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Just what is a Christmas Cracker?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/28/2005   Post a comment
Having been born in the UK, this is the time of year when I have to explain British holiday traditions to my American friends, such as "just what is a Christmas Cracker?"
A holiday blog
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
As I enjoy the holiday season I'm so aware of how fortunate I am.
New Year's resolutions
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
As we head into 2006, my list of resolutions includes a few about wireless technology (in addition to the ever-popular promises to lose weight, eliminate credit card debt, and learn a foreign language).
CES Preview II
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
At this time of year, everyone asks me what they should look for at CES. It’s a fair question. It all depends what you are interested in. Displays will be a major part of the show this year with numerous examples of 1080p.
Mood phones
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12/27/2005   Post a comment
Are "mood phones" the next great thing?
Frivolous Lawsuits
Audio DesignLine Blog  
12/26/2005   Post a comment
I encourage each of you to become educated about patents, basic patent law as it applies to engineers, and the business impact – positive and negative – of different patent strategies.
The semantics of surveillance
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12/26/2005   Post a comment
Ever since The New York Times broke the story that President Bush had directed the National Security Agency to bypass the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act for certain domestic monitoring duties, commentators and members of Congress have been batting the word "wiretap" around in a way that fundamentally muddies the waters.
As hard drives feel pinch, Seagate thrives
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12/26/2005   Post a comment
Word that the world's largest hard-disk-drive maker, Seagate Technology LLC, is making a $1.9 billion bid for rival Maxtor Corp. could be yet another sign of consolidation in a maturing electronics industry, or something specific to magnetic disk drives or storage in general.
Happy Holidays (especially Boxing Day)!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/22/2005   Post a comment
Coming from the UK but now living in the USA, this is the time of year when I have to explain just what "Boxing Day" is all about.
Happy holidays, from the PC Police
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12/22/2005   Post a comment
I was recently informed that it's not politically correct to wish someone a Merry Christmas.
Can ZigBee solve its battery conundrum?
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12/21/2005   Post a comment
A product called Thermo Life hopes to be viable power source for numerous additional low-power, real-world applications, including active RFID tags, sensor networks and ZigBee enabled devices.
CES Preview
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12/21/2005   Post a comment
Well, it’s that time of the year with CES coming in a little more than two weeks. Can there possibly be any news in the world of Digital TV and high-definition DVD? Surprising, the answer is YES!
Making connections
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
12/20/2005   Post a comment
Many in the industrial control and factory automation fields will be taking a break as the year winds down, but the downtime won’t provide much of a breather.
Ericsson joins PMBus
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12/20/2005   Post a comment
Ericsson has signed up to become part of the PMBus organization.
A home lab for wireless TV
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12/19/2005   Post a comment
I've been having a blast building an experimental wireless media facility in my home. The rules are simple: I need to be able to do everything one would do in a home theater and home office environment, but only the ac wires already in place are allowed into the room.
Power-supply design book looks at IC, system-level issues
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12/19/2005   Post a comment
Here's a brief description about a new book on power supply design from Reno Rossetti of Fairchild Semi.
US Government eavesdrops
Audio DesignLine Blog  
12/17/2005   Post a comment
I must admit to a bit of paranoia when it comes to advanced methods of executing audio signals intercepts. Well it used to be paranoia. Today's revelations make my hair stand on end.
The bus has arrived
Power DesignLine Blog  
12/16/2005   Post a comment
The PMBus is gaining momentum with more companies agreeing to sign on as members, thus strengthening its position in the industry. Is it right for you?
Interesting news on the handset front
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12/16/2005   Post a comment
I just posted two interesting pieces of news, one pertaining to Verizon and the other to Cingular.
I'm in Nixi Tube Heaven!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/16/2005   Post a comment
I've just been introduced to the "Mike's Electric Stuff" website, which provides a goldmine of information on early display technologies and other "stuff".
Rounding algorithms we know and love
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/16/2005   Post a comment
The mind boggles at the variety and intricacies of the rounding algorithms used for different applications.
A stellar year at OIF
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12/15/2005   Post a comment
Kudos to the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) for working so hard this year.
To flash or not to flash
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12/15/2005   Post a comment
