Test captaincy is challenging but things will get easier with time: Sarfraz Ahmed

first_imgDays after being assigned the job of leading Pakistan cricket team in all the three formats, Sarfraz Ahmed has insisted that although Test captaincy is quite challenging, things will get better with time.At a reception held at the Prime Minister’s residence in honour of Pakistan’s Champions Trophy victory, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan announced that he had offered the role of Test captaincy to Sarfraz, who had accepted it.Sarfraz, who was already leading the Pakistan in T20I and ODI formats, was rewarded with the country’s Test captaincy after he led the national team to an elusive Champions Trophy title in England.”Test captaincy is a challenge but things will get easier with time,” the Dawn quoted Sarfraz as saying.While speaking at a gathering held in his honour at Karachi Press Club on Thursday, Sarfraz also said that if the international teams could play in England despite all the issues then they should also visit Pakistan to play cricket”Pakistan cricket has lost a lot owing to an absence of international cricket, and it is time for international teams to recognise us. We have not played cricket at home for the past nine years,” he said.Sarfraz further insisted that despite home-like conditions in UAE, playing at home is a completely different experience.Meanwhile, the wicketkeeper-batsman also admitted that it would be difficult to fill in the void left by former skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and experienced batsman Younis Khan.”It would be difficult to replace Misbah and Younis,” Ahmed said while also expressing hope that batsmen like Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, and Asad Shafiq would step up for the team.advertisementSarfraz took over the T20I captaincy from all-rounder Shahid Afridi after the 2016 World T20 and became ODI captain when Azhar Ali resigned in February this year.It would be the first time in five years that Pakistan would be led by a single man across formats.Sarfraz’s Test captaincy debut will be against Sri Lanka in the UAE, which will comprise three Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is starting October 19.last_img read more

Micromax Canvas Infinity review: Pocket-friendly in more ways than one

first_imgJust like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6, the Canvas Infinity phone from home grown brand Micromax, also has an unusually tall screen and an unusual screen aspect ratio of 18:9. Just like the Galaxy S8 and the G6, the Canvas Infinity phone from Micromax, also has been designed to offer more screen in a pint-sized form factor. Unlike the Galaxy S8 and the G6, however, the Canvas Infinity phone from Micromax, costs just Rs 9,999.There’s no denying that Galaxy S8 and the G6 represent the future of all smartphones: a future wherein all smartphones will be continuous sheets of glass with no physical buttons whatsoever. They’ll be high-on specs with exceptionally good cameras. They’ll be the complete package.Having said that, there’s an inherent problem with uber-cool futuristic technology. It is also expensive. While the Galaxy S8 costs around Rs 60,000 the G6 is available for around Rs 40,000: which means that they are still largely inaccessible for a significant chunk of the audience.”The next year will see innovation on screens, be it the bezel less phones, curved screens, sharper resolutions etc. As more visual data is consumed on phones, users will demand screens to be improved and brands will follow,” Rahul Sharma who is co-founder, Micromax Informatics Ltd. explained to me not long ago. “And Micromax would want to get their first, as far as massification of the technology is concerned. Hence, the Canvas Infinity.”Design and build qualityThe USP of the Canvas Infinity is its unusual display that boasts of an aspect ratio of 18:9 as opposed to a regular 16:9. The unusual 18:9 aspect ratio makes phones longer than wider and is harbinger of edge-to-edge screen design that in turn leads to more real estate on a compact form factor. The Canvas Infinity, likewise, is a 5.7-inch phone, something that would make you believe — going by its specs — that it would be a huge phone. Only it isn’t.advertisementMicromax, just like Samsung and LG, has shaved off the top and bottom bezels, as well as the side bezels, stretching the screen on all sides so it occupies a much smaller footprint than a regular 5.7-inch phone. Also the phone comes with subtle curves on the back that seemingly melts into the front that has 2.5D (curved) glass. This further enhances ergonomics and usability of the phone with one hand. The idea, just like it is in the case of the Galaxy S8 and the G6, is to offer more screen in a pint-sized phone and to make every inch of that screen count. The Canvas Infinity, for your reference, offers the same 83 per cent screen-to-body ratio as the Galaxy S8.The Canvas Infinity may look like an engineering marvel from the front, but, its rear is a whole different story altogether. I’ll go as far as to say it’s a missed opportunity because Micromax had a good thing going for itself: the Canvas Infinity with its edge-to-edge screen could easily have gone on to become the most beautiful phones at under Rs 10,000. It is, but, only from the front. The rear, on the other hand, is generic at best. It adds to the crowd, and brings nothing new to the table. On the plus side, the rear panel — which is essentially plastic with a metallic finish — is removable and so is the battery inside. Two different slots for two different (micro) SIM cards and a separate slot for micro-SD card expansion also lie underneath.DisplayMoving on, the Canvas Infinity comes with a 1440×720 pixel (HD) resolution and an IPS screen that gets really bright, but viewing angles could have been better. Although colours on-board are mostly accurate, the phone’s large screen is best enjoyed while viewing straight up. Tilt the phone and there’s definite colour shifting, mostly towards the warmer end of the spectrum. The Canvas Infinity, although it is a phone designed from grounds-up for multimedia consumption looks like it has been designed more for individual consumption than sharing it with your group.This is one area where the Canvas Infinity doesn’t match up to the high-standard set by the more expensive Android phones. In fact, it’s not best in class even in its own price segment.The Canvas Infinity, likewise, is a 5.7-inch phone, something that would make you believe — going by its specs — that it would be a huge phone. Only it isn’tIt is still, pretty much, the only phone in and around its price segment that offers an edge-to-edge screen for all-round immersive viewing experience though. And for that, Micromax definitely deserves a warm applause. In order to make full use of the Canvas Infinity’s 18:9 screen you’ll need content that supports the Canvas Infinity’s native 18:9 aspect ratio. Videos that don’t support the Canvas Infinity’s native 18:9 aspect ratio will play fine, but, with letter-boxing (black bars on either side) of the screen. The phone does give you a stretch to fit option, but, the all-round experience would, at the end of the day, depend on the quality and resolution of videos at hand. The same is true for games as well. Web pages work fine though. In fact, the Canvas Infinity with its long screen is best suited for web-scrolling, jotting down notes and browsing social media apps like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.advertisementSoftwareThe Canvas Infinity runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat software and will be up-gradable to the just announced Android Oreo in the days to come, according to the company. Software-wise the phone does pack in more of iOS than Android, but, then that’s the case with a majority of OEMs these days. Micromax has itself toiled with stock Android in the past, and it would have been nicer had the company stuck with stock Android in the Canvas Infinity but that’s not to say that it is lacking or anything as far as all-round experience is concerned.The software — Micromax seemingly doesn’t have a name for it — as mentioned above is heavily inspired from iOS. As usual, you get a springboard of apps and widgets spanning multiple home screens with no app drawer as in stock Android. The drop down notification panel is divided into two sections: incoming notifications and quick settings toggles. Swiping down from anywhere on the home screen brings out universal search, that lets you quickly browse through your apps, contacts, messages and calendar events. The phone supports Android Nougat’s split-screen multitasking and recent apps have a card-based view much like how it is in the iPhone.It’s good to –finally — see Micromax cutting down on bloat or unwanted apps and you can tell it helps in the longer run. Also, Micromax has been — for the most part — able to well-optimise the software so everything runs well unless of course you’re testing its limits. The company has also tried to offer a few customisation options via a personalisation app, and a quick shortcut to a few apps and services via its own dedicated app center. Both these apps can’t be uninstalled.Performance and battery lifeThe Canvas Infinity is powered by an entry-level 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The phone comes with 32GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone supports 4G LTE, VoLTE and USB OTG.The Canvas Infinity with a Snapdragon 425 may not inspire the same level of confidence as a certain Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 with a Snapdragon 625, but, that’s beside the point. Simply because Micromax isn’t gunning for raw power here, but, all-round experience.advertisementMicromax seems to be selling complete smartphone experiences with the Canvas Infinity, and as far as smartphone experiences are concerned, the Canvas Infinity seems to be right on trackThe Snapdragon 425 may be an entry-level chipset, but it should get the job done for most users. It may not be as powerful (and as power efficient) as the Snapdragon 625 inside the Redmi Note 4 but it’s certainly no slouch either. It should do just fine as long as you’re aware of its limitations.The Canvas Infinity — during my usage of the device — was quick and responsive in every sense of the word. There were no immediate visible lags or stutter while navigating between home screens and/or multitasking in my review unit. Remember, its speed and multitasking prowess are being compared with phones in this price range. The phone does have a tendency to slow down or stutter when you have too many apps running simultaneously in the background, something that isn’t very surprising if you take into account the hardware that is inside it. One of the first things to do, then, is to ensure you’re not treating the Canvas Infinity as a multitasking beast. Because it is not.Basic games like Candy Crush and Subway Surfers are handled well by the phone, but GPU-intensive games like Asphalt 8: Airborne are prone to occasional lags and frame rate drops even at low graphical settings especially when being played for longer periods. The phone, also, has a tendency to get warm during extended usage.The mono speaker on-board the Canvas Infinity is average at best. It gets loud but there is often some digitisation observed at peak volume. Also, it’s rear placement means sound is muffled when the phone is kept with the back facing down. Voice quality during calls made with the Canvas Infinity was excellent.The Micromax Canvas Infinity is backed by a 2,900mAh battery which is user replaceable. Moderate to extreme usage saw us cross the one whole day barrier with ease, while toning down further should get most users one and a half days out of the phone. Extreme usage scenarios got us close to 12 hours on the Canvas Infinity, which isn’t bad at all. A lot of this, of course, stems from the phone’s entry-level spec-sheet.CameraMoving on to cameras, the Canvas Infinity sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture and a 16-megapixel selfie shooter on the front that comes with its own dedicated bokeh selfie mode that automatically blurs the background for fancy portrait selfies.The autofocus on the rear camera works well for usual shots in normal to good lighting conditions. It is not very fast, but locks in accurately most of the time and brings out sharp outlines in photos. Though in macro shots, you do get to see some focus hunting and you need to adjust it with touch to focus. There is minimal shutter lag and the photos appear for preview as soon as you click it.As for image quality, the Canvas Infinity captures some good-looking photos in good light with good amount of detail and mostly spot-on colours. But, zooming into these photos — more often than not — gives out the real picture. It isn’t that good. Noise is quite evident and resolved detail missing. The phone, for the lack of a better word, has a rather hit or miss camera in good light. Still, it should suffice for most budget-conscious buyers. It is a pretty disappointing camera phone in tricky and low light though. XPreviousNextThe front-facing selfie camera is, meanwhile, a sight for soar eyes in its price segment. The phone gives you plenty of resolution in photos — with good detail and mostly spot-on colours — and that real-time bokeh selfie is a pretty neat feature, if not downright amazing.Should you buy it?The Canvas Infinity may not boast of similar outstanding screen specs — also its hardware may not be in the same league — as that of the Galaxy S8 (or the G6), but, that’s besides the point. The point is Micromax has been able to somehow get hold of the Galaxy S8 and the G6’s USP feature — the Infinity screen/Full Vision display — and put it inside a ridiculously more mainstream package, and as far as multimedia experiences are concerned, it’s not that it is lacking or anything.Surely, it could have done better with a 1080p screen, or with better viewing angles, or with a dedicated colour correction mode, but, at Rs 9,999 you’re more likely to not miss any of these features when you realize what the Canvas Infinity brings to the table: Samsung Galaxy S8-like experiences at dirt cheap price. If that wasn’t enough, the company will offer repair or replace services in 24 hours, should something go wrong with your purchased unit, it has confirmed.Micromax seems to be selling complete smartphone experiences with the Canvas Infinity, and as far as smartphone experiences are concerned, the Canvas Infinity seems to be right on track. It may not be the most powerful phone, it may not have the best in class camera, it may not have the best in class software, it may not have the biggest battery, but, when it comes to bringing the edge-to-edge screens to masses, the Canvas Infinity is definitely up there. It is also the first to get there. You can say that LG’s recently launched Q6 is also a very competitive option, but, also it costs close to Rs 15,000.The Canvas Infinity may not be perfect, but, it should start a trend and push companies to strive for more. More for less.But then again, if you’re someone who is not an early adopter of next-gen technology, the Canvas Infinity may come around as a pretty weak package and it is. There are more powerful phones at around Rs 10,000 now. There are better camera phones at around Rs 10,000 now. There are phones with better screens, and better software, and bigger batteries at around Rs 10,000. The Canvas Infinity, I dare say, will be just another good-looking piece of infinite gimmickry for you. At a pocket-friendly price, that is.Also Read: Micromax Canvas Infinity set to launch in India today, expected to be priced close to Rs 20,000Micromax Infinity6.5/10Good stuffBezel-less screen for cheapSelfie camera with potentialRemovable batteryBad stuff720p screenEntry-level chipsetRear camera could be betterlast_img read more

Bernard Tomic in ‘tough place’, offered support by Tennis Australia

first_imgAustralian tennis player Bernard Tomic, who was once mooted as a rising star of the sport, has been offered “health and well-being” support at a time when the career of the struggling tennis star is at the crossroads.The 25-year-old’s disastrous year, which was topped by his defeat against French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert at the Vienna Open last week, saw him slump to the 145th in the rankings.As a result of the forgettable season, Tomic would not have enough points to qualify directly for the first major of the season i.e Australian Open.Tomic, who had admitted that he was “bored” and not always giving 100 percent in his recent season, is now reliant on being handed a wildcard for his home Grand Slam in January.And the Tennis Australia has decided to offer help to Tomic, with tournament director Craig Tiley saying that the sport was doing what it could to help him, but admitted he had not responded to their offers.”We have reached out to Bernie from a health and well-being point of view and it’s up to him to respond.We have been reaching out to him … he is in a tough place right now. His ranking has dropped and he is struggling – we have all seen it,” Sport24 quoted Tomic, as saying.”Our job as a federation is to make sure we have a team of people there to support beyond tennis and that is where we are at. He did not detail what assistance had been offered, but said “our athlete department has a group of people that support athletes that need help,” he added.advertisementEarlier this year, Tomic had said that he had no love for the game, saying that it is just a job and he felt “trapped”.last_img read more

