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Commentary: What's in a name? Plenty
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry has turned to sophisticated naming and branding conventions in recent years, resulting in several company monikers that sound out of place. Bring back the straightforward company names of years gone by.
Has anyone heard about Magnetic Logic from the days of yore?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/31/2006   Post a comment
Emails are flooding in with all sorts of suggestions for my "Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg Computer" project, including using Magnetic Logic.
Touch the truck: DARPA robot rolls at ESC
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
3/31/2006   Post a comment
Get "hands on" with one of the robots (and its developers) that completed last fall's DARPA Grand Challenge autonomous vehicle desert race.
Advanced video codecs tutorial, and more!
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
I'm packing my bags for the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, where I'll be program chair for the Consumer Video Design Seminar all day Thursday (April 6). One of the best aspects of the conference is that, amidst all the "latest developments" being discussed in the technical sessions, there's also opportunity to take a step back
Bluetooth SIG picks WiMedia Alliance's MB-OFDM UWB
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3/30/2006   Post a comment
The Bluetooth SIG has determined which flavor of UWB it will adopt.
FPGAs for critical data traffic management
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/29/2006   Post a comment
This scalable tripl-play data traffic management solution can provide high-performance throughput support from 50 Mbps to 10+ Gbps!
US engineering crisis
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
Are you coming to ESC? If so, plan on attending the Engineering Humanity Panel on Thursday, April 6 from 10-11 am.
HDMI problems
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
First of all, let me say that all HDMI is not created equal. Frankly, I am very concerned about HDMI or the High-Definition Multimedia Interface. Why am I concerned? It's because that there are too many versions of this connector floating around starting with version 1.0. Different Digital TV and A/V products that have reached or will reach the market this year will all have different versions of HDMI, and one version may not work with other versions of HDMI
Standards for sale at IEEE?
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
There are free elections and then there are really free elections. IEEE standards committees practice the latter and it's not always democratic.
Embedded Systems Conference special e-mailings
Audio DesignLine Blog  
3/29/2006   Post a comment
As a valued AudioDesignLine subscriber, you'll be receiving a special edition of the EE Times Newsletter each day next week, featuring expanded coverage of the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley.
Highlights of ESC
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
The Embedded Systems Conference is being held next week in San Jose.
Commentary: Litigation threatens innovation, growth
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
EDA patents are overly restrictive, disrupt the flow of innovation and will further complicate legal matters as foreign EDA vendors become significant players, writes Gabe Moretti, veteran editor and technologist.
Cars that run and run - on photovoltaics
Power DesignLine Blog  
3/28/2006   Post a comment
At the plenary session of APEC Dr. Larry Kazmerski spoke of energy needs and one possible future. Is the power of the sun shining on the automotive industry?
DSO provides a rational model of software development
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
DSO group claims to offer the most rational model for software development.
No complaints from Spansion
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Spansion has signed a pair of keys deals that should result in meaningful partnerships.
Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg Computer
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/27/2006   Post a comment
Do you recall the American cartoonist and illustrator Rube Goldberg and his English counterpart Heath Robinson?
The thin man is squeaking!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/24/2006   Post a comment
The Multicore Expo is over, and - if nothing else - I now know that there's a lot more things I don’t know anything about!
Which way to turn?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/23/2006   Post a comment
It's day 3 of the Multicore Expo, and there are so many papers and tracks that it's difficult to know where to go and what to see!
Handset developers found 3G software company in China
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3/23/2006   Post a comment
Qualcomm and TechFaith Wireless Communication Technology (based in China) have founded a new company that will focus on the development of application software for wireless devices.
Microwave eavesdropping question
Audio DesignLine Blog  
3/22/2006   Post a comment
A reader question offers opportunities to talk about how Cell Phone, 3G, WiFi, and other microwave sources might be used to eavesdrop on conversations.
3000-plus FPGA-to-ASIC Conversions
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/22/2006   Post a comment
AMI Semiconductor (AMIS) have more than 3000 FPGA-to-ASIC conversions to their credit. Wow!
Guilty!
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
Today, three Samsung executives pleaded guilty to conspiring to fix DRAM prices, and will serve jail time in the US
WiMAX demands innovative filtering
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
You can't easily use SAW filtering because it's hard to support a large array of RF bands from one IF frequency.
Walking the show floor
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/22/2006   Post a comment
What’s perhaps most intriguing about manufacturing shows is that there are always new exhibitors, representing new classes of services.
Real men multi-task
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/22/2006   Post a comment
Part 4 of Max's epic trek through the wonders and delights of the Multicore Expo 2006 (in which we're poised to start day 2).
IMEC are involved in some mega-cool stuff
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/21/2006   Post a comment
Part 3 of Max's epic voyage of discovery at Multicore Expo 2006 (in which we go to lunch).
