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Tech show to highlight video, signal processing

Posted: 21 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:eda and test? eda&t? embedded systems conference?

With growing performance demands in digital consumer applications, the future of video design and tomorrow's signal-processing climate will share the limelight at the 13th EDA and Test (EDA&T) Conference and Exhibition and the 5th Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in Taipei, Taiwan, July 27-28.

Companies will deliver solutions specific to the video design, taking into account standards such as MPEG-2/4, H.264 and VC-1. The embedded systems forum aims to shed light on various technology and market trends that embrace video applications, ranging from cellphones to in-car multimedia systems and HDTVs.

STMicroelectronics will tackle the need to support various video formats and meet digital rights management requirements. The company will introduce a media processor architecture and standardized software with an eye on cost-efficient solutions.

Faraday Technology Corp. will likewise introduce a scalable, multicodec architecture to answer frame rate and resolution demands in diverse bandwidths and video stream formats. MontaVista Software, meanwhile, will examine the role of combining CPU capabilities, system software and middleware to achieve design goals with limited resources, and focus on the Linux 2.6's enhanced multimedia FPGA fabric.

The embedded systems forum will underscore evolving signal-processing requirements and how they will affect processors, development tools and software components, thus stressing the trade-offs in using DSPs, general-purpose processors, FPGAs and hybrid processor options.

Broadcom Corp. will thrash out the use of multicore processors, caches, memory controllers and I/O interfaces in a chip that aims to increase SoC performance, particularly in networking, enterprise storage, wireless and high-performance computing segments. MIPS Technologies Inc. is going to present RISC/DSP functionalities that boost system performance while reducing SoC die area, cost and power consumption. Xilinx Inc. will describe how FPGAs with embedded cores can fill the performance gap between algorithms and processors.

ARM Ltd will feature its data engine technology fortified with programmable VLIW type architecture that targets high-performance embedded signal processing applications. This will benefit the designer's program and expand the type and numbers of its data path resource units. ARM will team up with audio encoding/decoding tech supplier Espico to bring the embedded signal data engine solution to OEMs.

At least 3,000 attendees graced last year's EDA&T/ESC joint conference, the majority of which focused on ASIC design. Global Sources and CMP Media are the joint organizers of the event.

- Reden Mateo

Electronic Engineering Times-Asia

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