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AMD adds needed markets
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7/31/2006   Post a comment
The acquisition of ATI Technologies is, perhaps, an admission by Advanced Micro Devices that the lack of a graphics engine left a gaping hole in its product offerings for motherboard manufacturers.
Too much of a good thing
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7/31/2006   Post a comment
By now, millions of Chinese were supposed to be making calls using China's third-generation (3G) standard. Sales were supposed to be ramping up for wireless LANs using WAPI, another domestic standard, and millions were also supposed to be watching movies on EVDs--yep, another homegrown standard. None of this has come to pass. And it doesn't look like much of anything will happen anytime soon.

Linux continues to make strides
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7/31/2006   Post a comment
According to IMS Research, the role of Linux in mobile systems will maintain a steady growth path.
Linux: hype vs. reality
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
7/31/2006   Post a comment
The DSP community is a little too excited about Linux. It's time we calmed down and gave Linux a tougher look.
My ongoing adventures at DAC 2006 (Days 2, 3, and 4)!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/28/2006   Post a comment
There are so many stories to tell; at the Magma briefing, for example, the bus to the next venue arrived at the same time as the Creme Brulee . . . arrggghh!
Day 3 at FTF: The stars come out
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
On the third day of the FTF, the celebrity factor was cranked up somewhat, with Jeff Greenfield, CNN's senior analyst and host of the network's CEO Exchange.
Targeted TV commercials coming, beware!
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
Cablevision announced they'll be rolling out a true targeted system, capable of individually selecting ads for each household, later this year to some 100,000 households, and plans to deploy to all their 3-million subscribers next year if it's a success.
HD continues to be in the news
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7/26/2006   Post a comment
As we enter the last sweltering days of July this year, our thoughts turn to HD. In the news this week, we heard about the government's plans for coupons to obtain converters for those folks who won't have an HDTV by February 2009.
Day 2 at FTF: A little bit of glitz
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7/26/2006   Post a comment
The second day of the FTF opened with the keynote address, given by Freescale's CEO Michel Mayer.
The processor squeeze
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
7/26/2006   Post a comment
At Freescale's second Technology Forum, the "new" chipmaker underscored the squeeze on 16-bit processors.
Wondering about Wi-Fi
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
Is Wi-Fi the wireless equivalent of the Swiss army knife?
Road to the autonomous car
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
7/25/2006   Post a comment
"These vehicles are closer than people think," says Freescale's Peter Schulmeyer.
My adventures at DAC 2006 (day 1)!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/25/2006   Post a comment
In addition to learning lots of cool stuff about companies and tools, I also got to take part in Tensilica's art campaign to raise money for Ballet San Jose!
FTF Day 1: A lively panel session
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
The highlight of my day at the FTF was a panel session that I moderated covering software for mobile consumer electronics.
ADI? TI? Or door #3?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
7/25/2006   Post a comment
People talk about ADI and TI as if they were the only companies selling DSPs. That's crazy--and it's bad business.
FTF Day 0: The calm before the storm
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7/24/2006   Post a comment
Here's the report from Day 0 at the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF).
$450 to turn your toilet into a fish tank!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/21/2006   Post a comment
That's right, you heard me; this little scamp is billed as "A whimsical potty that turns your toilet into a nautical wonderland!"
Hiring manager has it wrong
Audio DesignLine Blog  
7/20/2006   Post a comment
Sometimes managers just get it wrong. In this case, the Chief Operating Officer of a DC consultancy doesn't get it. He can't find employees and it's his own fault.
Design and win. Simple as that.
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments just launched the eZ Design Contest, and it's powered by the TechOnLine VirtualLab.
I am a super-happy camper, because ...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/20/2006   Post a comment
Two Austrian engineers have commenced a project to implement a low-cost FPGA-based physical implementation of our virtual DIY Calculator.
A day for veto
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7/19/2006   Post a comment
We all know about one veto for today, but here's one that you probably didn't hear about.
Thoughts and Musings about HD
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7/19/2006   Post a comment
Now that we've survived the latest heat wave, our thoughts turn to HD. And, not just HD, but "Christmas or Holidays In July." "Holidays in July" is the type of press event that manufacturers put on at this time of the year as many magazines are now planning their November and December issue.
Sticky fingers
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
7/19/2006   Post a comment
Adhesives aren't the most glamorous manufacturing technology, but they're a critical element in many factories and industrial sites.
Discovery Channel's "MythBusters" to appear at DAC
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/19/2006   Post a comment
With all of the vendors at DAC telling you that their products are the best, how can you know what's true and what's hype? This sounds like a job for the MythBusters!
A self-contained data chip the size of a grain of rice!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/18/2006   Post a comment
Different groups of folks like HP and IMEC are working on miniscule self-contained chips that can collect and/or store data and then transmit it when requested.
