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35 People, Places & Things That Will Shape the Future
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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.
Cheers for American manufacturing
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/29/2008   Post a comment
Mailman Cliff Clavin from Cheers is pressing politicans to consider the troubled state of U.S. manufacturing
TIDC 2008 notes
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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.
TV a key audio focus at TI Developer Conference
Audio DesignLine Blog  
2/29/2008   Post a comment
While trends in portable consumer electronics and connectivity/convergence are continuing to drive many audio developments, TV/Home Theater was a key focus at the recent TI Developer Conference.
Brain boggler #3 - the conundrum of conundrums!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/29/2008   9 comments
Here's a puzzle of my own that's been lurking in the back of my mind for years, but I'm still no closer to a solution. Maybe you can answer this puzzling poser.
Sony 2008 Open House
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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.
Notes from the TI Developer Conference
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
2/28/2008   Post a comment
OMAP, multicore, open-source, and medical were key themes of this year's show.
Brain boggler #2 - can you wrap your thinking organ around this little beauty?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/28/2008   2 comments
Here's a conundrum that I saw ages and ages ago. I know what the answer is, but I no longer remember the proof - maybe you can help?
A watershed for silver-zinc?
Power DesignLine Blog  
2/28/2008   Post a comment
Smaller, lighter, safer, and longer running than lithium-ion batteries? We'll know in a few months.
Fun DIY kits: vacuum tube radio, Edison phonograph
Audio DesignLine Blog  
2/27/2008   Post a comment
Some neat hobby kits from Japan include a working vacuum tube radio (see an assembly video here) and an Edison-style phonograph kit that actually lets you record your own voice on a plastic cup!
Earthquake in the UK
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/27/2008   Post a comment
Which leads to a tale in which I show great presence of mind and consume a lot of whiskey in a very short time.
NFC on a roll
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
It's already in mobile phones and you're going to see it in a lot of other wireless stuff sooner rather than later.
More Casino News
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2/26/2008   1 comment
Did you know ...
Can you solve this brainteaser?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/26/2008   13 comments
Even though I actually know the answer to this one, I still cannot "wrap my brain" around it.
Yet more amazing (some may say insane) pranks
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/26/2008   Post a comment
In which we see unsuspecting victims being unexpectedly deposited (sans clothing) on a snow-covered mountain (and then things start to get strange).
GPPs steal sockets from DSPs, and vice versa
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
2/26/2008   Post a comment
Even as GPPs steal sockets from DSPs in general-purpose markets, DSP are squeezing out GPPs in specialized apps.
Serve me up some basics with a side of low power
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
2/26/2008   Post a comment
I've been handling the RF DesignLine site for over a year now, and have noticed that some of the most popular pieces lately are the articles that offer basic RF tutorials and low-power system design.
Intel's PR blunder
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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
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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.
There's good news ... and there's bad news
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/25/2008   3 comments
I thought we'd have at least 5 billion years (starting today) before the end of life on earth, but it now seems this is a tad optimistic.
What havoc could eAccess wreak?
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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?
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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.
Let it snow!
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
2/24/2008   Post a comment
What's the best vehicle for winter driving?
Yahoo needs a wakeup call
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2/22/2008   Post a comment
Microsoft founder Bill Gates apparently believes the company shouldn't raise its offer price for Yahoo Inc.
Ask not for whom the duck quacks...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/22/2008   3 comments
I was just informed of an interesting piece of "uncommon knowledge" pertaining to ducks that has me scratching my head...
Monster Machines - Barge Transporter
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/22/2008   Post a comment
This is amazing - a transporter in Russia that carries a huge barge a few miles from one river to another.
DVCon Conference Sets Records
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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.
Comment: Could it be another Numonyx delay?
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2/21/2008   Post a comment
Not yet formed, Numonyx is already an action-packed story. And, as the March 28, 2008 deadline is approaching, another cause of delay may arise.
More amazing pranks!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/21/2008   Post a comment
A reader points us at a video on YouTube showing some more amazing "real-world" pranks.
My Mistake
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
I was wrong. All this time I thought casinos wanted RFID-embedded poker chips to ...
Audio coding artifacts: What to listen for
Audio DesignLine Blog  
2/20/2008   Post a comment
Understand audio compression artifacts and what to listen for with this tutorial/demo CD from the Audio Engineering Society.
What are the origins of (and meaning behind) your name?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/20/2008   Post a comment
Here's a rather interesting little website that will "suck-you-in-for-hours" if you're not very careful.
Are Sprint/Nextel and Clearwire getting together again?
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
Matchmaking can be expensive in the corporate world but it can also be lucrative.
Is this the best prank ever?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/19/2008   Post a comment
I just saw a video of an AMAZING stunt. This totally blew my mind. I so wish I could have been there to see this!
Around YouTube In NFC
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
I can't wait to grab my cellular phone and leave the purse or the wallet behind.
Total lunar eclipse on Wed 20 Feb 2008
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/18/2008   Post a comment
If you live in the Americas, make sure you take the time to watch the last total lunar eclipse until 2010.
Camera phones, mobile TV and handset safety
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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
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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.
Mobile World Congress focuses on user experience
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
2/18/2008   Post a comment
Talk of higher bit rate was rare at Mobile World Congress. Instead, the focus was on the user experience. It's about time.
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
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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.
Can you spot the difference?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/15/2008   Post a comment
In this photo of two dubious characters, can you tell which one is me (and which one isn't)?
Opinion: A little charity, please
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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.
Freescale: The next big analog player?
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2/15/2008   Post a comment
Who could make a big play in analog? Try Freescale Semiconductor Inc.
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.
TV series to document history of recorded music
Audio DesignLine Blog  
2/13/2008   Post a comment
Get your TiVos ready - an ambitious eight-hour TV documentary chronicling the history of recorded music is planned for the fall of 2010.
Son of "What do you call a man who...?"
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/13/2008   Post a comment
Here are a pile of entries readers have submitted with regard to one-line jokes based on folks names...
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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
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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Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
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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July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
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