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Analog men (and women)
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/28/2006   Post a comment
As typified by automotive wireless, is the number of analog-savvy people needed to translate requirements into silicon limited?
We're in RFID Wonderland!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/28/2006   Post a comment
It won't be long before RFID tags appear on almost every product we buy, such as a can of beans or a carton of milk.
Is another VM necessary for resource-constrained embedded devices?
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4/27/2006   Post a comment
Kelvin Nilsen of Aonix believes efforts such as B# to achieve a real-time deterministic alternative to the Java VM and language are re-inventing the wheel and not necessary.
Be afraid, be very afraid!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/27/2006   Post a comment
Will a credit card company still send you a card if you tear the application up into small pieces and then stick it back together again? Unbelievably, the answer is "Yes!"
Handset sales continue to rise, but only to a certain point
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4/27/2006   Post a comment
Mobile handsets generated $117 billion in revenue in 2005, an increase of 14.9% over 2004, according to Telecom Trends International.
More twists and turns for Zensys
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4/26/2006   Post a comment
Wow. No sooner do I blog that Zensys is for sale and Zap--Intel Capital invests in the company.
Want to win?
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4/26/2006   Post a comment
So last week I announced a new series on Network Systems DesignLine, the publishing of excerpts of recently published books.
2 GHz Asynchronous FPGAs and other "stuff"
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/26/2006   Post a comment
A new day dawns with more ideas than you can shake a stick at rattling around in my poor old noggin.
Das Keyboard!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/25/2006   Post a comment
What would you think about a computer keyboard with absolutely no markings on the keys: genius or insanity?
The pathways of NAB 2006
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4/25/2006   Post a comment
Well, NAB 2006 opened yesterday to much hoopla and fanfare. The broadcasters have finally realized that high-definition is an inevitably, and are embracing it. And, not just for Prime Time. HD is everywhere from the North Hall to the Central Hall to the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. In fact, I even spotted a countdown clock that is winding down the days, hours, minutes and seconds till the cut-off date in February of 2009 for analog signals.
Shedding light on green manufacturing
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/25/2006   Post a comment
Rising fuel prices are increasingly changing the way parts are manufactured. The makers of UV paints and clear coats, as well as the lamps that cure them, are highlighting the cost of heating conventional ovens.
Ultrasonic teenage deterrent
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/24/2006   Post a comment
A new device has been specifically designed to disperse groups of teenagers from loitering in areas in which they are not wanted.
Mobile TV news keeps coming
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4/24/2006   Post a comment
The latest mobile TV news comes from UTStarcom, who has signed a contract with China Netcom to deploy its RollingStream end-to-end IPTV solution in China.
The road to NAB
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4/23/2006   Post a comment
NAB attracts movie makers, content producers, broadcasters, engineers, and telecommunication carrier that are rushing to lay claim in Internet protocol television (IPTV) and streaming media to mobile devices and cellular phones. It also highlights emerging trends and developments in HDTV.
What's behind Qualcomm's Flarion acquisition?
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4/21/2006   Post a comment
Airgo's Gurinder Dhillion tells how the Flarion acquisition demonstrates Qualcomm’s desire to build its IP portfolio and position itself for the 4G technology.
Get the lead out
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/21/2006   Post a comment
There are estimated to be more than five million used lead-acid car and other vehicle batteries that are unaccounted for.
Video handsets and driving: A dangerous mix?
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4/20/2006   Post a comment
With all the buzz about delivering mobile video to cell phones, it might be a good time to look the obvious next public menace in the eye: driving while watching TV.
I love to read
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4/20/2006   Post a comment
A dilemma always is whether or not to purchase a book that I’m not sure about—so I enjoy excerpts first whenever I can manage to find them. I’m hoping you’re like me.
Another Mobile TV choice
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4/19/2006   Post a comment
ROK TV is an alterative to DVB-H.
Wither Bluetooth?
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4/19/2006   Post a comment
Ever think that Bluetooth's fate is hitched to the UWB star?
Teradyne co-founder DeWolf dies
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4/18/2006   Post a comment
Teradyne confirmed that company co-founder Nicholas DeWolf died April 16 in Aspen, Colo. He was 77.
Mobile TV heats up
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4/17/2006   Post a comment
To help hasten the introduction of mobile digital TV, the Mobile DTV Alliance has been formed.
Happy Birthday Mentor Graphics!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/17/2006   Post a comment
In the not-so-distant past, the company names "Daisy, Mentor, and Valid" went together like "Larry, Curly, and Moe!"
The impact of service
Audio DesignLine Blog  
4/15/2006   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry has learned some bad habits: like focusing on the "vital few" while ignoring the "trivial many." Semiconductor industry service is hitting an all time low just as new companies are springing up to apply all of the new products.
Mega-Hertz? Not Exactly.
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/15/2006   Post a comment
Ford and Hertz introduce the Mustang Shelby GT-H.
The most amazing computer keyboard ever!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/14/2006   Post a comment
I've just been introduced to the most amazing computer keyboard, in which every key is an active color display!
Are you aware of Bluetooth?
