Big stories to track at CES 2011 Blog 12/29/2010 4 comments Big stories to track at CES are the rapid proliferation of tablet computers; new “superphone” devices and applications; the changing operating system landscape; and the decline of the video disc and rise of streaming video services.
Dulcinea Blog 12/27/2010 7 comments My wife and I were recently talking about the play, Man of La Mancha, when I brought up the subject of the nobility of electronics engineering, and the dichotomy between those viewing engineering as strictly mercenary, and those seeing it as a noble calling.
Quantum mechanics saves Santa Blog 12/17/2010 2 comments With regard to my previous blog on Santa Claus, someone on the Yahoo How Things Work (HTW) group has located a rather interesting rebuttal (“It’s all Quantum,” as Terry Pratchett would say)…
Transforming the U.S. semiconductor business model Blog 12/13/2010 11 comments In the Silicon Valley, the semiconductor industry is very much yesterday’s news, ignored by venture capitalists, talented employees and trade publications. That makes industry pundits wonder what’s happening to the U.S. semiconductor industry, especially the startups who aspire to become another Atheros, Marvell or NVIDIA.
Wi-Fi Direct kills off BT high speed Blog 12/13/2010 3 comments Wi-Fi Direct is a mechanism to add a soft access point in one device so that two different products can form a direct point to point secure wireless connection. Supposedly it will be easy to set up and relatively fast. The objective is to avoid having to configure a consumer device with all of the info required to use a standard WiFi access point and enable a somewhat simpler point to point file transfer.
IEDM: A perspective from afar Blog 12/10/2010 1 comment Stuck in snowy Ottawa, I missed the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco, but the press kit offered more than enough fodder for a column.
Three little known facts about the high-power RF products market RF & Microwave Designline Blog 12/10/2010 4 comments Most people working in the high power RF design arena think that they know a fair amount about high power RF products and the devices that comprise that market space. I am here to tell you that there are three relatively interesting and unknown facts about the high power RF product market that the consumers generally do not comprehend.
How noble is your profession? Blog 12/9/2010 16 comments Here's a radical idea: I propose that laid-off and unemployed engineers work pro bono, for the good of the public, on at least one project that they think could benefit humanity.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times