Verizon prorates exit fees Blog 6/29/2006 Post a comment I'm moving from one mountain community to another. The areas I choose to live sort of resemble Ricola commercials. We tend to pace with our cell phones. 'Can you hear me now?' is not so much a commercial, but a daily conversation.
Musings on a lazy, hazy summer day Blog 6/28/2006 Post a comment Forget the Age of Aquarius. We are now in the Age of Blue. What does that mean? I've no idea. It may be to quote the Old Bard, "Much Ado About Nothing." I spent several paragraphs last week on "Blue." I think its time to change the subject.
DSP to the rescue! Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 6/26/2006 Post a comment Do engineers have a responsibility to make the world a better place? Or should we just focus on getting the job done?
On demand is in demand Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 6/26/2006 Post a comment Not all software used in a factory is needed on a regular basis. For these programs, the on-demand business model is a real godsend.
Bypass Bluetooth Automotive DesignLine Blog 6/26/2006 Post a comment Don't have a Bluetooth equipped car? Here's a way to link a music player or cell phone to your car (or home stereo) wirelessly.
Blue...blue...blue Blog 6/22/2006 Post a comment Blueblueblue. It's all that I've heard about lately. I'm starting to turn blue. Last week, Samsung announced the official launch of their first Blu-ray player, which is scheduled for June 25th. Today, Panasonic also officially announced their first player -- model DMP-BD10 -- that will be priced at $1,299
Save your (or someone else's) life Blog 6/22/2006 Post a comment CTIA-The Wireless Association published a pre-vacation checklist that very well may save your life. I've thought of doing these on my phone for the most part, but never thought to program my son's phone. Here's the safety list they provided:
San Andreas quake overdue Blog 6/21/2006 Post a comment In a recent AP article by Alicia Chang, research shows the San Andreas Fault near LA is ready for a Big One. I was around for the Loma Prieta '89 quake and 'bigger' is unimaginable to me--at a magnitude of 7.1, that one was plenty big.
Operating systems on the rise Blog 6/21/2006 Post a comment The 2006 results are in, and they're fascinating. Our annual survey covers operating systems, processors, compilers, development tools, budgets, and more. In this first installment we'll look at RTOS usage and where it's headed.
Global view is your future Blog 6/19/2006 Post a comment
What is a global company, and how should transnational businesses comport themselves in today's complex, intensely competitive and highly interdependent global community? IBM chairman Sam Palmisano suggests one big change: Drop the anachronistic colonial attitude many companies have toward operations outside the home country.
Dialing for parking Automotive DesignLine Blog 6/16/2006 Post a comment The system locates and directs a driver to an open parking space and provides for paying fees.
Rockets powered by Oreo cookies! Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 6/16/2006 Post a comment Just when you think you've seen it all, someone comes up with something more wild and wacky than you would ever conceive in a thousand years.
Cell Phone Shutoff Audio DesignLine Blog 6/15/2006 Post a comment Cell phone use in public arenas, theaters, movie houses and the like has received substantial attention. I proposed letting companies jam the signal - and got a lot of feedback.
1080p marches on Blog 6/14/2006 Post a comment It seems that I've been talking a lot about 1080p these days. Well, it's on the mind of manufacturers also. Every meeting that I take with manufacturers it comes up. It can be about displays, connections, Blu-ray Disc, or whatever. The bottom line is that high-definition screen resolutions of 1920x1080 is either arriving now or next year.
GlobalComm final notes Blog 6/14/2006 Post a comment What a whirlwind week last week was. I'm still catching up. As with any show, there are always meetings and events that are particularly memorable.
Why reinvent the wheel? Blog 6/14/2006 Post a comment It's an exciting time to be a gadget geek. From cell phones to multimedia players and HDTVs, consumer electronics (CE) devices are performing a wider range of tasks than anyone ever thought possible — all while getting smaller and easier on the wallet. Yet, there's the challenge for CE device designers. When new generations of products are introduced as often as every quarter, CE designers require a product development strategy that is flexible, fast, and low on cost.
That rings a bell! Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 6/14/2006 Post a comment When it comes to the "Mysteries of the Ancients," let's not forget the two-tone bells from China circa 1200 to 200 BC.
Waiting for wireless Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 6/14/2006 Post a comment Wireless networking technologies are going to play a big role in the factories of the future. But right now, waiting for the market to take off is a bit like waiting for Godot.
U.S. EDA monopoly may wane Blog 6/12/2006 Post a comment
While microelectronics is a global industry, a crucial enabling technology--electronic design automation (EDA)--has been largely a U.S. enterprise for several decades. Recent developments in Europe may challenge that dominance in years to come. At the recent Medea+DAC workshop in Prien, Germany, I was impressed with the depth and scope of EDA R&D efforts under way at large European IDMs, research institutes and startups. Cutting-edge work is going on in electronic system-level (ESL) design
News, served up fast, bland and insight-free Blog 6/12/2006 Post a comment
CMP Media's Information Week caused a stir when it reported on a study by market research firm Outsell that claims technology workers would rather get their industry news from corporate press releases than from the vertical sites and publications covering IT. It would be easy to dismiss the conclusion as self-serving market research, were it not for the apocryphal but persistent tales we hear of semiconductor design engineers who grab all their headlines from the press-release compilati
Hands-off control Automotive DesignLine Blog 6/9/2006 Post a comment I knew something was up when I got into the driver's seat and couldn't find a semblance of a lock in which to put the electronic key.
Metcalfe discusses ZigBee Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 6/8/2006 Post a comment Robert Metcalfe brings a lot of insight to the ZigBee market that has been poised for takeoff for the last year or so.
TiVo finally delivers on WebTV's promise Blog 6/8/2006 Post a comment With all the excitement about TV on tiny cell phone screens, it's nice to also see some progress from the world of TV on a regular TV screen, and TiVoCast is definitely a significant, though belated development.
New HD displays galore for 2006 Blog 6/7/2006 Post a comment As I wrote a few weeks ago, 'tis the season for line shows and product introductions. At the 2006 Home Entertainment Show last weekend, Sony and HP unveiled its new HDTV displays for 2006. Other companies will be announcing new products in the coming weeks including Pioneer, TiVo, Microsoft, Philips, Bose, Dolby, and Samsung among others.
Making sense of ZigBee Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 6/7/2006 Post a comment It's tough to tell whether the Sensors Expo moniker should be change to ZigBee Expo. The wireless standard seems to have nearly as many booths as the various sensor technologies.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & 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? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times