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4/13/2006   Post a comment
According to the Bluetooth SIG, the average awareness of Bluetooth technology amongst consumers rose from 60% last year to 73% this year.
There's a laser in your future, Mr. Bond
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4/13/2006   Post a comment
Mitsubishi unveiled its new 2006 line of HDTVs over last weekend to the press in Huntington Beach, CA. To show how focused Mitsubishi is, the company uses the moniker of "Get the Big Picture." Certainly, this is a company who has set its sights on 1080p display products only.
Do the work ... load analysis
Power DesignLine Blog  
4/13/2006   Post a comment
Power in small places, it's not about politics but about an intriguing talk at the Plenary session of the Portable Power Developer's Conference. It's all about doing the work load analysis.
Automotive reconstruction
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/12/2006   Post a comment
At the recent SAE World Congress, manufacturing got plenty of attention. Panel sessions and show booths both touched on the many challenges of producing cars.
I asked: "what's the minimum instruction set for a CPU?" And the answer is...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/12/2006   Post a comment
According to one reader, the answer is just one instruction, and he has the references to prove it!
Any positions open for an EE near Newton, MA?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/11/2006   Post a comment
I've been in email correspondence with a reader about different design technologies; he's a good all-rounder who is looking for a job.
Being an Ace
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4/10/2006   Post a comment
I attended the EETimes 2006 Ace Awards banquet last week at the Embedded Systems Conference, and was fortunate to be at a table where one hopeful sat nervously.
Forget the iPod and focus on the smaller volumes
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4/10/2006   Post a comment
At last month's Texas Instruments Developer Conference, I attended a panel on the future of signal-processing applications. As has been the case at most industry events I've attended, the panelists focused on ultrahigh-volume applications like DVD players and the iPod.

Innovation drives auto features electronics
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4/10/2006   Post a comment
In the coming years, electronics is destined to play the strategic role in about every aspect of automotive technology and innovation. By the end of this decade, electronic systems will supervise and control such mission-critical functions as braking and steering. In an even shorter time, automobile infotainment systems will become sophisticated enough and versatile enough to rival in-home entertainment in terms of the user experience and will be superior to home systems in ease of use.

The real issue is outsourcing
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4/10/2006   Post a comment
Caspar Weinberger, architect of the Reagan era's arms buildup, died in late March, in the middle of a week capped by Alcatel's $36 billion acquisition of Lucent Technologies Inc.
The search for WMC
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4/10/2006   Post a comment
It was a friendly invasion as a couple of thousand designers — and the 23 editors from our organization who were embedded with them — descended on Silicon Valley last week in search of weapons of mass construction: embedded Linux development tools.
The next step for SIM cards must be taken by the service providers
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4/10/2006   Post a comment
Service providers must push the handset makers to incorporate the interface to handle the higher capacity SIM cards.
Zensys for sale?
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4/9/2006   Post a comment
The news came from two usually reliable sources and Zensys has moved its HDQ from New Jersey to the offices of its VC in Menlo Park.
ESC: Cellular converges with ZigBee
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4/7/2006   Post a comment
There seem to be a million wireless convergence stories in ESC city. This is just one of them.
What's the minimum instruction set for a useful CPU?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/7/2006   Post a comment
I'm currently pondering the minimum instruction set for a useful CPU. Any ideas or musings would be gratefully received.
The never-ending two-year wait for fuel cells is over
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4/7/2006   Post a comment
Medis Technologies thinks that within the next few months, it will start shipping an end-product fuel cell.
Freescale throws in the towel on UWB
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4/7/2006   Post a comment
The Bluetooth SIG's decision to back the WiMedia Alliance's proposal for UWB was pretty much the straw that broke the camel's back.
Chips for kids?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/7/2006   Post a comment
Youngsters could carry electronic tags in congested areas or near schools to alert drivers to go slow for street safety.
Wind River calls for open source STB software
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4/7/2006   Post a comment
Speaking at the Consumer Video Design track of the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose on Thursday, Chris Perret of Wind River announced that his company is offering several set top box software modules as open source code, in an effort to move the set top box industry away from the current chaos of processors, operating systems and middleware that makes the integration of each new box design a start-from-scratch project.
The long and winding road to higher-definition discs
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4/6/2006   Post a comment
It seems that next-generation high-definition optical discs continue to dominate the news of late. There are delays and missteps that abound.
Spirit and Opportunity
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4/6/2006   Post a comment
For me, the highlight of the Embedded Systems Conference will forever be attending a "From the Earth to the Stars" event at The Tech Museum in San Jose jointly sponsored by IBM and Freescale Semiconductor.
Off to CTIA
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4/6/2006   Post a comment
The CTIA has always been all about cellular technology, as the name implies.
ADI makes it easier for startups to get started with Blackfin
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4/6/2006   Post a comment
Here at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, Analog Devices introduced a new on-line learning and development web site for their Blackfin processors that promises to make it easier for the little guy.
ESC: Wi-Fi meets ZigBee in India
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4/5/2006   Post a comment
By asking around I found out something I had not known before: electricity theft is a big problem in India.
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