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Making a Hi-Fi loudspeaker from a foam plate
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/31/2007   1 comment
This do-it-yourself project is so wild and wacky that I just have to try to build one myself.
Could "bad" photos be good?
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12/31/2007   Post a comment
Whatever happened to laughing at the goofy-looking photo? Red eye might not have been the best thing for the family photo on the holiday greeting card, but it sure was good for a laugh.
QR Code, EZCode, Data Matrix
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12/29/2007   Post a comment
Bar codes make a comeback on cellular phones.
Is this site fair and balanced?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
12/29/2007   Post a comment
Over the years I have been asked how I can remain objective despite constant conflicts of interest. The truth is that I can't--but that's OK.
Reflections of 2007 -- Pt. 2
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12/28/2007   Post a comment
Originally, I had planned to write about set-top boxes and other product areas of DTV this week. However, I think that as 2007 comes to a close, we have to talk about LCD displays as they are rapidly becoming the display of choice for virtually all CE manufacturers worldwide
I am mega-excited - a digital tablet computer thingy is heading my way!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/27/2007   Post a comment
This is uber-cool - a paper-and-pen tablet/pad that connects to your computer and allows you to upload your hand-written notes and diagrams into your main computer.
Making multicore work
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
12/27/2007   Post a comment
Multicore technology has been around for a long time, but vendors are just now addressing programmability issues.
Sound focusing technologies make recent headlines
Audio DesignLine Blog  
12/26/2007   Post a comment
Sound focusing technologies in the news recently include an ultrasound technique that beams audio over a distance of many meters, and a "personal sound system" prototype using an array of tiny loudspeakers.
Russia nav system gets boost
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12/26/2007   Post a comment
Russia launched a rocket on Christmas carrying three satellites that will separate from the booster on orbit to become part of a navigation system said to rival GPS in the U.S.
A gift that will keep on giving
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
12/26/2007   Post a comment
This R/C car is more than just plug-and-play.
Do you want to help save a radio telescope?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/26/2007   Post a comment
On the off-chance you were wondering what to do with your spare time, I just heard of something rather interesting...
Get research out of development
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12/26/2007   Post a comment
An engineer is a professional that uses available tools to develop the best possible solution to a problem. A scientist is a professional that explores new possibilities within a given field with the goal of creating new engineering tools.
Around the Net in RFID
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12/26/2007   Post a comment
Did you hear the one about ?
Whose patent is this, anyway? --- The Interview
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12/25/2007   Post a comment
News special: Our talk with Patrick Le Fevre of Ericsson elucidates the European perspective on U.S. patent law reform
Wish list 2008
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12/24/2007   Post a comment
Here's my wish list for the industry groups that represent some of the primary technologies covered by Wirelessnetdesignline.com
UnRFID: Thinking Out of the Box
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12/24/2007   Post a comment
Industry insiders say it's time to start thinking out of the box when designing applications.
Happy Christmas!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/24/2007   Post a comment
I can't believe it, but here we are again!
IEEE fellow up for next challenge
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12/24/2007   Post a comment
I only met John Apostolopoulos, manager of the HP Labs Streaming Media Systems Group, over the phone the other day. Yet, talking to John was almost nostalgic.
Whose patent is this, anyway?
Power DesignLine Blog  
12/24/2007   Post a comment
Lend an ear to the Europeans; they might be able to tell us a thing or two about reforming intellectual property laws
But are they equivalent?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/21/2007   Post a comment
Aaik van der Poel from mentor responds to OneSpin's recent announcement of: "The industry's first sequential equivalence checking solution priced for the FPGA market."
Yes, you do have advice for an FPGA newbie!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/20/2007   Post a comment
Well, sort of . . . generally speaking the responses I received were "pungent" with gloom and despair, but there were a few glimmers of light in the darkness. . .
Reflections on 2007 - Part 1
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12/19/2007   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, but the major trends and developments in the CE and semiconductor industries.
Speeding your Christmas Post to its desired destination
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/19/2007   Post a comment
Here's some rather interesting info on how to find the extra 4-digit ZIP codes and use them to get your post where it is supposed to be going faster.
Food Safety
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12/19/2007   Post a comment
Considering this week's contributed piece by Michael McCartney, I found this USA Today article worth reading.
Do you have any advice for an FPGA newbie?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/18/2007   1 comment
A letter from a reader starts me to pondering as to what I would like to see if I were a total newbie to the wonderful world of FPGAs.
Usability testing for design kits: A good idea
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12/18/2007   Post a comment
Standard-based versus proprietary can be a tough choice for design engineers depending on the application. In a simple security network, the choice seems to go to the proprietary network.
Free DSP cores!
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
12/17/2007   Post a comment
Structured ASIC company eASIC now offers Tensilica cores free of charge. If you have a medium-volume app, you should check this out.
