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TMS320DM357ZWT IC Chips Available from EarthTron

Posted by Danielle Leger

Aug 14, 2017 11:50:08 AM

The TMS320DM357 leverages TI’s technology to meet the networked media encode and decode application processing needs of next-generation embedded devices. The TMS320DM357 enables OEMs to quickly bring to market devices featuring robust operating systems support, rich user interfaces, high processing performance, and long battery life through the maximum flexibility of a fully integrated mixed processor solution.


Manufacturer: Texas Instruments 


Part: TMS320DM357ZWT

Quantity: 4,000 pieces

Price: $19.00 USD each

Product Category: IC Chips

Digital Media  
Networked Media 
Video Imaging

Spec sheet found here.

The TMS320DM357 device includes a Video Processing Subsystem with two configurable video/imaging peripherals: 1 Video Processing Front-End input used for video capture, and 1 Video Processing Back-End output for displaying video images.


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Movidius brings Deep-Learning to a Stick

Posted by Jason Miles

Aug 9, 2017 11:01:30 PM

Movidius has developed a $79 USB device, Movidius Neural Compute Stick, which allows developers to work with deep-learning related applications.

Movidius's deep-learning applications are currently used in a number of portable settings:

1) Security cameras

2) Drones

3) Augmented reality (AR) enabled headsets


Movidius introduced this USB in April 2016, and back then,it was called the Fathom Neural Compute Stick.


One of the advantages of moving deep-learning onto a small form factor device is that it allows developers the flexibility of working from multiple locations and in an offline setting. Developers can enable prototyping, validation, and deployment through the USB device.

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Topics: FPGA

Micron In Stock and Ships Today: MT47H512M8WTR-25E:C


Aug 9, 2017 9:35:00 AM

Parts In Stock
Manufacturer: Micron
Part Number: MT47H512M8WTR-25E:C
Quantity: 145 pieces in stock
Description: DDR2 SDRAM Memory IC 4Gb (512M x 8) Parallel 400ps 63-FBGA (9x11.5)
Manufacturer: Micron
Part Number:  MT48LC8M8A2TG-75 
Quantity: 146 pieces in stock
Description: Micron SDRAM Memory IC 64Mb (8M x 8) Parallel 5.4ns 54-TSOP II




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Topics: technology, micron

Maxim MAX2659ELT+T In Stock and can Ship Today


Aug 8, 2017 4:42:37 PM

In Stock Now!
Manufacturer: Maxim Integrated
Part Number: MAX2659ELT+T 
Quantity: 20,162 pieces in stock
Description: RF Amplifier IC GPS/GNSS 1575.42MHz 6-uDFN (1.5x1.0)
Categories: RF/IF and RFID RF Amplifiers

Manufacturer: Maxim Integrated
Part Number:  MAX1651CSA
Quantity: 21,000 pieces in stock
Description: LDO Voltage Controllers 5/3.3/Adj Low-Drop Step-Down
Categories: LDO Voltage Controllers  

Manufacturer: Maxim Integrated
Part Number: MAX15046BAEE+
Quantity: 565 pieces in stock
Description: Buck Regulator Positive Output Step-Down DC-DC Controller IC 16-QSOP-EP
Categories: Integrated Circuits (ICs) PMIC - Voltage Regulators - DC DC Switching Controllers
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How the Surveillance Industry is Modernizing Technology

Posted by Danielle Leger

Aug 7, 2017 9:45:00 AM

The surveillance industry has started to update their storage technology to improve performance.


Here are two senarios:

1) During the nighttime, there has been a break-in at a company location and the perpetrator has been caught on tape. The recording is stored and reviewed at a later time, only to find that due to compression, the images of the perpetrator is obscured. And also, some frames have been dropped because of unstable data recording. This makes identification much harder.

2) During the nighttime, a person is picked up by the surveillance cameras. With fast-working data analytics, the system notices that there is someone in the restricted area and simultaneously notifies the appropriate personnel. The infiltrator is caught on the property, and the high quality of the recording helps correctly identify the person. 

Which senario would you rather deal with?

The thing is that most surveillance systems use today hard disk drives (HDDs) for storage purposes. While this works perfectly well for basic setups, it can be a obstruction for implementing modern surveillance features.

The use of solid state drives (SSDs) for data recording is a solid step forward towards fixing this, as it gives the user access to data analytics that enables advanced features such as facial recognition and automated traffic control systems.

What is the reason HDDs are still so commonly used in surveillance? As technology advances, SSDs can now provide a cost-efficient alternative to many traditional surveillance setups.


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Another even more clear advantage for the SSD is speed, which has also been the main selling point ever since this form of storage entered the market. Modern surveillance setups don't just record and store data, but they are also seeing increasing requirements for data analytics. This means handling on-the-spot operations like facial recognition and then taking immediate action once a hit is made. The system is able to handle demanding simultaneous read and write operations, which HDD technology is poorly equipped to handle.


Capacity and price
But even with the two elements discussed above working in favor of the SSD, there are two projections where the HDD still stands strong: namely price and capacity. For those just looking for a simple and affordable system, an HDD-based solution can be a perfectly good fit.

This holds true for low-performance HDDs, but once you reach the 10K-15K RPM drives, it's a different story. These drives have platters that spin up to twice as fast as normal drives and have significantly increased performance. However, prices increase and capacities drop dramatically, even being surpassed by higher-end SSDs.

So, if your application needs to perform above that of a basic surveillance setup, the easier solution is to just opt for an SSD. By also calculating in a higher overall reliability, the total cost of ownership will be in favor of the SSD solution.

