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All-electric cars, something for mollycoddles?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
6/30/2008   Post a comment
If all-electric cars will be the future, the industry still has to invent add-ons for this type of cars to lure buyers. After all, some persons do nut buy with their brains but with their senses
Wanted: Battery powered votes
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
6/30/2008   Post a comment
US presidential candidate John McCain put batteries squarely in the spotlight last week when he pledged a $300m reward for the development of a better battery-powered car.
Lost in Space
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
6/30/2008   Post a comment
Admittedly, the bread is still being buttered by the commercial side of the business, but business also seems to be steadily growing in the defense and aerospace markets.
Has auto electronics gone too far?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
6/29/2008   2 comments
While electronics systems proliferate, there are some that should have never been invented.
Air hockey-playing robot plus uber-cool software
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/27/2008   Post a comment
I just ran across a couple of interesting blogs that have videos associated with them, and it's well worth taking a peek at these little scamps.
Coolest software ever
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
6/26/2008   Post a comment
Mad genius Peter Neubcker has come up with software that teases individual notes out of polyphonic recordings. His amazing software lets you manipulate each note to your heart's content--check out this video for details.
Home networks succeed despite fragmented standards and varying media choices
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6/26/2008   1 comment
Home networks succeed despite fragmented standards and varying media choices
Robot plays air hockey
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
6/26/2008   Post a comment
Nuvation's air hockey robot is a fun demo of its machine vision capabilities. The demo runs on a ColdFire processor.
The best-ever freeware utilities
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/26/2008   Post a comment
There are tools here I never even heard of before, but now I know they're there I realize I can't live without them!
Another shot fired in the "loudness war"
Audio DesignLine Blog  
6/25/2008   1 comment
A new CD release made directly from an LP master is the latest example of a music artist fighting back against the pervasive use of extreme dynamic range compression in popular recordings.
The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and other stuff
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/25/2008   Post a comment
It's all go at the moment, my mom is in an airplane jetting over to see me as I pen these words, plus some classic comics are heading my way.
RFID Creates Potential Hazard in Hospitals
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6/25/2008   Post a comment
Research published in JAMA suggests the RFID industry has work to do when it comes to supporting hospitals and asset tracking.
WiMAX woes
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6/25/2008   Post a comment
An EU investigation and a bleak market report add up to trouble. But it's not just WiMAX.
Killing people in an environmentally friendly way
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/24/2008   1 comment
When one is creating weapons to blow things up and kill people, it seems a little "weird" to associate an "environmentally friendly" qualifier with them.
FCC may make DVR design harder, and limit functionality
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6/24/2008   Post a comment
The movie industry wants to create a new category of TV content that would lock out DVR recording in the U.S. It's a bad idea.
Mood is up: Wireless is Hot
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
6/24/2008   Post a comment
Perhaps our wireless gadgets have become "can't do without" devices. Will that be enough to keep the industry growing in periods of worldwide economic downturns? What do you think?
Don't slip on the PEEL array
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/23/2008   2 comments
Does anyone know the name of the company that purchased ICT and their PEEL arrays?
Communications goes green? Not yet.
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6/23/2008   Post a comment
At NXTComm last week, I met with Edna Conway, Sr. Director of Advanced Compliance and Social Responsibility (quite a title), and I had my first glimpse into exactly what 'green' means to Cisco--and what it doesn't mean to many.
Happy Birthday Baby
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
6/23/2008   Post a comment
The forerunner of the modern computer was born in a lab in the University of Manchester sixty years ago.
"Quad A" battery is a tickler
Power DesignLine Blog  
6/21/2008   Post a comment
What's the future hold for the AAAA battery? It'll become more available but, to the critical eye, its technical justification is not yet clear.
A staple-free stapler - what a good idea!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/20/2008   Post a comment
I can't count the times I've been trying to remove a staple and ended up with it sticking into my thumb or slipping under my fingernail.
How to drive your business colleagues insane
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/20/2008   Post a comment
If would be a funny old world if you couldn't laugh at somebody else's misfortunes (grin).
Commentary: The tough trade-offs of 'ease of use'
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6/20/2008   1 comment
Everyone wants ease of use, but achieving it sometimes requires complex design, which in turn leads to operating issues. In short, nothing's easy.
A Magma and Mentor Merger?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/19/2008   Post a comment
I just perused a blog by Gabe Moretti that has certainly given me "food for thought."
Harsh words re Cadence grabbing Mentor
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/19/2008   Post a comment
A reader has some very definite views he felt moved to share with me (be warned, this includes tongue-twisting words like "megalithic mediocrity").
