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70-inch LCD TV In Volume

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Samsung Electronics announced on November 24 that the company plans to volume produce 70-inch LCD TV panels in February 2007. The LCD TVs will support full HD (high-definition 1080p) in February or March 2007. The size of LCD TV becomes bigger and bigger. It is suitable to divide a super-large screen into multiple zones for digital signage. That is the power of Ladybug Player Vista 2.

PS3, Wii, and XBOX 360

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Recently Sony and Nintendo released their PS3 and Wii respectively. From an ISV's view point, what is the difference among PS3, Wii, and XBOX 360? So far PS3 is the most open system. It allows a new OS to be run on PS3 easily. ISV can add any software on PS3's Linux without any license. PS3 is a cheap Linux PC now. Although Wii is based on Linux operating system, there is no a Linux available yet. In contrast XBOX 360 is a close system. We have tried to port our Windows software on XBOX, but we were told to contact XBOX group and let them to check if our software is suitable on it. This is radiculous. How could a hardware provider decide what kind of software run on it? By the way the development cost for XBOX 360 is high. You need a Mac to port and test rather than an XBOX itself. So XBOX 360 is simply ignored. In summary, the strategy of PS3 is the most welcome for ISV. PS3 may challenge desktop PC in the ratio of performance and price as well as openness.

Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Multi-Core

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Merged AMD-ATI plans combined CPU/GPU chips in '08 is the news on EETime today. The most profitable PC business is server. AMD with 30% market share is in good position. ATI's high-end GPU coprocessor will enhance AMD's position in high-performance computing. Intel is completely empty in high-end streaming computing. Multi-core can not replace pipeline processor in GPU. Why Intel is always lagged on Technologies? BTW GPU is more like coprocess and will be embedded into a chip. AMD is in the Heterogeneous explore for Multi-Core but Intel is in the Homogeneous explore. Who is better for Moore's Law?

Quad Channel HD Video

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Several days ago, we wrote a blog said that our software need Quad-Core processors, now we are doing Stress Testing on Ladybug Player Vista 2nd Generation with quad channel HD videos. The purpose is to investigate the reliability, scalability, and performance of software. In our stree testing, Quad Channel HD WMV videos run as a slow animation on quad zones of a screen. (Click thumb image to see the snapshot). The FPS is 4.17 to 7.48; the sound, badically is noise; the CPU usage is: 100%. So far it is slow but was played in reliable. Anyway four High-Definition Videos are showed on screen of our low-end PC.

Who Need Quad-Core Processors?

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Ladybug Player Vista 2.0! This is a snapshot of upcoming Ladybug Player Vista 2.0 (click to enlarge). There are quad videos on the quad-zone to be played. Each video channel will be good for a core to processing. Today Intel and AMD only pay more attention on the server applications of Quad Core. Ladybug Player Vista showed that media computing required fast multipl core processors as well. In our Ladybug Player Vista 2.0 beta testing, when four videos were played simultaneously, the CPU Usage of Solo-Core Pentium is near 97%. When we stopped one video the CPU Usage became 93%. If only one video was played the CPU Usage was near 76%. To play 720p HD video it required more CPU Usage. The conclusion is that the bottleneck of Quad Channel video playback is on CPU side instead on GPU side. Real-time, multiple window, and High-Definition video requires much faster processors. In the near future a processor with 128 cores will be demanded for Ladybug Player Vista. Not kidding.

The World Is Flat. So does Ladybug Vista 2.0

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

"The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century" by Thomas L. Friedman is an interesting book. "The rising of trade and political barriers and the exponential technical advances of the digital revolution have made it possible to do business, or almost anything else, instantaneously with billions of other people across the planet." This is globalization. The flat means that the curvature is zero. We know that the earth (world) is a sphere and its curvature is a constant! These are away from the topic. The upcoming Ladybug Player Vista 2.0 will be falt! The User Interface of previous version of Ladybug Player Vista is in hierarchy. It consists of Manager, Preview, and View. Version 2.0 will compact or mix multiple layers into a flat plane. The surface of an object presented more information of an object.

