Panasonic and Plasma Blog 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.
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.
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!"
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 Blog 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.
CTIA sleepers Blog 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 Blog 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?
Open IPTV Forum launched Blog 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.
MPEG LA vs. China Blog 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 Blog 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).
WiMAX tsunami Blog 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? Blog 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.
Marketing moves the world Blog 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?
TV Databases Blog 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.
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...
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 Blog 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.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.