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.
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.
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.
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?
Communications goes green? Not yet. Blog 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.
Commentary: Cadence-Mentor: facts vs. emotions Blog 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.
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.
Beating mobile Web's catch-22 Blog 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.
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 Blog 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.
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.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments