Delaware North Sportservice provides food concessions to fans at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox baseball team. Delaware North operates 20,000 square feet of food service areas that feed up to 40,000 hungry fans per game. The company needed to replace old light box menu boards with cost-effective digital displays to improve promotion of food items and drive visitor traffic to the Chicago Sports Depot retail store.
Maverik is a regional convenience store chain that operates more than 270 convenience stores with a brand identity and décor theme around adventure, sports, and the outdoors. Maverik needed a digital signage program to reinforce the brand, drive foot traffic from the pump stations into the store, and promote food purchases.
This in depth study addresses questions, such as “Is their enough physical space to install the fibers I need?” “Can I install the topology needed and still provide room for future expansion and ensure adequate fiber protection?”
Nearly all the transportation and distribution companies in a market are governed by the similar labor laws, pay the same fuel prices and share the same roads. So why are some much more successful than others? Winning T&L companies don’t rely on cyclical business conditions to be successful. They can be profitable in any business conditions because they are differentiated, either in the services they offer customers or in their underlying business processes.
The focus of this paper is a combined electrical, thermal and optical characterization of power LED assemblies. Thermal management play important role in case of power LEDs, necessitating both physical measurements and simulation.
"As the number of enhancements to various Hardware Description Languages (HDLs) has increased over the past year, so too has the complexity of determining which language is best for a particular design. Many designers and organizations are contemplating whether they should switch from one HDL to another.
This paper compares the technical characteristics of three, general-purpose HDLs.
For companies that are evaluating mobile computers, several key considerations should drive the decision. Among these are whether the solution fits now, whether it will fit in the future and whether it will pay for itself in the short term.
Many transportation companies and other businesses that perform pickup, delivery or other services at customer sites have an excellent opportunity to improve cash flow -- without having to add customers or sell more to existing ones.
A powerful signal integrity analysis tool must be flexibility, easy to use and integrated into an existing EDA framework and design flow. In addition, it is important for the tool to be accurate enough. This report reviews a validation study for the Mentor Graphics HyperLynx 8.0 PI tool to establish confidence in using it for power integrity analysis.
For advanced signaling over high-loss channels, designs today are using equalization and several new measurement methods to evaluate the performance of the link. Both simulation and measurement tools support equalization and the new measurement methods, but correlation of results throughout the design flow is unclear. In this paper a high performance equalizing serial data link is measured and the performance is compared to that predicted by simulation. Then, the differences between simulation and measurements are discussed as well as methods to correlate the two.
High Density Interconnect (HDI) is being used more often to meet the growing need for more complex designs in smaller form factors. Beyond some of the more obvious electrical effects of using smaller vias, there is also an impact to the power integrity of a board using HDI. This includes different effects of mounted inductances of decoupling capacitors, changes in plane performance due to reduction in perforation from chip pinouts, and the inherent plane-capacitance changes from using dielectrics of various thicknesses. This paper will examine and quantify these effects, using numerous design examples, including a large conventional through-hole design board that was reduced using HDI.
The success of any consumer electronic device depends to a large extent on the appeal of the user interface (UI) and how easy the device is to use. Studies show that good cosmetic design can encourage users to explore the full range of features and often engenders the perception that a product is easier to use. So if the benefits of a great looking, easy-to-use UI are so clear, why are so many products still falling short of customer expectations? The solution lies in taking a fresh new approach a consumer electronic device UI plays. By identifying common UI functionality and implementing it in a reusable and customizable way, we can make it far easier for embedded engineers to deliver visually engaging and easy-to-use consumer electronic products.
Moving to C++ presents opportunities for higher programmer productivity. The requirements of embedded systems, however, demand that the adoption of C++ be carefully measured for the performance impact of run-time costs present in C++, but not in C. This talk suggests strategies for developers who are starting their acquaintance with C++.
The NPD Group, a market research firm, estimates that 50 to 70 percent of fast-food sales happen in the drive-thru lane. That’s in an industry that does an estimated $200 billion in annual sales across some 240,000 locations.