With TI, Hard Is Good Texas Instruments DaVinci™ series offers a range of processors optimized for digital video processing. Although not appropriate for broadcast video, they are well suited for a number of other video applications. TI offers evaluation modules (EVMs), software development kits (SDKs) and reference DVR design kits (RDKs) that allow a company to jumpstart its development effort…. View Article
Google Is Feeling Creepy When you enable location access, Android says Allow Google’s location service to collect anonymous location data. Some data may be stored on your device. Collection may occur even when no apps are running. This seems both fair and harmless, so I didn’t think too much about it. But it turns out to be a little creepier than you might think.
I Wish More Engineers Could Write Over a year ago, a computer science faculty member asked me what skills I wished CS programs would teach their graduates. I’m sure he expected a response along the lines of “teach Node.js” or “teach more networking” or “teach operating system theory.” (And for the record, I do think they should teach those topics.) It’s… View Article
Beating Your Internal Estimate Recently, we’ve had two potential customers say to us, in so many words, “My internal engineering team has estimated this project to take X months, and I think that’s too long — can you do it faster?” There are two ways to interpret this…
TI’s Video SoC Dilemma We’ve had the pleasure to work with Texas Instruments’ high-end video processor families (DM8168 and DM8148) over the past few years on a number of different projects. These are highly integrated Systems-on-Chip (SoC) that contain many independent subsystems such as an ARM Cortex CPU, a DSP, video compression/decompression engines, a 3D graphics accelerator, and a… View Article
My Threads Question If we interview you here at Cardinal Peak, we’re going to assume you’re competent to use Google, and we’ll give you the benefit of the doubt that you can look up answers to weird corner cases. What we really want to know is how deeply you understand how a computer works.
Keep That Product Simple! When it comes to bringing a brand new product to market, keep it simple. The important thing is to get to market quickly, with low development costs, and get feedback from your customers about how to make the product better.
The Future of Clutter If you’re looking to predict what technologies will be obsolete soon, visiting the Kodak booth at CES is not a bad place to start. I came to this realization as I was watching a demo from one of Kodak’s partners, Unibind. Unibind is demonstrating a new machine at CES that allows retailers to create a… View Article
We’ve Moved I’m a little late in posting this here, but it’s been a busy couple of months. As has already been reported in the local press, Cardinal Peak moved in late September. We’ve been adding some folks in the past year, and we had outgrown our previous location. But we also had a couple of other… View Article
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