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Was the Death Star attack an inside job?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/4/2007   Post a comment
Was the mighty Imperial government really too incompetent to prevent a handful of untrained nerf-herders from destroying one of their most prized assets?
Canon still hopes to sell SED TVs in U.S.
5/4/2007   Post a comment
Nano-Proprietary, Inc. announced late this week that the jury has reached a verdict in its litigation against Canon, Inc. In its verdict, the jury decided that Nano-Proprietary was due no additional damages beyond those already received, which includes the right to keep the $5.5 million that it originally received and termination of the original license agreement.
EDA companies net worth may decline
5/3/2007   Post a comment
The U.S. Supreme Court held that if a patent protects something that is "obvious" then the patent is invalid. How many patents iheld by EDA companies could be found "obvious" under the new definition of the term?
Comment: Why the DRM flap is like goverment secrecy
5/3/2007   Post a comment
The notion that the onus is on the government and industry to protect secrets, and that journalists and hackers should not be prosecuted for trying to independently discover the core technologies behind such secrets, is not a popular one.
Senior care ZigBee style
5/2/2007   Post a comment
Just got news of a technology trial in France that will keep tabs on elderly people using a ZigBee network.
Patents and Fearmongering
Audio DesignLine Blog  
5/2/2007   Post a comment
Lest anyone think that I don't see problems with all of the patenting systems, I do see problems. The quality of issued patents needs to improve in many art groups substantially.
Reaping the rewards of innovation
5/1/2007   Post a comment
Innovation can be measured in many different ways, but the surest indicator of success is cash payback to your company's bottom line. There are 4 "S factors" to getting the job done right: startup costs, speed to market, scale to volume, and support costs.
Let's all sing together... "It's the end of the world as we know it..."
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/1/2007   Post a comment
An incredible experiment is nigh. The good news is that it could help us understand the universe. The bad? It might destroy the planet!
Firmware is Silicon
5/1/2007   Post a comment
Firmware will soon occupy the largest amount of silicon in an IC. Yet EDA companies continue to avoid addressing the problem of firmware design, development and debug in their apporach to system level design.
The DSP market is in trouble... or is it?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
5/1/2007   Post a comment
Despite gloomy predictions from market researchers, stock prices for DSP and FPGA vendors are shooting through the roof. What's going on?
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Teensy-Weensy GPAK4 Mixed Signal FPGAs
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The vast majority of the embedded designers I know typically create MCU-based systems -- they rarely even consider using a Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA).

Bernard Cole

A Book For All Reasons
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Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...

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Leonard Nimoy, We'll Miss you
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Like many of you, I was saddened to hear the news of Leonard Nimoy's death. His Star Trek character Mr. Spock was an inspiration to many of us who entered technical fields.

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Making the Grade in Industrial Design
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