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Smart motes mean new life for 8-bit MCUs
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1/31/2005   Post a comment
Consider, if you will, the lowly 8-bit microcontroller. To many designers, it is the epitome of the bad old days-the days when not only performance, but I/O configurations and even processor architecture were dominated by the constraints of a minuscule transistor budget. "Never again" might well be the vow of hardware designers and programmers who have wrestled a slow and helpless 8048 or 6805 MCU into a mildly demanding application.
Pocket Convergence
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1/27/2005   Post a comment
What was once a cell phone is now a cell phone, address book, portable game player, digital camera, camcorder, and GPS location device. Audio MP3 jukebox will be next, followed by video multimedia jukebox, and TV.
Wireless home automation battles heat up
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1/27/2005   Post a comment
Despite pressure from competing technologies, ZigBee will still win the home automation market.
Databeans says the Semiconductor Market needs to stabilize in 2005
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1/26/2005   Post a comment
Databeans says 2004 was a huge growth year for the semiconductor industry. All of the excitement seems to have passed. The semiconductor market needs to stabilize itself in 2005.
Saving energy
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1/25/2005   Post a comment
The California Energy Commission (CEC) opened a Rulemaking Proceeding to consider amendments to its current Appliance Efficiency Regulations. Know what your designs need to meet?
Displaying acquired data is an engineering feat in itself
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1/25/2005   1 comment
Too see or not to see? That's often a tough question in a crowded race car cockpit.
Intel's reinvention
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1/24/2005   Post a comment
Chip giant Intel Corp. went back to the future in a reorg last week that effectively returned the company's ambitions in communications silicon to about 1998. Tucking its wireless and wired comms business units inside the more traditional and successful notebook and server groups, Intel once again looks like a PC giant dabbling in related comms businesses.
Backwards to the future?
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1/24/2005   Post a comment
Dr. Frank says that it is inevitable that designs will run out of materials improvements that can be cost-effectively integrated into the manufacturing process, which means we will run out of ways to keep logic voltages from decreasing in proportion to device size. This has some strange implications such as the smallest transistors may not be the most power efficient. What to do?
Databeans says the Semiconductor Market needs to stabilize in 2005
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1/21/2005   Post a comment
Databeans says 2004 was a huge growth year for the semiconductor industry. All of the excitement seems to have passed. The semiconductor market needs to stabilize itself in 2005.
The Fruits of Networking
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1/21/2005   Post a comment
I discovered a CD-ROM that should be of interest to just about anyone who drives or has aging parents that drive.
Embedded systems disaster stories
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1/21/2005   Post a comment
To err is human, to learn from other's mistakes divine. Here in the Soapbox you can go one step further -- learn and share. We challenge you to share your embedded systems programming mistakes, disasters, and near misses whether they pertain to team miscommunication or technical errors.
The switch mode efficiency challenge
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1/20/2005   Post a comment
National Semiconductor's Paul Greenland talks about how an IC manufacturer can increase efficiency in a switch mode power supply in his latest blog.
Opinion
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1/17/2005   Post a comment
A growing chorus of informed voices is calling for change in the U.S. patent system. Some charge that huge companies protect their markets with massive portfolios of broad patents. A newcomer with limited legal resources, facing the threat of perpetual litigation, could feel compelled to cross-license or even abandon its technology. That punishes innovation instead of rewarding it, violating the very purpose of patents.
Fed meddling won't help solar era dawn
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1/17/2005   Post a comment
As David Lammers' interview with Richard E. Smalley makes clear (see Dec. 6, 2004, page 1), when it comes to solar energy, Professor Smalley gets some things right and some things wrong.
Selon le PDG de National, « la technologie personnelle » devrait dynamiser le secteur des circuits intégrés
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1/13/2005   Post a comment
La demande future de circuits intégrés ne devrait pas être dynamisée par les technologies de l’information, mais plus vraisemblablement par la technologie personnelle, a déclaré le Président-directeur général de National Semiconductor Corp. le 11 janvier 2005.
Saving the Universe
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1/13/2005   Post a comment
Dr. Frank takes us on a journey from the evolution of technology into the distant future, and talks about what life will be like in dozens, hundreds, or billions of years. Is energy finite? Will technology become stagnant? What can we do? Is there hope? He takes us through all these questions and brings us back safely. Good food for thought.
LEDs are Everywhere
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1/13/2005   Post a comment
Light emitting diodes were once almost exclusively used as status indicators on circuit boards or control panels. Green was "good," red was "bad." Today LEDs are everywhere. The real question to consider is what new emerging technologies and control schemes will be used to drive these new applications.
