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New Year Resolutions
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/31/2008   1 comment
It's that time of the year again where we either set ourselves up for failure... or possibly for success...
2008 year end review -- 1-10
Power DesignLine Blog  
12/30/2008   Post a comment
We posted how-to articles weekly throughout the year, and these garnered the most traffic among readers.
2008 Top Design Article Round-Up
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
12/30/2008   Post a comment
It's the end of the year and that means it's time to review the year's most popular design articles and tutorials.
CIA - The World Factbook
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/30/2008   Post a comment
Believe it or not, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is responsible for something we can all use...
Free real-time HTML editor
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/30/2008   Post a comment
Here's a handy-dandy free tool that could be very useful...
Uncle Jay explains the news
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/30/2008   Post a comment
In this 2008 roundup, Uncle Jay helps little minds understand big news stories...
Good grief, is that the (Barycentric Dynamical) time?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/30/2008   Post a comment
I've just learned a whole lot of stuff I never knew I didn't know...
More than just another New Year's Eve?
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
12/30/2008   Post a comment
I spent New Year's Eve in Times Square once and vowed I'd never do it again. But I am reconsidering this year just to see the ball drop.
G.hn home net group wins spot in power line standard
Blog  
12/30/2008   1 comment
I erred in my comments attributing the news of multiple power-line standards to the G.hn networking group rather than the P1901 group -- where G.hn power-line technology is now one of three options.
New year, new opportunities for video and imaging designers
Blog  
12/29/2008   1 comment
Ten reasons design engineers involved with video and imaging can be hopeful looking to 2009 and beyond.
Keep it simple, stupid!
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
12/29/2008   2 comments
Consumers love easy-to-use electronics. Here are the secrets to design success.
If programming languages were religions...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/29/2008   Post a comment
Lisp would be Zen Buddhism (some say that it's not a language at all; others say that it's the only language that makes sense)...
Important safety instructions
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/29/2008   Post a comment
Sometimes the safety instructions that come with today's products make you shake your head in disbelief...
Taser Stun Gun ... a great gift for the wife?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/29/2008   Post a comment
Hmmm, do we all remember the quote: *If you think Education is difficult, try being stupid!*
Measuring the stability of EDA vendors
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12/29/2008   1 comment
The amount of revenue generated per employee is a measure of the efficiency of a company and an indicator of its viability in a difficult market.
What's New For 2009?
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12/28/2008   Post a comment
Look up. No, not above your head, above mine on the RFID-World.com home page. See that new logo that reads The RF Edge?
Christmas reprise
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12/24/2008   Post a comment
We reprise David Benjamin's greatest Christmas hits. Happy Holidays!
A wave of happiness is sweeping the nation...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/24/2008   Post a comment
Weather forecasts... pollen forecasts... mold forecasts... emotional forecasts?
Why does...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/24/2008   1 comment
Does the direction of rotation of the platform in a microwave oven reverse almost each time the oven is started?
Will these vehicles run?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/24/2008   Post a comment
Here's a "brain tickler" for puzzle fans from a 1932 issue of Modern Mechanix magazine.
2008 year end review -- 11-20
Power DesignLine Blog  
12/23/2008   Post a comment
We posted how-to articles weekly throughout the year, and these garnered the most traffic among readers.
Mobile robotics platform tops 2008 robot gift ideas
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
12/23/2008   Post a comment
A great beginner's robot platform is included among Robots.net's top ten robot gift ideas for hobbyists and aspiring roboticists.
Dell and Apple: Stop bickering and get to work
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
12/23/2008   Post a comment
The Apple faithful are frothing at the mouth about a blog from Dell questioning the 'green-ness" of the new MacBook. Both companies need to examine their eco-practices.
Top 10 *How To* Design Articles in 2008
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/23/2008   Post a comment
Yes! The moment we've all been waiting for... the results are in... here are the Top 10 *How To* Design Articles from 2008!
Simon Bloch: EDA tools energize FPGAs
Blog  
12/23/2008   Post a comment
Simon Bloch posts a further contribution to the dialogue about EDA tools for FPGAs.
