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  • A Better Mobile POS

    A Better Mobile POS with Empathy and Lattice

    Posted 6/20/2017 by Yoshihiro Nakamura, Director of Device Development at Empathy

    Portable, battery powered Point of Sale/Service (POS) devices were originally only used by delivery truck drivers. However, today’s fast-paced lifestyle and an ever-increasing focus on customer satisfaction have driven the proliferation of mobile POS devices into the hands of retail workers, restaurant servers, rental car agents, and many others. These new systems allow businesses to checkout customers whenever they are ready, wherever they are. These unique use cases created a new set of...

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  • Video Quality

    Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Video Quality

    Posted 6/6/2017 by Peiju Chiang

    When it comes to viewing a video, how do you decide which quality is best? Thanks to relentless marketing, most people would probably think that 8K is the way to go. After all, when it comes to video quality, the higher the resolution the better quality, right? Actually, that is not always the case. While resolution certainly does matter, video quality is actually the combination of a number of factors. Everything from the refresh rate of the screen to the compression applied, all will affect the final quality of the video.

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  • Machine Learning

    Enabling Machine Learning at the Edge

    Posted 5/23/2017 by Juju Joyce

    What excites me about technology is its prospects for making human life better. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning and Deep Learning hold a lot of promise to do just that, if done in a sensible way.

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  • Power Management using a Control PLD with on-chip ADC

    Power Management using a Control PLD with on-chip ADC

    Posted 5/9/2017 by Shyam Chandra

    In our 5th post, we will look at one final attempt to develop an efficient power management solution for a modern circuit board. In this model we have come full circle. The control PLD is back in charge of all power management functions.

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  • Lattice Diamond 3.9

    Lattice Diamond 3.9 - Improving IP Security, Power and Hardware Management

    Posted 4/25/2017 by Choon-Hoe Yeoh

    We kicked off 2017 with the release of Lattice Diamond 3.9, focusing on improving several areas for your FPGA designs, such as the IP RTL encryption productivity and power aware design flow, as well as increased ASC device support coverage.

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  • A “Snappy” Solution for Video Docking

    A “Snappy” Solution for Video Docking

    Posted 4/11/2017 by Neil Bullock

    Lattice’s SiBEAM Technology Group has developed SiBEAM Snap, a revolutionary wireless connection technology that delivers USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s) data over a short wireless link. It replaces the USB connector and cable. But it can’t deliver video, can it? Oh yes, it can! Let’s explore how video is traditionally delivered today and how audio, video and data can all be delivered over a Snap wireless connection. Video over USB The Universal Serial Bus is truly universal in consumer elec...

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  • On the Bright Side: How HDR Enriches Our Viewing Experience

    On the Bright Side: How HDR Enriches Our Viewing Experience

    Posted 3/28/2017 by Marshall Goldberg

    When Hollywood content providers contemplated the upgrade from 1080p to 4K video content, they carefully studied whether consumers would see a visible difference in 4K motion video. Even though a 4K television displays four times more pixels than 1080p, and fluid video at far viewing distances is one of the inherent benefits, this is not always an advantage with big screen displays in typical living rooms where viewing distances are shorter.

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  • Simplify Multi-Camera Designs with CrossLink

    Simplify Multi-Camera Designs with CrossLink

    Posted 3/14/2017 by Tom Watzka

    CSI-2 cameras are a hot commodity. Driven by new regulations requiring backup cameras on new cars and continual improvements in camera-based Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) functions, the global vehicle camera market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11 percent between 2015 and 2020. Growth in the camera market is also driven by the rapidly escalating use of drones, which market research firm Radiant Insights expects to jump from $2B in 2016 to over $21B by 2022.

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  • When Less is More: How Signal Aggregation Can Simplify Your Design

    When Less is More: How Signal Aggregation Can Simplify Your Design

    Posted 2/28/2017 by Abdullah Raouf

    It’s tough being a mobile designer. Whenever new and exciting functionalities are identified, it is up to them to figure out how to implement those new elements into an already “crowded” design. Take a smartphone and new always-on monitoring functionality, for example. Every sensor the designer adds to support always-on monitoring and context awareness must continuously send data to the applications processor (AP).

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  • Power Management through PMBus and Control PLD

    Power Management through PMBus and Control PLD

    Posted 2/14/2017 by Shyam Chandra

    Our previous post covered a hybrid architecture, where the control PLD was splitting the power management responsibilities with a dedicated power manager IC. This next option is used by some designs to replace the dedicated power manager IC with a software driven MCU.

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