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Cell Phones: Feature overload is 'out'
Blog  
5/30/2008   2 comments
In a race to provide an ever-longer list of features crammed into a disappearing footprint, it might be time to breathe for a second and find out just what your cell phone customer really wants.
Xilinx responds to Altera's FPGA benchmarks
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/30/2008   2 comments
The folks at Xilinx say that they've re-run the tests with different tool settings and, overall, the Xilinx software solution with Synplify Pro and ISE 10.1 dominates.
Multimedia on the factory floor
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
5/30/2008   Post a comment
considerable graphical display capabilities. Future system will offer much more: They will be required to understand human language and gestures.
Visualize your DSP's data
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
5/30/2008   Post a comment
The open-source Signal Visualizer uses an IP connection to pull data off your DSP and display it graphically. It only needs a simple C client on the DSP.
MarkMagic Parodies Apple Ad
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5/30/2008   2 comments
RFID and barcode maker applies a little creativity to connect with consumers and businesses.
2008 WallCharts from Gary Smith are available
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5/29/2008   Post a comment
Gary Smith has just published the WallCharts for 2008. These reference documents give the reader a complete list of all the EDA vendors by application area.
Calling all engineering students!
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
5/28/2008   1 comment
I have to admit I miss sitting down with a few hardened military designers who were hammering out a course into a new millennium where the term "wireless" would be ubiquitous in the commercial market. What a fast, strange trip it's been!
AES Amsterdam: A selected virtual tour
Audio DesignLine Blog  
5/28/2008   1 comment
Although I wasn't able to make the recent AES Convention in Amsterdam, that didn't stop me from putting together a virtual tour of sorts.
Opinion: Infineon needs a leader, not a spokesman
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5/28/2008   Post a comment
Infineon's decision to scrap the office of president and CEO, replacing it with the ambiguous title, "Spokesman of the Management Board," is symptomatic of deeper problems at the German chip company.
Multimode phones with longer battery life on horizon
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5/28/2008   Post a comment
Power saving modes in standards such as 802.11 and Bluetooth are optional and in their rush to market some chip companies just found it easier to ignore them than implement them.
McDonald's Gets Mobile Coupons
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5/27/2008   Post a comment
Radio frequency identification or near field communications?
Nanotechnology and Cell phones: Zoomy
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5/27/2008   Post a comment
So I surf the Web regularly like all of you, but this time I struck gold in the form of what do you get when you cross cell phones and nanotechnology.
Duck! AirJelly coming through!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/27/2008   Post a comment
This is really rather amazing - sort of like a giant jellyfish (twice as tall as a man) that glides gracefully through the air.
Engineers and money
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
5/27/2008   1 comment
Or would you buy a used car from an engineer?
Aluminum extrusion adds precision
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
5/24/2008   Post a comment
I recently learned a lot about aluminum at ET '08, the extrusion technology's quadrennial trade show. The lightweight metal is showing up in more and more applications, bringing a mix of functionality and portability.
Technology you never knew you needed
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
5/24/2008   Post a comment
Would you like to cut costs? Cut power? Reduce pins and traces? Reduce bandwidth and memory? There is a technology that can do all this, but you've probably never heard of it.
Giant telescope links London and New York
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/23/2008   Post a comment
This is absolutely brilliant - I only wish I could get to see it in person.
I laughed so hard I almost passed out (seriously)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/23/2008   1 comment
Yesterday evening I was reading a funny passage from one of Bill Bryson's books. I tell you, I was laughing so hard that I almost passed out!
How do we use the data from I/Os running at 8.5 Gbps?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/23/2008   3 comments
I just received an interesting query from a reader that has me scratching my head...
The DFM Melting Pot
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5/22/2008   Post a comment
The DFM market segment is loosing member companies through acquisition. The remain small companies will find it harder to succeed.
Evaluating FPGA floating-point performance
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/22/2008   Post a comment
Here are links to a couple of interesting papers that will get the old gray matter firing on all six cylinders.
Letter to the editor: China quake column misses the mark
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5/21/2008   8 comments
Letter to the editor: China quake column misses the mark
Rolling Stone: Hi-Fi not dead after all
Audio DesignLine Blog  
5/21/2008   12 comments
Late last year Rolling Stone declared the "death of high fidelity." Now, a more recent article from the same publication suggests that the original report may have been greatly exaggerated.
