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Looking at the onboard data acquisition
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Now that the rainy season has set in I'm poring over the interesting stuff my race car's onboard data-acquisiton system has collected. It's supposed to help me go faster next year. We'll see.
System-Level-Design eröffnet neue FPGA-Perspektiven
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
Programmierbarkeit ist der Schlüssel zur heutigen Elektronik: Die Eigenschaften eines Produkts werden nicht mehr nur von der Schaltung, sondern zunehmend durch die Software definiert. Dies gilt in zunehmendem Maße auch für FPGA-Designs.Daraus ergeben sich weitreichende Konsequenzen für den Konstrukteur.
Dynamic power in CMOS for WCDMA
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
Cell phones have come a long way since they were first introduced. Remember when they were about the size, and weight of a mason's brick? Now, they have dimensions of a couple inches and weight of a few ounces. They have a plethora of new features and function and all of them cost, and not just money. They cost power. What's being done to constrain power usage? Plenty, and here's a link to first rate research.
Still on the fence
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
I can't help myself. Like the toddler curious about the wall socket, I'll trundle out to the polls and again vote for the lesser of two evils.
IC vendors place bets on access equipment
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
At the Network Systems Design Conference last week, the hot topic was access equipment.
Life lessons to drive solutions to global woes
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
Technology is impotent to solve global-scale problems unless those who drive technology innovations take some humble lessons from Life, the message for some 350 attendees at the PopTech gathering ended Saturday (October 23).
BMW présente un plan d’action valable pour toute l’industrie automobile
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10/21/2004   Post a comment
BMW prévoit de réduire la complexité de l’électronique automobile en créant une architecture structurée qui pourrait devenir un standard pour l’industrie automobile européenne.
Le PDG d’Infineon encourage vivement une architecture centralisée des véhicules
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10/21/2004   Post a comment
Wolfgang Ziebart, PDG d’Infineon Technologies AG, s’est inspiré d’un idéal futuriste, selon lequel les systèmes automobiles intelligents « parlent » entre eux et prennent des décisions vitales, pour expliquer à une assemblée d’ingénieurs que l’industrie automobile entre dans une ère où le logiciel jouera un rôle plus déterminant que le matériel dans les nouvelles technologies.
Catalytic adds key piece to ESL puzzle
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10/20/2004   Post a comment
There's a missing element to electronic system-level design; how do we get the C/C++ representation in the first place? By adding fixed-point capabilities to Matlab, startup Catalytic is providing an answer.
Automotive electronics: safety, security, and ... entertainment
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10/19/2004   Post a comment
My car was stolen. If the car had been equipped with a GPS device, the police might have been able to track it and the thief. As I sit here frustrated by my inability to find my car, however, I realize I am proving the points made by every industry analyst who spoke with us for this supplement.
Hitachi dévoile sa stratégie de croissance en Chine
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10/19/2004   Post a comment
La société japonaise Hitachi Ltd. annonce une nouvelle stratégie commerciale en Chine dans le but de réaliser des taux de croissance annuels à deux chiffres d’ici à 2006.
Access points: appliances vs. software
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10/18/2004   Post a comment
Despite the hype around soft APs, appliances may be a more viable option for end users.
The Relay
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10/18/2004   Post a comment
I've never met Dean Karnazes and probably won't, even though our paths could soon cross again. I like running. He likes running-just a little bit more than I do.
Full-disclosure time is passing by
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10/18/2004   Post a comment
It's getting harder to find out what is going on at U.S. semiconductor companies, both large and small.
Adaptive networks on the march
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10/18/2004   Post a comment
When 802.11 developers talked of "ad hoc networks" in the late 1990s, they speculated about flexible, self-organizing networks, in which an individual user node would join and leave as appropriate tasks were initiated or completed.
Tools alone don't make industry
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10/18/2004   Post a comment
Although the semiconductor industry is showing signs of improvement, the EDA in-dustry is still struggling with flat revenues and declining bookings.
If it were my money...
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10/16/2004   Post a comment
As a forecaster, Steve Ohr's instincts are admittedly conservative. He has been watching the backups in the supply chain and worries whether the industry's sales have been too dependent on cellular handset forecasts. Certainly, projections for a billion units per year are absurd. "The semiconductor industry got shafted by overproduction in 2000...It took us two years to clear out the inventory," he exaggerates. "We can get shafted again." Read this think piece and decide for yourself...
