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Last minute deals open opportunities for 2007 and beyond
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12/31/2006   Post a comment
In the week between Christmas and New Year, a semiconductor equipment company purchased an EDA company, and an EDA company increased its ESL expertise with the acquisition of a British company. And both events have given pundits cause for judgments, predictions, and the usual doomsday scenario. I thought the combined news exciting and full of promise.
Vegetal FPGAs (only eight Euros each)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/29/2006   Post a comment
New open source form of logic runs on water, oxygen, and biomaterial; is environmentally friendly; and is reputed to smell good.
Reflections of 2006 - Part 2
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
At time of the year, we have a tendency to reflect and look back on the events of the past year. I'm not just talking about the most popular stories that folks like you read such as "The Promise of 1080p," but the major trends and developments in the CE and semiconductor industries.
Intuitive or Bust
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
12/28/2006   Post a comment
We have been trained to ignore the manuals on our electronic devices, so what happens when we can't get it to work?
My five resolutions for the New Year
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Each year I bravely write down my resolutions. This year I thought I'd share:
Triple play spells chaos?
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
The race to develop the best in-home router technology for next-generation applications (spelled V-I-D-E-O) may be a squeaker.
OpEd: 10 predictions on service provider networking for 2007
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
The voice, multimedia, data "triple play" touted by network service providers will most likely bring home routers to their knees.
Matthias Wandel's Magic Marble Machine
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/27/2006   Post a comment
I just ran across the website of one Matthias Wandel, who has an eclectic range of interests, including some really cool marble machines.
Beyond the autonomous car, and the nature of man
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
12/23/2006   Post a comment
If you think autonomous cars are pretty far out how about nano-robots that can heal the body from within? Might they lead to a world without children?
DSP in 2006: A Year-End Review
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
12/23/2006   Post a comment
2006 was a year of changes for the DSP industry. Here's a review of the major news.
Struggling with FPGA "gate" equivalents
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/22/2006   Post a comment
A reader explains how he calculates FPGA equivalent gates and compares today's devices to the TTL technology of yesteryear.
Commentary: Java is ready for real time
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
With new standards efforts and millions of Java-savvy developers, Java is ready for real-time embedded systems development, says Gary Cato, manager of strategic alliances at Aonix.
Predicting the trends for 2007
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
12/21/2006   Post a comment
Want to know what's coming in 2007? Check out TechOnline's "Crystal Ball" page.
Further delays for SED
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Originally, this week I was going to talk about my Reflections of 2006 -- part II. However the announcement today by Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. regarding SED troubles me greatly. As a big fan of SED technology, I've been waiting for quite awhile for this new and exciting display technology that combines the best of flat-panel and CRT technologies.
Three letters acronyms: ESL, RTL, DFM and Verification as well
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Important news and product announcements make the last few days before the holidays interesting in the EDA industry.
CES beckons, again
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Conventions come and go, even big ones like Comdex, which in its heyday counted something like a quarter million people in attendance. But CES -- the Consumer Electronics Show -- has staying power.
Phone companies closer to turning on TV
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 to approve a plan that will shorten the time it takes for phone companies to be approved to offer subscription TV.
In which we discover the steam-powered origin of the Internet
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/20/2006   Post a comment
It is a little known fact that, even today, the Internet still relies on some steam-driven sections, mostly for little trodden routes to some of the more obscure domains.
WiMAX: On a roll
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
The WiMAX gold rush has officially begun. The line for hot-shot entrepreneurs winds out the door and around the corner at Intel Capital HDQ in Santa Clara.
The best gift: a better job
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
12/19/2006   Post a comment
The best gift you can get is a fulfilling job—and you don't need Santa's help to get one.
2007: A wireless cornucopia--but watch out for WiMAX
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
2007 will see a lot of 3G technologies deployed, but IMS will play a key role in determining the future of IP-based technologies such as mobile WiMAX and converged cellular/Wi-Fi networks.
More information regarding Gray codes is flooding in
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/18/2006   Post a comment
I'm learning all sorts of information on Gray codes and Gray code counters, such as the fact that they consume half the average power of a binary counter.
Life on the street
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
12/18/2006   Post a comment
Here is a new way of "sticking it to the (common) man," at least when it comes to electronically finding a parking space.
Personal web site referenced by Al Jazeera
Audio DesignLine Blog  
12/18/2006   Post a comment
Anyone at any time is free to link to my site. The "minor problem" that happened within weeks of the Al Jazeera citation - my e-mail server began receiving thousands of hacker probes per hour.
Taiwan's DRAM makers bet on strong '07
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12/16/2006   Post a comment
Taiwan's club of second-tier DRAM suppliers is betting big on a strong memory market in 2007, as evidenced by the flurry of announcements regarding billion-dollar investments and deals to expand production — but will sales live up to their expectations? PowerChip Semiconductor Corp. of Taiwan and Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. last week announced a joint venture to build what the companies billed as the world's largest memory fab in the Central Taiwan Science Park.