Brakes, gas, and steering don't work the way you think.
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1/12/2005   Post a comment
Tires and slip angles and throttles, oh my! You can use the throttle to steer and the steering to slow down. Is everything backwards on a race car?
It's not a straight line: Computing the Correct Drain to Source Resistance from V-I curves
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1/12/2005   Post a comment
Is the V-I curve of a MOSFET switch really a straight line as we imagined? The RDSON is clearly a function of the current through the MOSFET. But with the device alternating between peaks and valleys, what current value do we use? We can do a "worst-case analysis" based on the highest RDSON (an instantaneous value) along the V-I curve. But is that value really "worst case", or is it even worse than "worst-case"?! Power supply guru Sanjaya Maniktala celebrates his ann
Baisse des livraisons de circuits intégrés en novembre mais progression de l’analogique
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1/11/2005   Post a comment
Selon certains analystes, les livraisons mondiales de circuits intégrés ont affiché une baisse en novembre 2004, mais les stocks démesurés de puces commencent à s’épuiser au profit de quelques produits spécifiques sur le marché.
A fresh perspective
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1/10/2005   Post a comment
Yes, we do look a little different this week. It's the culmination of a year's worth of hard work and decades of evolution in the information publishing business.
Looking glass
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1/10/2005   Post a comment
Another year, and January dawns foggy, gray and drizzly. The rebound we enjoyed (did we really enjoy it?) was about as fast as that blackbird that zips by and disappears into the mists.
Mobile expert predicts a brain storm
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1/10/2005   Post a comment
Jeff Hawkins thinks he is on the verge of two breakthroughs.
Des analystes prévoient une hausse de 11 % du marché des circuits intégrés en Chine
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1/10/2005   Post a comment
Un récent rapport d’IC Insights prévoit une hausse de 11 % du marché des circuits intégrés en Chine, qui devrait atteindre 34,3 milliards de dollars en 2005. Ce marché deviendrait ainsi le plus grand marché régional de circuits intégrés au monde.
What's up down the road
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1/7/2005   Post a comment
The New Year offers anticipated developments in automotive electronics as well as driving the latest offerings that embody them.
MIMO set to soar in 05
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1/7/2005   Post a comment
If CES is an indicator, then MIMO will be one of the hot technologies in the WLAN sector in 2005.
How much Moore?
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1/6/2005   Post a comment
It's 2005 and blogger extraordinaire Dr. Michael Frank, gazes into his crystal ball and sees a new crop of product and process announcements. He pays homage to Gordon Moore saying "chalk up another success to the Moore-meister," if Intel meets its newest target for the Montecito processor. But, are we ready to move from CMOS processes? None of the candidate post-CMOS technologies seem to be on track to become an economically viable solution. Still, Dr Frank says there are reasons for hope.
A seemingly important data channel goes missing.
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
1/4/2005   Post a comment
With all the data that my dacq system accumulates, steering input isn't one of them. Not surprisingly, that leaves some big gaps in my post-race analysis.
The State of World Power
Power DesignLine Blog  
1/3/2005   Post a comment
I must share with you some research information that came across my desk recently from Databeans on the state of power ICs and power management. It just reinforces the raison d'etre of this Power Management DesignLine site and the need for current information and in-depth articles.
A plague on the industry
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1/1/2005   Post a comment
For years, the semiconductor industry coped with counterfeiting by burying its head in the sand. The word was rarely uttered in the boardroom or to suppliers, and never within earshot of a customer. It was the industry's version of "Don't ask, don't tell."
China's challenges
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1/1/2005   Post a comment
Founded a mere 20 years ago, Cisco Systems Inc. is an adolescent compared with its older siblings in the electronics industry. But when president and CEO John Chambers speaks, many in the global manufacturing economy pay close attention.
Virtual companies, virtual profits
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1/1/2005   Post a comment
The primary reason for operating a for-profit enterprise is profit, which is defined as the difference between a product's manufacturing cost and its selling price. Therefore, at least in theory, reducing product costs generates additional profit-and generating profit is a good thing, isn't it?
5 forecasts for '05
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1/1/2005   Post a comment
We're midway through the first decade of the new millennium, but first a bit of recent history. 2004 picked up where 2003 left off: The economic recovery continued, with strong corporate earnings and a surging job market. However, unlike '03, political concerns, high oil prices, inflation and the war on terror held equity markets back in '04. Nevertheless, Bush was re-elected and Martha Stewart went to jail, so we're hopefully safe from terrorists and homemaker merchandise moguls.


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