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The next 'killer app'? Pet electronics
Blog  
12/30/2009   1 comment
For too long, pet electronics have been ignored. Those days are over.
Why Johnny can't stand one-size-fits-all 3-D glasses
Blog  
12/29/2009   5 comments
The CE industry always talks about offering "better experiences" via brighter, larger-screen flat-panel TVs or ever smaller mobile phones. If they really mean it, then, why are they forcing everyone to wear 3-D glasses which will be -- for most people -- an uncomfortable experience?
The gift of 3-D vision (if you're willing to risk the surgery)
Blog  
12/22/2009   5 comments
Funny man David Benjamin has stumbled upon a technology that will make those goofy 3-D glasses a thing of the past -- maybe.
Green silliness, or "there is no free lunch, sorry."
Power DesignLine Blog  
12/19/2009   9 comments
Pedaling to produce your own power: a vision of the future, or a ride to the past?
Comment: Chip market positioned for growth in 2010
Blog  
12/18/2009   1 comment
The coming year will bring a return to reality for the global semiconductor market, no longer driven by bubble economics that fostered the illusion of wealth.
CES 2010: A wireless OK Corral
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12/17/2009   Post a comment
Pre-CES is always a heady time in the wireless home video space, but never so much as this up-coming event, what with wireless LAN, 60 GHz, ultrawideband, standard and non-standard multimedia distribution schemes vying for attendees' attention--and dollars. So I sat down Asaf Avidan, VP of marketing for 'long-time' UWB chip provider, Wisair, to see where UWB stood--or if it even could find a toehold--in the fray.
Comment: FTC's compiler attack on Intel is thin
Blog  
12/17/2009   3 comments
I am no lawyer, and indeed no processor designer or compiler author, but there is one aspect of the recently announced Federal Trade Commission suit that is being brought against chip giant Intel Corp. that, being embedded in processor engineering, is intriguing and appears weak.
Draft of FIPS 140-3 released
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/16/2009   Post a comment
NIST released for public comment the second draft of the proposed FIPS 140-3 government computer security standards, which contain requirements for resistance to power analysis attacks.
The life of a warhorse
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
12/15/2009   2 comments
There used to be a time some 35 years ago when a company called Zilog was respected for being the cool kid on the block. What hath 35 years wrought?
Lowering test costs in the nanometer era
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
In this week's Guest Blog, Sanjiv Taneja, Vice President, Encounter Test, Cadence Design Systems, Inc., highlights the need to focus on Design for test (DFT) with a more holistic view of the economics of test.
"No good deed goes unpunished" or, are we chasing our tails in power consumption?
Power DesignLine Blog  
12/12/2009   Post a comment
Every time we make progress, we set the stage for more demands and more challenges
Counterpoint: Samsung's foundry challenge will succeed
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12/9/2009   Post a comment
Samsung wants to rival $10 billion Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. at the foundry game? Is Samsung serious? And should others take them seriously? Here's the case in favor of saying yes and yes.
IEDM: Organic growth for industrial use
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
12/9/2009   Post a comment
At the International Electronics Devices Meeting, Holst Centre, imec and TNO presented a paper on what they claim to be the world-first organic transponder circuit with a bit rate of 50kbits/s. This bit rate approaches the requirements for the Electronic Product Coding (EPC) standards.
Panelists look at IP quality versus design productivity
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12/9/2009   Post a comment
A fundamental problem in the industry is to analyze and implement the tradeoffs between improving IP quality and losing design productivity.
Which goes first: the chicken (battery #1) or the egg (battery #2)?
Power DesignLine Blog  
12/5/2009   Post a comment
Trying to assess the life of a battery under low duty-cycle, high-spike loads is a challenge
Panelists question fabless model viability
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12/4/2009   Post a comment
Is fabless still fabulous? In a panel session at the IP-ESC 2009 Conference this week in Grenoble, France, panelists discussed the evolution of semiconductor business models and confronted views on whether the fabless model is dead or alive and kicking.
The SoC in 2020: Advances to redefine how we live
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
12/3/2009   Post a comment
In this fourth installment of TI's 2020 Vision series, Senior Fellow Bill Witowsky (retired) explains why the inherent functionality of future high-performance SoCs will be defined by software in order to facilitate the repurposing required to offset their development costs.
There's something electric in Denmark
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
12/3/2009   Post a comment
A U.S. startup is working with Denmark's biggest utility to develop the recharging infrastucture needed to make electric cars practical.
Is contactless payment approaching an inflection point?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
12/3/2009   Post a comment
Some think it is, but questions linger
COMMENTARY: The once and future evolution of the Hypervisor
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
12/2/2009   Post a comment
Using hypervisors to innovate existing designs provides the embedded designer with new ways to add features and security, both through open source and their own in-house developments.
Cramer salutes Altera
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/2/2009   Post a comment
Altera's fourth quarter sales guidance improvement got props from TV's Jim Cramer.
COMMENTARY: How to bring out the best in your design team
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
12/1/2009   Post a comment
Based on experience as a programming team leader at Acme Technologies, Deepti Sharma provides 15 suggestions on how to get the most productive use out of your design team.
Sensing the future
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
12/1/2009   Post a comment
In the near future, experts predict silicon sensors will be everywhere, not only within electronic products and gadgets, but even inside the human body.


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