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Will you be at IP-SoC? IP? IP-ESC?
11/30/2009   Post a comment
Because IPs have become subsystems or platforms it appeared as a natural extension that IP09 would be combined with Embedded Systems Conference to become IP"ESC 2009 addressing a continuous technical spectrum from IP to SoC to embedded systems.
Low-power parts vs. low-power design
Power DesignLine Blog  
11/30/2009   1 comment
Low power is good, but what are the tradeoffs in achieving it.
NEWS - ZigBee, DLMS user groups team on Smart Grid Metering Compatibility
11/28/2009   Post a comment
The two groups are cooperating on a way to guarantee power grid data compatibility as well as on defining a method to transport IEC standard DLMS/COSEM messages sending metering data through ZigBee Smart Energy networks.
ABV: Is there a there there?
11/26/2009   Post a comment
Despite good promises, wide-scale use of Assertion Based Verification (ABV) has not materialized because it is a difficult technology to implement and is perceived as marginally cost-effective. If it had been easy, everyone would have jumped on it by now, Howard Martin, Zocalo Tech president said.
iPhone heals, iPhone smells
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
11/24/2009   Post a comment
Apple's iPhone is being applied to more diverse applications that one could have imagined when it first came on the scene.
A consortium to be Mentor'ed
11/24/2009   Post a comment
Two years after Cadence and Synopsys joined the SOI Consortium, Mentor Graphics has knocked on the door to provide EDA tool and methodology support for the SOI technology.
COMMENTARY: Mobile Handset Testing is Deeply Flawed and Increasingly Expensive
11/24/2009   Post a comment
An overhaul to the mobile device hardware and software development process is needed now
Is it time to reap that (energy) harvest?
Power DesignLine Blog  
11/21/2009   1 comment
Are the factors in place and aligned for this market to really take off?
Higher antenna vs. transmission-line loss: an RF (and engineering) tradeoff example
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
11/21/2009   1 comment
Deciding whether to move that antenna for improved received signal strength, while increasing coax loss, is yet another engineering tradeoff dilemma
Ten technologies, seven predictions lead weekly story ranking
11/20/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Nov. 15, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Nov. 20. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Analysis: Infineon not on safe ground yet
11/19/2009   Post a comment
Infineon has managed to conclude a profitable quarter, but this does not mean the company is out of the woods now. EE Times explains which challenges the company has to master in the year ahead.
Magic microphone: All smoke, no mirrors
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
11/19/2009   1 comment
To get around the dynamic range issues of current microphone pickups, Schwartz Engineering and Design has devised a laser-based pickup that detects voice-induced 'distortions' in a flowing stream of smoke and that then relies on proprietary digital signal processing to translate those distortions into audio. And it works!
Green becomes business
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
11/19/2009   Post a comment
I attended the Green Festival while in San Francisco, and what I found there was an interesting clash of the corporate feel of green technology and the traditional 'green earth' culture of old.
MCUs: Microchip claims lowest sleep current in its new 16-bit MCUs
11/19/2009   Post a comment
Featuring USB and Touch Sensing, Two New PIC24F Families are targeting USB and General Purpose Applications
2020 Vision: Development tools key to SoC implementation
11/18/2009   Post a comment
A TI Fellow, Reid Tatge leads the development of TI's compiler technology infrastructure and products in the software development groups and gives his take on state of SoC development in the year 2020. Hint: Don't bet on 'magic' tools.
MRAMS good for industrial apps
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
11/18/2009   Post a comment
Serial magnetoresistive random-access memory (MRAM) could find wider use in the emerging smart meter market.
Ten emerging technologies to watch in 2010
11/18/2009   6 comments
EE Times has compiled a list of emerging technologies that we think will be worth watching out for in 2010.
Counterpoint: The case for 'telepresence' in space
11/17/2009   1 comment
The lack of funding for manned spaceflight has underscored the growing importance of unmanned probes and rovers. John Merchant makes the case for telepresence in space exploration.
Those casual power extrapolations drive me crazy
Power DesignLine Blog  
11/14/2009   2 comments
The ease with which numbers are tossed around, especially those related to power and energy, really annoys me--and often leads to wrong conclusions
Overheard: It's the LUV economy
11/13/2009   Post a comment
Paul Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) said he heard someone say it was a LUV economy. That is the European economy is performing in the shape of an L, the U.S. economy is performing in the shape of U and the Asian economy is performing like a V.
