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Fox turning blue over next-generation DVD.
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7/29/2005   Post a comment
In a surprise move, Twentieth Century Fox has announced that it will officially be releasing next-generation blue laser high-definition DVDs in the Blu-ray Disc format. According to Fox, the company will begin releasing new films, TV programming and other titles from Fox's vast celebrated library of best-selling film and television programming when Blu-ray hardware launches in North America, Japan, and Europe next Spring (2006).
Wi-Fi achieves "success" status
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7/29/2005   Post a comment
There's been about 200 million Wi-Fi chip sets sold globally. Holy smokes!
No cutting corners
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7/28/2005   Post a comment
The Discovery Space Shuttle returned to space this week with a successful launch from the Kennedy Space Center.
Ragtop ramblin'
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7/27/2005   Post a comment
A 604-hp Mercedes, lobster, and we're wearing sunglasses--hit it!
A witness to history
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7/26/2005   Post a comment
I ran to the water's edge just as the bright orange plume rose in the sky.
DSO By Any Other Name
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
DSO as a category is fast emerging, but confusion during the establishment of the category is not unusual.
Automotive Telematics Embrace Open Standards
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
As telematics becomes a lower-margin, higher-volume business, the designers are seeing an increased need to support common hardware and software platforms to meet the increased demand for systems integration and rapid deployment.
To quote Shakespeare, "What's in a name?"
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
Warner Home Video has commissioned a next-generation high-definition DVD study. This study was conducted with online respondents, who overwhelmingly preferred HD DVD (by 51-percent) to Blu-ray (25-percent).
Layoff turns a discarded employee into a successful competitor
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
Richard Johnson (see "I created jobs to keep Americans employed," July 11, page 30) accurately depicts the sad proliferation of short-term profit policies of many well-known U.S. companies.
How the Mad Hattress changed my life
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
When I was a lad, my dad and all the men in the neighborhood wore felt hats in the winter and round, straw hats in the summer. The hat biz was a booming business until John (Hatless) Kennedy came to town.
Electronics fuels rising expectations in Southeast Asia
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
Several Southeast Asian countries, eager to step out from behind the shadow of regional powerhouse Singapore, have launched marketing campaigns designed to attract investors and electronics manufacturers.
Thumbs up to satellite radio
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
I realized the full potential of satellite radio on a recent drive down to Florida.
Taking the global pulse
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
The U.S. electronics industry got some welcome news last week.
Help your factory: buy a Jaguar
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7/25/2005   Post a comment
To twist a phrase, what’s good for GM’s engineers is good for the country. Manufacturing engineers can therefore do themselves a favor by asking for even more electronic functions when they purchase their next Jaguar or Maserati.
So What's a Consumer Audio Anyway?
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7/22/2005   Post a comment
Finding the line between Consumer and Pro Audio is complicated by changing consumer demnds.
Yipes pops into Boston
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7/20/2005   Post a comment
I read with great interest the news about Yipes launching a Boston PoP.
The ultimate blending of technology and sport?
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7/19/2005   Post a comment
With a telematics system, teams may not only know competitor locations and speeds but when their rivals are attempting to make a move.
The future of agile RF front ends is now
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7/19/2005   Post a comment
The wide swath of spectrum that must be traversed means we're still stuck with separate RF chains.
Kodak's moment: From film to smart image sensors?
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7/19/2005   Post a comment
It sounds like something out of a hi-tech turnaround fairy tale. Faced with declining film sales as the world switches to digital photography, Kodak adapts by selling the electronic equivalent of film: image sensors. There's just one glaring problem: While the typical film-based snapshot consumer will purchase several rolls of film per year, the digital snapshot consumer will only buy one digital camera -- and hence one image sensor -- every few years.
Time to hit the throttle
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7/18/2005   Post a comment
You know you've been accepted into the club when they let you steer a loaded Hummer onto the floor of the largest semiconductor equipment exhibit and convention in North America.
The only sane response to terror is simply to carry on
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7/18/2005   Post a comment
The London bombings brought to mind an awful scene from Terry Gilliam's science fiction film Brazil.
The State of the DTV Transition
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7/15/2005   Post a comment
The DTV transition was in the news this week. As everyone knows, we're in the midst of a transition from analog to digital transmissions of broadcast TV.
Shift Happens -- Part 2
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7/15/2005   Post a comment
Don responds to the queries he received from his previous Shift Happens blog where he suggested that the availability of digital control would catalyze innovation in base switch mode topologies. Is digital sounding the death knell for analog control? Probably not but it is a significant change.
Pssst...BPL's little secret
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7/15/2005   Post a comment
Lot's of stories on broadband over power line (BPL) in the news lately. As far as I'm concerned, BPL will make it sooner or later. "How come, Annie," you ask.
