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HDMI 1.3 comes to 1080p audio products in 2007
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11/30/2006   Post a comment
This week I spent some time at Denon and Marantz as they gave pre-CES 2007 preview. OK. You ask what does this have to do with Digital TV? Well, they realize that to fully appreciate 1080p and HDTV, you need good audio. And, not just good audio, but audio and that also includes video processing and scaling.
Emails from readers - from the sublime to the ridiculous!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/30/2006   Post a comment
I now receive more emails in the average day than I used to in a month in ye "good old days" (some are really interesting, while others make me say "Que?")
How to save 100 horses + a rather amazing prank
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/30/2006   Post a comment
I was recently beguiled into checking out two online videos; one makes you want to laugh out loud and the other makes you want to cry (I'll let you decide which is which).
10-4 Is Over and Out
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
11/29/2006   Post a comment
Thanks to available bandwdith and new security needs, local police forces in the US were scrapping the "10-code" system of communication in favor of what they are now calling "plain text." What's next on the chopping block?
Active management
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
11/28/2006   Post a comment
Keeping semiconductor facilities running efficiently requires knowledge of many parameters, ranging from upcoming orders, backlogs and of course understanding the status of production equipment.
It sees through clothing? Maybe technology goes too far
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11/28/2006   Post a comment
I'm all for airport safety--however, I'm cringing at the announcement of new technology capable of looking through clothing to find weapons.
Late to the party?
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
Sometimes small, non-profit companies are way out in front of the big boys in developing life saving technology.
Off-road navigation
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
11/27/2006   Post a comment
It's been called a "military grade" cell phone with navigation that can be kicked, drowned, or toasted.
Beware of counterfeit mil/aero semis
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
Counterfeiting is a big problem. Indeed, syndicated programs have described the "copy watch" and fake Gucci purse.

