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FIRST follow-up
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/30/2009   Post a comment
Just a quick feel-good follow-up article after the FIRST Robotics Championship--from Robert Crease of the Wall Street Journal.
Readers debate role of Russia, future of Qimonda
Blog  
4/30/2009   Post a comment
Readers have been making use of the forum facility within EE Times Europe to comment on many of the articles that have appeared on our web pages.
Superpower smackdown
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/30/2009   Post a comment
One doesn't need to wander very far across today's FPGA landscape to see how power consumption is becoming a more and more critical issue. As product categories that once shied away from FPGAs, such as mobile consumer devices, open up to them, both static and dynamic power consumption become paramount.
Hot car: Chevy Malibu
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/29/2009   Post a comment
Why isn't GM promoting the hell out of its Chevy Malibu, which is getting rave reviews?
Who needs wires to watch HD?
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
A few years ago at CES I saw companies demonstrating wireless HD transmission. But these technologies had a number of issues, including relatively low range, signal degradation, latency and low resolution. Since that time, new technologies have come out, such as the Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) that offer a way to set up wireless systems that will deliver high quality signals, without latency, throughout the home.
Newsletter Links
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/29/2009   Post a comment
The links were not included in the editor's note for the most recent newsletter so I've provided the note with links here.
Analysis: Visibility low, R&D up
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/29/2009   Post a comment
This week so far was a week of depression for the German automotive industry and its suppliers. Semiconductor vendors, tier ones and OEMs took the lift off their quarterly records, and what they exhibited was gruesome. What are the perspectives for the industry?
Go, innovate, young man!
Power DesignLine Blog  
4/29/2009   Post a comment
In 2007 Premier Farnell plc found the perfect formula for grabbing attention when it launched LiveEdge, a competition among engineers for designs that address the energy and environmental conservation fields.
IC design/verification needs management tools
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
4/29/2009   Post a comment
IC Design Management systems are needed to reduce the time it takes to find, track and fix development bugs; increase design team collaboration; improve designer efficiency; raise product quality, and improve IP reuse.
Home Automation the next step in the Green Evolution?
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
4/28/2009   4 comments
The average person has been slow in adopting home automation and Allan Yogasingam thinks he knows a way to speed things up. By promoting the environmental benefits (and subsequent cost benefits).
Does the EDA industry have a roadmap?
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
In the technology world, a roadmap is a living document that projects contexts, requirements, and potential solutions into the future. Every industry roadmaps its key technologies, products and markets, for several basic reasons.
Low-power arena heats up
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
Microchip' NanoWatt XLP EXtreme low-power technology solution takes aim at TI's MSP430.
Protecting your devices
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
There are a number of cases available to protect your mobile consumer products. One example is the OtterBox Defender case. Does it do the job and is it worth the money?
Tower power?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
4/25/2009   2 comments
What amount of purported risk will we live with, versus benefits?
Letters to the editor: Sounding off on patent reform
Blog  
4/24/2009   Post a comment
Readers comment on our recent coverage of attempts to reform the U.S. patent system.
Auto design gets modular
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/24/2009   Post a comment
Those engineers at the cutting edge of automotive design appear to be taking a page from NASA's Apollo program to land humans on the Moon in the 1960s.
Cyber threats and industrial control
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/24/2009   Post a comment
With increased connectivity, and an increased use of windows based systems, what is to stop the hackers from tapping into industrial control networks?
OMAP or Blackfin: Which do you prefer?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
4/24/2009   Post a comment
For years the two excellent architectures from two great companies have vied for your attention. You've looked at them, evaluated them, used them and even (though rarely) crossed back and forth between them. What's your verdict?
Having a look at "Micro" electronics
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
The laboratory facilities of TechInsights Services can provide an interesting view of the microelectronics world. Check out the Image of the Week, and take a unique peek at some of the electronics you help create.
Challenging the tool pricing model
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/22/2009   4 comments
Is Altium onto something with its new tool pricing?
Watching videos Online?
Blog  
4/22/2009   1 comment
How much video do you watch online? There was an article about Canadian watching 3.1 billion videos online in February, which is 10 hours of viewing, up 53% from their average viewing time last year.
Less energy to turn transistors on
Power DesignLine Blog  
4/22/2009   Post a comment
EE Times' advanced technology editor reports on new developments in ferroelectric transistors that seem to point to a lower energy level needed to turn a transistor on.
Robotics Events
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/21/2009   Post a comment
Two notable robotics events occurred last week-- the RoboBusiness Conference and Expo in Boston, and the FIRST Robotics Championships in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Why Just an Hour? Let's Give The Earth a Whole Day!
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
4/21/2009   Post a comment
GSL's Allan Yogasingam takes a look at the upcoming Earth Day and why this year's event has a greater meaning than in years past.
'I Got Soul (And I'm Superbad!)'
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/20/2009   3 comments
Someone at Kia certainly has a sense of humor.
Food for thought: EDA roadmap?
Blog  
4/20/2009   1 comment
Entire Ph.D. theses have been written on the technology roadmapping process alone, according to guest columnist Andrew B. Kahng. The DAC 2009 chairman explores the path to an EDA roadmap (click on "Guest").
Stress Testing Cell Phones
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
How durable is your phone, and how does the company that made it find out how long it is going to last through typical wear and tear? Take a look through Nokia's test center.
