NEWS FOR NERDS

And we mean that in a good way, of course. You have a Pocket Protector, but it’s an Yves Saint Laurent pocket protector with a Mont Blanc pen that would never leak on your Armani shirt. Yes, you’re an epicure nerd — you get your jollies from hip chips and computer-aided design. So what lessons can we draw from AES?
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And we mean that in a good way, of course. You have a Pocket Protector, but it’s an Yves Saint Laurent pocket protector with a Mont Blanc pen that would never leak on your Armani shirt. Yes, you’re an epicure nerd — you get your jollies from hip chips and computer-aided design. So what lessons can we draw from AES?

FireWire is about to get easier and cheaper to implement. Wavefront Semiconductor has created the Digital Interface Communications Engine (DICE) II IEEE 1394 Audio Video System (AVS), a single chip connectivity solution for IEEE-1394 applications. With jitter-free synchronization at up to 192kHz sampling rates, it’s ideal for a variety of applications, including mLAN (Yamaha considers it a key player in getting mLAN-based products designed and out the door). www.wavefrontsemi.com

DSP is getting a whole lot faster. Analog Devices introduced two new SHARC 400MHz processors, the ADSP-21367 and ADSP-21368 ($29.95 and $34.95 respectively, in quantity). These include 6Mb of on-board RAM and 6Mb of ROM, handle sample rates up to 192kHz, and are rich in ports. But maybe the even bigger news is the development of the Crosscore drag-and-drop editing environment, making it relatively easy to develop new processes on the basis of these chips. www.analog.com/SHARC