Objectif zéro bogue pour les tâches embarquées
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10/15/2004   Post a comment
Les systèmes embarqués d’aujourd’hui comportent couramment des milliers, voire des millions de lignes de code. Par ailleurs, le nombre d’ingénieurs logiciels qui œuvrent au sein d’une équipe de conception, tout comme leur budget de développement, est maintenant égal ou supérieur à celui de leurs homologues du secteur matériel. Les limites inhérentes aux solutions de vérification classiques font que près de la moitié des projets de développement des systèmes embarqués sont lancés avec plusieurs m
Electronic options are getting cheaper.
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
10/13/2004   Post a comment
Racing season's over so I've turned my attention to road cars. I'm looking at a Dodge Magnum wagon as a tow car for the race car. It's not bad looking (for a station wagon) and outfitted with the V8, it manages to get out of its own way.
Anatomy of the Vehicle Safety CocoonPart 1: Safety Architectures
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10/13/2004   Post a comment
Electronic systems play a huge role in helping drivers avoid accidents and provide protection if one occurs. Here is a rundown of active and passive automotive safety systems.
Improving productivity
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10/12/2004   Post a comment
Getting engineers to listen to proposals about tools that would increase their productivity is like trying to get a mule's attention, says a self-proclaimed "sales weasel."
The incredible shrinking core
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10/11/2004   Post a comment
Magnetics is a terrible embarrassment to many engineers, writes Sanjaya Maniktala, in this month's column on power supply design I suspect they often end up pretending it doesn't really matter ('magnetics-denial'), he says. But dc-dc size, it turns out, is more a function of reliability than of switching frequency. Undersizing the core, he reminds, can have some serious consequences.
Access points: appliances vs. software
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10/11/2004   Post a comment
Intel recently abandoned its plans to add "soft access point" functionality to an upcoming PC chip set. Now, exactly why Intel would want to be in the soft-AP business I'm not sure: There doesn't appear to be any
Analog ICs: Trouble is brewing in Fat City
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10/11/2004   Post a comment
During the last five years, we have truly witnessed a triumph of analog chips because of the exponential growth in the number of products that contain RF and high-speed analog technologies-like wireless devices, networking transceivers, digital cameras-where real-world analog signals are converted to digital formats for storage and processing.
The cost of FPGA packaging defects
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10/11/2004   Post a comment
In previous columns, I explored the shortcomings of today's FPGAs and ICs in terms of package characteristics; the system design problems they are causing; the impact of poorly written application notes and data sheets; and the lack of good test circuits.
An election of issues?
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10/11/2004   Post a comment
There are more than 70 presidential candidates in this year's elections, most with excruciatingly narrow agendas.
Is 90 nanometers a node too far?
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10/11/2004   Post a comment
For some time, the industry has been nervously eyeing two seemingly unrelated issues: the enormous build-out of fab capacity in China and the continuing struggles with 90-nanometer processes.
Simulation généralisée de systèmes : Echappez-vous du monde réel !
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10/11/2004   Post a comment
Une étape majeure dans la conception des systèmes informatiques/électroniques complexes est en passe d’être franchie, du fait de leur virtualisation de plus en plus systématique sous forme logicielle.
More reconfigurable illogic
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10/6/2004   Post a comment
Recently we ran two articles offering point-counterpoint perspectives on the future of microprocessors. They addressed the questions: Are microprocessors dead? Is reconfigurable logic the wave of the future? In response to those articles, here is one admittedly biased perspective that suggests that architectural options form more of a continuum than an either-or proposition.
Automakers Look to New Vision for Telematics
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10/4/2004   Post a comment
Telematics isn't dead; it's just taking a nap.. Many automakers, for example, are revving up plans for Bluetooth-equipped phones in their vehicles. Others are pursuing various wireless concepts for in-vehicle navigation. And General Motors hasn't budged on its support of its OnStar Division, despite reports that the division is struggling financially.
Just how far can we go?
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10/4/2004   Post a comment
Over and over, the issue of extendability arises.
Go for the three A's
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10/1/2004   Post a comment
There is no denying that supply and design chains are getting more complex. Outsourcing and globalization are the two primary culprits. Complexity brings with it a whole new set of management challenges — and threats — that require new skills and processes. Every month, Electronics Supply & Manufacturing brings you articles that try to make sense of the complexity and offer guidance for new strategies. And, once a year, we bring the issues to life at the Supply Networ
Prepare for the now economy
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10/1/2004   Post a comment
Fifteen years ago, I found myself in one of the most uncomfortable positions in which a chief executive officer could be.
When politics matters
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10/1/2004   Post a comment
Nine years ago, I was seated at a long dinner table in a rather nice home in Santa Fe. Around the table were Cyrix's executive staff and board of directors, which included Jack Kemp, quarterback and politician extraordinaire. Jack, who can really work a room, eventually turned the conversation to politics. The question put to the table was whom did we like in the upcoming Republican primaries and why.


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