House & Senate firm-up analog signal cut-off date Blog 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.
Advisory panel misses the point on engineering Blog 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 Blog 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? Blog 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."
Job at risk Audio DesignLine Blog 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.
CIA, FBI fund ZigBee R&D Blog 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 Audio DesignLine Blog 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…
Convergence or divergence? Blog 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 Audio DesignLine Blog 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.
Structured ASICs are cool! Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 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 Audio DesignLine Blog 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? Blog 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 Blog 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 Blog 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? Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 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!
Face the change Audio DesignLine Blog 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.
Breaking the 3Gb/s barrier Blog 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 Audio DesignLine Blog 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.
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.
Like a soap opera, the saga of high def DVD continues Blog 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?