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January 2004

ATCA

ATCA: A Practical Perspective

Advanced Telecommunications Com-puting Architecture, known as ATCA, is a new system form-factor defined by the PCI Industrial Computers Manufacturers Group (PICMG) and was created witRead More...

Dynamic Duo: ATCA and AMC

Although the communications market has suffered big over the past few years, telecom is still a killer app, with a long-term outlook for growth and prosperity. Still, the downturn hurRead More...

Configurable Computing

Configurable Processors: Ready for Prime Time

Configurable processors first appeared in the late 1990s with the promise that they would change the design and development of systems-on-chip (SoCs). The fundamental premise was a meRead More...

System-Level Design Using FPGAs and DSPs: An Example Showing Software-Defined Radio

Signal processing has traditionally been the realm of DSP processors (for low sample rate applications) and ASICs (for high sample rates). Recently the FPGA has emerged as an alternatRead More...

Five Killer Technologies

Five Killer Technologies for 2004

What is it about journalists and marketing types who like to use the word “killer” to indicate that something is important, significant, “cool?” Is it like that Read More...

PCI Express

Navigating the Intricacies of PCI Express Development

Parallel bus architectures have traditionally been the most common way to send digital signals around a system—until now. In an effort to provide more bandwidth, I/O interface bRead More...

Real-Time Java

Definition and Standardization Move Java into Mission-Critical Applications

As the complexity of embedded systems evolves, real-time Java has come to play a more central role in large-scale applications that demand higher levels of abstraction, portabilitRead More...

Real-Time Java Moving Into the Mainstream

Since 1999, engineers from a variety of industries, vendors and government labs have spent a lot of energy creating ways to implement programs that could circumnavigate Java’Read More...

Wireless Connectivity

ZigBee Standard Gaining Acceptance

Over the last decade, wireless functionality has penetrated consumers lives due to the convenience that wireless products provide and the standardization that led to rapidly falling pRead More...

Wireless Meltdown: Band Interleaving May Save the Day

Imagine trying to make a cell phone call only to find the line busy because dinner is cooking in the microwave oven. Stranger things have happened. And surprisingly, this scenario is Read More...