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.
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!"
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 Blog 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 Blog 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 Blog 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.
I love to read Blog 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.
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.
There's a laser in your future, Mr. Bond Blog 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.
Being an Ace Blog 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 Blog 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 Blog 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 Blog 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 Blog 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.
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 Blog 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.
Spirit and Opportunity Blog 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.
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.