Thanks for the memories Blog 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 Blog 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.
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.
SPICE and all things nice Blog 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 Blog 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.
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.
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?) Blog 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.
American Airlines Blog 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 Blog 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 Blog 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.
My Mom the Radio Star Max MaxfieldPost a comment I've said it before and I'll say it again -- it's a funny old world when you come to think about it. Last Friday lunchtime, for example, I received an email from Tim Levell, the editor for ...
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole1 Comment Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...