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Welcome to the foremost industry blog covering current issues in Digital Video and Audio, Embedded Devices and Mobile and Set Top Apps. You'll also find specific information on a wide range of other issues including hardware and software/firmware design; and video, mobile application and signal processing technologies. We cover a wide range of industries including security, cable/satellite, enterprise video, oil and gas, law enforcement, smartphone, defense and communications, among others.

Straddling the Boundary of Free and Proprietary Software

July 9th, 2014 by Dave Beal
Dave Beal

Cardinal Peak is currently developing an embedded product for a customer whose business is innovative lighting products. We have chosen to base the embedded system on Linux, because it includes a wealth of infrastructure, it is open source and royalty […]

What Does the Aereo Decision Mean for Innovation?

June 26th, 2014 by Howdy Pierce
Howdy Pierce

I was interviewed by Xconomy today in a piece entitled ‘Could Fallout from Aereo Ruling Have “Chilling Effect On Startups”? ’ Here’s a little more analysis than what was covered in the Xconomy article. The question of how the decision […]

Why Sample Size and Random Sampling Matters

June 5th, 2014 by Mike Perkins
Mike Perkins

Recently we tweeted an interesting article on big data, from the Financial Times. The author’s key point is that sampling bias and sampling error are possible even with large data sets. As illustration, the author discusses a classic case where […]

The IoT Ahead

May 16th, 2014 by Matt Osminer
Matt Osminer

I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the EE Live Internet-of-Things conference in San Jose last month. Since then, I’ve been reflecting on some of the bleeding edge technical concepts that were discussed there. It occurs to me […]

IoT Comms Software Is Hard

April 24th, 2014 by Matt Osminer
Matt Osminer

I’ve got a new blog post up at EE Times, talking about how to architect the network communications protocols for Internet-of-Things devices: Crafting a communications software stack tailored to the needs of your Internet of Things design is crucial — […]

On the Importance of Hiring Excellence

April 16th, 2014 by Mike Perkins
Mike Perkins

I came across the article “Why the ‘Next Silicon Valley’ is Always Silicon Valley” during my lunchtime reading today and found it really interesting. I would summarize it—obviously not justly!—as follows: Excellence is a snowball rolling down hill. Excellence attracts more […]

Heartbleed Wasn’t a Single Bug

April 14th, 2014 by Ben Mesander
Ben Mesander

The heartbleed bug in OpenSSL has been all over the news. XKCD perhaps had the most succinct explanation. I’d like to take a deeper look at this bug and the process that allowed it to be created. Catastrophic failures are […]

Do Something Hard

April 2nd, 2014 by Howdy Pierce
Howdy Pierce

We have recently had several prospective customers approach us who are self-funded startups. Each of these customers was hoping we could help them develop an embedded product to the point where it could be sold on Kickstarter. And each of […]

Choosing the Correct Video Sampling Format

April 1st, 2014 by Mike Perkins
Mike Perkins

We’re a little late in posting this, but I wrote a blog entry for EDN last week that discusses how to choose the correct video sampling format.  An excerpt:  To process signals digitally, they must first be sampled and quantized. […]

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Big Data, Probability, and Birthdays: Part 2 of 2

March 24th, 2014 by Mike Perkins
Mike Perkins

In Part One of this blog post I discussed how to state an experiment in the form of probability spaces. Determining the sample space and the event space is necessary to be able to talk intelligently about probability measures, which […]

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