January 2006 Archives

Wireless Supplies

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TIPPINST - If you are in the business of building your own access points or acquiring components for repeaters, poe units etc. I can recommend aerial.net. They are a greek company that offer a very fast shipment service and stock a large inventory.

For antennas Stella Doradus who are an Irish company located in Portlaw in Waterford are well worth considering.

Must have item - rj45 crossover connector

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TIPPINST - If you ever have to configure wireless access points, the chances are is that they require a crossover cable so that you can plug your laptop directly into the unit. This little device saves you the pain of trying to examine pinouts of the 23 cables in your bag. Just plug this straight into a standard patch lead and you have a cross over cable. They are available from a variety of suppliers.

Call for Papers - DSD 06 - 9th international conference

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TIPPINST - A call for papers has been issued for dsd 06. Having presented at this conference I can highly recommend it.

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Architectures, Methods and Tools
Cavtat near Dubrovnik, Croatia
August 30th - September 1st, 2006
SECOND Call for Papers

Important Dates:
Submission of papers: March 1st, 2006
Notification of acceptance: May 3rd, 2006
Deadline for final version: June 9th, 2006


Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design (DSD) addresses all aspects of
(embedded) digital and mixed hardware/software system engineering.

It is a discussion forum for researchers and engineers working on state-of-the
art investigations, development, and applications.

It focuses on advanced system, design, and design automation concepts,
paradigms, methods and tools, as well as, modern implementation technologies
that enable effective and efficient development of high-quality (embedded)
systems for important and demanding applications in fields such as (wireless)
communication and networking; measurement and instrumentation; health-care and
medicine; military, space, avionic and automotive systems; security; multi-media
and ambient intelligence.

The main areas of interest are the following:

T1: Systems-on-a-chip/in-a-package: generic system platforms and platform-based
design; network on chip; multi-processors; system on re-configurable chip;
system FPGAs and structured ASICs; rapid prototyping; asynchronous systems;
power, energy, timing, predictability and other quality issues; intellectual
property, virtual components and design reuse.

T2: Programmable/re-configurable architectures: processor, communication, memory
and software architectures with focus on application specific and/or embedded
computing, co-processors; processing arrays; programmable fabrics; embedded
software; arithmetic, logic and special-operator units.

T3: System, hardware and embedded software specification, modeling and
validation: design languages; functional, structural and parametric
specification and modeling; simulation, emulation, prototyping, and testing at
the system, register-transfer, logic and physical levels; co-simulation and co

T4: System, hardware and embedded software synthesis: system, hardware/software
and embedded software synthesis; behavioral, register-transfer, logic and
physical circuit synthesis; multi-objective optimization observing power,
performance, communication, interconnections, layout, technology, reliability,
robustness, security, testability and other issues; (dynamic) management of
computational resources, power, energy etc.; design environments for embedded
systems and re-configurable computing.

T5: Emerging technologies, system paradigms and design methodologies: optical,
bio, nano and quantum technologies and computing; self-organizing and self
adapting (wireless) systems; wireless sensor networks; ambient intelligence and
augmented reality; ubiquitous, wearable and implanted systems; deep sub-micron
design issues.

T6: Applications of (embedded) digital systems with emphasis on demanding and
new applications in fields such as: (wireless) communication and networking;
measurement and instrumentation; health-care and medicine; military, space,
avionic and automotive systems; security; multi-media, instrumentation and
ambient intelligence; health-care and medicine; military, space, avionic and
automotive systems; security; multi-media and ambient intelligence.


Special Topics and Sessions:

ST1 (keynote): Design Methodology for Integrated Digital RF, Texsas Instruments

TITLE: "Reinventing Design Methodology for Integrated 'Digital RF'".
Dr. Roman Staszewski
Design Manager, DRP Design, WTBU
Texas Instruments

Both digital and RF/analog designers can claim they have proven and sufficient
design methodologies. The luxury of isolation let them perfect their own world
without any concern for the other. But, the world demands efficiency, the latest
technology for pennies. While tight integration of RF and digital in SOC is the
cost effective answer, it opens a design methodology Pandora Box. What
previously could be ignored, has to be considered. What was proven and
sufficient, may not work anymore. The resulting paradigm change affects all
aspects of the design process from system architecture to circuit design to
validation to test.

