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2/28/2007   Post a comment
Here are a few more weird and wonderful websites that recently caught my attention and tickled my fancy.
Tea or HTML?
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2/28/2007   Post a comment
An AP report came out today that the University of Tokyo is exploring the ability for robots to learn to serve tea. Tea? On wheels, sensors flashing, and camera eyes lit, robots are pouring and serving tea. Imagine.
OpenSAF project
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2/28/2007   Post a comment
With a goal of developing a complete high availability operating environment based on SA Forum standards, Motorola announced an 'OpenSAF' project.
Mobile: Open everything
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2/28/2007   Post a comment
The major impediment, particularly in the U.S., is the stranglehold that wireless carriers have on applications and the mobile devices themselves.
On the hunt of the wild conundrum!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/27/2007   Post a comment
Do you recall the brain bogglers posed by the computer magazines of yesteryear in which you had to solve simple tasks using the fewest assembly code instructions?
Separating the cell phone from the service
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
2/27/2007   Post a comment
If cellular service providers opened up their networks, it could improve their bottom line--and it would certainly help consumers.
DVCon: lessons for managers too
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
DVCon 2007 was a success, and its sponsoring consortium, Accellera, will be very pleased with the results. Yet, as with all conferences, some things went better than others. So here are the highlights and lowlights of the conference.
Software-savvy India touts new semiconductor incentives
India Chip Chat  
2/26/2007   Post a comment
India's long awaited semiconductor manufacturing policy was announced last week, paving the way for the country to make its mark on the global semiconductor map.
Hail The Innovators
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
2/23/2007   Post a comment
Electrical and electronics engineers were well represented in the 2007 inductees to the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
An Enterprise-wide Approach Accelerates Next-Generation System-level Development
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
As the market moves from 65nm- to 45nm-based SoCs and beyond towards full system-level design and development, we must be extremely careful not to let hardware and software development continue on such disjointed paths. We must leverage many of today's proven verification process automation capabilities for hardware testing and apply them towards the next-generation hardware/software design and implementation processes.
To buy, or not to buy (HDTV)? Ah, that's the question.
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/21/2007   Post a comment
With its 3,840 x 2,160 resolution, this 47-inch Quad HDTV beauty will make today's state-of-the-art 1080p (1,920 x 1,080) sets look "cheesy" by comparison.
NXP semi Nexperia media processors training course is offered
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2/21/2007   Post a comment
Momentum Data Systems is sponsoring a Nexperia/TriMedia training course in Fountain Valley, CA during 2007. The first session will be given during the week of March 12 " 16, 2007. The course is taught by Dr. Chris Bore, of Bores Signal Processing.
What drives automobile machine vision?
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2/21/2007   Post a comment
There are now so many video safety systems in the works or being deployed that one company, NEC, has even created a high-level software language to help a car sift through and prioritize all the safety information coming at it (see Parallel processing architecture brings advanced vision applications to today's cars).
3GSM marks a move to cheap tech
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
2/20/2007   Post a comment
This year's 3GSM World Congress marked a major turning point in the wireless industry: cutting-edge is out, and cost-cutting is in.
A first look at 2nd generation HD DVD
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2/19/2007   Post a comment
Why talk about HD DVD products? I know that a good portion of the world thinks that the next-generation optical disc format war is over with Blu-ray Disc being the de facto winner. Not necessarily. Video processing could be a key deciding factor.
Specialization is our strength
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2/19/2007   Post a comment
As a 30 years-plus semiconductor industry veteran and CEO of an established intellectual-property company, I found my attention grabbed by a recent front-page article in EE Times (Jan. 29, "IDM model to self-destruct?"). Those of us who have watched our industry evolve over the past several decades have memorized one time-consistent axiom: Increased specialization increases success in the semiconductor industry. So to those who think the IDM model may self-destruct, I say they're wrong to wor
Is DFM all talk?
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2/19/2007   Post a comment
Not a week goes by without a panel, a viewpoint, or an analysis of DFM and the DFM market. This brings to my mind some fundamental questions. If DFM is so necessary, why the debate? If every design team needs DFM why the uncertainty about DFM startups viability? And can we all agree to one definition of DFM?
Mobile meets You Tube
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2/17/2007   Post a comment
If the so-called "third screen" is ever going to be monstrously successful, it is going to have to find some way to provide lots and lots of content custom-made for the small screen.
Give me a brake!
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
2/17/2007   Post a comment
Or rather, give me intelligent braking.
