35 People, Places & Things That Will Shape the Future Blog 2/29/2008 Post a comment Electronics engineers can no longer content themselves with tending to the cozy business of circuit design. We are witnessing the integration of technology with society to an unprecedented degree. In this special report, we offer a glimpse of the next 35 years--what's coming down the pike, and how we might begin to make sense of it.
TIDC 2008 notes Blog 2/29/2008 Post a comment There's one trend -- or mantra -- here at the TI Developers Conference in Dallas that I keep hearing over and over among developers of embedded video applications: YouTube. Everyone, it seems, believes it necessary to incorporate YouTube playback onto their portable device or applications for inclusion in set top box or directly into TVs themselves.
Industrious Europe Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 2/29/2008 Post a comment I was over in Nuremburg at the Embedded World exhibition and conference and was very encouraged to see that things were busy: much busier than a year before.
Sony 2008 Open House Blog 2/28/2008 Post a comment Earlier this week, I went out to Las Vegas to attend Sony's annual Open House, in which all of the company's new televisions, Blu-ray Disc players, DVD players, and A/V products on display for select press and all of their dealers.
Intel's PR blunder Blog 2/26/2008 Post a comment Intel Corp. is getting itself sucked into a public relations mess over its business dispute with Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Unfortunately, it seems top executives at the semiconductor company aren't even aware of the danger.
High def DVD Blog 2/25/2008 Post a comment Too bad this was just a format war, in which big bucks -- and perhaps a few careers -- but no lives were at stake. Speaking of bucks, Sony reportedly paid Warner Bros. some $400 million to get the exclusive Blu-ray release of their new films -- this was what ultimately tipped the tables.
What havoc could eAccess wreak? Blog 2/25/2008 Post a comment Japan's eAccess Ltd expects to nearly quadruple its wireless services subscribers with its mobile phones over the next year and eliminate monthly basic fees on its first phones available March 28.
iPhone sizzle unlocked? Blog 2/25/2008 Post a comment Want to know what's happening to product demand? Look at the underlying stock for hints. Shares have plummeted since the iPhone was introduced.
DVCon Conference Sets Records Blog 2/22/2008 Post a comment Steve Bailey, General Chair of this year's DVCon conference, announced that both attendance and exhibition square footage have surpassed last year's figures and set a new record for the event.
Camera phones, mobile TV and handset safety Blog 2/18/2008 Post a comment Cell phone carriers, who heavily subsidize and guide the development of handset technology, see little value in disconnecting the devices from their networks. A handset that's not connected to the network is a handset that's not making money. But it is the consumer who ultimately purchases the handset -- not the carriers -- and it is the consumer who suffers whatever health consequences result from its use.
The demise of HD DVD Blog 2/18/2008 Post a comment Originally, I was going to write a Blog about Wireless HD again and talk about Amimon's video modem technology that was highlighted at CES 2008. However, because of the announcements last week, I think that it more fitting to talk about the demise of HD DVD. Last week was a bad week for HD DVD as the format and Toshiba took some devastating blows. These blows were so severe that HD DVD may not recover. This is sad really.
Harry Potter and the future of streaming video? RF & Microwave Designline Blog 2/18/2008 Post a comment As Harry channeled the evil Voldemort's experiences and could see from Voldemort's eyes, I could not help thinking, hey, this could be the future of mobile streaming video. How freaky would it be to simply have the images appear in your head?.
A resource you can trust Blog 2/16/2008 Post a comment EDA DesignLine, with the collaboration of Gary Smith, has launched a reference tool that you can find at the top of the Product Center section of the portal.
Challenges and opportunities Automotive DesignLine Blog 2/15/2008 1 comment Are these greatest problems engineers will be called on to solve this century? Perhaps apathy is the greatest.
Opinion: A little charity, please Blog 2/15/2008 Post a comment The diminishment of "charity" as a motive for Third World telecom development and the current trend toward Social Darwinism should remind us of the Biblical exaltation of charity as the greatest of all virtues.
Two good jokes Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 2/14/2008 Post a comment You may moan and groan, but you'll be telling these to someone yourself before the day is over!
Taking security seriously Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 2/13/2008 Post a comment Security continues to emerge as a key focus in manufacturing. Managers are taking a big risk if they rely on the low number of attacks instead of taking security precautions.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
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