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It's that time of year
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
2/28/2006   Post a comment
With the last icy blast of winter running through the Northeast right now, what better time for this year's Winter Vehicle Awards?
Anyone need a world-leading ASIC design team?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/27/2006   Post a comment
3D Labs just closed down their operation in Huntsville AL, with the result that a world-leasing ASIC design and verification team is looking for a new home.
China ready to invest billions
Blog  
2/27/2006   Post a comment
China is looking at a massive upgrade to its existing cellular infrastructure.
Engineers on the scrap heap
Audio DesignLine Blog  
2/26/2006   Post a comment
Engineering jobs are on the upswing, or so many would have us believe. It's true. But, the job growth is mostly at the junior end of the scale - meaning that many of the older engineers have fewer opportunities.
What are framers and mappers?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/24/2006   Post a comment
A reader poised a question to me regarding framers and mappers; I don't have a clue; perhaps you can help?
Facts and rumors
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2/24/2006   Post a comment
Interim licensing agreements are now in place for those manufacturers and suppliers of hardware and software of AACS so that HD DVD can launch in March. And, to that end, Toshiba announces late March availability of HD DVD.
On the road to video democracy
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2/24/2006   Post a comment
From some of the same crew who brought you the Firefox browser, now there's an open source, ad-free and spyware-free media player system, called Democracy.
Optimality study of logic synthesis for LUT-based FPGAs
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/23/2006   Post a comment
It looks like there are going to be a bumper crop of interesting papers presented at the FPGA 2006 conference this year.
Heavy duty wireless apps will shift to DSP
Blog  
2/22/2006   Post a comment
The inherent flexibility of programmability of DSPs will shove ASICs into the back seat.
Multi-processor and reconfigurable computing
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/21/2006   Post a comment
Trying to wrap one's brain around the myriad alternative computing strategies available to today's designers is enough to make your eyes water!
Life imitates art
Audio DesignLine Blog  
2/21/2006   Post a comment
In a curious twist, one of the most outlandish "fictions" of Star Trek is on its way to reality. Science has created a neutron source using dilithium crystals - and a non-sustainable nuclear fusion reaction.
Testing, 1, 2, 3
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/21/2006   Post a comment
Virtual testing and constantly improving manufacturing technqiues haven't reduced the need for product testing, but they have certainly made it more difficult.
Great Firewall of China
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2/20/2006   Post a comment
Key words: freedom, democracy, Taiwan independence. Counterproductive, grandstanding, baloney. The first few key words are just a test to see if I'll be able to read this story when I head to China next month. I'll search for it on Yahoo! and Google to see if they are fulfilling their promise to the Chinese government to filter out "politically sensitive" material.
The great underhanded set shot
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2/20/2006   Post a comment
When I was a lad, I was nutso for basketball and we played ball at Morrill playground. There were two baskets, one on the Rockwell Street side of the playground and the other on the Maplewood Street side--with a half city block between baskets. Needless to say, a fast break was an exhausting experience. We limited full-court games to one a week.

Evolution debate engages readers on both sides of the argument
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2/20/2006   Post a comment
Evolution debate engages readers on both sides of the argument