Counterpoint: Silicon amnesia
Blog  
4/20/2009   4 comments
Semiconductor technology has enabled our computers, the Internet and 50-mpg cars. Your cellphone has more computational power than the computers did on the Apollo moon lander. Yet in spite of the semiconductor's seminal importance, semiconductor history is neglected by historians as "too new" and by the business media as "old news."
Opinion: Engineers should stage a patent strike
Blog  
4/20/2009   17 comments
Stop filing patents. Refuse to sign employment contracts that give your employer sole title to your inventions. Don't participate in any due diligence efforts on patent portfolios.
Food Safety and Traceability: A Global Concern
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Ann Grackin is putting the finishing touches on research that looks at a growing global problem, food safety.
Getting some basic RF experience
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
4/18/2009   6 comments
The best way to learn RF circuits is to build some basic ones, but where to start?
Letter to the Editor: How do we get kids interested in engineering?
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/17/2009   Post a comment
One reader responds to my question about inspiring the next generation of engineers.
Are incentives enough to spark a transport revolution?
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
4/17/2009   1 comment
The UK Government's Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon announced this week that motorists will be offered subsidies of between £2,000 and £5,000 to encourage them to buy electric or plug-in hybrid cars from 2011.
No single panacea in automotive world
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/16/2009   Post a comment
While HEV and electric drive concepts dominate the headlines, there are other approaches pursuing the same goal of better fuel efficiency and lower emissions. In all of them, electronics plays a major role.
Engineers are political lightweights
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
4/15/2009   Post a comment
The general response to any political commentary in a technical outlet is that politics should be kept out of engineering. As one reader put it, engineering is his 'refuge' from the political fray. Amen to that! But not so fast... We're shooting ourselves in the foot!
Tweeting Touchatag On Twitter
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4/15/2009   Post a comment
Advertising has been cozing-up to RFID and NFC.
Where are they now? M2000
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/15/2009   Post a comment
In 2007, a programmable logic startup called M2000 moved its headquarters to Silicon Valley and said it was on the verge of launching what it described as "breakthrough" technology that would provide higher logic density, functionality and speed at less cost than competing solutions. But since then, not much has been heard from M2000. So what has the company and its breakthrough technology been up to?
How much do you expect to pay for a digital home?
Blog  
4/14/2009   Post a comment
My first real experience with a digital home was three years ago at CES. At the show I sat down and watched a sales presentation at one of the many booths. This opened my eyes to the idea of what a digital home could do for me. I remember the presenter asked me why I did not have a digital home installed already. I answered because there was no time. The answer he was looking for was that it was too expensive.
Open-source OMAP boards target mid-volume apps
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4/14/2009   Post a comment
The Gumstix boards make OMAP development a snap.
Safety first: 3-point seat belt turns 50
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/14/2009   Post a comment
The three-point seat belt, developed 50 years ago by a Volvo engineer, is estimated to have saved 1 million lives.
The Future of Water Costs Due to Climate Change
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
4/14/2009   Post a comment
Owen Glubiak provides insight on the importance of avoiding the rising costs of water use to your business.
Bluetooth: Dead and alive
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
4/14/2009   1 comment
After all the research, development, marketing and debates, Bluetooth was successful. But only as a mobile headset cable replacement. So, is that it?
Commentary: Invest in transformation
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4/14/2009   Post a comment
As instability continues to ripple through the global economy, it’s clear that no one is immune to the effects of tighter credit and slower consumer and business spending.
Restoring America's Manufacturing Leadership through Energy Efficiency (RAMLEE) Act of 2009
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/14/2009   2 comments
Something to watch for in the coming weeks will be the progress of bill S.661 through the Senate, the House, and eventually the President. Bill S.661 is called the "Restoring America's Manufacturing Leadership through Energy Efficiency (RAMLEE) Act of 2009" and is packaged along with other bills that aim to reduce energy usage in the United States.
Power suit technology: making Iron Man a reality
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/14/2009   Post a comment
The HAL robot suit by Cyberdyne can improve strength in an individual by 2 to 10 times. In this case robotics is used to help people with degenerative muscle disease, or other disabilities, be more mobile.
Don't pooh-pooh the PUE
Power DesignLine Blog  
4/13/2009   Post a comment
IC power management engineers have their work cut out: the PUE metric requires complete knowledge and understanding of each component in the data center and its power consumption.
Who Killed My Battery?
Blog  
4/13/2009   Post a comment
Notebook computers, with Intel x86 processors, can run for a few hours on a battery charge while mobile phones, with ARM processor based chips, operate for a few days. Despite what ARM might like us to believe, this has little to do with the processor in each machine. The difference between a few hours and a few days is a factor of about 24. The difference in area between the 3 inch display of a handset and the 15 inch display of a notebook computer is a similar factor of about 25. This is no co
Thinking Optics vs RF
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
4/11/2009   1 comment
Don't waste you time at the supermarket checkout line looking at the celebrity publications; instead, exercise your brain with some semi-philosophical thought questions
A guy, a gal, a trip
Blog  
4/10/2009   Post a comment
There's a guy out there who calls himself "Harry...the ASIC guy". He's pretty clever and apparently has a good following in the EDA community.
Letter to the editor: Natural gas is the 'real' smart grid
Blog  
4/8/2009   1 comment
A reader argues that the U.S. natural gas pipeline network is the "real" smart grid.
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