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SAE circus starts
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/11/2008   Post a comment
First up, from India, is a diesel hybrid SUV.
Unbelievable Reunion!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/11/2008   Post a comment
This video shows the reaction of a full-grown lion on being reunited with a woman who saved him as a baby.
RF Design on Printed Circuit Boards
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4/9/2008   Post a comment
RF design requires different set of simulation tools for IC and PCB designs.
CCFL display backlights have a few tricks
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4/9/2008   Post a comment
While LEDs grab the spotlight, CCFLs continue
Test your pro audio knowledge and win a free AES pass
Audio DesignLine Blog  
4/9/2008   Post a comment
Here's your chance to take a short multiple-choice quiz on pro audio and win a full program pass to the upcoming 124th AES convention in Amsterdam.
The ABC of invertebrates
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/9/2008   Post a comment
From Moonsnails and Nudibranchs, to frontotemporal dementia, to Maurice Ravel and his Bolero (via 10 and Bo Derek), to...
No more dumb grinding machines
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/9/2008   Post a comment
In industry automation, we are used to watch the factory floor equipment getting networked with the central IT department, effectively turning it into a peripheral unit of the electronic company brains in their glass box. Now the machinery itself gets increasingly more intelligent. A good chance to develop smarter algorithms, more powerful processors and faster communication schemes.
An interesting hybrid
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4/9/2008   Post a comment
The first trial will be on three French national railway TGV trains. Since the trains travel at speeds as fast as 175 mph, this seems like quite an accomplishment.
Walking (rolling) on the moon
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/8/2008   Post a comment
The amateur moon rover team - of which I find myself a member - will be demonstrating its prototype Moon Lander and Robot Rover at ESC next week.
Commentary: Court says European Commission didn't follow the rules for Deca-BDE exemption
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4/8/2008   Post a comment
Analysis of the Court's April 1 judgment in the case brought by the European Parliament and Denmark against the Deca-BDE exemption shows that the Court doesn't speak out against nor in favour of the comprehensive risk assessment of the substance, but says it didn't follow the rules that are laid down in the RoHS Directive.
Analysis: AMD's numbers don't look good
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4/8/2008   1 comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. will have to more than shrink its workforce to fundamentally change its operating structure.
Commentary: Don't put your e-passport in a microwave oven
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4/8/2008   Post a comment
It's one thing for a technology reporter to chronicle, step by Orwellian step, the development of RFID and its associated privacy issues for the past several years. It's another thing— exciting, disappointing and troubling—to face all those RFID concerns in reality, in the form of a brand new, Patriot Act-mandated electronic passport.
The case for adaptive cruise control
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/7/2008   3 comments
This video shows traffic "shock waves" that ACC could prevent.
Social networking: next killer app in ULC handsets?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
4/7/2008   Post a comment
Here's a surprise: tomorrow's low-cost phones will have cameras, FM radio, MP3 players, and support for social networking.
Viewpoint: Verification flow should be front and center
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4/4/2008   Post a comment
A new methodology provides software interface to aid test development, bringing the HAL and test firmware under the auspices of the device under test, allowing for reactive software verification and moving away from "black-box" design.
When Good News is NOT so Good
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4/4/2008   Post a comment
When adjusted for inflation and currency devaluation, EDA revenue do not look as good as EDAC states.
From Gummy Bears to Astronomy via Cryptography
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/3/2008   Post a comment
Boldly going behind the beyond, behind which no man has boldly gone behind, beyond, before.
Cracking noises in the RFID industry
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/3/2008   Post a comment
Within one week, two icons of RFID security have been toppled: First, the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) cracked the encryption scheme of NXPs Mifare Classic chip which is used in countless payment and access control solutions, and then Microchip's Keeloq encryption system has been deciphered. Again, the target system was not an exotic singular device; quite the contrary. Keeloq secures the access to vehicles of some of the largest vendors including Chrysler, General Motors, Fiat, Lexus, Volvo and Vo
The DeepChip InFamous Census
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4/3/2008   Post a comment
John Cooley has published part 1 of his market survey of people on the ESNUG mailing list. The results are interesting, yet not surprising, unless you happen to be mostly stationed on another planet or singularly biased toward your particular EDA employer.
Do you know any simple geometry-based puzzles?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/2/2008   Post a comment
I'm looking for some simple geometry-based conundrums - possibly based on real-world examples such as problems involving ladders leaning against walls and suchlike.
Opinion: Time for another AI reality check?
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4/2/2008   3 comments
Our progress in understanding the brain's operation obscures how little we actually know.
Virtual music reproduction scheme achieves file size 1,000 times smaller than MP3
Audio DesignLine Blog  
4/2/2008   1 comment
Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed a digital music reproduction technology that has enabled them to encode a 20-second clarinet solo in less than 1 KB.
More on high-speed Bluetooth
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4/1/2008   Post a comment
Time to tie up a few loose ends on the story we ran a couple of weeks ago on the 802.11 implementation of High-Speed Bluetooth interfering with WiMAX.
Free 411 calls (not a joke)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/1/2008   1 comment
Why pay your cell company $1.00 or more for a 411 call when you can get this information for free?
Live From CTIA
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4/1/2008   Post a comment
Expect to see mobile phone cashless payment services in the United States by . . .
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Book Review: Controlling Radiated Emissions by Design
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