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Panasonic and Plasma
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3/30/2007   Post a comment
Yesterday, Panasonic officially announced its new HDTV line for 2007. Leading the pack of product introductions was plasma displays. Panasonic looks to continue its dominance for 2007 and beyond by producing a total of 11.5 million unit panels from four existing plants.
Forced to open SPAM
Audio DesignLine Blog  
3/29/2007   Post a comment
Junk email takes valuable time from real work. I'm a fast reader, but with the trash that I get there's a plausible introduction with real technical material - and that takes time to sort through.
Why cable-TV is promoting the antenna
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3/29/2007   Post a comment
I once worked for a cable-TV company that offered to remove a customer's rooftop antenna when they installed cable service, so the headline, "Cable-TV Promoting Antenna TV" sounded like "Man Bites Dog" at first glance, but it makes perfect sense in 2007. Here's why.
RIO 1.3 Approved
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3/28/2007   Post a comment
RapidIO Interconnect Specification 1.3 is now approved as a new ANSI standard.
Whither RFID?
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/28/2007   Post a comment
RFID technology is still in the two steps forward, one step back phase, though the technology's progress may not be quite that positive.
GPS in hand-helds at zero cost?
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3/27/2007   Post a comment
A GPS solution that does virtually all the GPS function in software and (if all goes as planned) will result in GPS for an additional dollar.
Test & Debug Part 5
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
3/27/2007   Post a comment
Today's newsletter has a bad link for "Testing and Debugging DSP Systems, Part 5" Here's the right link.
Vintage sense amps for my magnetic core store
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/27/2007   Post a comment
I'm now the proud possessor of some 1974 vintage core sense amplifiers, the origin of which includes an interesting tale.
IP revenue: reality tromps wishes.
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3/27/2007   Post a comment
Mentor introduction of a IP product that provides an entire USB subsystem further indicates that IP belongs in EDA.
The death of ASICs is greatly exaggerated
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
3/27/2007   Post a comment
Some commentators are predicting that ASICs are about to disappear. This is a silly prediction: The ASIC market is changing, not dying.
How does it feel to race a Ferrari?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
3/26/2007   Post a comment
This video will get your motor running.
Coincidence? I think not!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/26/2007   Post a comment
Things are starting to get a little strange. Every time I write something about anything, someone says: "I was there!"
Let there be solid-state light
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3/26/2007   1 comment
The Lighting Efficiency Coalition wants the U.S. marketplace to transition fully to energy-efficient lighting products by 2016.
To trend or not to trend
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/24/2007   Post a comment
Grammer AG defied one major trend, entering the automotive market in the 1980s when automakers were diligently reducing their supplier count. Now, Grammer's expanding globally.
White House Environmental Council recognizes environmentally-friendly PC makers
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
3/22/2007   Post a comment
It's nice to know that a federal environmental mandate actually means something, considering the Bush administration's poor track record when it comes to the environment. Earlier this week the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive recognized several computer manufacturers for making "green" computers and monitors.
All sorts of "stuff"
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/22/2007   Post a comment
A 1920 Comptometer mechanical calculator is winging its way to me from Argentina; the physical DIY Calculator works; part 4 of my HRRG series has been posted; and much, much more...
HD DVD vs. Blu-ray
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3/21/2007   Post a comment
There have been a lot of reports recently regarding Blu-Ray Disc (BD) and HD DVD. As a product reviewer, I've had the opportunity to evaluate both formats. I also have several titles from Warner Home Video and Paramount that are in both HD DVD and Blu-ray. So, I'm in a position to comment on which format looks better to the eye.
Testing mainframe computers using a small loudspeaker
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/21/2007   Post a comment
An article on problem-solving in a 1970s IT department reminded me as to how we used to test mainframe computers using little more than a small loudspeaker.
EDA is not dead; change is an indication of life.
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3/20/2007   Post a comment
Some people are quick to pronoune EDA dead. In fact it is in a period of transition. It can either grow larger than ever or shrink to a quarter of its size.
CTIA sleepers
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3/20/2007   Post a comment
Glitzy phones and mobile TV will have the limelight but I'm going to try to spend a bit more of my time looking at GPS, NFC, memory, and, yes, open systems.
Tip of the Week--Really
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3/19/2007   Post a comment
Okay I'm committed, and I know you'll hold me to it. I'm going to print a 'Tip of the Week' on this site--and shoot for every week. After all, it doesn't say 'Tip of the week sometimes,' now does it?
Teardown that Prius!
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
3/19/2007   Post a comment
Check out this video to see what it's like to take apart a hybrid vehicle--in about one minute.
Open IPTV Forum launched
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3/19/2007   Post a comment
Nine companies joined forces including Ericsson, Matsushita, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Siemens AG, Sony, AT&T, Telecom Italia, and France Telecom, to set a single global standard for IPTV.
Everybody wants a piece of the VoIP pie
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
3/19/2007   Post a comment
VoIP gets lots of attention, but the bigger picture of voice applications is being ignored.
Commentary: EDA is dead, software lives
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3/16/2007   Post a comment
With fewer and fewer chips being designed, there's less need for EDA tools and more need for embedded software development, says Paul McLellan, vice president of marketing at Virtutech Inc.
