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Vinyl LP comeback = wishful thinking
Audio DesignLine Blog  
4/30/2008   Post a comment
Claims by some industry observers of a "resurgence" in the sales of vinyl LPs aren't supported by the latest RIAA industry data. And my graphs show why.
The Relevance of System Design
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4/30/2008   Post a comment
Both hardware and software development must continue to address coming system architecture challenges.
Unicycle-Motorcycle-Segway-Hybrid
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/29/2008   Post a comment
This little scamp looks to be mega-cool and uber-uncomfortable, but what's comfort when you have "cool"?
The certification game
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4/29/2008   Post a comment
Wave 1 certification of Mobile WiMAX products is a good thing. Wave 2 certification would be infinitely better.
RF Puzzler: A "Radio Frequency" Device
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
4/28/2008   2 comments
To simplify home management, this Radio Frequency device was recently installed in my house. Do you know what it is?
All-in-one Victorian (Steampunk) computer
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/28/2008   Post a comment
Not content with his old water-cooled computer, our old friend Jake von Slatt has just created the most amazing All-in-One Victorian machine.
289 million delivered in Q1, or was it 291.6?
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4/28/2008   Post a comment
According to ABI Research's Jake Saunders, 'Year on year, 1Q 2008 was up 13.7% but 2Q 2008 is likely to be softer than in previous years.'
I'm a (technology) believer
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/28/2008   Post a comment
GPS technology, that is.
The Leningrad Cowboys
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/25/2008   Post a comment
Now, here's something you don't see very often ... this video nearly blew my socks off!
3D Image sensors -- what are they?
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4/25/2008   Post a comment
The 3D image is not created by stereo vision.
My computer woes (Part Deux)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/25/2008   Post a comment
In which we discover what happened to the back-up image for my machine
Infineon's quandary is AMD's warning
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4/25/2008   Post a comment
How do you sell something nobody wants? That's the problem facing Infineon as it seeks a buyer for its 77 percent interest in memory maker Qimonda.
An engineer's guide to cats
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/24/2008   Post a comment
None of the cats or engineers were mistreated in the making of this film.
A cryptic message about cryptography
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/24/2008   Post a comment
Can you help (a) decoding this message from a visitor and (b) providing an answer to his cryptographic comundrum?
Thanks for the memories
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4/24/2008   Post a comment
It's been three years since the inception of Digital TV DesignLine. Since the beginning, I have been its Site Editor. In that time, I have written and posted hundreds of stories on all aspects of Digital TV, set-top box creation, digital rights management, wireless HD, and a host of topics related to DTV. This is the final Blog.
Security and Privacy
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4/24/2008   Post a comment
Not a surprise that some think RFID and NFC implementations fail to adequately protect personal or identifiable stored information.
I'm an idiot
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
4/23/2008   1 comment
The FPGA tools vendors told me we could get rid of hardware designers, and I fell for it. Here's why the claim is bogus, and why it doesn't matter anyway.
RepRap " Self-replicating machine
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/23/2008   Post a comment
Here's a novel idea... an open-source DIY (do-it-yourself) rapid prototyping machine that can manufacture a significant fraction of its own parts.
Vinyl: How it's made
Audio DesignLine Blog  
4/23/2008   Post a comment
See how vinyl records are made with this pair of short videos, which show everything starting with the original aluminum disc, through the lacquering and cutting processes, to the final pressing of the vinyl record.
Analysis: Qimonda will be a hard sell
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4/23/2008   Post a comment
How do you sell something nobody wants? That's the problem facing Infineon Technologies as it tries to find a buyer for its majority stake in memory IC manufacturer Qimonda.
Living in the land of thousand islands
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/23/2008   Post a comment
Hannover Industry Fair is on this week. The industry celebrates itself; highlighting the significance of automation in production lines, the progress associated with robotics and electronified production lines.
Taiwan shines in China's shadow
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/22/2008   Post a comment
Taipei isn't the most attractive national capitol, but when it comes to healthy manufacturing, Taiwan is sitting pretty. On a recent trip here, I didn't hear anything negative about exports or manufacturing.
You might be missing the boat
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4/21/2008   Post a comment
Each week I load the site with news, products, and articles. What you don't see, however, is what you're missing if you aren't a newsletter subscriber.
Are you going to Stockholm, Sweden?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/21/2008   Post a comment
If you happen to be planning a trip to Stockholm in Sweden, I happen to know the perfect place to stay.
'Green' is the new 'black'
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/21/2008   Post a comment
Automotive environmental consciousness front-and-center at SAE.