The 25 worst tech products of all time

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

This is an article on The number 2 worst product is RealNetworks RealPlayer (1999). The author dislikes RealPlayer because of its SPY behavior of the software. Annoying users they are going to blame you in public.

Optical Sensors Detect Corrosion of Oil Pipeline

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Optical sensors have been applied for monitoring the rate of corrosion in oil piplines. Report is here. We have seen a lot of optical sensor applications from the Sensors Expo and Conference 2006 in Chicago. An advantage of optical sensor is that a sequence of sensors can be linked along with a line of optics.

AMD and ATI Together

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

AMD and ATI became one company now. In short term AMD can provide an integrated chipset for AMD's X86-64 processors. In long term AMD can even provide a SoC (System on Chip) processor with memory control, graphics, and communication. A SoC processor will be perfectly suitable for laptop computers, which is the fastest growth market and AMD is lagged after Intel. AMD/ATI may become a Winodws Vista optimized platform in the near future. Intel may have more connection with MacOS. ATI is making its RV550 to play HD DVD or Blue-ray with 1080p H.264 and VC-1 hardware decoding UVD (Universal Video Decoder). It means that 1080p HD video will be available for mainstream users in an integrated chipset. More details at DailyTech. What are the responses from Intel and Nvidia? Neatware welcomes any performance improvement of graphics on Windows for Ladybug Player and others. Neatware software strongly support AMD/ATI, Intel, Nvidia, and Microsoft Windows X86 platforms.

Multi-channel and Multi-core

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Today multi-core processors become popular. Intel just released its Core 2 Duo for both desktop and mobile. AMD was talking its 4x4 processor with double dual-core. But what applications require and apply the functions of multi-core processors? The picture is the real-time mixing of a video, a picture, and a ticker video. Single thread software is not going to benefit from multi-core processors for itself. The least condition is to use multi-threads or multi-processes in a software. Ladybug Player Vista is this kind of software, which accepts multi-channel videos and decode each one and mix them all with programmable shader in GPU. A key requirement is real-time processing. The multi-thread engine inside Ladybug Player Vista creates many threads and allocate them to run on multi-core processors automatically. In contrast solo core processor can only execute each thread of decoder in sequence. Processor is only one aspect to the performance of an application. To video applications, other aspects are CPU memory bandwidth, GPU performance and bandwidth, and speed of rendering. For example, we may expect 64-bit Ladybuy Player will be faster than 32-bit player. One interesting performance factor is fullscreen mode. Almost all media players only run on frameless fullscreen mode, which allows easy control of windows. However, almost all games run on true fullscreen mode for performance. In our testing of trio video mixing , the frameless fullscreen can achieve 37 FPS in average. The true fullscreen can achieve 47 FPS in average, that is nearly 27% speed up! There are no fast enough computers. Software can always make a computer slow!

Search Engine Comparision

Thursday, October 13, 2005 01:54:02 AM EST

We renamed Ne@tware Player 2005 to Ladybug Player Vista on October 5, 2005. Five days later I am interested in checking how fast the search engines to know these changes. So we searched the Goole, MSN, and Yahoo at October 10, 2005, EST 2:56:20pm with the keywords 'ladybug player vista'.

Ladybug Player Vista Released

Thursday, October 13, 2005 01:54:02 AM EST

Ladybug Player Vista is a new generation media player that can do realtime video mixing, generate three dimensional video effects, and play High Definition (HD) videos.

MyrmecoX Studio 4.0

Thursday, October 13, 2005 01:54:02 AM EST

MyrmecoX Studio is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Internet, Enterprise, and Mobile applications on Web Platform. MyrmecoX Studio 4.0 includes Professional, Enterprise, and Mobile Editions. Professional edition is for individual users. Enterprise edition is for a team with client access license (CAL).Mobile edition is pre-installed on a USB storage device and can be used on a mobile environment.MyrmecoX Studio 4.0 consists of editor, debugger, compiler, profiler, builder, project, and wizard. It supports XAMP Application Stacks for Web application and cross platform deployment. The Windows 64-bit platform is also supported in Tcl engine.