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House & Senate firm-up analog signal cut-off date
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10/31/2005   Post a comment
A milestone was reached this past week in Congress by the House's Energy and Commerce Committee along with the Senate panel in setting a firm deadline of April 7, 2009 requiring television stations to switch to all-digital broadcasts, and requiring that the airwaves be returned to the government.
The great day draws nigh...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/31/2005   Post a comment
Only three days to go to the first in a series of six FPGA seminars hosted by the IEEE in Boston.
Advisory panel misses the point on engineering
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10/31/2005   Post a comment
In "Countdown to mediocrity?" (see Oct. 24, page 28), I'd be willing to bet that the "government-funded advisory group" that wrote the National Academies' report [on the erosion of science and technology leadership] was packed with educators, executives and research directors instead of engineers.
Immortal Works
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10/31/2005   Post a comment
Gather 'round, engineering innovators, and listen as we reveal how you can achieve instant fame, courtesy of EE Times.
What's taking so long?
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10/29/2005   Post a comment
Now it's Monday, says the FCC, until it votes on Verizon's purchase of MCI and SBC acquisition of AT&T. It was supposed to be Friday but it seems more jockeying is taking place, excuse me, "reviewing and negotiating conditions."
Score one for GPS
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10/28/2005   Post a comment
More than 150 million handsets have been shipped with Qualcomm's gpsOne functionality.
Grumblings regarding Enterprise IPT
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10/28/2005   Post a comment
Xelor Software conducted a survey at VoiceCon to rate the satisfaction of network and telephony professionals with enterprise IP telephony (IPT).
Are they playing our tune?
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10/27/2005   Post a comment
Cool website locates the number one song playing on the day you were born.
How much video can you fit in a car?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
10/27/2005   Post a comment
There are a lot of ways to use video inside, and outside, of a car.
Apple gets it right with iPod resolution, poising portable video for take-off
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10/27/2005   Post a comment
Apple's video iPod got it right, with 320 x 240 QVGA resolution, at 30 fps. That's television. By comparison, cell phone video provides only 15% as much video information as the iPod, under ideal conditions. That's not television. Even more important, Apple has content distribution firmly in place.
Protecting IP Globally
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
Today's news Industry groups seek to stem IP violations in China whereby China's IP enforcement efforts are being probed represents an interesting problem in a global environment.
Cool tool aids paralyzed engineers
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
An incredible piece of FREE software called Dasher helps people communicate and remain productive.
Job at risk
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
I got to thinking about impressive first steps misleading us about probable completion dates for engineering projects. Like my house, design work often has a flurry of activity that creates something visible fairly rapidly But, the initial “product” is missing a lot of stuff to make it really usable.
Cool "stuff" from Actel, Altera, and Xilinx
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/24/2005   Post a comment
In the schematics for an old computer I found a "Banana Register" (because the data came in bunches)...
Phone recognizes your walk
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Finnish scientists have invented a device that makes it harder to steal a mobile phone.
Immortal Works
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
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Engineering: It's still a man's world
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
When your headline is "EE schools: Where are the girls?" (Sept. 26, page 1), you continue to perpetuate one aspect of the problem.
CIA, FBI fund ZigBee R&D
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10/23/2005   1 comment
ZigBee is a very good chance of being deployed for national security and/or snooping, if one reads between the lines of a informative but not-too-informative news release on Ember Corp.'s Web site.
Fast, cheap, reliable, pick two
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10/21/2005   Post a comment
If you were on the Internet in the wee hours of today (Friday), it’s pretty likely that you experienced either significant slowdowns or unreachable domains. Don’t ask me how I know…
ChipX save us from being frozen in silicon!
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10/20/2005   Post a comment
One of the big problems with creating a standard cell ASIC is that your algorithms are largely "frozen in silicon."
Convergence or divergence?
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10/20/2005   Post a comment
Sony recently announced its new VAIO XL1 Digital Living System along with its supposed vision for a CE future with Microsoft. Hah? I thought that I was transported to an alternate universe when I read the press release. Sony’s entrant into the digital living room category supposedly "breaks all boundaries" by managing both personal and downloaded multimedia content as well as pre-packaged audio CDs and DVD movies.
A car is born
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
10/20/2005   Post a comment
Car development has evolved from hand drawings and clay modeling to the digital world of product lifecycle management.
More risky choices
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10/19/2005   Post a comment
A few Blogs ago I wrote about risk taking and the engineering profession. Most of our engineering choices are not the stuff of life-and-death dramas. But there’s plenty of room for catastrophes.
If I had a coconut for every ...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/18/2005   Post a comment
The IEEE in Boston are hosting a series of six FPGA Seminars starting on Thursday 3rd November, 2005.
Test Automation Tools Taking Off
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10/18/2005   Post a comment
VDC report shows annual sales growth of nearly 20 percent.
NSDC Opens
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10/18/2005   Post a comment
The Network Systems Design Conference is opening its doors in San Jose today.