Things are rolling at the Multicore Expo!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/21/2006   Post a comment
Part 2 of an ongoing account of Max's epic voyage of discovery at Multicore Expo 2006 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Time flies when you're having fun...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/21/2006   Post a comment
Stardate = 6:00 am PST, Location = Hotel in StanaClara, Mission = Finish working, eat breakfast, and race over to the Multicore Expo.
A portable video ecosystem, from Echostar
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Echostar has pioneered the first real portable video "ecosystem," and unlike the iTunes store, which is now selling subscriptions to The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, and unlike cell-phone video, consumers don't have to pay a second or third time for programs they're already paying to receive at home.
Creating an M2M giant
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
The M2M interface could be a few different things, depending on who you're actually talking to.
I'm off to see the wizard...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/20/2006   Post a comment
As I pen these words, I'm poised to close down my computer and board a plane to fly out to the Multicore Expo in Santa Clara.
Don't let whining by multinationals undo 200 years of patent progress
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
All this talk of "patent trolls" is a red herring, fabricated by large multinationals to divert attention from the real issue--that they have no valid defense against charges they are using the technology of others without permission (see "Crackberry and the patent mill," Jan. 30, page 4).
Reflections from a 50-year veteran
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
Last year was my 50th year in the electronics business and last month Barbara and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. When I started in this business as a skinny 21-year-old beginning engineer, I was usually the youngest member of the staff. Now I'm older than the father of my boss. Time does fly, but this is still a fun business.

Sony, Blu-ray, SXRD oh my!
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3/19/2006   Post a comment
Against the backdrop of the glitz of Las Vegas, the opulence of Caesars Palace, and the frenzy of March Madness, Sony held its annual Open House. The Open House has always been designed as the vehicle, in which Sony unveils its new line of TV, video and audio products.
Do we really need this vehicle?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
3/19/2006   Post a comment
Maybe because spring is around the corner, there is a renewed marketing push for the golf cart version of the Segway human transporter.
The Multicore Expo Draws Nigh!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/16/2006   Post a comment
My excitement is mounting, because the Multicore Expo 2006 (where I'm going to be hosting a "Birds of a Feather Get Together" meeting) is just next week!
Changing the removable storage paradigm
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3/16/2006   Post a comment
One vendor thinks it can change the way people look at and use removable storage.
2006-The year for SFP+
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3/15/2006   Post a comment
I met with Dr. Paul Voohis, CEO of ClariPhy last week at OFC/NFOEC for interesting conversation regarding the progress of SFP+. Although
Infrastructure counts
Audio DesignLine Blog  
3/15/2006   Post a comment
Drag racing has an important lesson for technologists about the importance of infrastructure.
Woefully wired
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3/14/2006   Post a comment
All my life, I've lived with the fear that I'd perish in the electric chair.
Know any good books?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/14/2006   Post a comment
I'm looking for suggestions for books on design, programming, languages ... anything suitable for beginners. Do you have any recommendations?
Virtual improvement
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/14/2006   Post a comment
The virtual aspect of manufacturing continues to grow in importance, and engineers are benefitting from advances.
The eye of the handset storm
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3/14/2006   Post a comment
We're right between the two biggest handset tradeshows of the year, the 3GSM World Congress held last month in Barcelona, and the CTIA Wireless event, next month in Las Vegas.
Throwing someone off a tower for science!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/13/2006   Post a comment
Have you ever had a stressful experience when everything seemed to go into slow motion? Was this the brain in overdrive or a fake recollection?
UWB radio for dummies
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3/10/2006   Post a comment
Who do they think they're kidding?
Siloti from Novas: what a great idea!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/10/2006   Post a comment
On the off-chance you aren't up to date; let me briefly summarize the key concepts behind this cunning little rapscallion.
The problem of SED
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3/10/2006   Post a comment
According to the press release out of Japan this week, mass production will start in Summer 2007 with first shipments to begin in Fall 2007. Basically, what the press release is really saying is that SED is delayed again. I am just baffled.
Here we go again - battery life blues
Power DesignLine Blog  
3/10/2006   Post a comment
Microsoft and Intel et al have combined to introduce the ultra-mobile PC with a 7-inch screen, lots of capabilities and a stuck to a wall-wart blues battery life. What can engineers do to improve it?
Black magic improves efficiency
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/9/2006   Post a comment
The black magic of analog may not progress at the same speed as microcontrollers, the continuing advances make it possible to keep improving efficiency on production lines.
Video design, big and small
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3/9/2006   Post a comment
When a huge company like TI creates a program for the under-1,000 quantity crowd, it speaks on a broader level to the vibrancy and entrepreneurial spirit of the video design industry.
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