How your cell phone bill could reach $83,000
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12/17/2007   Post a comment
Wonder why the iPhone isn't in Canada yet? Although the US, France, Germany and UK support the device, Canada can't seem to come up with a data plan that won't make owning an iPhone prohibitive.
"Lost in Translation" movie mystery whisper revealed via DSP?
Audio DesignLine Blog  
12/17/2007   Post a comment
Has sophisticated audio processing at last revealed what Bill Murray whispered to Scarlett Johansson in the final scene of the movie "Lost in Translation"? Judge for yourself.
Playboy's best (cars that is!)
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
12/17/2007   Post a comment
When the magazine picks the hottest cars, what do you think is involved?
My Gray Code article saves the day!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/17/2007   Post a comment
Cool Beans - I just heard from someone who used a cunning trick from one of my articles to make his FPGA design work!
A Strong Analog Statement
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12/17/2007   Post a comment
A close collaboration between EDA and analog foundries could improve design methods.
Solid state DVRs: I can't wait!
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12/17/2007   Post a comment
Large-size flash memories are becoming viable alternatives to hard drives for notebook computers, and I want to encourage DVR designers to offer this quiet alternative.
Wanted: Indian EE professors
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12/17/2007   Post a comment
The shortage of engineering teachers in India is even more dire than U.S. observers are aware, Indian academics report.
Supply and demand conundrum
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12/17/2007   Post a comment
The forecasts keep changing and with them the fiscal policies of the economic watchdogs. Electronic industry executives seem puzzled, too, wondering which demand environment they should be producing for: stable, declining, average or strong growth.
Kids say the darndest things
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/14/2007   Post a comment
These insights may surprise you. While reading, keep in mind that these are first-graders (6-year-olds) because the last one is a classic!
Christmas carols for students of psychology
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/12/2007   Post a comment
My favorite EDA industry analyst (we'll call him GS to protect the innocent) just sent me a joke list of potential Christmas carols for psychology students ... I think several of these might apply to me.
WiMedia's day in the sun: CES 2008?
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12/12/2007   Post a comment
Competition and "letting the market decide" is important to achieving the best possible technologies and products. We should also remember that competition and market decisions are best based on facts, not PowerPoint presentations.
Unique insights into the flat panel display industry
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/11/2007   Post a comment
Online publications that teach all you need to know about the very latest and greatest news and products in the flat panel display industry.
Danger: High Competition. Use Extreme Caution
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12/11/2007   Post a comment
Integration of DFM functions into place and route tools will disrupt the size and dynamics of the DFM market segment.
MATLAB to C showdown
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
12/11/2007   Post a comment
Catalytic MCS and Embedded MATLAB both generate C from MATLAB, but there are big differences between the products. Here's the scoop.
Nokia Leads NFC Investment
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12/11/2007   Post a comment
Nokia's private equity and venture capital arm plans to announce Tuesday it has led a "Series C" investment round in Inside Contactless. Sweet!
Do you want an air-cooled mouse?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/10/2007   Post a comment
My mind is reeling with a positive plethora of USB-based products ranging from a mouse that also prints labels to a combination blender/clock to a mini-vacuum.
First spec out from Mobile Linux
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12/10/2007   Post a comment
The Linux Phone Standards Forum (LiPS) released its mobile Linux spec.
The Farnsworth Invention
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12/10/2007   Post a comment
Last week I had the pleasure of attending a new play, which opened on Broadway (in NYC) called "The Farnsworth Invention." The reason that I bring up a new play here is because it's all about the birth of television back in the 1920s and 1930s. If it had not been for Philo T. Farnsworth and David Sarnoff, many of us would not be working in this industry today.
Malibu run
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
12/10/2007   Post a comment
Chevy's mid-size Malibu is a shot across the hood of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
Deutsche Grammophon, thanks for the MP3s, but ...
Audio DesignLine Blog  
12/10/2007   3 comments
Deutsche Grammophon's new online music site is great for classical music lovers - but not so much for audiophiles.
Holidays, Consumers, Security
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12/8/2007   Post a comment
Creative commentary on RFID hits blogsphere.
AMD's asset-lite plan uncovered
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12/7/2007   Post a comment
EETimes' Real, Clear Biz blog has discovered details of the fabless or asset-lite manufacturing strategy that Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has been developing over the last few months. A wayward stork sent by contacts within AMD dropped the package containing...
Dueling transcoders
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12/7/2007   Post a comment
Transcoding video from one codec to another, such as from MPEG-2 cable-TV transmissions to H.264 for more efficient storage, is one of those thorny problems of the modern digital video era that many product designers would be happy to do without. Yet, to maintain compatibility and to more efficiently use resources, it's often a requirement. So design engineers should be delighted this week with news of two significant transcoder product introductions.
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