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IP STBs, how intelligent should they be?
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4/29/2005   Post a comment
What should the STB of the future do? What shouldn't it do? One thing they certainly should do is provide a lot of storage.
Digital Cable TV Needs Quality Control
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4/26/2005   Post a comment
What does Tektronix' new MPEG stream analyzer have to do with "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie"? Let's just say I wish my local digital cable TV provider was using that stream analyzer last Saturday evening, when the system was coughing up our four-dollar video-on-demand purchase, and I mean coughing.
Immortal Works 108
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
Congratulations to our April caption writers, who have passed the stringent scrutiny of our judges to win instant fame. Here are their clever words.
Why DVD camps must merge
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
Members of the Blu-Ray and HD-DVD industry groups should compromise on one new hybrid format for next-generation DVDs.
Chip signals growth in home net meshes
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4/22/2005   Post a comment
Wireless mesh chip brings BOM costs below $5, making mesh netwoking more of a reality in the home.
Continental's Kozyra: Auto Industry in Midst of Safety Revolution
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
A new generation of technology through improved sensors, processors, and general electronic capabilities is giving drivers the ability to avoid critical situations in everyday traffic.
'Road Ragers'
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/20/2005   Post a comment
Is there some correlation between certain brands of cars and the propensity of their owners toward boorish behavior?
Advanced Video Coding Alliance vs. "OpenHD" (Microsoft)
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4/19/2005   Post a comment
The Advanced Video Coding Alliance appears to be the "Stop Microsoft Alliance." It's a new group that first exhibited at IBC in Amsterdam last fall, and seems to have all the major players as members -- including Sony, Thomson, Philips, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, JVC, Texas Instruments, Motorola, Broadcom, LSI Logic, Scientific Atlanta, Pace, and Pioneer, among others. But wait -- there actually is one major player missing from the alliance: Microsoft!
Welcome to Industrial Control DesignLine
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/18/2005   Post a comment
America's manufacturing base has made an incredible comeback since the Rustbelt days of the 1980s, when Japan was stealing market share in autos and other fields, causing plant closures throughout the Midwest and elsewhere. During the boom years of the 1990s, manufacturing slowed the decline as both domestic and foreign operations built new factories around the U.S.
C-level executives' objections to Sarbanes-Oxley regulations ring hollow
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4/18/2005   Post a comment
I could not believe the fawning treatment you gave Mitch Altman in your interview in the March 28 issue (page 1). I think that your reporting [on Altman's TV-B-Gone] without raising obvious ethical objections was irresponsible, and your bringing up blocking cell phones was reprehensible. And this from a publication I've read and enjoyed for well over 20 years.
Fujio Nishida invite à lire dans l’avenir de Sony
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4/15/2005   Post a comment
Nul doute que les récents changements au sein de la direction de Sony Corp. s’accompagneront de décisions stratégiques pour rajeunir la vision et les orientations du groupe. Lors du « Sony Media Experience 2005 » cette semaine à Bordeaux, Fujio Nishida, vice-président exécutif de Sony Corp. en charge du marketing, a permis à EE Times d’apprécier les accomplissements et d’effleurer de la main l’avenir du groupe.
What's this about all the noise?
Power DesignLine Blog  
4/13/2005   Post a comment
Noise has always been a component of switched mode power supplies and as with most designs there are trade-offs you have to consider for you SMPS design. Paul Greenland, Marketing Director of National Semiconductor gives you a shopping list of items to look out for when designing with switchers, so you can minimize your trade off gotchas.
Très forte croissance anticipée pour les téléphones 3G en 2005
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4/13/2005   Post a comment
Les ventes de téléphones portables ont atteint 715 millions d’appareils en 2004 et devraient afficher une hausse de seulement 4,5% cette année selon un rapport de Forward Concept sur le marché et sur le silicium qui équipent les portables.
Lutz tells SAE: U.S. needs more 'hands-on' engineers
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4/13/2005   Post a comment
GM Vice Chairman says engineers coming out of U.S. schools lack experience they used to have, which would give them "bone deep" understanding of the products they develop.
