Could "bad" photos be good? Blog 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.
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 Blog 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
Russia nav system gets boost Blog 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.
Get research out of development Blog 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.
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."
Reflections on 2007 - Part 1 Blog 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.
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.
Solid state DVRs: I can't wait! Blog 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.
Supply and demand conundrum Blog 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? Blog 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.
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 Blog 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.
The Farnsworth Invention Blog 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.
AMD's asset-lite plan uncovered Blog 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 Blog 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.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
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