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?
Replay available now: A handful of emerging network technologies are competing to be the preferred wide-area connection for the Internet of Things. All claim lower costs and power use than cellular but none have wide deployment yet. Listen in as proponents of leading contenders make their case to be the metro or national IoT network of the future. Rick Merritt, EE Times Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, moderators this discussion. Join in and ask his guests questions.