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Are we all in sync?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/30/2005   1 comment
How cool to hear that asynchronous logic design is becoming one of the better-kept secrets in the chip design community.
Platform modeling workshop
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/29/2005   Post a comment
If you're going to be in Grenoble, France on 9 December 2005 and have nothing to do, then I have just the place for you to go...
Is there a marriage in the works for Bluetooth and UWB?
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11/29/2005   Post a comment
It's a no-brainer for BT because hitching its wagon to the UWB rising star will add a few hundred megabits per second to BT's 2.1 Mb/s bandwidth.
Holistic portable video, here at last?
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11/29/2005   Post a comment
For too long portable video has had the pieces, without the whole system. Now, compatibility with these already-popular portable platforms promises to make TiVoToGo a real hit.
Music phones: Almost there
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11/28/2005   Post a comment
I've been pushing for the service providers to offer music downloads on their handsets.
From D (debate) to R (resolve)
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11/28/2005   Post a comment
You can look forward to an interesting evening debate on the dynamics of innovation at the International Electron Devices Meeting, to be held next week in our nation's capital.
To grow EEs, offer tuition-free, real-world programs
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11/28/2005   Post a comment
I read David Lammers' "Alarming export: engineers" (Nov. 14, page 4) with great interest.
Of science, hard and 'soft'
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11/28/2005   Post a comment
The U.S. education system, the bedrock of the electronics industry, rests on shaky ground.
Where are the real embedded programmers?
Audio DesignLine Blog  
11/27/2005   Post a comment
Today I had a disturbing conversation with an old friend. Disturbing not because of what he said, but rather what he confirmed.
Musings on CES 2006
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11/25/2005   Post a comment
In these weeks leading up to the Holidays and then CES, I am being inundated by PR flacks to come visit with them at CES. Why? It seems to get worse every year as there are more gadgets and gizmos that are trying to see the light of day than ever before.
Thanksgiving
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11/24/2005   Post a comment
Although less than half of my readership celebrates the holiday of Thanksgiving, I'm compelled to express thanks.
Let's be thankful for wireless
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11/23/2005   Post a comment
The Pilgrims did not have the benefit of wireless technology at the First Thanksgiving three centuries ago (1621). But if they had been so blessed the holiday might be much different today.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/23/2005   Post a comment
"Good Golly Miss Molly!" It can't be time for Thanksgiving again; I only just recovered from celebrating last year's holiday...
The dawn of age of materials science
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/22/2005   Post a comment
A plethora of new announcements indicate that the 21st century will be known as "The Age of Materials Science."
Playing the Chinese waiting game
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11/21/2005   Post a comment
Handset providers are starting to get restless waiting for the Chinese government to make a decision on its domestic 3G technology.
Misreading Drucker's bequest
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11/21/2005   Post a comment
When we trivialize the messages of our forebears, we exchange our birthright in their achievements for a share in their unintended consequences.
Immortal Works
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11/21/2005   Post a comment
All you innovators who toil in anonymity, here's your opportunity to become instantly famous, courtesy of EE Times.
Productivity gains, better education can stave off 'Wal-Mart economy'
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11/21/2005   Post a comment
Jack Ganssle's opinion piece (see "The Wal-Mart economy," Oct. 31, page 4) was very interesting.
Auto purchases highlight importance of automation
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
11/19/2005   Post a comment
America’s manufacturing industry has been sluggish for a while, but recent statistics show a marked upturn. That's significant because the auto industry, a critical segment of the manufacturing field, has been mired in red ink for much of the year.
Hand-cranked computers!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/18/2005   Post a comment
When I created a hand-cranked computer spoof in the days of yore, it seems that I was years ahead of my time!
One more nail for HD DVD
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11/18/2005   Post a comment
Earlier this week Sony and NEC announced that they would they would establish a joint venture company in the optical disk drive business, aiming its sights on the goal of being the top optical disk drive manufacturer in the world.
How far have we come?
Power DesignLine Blog  
11/17/2005   Post a comment
Have we lost sight of power management when the indications are power consumption has jumped, cooling requirements for new installations are through the roof. There's hope with the implementation of some initiatives and new designs - but is it enough?
Bulls and bears, or just bull?
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11/17/2005   Post a comment
The SIA lowered its forecast for semiconductor sales, reversing its June predictions. It now says that 2005 sales will increase by 6.8% to $227.6 billion compared with a forecast of a 6% increase in June.
ESL even I can understand!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/16/2005   Post a comment
In which we discover how to make tightly-managed architecture and micro-architecture changes safely and quickly
UWB: The ultimate training technology?
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11/16/2005   Post a comment
The U.S. army has developed a combat training application that employs UWB as one of its key elements. Is it really worth it?
Your next handset design may integrate 10 radios
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11/16/2005   Post a comment
It's not inconceivable to have up to 10 independent radios in a handset.