The case for SIMT
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5/21/2008   Post a comment
According to is creators at Coresonic, a Swedish company that spun out of Linkping University, SIMT has all the computational punch of VLIW but without the downsides of high control overhead and program memory usage.
$200 million for one FPGA?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/20/2008   2 comments
Thus far I haven't seen the pricing for Altera's new 40nm Stratix IV FPGAs, but if we were to extrapolate from an analog device I just saw, the result would make your eyes water!
Beijing Olympics 2008
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
China serving-up RFID
I'm guilty. Are you?
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5/19/2008   2 comments
While 98% of Americans say we're safe drivers, the majority of us also admit to DWD. Nationwide just released its second annual DWD (Driving While Distracted) study results. I'm guilty. Are you?
Give me strength! Altera's new FPGA has 2.5 billion transistors!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/19/2008   Post a comment
The largest member of Altera's newly announced Stratix IV FPGA family comprises 2.5 billion transistors!
Get your ideas published!
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
5/19/2008   Post a comment
Did you know you can publish your ideas on the DSP DesignLine? Here's how it works.
Taser video missing from the debate
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5/19/2008   Post a comment
What do Tasers have to do with video and imaging? (See Taser chairman defends stun gun's safety in Canada.)
Opinion: Lessons of the China quake
Blog  
5/16/2008   2 comments
The first lesson of the Sichuan earthquake is: Send a donation.
Tired of dealing with rogue software, spyware, and malware?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/16/2008   1 comment
Readers have provided some very interesting pointers to tools that may be the answer to all my woes.
For Sale on Lake Oswego
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5/15/2008   Post a comment
Some executive relocation packages are better than others.
Vacuum tubes: A 'valve' video, a tube amp modeler, and a joke
Audio DesignLine Blog  
5/14/2008   Post a comment
Check out a 1950s video on "The Manufacture of Radio Valves," a tube amplifier modeling software plug-in that lets musicians play EE, and did you hear the one about the musician whose wife was cheating on him?
Sensors surprise with complexity
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
5/14/2008   Post a comment
Over decades, sensors were high-precision devices but their function was simple and one-dimensional. And they were analog. Nowadays, the world no longer is that simple " sensors get digital and their properties are defined by their algorithms. This creates a new complexity that calls for methods to handle.
Enhancement vs. Depletion vs. Junction FETs
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/14/2008   1 comment
Does anyone know (a) which came first and (b) what are the different types used for?
LTE meets WiMAX
Blog  
5/13/2008   Post a comment
Geographically, we may see LTE dominate in one region and WiMAX in another but at the end of the day a dual-mode phone is the obvious answer.
Pangea Day: Nokia, TED
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5/13/2008   Post a comment
Mobile moviemakers unite around the world.
Vatican buys Palm Inc. for $800 million
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/12/2008   Post a comment
Now here's a story I didn't expect to see...
Top tech transportation
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
5/12/2008   1 comment
Here's (Italian) food for thought on the top 10 high-tech cars.
DSP resources around the Web
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
5/10/2008   Post a comment
There's a ton of great DSP info available online. Here are some of my favorite sites.
Reader query re rounding in binary
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/9/2008   2 comments
I just received an interesting query from a reader with regards to rounding in binary...
EDA Commandments are Upon Us
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5/9/2008   Post a comment
Karen Bartleson of Synopsys has embarked on the challenging task of codifying the EDA Standard making process.
I'm looking for a 1986 issue of Scientific American
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/9/2008   Post a comment
I know that someone out there has been grimly holding on to their collection of Scientific American magazines just waiting for this day...
I'm looking for a cheap spectrophotometer (at least I think I am)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/8/2008   1 comment
I am a man with a mission, but I need your help selecting the right equipment.
Free online book chapters and great deals
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/8/2008   Post a comment
"Heads-up" info about new books, contests, conference happenings, and "super sales"!
New jazz piano CD demonstrates advanced virtual music technology
Audio DesignLine Blog  
5/7/2008   Post a comment
I just received a promo copy of the soon-to-be-released "re-performance" of Art Tatum's jazz masterpiece "Piano Starts Here" - a recording only made possible by the advanced virtual music technology of Zenph Studios.
Snap Circuits - 100 electronic projects - only $21.77
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/7/2008   Post a comment
I just saw "The Deal Of The Day" at the Creative Brains website, and I think it's a jolly good one.
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