South Africa vs India: We let ourselves down with the bat, says Virat Kohli

first_imgAfter suffering a 72-run defeat in a low-scoring match at Newlands, India skipper Virat Kohli rued his side’s batting collapse and said “we let ourselves down with the bat”.India were bundled out for 209 and 135 in the two innings with only Hardik Pandya playing a face-saving knock of 93 off 95 balls in the first innings.Indian pacers, however, did well to deny South African batsmen to take control of the match as their impressive bowling performance gave visitors a very good chance to seal their maiden victory in Cape Town.The victory target in the series opener was 208 one run less than what India had scored in their first innings. But India surrendered despite the fact that South Africa were playing a bowler less having lost Dale Steyn to heel injury on the second day. Steyn has been ruled out of the entire series and is expected to be on the sidelines for up to six weeks.Kohli said the failure of his side to build partnerships was ultimately the difference between defeat and what would have been a sweet victory in such unfamiliar conditions.”It was a wicket where things were happening every day and we let ourselves down with the bat. We wanted one big partnership to get the job done, which we failed to do,” Kohli said at the post match press conference.But it was the batsmen who were at fault in both the innings and Kohli has now urged his batsmen to show a more positive mindset to combat the South Africa bowling attack.advertisementThe match was effectively over in three days with Sunday washed out as 18 wickets fell in 64 overs on day four on a seamer-friendly Cape Town wicket.Set 208 for victory, India were bowled out for 135 in under 43 overs with South African seamer Vernon Philander collecting career-best figures of 6-42.”The pitch was outstanding. I really like the type of wicket this was,” Kohli told reporters. “It was great for Test cricket and we got a result within four days having lost a day.”It was not one-sided, both teams were in it at different stages. As a team, we really enjoyed being part of this Test match and so did South Africa.”Kohli suggested that with tracks that are likely to have even more bounce and pace to come in Pretoria and Johannesburg for the rest of the series, his batsmen needed to find a way to transfer the pressure on to the South African bowlers.”The mindset matters when you’re travelling away from home on pitches which challenge you. You need to be positive in defence and when you’re leaving also. You need to grab scoring opportunities.”We need to think about taking the attack to the South African bowlers more. That is something for all the batsmen, starting at the very top.”They (South Africa) force you to play good cricket in every over that you play against them, which I think is a good credit to their bowling attack. As batters we need to step up.”The second Test in Pretoria starts on Saturday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Lionel Messi and me didn’t want Neymar to leave FC Barcelona, says Luis Suarez

first_imgUruguayan international striker Luis Suarez has asserted FC Barcelona was the best place for Brazilian star Neymar and he tried his best to convince him to stay at the club.Neymar was sold to French football club Paris Saint-Germain from FC Barcelona on a world-record fee of $263 million earlier this summer.”We miss Ney (Neymar) a lot on the pitch, but more off it, because he was special, he’s said it. We had a lot of fun. He transmits happiness and joy all of the time. He was important for us,” the 30-year-old said.”He’s playing for another team now but I don’t hold it against him, the opposite. I tried to convince him to stay because I think here’s the best place for him, but it’s a decision he had to take,” Suarez added.Suarez, who has scored 88 goals from 105 appearances for Barcelona also said he along with Messi tried to guide Neymar to take the best decision for himself.”(Messi and I) tried to do what would benefit the team. But we never said ‘Don’t go because you won’t be happy,” the Barcelona striker said.”We said we didn’t want him to go, but that he was free to do what he wanted. Because of the friendship we have, it was painful that he left,” Suarez added.last_img read more

The Fall Of The Celtics, Lakers

first_imgOne of the most heralded rivalries in all of sports, and certainly the most storied in the NBA, is that of the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers.The Celtics have won a record 17 NBA titles, the Lakers are just one behind. At 33 championships between them, these two franchises have claimed a staggering 50% of all the titles in league history.Their head-to-head rivalry began in 1959, when the Celtics beat the Lakers to win their first of an astonishing eight straight titles, and ten of eleven.  It was the “Bill Russell era,” aptly named that in honor of the team’s starting center and possibly the most tenacious player of all time.  Russell’s star-studded supporting cast, all coached by the legendary Arnold “Red” Auerbach, included Bob Cousy, Sam and KC Jones, John “Hondo” Havlicek, and Tommy Heinsohn.By 1972, the Lakers had moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles (though they kept the evidently-Minnesotan team name), Lew Alcindor had changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and the prolific sky-hooking center left the Milwaukee Bucks for Tinseltown. That’s the year the Lakers won their first of 16 titles, and never looked back.The 1980s – considered by many the last of the NBA’s glory days – featured the incredible Larry Bird-Magic Johnson rivarly, saw the two teams capture an astonishing share of NBA finals slots (Lakers 8, Celtics 6), with the Lakers taking it all five times, the Celtics three.In head-to-head finals matchups, the Celts won 9 out of 12.To look at their records now, one would think they haven’t played against each other since Larry and Magic were still playing. But it was a mere four years ago when these two teams were kings of their respective conferences, having met in a thriller of a series in 2010: the Celtics led 3 games to 2, the Lakers had to win the last two games to win it all – and they did, edging the Celtics in the seventh and deciding game by a mere four points.That’s not going to happen this year. With 20 games left as of this writing, the teams are an identical 21-41, meaning they would need to win 20 of their next 20 games, just to break even. Oh – that’s not going to happen, either – not by a longshot.Their common destination – hoping for a high lottery pick and watching the playoffs from home – did not arise from similar roads taken. For the Celtics, it’s been a conscious effort to rebuild. They shed their aging talent for young, athletic players with an upside (i.e., nowhere to go but up) and boatloads of future draft picks, so as to avoid repeating their lost couple of decades between the time Larry Bird retired and the new Big Three (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen) converged.The Lakers, though, made it to Slumsville in a peculiar manner of many trials and many errors. Last year they assembled what looked like an all-star team that could give the vaunted Miami Heat a run for their money, but barely landed a playoff spot and were summarily dismissed in the first round without winning a single game. This year, there won’t even be that.It will be the first time in 20 years, and the second time – EVER – that both the Celtics and the Lakers miss the playoffs.But you can bet that before you know it, they’ll be facing each other in the NBA finals once again – adding new chapters to their fabled feud. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Cardinals’ Bowles New Jets Coach