Is design bar set too low?
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
One of my cordless phones has died. I put it into the box where I keep my other dead cordless phones--seven of them, replaced over the past 10 years. Turning this into an engineering project, I decided to do my own informal "CSI" autopsy on these units, opening each one and getting to the pc board. Three had defective keypads, with some sort of sludge interfering with the keypad contacts (plastic migration and deterioration, perhaps) despite my vigorous cleaning with contact cleaner and alcoho
FPGAs are better than you think
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
11/27/2006   Post a comment
If you think FPGAs are expensive, power-hungry, and hard to program, get ready for a surprise.
Symmetry and IC design
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
IC design follows the law of symmetry that states that you get different results when you scale an experiment. EDA vendors must learn the law and use it in planning new products.
Dog days for robots
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
11/22/2006   Post a comment
Robot makers are reducing their reliance on automotive companies, but it's not happening quickly.
Interactive periodic table is rather interesting
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/21/2006   Post a comment
Occasionally an item in the net catches my eye, such as a recent email from the folks at Popular Science trying to entice me with all sorts of "goodies."
Why DSPs are better than FPGAs
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
11/21/2006   Post a comment
The headlines suggest that FPGAs are better than DSPs, but I say they're not. Read on to find out why.
A Thanksgiving Blog: From Aabhar to Z'e'kujom se
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11/20/2006   Post a comment
I wanted to take a moment to tell you how thankful I am that you allow me into your busy life. I'm amazed at how far away from this keyboard most of you are--and yet we're connected even if just briefly throughout the year.
New company for MicroDisplays
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11/20/2006   Post a comment
Last week, I had the opportunity of meeting with a new company that hopes to re-vitalize microdisplays.
Seeking Trends
Audio DesignLine Blog  
11/20/2006   Post a comment
Prognosticators abound, and sometimes we're right. As much as I closely follow audio and audio trends I may not have a lock on everyone. Care to make a suggestion?
Lucy and Sony
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11/20/2006   Post a comment
Sony's launch last week of PlayStation 3 reminds me of that "I Love Lucy" episode from 50 years ago in which Ricky figures out that the salad dressing Lucy sold in a TV commercial actually cost a few cents more to make than what she was selling it for. Lucy went back on TV to try to get customers to cancel their orders.
The future is now - 1mm thick light panels
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/16/2006   Post a comment
The folks at a company called CeeLite have developed Light Emitting Capacitor (LEC) panels that act as flexible, paper-thin light sources.
Another call to redefine ESL
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
Dave Goldberg joins Steve Glaser in calling for a redefinition of the term ESL.
What a difference a bit makes
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
What even happened to the flap over packet loss problems surfacing in Wi-Fi?
Out of the Glove Box
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
11/15/2006   Post a comment
I feel fortunate to be at the helm of this exciting new DesignLine built just for RF engineers. Here, we are going to get into mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, and whatever else it takes to make it just a bit easier for RF engineers to get the job done. Stay tuned, it's bound to be an exciting ride.
India's automotive plans
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
11/15/2006   Post a comment
Automaking may be a problem area for America's economy right now, but it's still an attractive one for India.
Automotive DSP booms; will you benefit?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
11/14/2006   Post a comment
Automotive signal-processing applications are booming, but you will probably miss the gold rush.
TI lays down another cellular gauntlet to the competition
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11/14/2006   Post a comment
With the announcement of its intention to have a single-chip Edge-enabled multimedia phone chip on the market next year based on its DRP technology, TI has yet again laid down the wireless gauntlet—and may have set itself up for a fall.
Growth is better than death
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11/13/2006   Post a comment
EDAC is at the center of controversies as it tires to celebrate the latest Phil Kaufman award winner and start a new life under a new Executive Director.
Video format skirmishes
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11/11/2006   Post a comment
There are many low-level video format skirmishes -- I wouldn't call them wars because to the consumer, the inconvenience is slight.
Welcome Fremont A's and Santa Clara 49ers
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11/10/2006   Post a comment
Okay so I've moved away from Silicon Valley, but not so far as to not be thrilled that the A's (formerly Oakland) stadium will be located in Fremont. On the heels of that announcement came the decision to move the SF 49ers to Santa Clara. Yay! Ahem, sorry SF and Oakland.
CES Unveiled 2007 and other stuff
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11/10/2006   Post a comment
On Wednesday (November 8, 2006) afternoon, I went to the CES Unveiled 2007 event that is the precursor to CES, which is held by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). This annual event, which is held in NYC every year, attracts journalists, manufacturers, and PR types alike.
Vote!
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11/8/2006   Post a comment
It's the day after national elections, and I'm asking you to vote.
The medium is the message: Suppose they gave a format war and nobody came
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11/8/2006   Post a comment
News last week that practically from the beginning, mass market hi-def DVD players will offer dual compatibility with both Blu-ray and HD DVD is good for both consumers and manufacturers.
Cadence is back
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11/8/2006   Post a comment
Cadence terminates the uncertainty about its participation to the DAC as an exhibitor.
New color vision test is a bit of a shocker!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/7/2006   Post a comment
I just took a new color vision test and was somewhat surprised at the results!
Kickin' Tires: Part 2
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
11/7/2006   Post a comment
Auto electronics developments for 2007 models include hard disks for nav systems and thermoelectric heated and cooled cup holders.
Mobile TV needs the best transceivers
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11/7/2006   Post a comment
A receiver that is 3 dB better than a "typical" receiver can achieve (at least) a given quality level in a coverage area around 50% greater than the reference.
Kickin' tires: Part 1
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
11/7/2006   Post a comment
Here's a look at some of the auto electronics developments car makers have in store for the 2007 models.
Microsoft and the NSDL Newsletter
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11/6/2006   Post a comment
What do Microsoft and the Network Systems DesignLine Newsletter have in common? They will both feature VoIP.
I want my MTV (but not while on an elevator)
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11/6/2006   Post a comment
A presentation by Greg Clayman of MTV Networks on his company's mobile platforms strategy at a conference last week revealed two things: I've officially become a genuine adult (tragically unhip and criminally out of step with youth culture), and our civilization is damned.
Smart gambit in 60-GHz band
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11/6/2006   Post a comment
When a group of large consumer-oriented companies announced last week that they would back millimeter-wave radio technology in the 60-GHz band for short-range video connections (see lead story, page 1), skeptics noted the technical difficulties of developing such radios cost-effectively.

The power standard game
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11/5/2006   Post a comment
Cadence's actions in trying to promote its Common Power Format (CPF) is generatingmore controversy than progress.
Why single-chip solutions won't happen
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
11/5/2006   Post a comment
Single-chip solutions have an obvious appeal, but don't expect them to become common any time soon.
You can help
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11/3/2006   Post a comment
There's a lot of ways to let people know about the articles that you like on Audio DesignLine. The obvious one is to e-mail a link. But you can also post links on your own web site, include them in a blog, and vote for articles on web sites like Digg.com
One stop shopping
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
11/2/2006   Post a comment
The makers of industrial control equipment are striving to offer more complete systems, giving OEMs and system integrators a way to get systems up and running more quickly.
Do-it-yourself snow-at-home project!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/2/2006   Post a comment
A NASA engineer shows you how to make your own snow; be the envy of your neighbors and have the coolest (pun intended) yard on your street!
LG intros 33 displays at 2007 line show
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11/2/2006   Post a comment
LG Electronics announced their 2007 product line-up on November 1, 2006 in Orlando, FL. Their impressive display line will cover 33 models, which will be comprised of 22 LCD HDTV models and 11 plasma HDTV models.
The most amazing astronomical images for free
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/1/2006   Post a comment
Honestly, these images are gorgeous: baby stars being born - old stars exploding - galaxies colliding - and the list goes on.


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