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 Next-generation sound systems to minimise background noise

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Date posted: 24/07/2009

The whole listening experience in cars, cinemas, theatres, and even during videoconferences, is likely to improve radically thanks to a new set of tools for application development being assembled by European researchers.

Automobiles are increasingly using embedded systems to maximise efficiency in all sorts of ways, including the efficiency of sound systems.

As the architecture of IT systems, including embedded systems, becomes ever more complex, designing applications to run across platforms - which may incorporate many different types of processor with different performance characteristics - is becoming increasingly difficult.

From the developers? viewpoint, writing code to make new applications work with a variety of different processors is a difficult, expensive and time-consuming process.

The EU-funded HARTES project was set up to automate as much of this process as possible, to make it much quicker and more cost effective to bring new applications to market by freeing up developers to concentrate on high-level creative work while the drudgery is taken care of by a new tool chain.

HARTES? office manager, Roberto Marega, says the core of the project is developing the tool chain which comprises a series of specialist tools related to application development. ?These take the developer?s high-level software algorithm and code it to run on the different processors and parts of processors,? he explains.

Although the implications are important across a number of sectors and industries, the researchers chose to use a car as a laboratory to run applications as a testbed for the tool chain and for their proof-of-concept demonstrations.

The car lab was in the form of a specially kitted out Mercedes SUV, and the applications to be validated using the lab were all in the field of infotainment and, specifically, those with an audio component.

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