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See how to demodulate GSM off the air
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
3/31/2008   Post a comment
Ever read an article on RFDL and think, "boy, I wish I could see that happening"? Well, today's your lucky day!
New brain boggler - this one is a "corker"!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/31/2008   Post a comment
I just ran across a great website containing "The world's hardest easy geometry problems"; these are GREAT - they'll keep you busy for hours!
Remembering Arthur C. Clarke
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
3/31/2008   Post a comment
The time I met him, it was his sense of humor that stood out.
Commentary: What went wrong at Moto
Blog  
3/31/2008   1 comment
After the runaway success of the Razr, Motorola's cell phones failed because they focused on hardware engineering, not consumer design.
Targeted TV commercials
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3/31/2008   Post a comment
Just add face recognition!
What went wrong at Moto
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
3/30/2008   Post a comment
Motorola fell because it focused on hardware engineering, not consumer design.
EVE in the Systems Prototyping Garden
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3/29/2008   Post a comment
EVE's point of view and more considerations on the acquisition of Synplicity by Synopsys.
French Engineering Student looking for summer internship
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/28/2008   Post a comment
Do you know of any summer intern positions available in the robotics and/or microelectronics arenas for a young, enterprising engineering student?
Analysis: Questions for Motorola
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
Investors greeted Motorola Inc.'s decision to spinoff its unprofitable mobile handset division with a suppressed yawn.
Unleash the power of your laptop computer's TouchPad
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/27/2008   Post a comment
I recently discovered that the TouchPad on my notepad computer has a lot of mega-cool features I'd never heard of before!
MP3: Audio boon or bane?
Audio DesignLine Blog  
3/26/2008   Post a comment
Are MP3s really responsible for a general decline in the quality of digital audio?
Opinion: Motorola--Will Icahn stop?
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3/26/2008   Post a comment
Investors liked the news. Motorola announced early today that it would split off its handset unit into two public companies.
The return of the robots
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/26/2008   Post a comment
Robots are back - today's robots start to become almost as smart and human as erly sci-fi writers described them. But it took - and still takes - huge efforts to make them really "smart".
Getting a handle on the high-speed Bluetooth controversy
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3/26/2008   Post a comment
At least one reader was sufficiently upset by the article to post a comment in the WirelessNetDesignline forum taking issue with the authors.
It's out of my hands
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
3/26/2008   Post a comment
Recently, in my home state of NJ, police received the authority to stop and fine motorists for using hand-held cell phones while they drive. But are we actually safer?
Two nickels worth of battery power
Power DesignLine Blog  
3/25/2008   Post a comment
Nickel-zinc batteries arrive to replace nickel-cadmium and nickel-metal-hydride for power tools and small vehicles
Two new cool USB-based products
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/25/2008   Post a comment
Check out this can-shaped memory card reader and a compact temperature and humidity sensor.
In defense of low quality
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
3/24/2008   3 comments
With each new generation of consumer electronics, audio and video quality are getting worse. Here's why that's a good thing.
Fiery explosions and beautiful reactions
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/24/2008   Post a comment
From Gummy Bears undergoing a fiery death to a mega-cool animation of the inner life of a cell.
Reporter's notebook: A tour through Bangalore
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3/24/2008   Post a comment
Bangalore and neighboring Electronics City are gearing up to become a global hub for electronics design, but the area faces challenges both with its infrastructure and how it is perceived by customers in the West.
Video guide - getting started with Xilinx FPGAs
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/21/2008   Post a comment
I just ran across this jolly interesting step-by-step video guide that was put together by design engineer Anthony Burch.
Carriers can't control content
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3/21/2008   Post a comment
ABI Research recently released two reports. The first claims that carriers are losing control over mobile content. The second states that by 2013 one in three phones sold will be a Smartphone.
Synopsys acquires Synplicity
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3/20/2008   3 comments
Synopsys announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Synplicity, Inc. for $8.00 cash per Synplicity share.
Productivity or flexibility? Both, please
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/20/2008   Post a comment
While high productivity and flexibility usually are regarded as incompatible targets, today's engineers increasingly are confronted with the challenge to achieve both. This target, indeed can be achieved. What's more: It will increasingly be the secret of successs for Europe's industry.
Video/Imaging DesignLine v.2
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3/20/2008   Post a comment
Our new look!
