The death of Micro-Display is greatly exaggerated Blog 5/31/2006 Post a comment Within the past couple of weeks, Micro-Displays (MDTVs) have been talked about quite a lot. And, I expect that they will continue to be on manufacturer's minds in the coming weeks also. About the only thing that most companies can agree about is that sales of Micro-Displays this year will reach approx. 2.2 million units in 2006.
Airgo's ambitious plans Blog 5/31/2006 Post a comment It would have been simple to think that Airgo would limit its impressive 802.11b/g MIMO technology to access points for offices and home offices.
A blast from the past! Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 5/30/2006 Post a comment Did you ever own an HP-41 programmable calculator? If so, I have a treat for you: a virtual HP-41 simulator-emulator!
It's the Tires, Stupid! Automotive DesignLine Blog 5/29/2006 Post a comment Horsepower, aerodynamics, and even talent take a back seat to the arcanse science of calculating tire slip angles.
A sense of great progress Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 5/26/2006 Post a comment The sensors that link microprocessors to the real world are also making great strides. "The progress on sensors continues to be exciting," said Larry Burns, General Motors' vice president of R&D and strategic planning.
User interfaces and patents Blog 5/25/2006 Post a comment Last week's suit and counter suit between Apple and Creative Labs over patents pertaining to the user interfaces that each use for portable media players reminds me of some advice a lawyer gave me a long time ago: patents and user interfaces can create a category dominating combination.
Inefficiency is good Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 5/25/2006 Post a comment As a DSP guy, I'm used to treating every clock cycle as a precious commodity. But changing hardware technology makes this thinking obsolete.
Much Ado About Nothing? - Maybe Blog 5/24/2006 Post a comment There's been a lot activity of various web sites these days about the Image Constraint Token or ICT, as it's called, and there's some interesting rumors coming out of Europe this week.
Evangelizing Apple, then and now Blog 5/22/2006 Post a comment
I met Steve Jobs in the spring of 1976 when I was in the advertising business with Regis McKenna Advertising & Public Relations in Palo Alto, Calif., where I handled the Intel account. Steve and his partner Steve Wozniak had developed the Apple 1 computer, which they were selling at the local computer club for $666.66.
Get straight on ultracapacitors Power DesignLine Blog 5/19/2006 Post a comment Ultracapacitors have gained recognition for a possible use in many applications but there are still some misconceptions about them. Here's some straight talk to fill you up with the ideas.
'Don't tug on Superman's cape' Blog 5/19/2006 Post a comment I'm showing my age again…sigh…but there was an old song by Jim Croce with lyrics that went: "You don't tug on Superman's cape. You don't spit into the wind. You don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger, and you don't mess around with Jim."
ECUs Boost SUVs Automotive DesignLine Blog 5/18/2006 Post a comment Automotive electronic control units and software are pacing efficiency improvements in truck-based vehicles.
Mega-cool electronics hobbyist website Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 5/18/2006 Post a comment I was just introduced to the Web-EE.com electrical and electronics website, which boasts a treasure-trove of interesting "stuff" for hobbyists and engineers alike.
Thoughts on Cortex Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 5/18/2006 Post a comment I just got back from the Spring Processor Forum. There were lots of interesting announcements, but what really caught my attention was ARM's new Cortex-R4.
Tis the season Blog 5/17/2006 Post a comment Spring is the season for new products in Consumer Electronics. This Spring is no different than previous years. Although, as each year passes, we're getting closer and closer to full high-definition TV, 1080p displays, high-definition recording schemes, and playback mechanisms.
Patent Crybabies Audio DesignLine Blog 5/17/2006 Post a comment There's a growing chorus of complaints about the patent system. Surprisingly enough, some of those complaining most loudly are just as guilty as those they cry "foul" about.
Lands of opportunity Blog 5/15/2006 Post a comment
Israel and the former Eastern Bloc nations have become beacons for the tech industry, as peaceful legions of investors, attracted by the countries' educated workers and aggressive government initiatives, descend on those nations to tap opportunities in their burgeoning electronics sectors.
Academics, pundits don't have a clue what it's like for working EEs Blog 5/15/2006 Post a comment Regarding the interview with professor Geoffrey Orsak ("Seeding new crop of innovators," April 10, page 24), I wondered whether Orsak and EE Times readers caught the fundamental contradictions in the U.S. government's meddling with the domestic EE jobs market--and whether anyone else was offended at being reduced to the status of a "crop."
All-day batteries, are we there yet? Power DesignLine Blog 5/12/2006 Post a comment There have been several news items in recent weeks about new battery technologies or improvements on existing designs. It seems they all have one thing in common -- they're not here yet.
Thank you Qwest Blog 5/12/2006 Post a comment Of the major phone companies told to turn over phone records of private citizens, only Qwest has so far refused, citing privacy and legal concerns. Bravo Qwest.
Apple, the perennial David, and France Blog 5/12/2006 Post a comment Ever since 1984, when Apple launched Macintosh with a brilliant, shown-once only Super Bowl TV commercial that positioned them as the little guy sticking it to "Big Brother" IBM, they've repeatedly cast themselves as the biblical David up against the Goliaths of the world. First it was IBM. Then Microsoft. Now it's the French Government.
Clear the air Automotive DesignLine Blog 5/11/2006 Post a comment The advent of cleaner diesel engine technology this fall, along with hybrid cars and gasoline engine improvements, will give consumers a troika of fuel efficient automotive choices.
NFC: Out of the starting gate Blog 5/10/2006 Post a comment NFC's value lies in the ease-of-use its protocol provides for end users. It can configure and initialize on its own instead of making a user to navigate complicated menus.
What Sony hasn't told you about PS3! Blog 5/10/2006 Post a comment With much hoopla this week Sony announced the prices and availability of its PlayStation3 gaming system, which is supposed to be a high-definition gaming system, to be used with a HDTV.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.