AMD adds needed markets Blog 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 Blog 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.
Targeted TV commercials coming, beware! Blog 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 Blog 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.
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!
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.
Thoughts and Musings about HD Blog 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.
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 Blog 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.
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? Blog 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 Blog 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.
VoIP--Where's the pain? Blog 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).
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.
ReplayTV returns as PC software Blog 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 Blog 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 Blog 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.
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.
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