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Haptic Compass
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/9/2009   Post a comment
So you always wanted some form of Extra Sensory Perception (ESP) ... well, here's one way to achieve it...
Winter wonderland
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
2/9/2009   Post a comment
Auto scribes gather to pick the Official Vehicle of winter.
A mixed-bag of *stuff* to amuse, delight, baffle, and bewilder...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/9/2009   Post a comment
Latest hacker trick; Geek-a-licious starship dimensions; Cost of building a Death Star; It's BACON for goodness sake!
Some more analysis on Xilinx and Altera
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
2/9/2009   Post a comment
For more on the new Xilinx and Altera FPGAs, check out The Linley Groups' analysis.
Giving energy harvesting the bump test
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
2/9/2009   1 comment
Energy harvesting is without doubt going to be one of the power management themes of 2009. Throughout the year we are going to be bombarded with new techniques to harness energy from all kinds of unusual power sources. Some will be clever and some will be downright whacky.
Counterpoint: Illusions of immunity
2/9/2009   Post a comment
The industry has been asleep at the wheel. More than a year after the U.S. economy officially slid into recession, high-tech companies are suddenly discovering they're not immune to the now-global downturn
Environmental commitment improves when the boss is on board
2/6/2009   Post a comment
Management needs to lead by example, including in environmental practices. A UK survey finds bosses that practice what they preach encourage greater commitment by among their staff.
Men versus Women : Turn the knob on your side...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/6/2009   Post a comment
Following numerous requests for information, here's the on-going status of my project du jour...
Turn down that radio! Or wait, is it a black hole?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
2/6/2009   Post a comment
Apparently, three years ago scientists in Texas launched seven balloon-borne radio receivers in search of a faint radio signal from the warming of interstellar space caused by early stars. To their surprise, they received a booming signal a full six times louder than their wildest prediction.
DSP sales tank--here are the graphs
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
2/5/2009   Post a comment
The end of 2008 was "clearly a disaster." Well, at least smart phones are still selling!
Smartphones show growth during downturn
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
2/5/2009   Post a comment
Forward Concepts has a new study out on smartphones and smartphone chips. Here are the highlights.
Updated: Readers respond to Obama outsourcing column
2/5/2009   6 comments
Readers respond to our guest column on the Obama administration's early moves on outsourcing.
Any dashboard as long as it is ours
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
2/5/2009   1 comment
"You can get it in any color as long as it is black." Wasn't that Henry Ford saying about his Model T 75 years ago? It still is reality in our automobile environment!
I have a warm fuzzy feeling
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/5/2009   Post a comment
I just heard something that gave me a warm fuzzy feeling inside...
3-D "Chuck" & Super Bowl recap
2/4/2009   1 comment
What happened during NBC's 3-D presentation of "Chuck" Monday night in the U.S?
Google leads industry in IT data center efficiency
Power DesignLine Blog  
2/4/2009   Post a comment
While many IT data centers waste more energy than they effectively consume in IT processing, Google has trimmed losses to 12% in at least one instance.
Opinion: The Obama administration promotes outsourcing
2/4/2009   19 comments
Despite its campaign rhetoric, the Obama administration appears willing to continue offshoring U.S. engineering jobs. That means engineers must organize to save their careers, guest columnist Ron Hira asserts.
IBM offers to relocate laid-off workers to India
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/3/2009   Post a comment
OK, this is something that I for one certainly didn't see coming...
Some more top analog engineers
2/3/2009   Post a comment
I promised an update to the 'ADLE Top 10 analog engineers' list a few weeks ago. As hoped, it generated some much-needed discussion and suggestions following publication on Analog DesignLine Europe and PlanetAnalog.
It's raining FPGAs!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/3/2009   Post a comment
Grab an umbrella, because new FPGAs are falling out of the sky all around us!
Does Moore's Law still matter today?
2/3/2009   Post a comment
The move to 45-nm processes is great for segments such as FPGAs, but typical ASSP vendors would fair better with mature processes and a slower ride down the process-technology ramp.
10 more good reasons to invest in robots
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/3/2009   Post a comment
Last year robotics manufacturer ABB offered 10 good reasons to invest in robots. Here are ten more.
Counterpoint: $20 laptop a dubious solution to India's education woes
2/3/2009   8 comments
The $20 laptop introduced by India's Tata this week is so symbolic at so many levels of both the opportunity and the problem with "designing for India" that it's hard to know where to begin in weighing its chances for success.
Small processing steps aim to reduce Global Warming
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
2/2/2009   Post a comment
In the past week the global electronics power management industry showed that it has the potential to make some reductions in global power consumption through the appliance of innovative semiconductor processing technology.
EDA bashing
2/2/2009   12 comments
EDA bashing is a sport that requires an enlarged ego, little initial investment, a small amount of skill, and a considerable lack of creativity.
3-D on NBC continues Monday night with "Chuck"
2/2/2009   Post a comment
A specially created 3-D episode of the "Chuck" TV series airs Monday at 8pm in the U.S.
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