Closer Look: Where has the $40 billion gone? Blog 4/17/2002 Post a comment Airport and airline security -- the very concern triggered by the 9/11 attacks -- has been slow to get off the ground. A few airports, such as San Francisco International, are exemplary by having almost total biometric personal identification systems for all secure areas. But numerous General Accounting Office reports and the Department of Transportation's own audits reveal still troubling security gaps in the majority of the nation' s air terminals.
Closer Look: Passives more important than ever in 3G phones Blog 4/10/2002 Post a comment Here's a quick quiz for everyone connected with the next generation 3G cellular phone: what are the most critical parts in the new handset?Reminiscent of "for want of a horseshoe nail, a kingdom was lost," the absolutely critical parts are the lowly, mundane penny-cost passive components. And this is never more true than with the leading edge 3G handset with all its gee-whiz electronics.
Closer Look: Why you won't see 3G for awhile Blog 4/3/2002 Post a comment Despite the hype, don't look for the U.S. to go rushing into the new high speed data Third Generation cellular phones any time soon. In fact, Europe and Asia will probably be well established in 3G before the U.S. ever gets started.
The reasons are quite simple:
* The U.S. telecom community, market and government are busy dodging the quintessential issue of who pays for installing the costly new 3G infrafrastructure.
* American high speed, large file downloaders will probably use wireless PC
Valley View: Forget about conventional wisdom Blog 4/1/2002 Post a comment Almost everyone in the electronics industry was caught off guard by the market meltdown of 2001. Widespread predictions of double-digit growth were turned on their head as the chip industry suffered its worst yearly decline ever. How could everybody have been so wrong?
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.