CEO's pay, SMIC, Zune lead weekly story ranking
11/13/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Nov. 8, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Nov. 13. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Opinion: For designers, where does 'creative spark' originate?
11/13/2009   6 comments
How does the design process really work? Which mechanism enables the brain to come up with solutions to a design problem, and what is the source of the "creative spark"?
Analysis: Intel buys peace, AMD vindicated. Now what?
11/12/2009   2 comments
The deal settling legal and licensing disputes between AMD and Intel Corp. gives the companies a chance to begin a new chapter in their tumultuous relationship, but doesn't end of all challenges facing the rivals.
Join the conversation. NXP trading chip sales for royalties?
11/12/2009   1 comment
NXP BV continues to trade on its technology and the latest decision to license its Mifare technology to STMicroelectronics is as intriguing as any of the recent business moves that have gone before.
Some cool stuff from ICCAD
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/11/2009   Post a comment
There were several interesting FPGA-related papers presented at the 2009 International Conference on Computer-Aided Design last week in San Jose.
A billion connected devices
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
11/9/2009   Post a comment
The Internet enables remote control of just about any systems on our planet. Are we safe?
We did the digital TV switchover, and the sky didn't fall
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
11/9/2009   3 comments
Civilization is still standing, and grandmothers are still OK
Comment: Is Abu Dhabi targeting Intel rather than TSMC?
11/9/2009   6 comments
With Waleed Al Muhairi, chief operating officer of Abu Dhabi government investment vehicle Mubadala Development Co., predicting Abu Dhabi would be making chips at home within four years, we are reminded that the Gulf states' aspirations to get into the chip business are long-enduring. But when Al Muhairi said Abu Dhabi wants to compete with Intel was that hubris?
More than walls coming down
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
11/9/2009   Post a comment
In a month when everyone is remembering the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall I had an interesting conversation with a senior sales executive of a leading European battery maker.
Can all-electric vehicles take charge?
Power DesignLine Blog  
11/7/2009   5 comments
Yes, batteries are a problem, but even "perfect" batteries won't overcome the problem of the charging times and the current needed for a viable all-electric car or truck.
What is a patent? Join the debate
11/6/2009   20 comments
The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday (Nov. 9) that go to the heart of what is a patent as it examines the case of Bernard Bilski.
Comment: chip company ranking points to post-crisis order
11/6/2009   Post a comment
The latest chip company top 20 ranking provided by IC Insights Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.) has a topsy-turvy look about it — at least it does if, like me, you have been following the fortunes of chip companies for some time.
Ground truth in Detroit
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
11/5/2009   1 comment
A Google Map tour of Detroit reveals the stark economic impact of the decline in U.S. auto manufacturing.
Comment: Suppliers and customers must work together to ease market chaos
11/5/2009   Post a comment
Writing for MarketEye, TTI’s online vehicle for providing accurate and up-to-date market information in the IP&E industry, Dennis Zogbi, president and owner of the Paumanok Group which specializes in providing market analysis on the passive components market, comments that for the year ending March 2009, the global market for passive electronic components, including fixed capacitors, linear resistors and discrete inductors, was worth approximately $19.6 billion representing an 18 percent year on
Comment: Online backup or cloud recovery?
11/5/2009   Post a comment
Backing up files and data online has been around for quite a while, but it has never really taken off in a big way for business customers. There is also a new solution coming onto the market which uses "the cloud" for backup and recovery of company data. While these two approaches to disaster recovery appear to be similar, there are some significant differences as well. So which one would be right for you?
'E-grains' for factory automation
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
11/4/2009   Post a comment
One of the Productronica highlights this year will be a special show focusing on self-organizing production environments.
EDA pundits envision more 'ASIC-like tools' for FPGAs
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/4/2009   1 comment
A pair of EDA pundits outlined some ways EDA would evolve, including getting more revenue from FPGA users.
Comment: ESIA exposes Chinese chip sales
11/3/2009   Post a comment
My support and congratulations go out to the European Semiconductor Industry Association for breaking out the Chinese semiconductor sales figures in its monthly reports.
DAC survey uncovers surprises
11/2/2009   Post a comment
At this year's DAC in San Francisco, EVE SA (Palaiseau, France) conducted a survey to determine preferences and prevalence of verification environments. In this guest blog, Lauro Rizzatti, general manager of EVE USA, presents the survey findings, bearing strong promises for hardware-assisted verification vendors. Parts Search

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