Convert your docs to speech and load them on your iPod
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/19/2008   Post a comment
This free website is amazing - it allows you to convert your Text, Word, Acrobat, etc docs into audio files and load them onto your iPod for your later listening pleasure.
AES turns 60, celebrates with oral history project
Audio DesignLine Blog  
3/19/2008   Post a comment
The Audio Engineering Society celebrated its 60th anniversary last week by screening excerpts from its Oral History Project - recorded first-hand recollections and anecdotes from those involved with important historical audio engineering events. You'll recognize many familiar names.
"Dialectize" any webpage
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/19/2008   Post a comment
Have you ever wondered what a website like CNN would look like in a redneck dialect (or Jive, Cockney, Sweedish Chef, ...)? Well, now you can see!
Will Economic Woes Matter?
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3/19/2008   1 comment
I won't insult your intelligence by regurgitating things you might already know, but ...
What is ULP, really?
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3/18/2008   Post a comment
It all starts with a practical distinction based on batteries, or, more precisely, battery power.
The most advanced quadruped robot on the planet?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/18/2008   Post a comment
This video shows an amazing "Dogoid" robot that moves in an incredibly lifelike manner.
The DIY Calculator now has a BASIC Interpreter!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/17/2008   Post a comment
A reader has created a mega-cool BASIC Interpreter using the virtual DIY Calculator's assembly language.
Will Blu-ray Survive?
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3/17/2008   Post a comment
Good question. Maybe yes and maybe no. With the demise of HD DVD, some people think that just because the so-called HD Format War is over with Blu-ray the "de facto" winner that it's a done deal for Blu-ray. Well, I say " not so fast. There are a lot of mitigating factors to consider before we can say that Blu-ray will succeed or not.
Half the world has a mobile subscription
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3/17/2008   Post a comment
Research and Markets just released a report: Mobile Media 2008: The Third Screen for Entertainment. The report highlights are fascinating.
Awareness test
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/17/2008   Post a comment
This is a rather interesting psychological test to see how much attention you're paying to what's going on around you.
How much auto electronics do we need?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
3/17/2008   Post a comment
What do you expect for electronic features in a car?
Sensors become ubiquitous — and intelligent
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/17/2008   Post a comment
While still far from covering the entire industrial value chain, the "digital factory" concept is gaining momentum. Industrial Automation " this is something that most often deals with factory floor topics, aiming at controlling all aspects of production directly via computer.
Building an infrastructure
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/16/2008   Post a comment
Manufacturing is slumping in many fields, but there's still some growth in at least one area. The makers of off highway equipment are still in an upturn, though sales have slowed in the U.S.
MIPS vs. Intel Atom
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
3/14/2008   Post a comment
I already showed why ARM will beat Atom. How does MIPS stack up?
Happy Pi day!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/14/2008   2 comments
Yes, it's that time of the year again, March 14 when we celebrate the mathematical constant Pi (after all, where would we be without it?)
Opinion: Boeing and the tanker mess
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3/14/2008   10 comments
This is what the U.S. Air Force gets for trying to run an above-board procurement contest.
IP Adventures in EDA
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3/13/2008   Post a comment
By their own actions in the last few weeks, Mentor, Magma, and Cadence, have reopened the debate on whether or not IP belongs in EDA. Their answers respectively are: no, yes, and "on my own terms".
Nautical miles and the International Space Station
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/12/2008   Post a comment
Here are a couple of totally unrelated topics that recently caught my attention...
Happy birthday to the MP3 player
Audio DesignLine Blog  
3/12/2008   1 comment
It's been ten years since the first MP3 player was introduced. And, no, it wasn't an iPod (not even close).
Laser DLP
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3/12/2008   Post a comment
Will TI retire the spinning filter wheel that's used in most DLP-based rear projection TVs and projectors? The old filter wheel may still have one advantage: A richness of color.
60 GHz in our future?
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3/11/2008   Post a comment
It's not a matter of if, but when.
Want a job at Synplicity?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/11/2008   Post a comment
The folks at Synplicity are looking for a Software Build/Release Engineer.
A closer look at Intel's Atom
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
3/10/2008   Post a comment
For in-depth reading on Intel's Atom, check out these resources.
Want to see your mobile display in bright light?
Blog  
3/10/2008   Post a comment
Just one month ago, I wrote an article covering Audience's voice processor. Today, I'm blown away by QuickLogic's VEE.
Google Calculator is Googalicious
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/10/2008   1 comment
A reader just pointed me at a pile of interesting utilities on Google.
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