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?"
New Year's resolutions Blog 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 Blog 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.
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 Blog 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 Blog 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.
CES Preview Blog 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.
A home lab for wireless TV Blog 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.
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?
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".
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 Blog 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.
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.
UMA is just too attractive to ignore Blog 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.
Push to Talk? Maybe Push to See Blog 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.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 2 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...