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Assault and batteries
Power DesignLine Blog  
10/31/2009   3 comments
The soft on/off switch functionality in many products is a real drain on their limited batteries
"Goodby, UWB, we hardly knew you", or: What happened to ultrawideband?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
10/31/2009   4 comments
UWB was supposed to be the next big thing, but things didn't quite work out as promoted
Ford grabs design, reliability awards
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
10/28/2009   Post a comment
Popular Mechanics magazine has released its 2010 Automotive Excellence Awards.
Engaging sleep mode - the power of new arrivals
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
10/28/2009   Post a comment
What is guaranteed to ensure sleepless nights - new baby or the development of a new Power Management IC?
Electric motors market is in for slow upswing
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
10/28/2009   Post a comment
The market for small motors, like most industrial product markets, will have a turbulent ride over the coming years.
Viewpoint: IP cores are in their own world
10/27/2009   Post a comment
A recent informal survey of several sellers, buyers and users of semiconductor IP cores produced an interesting view of current business conditions and what the future might bring.
EDA industry stunts its own growth
10/27/2009   Post a comment
Last week I received two press releases from Apache Design Solutions. One informed me that the company had achieved record bookings and revenue in Q3, while maintaining profitability.
Speaking truth about power
Power DesignLine Blog  
10/27/2009   Post a comment
Power and its management are the common denominators cutting across all electronic systems and circuit designs, analog or digital.
Opinion: M'soft must do better with Windows 8
10/23/2009   17 comments
I think Microsoft owes it to the PC industry from which it—along with Intel--sucks the lion's share of profits to do better than it has with Windows 7, so let's start our wish list for Windows 8.
Analysis: Inside the ARM-Xilinx deal
10/23/2009   Post a comment
There's a lot that's not being said about the deal announced by ARM and Xilinx. What is known is that Xilinx has licensed ARM's Cortex processor IP, and that the two companies are developing next-generation AMBA interconnect technology.
Opinion: Autonomous driving raises questions about security
10/22/2009   1 comment
Cars are increasingly equipped with functions that take decisions away from drivers and assign them to electronic devices. The 'Sartre' research project currently under way in Europe for the first time exceeds a limit: In the context of the project, drivers are no longer responsible for what the car is doing; they can lean back and relax. This raises a number of questions. Cultural ones, legal ones. And, first of all, questions about the security of the technology used.
PM opportunities in LED lighting
Power DesignLine Blog  
10/21/2009   Post a comment
The LED-based lighting market is poised for significant growth. And there's plenty of motivation for engineers to become part of the market.
Apple iPhone 3G best for call quality: Blackberry Storm worst
10/20/2009   Post a comment
With all the additional multimedia and work-saving functionality smartphones bring to the table, it's easy to lose track of the one basic requirement by which all handsets are ultimately judged: how well they keep that all-important voice link. It turns out that Apple and its iPhone 3G has that angle covered too: better than anyone.
LEDs and Lighting: Market could hit $5 billion by 2012
10/20/2009   5 comments
LEDs have moved beyond their indicator-light legacy and are finding success in automotive lighting, signage and backlighting applications ranging from mobile phones to TVs.
'Embargoed' productivity news
10/20/2009   Post a comment
Synopsys' Synphony High Level Synthesis product purports to increase design and verification productivity up to 10 times higher than traditional RTL flows for communications and multimedia applications.
Car guys have blind spots
10/14/2009   3 comments
Car guys, and I am one, have some blind spots. We want more car than we really need, or can use, and we think we're better drivers than we really are.
Viewpoint: Solving the nanoscale IC design paradox
10/14/2009   Post a comment
There is a paradox brewing in the layout of integrated circuit (IC) designs at nanometer nodes. IC design teams are choosing between layout automation vs. full custom design techniques.
Time Warp
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/14/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor's flashy new PSoC Creator IDE is heavily based on the company's old Warp VHDL development software.
Forecast for PM chips optimistic
Power DesignLine Blog  
10/13/2009   Post a comment
Market analyst IMS Research is forecasting that the world market for power management and driver ICs will recover strongly in 2010 following a projected decline of more than 14 percent in 2009.
A Fluke offer for hard times
10/12/2009   Post a comment
Portable electronic test and measurement technology vendor Fluke Corp. will send two people to Miami for football's "Big Game" for learning about test tools Fluke has recently introduced.
NXP and the CEO's cuts: Join the conversation
10/12/2009   6 comments
We have reported extensively over the last nine months about the moves of Rick Clemmer, CEO of NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), to re-organize the affairs of the Dutch chip company. We'd like to know what you think.
Comment: Semiconductor allocation? Bring it on!
10/9/2009   Post a comment
The specter of product allocation could soon rear its ugly head yet again for users of semiconductors, as well as for fabless chip companies.
Still plenty of silicon to come from Silicon Valley
10/9/2009   Post a comment
There's a vocal minority of individuals who claim silicon is no longer at the heart of Silicon Valley.
Federal IT to manage power
Power DesignLine Blog  
10/7/2009   Post a comment
An Executive Order mandates that federal agencies implement green data center strategies, double-sided printing, and PC power management, as part of a broader sustainability push.
Manufacturing and the future of U.S. innovation. Join the conversation
10/6/2009   37 comments
Does the U.S. high-tech sector still need a manufacturing base? Join the conversation.
The benefits of innovative collaboration
10/6/2009   Post a comment
IMEC's latest industrial affiliation program aimed at fabless and fablite companies is a welcome program for both IP and EDA vendors.
FPGAs well represented on Silicon 60
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/5/2009   Post a comment
FPGA vendors are well represented on the latest version of EE Times' Silicon 60 emerging startups list, with three of the six FPGA startups we've been following making the cut.
French unveil battery plans to plug electric car vacuum
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
10/3/2009   Post a comment
The French government has unveiled plans to invest 1.5 billion euros on infrastructure measures to support its desire to see two million electric and hybrid cars on French roads by 2020.
Will RF be a victim of its own success?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
10/3/2009   Post a comment
Sometimes, too much success sows the seeds for segment trivialization

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A Book For All Reasons
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Leonard Nimoy, We'll Miss you
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