New vision needed at Sanmina-SCI Blog 6/29/2007 Post a comment Many star athletes know when to quit. Others just don't know when to hang up their shoes until they've been beaten to a pulp and have to crawl away. So it goes in the corporate world where only a firmly planted boot would get some CEOs out of the corner office. One such event is playing out in the contract-manufacturing world.
Where have all the rear projection TVs gone? Blog 6/29/2007 Post a comment To paraphrase "Where have all the flowers gone," where have all the rear projection TVs gone? And it begs the question, "Is the demise of the rear projection TV on the horizon? Its been an interesting week with television announcements from several companies. While flat-panel TVs from Hitachi and Toshiba are proliferationg across product lines, rear projection models from those companies are disappearing.
Reliability rising Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 6/27/2007 Post a comment The push towards fewer shutdowns and breakdowns is getting a bit more help from semiconductor suppliers. , who are getting close to 1 ppm failure levels and moving towards a parts per billion yardstick.
Powering the green revolution Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 6/22/2007 Post a comment Can signal processing save the world? That may sound like a silly question unless you are familiar with digital signal controllers.
Nokia going back to basics Blog 6/21/2007 Post a comment Nokia's latest round of reorganization comes with a certain feeling of déjà vu. In effect, the Finnish mobiles giant is returning to the group structure it had before 2004, when it operated as Nokia Mobile Phones and Nokia Networks.
TI vs. Broadcom vs. Qualcomm Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 6/21/2007 Post a comment The Linley Group has released market data for TI, Broadcom, Qualcomm, and other vendors. Its data covers DSL, wireless, and other key markets.
Bright ideas Blog 6/20/2007 Post a comment Grand prize is $500 worth of Z-Wave equipment. Second prize is $250 worth of equipment, and third prize is $100.
TVs are busting out all over Blog 6/20/2007 Post a comment This Spring and early Summer has been an exciting time for TV introductions. So far, Pioneer, Sony, Sharp, JVC, and Toshiba have announced and have or will start shipping 2007 TV displays. In the coming weeks, we will see new models from Philips, Hitachi, HP, and others on the horizon.
Shining a light on camera phones Blog 6/18/2007 Post a comment On the heels of Kodak's announcement of an advance that more than doubles the light sensitivity of CMOS or CCD image sensors, OmniVision, a CMOS player, launched the first fully integrated 3-megapixel CameraChip sensor in a quarter-inch format--which can be used to upgrade existing handsets.
EDA Shocked Into Action Blog 6/18/2007 Post a comment Coverage of the EDA industry is shrinking to the levels justified by advertising revenues, endangering the quality of coverage. Changes are required by both EDA vendors and publishers.
"Stay Tuned!" Blog 6/18/2007 Post a comment For all the traditions and gimmicks of TV news and talk programs that they've mocked on "The Daily Show," there's one they still hold sacred: Keep the guest seated going into the commercial after the interview.
Canon remains bullish on SED Blog 6/14/2007 Post a comment According to reports coming out of Japan, Canon believes that consumers will wait for better television, and that "patience is a virtue. Tsuneji Uchida, Canon's president, says he remains committed to entering the market in spite of legal patent issues with Nano-Proprietary, which has been delaying the company's plans of introducing SED HDTV in the U.S. and the world.
Our new appearance Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 6/12/2007 Post a comment You're going to see a big change here at Industrial Control DesignLine. Our new look is pretty cool, but it's far more than cosmetic. We're forging tighter links with TechOnline, a sister site within the CMP Media family.
DSP summer reading list Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 6/11/2007 Post a comment Slow summer days are a great time to catch up on reading. Here are some web sites that provide fun and educational reading on DSP.
Don't dismiss DAC; re-create it Blog 6/11/2007 Post a comment Is the Design Automation Conference still relevant? The industry has asked itself this question at every recent DAC, and this year's event in San Diego was no exception.
New display features for 2007 Blog 6/7/2007 Post a comment New features on 2007 displays seem to be focusing on two areas for flat-panel displays and micro-displays. Last year (2006) the big display story was the beginning of the migration from 720p screen resolutions to 1080p, This year the focus is on 120Hz refresh rates and slimmer cabinetry for micro-displays.
The stewards of energy Power DesignLine Blog 6/6/2007 Post a comment Economics and eco-ethics drive the quest for energy-efficient power conversion techniques. It is our responsibility as engineers, as stewards of energy, to find the most innovative power management advances.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
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