Looking at things upside down
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 4/30/2007 1 comment
If you don a pair of special glasses that make everything appear to be upside down, after a few days your brain will learn how to compensate.
Victorian fax machines?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 4/28/2007 Post a comment
Images were being captured, transmitted, and reproduced by electromechanical means in 1842, only five years after Queen Victoria had ascended to the throne!
Spring DTV introductions
Blog 4/27/2007 Post a comment
Spring is normally the season for product introduction, and this Spring is no different. This past week alone Samsung and Westinghouse Digital launched their new 2007 TV line. As well, Onkyo started shipping its first A/V Receivers that feature HDMI 1.3a bringing their audio products firmly into the high-definition TV universe.
The critical mass of green
Power DesignLine Blog 4/27/2007 Post a comment
Have we hit a critical mass in awareness about our use of energy? What are some of the efforts being made to reduce energy consumption and why will they succeed?
Okay, so this blog only presents a few shining stars of the green movement - and why you should care.
Automotive growth amidst gloom
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 4/27/2007 Post a comment
There's been a lot of red ink and black outlooks in the auto industry over the past year, Toyota's growth excepted. But for those in the industrial automation world, there are signs of major growth opportunities.
Keeping count of e-waste reductions
SmartEnergy Designline Blog 4/23/2007 Post a comment
In light of Earth Day, several companies have released data on how much obsolete equipment they've kept out of landfills through their recycling programs. Whether these numbers are useful or not, it does show that technology companies are making major efforts to clean-up the environment.
Will your next DSP be an ARM?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 4/23/2007 Post a comment
ARM's latest tool release makes it much easier to write DSP code for the ARM architecture. If you haven't considered using an ARM processor before, now may be the time.
Two- year anniversary
Blog 4/20/2007 Post a comment
Next month commemorates the two-year anniversary of Digital TV DesignLine. The subject of Digital TV could not be timelier than it is today as the analog TV transmission cut-off date is less than two years away as manufacturers have to come up with new products and chipsets that accommodate a new high definition signal standard. And, this problem is not isolated to the U.S., but it's a worldwide concern.
Looking at the world in a whole new way
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 4/18/2007 Post a comment
We're used to seeing maps of the world presented in terms of area, but this site shows them scaled in terms of population, wealth, fast-food, and many other criteria.
WiMAX ups and downs
Blog 4/18/2007 Post a comment
The problem with trying to sort out WiMAX's future success in the 4G space is that it's difficult to tell who is hedging their bet and who is really committed to the technology.
A new way of thinking - environmentally
SmartEnergy Designline Blog 4/18/2007 Post a comment
This morning I took another look at a press release I received last week about improving the energy efficiency of washing machines to help consumers make greener purchasing decisions. As I was reading the release, I suddenly realized that engineers are thinking about designs in a very different way.
Opinion: Cell phone cameras and pocketknife safety
Blog 4/18/2007 Post a comment
To cell phone designers everywhere, I have a suggestion: Allow users to operate the digital still camera and camcorder and media player, while turning off the microwave radio connection to the cell carrier. Not only will you make all the safety nuts happy, there's also a wonderful engineering benefit: Power savings.
Girls using computers?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 4/17/2007 Post a comment
Here's a new collection of rather funny images from around the web (including "Geek Toilet", "Hello Dear", "Useless Cat", and "Girls' Computer")!
Blog 4/16/2007 Post a comment
Hear ye, hear ye! Yes, I know you all are engineers, but you must know a ton of communications, computer science, and engineering students (worldwide) that are up for a contest. It seems RAD Data Communications is launching an international prize competition. Here's the scoop:
On the eve of NAB2007
Blog 4/12/2007 Post a comment
It's that time of year again for the National Association of Broadcasters to hold their annual trade show in Las Vegas, NV. Billed as the world's largest electronic media show, it runs from April 14, 2007 - April 19, 2007. The NAB Show covers the entire spectrum of content creation, management and delivery.
Blog 4/11/2007 Post a comment
I have a new hero. She lives fairly nearby in Chico, CA. Elsie McLean made a hole-in-one on a golf regulation course--Bidwell Park. So, you might say why would that make her a hero? She happens to be 102.
The low-power FPGA
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 4/10/2007 Post a comment
Which burns less power: an FPGA or a DSP? The answer is more complicated than you may realize.
Epson's new 1080p projector
Blog 4/5/2007 Post a comment
Yesterday, I spent time with Epson as they introduced their new Cinema 1080 projector with HDMI 1.3. According to Pacific Media Associates, Epson is currently the number-one selling brand of front projectors worldwide (based on Q4 2006 numbers), and this interesting new 3LCD 1080p projector builds on that leadership.
The Cost of SPAM
Audio DesignLine Blog 4/5/2007 Post a comment
So here's the challenge: let's come up with an anti-SPAM technique that actually works. I'll start things off with a suggestion. Let's set up SPAM trap email addresses on your domains.
nVidia comes calling
Blog 4/4/2007 Post a comment
As the computing, consumer and communications worlds converge it is not surprising that companies that have been hyper-successful in the PC and consumer space are salivating over a handheld market that easily numbers in the hundreds of millions.
The IEEE Controversy
Blog 4/4/2007 Post a comment
The IEEE Standards organization has unwillingly been pulled into the tug-of-war between the Common Power Format (CPF) and the Unified Power Format (UPF). The former, you probably remember, is sponsored by Cadence under the auspices of Si2, while the latter, developed in an Accellera working group is favored by the other "big three" EDA companies.
Upcoming Earth Day drives recycling initiatives
SmartEnergy Designline Blog 4/3/2007 Post a comment
Just over the past few days, two new recycling programs have been announced - one from Sharp and the other from Best Buy - though I expect more are to come so bring it on because Earth Day is coming up fast.
The low-cost FPGA revolution
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 4/3/2007 Post a comment
The latest chips from Altera and Xilinx break all the old rules about FPGAs. Here's why these new devices deserve a close look.
Comment: In China, always a quid pro quo
Blog 4/2/2007 Post a comment
There is an unwritten rule that multinationals must pay a hefty "cover charge" to do business in China. The latest example is Intel Corp., which last week confirmed it will build a $2.5 billion fab in China.