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Protectionism won't help
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2/28/2005   Post a comment
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the sight of nearly 200 government agents raiding the offices of foundry United Microelectronics Corp. this month, looking for evidence of China investments, couldn't have said it better: Taiwan's restrictions on semiconductor investment in China have got to go. They're shortsighted, antithetical to the Darwinism of free markets and an ineffective tool for maintaining Taiwan's technical leadership in Asia.
WAPI's promise
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2/28/2005   Post a comment
Remember the hoopla over China's proprietary wireless-LAN standard, aka WAPI? One can be forgiven for thinking WAPI was dead.
Malgré les obstacles, la Russie se révèle être une cible pour les investissements technologiques
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2/24/2005   Post a comment
Les sociétés américaines cherchent à développer leurs investissements technologiques sur un marché russe difficile et désordonné, et visent le développement de logiciels et les technologies de l’information. Cependant, des barrages tels que la gestion de la propriété intellectuelle et le manque de transparence subsistent.
It's time to standardize UWB
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2/24/2005   Post a comment
UWB backers need to drop the boxing gloves, head back to the IEEE, and iron out a spec.
Les recettes du marché des commutateurs LAN progressent de 24% en 2004
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2/24/2005   Post a comment
Le marché mondial des commutateurs LAN a atteint 3,8 milliards de dollars de recettes en 2004, soit une hausse de 24 % par rapport à l’année précédente, même si cette croissance a ralenti de 2 % au quatrième trimestre 2004 par rapport au troisième trimestre, indiquent les chiffres d’Infonetics Research.
Honda goes truckin'
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
2/23/2005   Post a comment
Honda's first pickup is a clean-sheet design from its Ohio development team.
Les paiements par téléphone portable devraient s’accélérer cette année
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2/23/2005   Post a comment
Les opportunités d’utiliser votre téléphone portable et d’autres objets de taille réduite pour effectuer des paiements devraient augmenter cette année et continuer de progresser dans les années à venir, selon une étude d’ABI Research.
Frozen by the heat
Power DesignLine Blog  
2/23/2005   Post a comment
The great thing about my job is that I get to see a flood of information cross my desk that may seem disparate, but when you step back and look at the information as a whole you start to see the connections. Several approaches are being taken to either inch our way to a solution while others are being developed to completely change how we develop ever faster computing designs that don't get frozen by the heat.
SG Cowen baisse ses prévisions de croissance du marché des puces à 3,5% en 2005
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2/23/2005   Post a comment
Malgré une note quelque peu positive sur le marché des semi-conducteurs en 2005, la société bancaire d’investissement SG Cowen Securities Corp. a de nouveau revu à la baisse ses prévisions de croissance relatives au marché des semi-conducteurs d’un demi pour cent, les ramenant à 3,5%.
At DVCon, a push for getting it right to begin with
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2/21/2005   Post a comment
To break the functional verification bottleneck, you must improve the quality of design, speakers told last week's Design and Verification Conference (DVCon) here. They called for a new design methodology that will result in fewer bugs in the first place.
Is broadband sector doing its last tango?
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2/21/2005   Post a comment
When Qwest Communications made its "secret" $6.23 billion bid for MCI in early February, the Denver Post dredged up a 1950s file photo of a 4-foot-2-inch boy in an ill-fitting suit gallantly asking a 5-foot-9-inch girl to dance. The implication was, with attractive beaux like Verizon waiting in the wings, why look at Qwest?
It's official: Nano era has begun
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2/21/2005   Post a comment
Call it a coming-out party for nanoelectronics. While the nano prefix is bandied about by every business and consumer publication now that serious money is being thrown at "nano" endeavors great and small — from health care to light, durable tennis rackets — the semiconductor industry has been steadily progressing toward the 10- 9 world with every innovation since the dawn of the transistor some 50 years ago. Without fanfare.
If markets lie offshore, jobs must follow
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2/21/2005   Post a comment
Walter Nodelman states that "the market, not Bangalore, is key to the crime of offshoring" (Crosstalk, Feb. 7, page 30).
Voltage Choice in a Distributed Power Architecture
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2/18/2005   Post a comment
Telecom power supplies use a nominal -48 V distributed bus. However, the increasing number and complexity of loads has driven a system-level change known as the Intermediate Bus Architecture, which is fed to the Intermediate Bus Converter. Mr. Greenland tells us what's happening here and why there is talk of using an even lower voltage range.
WiMAX is hot, but will it survive?
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2/17/2005   Post a comment
WiMAX has to start answering hard questions or it will suffer the same fate as LMDS and MMDS.
Report from the Trenches
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2/16/2005   Post a comment
Soaring at 20,000 feet above the sea doesn't get Dr. Frank far from his passion of reversible computing. He attended an industry sponsored meeting that focused on reversible computing and wrote down his thoughts. You need to read this if you don't want to see your designs come to a grinding halt because of the laws of physics. Dr Frank gives you an honest, down-to-earth, observation about the state of reversible computing, what needs to be done, and what the critics say about it. Onward to zetta
How much technology is appropriate for racing?
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2/15/2005   Post a comment
How much technology is approriate for a race car? That depends on the purpose of the racing.
Where rubber meets the road
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2/14/2005   Post a comment
Ask any driving enthusiast-and I would be one myself if I didn't live in Boston-what the single most important improvement to his or her car might be, and I'll bet you the answer is new tires. I discovered this long ago, in the prekids years, when I replaced the stock tires on my sports car with a suitably high-performance set. Night and day.
'Economic freedom' at what cost?
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2/14/2005   Post a comment
Brian Fuller's editorial, "Red, blue, altered states" (Dec. 13, 2004; page 46) seems to agree with the Pacific Research Institute's nutty "economic freedom" rankings and links the so-called economic freedom of states to their voting for Bush.
Blame the board
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2/14/2005   Post a comment
One thing that's gnawed at me for years is one word under the Hewlett-Packard logo on Page Mill Road in Palo Alto: "invent."
Consider the greater good
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2/14/2005   Post a comment
King Solomon was inspired when he resolved an argument over who was the true mother of an infant by threatening to divide the child in two.
Ground-floor opportunity
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2/11/2005   Post a comment
The first International Workshop on Reversible Computing kicks off in May 2005. An exciting group of top-notch presenters will be there and some ground-floor opportunities are still available to sponsor the workshop for some forward looking corporations.
MIMO reality check
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2/10/2005   Post a comment
We can argue about the trus meaning of MIMO, but in the end, end users really don't care.
From ISSC to Ischia
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2/9/2005   Post a comment
A hot topic in the news recently revolves around the problems with heat dissipation for all new designs. Dr. Michael Frank takes a look at some of them and tells you what he thinks. Interesting reading.
Adding another data channel
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
2/9/2005   Post a comment
With a limited number of data-acquisition channels, it's tough to choose what's important.
Adding another data channel
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2/9/2005   Post a comment
With a limited number of data-acquisition channels, it's tough to choose what's important.
Following the beat of a different drum
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2/7/2005   Post a comment
My new friend the engineer and former drummer has eight chil-