China share of analog market to approach 40 percent over next five years
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7/13/2005   Post a comment
During the 1980s, American manufacturers worried that Japanese manufacturers would "eat our lunch" in semiconductors. Those fears proved to be unfounded - especially with regard to analog ICs. What then do we make of this report out of Asia that Chinese semimakers with have 40 percent of the analog market by 2010?
Automotive telematics: Open-source automotive-grade linux Is the future
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7/13/2005   Post a comment
Metrowerks' Michael O'Donnell Explains why Automotive-grade Linux will bring cost savings and stability to telematics.
This study is hard to believe
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7/13/2005   Post a comment
It's hard to believe a recent study that claims that hands-free phones aren't safer than hand-helds while driving.
Till our cars have faces
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7/13/2005   Post a comment
A bit of summer silliness: Which cars have great 'faces?'
CANopen safety chip simplifies safety-related development
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7/12/2005   Post a comment
Safety-related devices are increasingly being networked together. Expensive safety controllers and safety monitors are available already, but the number of simple and inexpensive safety-related devices is still low. Networked safety technology makes sense only if the peripherals are available at acceptable prices.
I can see why people like VoIP, but
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7/12/2005   Post a comment
Getting a VoIP connection may not be as easy as it sounds.
Power to the People
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7/11/2005   Post a comment
Has PoE helped VoIP come of age? Where do you stand on this topic? Some research and product awards indicate that VoIP is ready for prime time but there are more consumer product awards that may surprise you.
I created jobs to keep Americans employed
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7/11/2005   Post a comment
Justin Frim (see "Employment opportunities must be equal for all," Crosstalk, June 6, page 36) doesn't have a clue.
LCD displays are in the news this week with several stories
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7/8/2005   Post a comment
Liquid crystal display products were in the news quite a bit this past week. As can be seen by the number of products currently available, their numbers are becoming legion.
Not so plug n' play
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7/7/2005   Post a comment
I love my networked home. The fact I had DSL in this very undeveloped part of town is a testimony to Sprint's commitment to broadband.
Formula One technology to be shown the door?
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7/7/2005   Post a comment
Nearly 100,000 fans of Formula 1 racing voted and said technology is not the most important part of racing.
A tale of two mice (mouses?)
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7/7/2005   Post a comment
When it came time to purchase a new mouse, it was a no-brainer to go with a Bluetooth model.
The other computer inside
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7/6/2005   Post a comment
Steve Ohr's commentaries have periodically examined how companies like Texas Instruments and National Semiconductor have re-focused their energies over the years to cope with ever-changing economic conditions, customer product demands and management strategy statements. Intersil has been repeatedly in focus through its mergers, acquisitions and business unit sales. Following the recent sale of its video businesses, Cirrus Logic now comes under the spotlight.
Les tendances mensuelles laissent présager un recul annuel du marché des puces dès juin
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7/6/2005   Post a comment
Selon les statistiques de la Semiconductor Industry Association, la baisse constante des taux de croissance annuelle enregistrée sur les ventes réelles de semi-conducteurs entre janvier et mai, tant au niveau mondial que pour la région Asie-Pacifique, témoigne d’une évaporation de la croissance d’une année sur l’autre en juin et indique que le marché pourrait se trouver dans une période de déclin annuel.
L’incertitude de certains secteurs pourrait limiter la croissance au 2nd semestre
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7/5/2005   Post a comment
Les perspectives de l’industrie électronique pour le second semestre 2005 mêlent l’optimisme de certains domaines comme la fabrication des semi-conducteurs aux incertitudes de certains secteurs clés comme les écrans et aux préoccupations sur l’orientation générale de l’économie.
Four hours wasted, and counting
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7/5/2005   Post a comment
I spent a long time trying to upgrade the WLAN in my house, to no avail.
We have the bandwidth; where's the content?
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7/4/2005   Post a comment
I enjoyed Loring Wirbel's article "Broadband Backwater" (June 20, page 1) about the broadband gap here in the United States.
KISS and the comfort zone
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7/4/2005   Post a comment
I'd been using a first-generation cell phone longer than I probably should have when I was finally forced to give it up, unable to discover where I had last set it down.
Is Toshiba's HD DVD gaining momentum over Sony's Blu-ray?
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7/1/2005   Post a comment
Events that were put in motion this past week makes me wonder if HD DVD might be gaining some momentum over Blu-ray.
Les Etats-Unis risquent de perdre leur leadership en nanotechnologie
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7/1/2005   Post a comment
Les Etats-Unis sont les leaders mondiaux en termes de dépenses, de recherches et de brevets en nanotechnologie. Toutefois, ils pourraient facilement perdre leur place si le pays ne parvient pas à résoudre certains problèmes naissants.
High tech techs
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
7/1/2005   Post a comment
Back in the 1980s, an Allen-Bradley marketer used to recount a factory floor technician's first encounter with the company's first fiber optic connection system. "The optical connector wouldn't fit, so he cut it off, stripped the cable and stuck the cable into a screw contact."


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