Tea or HTML? Blog 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 Blog 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 Blog 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?
DVCon: lessons for managers too Blog 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.
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 Blog 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.
A first look at 2nd generation HD DVD Blog 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 Blog 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? Blog 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 Blog 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.
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.
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.
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.
CableCARD, Microsoft, and HDTV Blog 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 Blog 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.
DesignCon Morsels Blog 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.
U.S. DTV transition will impact handset safety Blog 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.
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