dren, lives in the shadow of Yosemite and is living life the way he always wanted to live it. But that is getting ahead of the story. When he was 17, his mother died of cancer. A short time before her death, his father had earned VP stripes at one of the most successful companies in Silicon Valley. He had worked long hours, made frequent business trips and his work had been his life. But now, looking back, his dad shared his fee
Taken to task for soft pedaling the bounceless rebound
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2/7/2005   Post a comment
I am responding to David Lammers' "Rebound without the bounce" (Dec. 13, 2004; page 35) from the perspective of an unemployed American high-tech worker. I became a victim of terrorism when my employer's Manhattan agency in the World Trade Center complex burned on Sept. 11. I am also a victim of the offshoring of high-tech work to India. I have been seeking work for 163 weeks.
Dear Joe Power Supply
Power DesignLine Blog  
2/3/2005   Post a comment
Don Alfano, Director of Applications Engineering at Silicon Labs tells a story from the point of view of - the power supply - and you get to see what pressures are placed on these almost invisible products, and what Joe Power Supply needs to keep up with technology changes.
Jaguar adds to the family
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
2/2/2005   Post a comment
Last week I was lucky enough to escape New England snow and try out Jaguar's latest additions to its X-Type family.
Baisse des ventes de puces en décembre, prévisions identiques pour le 1er trimestre
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2/1/2005   Post a comment
La SIA (Semiconductor Industry Association) a annoncé que la moyenne des ventes mondiales de semi-conducteurs s’élevait à 18,37 milliards de dollars en décembre, soit une baisse de 3,5% par rapport aux 19,02 milliards de dollars du mois précédent.
Y Not?
Power DesignLine Blog  
2/1/2005   Post a comment
Dr Frank talks about the beginnings of reversible computing. He tells us about Helical Logic or reversible computing at the nanoscale, a controlled-fork or switch gate, and power dissipation of attowats. Frank gives us the background and who did the pioneering work in these areas including Y branch circuits, which could wipe out the limits of today's MOSFET technology. It's possible but some work needs to be done. Y not do it?


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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
Max Maxfield
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

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Larry Desjardin
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

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