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The system strategy
Power DesignLine Blog  
6/30/2006   Post a comment
Sometimes designing focuses too much on the details and forgets to look at the bigger picture - and the customer.
New stats, new ideas, new ways of thinking
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6/29/2006   Post a comment
I recently attended a cellular technology conference, some interesting facts arose.
Now you can watch for Big Brother
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
6/29/2006   Post a comment
The latest twist is car navigation data that provides drivers with the location of traffic cameras.
Verizon prorates exit fees
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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
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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.
Will I be riding a space elevator by 2020?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/28/2006   Post a comment
Over the last ten years, the Space Elevator has moved from being a "far-future science fiction" item to being a very solvable engineering problem.
Eye on SDR
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
I used to think software-defined radio was a pretty exotic technology.
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.
Synplicity's open IP encryption proposal : what a GREAT idea!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/26/2006   Post a comment
Protecting and deploying intellectual property (IP) is a major problem, but it looks like Synplicity has found a solution that will satisfy everyone.
Get high-quality sound without breaking the bank
Blog  
6/25/2006   Post a comment
If you want to enhance your music platform while staying within budget, take a look at Freescale Semiconductor's DH1 reference design.
ASICs and FPGAs may come and go, but rounding is for ever!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/23/2006   Post a comment
The debate as to whether ASICs are a dying breed and FPGAs will take over the world continues unabated, but whoever wins we will still need rounding algorithms.
Actel CEO John East comments on the FPGA market metamorphosis
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
As FPGAs offer more capacity, performance, and capability along with increased integration and flexibility, these solutions provide a less painful route to design success.
Securing connected devices from the ground up
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
Dan Dodge of QNX promotes the idea of 'secure-by-design' as the way to protect connected systems and devices
Blue...blue...blue
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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
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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
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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.
More misdeeds at IEEE
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6/21/2006   Post a comment
The one-person, one-vote balloting procedures of the IEEE need to be revised.
Where can one find a paper tape reader/writer?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/21/2006   Post a comment
Someone just posed this question to me, and I realized that I would quite like one for myself...
Securing connected devices from the ground up
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6/21/2006   Post a comment
Dan Dodge of QNX promotes the idea of 'secure-by-design' as the way to protect connected systems and devices
Operating systems on the rise
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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.
111-Megapixel image sensors and 500-GHz processors
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6/21/2006   Post a comment
If we look 50 years into the future of video technology, and imagine such superb image detail becoming commonplace, we'll of course need additional processing power to handle all the raw image data.
The Key to Customer Service
Audio DesignLine Blog  
6/19/2006   Post a comment
A small business owner in Phoenix explained the secret to outstanding customer service to me recently. Here's what he had to say.
Standards cheat sheet
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
6/19/2006   Post a comment
I reveal the secrets of choosing the right standard.
Information can be "negative" at the quantum level
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/19/2006   Post a comment
What does the concept of "negative information" imply? Well, in a nutshell, you would end up knowing less if I were to send you some negative information.
Global view is your future
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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.

There's no such thing as a free lunch (or GPS in this case)
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6/19/2006   Post a comment
Qualcomm's gpsOne solution is widely deployed in the narrowband CDMA market, leaving the rest of the worldwide standards up for grabs in terms of GPS solutions.
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
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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.
Bluetooth and music: Not so perfect together
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6/14/2006   Post a comment
I recently purchased a Bluetooth headphone for my MP3 player and the results have been something less than perfect.
GlobalComm final notes
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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?
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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.
Mobile handsets take first as audio IC consumers
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6/14/2006   Post a comment
I guess it was just a matter of time before mobile handsets became the Number 1 consumer of audio ICs.
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.
And I thought *I* was having a bad day!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/13/2006   Post a comment
The one in which the boom of a track hoe excavator collides with an overpass and literally almost chopped it in half (the photos are simply amazing).
Patent madness
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
6/13/2006   Post a comment
Patents are supposed to spur innovation, but they are mainly useful to big companies that can afford patent battles.
This GPS works, but not for long
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6/12/2006   Post a comment
I recently tested the GPS functionality in "the v" and came away with mixed results.
U.S. EDA monopoly may wane
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Changing times
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6/7/2006   Post a comment
Nothing stays the same for very long and technology tends to be hyperactive in this regard.
Almost everyone is on the FPGA bandwagon
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/7/2006   Post a comment
A story on the EE Times site says that more than 80% of designers employ FPGAs.
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.
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