SS1: Resource-Aware Sensor Network Systems

SCOPE: The special session on “Resource-Aware Sensor Network Systems” addresses
concepts, implementations and applications of sensor network systems, as well
as, new architectural models and hardware solutions in the sensor network
domain. Papers on any of the following and re-lated topics will be considered
for the special session:

• Sensor network concepts and architectures
• Sensing, processing and communicating on a chip
• Low-power and low-energy computation and communication
• Communication-computation trade-offs
• Resource-aware SW/HW Co-design
• Position determination and synchronization in sensor networks
• Fault-tolerance, dependability and robustness
• Prototypes and applications

M. Handy, University of Rostock (DE)- matthias.handy@uni-rostock.de


Special Session SS2: Low-Power and High-Performance Networks-on-Chip

Although this special session addresses all aspects related to concepts,
implementations and applications of networks-on-chip and related EDA tools, its
focus is on low-power and high-performance aspects. Papers on any of the
following and related topics will be considered for the special session:

• Network-on-Chip concepts and architectures
• Application-specific communication on a chip and network topology
• Routing schemes, switch concepts, layouts, and signal transmission
• Low-power, low-energy and high-performance computation and communication
• Communication/computation and energy/performance trade-offs
• Static power minimization and dynamic power management
• Data coding, error detection, fault-tolerance and robustness
• Prototypes and applications

Session Organizer:
C. Cornelius, University of Rostock (DE) - claas.cornelius@uni-rostock.de

Special Session web page:


Panel Sessions and Embedded Tutorials:

Proposals for panel sessions and embedded tutorials are especially welcome.
Please contact Program Chair (venki@dsdconf.org).

Submission of papers:

Regular Papers: Submissions can be made that describe innovative work in the
scope of the Conference, and especially, in any of the above main areas of
interest (please indicate the topic area). If you are submitting to a track
please indicate the track area on the paper as: SS1 or SS2. Prospective authors
are encouraged to submit their manuscripts for review electronically trough the
following web page (http://www.dsdconf.org/) or by sending the paper to the
Program Chair via email venki@dsdconf.org (only in the case of the web
access problem) before the deadline for submission. Each manuscript should
include the complete paper text, all illustrations, and references. The
manuscript should conform to the required format single-spaced, double column,
A4/US letter page size, 10-point size Times Roman font, up to 8 pages. In order
to conduct a blind review, no indication of the authors' names should appear in
the submitted manuscript.

Case Study and Application Papers: Submissions can be made which report on
state-of-the-art digital systems, design methods and/or tools, and (embedded)
applications. Papers discussing lessons learned from practical experience,
demanding or new applications, and experimental research are particularly
encouraged. Manuscripts may be submitted in the same way as regular papers.

The Program Committee will decide if papers will be accepted for a long
presentation (30 minutes), short presentation (15 minutes), or as a poster.
For long and short presentations, 8 pages will be assigned in the published
proceedings. A poster presentation will be assigned 4 pages. Papers
exceeding the page limit will be charged 50 Euro per page in excess. If the
paper is accepted, at least one of the authors must pre-register and pay the
conference fee before the deadline for submitting the camera-ready paper.
Otherwise the paper will not be published in the proceedings.

Check List:
Prospective authors should check that the following information are included
while submitting the paper(s) for refereeing purpose.

() The paper and its title page should not contain the name(s) of the author(s),
or their affiliation
() The first page of the paper should the following information
* Title of the paper
* Track Area
* Conference topic area (write the most appropriate topic area)
* Up to six keywords


Steering Committee:
Chairman: Lech Józwiak, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (NL)
Krzysztof Kuchcinski, Lund U. (SE)
Antonio Nunez, U. Las Palmas (ES)

Program Chair: Venki Muthukumar, UNLV, USA
Deputy Program Chair: H. Kubatova, Cz. TU. in Prague, (CZ)

Organizing General Chair: Prof. Ivica Crnkovic, U. Mälardalen (SE)
Organizing Local Chair: Dr. Zoran Kalafatic, U. of Zagreb, Croatia

Program Committee:
Visit http://www.dsdcong.org/ for a complete list of Program Committee Members.

