friday, August 22nd, 2014

June 2014 – The 51st Design Automation Conference was held in San Francisco this year. While the exhibit floor was filled with light crowds and lots of open space that used to be filled with exhibitors, the sessions were full, lively and covering a large number of timely issues. The show, while moving to systems [...]

June 17, 2014, SMPTE Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age Conference, Stanford, CA—A panel addressed the issues and challenges in developing transmedia for stories. Roland Angst from Stanford opened the session with an overview of the various display modes and their impact on media. The goal of an immersive feel and interactivity on multiple platforms [...]

May 29, 2014, Embedded Vision Summit, Santa Clara, CA—The Embedded Vision Alliance is working to address the growing capability of the computers in embedded systems, which allow more systems to use visual functions. The various challenges highlighted at this conference are associated with complementing embedded systems with visual capabilities. Adding vision to a system is [...]

June 2014, Santa Clara, CA—Deepak Das from VisualOn provided background on the company and their products. They started with software codecs for device manufacturers and ODMs, focusing on H.264 type software. As mobile devices became media platforms, they found that the platforms were becoming highly fragmented across the devices and in the number of protocols [...]

May 8, 2014, NeuroGaming Conference, San Francisco—A panel moderated by Zack Lynch discussed the newer technologies being applied to gaming platforms. Panelists included Amy Kruse from Intific, Joe Hardy from Lumosity, James Thompson from Evoke, and Reidar Wesenius from BRIIM. Increasing engagement and effectiveness? Hardy offered that games need engagement to unlock the brain plasticity, [...]

May 8, 2014, Neurogaming Conference, San Francisco—Casey Lynch from NeuroInsights moderated a panel on games that are impacting therapeutic developments and changing the games. Panel members were Eddie Martucci from Akili Interactive, Sheryl Flynn from Blue Marble Game Company, Corey McCann from Pear Therapeutics, and Tej Tadi from MindMaze. Convergence of all devices and software? [...]

May 2014, The SIIA Maximize conference took place on May 20-22 and acted as the host event for the the annual CODiE AWARDS. At the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, Rhianna Collier, VP of Software Division, SIIA announced the finalists and winners. The awards were announced at a gala dinner by prior award winners and [...]

May 7, 2014, Internet of Things Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Tareq Bustami from Freescale Semiconductor described the convergence of networking technologies for IoT. The changes in architectures and technologies will allow data to move across many platforms and communications networks with minimal friction. The IoT can be shown to be associated with many network concepts from [...]

May 7, 2014, Internet of Things Developers Conference, Santa Calara, CA—Kin-Yip Liu from Cavium talked about the bigger industry drivers for semiconductors. Of course, performance and power are at the top of the list, but integrated functionality is starting to matter. For example, in security functions, new issues are for transactions and access authorizations, especially [...]

April 29, 2014, Ethernet Technology Summit, Santa Clara, CA—Gilles Garcia from Xilinx presented a case for a highly flexible infrastructure to meet the requirements for 400G. Ethernet services in the future. The number of system-level unknowns is the biggest driver. IP traffic is expected to increase by an order of magnitude in the next four [...]