first_imgNEW YORK — Todd Bowles is coming home and taking over as the New York Jets’ head coach.The Jets hired the Arizona Cardinals Defensive Coordinator Jan. 14 to replace Rex Ryan, who was fired, along with General Manager John Idzik, on Dec. 29 after six seasons.Bowles, 51, was highly sought after leading Arizona’s aggressive-style defense the last two seasons. This will be his first full-time head coaching job at any level after serving as Miami’s interim coach for the final three games in 2011.“It’s an honor and privilege to coach the Jets,” Bowles said in a statement. “I can’t help but be humbled by the chance to coach this team. I am going to do everything I can to build a consistent winner.”It is a homecoming of sorts for Bowles, who is a native of Elizabeth, New Jersey. He also served as the Jets’ defensive backs coach under Al Groh during the 2000 season.Bowles beat out five other candidates, including Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and former Buffalo coach Doug Marrone, who interviewed with owner Woody Johnson and consultants Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf, both of whom Bowles has ties to.Bowles had a second interview Tuesday with Johnson, Casserly and Wolf — along with newly hired General Manager Mike Maccagnan — and impressed the Jets enough to move forward.New York canceled a scheduled interview with Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott that was set for Jan. 14. Bowles also called off a second meeting that was scheduled for Jan. 14 with the Atlanta Falcons for their head coaching vacancy.“He is a hard-working and dedicated leader who has garnered the respect of players and coaches,” Johnson said. “I am confident that Todd and Mike Maccagnan are the right combination to lead this team.”Bowles becomes the fifth black head coach currently in the NFL, joining Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin, Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis, Tampa Bay’s Lovie Smith and Detroit’s Jim Caldwell.He also is the Jets’ sixth straight defensive-focused head coach and fifth since Johnson took over the Jets in 2000, joining Ryan, Eric Mangini, Herm Edwards, Groh and Bill Parcells.With the Jets, Bowles will inherit a solid defensive front seven with rising star defensive linemen in Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson. The secondary, however, needs a major overhaul.Along with Maccagnan, who was hired Jan. 13, Bowles will try to help the Jets bounce back from four straight seasons out of the playoffs. The franchise is also starving for a Super Bowl appearance, something it hasn’t had since 1969.“When we first met, it was immediately clear how sincere and very real he is,” Maccagnan said. “While he appreciates the need for discipline, players love playing for him and I believe he has outstanding qualities to help make the Jets a competitive, winning team.”Several key decisions will need to be made in the next several weeks, including assembling a staff and figuring out the quarterback position.A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that former Dallas and Buffalo head coach Chan Gailey will be Bowles’ offensive coordinator. Gailey was out of football the last two seasons after being fired as the Bills’ coach after the 2012 season.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Jets have not announced Gailey’s hiring.Bowles brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience with him to New York. He played college football and was a team captain for current Cardinals coach Bruce Arians at Temple.He was signed by Washington as an undrafted free agent in 1986, but worked his way to a major role with Joe Gibbs’ Redskins — including starting at free safety against Denver in the 1988 Super Bowl. Bowles played eight NFL seasons, including two stints with Washington while Casserly was in the Redskins’ front office, sandwiched around one season (1991) with San Francisco.Bowles was hired by Green Bay after his playing career, working in the Packers’ player personnel department from 1995-96 — when Wolf was the GM.He then made several stops as a coach at the college and pro levels, first as the defensive coordinator at Morehouse College and then Grambling State — both under former Washington teammate Doug Williams — and as an assistant with the Jets, Cleveland and Dallas, under then-coach Parcells, whom he considers a mentor.He was hired as the Dolphins’ Assistant Head Coach and Secondary Coach from 2008-11. He went 2-1 as the team’s interim head coach at the end of the 2011 season after Tony Sparano was fired.Bowles went to Philadelphia in 2012 as the Eagles’ secondary coach, but was elevated to defensive coordinator when the team dismissed Juan Castillo. After that season, Bowles was hired as Arizona’s defensive coordinator and firmly established himself as one of the league’s up-and-coming assistants.“We’re sorry as hell to lose him,” Arians said, “but we all knew this day was coming, especially with the job he did here the last two years.”___(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

LeBron, Cavs Rip Knicks, 98-86

first_imgCLEVELAND — The jersey was too tight and so was the score. LeBron James took care of both.James scored 23 points and did some quick tailoring on Cleveland’s body-hugging, sleeved uniforms, Mo Williams added 22 and the Cavaliers won their fourth straight, 96-86 over the New York Knicks on Nov. 4.James made a 3-pointer and dunked off a nice pass from Williams while scoring 11 in the fourth quarter, when the Cavs outscored the Knicks 26-17.Tristan Thompson grabbed 13 rebounds and Kevin Love had 12 for Cleveland, which hasn’t lost since opening night in Chicago. The Cavs didn’t have their same ball movement, and they fell behind 15 in the first quarter before finding their groove in the second half, outscoring New York 58-40.Frustrated with his shot in the first half, an irritated James ripped the sleeves on Cleveland’s new, black jerseys. The four-time MVP, who has complained in the past that the retro-looking tops are too snug on his arms and shoulders, tore his jersey in the midst of a 4-of-11 shooting performance in the opening 24 minutes.“I was just frustrated with myself,” he said. “I was just off rhythm and the jersey is the only thing I can go to. I couldn’t do nothing to my face. I couldn’t make a bucket so I had to take it out on something.”Carmelo Anthony scored 17 and rookie Kristaps Porzingis 13 for the Knicks, who were even at 75-all in the fourth when James went to work.Cleveland’s star capped a 12-4 spurt with a 3-pointer — just his second this season — to give Cleveland an 87-79 lead with 4:01 remaining. Later, he blasted down the lane and thundered home his dunk off a great look from Williams.“They put the ball in his hands and let him make plays,” Anthony said of James. “You got to make adjustments to that.”James, who earlier this week became the youngest player in league history to reach 25,000 points, had an off-night from the field, going just 9 of 23.The jersey might have had something to do with it.James has never liked the sleeved tops, introduced by the NBA as an alternate look two seasons ago. Following a loss to San Antonio in 2014 when he was with Miami, James said the uniforms are restrictive, making it difficult to shoot.The Cavaliers will be required to wear this jersey three to six times this season. James was asked if he’d wear sleeves again.“If the fans love them, I love them,” he said, giving a diplomatic answer. “If our fans love the uniforms, I’ll wear them for 48 (minutes). I’m so used to the sleeveless cutoffs, the tank top. I’ve been playing in tank tops all my life.”(TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Isles Slip Past Blue Jackets, 3-2

