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The vertical-integration mandala keeps turning
Power DesignLine Blog  
1/30/2010   Post a comment
It's "back to the future" and "deja vu again", as IC vendors move into modules and multi-component devices
Are "RF" and "wireless" defined by their frequency or their media?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
1/30/2010   1 comment
Don't let our inherent ambiguity of common engineering terms cause unintentional confusion
SiliconBlue claims 100 design wins
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/30/2010   Post a comment
I recently spoke with Kapil Shankar, CEO of FPGA startup SiliconBlue Technologies, who told me the company now has over 100 design wins under its belt and will seek another round of financing in the next few months.
Point/Counterpoint: Apple's iPad, dud or must-have?
Blog  
1/29/2010   13 comments
Now that the decibel level has finally diminished, it's time to take a hard look at Apple Inc.'s latest attempt to influence the direction of consumer electronics and, to a large extent, the way we live: the iPad.
10 reasons why I like the iPad
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
1/29/2010   5 comments
Once seen and felt, the Apple iPad elicited its share of "so what" reactions. But is it really all that disappointing? Here are 10 reasons why the iPad is an achievement of value.
The iPad falls short, way short
Blog  
1/29/2010   1 comment
Where Apple fails with the iPad is when it tries to enter an unproven market that consumers haven't yet fully embraced, if at all.
The Apple iPad: Your future third device?
Blog  
1/29/2010   1 comment
The Apple iPad is a beautiful, desirable un-computer that is designed for living, not working.
Reporter's notebook: Why iPad isn't cracking the Japanese market
Blog  
1/28/2010   8 comments
Not only Japan is a nation of gadget-lovers, it's a country where people still read -- a lot. And yet, there is this unanimous ennui among the Japanese over iPad and, more significantly, e-books in general, due to a total lack of e-book eco-system in Japan.
Video interview with MP3 co-inventor
Audio DesignLine Blog  
1/27/2010   Post a comment
One of MP3's inventors discusses how the audio compression technology works, its origins and success, its real (and perceived) problems, and some practical tips, as well as what's next for MP3.
Members of the Cleantech Community " the ACE Awards needs you!
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
1/26/2010   Post a comment
The ACE Awards are looking for nominations in for the MOST PROMISING RENEWABLE ENERGY AWARD.
The nano search for batteries
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
1/25/2010   Post a comment
In December last year NIST announced up to $71 million in funding through its Technology Innovation Program (TIP) for 20 new cost-sharing projects that will support innovative, high-risk research in new technologies that address critical national needs.
Fabless ranking, Apple's iPad, Daizi Zheng lead weekly story ranking
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1/22/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 17, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Jan. 22. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
ISO recognizes MISRA and the EU meets China
Blog  
1/21/2010   2 comments
The reasons for standards always seem to come back to one thing—money.
Beware of DPA attacks
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/20/2010   Post a comment
Benjamin Jun, vice president of technology at Cryptography Research has a message for FPGA users regarding differential power analysis attacks.
Real science or just a bit of froth
Power DesignLine Blog  
1/20/2010   3 comments
Last week there seemed to be a mini-media feeding frenzy about a story of a product design student who had claimed to have designed as part of her final university project a 'greenphone' which was powered by Coca-Cola.
Tools push robotics development
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
1/19/2010   Post a comment
Recently, National Instruments brought out its LabVIEW Robotics 2009 graphical system design platform for robotic and autonomous control systems. What's it good for?
Management of diverse power rails is becoming more important, and easier
Power DesignLine Blog  
1/16/2010   Post a comment
IC vendors are addressing the issues related to multiple, interrelated power rails on PC boards
Nexus teardown, CES and Intel-FPGA tale, lead weekly story ranking
Blog  
1/15/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 10, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Jan. 15. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Point/Counterpoint: Intel beyond the PC
Point-Counterpoint  
1/14/2010   5 comments
The PC era is drawing to a close. Intel Corp., which built an empire on the personal computer, is aggressively seeking new markets. Will it succeed? Here are four diverging views on Intel's strategy.
Opinion: Google sets stage for political compromise on Chinese censorship
Blog  
1/13/2010   7 comments
Google is threatening to pull out of China over censorship and a hacking incident, but the U.S. will likely help negotiate a compromise.
End of the road for MathStar (for real this time)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/13/2010   Post a comment
Divining the logic behind defunct programmable logic vendor MathStar's acquisition of language translation software vendor Sajan takes a little bit of effort.
Vinyl vs. CD myths refuse to die
Audio DesignLine Blog  
1/13/2010   58 comments
I still get emails from non-technical vinyl LP fans who insist that the legacy format is technically superior to CD/digital, and one Web site in particular is partly to blame.
The best of sensors at ISSCC
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
1/13/2010   Post a comment
Next month's International Solid State Circuits Conference will present the 'best of the best' circuits implemented by researchers in imagers, MEMS, sensors and displays.
Battery costs could keep a brake on electric car developments
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
1/13/2010   2 comments
The widespread adoption of fully electric vehicles still seems to need the impetus of a technology breakthrough if it is going happen by 2020.
Comment: Kudos to Bell Labs on Green Touch
Blog  
1/11/2010   Post a comment
It remains to be seen whether the multinational initiative called Green Touch, announced today by Alcatel Lucent's Bell Labs, can succeed in rolling back or ameliorating one of the negative and destructive aspects of human communications activity.
A dozen companies to watch in the IPO landscape
Blog  
1/11/2010   1 comment
Initial public offerings of shares (IPOs) in semiconductor companies have been rare over the last few years and that has had an inhibiting effect on venture capital investment in startups.
Signs of hope in Detroit
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
1/11/2010   Post a comment
There are new signs of hope coming out of devastated Detroit.
Showing your power connectors some respect
Power DesignLine Blog  
1/10/2010   Post a comment
Even the lowly AC-power plug deserves some dignity
CES, Gphone, quad-core ARM lead weekly story ranking
Blog  
1/8/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 3, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Jan. 8. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Wishing a prosperous year to ALL!
Blog  
1/8/2010   Post a comment
2009 was a tough, tough year. And, nobody was untouched by hard times. So, there is no better time to wish a Prosperous Year to ALL!
Welcome to the 'Decade of Clean Technology'
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
1/6/2010   1 comment
Green SupplyLine's first blog of the new decade is a positive one.
Opinion: Stop the e-reader madness, please!
Blog  
1/6/2010   4 comments
Standardizing on one data format would spur growth of the market and minimize user frustration.
Magnetic sensors attract in 2010
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
1/5/2010   Post a comment
The silicon magnetic sensor market is set to commence a period of strong growth in 2010 as demand surges from the automotive, industrial and consumer markets, according to iSuppli Corp.
Viewpoint: Need to move beyond the network-on-chip
Blog  
1/4/2010   Post a comment
Over the last decade, designers have been content with standard connectivity methodologies to fulfill the needs of their System-on-Chip (SoC) designs.
Patience will be a virtue in the next decade
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
1/4/2010   Post a comment
The new decade has dawned and it promises to be a big one for the power management sector.
What's your power priority?
Power DesignLine Blog  
1/3/2010   Post a comment
Everyone is in favor of "low power", but their reasons may differ; what are yours?
Why I am sometimes not so enamored of short RF links
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
1/3/2010   3 comments
The reliability of short-distance, simplex RF links can be a problem


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