HP's RFID chip opens new design vistas
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
HP's Memory Spot chip will take RFID systems to a new level of sophistication.
What's next for India?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
7/18/2006   Post a comment
Will India's DSP industry continue its impressive growth, or will it lose work to China?
The future is (almost) now!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/17/2006   Post a comment
Techniques for controlling the weather (rain on demand)? Suspended animation? Stuff that was science fiction yesterday is becoming real as we speak!
Wrong question, wrong layer
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7/17/2006   Post a comment
Carriers, standards bodies and equipment manufacturers like to draw battle lines among the varied flavors of broadband wireless. That became clear when Intel propped up the moribund 802.16a by dubbing the fixed broadband wireless standard "WiMax" and urging that its mission be broadened to include mobile client platforms.
Setting up a WLAN, the saga continues
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7/17/2006   Post a comment
Not satisfied with the souped-up version of my 802.11g wireless network, it was time to upgrade to the latest MIMO model.
Scientists discover beer in space!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/14/2006   Post a comment
Three British scientists have discovered an interstellar gas cloud containing enough alcohol to make 400 trillion trillion pints of beer!
Don't change that dial. Commercials are coming to your handset.
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7/13/2006   Post a comment
The mobile video market has arrived when the discussion of advertising revenue is starting to take place.
Mazda's MX-5, fun for the sun
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
7/13/2006   Post a comment
On the road you have to pay attention, because the steering is so quick (and fun to work) that any distraction may find you wandering in your lane.
Is nanotechnology risky?
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7/13/2006   Post a comment
According to a report by Lux Research, titled Nanotechnology: A Research Strategy for Addressing Risk, nanotechnology will have a huge impact on the global economy, but may also be risky.
More blue news
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7/12/2006   Post a comment
Just when you think that you've heard as much news as you thought that you would about blue lasers, there's more news. I'm just getting blue over high-definition optical discs. Within 24 hours of each other, Ricoh and the proponents of HD DVD made separate and unrelated announcements about different aspects of next generation discs.
Too much simplification
Audio DesignLine Blog  
7/12/2006   Post a comment
As technology advances a tipping point in device complexity makes the highly complex parts simple to use. An apparent conflict, this fact was predicted years ago. But it's a reality today.
RFID blazes new trails
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7/12/2006   Post a comment
We will soon be seeing RFID/ZigBee, RFID/NFC, and RFID/Bluetooth technology combinations.
Unavoidable laws of the universe as we know it!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/12/2006   Post a comment
In which we discover some unavoidable laws of the universe (e.g. "Brown's Law: If the shoe fits, it's ugly."); maybe you have some of your own to add?
VoIP--Where's the pain?
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7/11/2006   Post a comment
Lately, several contributed articles by such companies as Texas Instruments, Centillium, and Mindspeed, as well as an excerpt from Internet Phone Services Simplified by Jim Doherty and Neil Anderson delivered a wealth of basic to advanced information on Voice Over IP (VoIP).
How big is Earth compared to ... ?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/11/2006   Post a comment
Just how much bigger is the Earth compared to Mercury, for example? Or how much smaller is the Earth compared to Jupiter?
DSP demands focus
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
7/10/2006   Post a comment
In my opinion, both Intel's wireless business and LSI Logic's DSP business failed because of a lack of focus.
I hate spyware!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/10/2006   Post a comment
A recent expose on the spyware company Direct Revenue details the workings and business model of this insidious organization.
NFC is picking up steam
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7/10/2006   Post a comment
NFC has not caught on in the U.S. That could be changing.
Open, Open-Wheel Racing
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
7/7/2006   Post a comment
Here's hoping that American open-wheel racing is on the right track.
USB-controlled desktop missile launcher
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/7/2006   Post a comment
The ultimate deterrent against those annoying people who lurk around your desk chatting incessantly because they've got nothing better to do.
Stay immune to handset viruses
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7/6/2006   Post a comment
Virus are spreading to mobile handsets, yet no one seems to be doing anything about it. Thanks to McAfee, that should be changing.
You've got to think things through!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/6/2006   Post a comment
In which we take a look at some unfortunate domain names who's URLs do not convey quite the image their owners had perhaps intended!
ReplayTV returns as PC software
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7/6/2006   Post a comment
ReplayTV, purchased in a bankruptcy sale about three years ago, quit the set top box business last December, and now Replay is being re-configured as software for PCs with TV tuner cards.
Intel and Motorola
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7/5/2006   Post a comment
Just musing, if Intel and Motorola ever combined would it be Mintel, Motel, or Interola or Inola? The possibilities are endless.
Trials and tribulations of DRM issues
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7/5/2006   Post a comment
Every so many weeks stories surface regarding some aspect of Digital Rights Management (DRM). This week there were several stories starting with one that I placed in the 'Top How To' section.
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