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1 GHz MIPS core, handset processors report, and more
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
5/31/2007   Post a comment
The Linley Group has just published an article on MIPS' 1 GHz 74K, TI's "Puma 5" DOCSIS 3.0 gateway processor, and Atheros' 802.11n chip. It also has a new handset processors report.
RFID's global growing pains
Blog  
5/30/2007   Post a comment
When it comes to fish, however, RFID is swimming into a success story.
An RFID Fish Story
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
5/30/2007   Post a comment
With the exception of my brother, Mr. Wildlife, I don't know anyone who can stand in front of an aquarium exhibit and answer the countless questions of curious children, "which one is that? And that? And that?..." as I look around wildly for some color chart or, worse, a silhouette.
When I was young, old people knew their place!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/29/2007   Post a comment
Today is the day I celebrate the 30th anniversary of my 20th birthday ... and I never felt better or bouncier (although I did use to have more hair)!
From Techie to Manager: now what?
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5/29/2007   Post a comment
TechiesOnTheRise is a teleseminar devoted to helping new and prospecitve managers improve their communication and leadership skills.
Using FPGAs to aid the visually impaired!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/27/2007   Post a comment
I was pondering a poser just the other day, when I conceived a way to (a) sell lots and lots of FPGAs and (b) make the world a better place for a lot of people.
From Gray codes to personality codes
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/26/2007   Post a comment
I just read a recently published book called "The Personality Code" on different types of personalities that proved to be surprisingly interesting.
The autonomous car is here--sort of
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
5/25/2007   Post a comment
This VW Golf navigates obstacle courses on its own.
SED delayed again by Canon and Toshiba as best screen tease continues
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5/25/2007   Post a comment
Yet another delay has been announced in the ongoing saga of SED. Most experts, including yours truly, have seen SED and consider it superior in image quality to all existing flat panel technologies. The full story of the delay was carried on the Reuters newswire.
Fun phones are on the way
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
5/25/2007   Post a comment
If you've been waiting for a phone that doubled as a music player, this will be a good year to buy.
An interesting Gray code FIFO counter question
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/23/2007   1 comment
A reader asks if it is possible to generate a Gray code counter/sequence for any non-power-of-2 number (so long as it is an even number)?
Be a Verizon Action Hero
Blog  
5/23/2007   Post a comment
Week after week, I have fun reading PLDesignLine's blog. Max never seems to fail to deliver really cool and fun stuff to do. So, hereI think this just might beat all (and even you Max):
WiMAX plugfest
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5/23/2007   Post a comment
Interoperability testing in France last week is a clear indication that WiMAX is gaining traction.
Britney Spears - ambassador of science
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/23/2007   Post a comment
It is a little known fact, that Ms Spears is an expert in semiconductor physics. This site reveals all!
Cool custom search engine for ASIC, FPGA, and EDA-related topics
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/22/2007   Post a comment
We've all experienced problems searching for one thing and being presented with results for something quite different; this custom search engine is the answer to our dreams!
Multicore systems require architectural optimization
Blog  
5/22/2007   Post a comment
I expect that those DAC attendees focused in the present will want to talk about DFM and Power, while those looking into the needs for the next few years will want to debate multicore issues.
Big night at MIT
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
5/21/2007   Post a comment
From Rub Goldberg to robotics, future engineers show their stuff.
Pac-Man's Skull and Photorealistic Art
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/21/2007   Post a comment
An artist and paleontologist collaborate to recreate Pac-Man's skull, while another artist creates a photorealistic image that makes you gasp in awe!
You know you are living in 2007 when...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/21/2007   Post a comment
Here's one of those funny lists of observations that is currently racing around the Internet; perhaps we could come up with our own version?
Mitsubishi launches all 1080p display line for 2007
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5/21/2007   Post a comment
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc. has launched a total of 17 new 1080p HDTVs for 2007. It is the only display manufacture to offer a 1080p only line of HDTVs. The manufacturer notes that all of these new fully featured 1080p DLP and LCD HDTVs are designed, engineered and built in North America.
This is a little sad
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/18/2007   Post a comment
A new craze sweeping Japan, in which folk spend hours isolated in Media immersion Pods, leaves me feeling a little blue.
Good news, bad news on DRM
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
5/18/2007   Post a comment
DRM problems are still preventing digital media markets from taking off, but recent news suggests that things may be about to change.
A quick take on Conexant's GPON chips
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
5/17/2007   Post a comment
The Linley Group has a good review of Conexant's first GPON chip. Here's a link to the story.
Was this the world's first IT professional?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/17/2007   Post a comment
A unique video recording purporting to date from the Middle Ages may well show the world's very first IT professional at work.
802.11n: An impressive technology
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5/16/2007   Post a comment
Sometimes we take for granted that engineers can create new technologies that far surpass anything we may have thought possible just a few years ago.
Are you using assembly language?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/16/2007   Post a comment
If you have a moment, I would love to hear your views on the pros, cons, need for, and use of assembly language in today's design environments and products.
