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NEWS & TECHNOLOGY answers Anarno’s Director Alain Rey, optical tools, or using the nanoviewer, an explaining that very important documents optical scanner that eases data retrieval like nuclear site information or strategic in a numerical format. defence archives, but also civil or land The NOMAD (Navigation on Mobile registers for administrations, cannot Objects and 3D Access) project, lead safely be left to the evasive and unreliable mainly by the Myriad Group on ST-Eric- realm of digital storage. Ever since we sson’s hardware together with Movea’s have entered the digital age, digital file MEMS sensor fusion algorithm solu- formats keep evolving rapidly and current tions, is about enabling richer and more digital storage solutions still require their intuitive user interfaces for mobile users content to be regularly refreshed, either to navigate content in 3D. The four-year transferred to a new support or converted collaborative R&D project yielded new into new formats so they can still be read human-machine interaction techniques by current PCs. All this implies recurring Fig. 4: Myriad enables service providers to offer for future smartphones or tablets, costs just to keep that data accessible an immersive, customizable and contextualized adapted to more complex usages and and readable. user experience with 3D dynamic updates from sophisticated applications. The deliver- Rey’s argument is that no current social-networks or news streams. ables include an “Interaction” software digital data storage solution is guaranteed beyond 5 to 10 years, toolbox that allows the creation of innovative user interfaces with and important territorial or administrative documents that need integrated 2D and 3D graphics rendering. It is not just buttons, to be stored reliably and accessed by several generations of but even dynamic text and contextual menus can be rendered administrators should not be put at risk of loss by lack of funds or in 3D, offering a richer interface than the traditional window, by data format obsolescence. “Currently, it costs administrations icon, menu and pointing-device interfaces. A “motion” software between 10 and 50 Euro cents per page to store documents on toolbox was developed to uses motion sensors (accelerometers, microforms” estimates Rey. These documents must be stored magnetometers, gyroscopes) for implementing new “in-air” cur- at controlled humidity and temperature levels to ensure century- sor control and gesture-based media content navigation. This long data conservation. Yet, that type of archiving is not immune was complemented by a new hardware and software platform to fire incidents, flooding, excessive light or even pests. “If you (Linux & Android) and the “Snowball” development kit (jointly look at the total cost of ownership, our solution costs from 35 launched by Calao Systems and ST-Ericsson) accompanied by cents to 1 euros per archived page, but then, there are no recur- the igloo open- source web community - www.igloocommunity. ring costs” explains Rey. “Once archived, you don’t need to wor- org. The Myriad Group developed demonstration systems for ry about your documents’ accessibility or preservation. Impos- using smartphones and tablets as home remote controls, and for sible to counterfeit, scratch-resistant and maintenance-free, the the 3D visualization of Twitter message streams. CEA-Leti and premium sapphire solution can withstand up to 1200ºC and will Movea established a joint lab where they continue to co-develop last several millennia. Reading can be done with any magnifying low-cost, energy efficient motion-sensor applications. Displayport and HDMI in battle for mobile link dominance By Rick Merritt ANEW BATTLE has broken out over how to bring high definition president of marketing at Analogix. video to mobile devices. The Video Electronics Standards Asso- Bouwer expects MyDP will find its way into handsets, TVs, ciation (VESA) formally announced Mobility DisplayPort (MyDP) notebooks and - using a Mbit/s sideband channel - links to today, a new competitor for Silicon Image’s MHL high-definition keyboards and mice as handsets become used as mobile PC video interconnect. Analogix has discrete chips for the spec, replacements in the next several years. It also supports audio STMicroelectronics is said to be planning them and vendors of and stereo 3-D for 1080p at 30 Hz per eye as well as adapters mobile applications processors are expected to integrate the to connect to existing DVI and VGA interfaces. technology in future SoCs. MyDP is based on DisplayPort 1.2, VESA created an online video demonstrating MyDP at the a 5.4 Gbit/s max link now used in a wide range of products to Consumer Electronics Show. The new link arrives at a time support up to 1920x1080-progressive resolution video at 60 Hz when Silicon Image claims its MHL, a mobile variant of HDMI, with 24 bit color. It also supports the 1.1a version at 2.7 Gbits/s is already enabled in 50 million devices including handsets from that delivers 720p video. more than a dozen vendors including HTC, LG and Samsung The link supports power so phones can charge while sending and TVs from LG, Samsung, Sharp and Toshiba. The MHL video. It uses the existing micro USB connectors on handsets. group which includes chip makers such as Mediatek, Mstar, Analogix has developed a discrete bridge chip supporting Texas Instruments and Qualcomm expects more than 100 mil- MyDP and linking to HDMI interfaces in existing mobile apps lion MHL-enabled devices will ship this year. processors. It delivers 1080p video while consuming less than In May, Silicon Image announced MHL 2.0 supporting full 300 milliwatts for both the transmitter and bridge and adds less 1080p video at 60Hz at as little as 30mWatts. The new link also than two dollars to the bill of materials, said Andre Bouwer, vice supports power and micro USB connectors. 8 Electronic Engineering Times Europe July/August 2012 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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