Neanderthal Blog 10/31/2006 Post a comment I knew it. Dismissing the possibility of Neanderthal and modern humans interbreeding seemed like saying the continents didn't fit together before plate tectonics proved they did.
What I learned in Iceland Blog 10/30/2006 Post a comment The European Union is using busses to test the reliability and life cycle of hydrogen fuel cells. How can EDA companies partecipate in such futuristic projects?
The little engine that could Blog 10/25/2006 Post a comment Blu-ray Disc was again in the news this week. We had all waited with baited breath for the launch of Sony stand-alone BDP-S1 Blu-ray Disc player, but it didn't happen. They say that three times is charm, but for Sony I'm not so sure. The BDP-S1 has been delayed three times so far.
It's the process, stupid Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 10/25/2006 Post a comment Japanese and U.S. manufacturing techniques have been dramatically different ever since W. Edward Deming took his ideas to the Orient. In this era of globalization, some of those differences are fading.
Gemstar, suing Digeo over EPG patents, resumes battle Blog 10/25/2006 Post a comment Having extracted roughly $40 million from Microsoft back in the 90s, Gemstar is now taking on the other half of the original Microsoft duo, Paul Allen, by suing Digeo and indirectly, Charter Communications, his cable company, which uses Digeo's Moxi guide. Between Gemstar's claims to own the essence of what an EPG does, and TiVo's claims to own the essence of what a digital video recorder (DVR) does, I pity today's designers of video equipment. In an era that should be rife with innovation, we f
Life without Dataquest Blog 10/23/2006 Post a comment Gartner Dataquest will terminate its coverage of the EDA industry at the end of October 2006. Gary Smith and four other analysts will be laid off.
One Child Saved Audio DesignLine Blog 10/21/2006 Post a comment Two years ago this month a friend backed his crew cab pickup truck over his 9 year old daughter. A backup camera could have prevented this accident. Roadmaster has introduced wireless camera for $149.
Internal antennas are a waste of space Blog 10/19/2006 Post a comment A real-world comparison of an implementation of an external antenna on an inexpensive Motorola V180 and a Samsung SGH X507 showed them both to have greater range than the Nokia E70 with internal antenna--at almost one third the cost.
3-D moves forward with new LCD technology Blog 10/19/2006 Post a comment The announcement of a 3-D LCD screen using polarized glasses for viewing -- the same kind they use in the 3-D movies -- is very good news. Millions of people have already demonstrated a willingness to wear the lightweight polarized glasses.
What's in name? Blog 10/18/2006 Post a comment You know, I was talking to someone the other day about displays. The subject of plasma TVs came up. It's surprising that when people think of flat-screen displays, they automatically think that everything is plasma.
All About Sound Audio DesignLine Blog 10/18/2006 Post a comment More about Audio, Sound, Sound Acoustics, Sound Psychoacoustics, Audio Technology, Longitudinal Waves, Phase, Out of Phase, Phase Quadrature, In Phase, Oscillating, Sound Wave, Sine Wave, Zero Amplitude, Hertz, Phase Offset, Phase Difference, Phase Opposition, Planar Wave Front, Wavelength, Frequency, Diffraction, Interference, Constructive Interference, Distructive Interference, Beat Frequency, Doppler Effect, Decibel, Sound Power Level, SPL, Spectrum, Sonogram, Harmonics, Total Harmonic Distor
Strengthening the backbone Automotive DesignLine Blog 10/17/2006 Post a comment If Airbus had integrated wiring design tools, they wouldn't find themselves in an extended delivery delay crisis for the first A380 super jumbo jets.
Secrets of low power Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 10/16/2006 Post a comment The entire semiconductor industry is worried about power consumption, but almost nobody is looking at the right solutions.
And now for something completely different Blog 10/16/2006 Post a comment Over the last couple of years, midrange cellular handsets have expanded their appeal by packing on features. And it can be fun, cool and even convenient to have your phone double as a camera or a music player. But let's face it: Given today's technology, a phone is unlikely to displace a digital camera or an iPod in your "digital lifestyle" arsenal. A phone is--and should be--designed, above all, to be a phone.
Simple steps to cut downtime Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 10/14/2006 Post a comment Operator Driven Reliability asks operators who see equipment every day to make simple corrections, improving reliability and freeing maintenance people for more pressing jobs.
Further thoughts on CEATEC 2006 Blog 10/13/2006 Post a comment CEATEC 2006 was held last week in Makuhari (near Tokyo) last week (Oct. 3 - Oct. 7, 2006). According to published reports, there were more than 40,000 attendees almost every day. The show covered a four-day period, and is normally a good barometer for the types of products that will appear at CES 2007.
Does ESL need another language? Blog 10/13/2006 Post a comment Systems architects need to describe the requirements and architecture of a system without the limits imposed by a presumed implementation choice. Some of the projects aiming to develop a true architectural language for the ESL market show both technical and financial promises.
EIT: Europe's technology dream or white elephant? Blog 10/12/2006 Post a comment The in-fighting about the funding and structure of the EU's proposed European Institute of Technology (EIT) is all too predictable after the cold response from industry and the feeling amongst many academics across the Community that it is a 'white elephant'.
Quarter-mile dilemma Blog 10/11/2006 Post a comment I'm hoping that TI's UR8 residential gateway architecture, and one of the five chipsets announced today will help me get the reception I need going from my cell phone in my car to my home-office phone.
The easy way Audio DesignLine Blog 10/11/2006 Post a comment The views expressed by academics like Yang and Christensen are over-simplistic and fail to recognize basic facts. Successful semiconductor manufacturers have always paid close attention to downtime and the other factors cited as the new factors for success.
Internet TV from... the TV? Blog 10/11/2006 Post a comment A small news item this week, unnoticed by most major media, could have huge repercussions for the future of television, and the long anticipated Internet-TV connection. It's coming not from cable-TV, or telco-delivered IPTV, nor from a small startup like Akimbo or web-rooted video services like YouTube or Real.
Design for debug Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 10/10/2006 Post a comment Debugging is usually thought of as a final step in the design process, but this mentality doesn't work with today's apps. Instead, debug must be an integral part of the design process.
Will the real DFM please stand up? Blog 10/9/2006 Post a comment A strict definition of Design-forManufacturing (DFM) requires a large scale modification of the EDA flow to enpower designers to be manufacturing aware throughtout the entire design process
Expanding the niche Automotive DesignLine Blog 10/6/2006 Post a comment Long considered a quality instrument-component supplier, infotainment and body electronics applications are allowing Hamamatsu to widening its reach in the automotive market.
Move over Scotty Blog 10/5/2006 Post a comment I confess, I used to love Star Trek. I didn't go so far as to go to the conventions or dress the part (although I did have one of those little beeper noise pins).