Electronic Visualization for the Next Century

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  • NAB 2016: Thoughts and Afterthoughts

    April 26, 2016

    I’m back from my 22nd consecutive NAB Show, and it’s always a worthwhile trip. NAB isn’t quite as large or crazy as CES, but it’s still sprawled out enough to require three full days to see everything. (Except that you don’t have to fight the insane crowds that fill the Las Vegas Convention Center in January.) This year’s theme was “Unleash!” or something like that. I never was completely sure, and it sounded more appropriate for a competition of hunting dogs anyway. But the crowds came anyway (over 100,000 for sure) to see everything from 4K and 8K video to live demonstrations of the new ATSC 3.0 digital broadcasting system, a plethora of small 4K cameras, the accelerating move to IP infrastructures instead of SDI, and video streaming to every conceivable device. My visit to the show had a threefold purpose. In addition to press coverage and checking out product trends for customers, I also delivered a presentation during the Broadcast Engineering Conf..Read more

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  • A More Mobile Mobile is Coming

    March 29, 2016

    Data traffic on mobile networks will reach 367 exabytes -- that's 367x10^18 bytes or 367 billion gigabytes -- in 2020, up from 44 exabytes in 2015, according to Cisco Systems' recently released Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, 2015-2020. A lot of that is video, which accounted for 55% of all mobile data traffic in 2015, and will account for 75% in 2020, predicts Cisco. But significant contributions to growth are expected from automotive infotainment and mobile networks to support the Internet of Things, including connected cars, said a Cisco Global Technology Policy VP in a company blog on February 3. Auto manufacturers recognize that in-car electronic technology is now a stronger driver of sales than traditional measures of automotive performance like torque, power, straight-line acceleration, and cornering ability. Automotive connectivity is here now, of course, in such common systems as GPS navigation and ra..Read more