Satellite radio falling short
Audio DesignLine Blog  
2/20/2006   Post a comment
As XM and Sirius Satellite radio duke it out for increased growth rate, their expense rate has analysts worried. One Director has already resigned.
Why people prefer watching TV on TV
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2/20/2006   Post a comment
As TV begins to migrate from the big 35-inch screens of the living room to the tiny 2-inch screens of cell phones and portable media players, it should be clear that there's nothing undesirable about the intermediate 17-inch screen size of the PC.
Deja Vu (Did somebody just say that?)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/16/2006   Post a comment
In my last Blog, which was on the need for a good RTOS for multicore systems, I mentioned Quadros; so imagine my surprise to see today's news...
What goes around, comes around
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
2/16/2006   Post a comment
The "Great Race" may not be the Indy or Daytona 500 but hybrids racing around the world in 80 days!
Final rants from 3GSM World Congress
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2/16/2006   Post a comment
Designing technology, whether the consumer wants it or not
MIMO for a wireless world
Blog  
2/15/2006   Post a comment
The leading edge of the cellular community has very much jumped on the bandwagon of the most important innovation in several decades.
3GSM World Congress: Moving to 4G
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2/15/2006   Post a comment
One definition of 4G combines the use the 3G with Wi-Fi.
I've seen the future (Q3), and it's pretty close
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2/14/2006   Post a comment
There's no good reason why the quality of the MP3 player on a handset should be any less than what’s in a stand-alone MP3 player.
DoD to the rescue
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/14/2006   Post a comment
RFID tags, already gaining broader acceptance in factories, should get a nice boost from moves by the Department of Defense, Mastercard and others.
Power saving gets real
Power DesignLine Blog  
2/14/2006   Post a comment
Power adapters are in the news again with the California Energy Commission. Only this time the CEC is saying we must slay the energy vampires.
I want a "find problem" button
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2/14/2006   Post a comment
Three of my five children still live at home, and my mom just moved in as well. Today Agilent announced that with event identification software, it can identify signal integrity problems.
RTOS designed for multicore systems
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/13/2006   Post a comment
I find it relatively easy to wrap my brain around the concept of an operating system running on a single processor. But what about a system containing multiple heterogeneous CPU and DSP cores?
Day 1 at the 3GSM World Congress
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2/13/2006   Post a comment
I expected to be smothered with Mobile TV information here at the show, but that hasn’t been the case, at least not yet.
Humans still thrive on decimals
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2/13/2006   Post a comment
When it comes to representing, storing and manipulating numbers in computers, most engineers use some form of binary (base-2) representation. This is especially true when performing engineering or scientific calculations, in which case binary floating-point representations adhering to IEEE 754 are the norm. Binary floating-point representations have the advantage of being very efficient in terms of storage requirements. Furthermore, calculations performed on these representations are usually
Microsoft promises to protect developers
Audio DesignLine Blog  
2/12/2006   Post a comment
Microsoft will put its money in your corner in case of lawsuits. Microsoft says it will lift all caps on legal fees it will pay against intellectual property lawsuits.
Wristwatch communications concept nothing new
Blog  
2/10/2006   Post a comment
Tadiran Communications developed a new technology that delivers video to a tiny receiver--small enough to fit in a wristwatch.
Cool "stuff" on the processor front.
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/10/2006   Post a comment
I don't know about you, but I'm tremendously excited by the ongoing developments in processing technology.
Legal reform needed?
Audio DesignLine Blog  
2/10/2006   Post a comment
Ever the source of demands for legal reform, the Auto Industry's LaSorda demands legal reform of the lawsuit system to reduce costs.
What happened to the 42V auto?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
2/10/2006   Post a comment
Why didn't this prediction materialize? More puzzling, how have the dire problems, that were predicted if we stayed with 12V systems, been avoided?
The end of engineering understanding?
Audio DesignLine Blog  
2/10/2006   Post a comment
Audio engineering technology knowledge is at risk for the working engineer because audio is becoming a series of off-the-shelf commodities. How do you combat the problem?
The path for Mobile TV
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2/9/2006   Post a comment
Mobile TV seems to crank up the propaganda wheel at the industry's largest trade shows, such as the 3GSM World Congress and the CTIA event.
Network neutrality is a joke, for cable-TV
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2/9/2006   Post a comment
When it comes to cable-TV delivery of broadband, this whole issue of Internet "neutrality" has it completely backwards. To pre-suppose that the system today is currently neutral to content is preposterous.
Convergence, substitution or fragmentation?
Blog  
2/8/2006   Post a comment
If cellular can't displace fixed services across the board, it will become just another wireless bit pipe.
Cool new FPGA families from Lattice
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/8/2006   Post a comment
Industry analyst says Lattice now has the breadth and depth of FPGA products to become the third force in the FPGA market.
HD DVD's and Blu-ray Disc's dirty little secret
Blog  
2/8/2006   Post a comment
This week I want to talk about the trusty Component Video connector that we've become accustomed to over the past 10 years, and how it relates both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Forgetting the impeding 'Format War' for a moment, one of the big problems with both of these formats is Component Video.
HPI-to-ATCA mapping spec released
Blog  
2/7/2006   Post a comment
The SA Forum and PICMG released an HPI-to-AdvancedTCA Mapping Spec detailing how the SA Forum’s Hardware Platform Interface (HPI) maps to PICMG’s AdvancedTCA spec.
Things are buzzing at the Multicore Association
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/7/2006   Post a comment
Open for membership, the Multicore Association announces executive board slate and first public presentations on workgroup progress.
Handsets finally fall below $20
Blog  
2/6/2006   Post a comment
We've heard that the sub-$20 handset was just around the corner for a while now.
Fragility of technology
Audio DesignLine Blog  
2/6/2006   Post a comment
Politics sometimes plays a bigger role in technology than the technology itself. Few technologies have a greater political risk than eavesdropping.
Evolution of a debate: 'Only a theory' doesn't do justice to science
Blog  
2/6/2006   Post a comment
The phrase "only a theory" tells me that Jack Atkinson Jr. is not well-acquainted with science (see Crosstalk, Jan. 16, page 30).
The demise of CableCARD
Blog  
2/2/2006   Post a comment
I've been going through various press material from CES over the last couple of weeks, I've noticed a trend among many TV manufacturers for their upcoming 2006 models. It appears that many brands a removing the Digital Cable Ready with CableCARD functionality from many of its new HDTVs.
Make sure your handset is protected
Blog  
2/2/2006   Post a comment
Your handset is just as susceptible to viruses, spyware, and hacking as your PC is.
There's always another twist!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/2/2006   Post a comment
The high-level multi-threaded language and tool called Mobius makes it easy to develop complex applications for FPGAs.
Silicon MEMS microphone resources
Audio DesignLine Blog  
2/1/2006   Post a comment
Silicon MEMS microphones are a new technology that promises size, cost, and audio quality advantages. You'll find URLs for information on Electret and Silicon microphones in this blog.


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Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer
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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
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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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July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
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