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Reading Cadence's tea leaves
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11/30/2008   Post a comment
Analysis of what might be Cadence next step.
Beating TI at its own game
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
11/29/2008   2 comments
AudioCodes' top-secret hardware hacks make TI's DSPs 20% faster. That's a neat trick!
Live 3-D football in theaters this week
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
Would people be willing to pay to go to a movie theater to watch a football game in 3-D?
Happy RFID Thanksgiving
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
Things I'm thankful for . . .
The longest night...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/26/2008   Post a comment
I tell you, I've had years that were shorter than last night...
What happened to the article?
Blog  
11/26/2008   Post a comment
How and why an article dissapeared.
Viewpoint: EDA disconnected?
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
As much as it is every business' prerogative to decide who they should partner with, it is quite disturbing to analyze the implication of the "eviction" action by Cadence Design Systems in removing member companies from its Connections partner program, writes Yatin Trivedi, senior director for strategic industry alliances at Magma Design Automation Inc.
Designer seeking wisdom
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/25/2008   3 comments
Someone is asking for our help with an interesting design problem ... do you have any ideas?
Machine vision 'bot' rocks out on Guitar Hero
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
11/25/2008   Post a comment
An entertaining demonstration of machine vision capabilities uses serious industrial hardware and software to achieve human-level performance in a popular video game.
Spectacular Conjunction
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/25/2008   Post a comment
The sky show of the year is scheduled for December 1st at sunset!
New keyboard improves typing skills...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/24/2008   1 comment
Maybe this new keyboard will help me learn to really type (I could be so much more productive if I wasn't using the "hunt-and-peck" approach).
Back to the Future
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
11/24/2008   Post a comment
The price of polysilicon has fallen swiftly on the spot market in recent months, dropping to about $200 per kilogram from $450 to $500 earlier in 2008. Analysts predict spot prices to sink below $100 by the end of 2009 and to a $50 to $80 range in 2010. That's roughly the same levels as prices in long-term contracts.
Don't miss: 'The Top Ten Articles Of 2008'
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
Aren't you curious to know what my readers (ahem, your competitors) read this year? Well, each year at this time, I post the top ten articles, during the last five weeks of the year. Now, here's the catch.
Have you seen Dave's Video?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/24/2008   1 comment
Altium have come up with one of the best (funny and informative) marketing videos I've seen for ages.
Intel's Barrett: Directing the passion
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
There's a fire in Craig Barrett's eyes as he describes his vision for equalizing the balance of opportunity around the globe--and for leveraging technology to accomplish it.
Chips in China: A mixed review
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
A report issued last week by market researcher iSuppli found there are more than 550 fabless semiconductor companies in China, but at least 100 will disappear within two years.
Start me up!
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
11/24/2008   Post a comment
Romance and cars have always had a connection. Now there is a new one!
EDA must become a partner to its own customers.
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
The EDA industry must find new ways to extract itself from the economic downturn.
Spoof videos -- thank an engineer today!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/21/2008   Post a comment
The folks at Texas Instruments have created some funny "thank an engineer" videos...
How much is SPAM costing you and your company?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/21/2008   Post a comment
Google have just launched a "SPAM Calculator" that tells you home much time and money SPAM emails are costing you.
Commentary: Video analytics, from swords to plowshares
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11/20/2008   Post a comment
Video analytics is a vast and potentially limitless technology.
Solar power dreams
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
11/20/2008   Post a comment
We write the year 2015. This morning, I went to work with my car. With my electric car, I should say.
VoIP + virtualization: a match made in heaven
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
11/20/2008   Post a comment
Here's a neat demo that illustrates why virtualization is a key technology for the future of mobile devices.
First MathStar, now Ambric... WHAT NEXT?!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/20/2008   Post a comment
Ambric going under is mega-bad news on a number of levels... what's next I wonder?
Spoof video: Thank you, engineers, for the MP3 player
Audio DesignLine Blog  
11/19/2008   Post a comment
A series of short, spoof videos thanking engineers for their many innovations includes a look at what the world might be like without MP3 players.
USB Heated Slippers
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/19/2008   Post a comment
If only the early computer pioneers could see us now... they'd be so proud!
