Digital Cable TV Needs Quality Control
Blog 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
Blog 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.
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)
Blog 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
Blog 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
Blog 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.
Storage disk arrays pose challenges for chassis design
Blog 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.
Tech can fuel energy solution
Blog 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.
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
Blog 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.
Bring back the entrepreneur
Blog 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.
NFL Films' Video Shoot-Out
Blog 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.