These LiPS definitely aren't sealed
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11/14/2005   Post a comment
The Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum will help to accelerate the adoption of Linux in handsets.
Audio snooping followup
Audio DesignLine Blog  
11/12/2005   Post a comment
A flood of e-mails regarding microwave interception of conversation spurred a historical retrospective on resonant cavity bugs.
Valuable aid in managing designs
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/11/2005   Post a comment
Perforce is an incredibly useful tool for managing the hardware and software portions of a design.
The World is Flat after all
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11/11/2005   Post a comment
I recently returned from the LG Electronics line show, which was held in Dallas, TX at the beginning of November. The theme of their line show and with all of their display products for 2006 and beyond is "The World is Flat." LG Electronics is focusing their display products totally on plasma and LCD displays.
40% of your employees intend to walk
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11/11/2005   Post a comment
In study by Spherion Corp., an extremely wide gap exists between employers and employees. More than just an "us against them" mentality, this one is serious.
Heard on the Beat: Intel inside F1?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
11/11/2005   Post a comment
Could Intel Corp. be about to take on the sponsorship of a Formula 1 Grand Prix motor racing team? I have heard that both the McLaren and BAR teams are courting Intel.
Why TiVo and Yahoo won't offer IPTV, yet
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11/10/2005   Post a comment
Perhaps someday, after TiVo feels they have milked the established media players dry, they will get around to offering something new and different.
It's showtime!
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
11/10/2005   Post a comment
The aroma of gourmet food punctuated by the smell of new cars means only one thing--it’s Press Day at the auto show!
Workforce gets Dilbertized
Audio DesignLine Blog  
11/10/2005   Post a comment
Engineers are now spending more time handling e-mail, attending ineffective meetings and being interrupted than ever before. If the trends continue, in ten years we'll get nothing done.
Location-based services have arrived
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11/9/2005   Post a comment
The much-heralded "location-based services" are finally among us, at least if you're a Cingular Wireless customer.
Low power FPGAs and the origin of the universe
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/8/2005   Post a comment
QuickLogic introduce ultra-low-power FPGAs and Stephen Hawking presents a lecture on the origin of the universe.
The BiG "last mile" solution
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11/8/2005   Post a comment
The latest and greatest idea for solving the famous "last mile" problem for transmitting high bandwidth information to the home will use natural gas as the medium.
Qualcomm and Nokia in hissing match
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11/8/2005   Post a comment
Wow, it didn't take long. On October 28, Nokia joined five others, Broadcom, Ericsson, NEC, Panasonic Mobile, and TI in asking the EC to investigate Qualcomm on the basis of anticompetitive conduct.
Engineering prowess a matter of innate aptitude, not socialization
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11/7/2005   Post a comment
In an Oct. 24 Crosstalk letter ("Engineering: It's Still a Man's World," page 32), I read again about the small portion of engineering personnel who are female.
Southside Frankie cheers neighborhood team
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11/7/2005   Post a comment
After the World Series, my sports-minded friends now call me Southside Frankie.
iPod overblown
Audio DesignLine Blog  
11/6/2005   Post a comment
The power of iPod is not in the cute little device, it’s in the whole system. It liberates broadcasting from the confines of regulated operation.
What would happen if we used all the alternative power sources?
Power DesignLine Blog  
11/4/2005   Post a comment
Does everyone have to rely on the same fuel to power their houses, cars, computers, and tools? Will alternative fuels be the answer? The market may have something to say about this - and Propostion 80 in California.
Interesting fact: There's more analog in a digital handset than in an analog model
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11/3/2005   Post a comment
There's more analog circuitry in a current-generation digital handset than there was in the earlier generation analog models.
Customization is safe bet
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
11/3/2005   Post a comment
Customization continues to expand its role as the watchword in industrial control. Factory automation has always been a field in which equipment has to be specially designed, and factories themselves are moving more towards producing customized end products.
Hmmm, dual-port FPGA memories
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/2/2005   Post a comment
There's more to implementing dual-port memories in FPGAs than one might think.
How much video can you fit in a car?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
11/2/2005   Post a comment
There are a lot of ways to use video inside, and outside, of a car.
Wishful thinking comes home to roost
Audio DesignLine Blog  
11/2/2005   Post a comment
It's time for engineers to make our voices heard when it comes to marketing hype. When you KNOW that a marketing claim can not be met, it's up to you to make it known.
Global outsourcing helps U.S. economy
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11/1/2005   Post a comment
The Information Technology Association of America is pointing to a study that says global outsourcing of US software and IT services benefits the domestic economy--improving wages, encouraging investment and spending, and increases the number of jobs.
Are you boring?
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11/1/2005   Post a comment
Come on, 'fess up--you've either fallen asleep during a presentation, or lulled others to sleep with yours.
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