Cautionary 802.11n tales on the web
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4/21/2008   Post a comment
There's always at least a few kinks to be worked out with any new technology and 802.11n was not likely to be an exception.
SPICE and all things nice
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4/21/2008   Post a comment
I have just been updating myself on the current state of play in the analog EDA world. Whilst my efforts may or may not have been worthwhile, time will tell, one consideration struck me; just what made SPICE so enduring and successful?
Analysis: AMD's credibility problem
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4/21/2008   1 comment
As if Advanced Micro Devices Inc. doesn't have enough problems fending off rival Intel Corp., the semiconductor supplier also must contend with an investment community that is very skeptical about AMD management's current strategy to achieve a much-needed turnaround.
Dilly dally with Dell
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/18/2008   Post a comment
Setting up the complex equipment in modern factories is no easy task. It won't become simpler if you don't have good support from equipment suppliers. I've gotten a reminder of this in recent weeks.
Image sensor market improves
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4/18/2008   Post a comment
With the explosion in video surveillance and cell phone cameras, you'd expect the image sensor market to be doing well.
Linux: "It's free like a puppy"
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
4/17/2008   Post a comment
Darrin Shewchuck gives me the best quip at ESC and makes a good point about Linux.
MCU+FPGA problems? Here are two solutions
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
4/17/2008   Post a comment
Atmel and XMOS are on opposite end of the alphabet, and they have opposite approaches to solving the problems with MCU+FPGA combos.
Verify that model! Reverse-engineer that code!
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
4/17/2008   Post a comment
The MathWorks and Telelogic have cool new tools that let you build and verify system models.
Don't talk to me about #$%* computers!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/17/2008   Post a comment
I've been bursting with ESC news to share, but I've been having computer woes you would not believe.
Intellectual Property: Joy and Sorrow
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4/17/2008   1 comment
The IP Symposium has been quite instructive.
Sam's Club Speaks Out
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4/17/2008   Post a comment
What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas. At least not for the RFID industy.
ARM design gets easier (maybe)
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
4/17/2008   Post a comment
The latest release of LabVIEW makes it ridiculously easy to program ARM processors. Unless you want to use the wrong peripheral, that is.
Video codecs: SW vs. HW
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
4/17/2008   1 comment
On2 thinks hardware has the upper hand. CEVA begs to differ.
Electronics designer needed for small high-end wireless audio project
Audio DesignLine Blog  
4/16/2008   Post a comment
A poster on the Audio DesignLine forum is looking for an electronics designer to design a PCB for a small high-end wireless digital audio project. Anyone interested?
Intel Atom's dirty little secret
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
4/16/2008   Post a comment
Want to port your OS to Intel's Atom? It will cost you.
Nucleus vs. WinCE vs. Linux
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
4/16/2008   Post a comment
Want to build a PMP? Nucleus might just be the OS for you.
Energy saving becomes an advantage at the market
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/16/2008   Post a comment
Energy saving is not only for consumers. Increasingly, industrial equipment will need to be optimized for low energy consumption and maximum efficiency. Mainsprings are energy prices - and upcoming EC rules.
NXP, ST and NFC (Who wins?)
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4/15/2008   Post a comment
Near-field communications (NFC) is near and dear to NXP's strategic vision. And it's clearly one technology that it wants to keep after (if and when) the JV is formed.
ESC is the place to be!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/15/2008   Post a comment
It's now 6:00 am on day #2 of ESC as I pen these words, and my head is spinning with all of the exciting things that are going on.
Cell processor HD codec debuts
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4/15/2008   Post a comment
Toshiba's H.264 / MPEG-2 video processor uses Cell's Synergistic Processing Element cores.
Social networking on handsets: sooner than you think
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
4/14/2008   Post a comment
My colleague Seth Benton thinks my blog on social networking was wrong. Here's what he has to say.
Will I C U at ESC?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/14/2008   Post a comment
It's 5:30 a.m. on day #1 of ESC as I pen these words.
American Airlines
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4/12/2008   Post a comment
American Airlines canceled more than 3,000 flights this week. The carrier's CEO says it will cost the company millions.
IDMs follow dinosaurs out
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4/11/2008   Post a comment
For those who wish to follow the delicate issue of outsourced production and its impact on the semiconductor market, here are some comments on how companies are being forced to compete on sales, marketing and design rather than on their ability to manage manufacturing better than rivals.
On the eve of NAB2008
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4/11/2008   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 11, 2008 - April 17, 2008, and will feature more than 1,600 exhibitors. This will be the last NAB Show before the DTV Transition.
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