So, which type of car did I end up buying?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/19/2008   2 comments
With regard to my hunt for a new car, lots of folks are asking which make and model I ended up purchasing...
M&M Would Be Sweet
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6/19/2008   Post a comment
Cadence's hidden costs for the Mentor acquisition are too high. But Mentor has a viable defense move.
Commentary: Cadence-Mentor: facts vs. emotions
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6/19/2008   2 comments
Cadence Design Systems Inc.'s offer for Mentor Graphics is generating strong emotions in the electronic design automation market but Mentor Graphics' directors must base their final decision on the financial merits and disadvantages of the offer.
MP3 player audio quality tests: Some surprises
Audio DesignLine Blog  
6/18/2008   1 comment
CNET compared the measured audio quality of a variety of MP3 players based on frequency response, THD+N, and SNR - and the winner isn't who you might think.
Beatboxing with LabVIEW FPGA
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
6/18/2008   Post a comment
NI's Vineet Aggarwal shows off his beatboxing skills and in the process demos the capabilities of LabVIEW FPGA.
Cadentor's Products
Blog  
6/18/2008   3 comments
A discussion on the tradeoffs required by the Cadence acquisition of Mentor product families.
Jules Vernian analog synthesizer
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/18/2008   Post a comment
This is one of those things you don't know you want until you see it, after which you can't get it out of your mind...
Tip of the Week---Simple power supply for FPGAs, Part 1
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6/18/2008   Post a comment
DC/DC IC building-block systems such as Linear Technology's microModules are a good solution for simple and compact low-voltage, high-current power supply applications.
Multimode: The other missing piece
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6/17/2008   Post a comment
Multimode may take a long time to happen but it is coming and it will have a big impact.
Cadence trying to buy Mentor
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/17/2008   Post a comment
Noooooo! I am not a happy camper. This is NOT a good idea.
Cadence's Arrogance
Blog  
6/17/2008   7 comments
Cadence bid for Mentor is similar to the Daisy acquisition of Cadnetix.
Making the world a better place one smile at a time
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/16/2008   Post a comment
Here's a really worthwhile charity that helps kids in developing countries by providing life-changing surgery.
Moving beyond Wi-Fi
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
6/16/2008   2 comments
In some cases, has the time for wireless past?
VIZIO facing MPEG music after competitors snitch
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6/16/2008   Post a comment
VIZIO's patent problems come not from MPEG LA -- the patent pool licensing agency -- but from VIZIO's competitors.
Reflections from IMS: Tornadoes
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
6/16/2008   Post a comment
I just attended a panel discussion here at the RFIC Symposium. The topic was "Millimeterwave ICs: Is Silicon Winning? Is GaAs still alive?" After the panel presented, an observation from the floor set off some tornado warnings in my head for RF.
Linux vs. DSP/BIOS
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
6/16/2008   Post a comment
TI has an interesting and fairly entertaining video on Linux vs. DSP/BIOS.
Beating mobile Web's catch-22
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6/16/2008   Post a comment
Providing a Web-like experience via mobile is leaving content providers struggling to provide rich content quickly, harried by wireless considerations and a tangle of devices and networks.
cctv - Room for improvement
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
6/16/2008   Post a comment
Forgive my twitch but I have an irresistible urge to keep looking over my shoulder as I write this blog.
But what about...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/13/2008   Post a comment
Inflatable cars that can survive a fall off a cliff; I get a new car; but what about...
Achronix takes a new approach to FPGA startup problems
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6/12/2008   Post a comment
Achronix Semiconductor Corp.'s founder and CEO says the start-up has adopted a new approach in dealing with customers in the FPGA market in a bid to avoid the high-failure rate new entrants into the sector have experienced as old business management processes fail to keep pace with rapid changes in technology developments.
Which cellular headset should I buy, and why?
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6/12/2008   Post a comment
On July 1 this year, a California law goes into effect that says we have to use a hands-free device if we want to talk on the phone while driving.
HP Offers RFID Tag, Ship Service
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6/12/2008   Post a comment
Consider Google Yahoo, Microsoft and other search engines. Digital ad networks that serve-up text and video ads on search engines.
Study: How does the brain separate audio signals from noise?
Audio DesignLine Blog  
6/11/2008   Post a comment
By measuring brain responses of listeners performing an auditory detection test (hear it for yourself) researchers have moved closer to solving the mystery of how the human brain extracts meaningful signals from noisy acoustic environments.
Leading Edge Developments Face Old Problems
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6/11/2008   Post a comment
The problem faced by leading edge development teams are often simular to those faced many years before.
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