The single-chip baseband race Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 10/30/2007 Post a comment Will Strauss' latest newsletter has insightful takes on single-die baseband chips and DSP shipments. Check it out for analysis of Broadcom, Infineon, Qualcomm, TI, and more.
Expanding the DFM market Blog 10/30/2007 Post a comment Apache's acquisition of Optimal is another clear signal that the EDA industry is adapting to provide designers with tools that allow them to work on the entire system, not just parts that have different physical characteristics.
Linux for DSP Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 10/29/2007 Post a comment The OS options for DSPs are growing, and Linux is at the top of everyone's list. Here's the latest on this popular OS.
You're In The Money Blog 10/29/2007 Post a comment EETimes released a salary survey based on responses from 1,600 engineers. Apparently, financially you're doing well. Where do RFID engineers fit?
The problem with high def discs Blog 10/29/2007 Post a comment There are plenty of volleys going back and forth these days from the Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD camps about who is selling more titles or more players. To paraphrase the Bard, "It may be much ado about nothing."
The gas man cometh! Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 10/26/2007 Post a comment In which a reader takes me back to my youth by reminding me of an old song by Michael Flanders and Donald Swann.
Dialing and Driving RF & Microwave Designline Blog 10/25/2007 Post a comment Admittedly, driving in the car is an excellent time to take care of those pesky phone calls that I can never get to. But I have to wonder, what are we risking versus what is gained?
Shakespearean insult kit Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 10/23/2007 Post a comment Have you ever wished for the ability to quickly and easily come up with insults like "Thou craven motley-minded foot-licker"? Well, here's how!
Greenpeace v. iPhone and BSEF Blog 10/22/2007 Post a comment Recently, environmental group Greenpeace issued an analysis of the iPhone claiming it contains potentially dangerous chemicals. It seems that Greenpeace should research some facts, or back off.
It was a dark and stormy night... Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 10/22/2007 Post a comment Penned by Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1830, this phrase is now understood to represent an extravagantly florid style with redundancies and run-on sentences.
Welcome home, RCA Blog 10/22/2007 Post a comment RCA -- the Radio Corporation of America -- had its roots in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area in the earliest days of radio broadcasting. They owned the first TV station in the U.S. Against this backdrop, the return of a small piece of RCA to the New York area is a somewhat bittersweet welcome home.
The "intel" in Intel's numbers Blog 10/19/2007 Post a comment There's a skunk in the numbers. Semiconductor giant Intel Corp. exceeded analysts' revenue and profit estimates for the third quarter and so did rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. We should be celebrating, right?
RFID Analyst Briefs Blog 10/18/2007 Post a comment EPCglobal U.S. President Mike Meranda will step down to enter private business sector. Industry insiders expect a high frequency (HF) version of the Gen 2 standard ratified by January. Robert W. Baird analyst Reik Read offers some interesting insights in this month's RFID Monthly publication.
Linley's thoughts on handsets Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 10/17/2007 Post a comment The Linley Group recently published its analysis of the ARM Cortex-A9 and Broadcom's HD VideoCore, as well as perspectives on the MediaTek acquisition of ADI's baseband business.
UWB on ice? Blog 10/16/2007 3 comments Every new technology has some kinks it has to work out. So we gave CWUSB a pass. Now, more than 10 months have passed and the holiday buying season will soon be upon us. We're wondering what's up.
Innovations to improve LED Backlighing Blog 10/15/2007 Post a comment While flat-panel displays and LCD TVs taking prominence in the DTV market, its interesting how companies are looking to improve these display architectures. In the past few weeks, there were two technologies introduced " one in Japan and one in Europe " that hope to build upon the improvements found in LED backlighting.
All charged up Automotive DesignLine Blog 10/15/2007 1 comment Engineers are nailing down the technology needed for Chevy's Volt--just don't call it a hybrid.
700 MHz: Mark your calendars Blog 10/15/2007 Post a comment With the 700 MHz auctions around the corner, bidding for "beachfront spectrum" will be a fascinating event. Interesting auction twists never before seen include: strict bidder anonymity, anticollusion directives, and wellfunded but nontraditional players potentially taking the mound to throw some curveballs.
Interesting online letter service Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 10/15/2007 Post a comment This is a simple concept; it provides a useful service; it requires almost nothing to set up; and it has the potential to grow. Hmmm, I wish I'd thought of that!
Nokia Theater L.A. Live Blog 10/13/2007 Post a comment Will Nokia build a short-range near field communications (NFC) payment system into the new Nokia Theater L.A. Live complex set to open Oct. 18?
The future of the past tense Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 10/12/2007 Post a comment Scientists have discovered how verbs evolve and homogenize at a rate inversely proportional to their prevalence in the English language.
Apple's iPhone lockdown may have wider implications for consumer electronics Blog 10/12/2007 Post a comment Combine Apple's hard-line lockout philosophy with DRM, and one can only shudder to imagine what may be next: DVD players that shut down and stop working if a consumer plays an unauthorized copy of a movie? iPods and other media players that permanently shut down if you play a single MP3 file downloaded from an unauthorized source? TV sets that stop working, permanently, with the display of any unauthorized material?
Is it really this difficult? Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 10/11/2007 Post a comment I'm in the process of moving house, and I'm running into a host of niggling problems that are making me gnash my teeth and rend my garb!
Makin' the Case for RFID RF & Microwave Designline Blog 10/11/2007 Post a comment A new site from CMP might be a great one for you to recommend to your customers and potential customers to make the case for RFID.
RFID Tracks Mercedes Benz Blog 10/10/2007 Post a comment I'm positive that when Janis Joplin sang "Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz," she had no idea one day car dealerships would use RFID to track and locate cars on their lots.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times