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio — Skating the length of the ice with the puck on a 2-on-none breakaway, Josh Bailey decided to let Kyle Okposo have the glory of getting the winning goal.Okposo got his second goal of the game on a drop pass from Bailey at 2:16 of overtime to lift the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Dec. 12.“Just happy to see that one go in,” Bailey said of Okposo’s eighth. “I didn’t want to just take an end to end breakaway knowing Okie was there.”Apparently Bailey was too busy to hear Okposo’s instructions.“I was yelling at him to just take it but I was prepared for it,” he said. “In that situation sometimes you drop it but it worked out. I just tried to make the goalie bite.”Frans Nielsen also scored and Jaroslav Halak had 28 saves as New York improved to 7-0-2 in its last nine games.Brandon Saad and Cam Atkinson had goals for Columbus, which has one win in its last seven (1-3-3). The Blue Jackets had a potential winning goal in the final minute of regulation overturned by a video review.Even with the Islanders’ strong record of late, coach Jack Capuano wasn’t pleased after the game. He thought his team provided Columbus with energy.“If you look at the chances we gave them it came from mismanaging the puck,” Capuano said. “I’m disappointed, our decision making has to be better. I understand we have some skill guys but sometimes they want to make the sexy play and that’s not the right play to make. You’ve got to take what’s available to you.”Curtis McElhinney finished with 16 saves while making a second consecutive start since Sergei Bobrovksy suffered a strained groin late on Dec. 8 against the visiting Kings. Bobrovksy is expected to be on the shelf for three weeks.In overtime, Bailey and Okposo broke in alone. Approaching the crease, Bailey left it for Okposo, who made a forehand to backhand move then tucked the puck past McElhinney for his eighth.Columbus mounted a charge the second half of the game. Atkinson made it 2-apiece at 8:20 on a long slap shot for his ninth and third in the third period the last two games.The Blue Jackets then thought they won it with 48 seconds remaining, but the goal was overturned in the league’s video review room. It was ruled Boone Jenner used a “distinct kicking motion” to convert a rushing Saad’s centering pass.“It went of my stick and I just kind of lost it with the goalie and everything,” Jenner said. “Replay showed I guess there was a kicking motion. I can’t do anything about it now.”In a blurry sequence in the crease it appeared the pass hit Jenner’s stick then maybe hit his skate or even trickled in off the stick of defenseman Travis Hamonic.“I’m happy we came back to get one (point),” Columbus coach John Tortorella said. “But we’ve got try and figure out getting that extra point in these types of games if we’re going to get from underneath the water.”Okposo made it 1-0 with 4:39 remaining in the first period. He stole a bad breakout pass toward the middle of the ice by Gregory Campbell then quickly snapped a shot over McElhinney’s glove.Saad tied it at 5:08 of the second period when Jenner’s spinning centering pass deflected off his skate past Halak. The goal was Saad’s 10th ending an 11-game drought, one short of tying his career long skid.The Islanders responded just 57 seconds later on the power play with Nielsen scoring his 12th. At the top of the crease he controlled a bouncing puck and squibbed a weak, low shot by McElhinney’s outstreched arm and David Savard on his knees at the goal line.“I think that we’ve done a pretty good job of getting a couple points when we haven’t been at our best,” Okposo said. “We’ve just got to find a way to get back to that level because we know we can’t sustain this.”(ROBERT DENHARD)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ripped shirts, a punctured ball and no goals in 0-0 draw

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares LILLE, France (AP). There were several ripped shirts and even a burst ball during France’s 0-0 draw with Switzerland on Sunday at the European Championship.The scoreless result was good enough for both teams, with the host French taking first place in Group A and the Swiss moving on to the round of 16 in second place.France twice hit the crossbar as it again squandered numerous chances, but the torn Switzerland shirts and the ball being ripped apart during a challenge will likely end up being the most memorable moments of the match at Stade Pierre Mauroy.“It means there was a lot of fight on the pitch,” Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer said. “For us and for the country it’s important to be in the last 16.”Switzerland midfielder Admir Mehmedi’s shirt was torn in the first half, forcing him to the sidelines for a backup. Teammate Granit Xhaka then had his ripped once in each half, and teen striker Breel Embolo also slightly tore the back of his in the first half.“If a shirt is pulled, they can come apart,” Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said. “There were four (ripped) tonight. When you pull shirts they do actually break.”France coach Deschamps preferred to turn his attention to the rough state of the pitch, which cut up in places.“It was better than the pitch we saw at Marseille (against Albania) but it’s annoying,” he said. “I don’t know who is responsible, but we are only in the group stage of the competition and having such a pitch is not a good thing.”Then there was an issue with the official Adidas “Beau Jeu” ball.As France pushed for a goal in the second half, forward Antoine Griezmann was dribbling when Switzerland midfielder Valon Behrami stepped in to tackle. The two converged on the ball and it burst, with Behrami picking up the deflated leather and showing it to Slovenian referee Damir Skomina.Just like in its previous games against Romania and Albania, France failed to turn pressure into goals.“Everyone hopes we play better, the players do and so do I,” Deschamps said. “I’m not blind, I know we can do better — but a new competition starts for us on Sunday.”Even with a new ball to strike, France’s shots lacked conviction, and Griezmann held his head in his hands when he placed his strike too close to Sommer after swapping passes with striker Andre-Pierre Gignac and bursting into the area.Switzerland’s Blerim Dzemaili, center, fights for the ball with Yohan Cabaye, left, during the Euro 2016 Group A soccer match between Switzerland and France at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d’Ascq, near Lille, France, Sunday, June 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)There was a hint of bad luck, too.Paul Pogba hit the crossbar in the first half with a swerving shot from 25 meters and substitute Dimitri Payet did the same in the 75th minute with a superb volley following a surging run down the right and cross to the back post from midfielder Moussa Sissoko.Pogba also went close twice early in the first half, drawing smart saves from Sommer.“Paul really was the driving force during the first half,” Deschamps said. “He was the heart and soul.”The Swiss threatened mainly on the break, using the 19-year-old Embolo’s pace, but France looked more likely to score as Payet shot just wide from outside the penalty area late on.In the other Group A match, Albania beat Romania 1-0 and finished in third place with three points.Thanks to Pogba, it seemed like France’s midfield dominance might make the difference in the first half, but good situations were wasted.Shortly after France center half Laurent Koscielny failed to direct his header on target following a flurry of corners, the defender then had to block Embolo’s slanting shot in the 30th minute following a rare Swiss foray.France’s main threat in the second half was Sissoko, who made another powerful run and then fed the ball to Gignac, whose 53rd-minute shot was easily saved by Sommer. He had also scuffed a first-half chance after Griezmann had set him up near the penalty spot.French fans chanted for Payet.But having scored an 89th-minute winner against Romania in a 2-1 win and an injury-time strike in the 2-0 win against Albania, he could not repeat it this time.last_img read more