Make the environment your business
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
12/23/2008   Post a comment
A recent survey found 92% of over 100 electronics companies in China have no plans for reducing carbon emissions. That's not an option.
More details on defense spending
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
12/21/2008   Post a comment
The New York Times has a thoughtful editorial detailing how we should redirect our defense dollars. I highly recommend reading it.
The good news about 2009
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
12/20/2008   Post a comment
A lot of DSP products are well-positioned to ride out the bad times of 2009. In fact, some products could even see growth during the next year. Here are my top technologies to watch.
The farmer, the wolf, the goat, and the cabbage
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/19/2008   Post a comment
The folks at Blue Pearl Software always seem to find a way to *tickle my fancy* (the little scamps).
All sorts of *cool stuff*
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/18/2008   Post a comment
I can't keep up... I'm too young for all of this!
Readers' top ten stories of 2008
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
Here are the top ten online stories for the year so far as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Thursday, Dec. 18. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Probabilistic robotics: A tutorial, a book and an award
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
12/16/2008   Post a comment
Learn more about the new and growing field of probabilistic (or statistical) robotics.
40 Inspirational speeches in two minutes
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/16/2008   Post a comment
This is a very useful "pick-me-up" if you're feeling a little low.
TV Guide mag given away as EPGs rule
Blog  
12/16/2008   Post a comment
As cable channels proliferated, TV Guide magazine actually reduced the listings.
EDA Tools for FPGAs
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12/16/2008   Post a comment
EDA tools supporting development of FPGA based products need to support low power designs, but are quite sufficient for most designs.
Rambling musings
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/15/2008   Post a comment
Do you realize that we're almost 1/10 of the way through the 21st century!
Don't be greedy!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/15/2008   Post a comment
Here's a really clever video with a lesson to be learned...
Viewpoint: Data centers look to cash in on SSDs
Blog  
12/15/2008   2 comments
The current financial mess poses a dilemma for CIOs and IT managers. Solid-state drives for server storage may help.
IC vendors come (back) to analog
Blog  
12/15/2008   Post a comment
As business cycle turns down, vendors with analog portfolios are in a better position than all-digital suppliers, for many reasons.
Opinion: Bailouts versus investments
Blog  
12/15/2008   5 comments
Five things government and industry must do to revive the U.S. ecomony and technology competitiveness.
RF in Action
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
12/15/2008   Post a comment
If you are inspired to write something up for the RF DesignLine, but want to write something "further along in the foodchain," then here is your chance.
Play Worst-Case Scenario
Blog  
12/13/2008   Post a comment
Here's how your mobile phone can give you information that may some day save your life.
Unlocking the promise of graphics processors
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
12/13/2008   Post a comment
Graphics processors (GPUs) have incredible promise as high-performance compute engines, but the programming model is a problem. RapidMind and PGI have come up with two different solutions. Here's what you need to know about them.
Investing for the future
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
12/12/2008   Post a comment
The cash-strapped automotive industry is stimulating a lot of the fun and games in the board rooms of multinationals in the electronics sector.
In the doghouse again...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/12/2008   Post a comment
Men, don't purchase your loved one a vacuum cleaner for Christmas, otherwise this (video) might happen to you...
Heathkit article hits home...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/12/2008   Post a comment
A reader shows his son that you can actually fix a broken electronic product like a DVD player instead of splurging out on a new one...
SSD is the one for me!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/12/2008   Post a comment
Over the last few months I've been exposed to various aspects of power consumption. One topic that keeps on raising its ugly head in particular is that of data centers...
Is YouTube imposing country-based censorship?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/11/2008   Post a comment
This is strange... someone writes to tell me that YouTube says a video I recommended isn't available for viewing in their country...
Funny "for-sale-by-owner" car advert
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/11/2008   Post a comment
This car was engineered by 3rd degree ninja super-warriors in the highest mountains of Japan to serve the needs of the man that cheats death on a daily basis...
The three winning projects for the Altium Design Competition are...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/10/2008   Post a comment
Yes! We have decided on the three winning projects for the Altium Design Competition; once these projects have been implemented, we will announce the Grand Prize Winner...
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