Can Microsoft keep its grip? Blog 3/22/2004 Post a comment With about 95 percent of the desktop software market under its belt, $7.5 billion in MS Office operating profits alone and sales bigger than the combined world's No. 2 and 3 software companies (Oracle and SAP), Microsoft's grip on the desktop software market seems unshakable.
Fear's demagogue Blog 3/22/2004 Post a comment As a journalist, I'm uncomfortable watching the dumbing-down of news amid the rising din of information.
Shareholder democracy revisited Blog 3/22/2004 Post a comment The succession struggle at Disney, bookended between the indictment of Bernie Ebbers and the conviction of Martha Stewart, has generated plenty of talk of shareholder activism and democracy. While lessons can be learned about governance among communications companies, one must be careful to take away the right lessons.
Loop design sometimes compensates for lower-quality switchers Blog 3/16/2004 Post a comment Sanjaya Maniktala is back with a new installment of his popular power supply design column. The question he asks is how to make up for the erratic quality of the 3842 and 3844 switching power supply controllers now on the market? An adjustment of the RC components in the hysterysis loop allowed a power supply company to safely utilize the batch lot of jittery components they were stuck with - some 50,000 of them.
The wonderful world of wireless... la... la... la... Blog 3/16/2004 Post a comment In conjunction with the recent Wireless Systems Design Conference, Steve Ohr interviewed keynoter Henry Samueli of Broadcom. CMOS integration will pave the way for "wireless everywhere" " a virtual media console in your pocket, Dr. Samueli had said. While some people may not want all the wireless advertising this will enable, Ohr's blog does identify some applications for RF communications technology we shouldn't take for granted.
Interview with Agere's Peter Kelly Blog 3/1/2004 Post a comment Two years ago, Agere Systems Inc. began transforming itself into a fabless semiconductor company as part of a wide range of reorganization measures it took to restore profitability. Peter Kelly, Agere executive vice president, global operations, recently discussed the changes since implemented by the company and the outlook for the semiconductor industry with Electronics Supply & Manufacturing executive editor Bolaji Ojo.
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.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments