Students build a really cool computer Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 1/31/2007 Post a comment Not exactly a "micro" -- this beast comprises nine square feet of prototype boards, sixty yards of wire, seventy-nine LEDs, and fifty-three integrated circuits.
Get progressive in telecom Blog 1/29/2007 Post a comment The United States needs to rewrite two key parts of its telecom policy. Universal service must be brought into the 21st century to address not the lack of a phone line, but the lack of broadband.
The mystery of RF RF & Microwave Designline Blog 1/25/2007 Post a comment So many people don't know how it all works. And, either they don't ask or we're not telling, but the mystery remains.
Circumventing the HD Format Wars Blog 1/25/2007 Post a comment The HD Format War rages on, but some companies are finding innovative and compelling product offerings. LG made an announcement at CES 2007 launching their new dual-format high-definition DVD player that plays back Blu-ray Disc and HD DVDs. Warner Home Video did the same with their "Total Hi Def" disc.
Do NOT press that big red button! Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 1/25/2007 Post a comment While giving a tour of a data center, a manager flipped what he thought was a light switch; sadly, this turned out to be an ill-placed control for an entire bank of servers...
Air leaks = noise problems Audio DesignLine Blog 1/24/2007 Post a comment If you have unwanted "escaped noise" you can find and fix it. Just think like the wind. Follow the "holes" in your walls, ceilings, and floors. You'll be amazed how much quieter things can be with the application of putty, sealing foam, and spackle.
Low power standards ignore CEA's power directives? Blog 1/22/2007 Post a comment If controversy is a measure of criticality, then the lack of a Low Power Standards is dooming many design in progress to failure. A letter writer suggests that EDA vendors are ignoring the users community in developing a low power standard.
Experts' insights Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 1/22/2007 Post a comment Industry experts are often pretty helpful, especially when it's time for making plans. But their input isn't a substitute for personal analysis.
Blue Line helps bottom line Blog 1/18/2007 Post a comment In honor of CES, I've been putting up all kinds of home networking articles and info on how to ease the chore of networking everything together. Today I saw an announcement of an award for a technology that you might consider when you tie all of your home technology together.
CES 2007 -- Reflecting on displays Blog 1/18/2007 Post a comment The best way to sum up CES 2007 is to quote Charles Dickens, "It was the best of times...It was the worst of times." There were several highpoints of the show with innovations coming from as far away as MacWorld. However, first and foremost, CES 2007 was about displays -- all types of displays.
Camera for the car guy Automotive DesignLine Blog 1/18/2007 Post a comment If what you do behind the wheel qualifies as "action" (at least in your mind) here is a cool way to chronicle it--and impress that special someone.
A positive plethora of cool websites! Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 1/17/2007 Post a comment Here are some cool sites that have crossed my desk in the last couple of days, from transistor museums to the dangers of using restrooms to the horrors of Wii.
Federal government to get involved in RoHS-like legislation SmartEnergy Designline Blog 1/17/2007 Post a comment The federal government is expected to get involved in RoHS-like legislation now that Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA), who has supported federal legislation in the past that would ban certain hazardous materials, is taking the top spot in the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials.
NXP withdrawal threatens ST's game plan Blog 1/16/2007 Post a comment NXP's confirmation of what had been rumored, that it is pulling out of the Crolles semiconductor R&D alliance, is a problem for STMicroelectronics NV and could mean the end of the R&D alliance. It seems inconceivable that the alliance could continue into another phase as a duo of ST and Freescale Semiconductor Inc., with increased costs and lower economies of scale, which means ST must find new partners and quickly.
Farm labor not involved here Blog 1/15/2007 Post a comment EDAC was accused of including Intellectual Property (IP) revenue in the total revenue for EDA, and of "cherry picking" by inflating said revenue by including companies that are not members of the consortium in the total figure.
CES Wrap Up: Fine and 3-D displays, shallow projections Blog 1/13/2007 Post a comment By the end of the show Sharp had fixed their Super High Resolution 8.84-megapixel 4k LCD demo (eliminating the subtle horizontal streaking problem I had seen earlier), and I must say it was among the finest non-theatrical displays I have seen. I stood there, about a foot from the 64" screen mesmerized by the detail.
CES 2007 - Highlights from the floor on Day 3 Blog 1/11/2007 Post a comment Well, I spent today wandering the Central and South halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show. I stopped to visit with several manufacturers to talk about products and trends for 2007.
CES Blog: Dispatch from the format wars Blog 1/10/2007 Post a comment Many homes in the U.S. are already wired with coax, originally for distribution of cable-TV. Now two competing standards for taking advantage of that installed network for home A/V signal distribution are engaged in yet another standards competition, and they've got cable-TV companies lined up taking sides. In the HANA camp, Cablevision and Charter. But in the MOCA camp, heavyweight Comcast, with quite a few more homes.
Apple polishing Blog 1/10/2007 Post a comment While everybody else is raving about the splash Steve Jobs and company made with the i-Phone, I'm thinking about the future of the company's PC business.
Safeguarding software Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 1/10/2007 Post a comment As more and more industrial networks move towards Ethernet and TCP/IP, protecting proprietary software is becoming a bit more difficult.
CES 2007 - Day 2 Blog 1/10/2007 Post a comment Impressions of Day 2 of the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show. CES can be characterized as the largest and most attended to date. The show floors and public spaces are crowded as I've never seen them before. I've been coming to CES for the past 25-years, and I've never seen it so crowded.
At CES: Panasonic and Sony camcorders, Sharp displays Blog 1/9/2007 Post a comment Panasonic introduced a new compact 3-CCD high def camcorder that records on flash memory cards, holding roughly 20-minutes at highest quality on a 2-GB SD card (and handling larger cards). The best thing for consumers, though, is that Panasonic is also making HDTVs with built-in SD card readers. So the hi def recordings play back directly on the TV, no special player required.
CES 2007 - Day 1 Blog 1/9/2007 Post a comment Unlike yesterday, which has been dubbed Press Day, Monday, January 8th was the official opening day of the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show. This Blog covers Hitachi, EchoStar, and DirecTV.
What's ahead for passives in 2007? Blog 1/8/2007 Post a comment The passives components market has revitalized itself with new products and supply chain services since being devastated by the industry's worst downturn seven years ago, What's next for 2007? John Denslinger, Murata's executive vice president, talked in an interview about how 2006 wrapped up and where he thinks 2007 is heading.
CES 2007 - Press Day Blog 1/8/2007 Post a comment Traditionally, the day before CES opens there are numerous manufacturers who hold press conferences making product or technology announcements. This year was no different, and there were approx. 15 press events today. What I will try to do with this and subsequent Blogs is offer highlights and insights of what I've seen each day.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.