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Samsung BDP-3600 BluRay Player
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
As a precursor to my surround sound purchase I did end up buying a BluRay player over the weekend. I picked up the Samsung BDP-3600 from the local FutureShop.
Green building -- Is it growing faster than a the rest of clean technology?
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
6/30/2009   Post a comment
In this week's GSL blog, Allan takes a look at green building and how its growth is eclipsing the rest of clean technology.
Design trust and verification
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
It's generally acknowledged that we have entered the 45 nm processing node era. It's also well known that at this node the mantra among SoC designers should be "verify!, verify!, verify!"
Non-traditional environmental test methodologies for electronics
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
6/30/2009   Post a comment
Just how tough is Panasonic's Toughbook? Brian Caufield uses an elephant, a tiger, a Volkswagon Jetta, diet coke, and doritos just to see how tough it really is.
Customization is everywhere
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
What this did raise in my mind, however, was the amount of customization that is available in all of the consumer product I have. I just never really sat down and thought about how much almost everything I own is customized just for me.
Home networking battle continues: one person's view
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
6/27/2009   1 comment
Wireless, wired, or power line: which one has the edge in the home?
Viewpoint: Diversification is not just about your money
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6/26/2009   Post a comment
For a speech at my school commencement ceremony I on what someone who has have been working in the EDA industry for over a decade can tell engineering graduates: diversify.
Rising stakes in Imagination, won't spark fight for control - yet
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6/26/2009   Post a comment
It would be easy to assume that the recently increased stakes in publicly-held graphics IP licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England) by Intel and Apple are the start of a battle for control for must-have graphics intellectual property.
Bluetooth integrates them all
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
6/26/2009   1 comment
A generation of car users drives around with a navigation system stuck at their windshield — with arguable estethics and negative consequences for safety. Now a research project aims at creating an interface to integrate these devices. It's high time.
Letter to the editor: 8-bit horsepower
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
6/26/2009   5 comments
A reader responds to a question on 8-bit vs. 16-bit vs. 32-bit microcontrollers.
Opinion: Inside Microsoft's Google-style Hohm
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6/25/2009   Post a comment
The debut of Microsoft's Hohm says a lot about the dynamics of the software business today where Web 2.0 giant Google is writing the rules that impact software even in the emerging smart grid sector.
GM should kill the Corvette
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6/25/2009   21 comments
Bankrupt GM needs to kill the Corvette and focus on energy efficient cars that can compete against Toyota and Honda.
Licensable IP houses leapfrogging DSP incumbents
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6/25/2009   1 comment
Tensilica and ARC have recently launched radically new DSP-specific architectures, so Forward Concepts' Will Strauss began to wonder if the traditional DSP chip suppliers, Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, Freescale, LSI and NEC, are falling behind in their offerings.
Hey Red, is space exploration worth it?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
6/25/2009   8 comments
Hearing Buzz Aldrin talk at a book signing last night did little to relieve the nagging concern that there may be better ways to invest in our future than space exploration.
BluRay Player vs. PS3
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
Last week I talked about my start for a home audio system. It's a great project for me and one that I will go into further detail on as I get closer to a decision. But the other thing that this research got me thinking about was BluRay players. Currently I use my PS3 to watch BluRay movies, but this has created a few problems for me.
'Green' is a journey, not a destination
Power DesignLine Blog  
6/24/2009   Post a comment
In its case for "Green Tech Innovation" some companies will promise more than they can deliver. There may be one semiconductor company that can deliver what they promise. Maybe.
Time heals all wounds, and missteps?
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
Top venture capitalists say the costs of bringing a new processor or system-on-chip to market are becoming prohibitive. Raising new funds to invest in high tech companies of any kind is getting increasingly difficult.
Inside the "Green" new iPhone
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
In this blog posting, Apple has gone to great lengths to make the iPhone 3G S "greener". Will a teardown, reveal those lengths?
More processor talk
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
The question of which processor to use for an embedded project is still a very relevant one.
Viewpoint: Capture OCP systems in IP-XACT 1.4
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
A complete standardization process describing how OCP cores and systems can be captured in IP-XACT is a desired end goal.
iPhone 3G S teardown
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
The Apple iPhone 3G S has been torn apart to identify what was inside. Impressions on the phone.
Driving a slow Sebring in the Bay Area
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Whoever is making product decisions about Chrysler models in the new Fiat-Chrysler company has a problem they need to fix.
The sky is, literally, the limit
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6/22/2009   2 comments
On July 20, 1969, as humans set foot on an astronomical body other than Earth for the first time, millions watched on television sets across the globe.
Go ahead, be trigger happy!
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
6/20/2009   Post a comment
The instrument is certainly important, but so is its trigger
Viewpoint: Keep design innovation alive
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
Take a higher level, holistic view of the aims of the entire product design experience. Reassess the design processes you use and how they map into today's technology and your customer's needs.
Comment: French workers strengthen culture of protest
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6/17/2009   14 comments
Fear of unemployment is rising in France as recession takes hold. Strikes, riots and social unrest have gone to extremes as workers feel they are running out of options and, even worse, they have nothing to lose.
