Technology's worst enemy Blog 11/29/2004 Post a comment It's been almost two years since the first camera phones appeared, heralding the advent of multimedia messaging (MMS) and paving the way for the impending 3G data services. Surprise, surprise, initially they were a resounding flop, marred by issues such as service costs, network interoperability, lack of handset availability, lack of roaming agreements and overly complex user interfaces. Granted, it took just a press of a button to take a picture. But storing, e-mailing or downloading that shot
Makin' a list Blog 11/29/2004 Post a comment It's the time of year to take out the No. 2 pencil and start jotting down our gift wishes for the holiday season.
Lithography promise and price Blog 11/29/2004 Post a comment Here in Austin, some good people from KLA-Tencor's facility and elsewhere are voting with their feet, taking jobs at Molecular Imprints Inc. (MII), the "squish and flash" startup founded by Grant Willson and S.V. Sreenivasen, professors at the University of Texas at Austin. MII and Austria's EV Group are both charging ahead in the imprint lithography game, with MEMS, optoelectronics devices, inkjet heads and other fairly sizable niche markets as their initial targets.
More vital than the election Blog 11/29/2004 Post a comment My first presidential election was 1956 and I voted for our favorite son, Adlai Stevenson. In the 12 presidential elections since then, I have never been as anxious as I was this year.
International workshop on reversible computing Power DesignLine Blog 11/29/2004 Post a comment Plans for the first international workshop on reversible computing continue to develop. I just got a confirmation from Charles Bennett of IBM, who was the original founder of the field. Charlie is the biggest "rock star" in reversible computing; he's greatly admired and respected by all of us.
Chip-Lieferkette hat Bauchschmerzen Blog 11/26/2004 Post a comment Seltsame Dinge gehen zur Zeit in der Halbleiterbranche vor. Verschiedene Indikatoren sprechen dafür, dass dem Markt eines seiner besten Jahre bevorsteht - mit Wachstumsraten von 25 bis 30 Prozent. Warum also die gedrückte Stimmung?
Roll out the red carpet Blog 11/22/2004 Post a comment Hollywood's glitterati convene Feb. 27 for the Academy Awards, but the hottest gala ticket this winter is for an event two weeks later in San Francisco.
Kung Hei fat Choy: Financial analyst likes what he sees in Chinese handsets Blog 11/17/2004 Post a comment Here's some interesting news in the analog IC supply chain: Our friend Doug Freedman at American Technology Research has a "buy" recommendation on Analog Devices. While ATE and digital camera markets are bland, he foresees an upturn in the Asian cellular handset market after the Chinese New Years. Freedman believes the company is working down its inventories and that its order rates look solid. The unedited text of his remarks follow here:
Energy efficiency a winner at TI Blog 11/15/2004 Post a comment Early this year, Paul Westbrook, a fab construction manager at Texas Instruments, invited a couple of guys to his home in Dallas. Paul designed his house to be energy-efficient, using solar panels and other techniques. In fact, his design received an award in 1996.
Clusters today, comms tomorrow Blog 11/15/2004 Post a comment When the HyperTransport Consortium (HTC) announced its HTX connector standard at Supercomputing 2004 last week, the standard may have seemed to be specific to Linux clusters.
A virtual instrument reality check: Where's it really at? Test & Measurement Designline Blogs 11/12/2004 Post a comment Leaps in processing power, I/O speeds, and local memory characterize today's system-ready test instruments. Agilent Technologies' program manager Marsh Faber tells why system-ready equipment is a major evolutionary phase in test, packing every bit as much impact as IEEE-488/GPIB did when it was introduced back in 1972. This in spite of so-called virtual instruments.
The Reversible Computing Challenge Power DesignLine Blog 11/11/2004 Post a comment What are the limits to power efficiency? Good power management strategies are important, but ultimately, they are limited by the energy dissipated by individual operations. Read what an expert, Dr Michael Frank, thinks about this critically important issue in his first blog for Power Management DesignLine.
Portable power: where does it fit in your design? Power DesignLine Blog 11/9/2004 Post a comment Most design attention is devoted to the system's processor architecture, I/O, and all the functional blocks that make up a portable system. But the consequences of a poorly performing power system can be devastating. Read the thoughts from TI's Dave Heacock about this important issue.
Readers weigh in on package woes Blog 11/8/2004 Post a comment After last month's column ("The cost of packaging defects," Oct. 11, page 47), I received a number of e-mails and phone calls from users. The problems I had identified are more widespread than I suspected, and engineers were glad to see them brought out in a public forum.
China mobilizing on 3G IP Blog 11/8/2004 Post a comment A group of influential Chinese companies and industry organizations has formed the Mobile Multimedia Technology Alliance to promote Chinese-driven technical innovation and standards and to popularize 3G applications.
A decade online Blog 11/8/2004 Post a comment Ten years ago this month, we launched eetimes.com, a simple Web site that ventured where no other electronics industry newspaper had yet dared to go.
The design-outsourcing effect Blog 11/8/2004 Post a comment More than a year ago, experts in the design-outsourcing business began to warn that a bubble was forming. U.S. companies were falling all over themselves to set up relationships with design shops, first in Bangalore, India, then in southeastern China, then just about anywhere.
Monterey und Magma - Lektionen für Unternehmensgründer Blog 11/4/2004 Post a comment Die EDA-Anbieter Monterey Design Systems und Magma Design Automation wurden etwa gleichzeitig und mit ähnlich hohem Startkapital gegründet. Magma überlebte, Monterey nicht. Aus der Geschichte von Monterey und Magma lassen sich einige wichtige Lektionen für alle ableiten, die mit dem Gedanken spielen, eine eigene Firma zu gründen.
Digital Power: Forward into The Past Blog 11/3/2004 Post a comment In principle, digital power management increases the responsiveness of power supplies by putting them under the eye of digital controller. In practice, says Fairchild's power industry observer and commentator, Reno Rossetti, much of what is touted as "modern digital" could be a new envelop for "same ole, same ole" But nobody should "poo poo" the ability to put cell phone LDOs and switcher son the same chip, he says, nor fast-response point-of-load converters.
Low-Power is king of the portable world Power DesignLine Blog 11/2/2004 Post a comment Where mobile devices are concerned, low power is king of the world. Here is a group of targeted articles for your low-power designs. The authors look at schemes for handhelds and more. They examine power consumption issues from four perspectives: software, processors, boards and end devices.
The future of consumer electronics platforms Blog 11/1/2004 Post a comment With the economic downturn, Our "Great Convergence" turned into a Rude awakening. Now a more intelligent debate has evolved around consumer media devices. The Battle lines have been drawn and history is in the making.
Next stop: Design outsourcing Blog 11/1/2004 Post a comment There is far too little time these days to ponder the long-run trends shaping the technology sector. Time pressures are intense and getting worse. For many, the "long run" is the next three months-the time you have to make your quarterly numbers. For others, it's the time to product launch-12 or 18 months, if you're lucky. And then some of you just don't care. As the famous British economist John Maynard Keynes once said, "In the long run, we're all dead."
U.S. fab is ordered to flash or fold Blog 11/1/2004 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices is a triangle of sorts, with manufacturing in Dresden, Germany; Austin, Texas; and as part of its Spansion flash venture with Fujitsu Ltd. in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan.
The lessons of Monterey Blog 11/1/2004 Post a comment Two EDA companies Monterey Design Systems and Magma Design Automation started around the same time with similar visions and comparable amounts of cash.