Slim HD-ILAs and HDMI 1.3
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12/15/2006   Post a comment
Originally, I was going to write about Reflections of 2006 - Part II, but I will put that off till next week. Instead, I want to write about JVC and HDMI. Why? Simply because Silicon Image and JVC made noteworthy announcements in the arena of Digital TV this week. And, they are a harbinger of future trends, and things to come at CES 2007. CES will be upon us in about three weeks with many of us arriving on January 7, 2007 in Las Vegas
Fearless forecast: Best and worst of times for wireless
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12/15/2006   Post a comment
All in all, it looks like 2007 will be a wild and wooly year for wireless. We could call it a "www" year but that acronym has already been spoken for.
Bright outlooks
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
12/14/2006   Post a comment
CMP's team of 14 Web editors are looking forward to the coming year with a host of technologies, including of course industrial.
Logic Revisited
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
In today's world of breakneck pace in product design, it's often worthwhile to revisit basic principles. A good starting point is the basics of logic design.
We now have BCD math routines for the virtual DIY Calculator
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/13/2006   Post a comment
I'm a "happy camper" because we now have a suite of binary-coded decimal (BCD) math routines for the DIY Calculator (plus I have some ferrite cores on the way).
UWB stumbles at starting gate
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
What a difference a week makes.
The DSP market slows down
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
12/12/2006   Post a comment
The DSP industry is maturing, and growth is slowing. Could this be good news?
May you live an interesting week
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12/9/2006   Post a comment
The week of December 4, 2006 was an interesting week in EDA. From product announcements that improve ESL utility to news about offshoring, to indications of the future of the DFM market and more.
Implications of energy efficiency - we have work to do
Power DesignLine Blog  
12/8/2006   Post a comment
A plenary session talk served as a wake-up call to consumers and designers of powered devices. We are making progress towards making more efficient products but we can do better.
Better codecs, forever?
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
Just as H.264 is becoming mainstream, it was inevitable that better, more efficient codecs would threaten to replace it.
This is infotainment?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
12/8/2006   Post a comment
Be forewarned, America. Recent news here out of Boston noted the first use of flat panel TVs in taxis for advertising.
Reflections of 2006 - Part 1
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12/7/2006   Post a comment
We started a new series this week in the newsletter called the Top 8, which are the top 8 Digital TV DesignLine stories for 2006. These were eight most read stories this past year, and they're an eclectic bunch. We started from number 8 and number 7 this week.
Help
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12/7/2006   Post a comment
I'm buried under files, news, product launches, articles...I know the site is online, but the visual helps. It used to be that Decembers were painfully quiet as far as events, news, etc. That's no longer true.
WiMAX Devices Roll
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
12/7/2006   Post a comment
What technical challenges remain to get WiMAX off the ground?
UWB bolts from the starting gate
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12/6/2006   Post a comment
Technology competence can's be ignored but we can consider the WiMedia Alliances PHY blessing as the "technology cut."
High-level tools become mainstream
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
12/5/2006   Post a comment
High-level design tools have been over-hyped for years, but they are finally delivering on their promises.
Qualcomm's Airgo acquisition a shrewd move
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12/4/2006   Post a comment
Qualcomm's acquisition of Airgo Networks is a shrewd move that portends a rapid acceleration toward cellular/Wi-Fi convergence on laptops and handsets.
Where can we find ferromagnetic cores to make a magnetic core store memory?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/4/2006   Post a comment
A reader asks if normal ferrite beads will work, or if they have the wrong hysteresis (and if so, where can we obtain some cores that will work?).
Moscow and its WTO seat
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12/4/2006   Post a comment
Taking the next step for Moscow's entry into the World Trade Organization after 13 years of trying, Russia and the United States signed a long-awaited bilateral deal last month in, of all places, Vietnam's capital of Hanoi.
Smaller fabs face 300-mm quest
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12/4/2006   Post a comment
It's a question most of the smaller chip manufacturers must face sooner or later: Is migration to processing chips on 300-mm-diameter wafers possible for such companies, or should they get off the escalator of ever-increasing economies of scale?
New Altair 8800 available
Audio DesignLine Blog  
12/1/2006   Post a comment
Like many my age, my first computer was a homebuilt. More than 30 years ago Radio Electronics magazine ran an article on building an Intel 8008 based computer. Now a kit form of an old computer is once again available.
Gemstar-Digeo EPG patent dispute update
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
From the ever-contentious world of EPGs (electronic program guides) and the precarious legality of trying to build a DVR or set top box that does not pay Gemstar-TV Guide for their patents, comes an update I received recently from a Digeo spokesperson. Digeo, you'll recall, filed an antitrust suit against Gemstar after refusing to come to terms with them, a somewhat pre-emptive move that was followed by Gemstar's patent infringement suit. Here's Digeo's letter.


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