MPEG LA vs. China
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3/15/2007   Post a comment
Will this current round, over set top box license fees, be a re-play of what MPEG LA went through several years ago, with DVD movie players, which arguably culminated in China's creation of its own, homegrown DVD format?
The SED soap opera continues
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3/15/2007   Post a comment
Here it is mid-March 2007, and the SED soap opera continues. We are still in limbo with regards to the relations between Canon and Nano-Proprietary. The controversy swirls around a patent license for flat-panel displays covering surface-conduction electron-emitter displays (SED).
Do you want to go to MIT? Now you can.
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3/14/2007   Post a comment
Imagine sitting in a remote corner of the world and having access to Circuits and Electronics, Linear Algebra, Physics, and more at MIT.
WiMAX tsunami
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3/14/2007   Post a comment
WiMAX will be making a big splash at CTIA in Orlando the last week March (an extension of March Madness, some might say).
Comment: Is Intel evil?
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3/14/2007   Post a comment
Now that China has approved Intel's plan to build PC chips in China, the question that should be asked is: Will the U.S. grant its approval?
Thanks, Detroit
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/14/2007   Post a comment
Vision systems have been seeing more use in recent years as prices drop and computing power rises. That could expand even more as adoption by automakers drives down prices.
Wi-Fi network performance is a disgrace
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3/13/2007   Post a comment
The poor performance of the Wi-Fi network at this year's 3GSM conference was an affront to the many engineers who gave life to the IEEE 802.11 standard.
Are there any unsafe cars?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
3/13/2007   Post a comment
With all cars earning either four our five star crash ratings, that question might be argued as being moot.
Bigger DSP families, faster innovation
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
3/13/2007   Post a comment
TI's C6000 family has 69 members, and ADI's Blackfin family isn't far behind. These big families are a big deal for developers--here's why.
Marketing moves the world
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3/12/2007   Post a comment
A company can build the most technologically exciting product and still go broke, while another prospers while developing run-of-the-mill gadgets. . In our industry you can count on one hand the number of companies that became successful solely on the strength of their technology, and even then, market timing played a major role.
Have I been praised or insulted?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/12/2007   Post a comment
Generally speaking I consider myself to have a reasonably extensive vocabulary and a certain dexterity with the mother tongue, so why don't I understand this email from a reader?
It isn't easy powering deep sub-micron CMOS loads
Power DesignLine Blog  
3/10/2007   Post a comment
The new, smaller, faster IC design has a dark side that can cause noise and cross talk. Enpirion's VP Paul Greenland takes a quick peak at the issue. It's about power management.
TV Databases
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3/9/2007   Post a comment
This past week I've been updating my TV databases, which I keep up-to-date on all screen sizes as new models are introduced. It took me ages to get all of the new 2007 models into the databases from the 2007 CES. It helps to know every single model that will be introduced in the coming months.
The biscuit bites back!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/9/2007   Post a comment
The meaning behind the Frank Zappa quote is revealed; plus we discover a kit that allows you to take high-speed photos with your digital camera.
$58M--An expensive slap on the wrist for a low-cost telephone company
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3/8/2007   Post a comment
It wasn't the $197 million that Verizon wanted from Vonage for infringing on three of its patents, but a $58M judgment is no small change to the low-cost telephone service provider.
The crux of the biscuit
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/8/2007   1 comment
As part of a religious debate I found myself researching Frank Zappa, one of whose kids is called "Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen", and then things started to get strange...
Perfect time to be a ham!
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
3/8/2007   Post a comment
If you've ever wanted to be a ham and haven't been into learning the dots and dashes, now is your chance.
Cirrus changes management over options
Audio DesignLine Blog  
3/7/2007   Post a comment
David French of Cirrus Logic resigned over backdating issues at the semiconductor maker. French was a moving force in DSP at TI and Analog Devices. Now he's on the outside.
Wireless spaghetti
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3/7/2007   Post a comment
As is usually the case, advancing technology has, in fact, just raised the rat's nest problem to a higher level of abstraction.
Chair of the future meets home theatre watch!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/7/2007   Post a comment
It spins, raises, lowers, reclines, leans, and tilts; it's aesthetic, ergonomic, phantasmagoric, and just about any other "ic" you care to mention.
Domino-based versus organic computers
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/6/2007   Post a comment
Sadly, domino-based computation will never catch on where I live, because I've just discovered that it's illegal to play dominoes on Sunday in Alabama.
Brian's Brilliant Monitor vs Max's Magnificent Monitor
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/5/2007   Post a comment
For the past few weeks, Brian Beckius and I have been competing with each other to write the coolest monitor program for a virtual 8-bit computer.
Stretch S6: The best DSP ever?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
3/5/2007   Post a comment
Stretch is trying to combine the ease of programming of a DSP with the incredible computing power of an FPGA. Could this be the best processor ever?
A deep sense of place
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3/5/2007   Post a comment
Is geography destiny? A recent New York Times article by Stanford's G. Pascal Zachary examines the issue but doesn't answer a more fundamental question.
Does form follow function?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
3/5/2007   Post a comment
As engineers we perhaps like to think that, if form does follows function, then a design will be correct.
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