As the flash prices continued to drop, the line marking where it's more cost-effective to go with a rotating hard drive began to blur.
Has WiMedia outmaneuvered UWB in the standards wars?
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12/14/2005   Post a comment
Looks like WiMedia, which started as some sort of variant of UWB, may reach the finishing line faster than its progenitor.
Is bogged-down network performance ruining your game?
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12/14/2005   Post a comment
For those of you that play online games (at home of course), there's now a new online playability tool by Ubicom.
Mixed-signal FPGA is here to stay!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/13/2005   Post a comment
I've seen a number of devices that might be classed as "field-programmable analog arrays (FPAAs)" appear and disappear, but I think this one is here to stay...
The shape of things to come
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12/12/2005   Post a comment
Late last week it was sadly announced by Matsushita that they are closing their CRT operations in both North America and Europe. This follows on the heels of several other major companies closing their CRT operations.
VoWLAN is here, with more on the way
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12/12/2005   Post a comment
Two cellular players that have been pretty high profile lately are making even more news, this time together.
U.S. students won't pick engineering unless they see concrete benefits
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12/12/2005   Post a comment
Thanks so much for David Lammers' piece "Alarming export: engineers" in EE Times' Opinion section (Nov. 14, page 4). I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Video cams reading license plates: One step closer to an electronic police state?
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12/9/2005   Post a comment
The announcement that Motorola is introducing Automatic License Plate Recognition had a sense of inevitability, yet one wonders where all this video camera surveillance technology -- empowered with "smart" image processing -- is taking us.
The Grand Challenge
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12/7/2005   Post a comment
How will the technology from DARPA's Grand Challenge make its way into more pedestrian vehicles?
OCP is the one for me!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/7/2005   Post a comment
Connecting IP cores together sounds easy if you say it quickly and wave your arms around a lot, but connecting these little scamps together is a non-trivial task.
Experts on demand
Audio DesignLine Blog  
12/6/2005   Post a comment
Three experts from leading semiconductor audio suppliers present information about how to design portable audio products.
Pondering a floating-point problem
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/5/2005   Post a comment
You don’t realize what you don’t know until you try to explain it to someone else!
UMA is just too attractive to ignore
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12/5/2005   Post a comment
UWB and WiMAX are pursing the cellular market pretty aggressively by expressing interest in interfacing with UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access), according to industry sources. Even Intel has been asking around the UMA community for a means of latching on to the cellular network.
Open-source: friend, not foe, of EDA firms
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12/5/2005   Post a comment
Commercial EDA vendors aren't keen on talking about open-source hardware design tools.
Engineers due for image overhaul
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12/5/2005   Post a comment
Where did it all go wrong? Somewhere, somehow, during the great sweep of American history in the last hundred years, they turned on the inventor.
Engineering's poor image may be due to shift in corporate attitudes
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12/5/2005   Post a comment
"Silent Crisis" series (Sept. 26, page 1), Ron Wilson: "Misreading Drucker's bequest," (Nov. 21, page 4)
Text message results in fatal accident
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12/5/2005   Post a comment
The latest black eye on the mobile handset community comes from Highland Ranch, Colo.
Push to Talk? Maybe Push to See
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12/4/2005   Post a comment
Plagued by the fact that I need to not only fish my cell phone out of my purse when it rings--a major feat, I also have to simultaneously find my glasses if I expect to do anything but answer.
Virus season is here
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
12/2/2005   Post a comment
Ethernet’s growing popularity in factories brings a number of key benefits, but the increases in speed and reductions in cost don‘t come without a price. There's also the threat of attack by the viruses and Trojan horses that bedevil office workers
AUDIO BLOG: Musings of a master
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
12/2/2005   Post a comment
Listen to motorsports legend Mario Andretti discuss the state of racing in the U.S., Formula 1, as well as automotive technology and the challenges faced by automotive engineers.
I let my cynicism get the best of me
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12/1/2005   Post a comment
I recently witnessed a demo for an FM tuner.


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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
Max Maxfield
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

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July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
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Steve Jobs allegedly got his start by dumpster diving with the Computer Club at Homestead High in the early 1970s.

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