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X-number-based calculators and keyboards
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/31/2006   Post a comment
Calculator enthusiast James Redin has a suite of web-based calculators that demonstrate the use of verbal/structured numbers.
The death of Micro-Display is greatly exaggerated
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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
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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.
MIPI releases handset spec
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5/29/2006   Post a comment
The MIPI Alliance has released the Display Serial Interface Specification (DSI) for mobile handsets.
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.
Why the 3G delay in India?
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5/25/2006   Post a comment
The Indian government has delayed the rollout of 3G services into the country.
Big Brother Is Rebating You
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
5/25/2006   Post a comment
GM takes an unusual approach to lowering the price of its gas guzzlers.
User interfaces and patents
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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.
A Reason Why We Become Engineers
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
5/24/2006   Post a comment
His name may not be familiar to you, unless you're one of the Baby Boomers that grew up watching early TV shows about exploring "outer space."
Much Ado About Nothing? - Maybe
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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.
How many ergs equate to one poundal-foot?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/24/2006   Post a comment
Have you seen that great little application called "Convert"? I use it all the time. And the best thing about it is it's free!
Why Bluetooth is a technology has-been
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5/23/2006   Post a comment
While BT has performed some mighty deeds, it is ultimately destined to die a lonely, quiet death.
Fighting world hunger by building sculptures out of canned foods!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/22/2006   Post a comment
A friend recently introduced me to the "Canstruction" website where competing teams design giant sculptures made entirely out of canned foods.
Advancing NFC in Korea
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5/22/2006   Post a comment
One of my favorite technologies, NFC (near-field communications ), is in the news again.
Evangelizing Apple, then and now
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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.

Military boards may benefit industrial applications
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
5/19/2006   Post a comment
At the board level, the VME extensions made in part for military applications may help simplify maintenance in industrial applications.
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.
The sad tale of the avocado (its primary eater is extinct)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/19/2006   Post a comment
The South American herbivorous giant ground sloth is extinct. If I had to pass avocado stones on a regular basis, I think extinction would be the preferable option.
'Don't tug on Superman's cape'
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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.
Are you looking for a new job (if not, why not)?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/17/2006   Post a comment
Have you visited CMP's new Technical Careers website? If you're looking for a new job, or if you need more employees, you should check it out!
Tis the season
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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.
Rethinking System-on-chip design at 65 nanometers and below
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5/17/2006   Post a comment
Mirabilis CEO Deepak Shankar takes up the SoC hardware/software challenge issued by Mentor Graphics Wally Rhines and AMD’s Robert Ober.
Whew, that was a close one
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5/17/2006   Post a comment
I wrote a blog the other day about a set of earphones, and thankfully I got interrupted before I could post it.
Easy- and fun-to-use schematic-driven logic simulator is now freeware!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/16/2006   Post a comment
I've long been impressed with the MMLogic simulator from Softronics, so I was delighted to discover that folks can now get it for free!
Polar bulls
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5/16/2006   Post a comment
Polar modulation was once a bear to explain. Now it's the darling of investors.
Virtex-5 devices aren't your mother's FPGAs!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/15/2006   Post a comment
Xilinx have just unveiled a new FPGA architecture at the 65 nm technology node, and these little rapscallions are mega-amazing!
Bluetooth qualification is on sale
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5/15/2006   Post a comment
The product listing price for Bluetooth SIG Associate and Adopter members who take advantage of the SIG's Profile Tuning Suite (PTS) has been reduced.
Lands of opportunity
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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
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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."
The best of times, the worst of times
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
5/15/2006   Post a comment
Are DSP engineers living in a golden era of unparalleled opportunity, or has DSP engineering become stressful and unrewarding?
Verizon sued for $50 billion over wiretap
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5/14/2006   Post a comment
Ah ha! I guess I wasn't the only one incensed over the telephone record news.
Wild and wacky ideas for the HRRG computer!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/12/2006   Post a comment
Using a robot arm to write 0s and 1s on a piece of paper, combined with optical character recognition (OCR) to read the values back again as required.
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.
MP3 player/phone combos are coming
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5/12/2006   Post a comment
According to a recent report, handset/MP3-player combos will rival or surpass the standalone portable MP3 player as the music device of choice.
Thank you Qwest
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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
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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.
There are some really clever TV adverts these days!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/11/2006   Post a comment
I recently ran across a website containing all of those mega-cool TV adverts that make us go "Ooooh" and "Ahhhh".
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.
The future of EDA?
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5/11/2006   Post a comment
So why, you wonder, is a wireless guy writing about EDA?
Junk
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5/10/2006   Post a comment
We are buried in junk. Not only do we buy it, save it, store it, we create services to cart it away when we're finished.
Samsung and Motorola boost their handset market share
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5/10/2006   Post a comment
Samsung and Motorola have significantly boosted their market share.
NFC: Out of the starting gate
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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!
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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.
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