1 Last Doubt for Zidane: Creative Isco or Overpowering Bale?

first_imgMADRID (AP) — Zinedine Zidane has one last dilemma to solve before Real Madrid takes on Juventus in the Champions League final on Saturday.Will he go with the overpowering Gareth Bale in attack or keep the creative Francisco “Isco” Alarcon in midfield?“It’s going to be a difficult decision,” Zidane said. “They are two very good players who have been important for us. Bale has played less minutes but he has recovered from his injury. And we already know what kind of player Isco is.”Bale was a regular starter for Zidane until a right ankle injury sidelined the Wales forward for nearly three months earlier this season. Isco successfully took over Bale’s place in the squad and quickly became an important member in Zidane’s team.“Whatever decision (Zidane) makes, that’s final. I completely understand it,” Bale said. “I think Isco has been fantastic. He has been playing very well the last few weeks. He has helped the team.”The 27-year-old Bale has the disadvantage of limited playing time in the latter stages of the season. He missed the second leg of the quarterfinal against Bayern Munich and both semifinal matches against Atletico Madrid because of problems stemming from the ankle injury.On Tuesday, he said he has recovered but still wasn’t at “100 percent.”Zidane said Bale is ready to play, but didn’t give any hints on whether he would include him in the starting lineup or keep him on the bench.Even Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri weighed into the debate, saying the characteristics of the Madrid team change significantly depending on which player is in the lineup.“With Bale, they gain more depth,” Allegri said. “If Isco plays, he is a lot more technical.”Zidane said there was even a chance that both Bale and Isco would make it to the final.“They can play together as well,” Zidane said. “It happened in other 16 matches this season and maybe it can happen again in the final.”If Zidane makes that decision, he would likely take Karim Benzema out of the lineup.If only Bale plays, Madrid would have three men in the attack along with Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.But if Zidane goes with Isco, the Spanish national would play between the midfielders and the forwards. Isco thrived in that position, becoming one of the team’s best players late in the season.“With the 4-3-3 you can play more from the sides, with two players on the wings in the front,” midfielder Toni Kroos said. “And with the 4-4-2 you have two strikers in the middle, of course it changes the way we play, not only on offense, also defense. The coach will tell us what is best against this team on Saturday.”Bale scored a goal when Madrid defeated city rival Atletico Madrid in the 2014 final. He also was a starter in last season’s final. Isco was a second-half substitute in both finals.TALES AZZONI, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

David de Gea Under Scrutiny After Mistakes at Man United

first_imgMANCHESTER, England — It’s awards season in English soccer, typically a time to hail David de Gea’s contribution at Manchester United.Not this year.There was no chance of the Spain international making it into the Premier League’s team of the year for the sixth time in seven seasons when it was announced last week.He can also forget about being named Manchester United’s player of the year for the fifth time in six seasons, despite there being a dearth of alternatives.Indeed, De Gea probably wants this season to be over already.A hat trick of mistakes in three of United’s biggest games of the season over the last two weeks have crowned arguably the worst year of the 28-year-old Spaniard’s career.No longer is he being talked about as the best goalkeeper in the world. In fact, there’s an argument to say he shouldn’t be the No. 1 ‘keeper at United for its final two games of the season.Not that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is listening to the critics.“I don’t have any worries about him,” the United manager said after De Gea’s latest error, when he spilled a long-range shot to allow Chelsea to equalize in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.It was a mistake that could have huge ramifications, too, ending United’s realistic chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.Naturally, De Gea retained the backing of his teammates.“He’s been the best player at the club for seven, eight years consistently,” United striker Romelu Lukaku said. “I don’t think we should discredit him and say all of a sudden he’s a bad goalkeeper.”De Gea has been peerless in the Premier League for some time. Many will point to his display in United’s 1-0 win at Tottenham in January, when he was in the right place at the right time and made 11 saves — the most he’s ever made in a single Premier League game.Yet, it is the mistakes that will more likely be remembered in a season when his halo slipped.His year to forget started at the World Cup in Russia, when De Gea allowed a shot from Cristiano Ronaldo to ricochet off his hand and bobble over the goal line. He later bemoaned the lack of support from the Spanish public “in a difficult moment in my life” and said “I haven’t killed anyone.”Even before the World Cup, he had let a shot from Switzerland defender Stephan Lichtsteiner creep under his arms, leading to a goal in a warm-up game.The Spanish jeers returned two weeks ago when he allowed a tame shot from Lionel Messi go underneath his body and into the net in a Champions League match at the Camp Nou. The mistake was shown on the stadium’s big screen just before De Gea came out for the second half, and Barcelona fans bowed to him, mockingly, and chanted his name as he took his position in goal for the restart.A week later, he failed to keep out a shot that went straight at him from Leroy Sane, conceding a goal that clinched Manchester City’s 2-0 win in the derby. Then came the mistake against Chelsea.Earlier this season, he fumbled a header from Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi into his own net in a 2-2 draw in the Premier League.A few theories have been put forward for his dip in form, ranging from a simple lack of confidence to issues with his concentration amid negotiations with United over a new deal. He only has one year left on his contract and continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid.United has a perfectly adequate replacement in Sergio Romero. The Argentina goalkeeper rarely fails to impress when he stands in for De Gea in cup competitions and must be the most highly-qualified understudy in English soccer.Is it time for a change ahead of United’s final two games, against Huddersfield and Cardiff? It is another big call for Solskjaer, at a time when his position at Old Trafford is starting to be questioned.De Gea has already answered his critics in England. After some errors — particularly aerially — in the first half of his debut season at United in 2011-12, he was dropped by Alex Ferguson and accused by some pundits of being too slight for the rough and tumble of the Premier League.He was back in the team within a few weeks and has hardly looked back.Can De Gea bounce back again?By: Steve Douglas, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Garry Kasparov: “Machines Will Never Replace Human Creativity”

first_imgGarry Kasparov, a living legend of chess, held the audience of an international forum of Microsoft in Athens captive with his speech on “The Bright Future of Human + Machine”.Referring to his legendary chess game with an IBM computer, Kasparov admitted that “when I was defeated by Deep Blue in 1997 I lost because I made more mistakes. Deep Blue however was not some brilliant machine; on the contrary, it just did not repeat the same tactic when it played chess.”“There should not be a dilemma of man or machine,” said Kasparov, explaining that “when human intuition and experience collaborate with analytic power and the speed of machines, they can achieve many things.” Concluding he underlined that “machines will neither replace human creativity nor emotional sensitivity, but they can help us explore new horizons which we can’t even imagined.”TweetPinShare1414 Shareslast_img read more

Can we trust the cloud for video analytics?