Cable Television's Garden Walls Will Tumble, Someday
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4/11/2005   Post a comment
Cable-TV will ultimately operate as an open access system (a "common-carrier") carrying anyone's video "message" (or 24-hour channel) on a first-come, first-serve basis. It's just a matter of time.
Storage disk arrays pose challenges for chassis design
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4/11/2005   Post a comment
We had heard from Teradyne's Chris Heard at DesignCon about some of the issues involved in the packaging of RAID storage cabinets. A visit from Maxtor confirmed some of the things we had been hearing: Though drives were getting smaller, they were getting packed tighter together on a rack. Heat and cable routing is becoming a problem. Here is Chris' commentary from Planet Analog magazine.
Le Premier Ministre chinois en faveur d’une coopération technologique sino-indienne
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4/11/2005   Post a comment
Lors d’une visite à Bangalore (Inde), le Premier Ministre chinois, Wen Jiabao, a indiqué qu’une coopération entre l’Inde et la Chine permettrait aux deux pays d’accélérer le développement de leurs propres industries technologiques.
Programmable systems-on-chip pack analog functions aplenty
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4/11/2005   Post a comment
In his column "Programmable analog's real appeal" (March 14, page 54), Stephan Ohr correctly points out that Cypress' programmable system-on-chip (PSoC) products, priced from 50 cents to $2, have taken SoC price objections off the table.
'Imperial' CEOs must in fact answer to a broad public
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4/11/2005   Post a comment
Junko Yoshida expresses frustration with gaining access to newly appointed CEOs of large technology companies ("Here come the imperial CEOs," Opinion, March 7, page 4).
Tech can fuel energy solution
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4/11/2005   Post a comment
The current controversy over Social Security has this odd quality to it: The American public is being called to action now over a projected shortfall in the year 2042. That's a full 37 years in the future.
Race Day!
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/8/2005   Post a comment
Race day was a success and the data log shows lots of improvement over last year, but with room for plenty more.
M. Bingham en appelle à la Chine pour respecter la propriété intellectuelle
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4/8/2005   Post a comment
Dans un discours prononcé récemment devant un groupe de professionnels chinois de la haute technologie travaillant en Amérique du Nord, le Président de Cadence Design Systems, M. Ray Bingham, en a appelé à l’industrie chinoise des semi-conducteurs pour travailler en collaboration d’afin assurer la protection de la propriété intellectuelle.
PMBus, MCUs and You
Power DesignLine Blog  
4/4/2005   Post a comment
"Make no mistake about it," says Don Alfano of Silicon Labs, PMBus will forever change the way system power management is implemented, and your next design won't be competitive if it isn't PMBus enabled.
A tribute to Anne and the Southside Irish
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4/4/2005   Post a comment
We met on Aug. 19, 1954, and I have often told Barbara how grateful I am for having been part of her large family.
Beware of adding too many variables
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4/4/2005   Post a comment
There are 10 kinds of people: those who understand binary and those who don't. In this two-bit world you've got to stay current, keep an open loop and find the common ground.
Bring back the entrepreneur
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4/4/2005   Post a comment
In the late '90s, Mark Corio found himself just able to make the minimum monthly payments on $300,000 in credit card debt. Profligate spending wasn't his problem, though.
Flawed oversight of SOX section is stifling ability to innovate
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4/4/2005   Post a comment
In the March 14 Opinion article, "Accountability's fear factor" (see page 4), Patrick Mannion asked if U.S. technological and corporate competitiveness in the global community has been handicapped by the implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX).
Aggressive relaxation of rules would boost small businesses
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4/4/2005   Post a comment
Patrick Mannion's piece, "Accountability's fear factor" asks, "Do you believe U.S. technological and corporate competitiveness in the global community has been handicapped by Sarbanes-Oxley and the SEC?"
Will the real power manager please stand up . . .
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4/4/2005   Post a comment
We had thought the promotional material for the Feb. 28 Design Currents on Power Management was clear where the articles' focus would lie: "Managing Power on Miniature Hard Drives."
NFL Films' Video Shoot-Out
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4/2/2005   Post a comment
While everyone can see that the future of theatrical cinema is in video projection, and the future of film post-production is clearly video/computer technology, the future of high quality image acquisition remains film.


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