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I should'a stood in bed
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3/8/2006   Post a comment
Sometimes it just doesn't pay to turn your cell phone on in the morning. Today was one of those days.
Hybrid madness
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
3/8/2006   Post a comment
Gas/electric vehicles like the Prius make us feel good, but they don't make a lot of sense.
Which Bluetooth is under the hood?
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3/8/2006   Post a comment
The product I recently tested was a set of Motorola Bluetooth stereo headphones, model HT820.
Commentary: The sorry state of U.S. health care IT
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3/7/2006   Post a comment
A recent Intel press briefing highlighted the sorry state of IT in U.S. healthcare, where the application of technology commonly available and at use in other industries could save lives and reduce costs.
A terabit challenge
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3/7/2006   Post a comment
At OFC/NFOEC, I had an opportunity to hear both Dr. Henry Dardy, a senior technologist and Navy Chief Scientist at the DoD, and Dr. Larry Smarr, professor of computer science and engineering at UCSD and Director of its CAL-IT2 project.
Will I see you at the Multicore Expo?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/7/2006   Post a comment
I'm all aquiver with excitement, because I'm going to be hosting a "Birds of a Feather Get Together" at the Multicore Expo 2006.
Today's SIM card looks too much like yesterday's SIM card
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3/7/2006   Post a comment
The SIM card is a storage device that's in a very high percentage of phones, yet is optimized (or unoptimized) to store very limited information.
Why is grass green and tomatoes red?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/6/2006   Post a comment
It turns out that much if what we learned at school with regard to color vision was wrong. For example, we do NOT have red, green, and blue color receptors in our eyes!
What drives the innovator
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3/6/2006   Post a comment
One vivid memory I have from my student days was dropping by the lab of a good friend who had gotten involved in medical research. I was curious to see what he was up to, because his new obsession seemed out of character. Outgoing and popular, into jazz and athletics, the guy didn't fit the techie mold. The night I stopped by the lab, he was there alone, working on a hunch about why cells become cancerous.
The law of unintended consequences
Audio DesignLine Blog  
3/6/2006   Post a comment
Mundane issues of life sometimes can be a powerful reminder of the diificulty in managing technology. Mundane issues of life sometimes can be a powerful reminder of the diificulty in managing technology. A mechanical problem with an airplane underscores the difficulty in managaing technology.
DRM and Image Constraints
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3/5/2006   Post a comment
Digital Rights Management has been in the news in recent weeks. First, there was a lot of speculation about ACCS, which was premature. AACS is on target, and Toshiba will launch its first HD DVD in a few weeks. In turn, May 23rd will be Blu-ray day for Sony. And, happily, no Image Constraint Tolken.
Comment: EDA needs 'sea of change' in mentality
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3/3/2006   Post a comment
Stuck on $4 billion annual revenue and challenged by reduced ASPs and cut-throat competition, EDA needs collaboration and change, according to Sang Wang, former CEO of Nassda and Epic Design (shown).
Wonderfully wireless
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3/3/2006   Post a comment
Wireless is good on the pocketbook because my sometimes employer doesn't fully cover ER visits.
Immortal Works
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3/3/2006   Post a comment
Even if you're a wild outsider like Basquiat, your path to mainstream success can be easier than his, and much less lucrative, according to our learned judges.
UWB in flux: When CSR moves, Bluetooth follows suit
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3/1/2006   Post a comment
Since CSR owns the lion's share of the Bluetooth market, its installed base will help WiMedia
Spiral FPGA architectures?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/1/2006   Post a comment
Could the structures of a volcanic dome and a revolutionary new cooling fan be harbingers of future FPGA architectures?
Reading RFID tea leaves
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/1/2006   Post a comment
Many of the RFID articles on this site may seem a bit outside the realm of industrial control, but we think they're important regardless of whether the topic fits into the traditional view of factory automation.
Math and science reform
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3/1/2006   Post a comment
I've recently pulled two of my children out of school, opting instead for a home-school model. Although the school enjoys a decent rating in Northern California, I can't figure out why.
TI developers conference day 2
Audio DesignLine Blog  
3/1/2006   Post a comment
Audio quality is being traded off in favor of increased playlist quantity. iPods and other MP3 players often demonstrate worse audio quality than the CD the originally held the music.
TI developers conference day 1
Audio DesignLine Blog  
3/1/2006   Post a comment
The TI developers conference featured audio designs ranging from university projects such as a guitar effets box to commercial surround sound from SRS.
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