Cooling savings lead Supercomputer Green Grid mission
Power DesignLine Blog  
11/19/2008   Post a comment
New designs such as the one at UCSD will allow room temperature to rise to 100 °. The new center will only cool the air immediately in front of and within the server racks.
Will USB 3.0 deliver on specs where earlier versions haven't?
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
I'm still not sure why Intel is so insistent on pursuing a speed upgrade to a technology that as never very elegant or robust.
37th anniversary of the 4004 microprocessor
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/18/2008   1 comment
It's hard to believe that the world's very first microprocessor (the Intel 4004) first leapt onto the stage 37 years ago...
Webcast: Fundamentals of Motor Evolution
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
11/18/2008   1 comment
See an overview of the evolution of motors and their electronic control, as well as an animation and video demonstrating the very first electric motor.
Bloggers show feathers at ICCAD
Blog  
11/18/2008   4 comments
How is blogging different from writing a column?
7,500 mini "How To" videos
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/17/2008   Post a comment
How can it be that mega-cool Internet sites like HowCast.com appear and flourish without my hearing anything about them?
The world's smallest HD camcorder
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/17/2008   1 comment
Weighing in at only 3.3 ounces, this little beauty can record up to 60 minutes of 16:9 widescreen, HD 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 frames-per-second.
Super-thin carbon nanotube loudspeakers
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/17/2008   Post a comment
1/1,000th the width of a single human hair, these super-thin carbon nanotubes films are capable of transmitting music and other sounds.
Little things mean a lot
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
11/17/2008   Post a comment
Modest economy and emissions gains, when spread out, can become significant.
Dumb defense spending
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
11/17/2008   2 comments
Our current spending programs aren't just wasteful--they actually make the country less safe. It's high time we re-think our spending priorities and the role of technology in defense.
BASF Invests In Startup
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
BASF doesn't make the technology, but the investment makes it better.
Dedicated wireless email device looks for market
Blog  
11/14/2008   Post a comment
I would like to see what's inside the Peek. According to the Gadget's review it has a relatively low-performance 100-MHz processor -- presumably from Qualcomm. My guess is that Peek is hitting the $100 price point with no service contract by using older cell-phone chips that Qualcomm can't sell to other customers.
Awesome "feel-good" video; you can't help but smile!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/14/2008   Post a comment
I stand in awe at this video - the concept is amazingly simple, but the way it was implemented is gorgeous - it makes you feel happy inside
Electronica proves robust under economic cloud
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
With a decline of almost 8 percent, significantly fewer visitors found their way to Munich for Electronica than in 2006. However, fair organizer Messe Muenchen said it was satisfied that the show had held up well under difficult circumstances.
Viewpoint: Business as 'unusual' for chip makers
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
In a bad economy, semiconductor companies can no longer continue business as ususal. In the economic downturn, they need to adopt "business unusual" practices.
Max to Actel: Don't you dare!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/13/2008   Post a comment
I am all of a fluster. My ire has been raised (it's not a pretty sight, let me tell you)!
Hubble directly observes a planet orbiting another star
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/13/2008   Post a comment
This news - which was just posted today - is HUGE!
Beta test in Silverstone
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
11/13/2008   Post a comment
Formula one allows techiques to recover kinetic energy. Are racing cars becoming 'green'?
Holiday electronics spending forecast
Blog  
11/12/2008   Post a comment
Against the backdrop of a worldwide economic crisis, the consumer electronics industry continues to be one bright spot, says the Consumer Electronics Association.
Dueling Mice
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/12/2008   Post a comment
"Paddle faster ... I hear banjo music," said Max worriedly.
You no longer need an expensive video recorder
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/11/2008   1 comment
I just blundered across a blog in which a professional demonstrated just how good a movie taken with a Flip Video can be...
Video of a man and his manhole cover
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/11/2008   Post a comment
I've been playing with the pocket-sized digital video recorder my wife gave me, and it's GREAT!
Happy birthday to the PLC
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
11/11/2008   Post a comment
The industry's first programmable logic controller went into production in November of 1969, marking this month as the 39th anniversary of its introduction.
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