Contact Information:
Program Chair: Dr Venki Muthukumar
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Nevada Las Vegas
4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 4026
Las Vegas, NV 89154-4026, USA
Phone: +1 702 895 3566
Fax: +1 702 895 4075
email: venki@dsdconf.org

DSD’06 web page: http://www.dsdconf.org/
Euromicro web page: http://www.euromicro.org/
DSD web page: http://www2.ele.tue.nl/dsd/

Young Scientist sound bites

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TIPPINST - Bernie Goldbach and the Multimedia students have put together some very interesting podcasts from the young scientist exhibition that was held in Dublin Ireland. The interviews with the younger audience are an eye opener as to how they view science in school and around them. In podcast 18 they also talk to the Irish people who get involved in robot wars. Well worth a listen to.

Podcast 18 - Ireland 2006 BT Young Scientist

The Tipperary Institute stand was very busy at the event hosting numerous queries about multimedia and software development, of particular interest to the general public was robocode and creating and recording mp3 live content.

Blue bins finally arrive in Upperchurch

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Upperchurch - 2 years after been told we would have our blue bins "shortly", we woke up this morning to see a shiny blue bin outside our gate. This is a welcome development and will reduce the number of trips we will need to make to the clonmel and nenagh recycling centres.

Choosing a dvd recorder with hard drive

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Having spent the last week reviewing what dvd recorders are available in Ireland that offer value for money, I have shortened the list to two contenders

LG RH-7500 80 GB 320 Euros in Dixons

The LG RH-7500 supports a variety of formats including + and - R. My one gripe is that is does not have EPG.
The 80 GB drive can always be upgraded in the future as its a maxtor ide drive.
Optical Digital Output Yes
Coaxial Digital Output Yes
Media Type CD-R, CD-RW, SVCD, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD+R, Kodak Picture CD, DVD, CD, Video CD
Recordable Media DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD+R
Recording Mode HQ, LQ, SQ, EQ
Supported Digital Video Standards DivX, XviD
MP3 Compatible Yes
DVD Additional Features Progressive scanning, JPEG photo playback

Pioneer DVR-530H-S 160 GB driver 447 Euros incl delivery from pixmania
This dvd recorder was winner of the "Best European DVD Recorder 2005-2006" from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).

Recordable Media DVD-R /DVD-RW / DVD-RAM
It does not support DivX but has Electronic Program guide.

From the above, the conclusion I can draw: If you want a dvd recorder/player that supports multiple formats and you don't mind not having EPG then the LG RH-7500 could be the ideal candidate.

Improving your RTE reception with an lp-7 aerial

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TIPPINST - Having grown tired of air traffic control chatter being heard on our RTE channels when our sons baby monitor is switched on. (We live on the flight path for Shannon airport). I decided to change our VHF box aerial to an lp-7 vhf aerial. I would recommend it if you are having difficulty getting tele text or receiving RTE 2. They cost about 54 euro approx.

skype wireless phone launched at CES

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TIPPINST - Netgear and Skype have joined forces to launch a wireless phone that unlike previous skype phones does not require a pc. Skype's members will be able to use the phone on any wireless Internet connection out of the box after entering their username and password.

The phone will work on encrypted Wi-Fi networks, as long as a user has the proper network ID, but it will not work on paid Wi-Fi systems like those offered at many bookshops and cafes. However, the system is not designed to work seamlessly across multiple access points.

While this is tempting I am still considering using the VOIP service offered by the irish company blueface and using a linksys WRT54GP2.

This unit ist Wireless-G (802.11g at 54Mbps) and Wireless-B (802.11b at 11Mbps). There's also a built-in 3-port full-duplex 10/100 Switch to connect your wired-Ethernet devices together. There are two standard telephone jacks, each operating independently.

This will allow me to connect our landline to the unit so that our cordless phone will have access to VOIP as well as the standard phone service.

ZDNET - Netgear Skype launch

upgrading to movable type 3.2

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TIPPINST - Spam on trackbacks and comments forced me to upgrade to MT 3.2. The people behind mt-blacklist recommended that users remove mt-blacklist and upgrade to MT 3.2. The upgrade process is very manual, some cgi scripts would have made it alot less painful. A script that would do the following would have been useful

1- backup exisiting movable type
2 - transfer mt.cgi and mt-db-pass.cgi to mt-config.cgi
3 - overwrite existing installation
4 - check cgi file permissions.

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