YouTube on cell phones: Video's distribution-content chicken and egg dichotomy
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5/16/2007   Post a comment
Now the cell-phone camera and YouTube phenomenon are no longer separate developments, but are merged into one plugged-into itself universe.
The power of 14
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5/15/2007   Post a comment
Nevermind the challenges of a continued push to overseas manufacturing and design. The emerging issue, really, is design-for-14-year-old. It's whimsical, short-lived and really, really low-cost. And our industry is not even close to being ready to deal with it.
The wrooom in EDA
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5/15/2007   Post a comment
When DAC chose automotive electronics for this year's theme a few brows were raised. But the facts vindicate the executive Committee choice. Electronic subsystems are everywhere you look in your car.
Applications aspects to rule chip design, Cadence says
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5/15/2007   Post a comment
Applications expertise will become the differentiating factor in chip design, predicted Mike Fister, CEO of EDA software provider Cadence during the keynote speech to the company's in-house exhibition CDN Live. This applications expertise is what presently promotes European chip companies to play in the world's first league.
One phone to rule them all
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
5/15/2007   Post a comment
It seems that the path to the single phone is to combine cellular service and WiFi. I'm wondering, what's the real buzz, do they work well?
The mystery of Stonehenge solved?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/15/2007   Post a comment
The most amazing video on YouTube may provide answers as to how the humongous standing stones at Stonehenge were raised.
Imperial incompetence (or master plan)?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/14/2007   Post a comment
It seems I am not the only one troubled by the "official" account of Star Wars, but one reader says we're missing the vile underlying truth...
This 'green-vehicle' out sells Prius
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
5/14/2007   Post a comment
But you can't buy it in the U.S
Let's rescale IC fab for desktop
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
We live in a world of miniaturization and personal power. From desktop publishing and printing in the 1970s, we've gone to individual cell phones, to your own portable music library via MP3 players and to desktop audio and video editing, to cite just a few.
How to survive the coming CE price wars
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
5/14/2007   Post a comment
Market researchers and CEOs are both predicting price wars in consumer electronics. Here's how to choose a processor platform that will give you an advantage in the battle.
I cannot wait!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/12/2007   Post a comment
As a pre-birthday treat to myself, I have the coolest thing on order - a special skateboard that handles like a snowboard... but on asphalt.
Proof that high ceilings DO help you think!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/11/2007   Post a comment
With regard to my "Size Does Matter!" blog, a reader offers proof that being in a room with a taller ceiling does make it easier to think of interesting ideas.
Pioneer launches new 1080p plasma HDTVs for 2007
Blog  
5/10/2007   Post a comment
With ten years experience delivering flat panel televisions to the U.S. market, Pioneer continually looks to develop display technology that creates an emotional impact for the viewer with unrivaled picture quality. Pioneer Electronics came to New York City this week (May 9, 2007) to launch their new plasma display products for 2007.
EU beats the U.S. in environmental policies
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
5/10/2007   Post a comment
When it comes to environmental policies, there is no doubt that the European Union is light years ahead of the United States. But of course, EU member states don't have to deal with an administration that only now grudgingly acknowledges the possibility of global warming or the need to embrace recycling or other environmental laws at the federal level. My personal opinion aside, the EU's recently released annual environment policy review speaks for itself.
Lost in translation
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
5/10/2007   Post a comment
One of the biggest challenges in manufacturing is to faithfully reproduce the products that engineers and marketers want.
Size does matter!
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5/10/2007   Post a comment
A recent study performed at the University of Minnesota reveals that the height of the ceiling may affect one's problem-solving skills and behavior.
Wow, that's fast
Blog  
5/9/2007   Post a comment
Today, Comcast unveiled a cable technology called channel bonding that allows a data download speed of 150 megabits pre second--25x faster than today's cable modems.
When standards stumble
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5/9/2007   Post a comment
Standards can become too general and too all-encompassing.
Greenhouse gas emission tracking gains traction
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
5/9/2007   Post a comment
The majority of states and large corporations are taking responsibility for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, while the federal government refuses to deal with global warming.
Patent reform: Is this the year?
Blog  
5/8/2007   Post a comment
Many people are optimistic that 2007 will be the year of patent reform. And the prospects do look favorable, with identical bills being introduced into the House (H.R. 1908) and Senate (S.1145) and associated bipartisan support.
Average engineers need not apply
Blog  
5/8/2007   Post a comment
Some EDA tools are too complex for average engineers to use due to the complexities of leading edge semiconductors fabrication processes. Vendors need to adapt their business strategies to this new market environment.
Top-down time
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
5/7/2007   Post a comment
There are cars that stick in your mind as great rides.
Vintage HD movie discs may be worth more
Blog  
5/7/2007   Post a comment
Let's assume this isn't a single isolated incident, and that it continues happening, and the "exceptions" list burned onto every Hollywood movie disc gets longer and longer.
Hollywood fails to learn from its mistakes
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
5/7/2007   Post a comment
The encryption protecting hi-def DVDs has been broken. Hollywood is responding by repeating the mistakes it made eight years ago with standard-def DVDs. When will it learn?
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