Fox turning blue over next-generation DVD. Blog 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).
Automotive Telematics Embrace Open Standards Blog 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?" Blog 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).
How the Mad Hattress changed my life Blog 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.
Help your factory: buy a Jaguar Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 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.
Kodak's moment: From film to smart image sensors? Blog 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 Blog 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.
Shift Happens -- Part 2 Power DesignLine Blog 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 Blog 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.
CANopen safety chip simplifies safety-related development Blog 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.
Power to the People Power DesignLine Blog 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.
The other computer inside Blog 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 Blog 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.
KISS and the comfort zone Blog 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.
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."