  • The Innodisk 2.5" SATA SSD 3MV2-P offers up to 2TB capacity coupled with high speed and stable performance. Through the smart integration of firmware and hardware, the speed and performance required by modern surveillance solutions are fully met. 
  • 2.5" SATA SSD 3MV2-P products provide high capacity flash memory (SSD) that electrically complies with Serial ATA (SATA) standard.

Storage Specifications


Another aspect to consider is the technology. Although referred to as drives, SSDs don't actually have any moving parts. This means that they are naturally more adept at taking a beating both in terms of shock and temperature; it also means less heat created during operation. By comparison, an HDD has a head that flies on a thin layer of air above the platter. Any strong enough vibration or shock will lead to a head crash and data being lost. For any recording performed onboard vehicles or in hostile environments, an SSD should be the primary choice for storage.

A combination of the two storage systems may offer the best solution, where HDDs handle data archiving while SSDs take care of any operations requiring high-speed or high-quality recordings for data-analytics. A solid state device might also be worth considering as an addition to already existing setups as it can drastically increase system performance.

Theres a price gap between the two solutions, SSDs are already more than qualified to enter the market. SSD technology has already done away with many of its earlier issues, it can now fulfill the stricter requirements of modern surveillance, and it will expand on what is possible with a well implemented surveillance system.

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Topics: Solid state drive, technology, ssd

The Favored Choice: Flash Memory-based Solid State Storage Devices

Posted by Danielle Leger

Aug 4, 2017 8:37:55 AM

Flash memory based solid state storage devices (SSD) are pushing hard disk drives out of the market and could, one day soon, replace them all together.

Flash is now used everywhere, in phones, cameras and USB sticks. Flash stores information in an array of memory cells made from floating-gate transistors.


There are two types of flash memory: NAND and NOR, named after logic operations.

  • NAND flash may be written to and read from in blocks
  • NOR flash allows a single byte to be written‍ ‌or read independently


Benefits of Using NAND Flash Memory vs. Hard Disk Drives:

  1. The first is improved performance as flash moves the data quicker.
  2. The second is higher reliability as it is not mechanically-based, and better durability to withstand shocks, high pressures and temperatures. No moving parts also means less noise and, finally, he claims it consumes much less power.


A flash controller provides the interface between the host controller or processor and the flash memory device. The controller interprets the host microprocessor’s instructions; for example, "accept these 10kbit of information for storage in 10k locations," and it will decide where in the flash memory to store the information. It then retrieves the information when requested.

3D NAND technology heralds a new era of flash storage with high performance, high capacity and low cost being available at the same time.

What is 3D NAND? 3D NAND cells are built vertically like a skyscraper. 

By using 3D NAND, you can store 12.8Tbyte on a single SSD drive. This is a milestone for the SSD industry.


Earthtron currently has 2D MLC NAND FLASH available:

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SSDs are now finding application in many sectors, ranging from automotive and medical to factory automation and point of sale systems.

1. Automotive: SSDs provide performance that withstands automotive temperature extremes, shock, and vibration. The growing demand for storage in the automotive industry requires rugged designs and robust data protection features that only automotive SSDs can deliver.

2. MedicalSSDs have evolved to become a practical option to replace rotating Hard Disk Drives in many embedded systems in medical equipment. This is because SSDs eliminate the single largest failure mechanism in most medical systems – the moving parts of HDDs.

3. Industrial MarketsFrom aerospace solutions and heavy robotics to remote communication installations and medical equipment, these devices need to be designed with reliability, quality, performance, security and longevity in mind.  

4. Point of Sale Systems (POS)SSD drives can be integrated with POS systems, providing a noticeable boost in performance and because of the technology's physiology, SSD drives are not prone to latency issues when switching from sequential to random reads.


For all its benefits, flash has disadvantages, including the limited number of read and write cycles. However, companies are working to improve this and flash memory is set to become the storage technology of choice for a wide range of applications.


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Topics: Solid state drive, Flash Memory, ssd

How Apple is Advancing Augmented Reality Technology

Posted by Jason Miles

Aug 3, 2017 8:21:07 AM


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Topics: apple

FPGA-Based Artificial Intelligence System Recognizes Faces at Incredible Speed


Aug 1, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Considering the role of FPGA in Digital security one evolving application is object detection and identification. This genre includes the difficult task of recognizing and identifying faces in images and videos.

FPGA are great for this kind of task. Intel's current generation of FPGA offer DSP slices with both fixed-point and floating-point capabilities, making them suitable for a wide range of artificial intelligence (AI) and embedded vision applications.

For example: Intel's Arria 10 FPGA provide up to 1.5 teraflops (TFLOPs) of single-precision floating-point processing performance, 1.15 million logic elements, and more than a terabit-per-second high-speed connectivity.

Working with Intel's Programmable Solutions Group, engineers at a Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment and systems company have used Arria 10 FPGA to implement a cloud inferencing application using a convolutional neural network algorithm to perform high-accuracy facial recognition on more than 1,000 images/frames per second.

Traditionally, facial recognition technology has been primarily of interest to law enforcement agencies, who use these systems to isolate and identify faces in crowds. But there is great potential for this technology in a wide variety of applications.Some will empower and improve our quality of life such as those enabling blind or visually impaired people to virtually identify if someone they know is approaching them. Other applications can be downright scary; imagine a store identifying you as you enter and immediately targeting you with redirect ads just as what happens now when an internet site recognizes your IP address and ads for things you recently searched begin to automagically appear in your surf. This technology could change everything from Amber alerts to airport checkins, door locks to store checkouts. Forget about Apple pay, try Facepay. FPGA are changing our world. 


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Topics: FPGA

Intel FPGA Supports IoT Secure Connectivity


Jul 31, 2017 9:42:00 AM


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Topics: FPGA

Cryptocurrency Mining Powerhouse


Jul 26, 2017 10:49:51 AM

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Topics: Cryptocurrency

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