Home Audio for Grad
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
This weekend I convocated from University to get my MBA. My wife kept asking me what I wanted as a present for all my hard work. She told me I could get anything I wanted, so naturally I ask for permission to set up a home theater in the living room.
Opinion: Winners and losers in Digital Britain proposals
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
There were one or two big surprises in U.K. (departing) communications minster Lord (Stephen) Carter's final Digital Britain report, but on the whole, the word underwhelming and the phrase missed opportunity comes to mind.
The color of white
Power DesignLine Blog  
6/17/2009   Post a comment
There's a lot to be said about predictions. Color them red. Then there is a lot to be said about being part of a fad. Color that green. Sometimes it's better to start over on a white canvas.
The ongoing MathStar saga
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/17/2009   1 comment
For a company that effectively shut its doors more than a year ago, MathStar still generates a lot of headlines.
Opinion: the Volt is not a dolt
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6/16/2009   3 comments
A rebuttal of sorts to Mark LaPedus' article on the Volt being a Top 10 worthy engineering gaffe.
All in one place
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
6/16/2009   Post a comment
Just a quick blog entry to have all the links to the popular Motor Fundamentals articles from Microchip in one place.
Virtual platforms, research & venture capital
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6/16/2009   Post a comment
DAC this year has its work cut out for it. The recession has hit the EDA industry hard and every player is being frugal in evaluating expenditures. Nevertheless organizers of the 46th annual conference and exhibits will make the best of it.
ADI launches online processor community help site
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
6/15/2009   1 comment
Analog Devices' digital signal processing group has jumped into the vendor-driven engineering community fray with an online community center where designers can get answers to their technical questions either from ADI specialists or their peers.
Weighing Protection of the OtterBox Defender Case for the Curve 8900
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
Does the weight added for the OtterBox Defender case for the BlackBerry Curve 8900 outweigh the protective benefits?
Is summer the new Christmas for phone releases?
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
High profile phones are coming out in the summer. What are you looking forward to seeing?
IMS 2009 looks to future, while acknowledging the past
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
6/13/2009   1 comment
In addition to the buzz and action and IMS 2009, there was a fascinating historical exhibit.
Viewpoint: Opportunity to win on different design fronts
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6/12/2009   Post a comment
The broader aspects of semiconductor process development may not grab the headlines as often but they are no less important to the long-term success of final products in the market.
Hot papers at 2009 VLSI Technology Symposium
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6/11/2009   1 comment
Hot papers from this year's VLSI Technology Symposium include three nonvolatile memory advancements: Toshiba' BiCS Flash, Samsung's vertical-stacked transistor structures and Hitachi's PCRAM. Two papers on advanced logic processes include: Intel's" High-k/Metal Gate Stacks" and IBM's "32nm SOI CMOS with Highk/ Metal Gate."
UWB is dead! Oops, sorry: It's alive again!(?)
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6/11/2009   Post a comment
There's been a miracle at Computex: It seems there's have been enough prayers to breath life back into UWB, at least according to second-hand accounts by a remote witness reading show lineups.
The final frontier?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/10/2009   Post a comment
I wasn't born at the time Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon. But that event will shape the achievements of my generation as much (if not more so) than those who watched it live on TV.
Open source EDA software defeats Lock-in: Dream on
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6/10/2009   2 comments
Today, through a nexus of the open source software movement and the difficulty of developing tools to address the problems of leading-edge designs, there are EDA tools out in cyberspace that you can download for free, customize, and utilize to create your latest designs.
Perspiration still beats innovation
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6/10/2009   Post a comment
Powervation, the fabless semiconductor spin-out from the Circuits & Systems Research Center (CSRC) at the University of Limerick in 2006, originally received $10 million Series A round of venture capital funding led by Intel Capital and Scottish Equity Partners with Venture Tech Alliance. Next week the results of that funding will be obvious.
Why aren't we there yet?
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
6/9/2009   1 comment
In his blog entry, Allan Yogasingam compares the fictional world of comic books with respect to energy production and wonders aloud if we can get there ourselves.
EDA industry riding on own waves
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6/9/2009   Post a comment
The EDA industry is making waves but the waves are not reaching the business shores. Both encouraging news about funding and discouraging news about consolidation keep the EDA industry in constant state of bobbing.
Embedded processor wars
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
6/9/2009   Post a comment
While Intel and ARM battle for supremacy in the consumer areas of netbooks and smart phones, ARM is taking on formidable opponents in other application areas.
Comment: retrain and retain engineers in Europe
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6/9/2009   5 comments
With European students turning their backs on science and engineering degrees and European higher education of science and technology being partially filled by Asian students, one can see that the YOUNG European engineering candidate supply could become restricted.
Google and the Internet caused the economic crisis
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6/8/2009   Post a comment
It came to me as I was talking to Maria Marced, European president of chip foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
The next Silicon Valley
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6/8/2009   3 comments
The next Silicon Valley? You're kidding, right?
Here's our take on Intel-Wind River: What's yours?
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
6/8/2009   2 comments
With its acquisition of embedded software leader Wind River Systems Inc., Intel Corp. has unambiguously signaled that it is again attempting to diversify beyond X86 processors.
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