first_img “We are going to be installing driver monitoring systems in all of our Las Vegas limos. Great article!nn- Petenhttp://www.limosonthestrip.com” Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. 3 thoughts on “Can we trust the cloud for video analytics?” NBM Systems says: Video analytics are used to examine objects, people, situations, and more, and to then generate conclusions using deep learning and computer vision algorithms. Many implementations send footage over the cloud for processing, but is that such a good idea? The cloud is a useful and powerful resource for storing and processing data, but — as video cameras become more ubiquitous and more intelligent — the question of whether video analytics should be performed locally or remotely must be addressed. Issues of privacy, safety, security, and cost are strong grounds for the use of edge processing, meaning performing the video analysis onsite (i.e., edge analytics). With CES 2017 starting in just a couple of days at the time of this writing, a variety of cutting-edge prototypes will be showcased — what trend will take the crown?Every fraction of a second counts in ADAS One of the most pervasive uses of video analytics is in the automotive industry for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) in highly-automated vehicles (HAVs). The vision systems on HAVs use multiple cameras to identify traffic signals, vehicles, pedestrians, and other indicators, and then respond accordingly. This requires split-second response times and any delay is intolerable. So, relying on a remote server to process the data is not an option. Even if the communication speed is theoretically adequate, the data from each camera covering every angle of the vehicle, together with the growing number of camera-equipped vehicles, could stress available bandwidth, thereby causing an unacceptable delay. Driver monitoring systems make sure the driver is alert when receiving the control from automated features (Source: Unsplash) Since most HAVs aren’t fully autonomous and rely on a human driver, many systems include inward-directed cameras to assist with the handoff between the ADAS features and the human. One such driver monitoring system (DMS) is CoDriver by Jungo Connectivity, which has been named a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree. This solution uses deep learning, machine learning, and computer vision algorithms to monitor the people inside the car and thus reduce crashes caused by drowsy or distracted drivers. According to ABI Research, camera-based DMSs like this one will reach 17.5 million annual shipments within a decade.Virtual assistants will be able to see everything Always-listening virtual assistants are already present in millions of homes. The next progression that will make virtual assistants even smarter and more helpful is the ability to see. An example of this is the always-seeing Koova camera robot, another 2017 CES Innovation Award Honoree. This small portable camera is capable of tracking movement, detecting and recognizing faces, and sending alerts or notifications according to customized settings. It allows the user to define specific activity zones for greater protection, as well as “blockout zones,” which are not to be monitored (presumably to address privacy concerns), but is that enough? With each advance in technology, privacy concerns arise. Koova 2 portable camera robot (Source: Amaryllo International) Always-listening assistants like Amazon’s Alexa were criticized for sending everything uttered in the privacy of the home to the cloud for analysis. Still, the Amazon Echo was purchased by millions of consumers, regardless of those concerns. Will visual recordings also receive the same acceptance? One example for the value of edge analytics is the Arlo camera from NEATGEAR, a 2015 CES award holder. In addition to features like HD video, night vision, and motion detection, the camera also comes with free access to seven days of audio and motion-triggered recordings in the cloud. By performing the activity detection onsite, the company can upload only the desired footage to their servers. Thus, instead of recording 24 hours of video, they actually record an average of only a few minutes or less per day. Think of the server space cost reduction for them!Recent events indicate that the Arlo camera is now on the brink of becoming a whole lot smarter. This anticipation stems from NETGEAR’s acquisition of Placemeter, a tech company specializing in computer vision analytics. Placemeter’s technology will enable the security camera to distinguish between motion and background scenery, and to classify any moving objects as people, bikes, motorcycles, cars, or larger vehicles. These features, like the ones of the Koova described above, are part of a strong trend towards intelligent home security cameras. Arlo wire-free and weatherproof security camera (Source: Arlo) Eye-tracking for hands-free communication In the category of tech for a better world, Tobii Dynavox PCEye Mini was named CES 2017 Best of Innovation Awards Honoree. This eye-tracker is designed for individuals who do not have use of their hands due to physical and cognitive disabilities. By using cameras, an illuminator, and image processing algorithms, it enables users to control a computer, laptop, or tablet using only their eyes. This type of technology has the potential to significantly enrich lives. Here, though, both issues of time delay and privacy are critical. No one would want their ability to communicate dependent on the availability of an Internet connection. Also, for users who truly have no other way to communicate, cloud processing means that everything they ever say is relayed to a remote server. That is a far cry from an always-listening virtual assistant that can easily be turned off whenever the user wants some real privacy.The power of edge processing It seems there is a very strong case in support of edge processing for many different use cases of video analytics. Delayed response time, vulnerability of sensitive data, and increased data traffic are some of the impediments caused by remote cloud processing that place an edge-based solution in favor. However, while edge processing does reduce data transmission, it also increases the workload on the edge device. This means that small, portable, battery-operated devices will end up running some heavy-duty algorithms. For this to be effective, the vision processor must be highly efficient. It should be able to perform the intense processing required by deep learning and vision algorithms while using extremely low power. If these criteria are met, the edge solution becomes more beneficial than the remote solution.Yair Siegel is Director of Segment Marketing, CEVA. His focus is on computer vision, deep learning, audio, voice, and always-on technologies for use in mobile phones, virtual reality, augmented reality, and other consumer devices. An example for these use-cases was set in a recent collaboration between Himax Imaging, emza Visual Sense and CEVA. The companies have developed an always-on, low-power visual sensor able to detect, track, and classify objects at the edge device, hence enabling real-time alerts while minimizing the amount of data transmitted to the cloud. The companies will showcase this WiseEye IoT sensor at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, January 5-8, 2017 in Las Vegas. Continue Reading Previous IoT design needs system focusNext Requirements for OTA software updates for connected embedded devices “https://www.embedded.com” Peter_10023 says: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Analog, Coprocessors, Digital, Industry October 22, 2017 at 5:03 pm Log in to Reply Log in to Reply “This is fantastic! My company will be using this for sure! nnThanks for the tipsnn- https://www.abogadosdeaccidentesflorida.com“ April 20, 2018 at 9:26 am February 8, 2017 at 10:02 pm LaurenD says: last_img read more

What’s the right channel count for mixed signal oscilloscopes?