The Dutch are so cool!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/16/2007   2 comments
No really, they've come up with a cunning plan to store plan to store gigawatts of electricity created from wind in refrigerated warehouses normally used to store food.
Is your WLAN secure?
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
Is your WLAN secure?
Analog Devices bursts Freescale's bubble
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2/15/2007   Post a comment
Analog Devices' Othello-3 radio bursts Freescale's next-generation SAW-jettisoning bubble
Broadband subscribers equal half a billion by 2012
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2/15/2007   Post a comment
ABI Research calls Broadband Internet access a defining characteristic of advanced industrialized economies.
3GSM points the way
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2/14/2007   Post a comment
The way I see it, the problems the carriers are having now are going to affect the chip manufacturers.
Hardware Verification with C++
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/12/2007   Post a comment
Much to my surprise, I spent my weekend curled up with a really good book on hardware verification with C++ by Mike Mintz and Robert Ekendahl.
Freescale jettisons SAW filters
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
Freescale used the 3GSM conference to drop hints toward a new front-end architecture that will get rid of bulky and expensive SAW filters.
Jumping over verification model hurdles
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
Freely available models of IP can simplify market dynamics, improve quality of verification, and may even introduce a new type of open source community.
The future of wireless technology
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
2/12/2007   1 comment
In the future, cellular and WLAN networks will work together seamlessly. The latest chip announcements bring us much closer to that goal.
Winter is back!
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
2/12/2007   Post a comment
So what better time to announce the Official Winter Vehicle?
CableCARD, Microsoft, and HDTV
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2/9/2007   Post a comment
A few weeks ago, I attended the launch of Microsoft's Vista, which is the latest version of the Windows operating system. While Gates and his minions extolled the virtues of Vista and the goal of making our Digital Lifestyle easier, it was announced that Vista would be HD-compatible.
Amazon + TiVo = IPTV Synergy
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2/8/2007   Post a comment
This week's announcement that TiVo is teaming with Amazon to sell video-on-demand downloadable movies and TV programs is big. It's not a technical breakthrough, but it's a marketing and public acceptance watershed.
Nominations are open for "Women in EDA" award
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/8/2007   Post a comment
You may be surprised to hear that this award is open to both men and women with technical or non-technical backgrounds in industry or academia.
Visiting NY? Leave your iPod and Blackberry at home
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2/8/2007   Post a comment
I don't happen to think that it's the government's job to protect us from ourselves.
Everything is relative (even my auntie Barbara)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/7/2007   Post a comment
My auntie Barbara's assiduous scrubbing in my younger years has left me the proud owner of the cleanest pair on knees in the known universe!
WiMAX patents soar
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2/7/2007   Post a comment
If the number of patent applications has any relevance to a technology's long-term success then WiMAX seems to be definitely on the upswing.
Wozniak steps out for the fun of it
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/7/2007   Post a comment
Steve Wozniak told 3,000 engineers at SolidWorks World that engineering is about creativity and having fun.
DesignCon Morsels
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2/6/2007   Post a comment
The DesignCon conference provided opportunities for thought, learning, and analysis. It also showed that we have yet to solve important problems in methods and training that have faced us for some time.
iPhone critics miss the point
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2/6/2007   Post a comment
iPhone critics are missing the point: It's all about the man-machine interface. That's one of the things I'll be looking at next week at 3GSM in Barcelona.
Hey, this is better than Super Bowl TV commercials
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
2/6/2007   Post a comment
What I mean is the list of Top 10 Most Memorable TV Cars.
Why mobile TV will fail
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
2/6/2007   Post a comment
Mobile TV faces many challenges. I don't think it will overcome them.
Vista, high-definition and H.264
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2/2/2007   Post a comment
This was an interesting week in Digital Television. Microsoft, NVISION, and NiveusMedia unveiled new products. High-definition played a role in each press briefing.
The latest and greatest on the multi-core front
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/2/2007   Post a comment
Now in its second year, the forthcoming three-day Multicore Expo will feature many technical sessions and keynotes, as well as a two-day exhibit.
U.S. DTV transition will impact handset safety
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2/2/2007   Post a comment
The fact that cell phone technology uses microwave transmission frequencies is largely a byproduct of the fact that, by the time cell phone and handset technology became feasible in the late 1980s, just about all of the lower frequency (and presumably safer) spectrum had already been allocated. The lion's share of this most valuable radio spectrum went to VHF and UHF TV.
How long does it take to catch a computer virus?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/1/2007   Post a comment
Would you believe only 8 seconds! Some folks connected an unprotected PC to the Internet and the results were immediate and very, very scary!


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