You don't need a cell phone to talk on a plane
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10/17/2005   Post a comment
If you have a VoIP phone, like Skype for example, you can hold a conversation at 35,000 ft.
Structured ASICs are cool!
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10/17/2005   Post a comment
In addition to CPLDs, FPGAs, FPAAs, FPNAs, and programmable processors, Programmable Logic Designline is also going to cover Structured ASICs.
Surfing the Alps
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10/17/2005   Post a comment
OK, part of the year I live maybe six miles from the legendary O’Neill corporate headquarters. Known for their innovative wetsuits, O’Neill is a staple for the surfing crowd around the world.
Will WiBro eat WiMAX's lunch?
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10/17/2005   Post a comment
WiBro has built-in compatibility with mobile WiMAX (802.16e) and this, coupled with already-designed terminals and network equipment, makes it a de factor competitor for the WiMAX global market.
The myth of exceptionalism
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10/17/2005   Post a comment
The BBC seemed to derive great pleasure last week from two stories it aired back-to-back on an ascendant China. The first covered China's successful launch of its second manned space mission, while the following story related archaeologists' discovery of 4,000-year-old
Immortal Works
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10/17/2005   Post a comment
In an intensely competitive field, the following have been judged Immortal Captions and their authors are acclaimed as official Immortal Caption Writers, worthy of their fame and honor.
Microchip’s DSP PICs: Whatever next?
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10/14/2005   Post a comment
You can only imagine my surprise to hear that those clever little rapscallions at Microchip are now selling 16-bit PIC microcontrollers with DSP-centric functionality!
TV on an iPod. Are handsets next?
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10/14/2005   Post a comment
Experts say that people won't watch television on a 2-1/2-in. screen. That's now being put to the test with Apple's latest iPod.
Face the change
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10/14/2005   Post a comment
In the thirty years that I’ve been in the semiconductor business we’ve all known about Moore’s law. And we’ve all used it to project out a few years to rationalize product plans. But sometimes the implications of a trend aren’t fully grasped.
PicoChip's field-programmable node arrays (FPNAs)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/13/2005   Post a comment
I've been watching picoChip with interest since those days when they were running silent and deep in "secret squirrel" mode...
Breaking the 3Gb/s barrier
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10/13/2005   Post a comment
You've seen it happening for sometime now, design engineers are replacing shared parallel buses for a variety of products including servers, entertainment products and telecom systems with high-speed point-to-point serial buses. However, it's a double-edged sword reducing traces but causes challenges for enabling reliable signal transmission. Ansoft's Larry Williams offers his thoughts on resolving this dilemma.
Taking risks
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10/13/2005   Post a comment
Risky driving behavior holds a lesson for engineers. I recently completed a long distance drive from Flagstaff Arizona to Santa Cruz California. The drive itself was pretty unremarkable, except for some antics by fellow travelers.
Surreal manufacturing
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
10/13/2005   Post a comment
It’s certainly not correct to say that setting up a factory or changing an industrial production line is getting simpler. But with advanced simulation tools, the task of creating a complex manufacturing line is not as difficult as it might otherwise be.
Home again
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10/13/2005   Post a comment
So, here I am, your new site editor.
Who is that masked man?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/12/2005   Post a comment
I’m currently bouncing off the walls with excitement, because this is my first day to officially take the reins as the editor of this mega-cool site.
One giant leap
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
10/12/2005   Post a comment
It was analogous to having Lindbergh fly solo to Paris the year after the Wright Brothers first flight.
Blog rebuttal: will they or won't they use camera phones
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10/12/2005   Post a comment
Glenn Paul, chairman and CTO of dotPhoto, disagreed with my assessment that camera phoines will soon be going away.
Like a soap opera, the saga of high def DVD continues
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10/11/2005   Post a comment
Will HD DVD be dead-on-arrival? At first, you may think that this is a pessimistic question especially since Microsoft and Intel have announced publicly that they are both backing Toshiba's HD DVD format as the next-generation high-definition DVD format of choice. But does it really help this fledging format?
ARMed and Ready
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10/11/2005   Post a comment
Enea demos OSE for TI OMAP; ARM reveals other Cortex licensees; EMF helping NASA adviser.
Safe (legal) and hands-free
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10/10/2005   Post a comment
Now that I'm Bluetooth-enabled, I can take advantage of Parrot's Easydrive kit.
The other China opportunity
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10/10/2005   Post a comment
I had the privilege of working in Hong Kong from the summer of 1988 until the spring of 1993. It was a vibrant and bustling place in those days.
SIA: Call for U.S.-funded research speaks of innovation, not handouts
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10/10/2005   Post a comment
A recent essay by George Leopold (Opinion, Sept. 19, page 4) urged the Semiconductor Industry Association to focus on innovation, not government handouts.
When health care was a simple business
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10/10/2005   Post a comment
I'm an only child, and my parents were married 16 years before I was born.
TI's Templeton nixes "partners"
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10/10/2005   Post a comment
There’s seldom been a question about where TI's CEO Richard Templton stands on an issue. And this time he’s hit the nail squarely on the head.
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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

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