Notes from ESC's great debate
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 4/29/2010 Post a comment
One Embedded Systems Conference event that definitely lived up to its billing was the debate between Jim Turley and Clive "Max" Maxfield about embedded versus discrete processors. The event was, as advertised, both entertaining and informative.
ESC: Embedded helping to harness medical data explosion
Blog 4/29/2010 Post a comment
The proliferation of portable medical devices and the explosion of new patient data wrought by widely available imaging technologies are forcing medical electronics designers to devise new ways of integrating diverse biotechnologies with electronics while curtailing power consumption.
ESC: Bioengineer calls for personal health devices
Blog 4/28/2010 2 comments
A growing set of nano-scale devices are emerging from the lab that someday will power handheld devices that can provide custom health care advice by marrying novel bioengineering components with existing computer and consumer technologies, said Luke P. Lee, professor of bioengineering at a talk at the Embedded Systems Conference.
Avoid Silicon Valley becoming a 'rust belt'
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 4/28/2010 Post a comment
The fallout from the global recession, massive fragmenting of the value chain, the rise of a more diverse world economy and new sales and distribution models have created tough challenges for semiconductor companies when it comes to understanding and predicting demand for their chips and managing their supply chains.
ESC keynoter Kaku beams audience back to the future
Blog 4/27/2010 2 comments
Physicist Michio Kaku, keynote speaker at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, offered his audience a feast of futurism, predicting extraordinary advances in medical technology, and science-fiction turned reality in areas like teleportation, invisibility and molecule-size computers.
Opinion: Why everyone loves Pasquale Pistorio
Blog 4/22/2010 9 comments
Pistorio Pasquale, the honorary chairman of STMicroelectronics, will be next week in San Jose, Calif., to receive the Life Time Achievement Award at the EE Times' Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards ceremony.
A fork in the road to 28-nm FPGAs
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 4/22/2010 Post a comment
Xilinx and Altera may both be using TSMC for manufacturing at the 28-nm node, but the two companies have selected different manufacturing processes, at least for high-end products.
The RCA phono plug: An outdated relic?
Audio DesignLine Blog 4/21/2010 7 comments
When it came to choosing the RCA phono plug as a standard for consumer audio (and video) applications, "cheap" and "simple" clearly won out over technical considerations.
Enchanted journey in blues
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 4/21/2010 Post a comment
The Kyoto Prize recognizes global achievement in a number of disciplines, including science, engineering, philosophy and the arts.
Opinion: 3-D TV can't make your kids sick. . . can it?
Blog 4/20/2010 6 comments
In almost all cases, factors that influence eye strain, nausea or headache in 3-D viewing are neither 3-D displays nor 3-D glasses. But they are [related to] content creation, post-production and mastering processes used in 3-D video production. Here's a three-step plan to prevent 3-D disaster.
Fly me to the Moon..and then on to Mars
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 4/14/2010 1 comment
Former astronauts Neil Armstrong, James Lovell and Eugene Cernan urged President Barack Obama to reconsider what they warn would be "devastating" new policies for the future of NASA.
Is EDA innovating enough?
Blog 4/9/2010 5 comments
Much has been written and said about the travails of the EDA industry. Some industry leaders are shrinking in size and losing money. The industry as a whole is not growing and prospects are not promising. Part of the problem can be explained by the fact that we are just coming out of one of the worst recessions in history that has impacted most industries. Yet, most observers agree that the industry's struggles can't be explained by the economy alone.
NetFPGA design contest
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 4/7/2010 Post a comment
Stanford University's NetFPGA program is holding a design contest, asking design teams to produce a working implementation employing any hardware and software design methodology and targeting the NetFPGA development platform.
Do we know our audience?
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 4/6/2010 Post a comment
EE Times editor-in-chief Junko Yoshida is looking for moderators who can help with new message boards on EE Times.com. It's all in the vein of getting to "know your audience".
Join the Conversation: Are you ready for IPv6?
Blog 4/5/2010 Post a comment
The pool of available Internet Protocol addresses could run out before the end of 2011 under today's IPv4 software, prompting a widening circle of companies and organizations to press for support for Internet Protocol version 6 in anything connected to the Net.
Keep alternative energy engineering clean: from politics
SmartEnergy Designline Blog 4/1/2010 6 comments
We were brainstorming on ideas for the up-coming EETimes Digital Edition on Alternative Energy (mark your calendar: it debuts June 7th) and I realized after just a few minutes that it's really hard to discuss Alternative Energy without raising political hackles, no matter how much you try and focus on the engineering aspects.