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Test & Measurement (Source: Tektronix) The mixed signal oscilloscope was first introduced in 1993 and featured two analog channels paired with 8 or 16 digital channels.  In the ensuing years, the channel counts for mainstream MSOs – the go-to debug tool for embedded systems designers – became essentially locked in at 2 or 4 analog channels and 16 digital channels. The MSO was embraced by embedded designers, because it extended their visibility from two or four signals to as many as 20 signals, without having to reach for their tool of last resort – the logic analyzer.Despite this channel count’s long run and broad market acceptance, is it still right for today’s embedded systems? For oscilloscope manufacturers and embedded systems designers alike, it’s a question worth asking. Manufacturers need to know if they are delivering test capabilities customers actually want and are willing to pay for. Designers need the right tool for the job. This thinking led to multiple research projects involving embedded systems engineers from around the world to look a little deeper into the topic of scope channel counts. What we learned informed much of the thinking in the new 5 Series MSO that increases the number of available analog channels to 6 or 8, and offers from 8 to 64 digital channels. The digital channels can also be re-configured on the fly.Given the success of 4-channel MSOs over the years, it’s safe to say that the traditional number of analog and digital channels has served most embedded designers well enough, or perhaps more to the point, they have been able to make it work. But a significant number – 35 percent in our research – said they ideally wanted 8 analog channels.In the past when these engineers needed more than 4 analog inputs, they would try to use two scopes together. This practice of “cascading” multiple scopes creates several challenges. To synchronize the acquisitions, the scopes must be triggered at the same instant, requiring cabling (or double-probing) and creative trigger setups. Comparing data on two displays is difficult, so many engineers take the raw data from the two scopes and use a PC to merge the waveforms for evaluation. This synchronization is time-consuming with two identical scope models, but it becomes even more problematic when using different scope models.On the digital side, it turns out that less can be just as important as more. In some cases, engineers were frustrated when they were forced to buy 16 digital channels when they really only wanted eight. In our research, approximately 75% percent of respondents said they wanted something other than 16 digital channels. Some wanted more, some wanted fewer.For embedded systems designers, the scope characteristic that stands out even more than channel count is flexibility. Our research found that 79 percent of embedded engineers want oscilloscopes that are “future proofed” and multi-purposed to serve the varied needs of overstretched design teams.When we talked to embedded designers about the design phase at which they encountered the need for more channels and flexibility, the most common answer was during system-level troubleshooting.  When multiple subsystems start coming together, with multiple processors, multiple power rails, multiple serial buses, and multiple I/O devices, that’s when system-level visibility can become critical. The traditional approach to troubleshooting with a scope is to take multiple two- or four-channel captures, making one’s way backward against the signal path to get to the root cause of a failure. In today’s systems that process input from multiple sensors to drive multiple actuators while communicating over multiple buses, this approach can be painful. These embedded computing systems, incorporating sensors, actuators, processing power and communications will form the distributed smarts in the growing Internet of Things (IoT).Another pain point embedded engineers shared during our research stems from the proliferation of power rails in today’s systems. To optimize for both power consumption, performance and speed, even a relatively simple system might have a 12 V bulk supply, a couple of 5 V supplies, a 3.3-volt supply and a 1.8 V supply. Verifying and troubleshooting the turn-on and turn-off sequence of these supplies, especially in relation to other control or status signals on their boards requires more channels or more tests.Some creative engineers reported that they use the variable thresholds on digital MSO channels to check power sequencing. In this case, they set the thresholds of the digital channels slightly below the nominal voltage level of the supply and used this setup to generate a “timing diagram” of power supplies, reset lines, interrupts, status lines and so on.  The obvious shortcoming in this approach is the power supplies are represented as binary waveforms, ignoring the analog characteristics of the signals. Most engineers prefer to perform this testing and troubleshooting using analog channels.For many applications, the traditional 4 analog/16 digital configuration may be all that’s needed. But if something new comes along – and our bet is that it will – it could be comforting to know that some other options are finally available.Wilson Lee is Senior Manager, Marketing at Tektronix.  Previously to joining Tektronix, Wilson has had over 25 years of technical marketing, technical sales leadership roles – with manufacturers such as CTS Electronic Components, as well technical/value add distributors such as Richardson RFPD, and Premier Farnell. Wilson has heavily focused on design within the RF/Wireless, Industrial Power, and Industrial Automation market segments. Wilson earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree at Cornell University. While living in NY, Chicago and Asia through his career, he currently resides in Greater Portland, Oregon. center_img Continue Reading Previous The app-ortunities in connected lightingNext 2017 Embedded Market Surveylast_img read more

LDRA opens office in Germany

first_imgLDRA has opened an office in Munich to meet customer demand for a more tightly integrated approach to software quality. The office will support new and existing customers in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland who are building safety- and security-critical applications for aerospace and defence, automotive, industrial controls, medical, and rail transportation.Companies in these industries are facing increased pressure and scrutiny to develop high-assurance software that guarantees safe and secure operation in all environments and under all conditions. Many companies find that loosely integrated point solutions no longer sufficiently address the functional safety and security standards adopted by OEMs and required of their software development organizations. Standards such as AUTOSAR, SAE J3061, ISO 26262, and MISRA for automotive; D0-178C for aerospace; IEC 61508 for industrial; IEC 62304 for medical devices; and EN 50128 for rail transportation demand rigorous compliance and affect all aspects of software development and verification. Complying with these process and development standards using traditional manual methods is time-consuming, costly, and error-prone.A tightly integrated approach such as that provided by the LDRA tool suite enables customers to more easily and cost-effectively address all compliance requirements of high-assurance software. The LDRA tool suite automates a completely bidirectional, traceable solution that connects the entire workflow from objectives of the process standards, to functional, safety, and security requirements, to static and dynamic software testing. The tool suite as a whole simplifies and reduces the cost of compliance, automates testing and artifact generation, and improves software quality. With the LDRA tool suite customers can incorporate industry- and company-specific coding standards. They also can leverage integrations with modeling tools such as IBM Rhapsody, ANSYS SCADE, Mathworks Simulink, and Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and requirements tools such as DOORS, DOORS NextGen, and Polarion.In addition, LDRA provides scalable solutions that enable customers to start with a single capability such as static analysis, coding standards compliance, unit testing, or coverage analysis, and then build into the full tool suite to address certification requirements at the highest levels of assurance.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Silicon Labs: Wireless Xpress modules deliver Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity with zero programmingNext Garz & Fricke becomes official Qt Distributorlast_img read more

CommAgility to accelerate development of mobile devices and base stations for 4G, 5G and private networks

first_imgCommAgility has announced a new reference platform for LTE UEs (mobile devices), enhanced its existing LTE eNodeB (base station) reference platform and released a new graphical LTE Management Tool. The reference platforms provide an integrated, fully tested solution, combining CommAgility processing hardware and 3GPP Rel 10 LTE software to deliver a low-cost starting point that accelerates system development and deployment for 4G/5G researchers, product developers and LTE network engineers. The LTE Management Tool provides an easy-to-use graphical user interface which enables straightforward system evaluation, configuration, and monitoring. With the CommAgility roadmap to 5G solutions, systems built with these reference platforms have the ability to progress beyond today’s LTE.Based on the Texas Instruments TCI6638K2K SoC and a Kintex-7 FPGA, the CA-D8A4-RF4 UE reference platform provides a high-performance LTE UE with up to 300Mbps download and the four integrated wideband RF transceiver channels support any frequency between 410MHz and 6GHz. Highlighting its flexibility is the ability to alternatively function as an LTE eNodeB with different software and FPGA firmware loads.The eNodeB platform is based on CommAgility’s CA-K2L-RF2, a high-performance ARM/DSP-based processing/RF card which includes two integrated wideband RF transceiver channels. The CA-K2L-RF2 uses the Texas Instruments TCI6630K2L SoC and AFE7503 integrated RF transceiver. Variants with integrated TX power amplifiers are available for almost all LTE bands. Along with the LTE Management Tool, both reference platforms include CommAgility’s industry-leading LTE PHY and Stack software provided in binary format.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Orsec boosts next-gen intelligence solution with DPI software by Rohde & SchwarzNext Port: protocol library PROFINET RT1-CCB und EtherNet/IP as one packagelast_img read more