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HDMI sticker shock
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7/31/2007   Post a comment
Obtaining certification for an HDMI cable -- just a cable -- will set a manufacturer back $5,000. And for a DVD player or TV/monitor, it runs $15,000. HDMI repeater devices cost $12,000. And for $75,000 manufacturers can enjoy "elite" membership benefits that include priority testing that moves you to the front of the line.
Speeding debug of FPGA-based systems using mixed-signal oscilloscopes
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/31/2007   Post a comment
Forthcoming live webinar shows how to dramatically accelerate the debug of FPGA-based Systems using mixed signal oscilloscopes (MSOs).
News you need to know
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7/31/2007   Post a comment
Although some press releases never make it to the News section, their contents are important.
Dealing with feature creep
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
7/31/2007   Post a comment
Today's consumer electronics are too hard to use, largely due to useless features. Here's how to fix the problem.
The teen who invented television
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/30/2007   Post a comment
In the summer of 1921, a 15-year old Idaho farm boy came up with an idea for how to make a truly electronic television system.
Articles in the extreme
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7/30/2007   Post a comment
As you know, I've been running a Tip of the Week for several weeks now. From time to time, I will be adding a new article category, and it's Extreme.
Connect the dots
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7/30/2007   Post a comment
The semiconductor market is awash in fabs for sale, and right now someone in China, India or other emerging technology hub is rubbing his hands at the prospect of picking up expensive equipment cheaply.
Clear channel for MediaFLO?
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7/30/2007   Post a comment
The signals are breaking up for the Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld flavor of mobile TV in the United States, even before they've had a chance to light up mobile phone screens and drain the handsets' energy.
Speed (hybrid) racer
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
7/29/2007   Post a comment
Here are more details on Toyota's Supra HV-R hybrid racer that won the Tokachi 24-Hour Race
Choosing the best wireless digital-video architecture
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7/29/2007   Post a comment
While most of the approaches are new to the market, their performance differs greatly.
Denon goes blue
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7/27/2007   Post a comment
Earlier this week, Denon Electronics held its annual product introduction showcase, which focused on HDMI v1.3a-enabled AV Receivers and their first Blu-ray Disc players. This was a significant BD introduction as Denon is the first major audio company to offer a next-generation high definition optical disc player.
Clearing the air
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
7/27/2007   Post a comment
Maybe it's the heat, but it seems that there's lots of concern about the environment and energy savings this summer. Greenpeace weighed in recently, and now we've got an unusual technique for cutting electrical costs.
Logic designer reports seeing black-and-white schematics in color!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/26/2007   Post a comment
Also, new research shows that synesthetic colors are perceived in a realistic way, just as synesthetes report!
Great balls of fire -- a marble-based computing machine!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/25/2007   Post a comment
This is so simple and yet so very, very clever -- I wonder how far someone could take this concept (if anyone had the time).
802.11n: Rules of engagement
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7/25/2007   Post a comment
Dual-band operation makes the most sense if you're mixing video and data traffic on the same network.
The word is MAD
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Engineers must always be aware that what they design must be manufactured in a cost sensitive manner.
After the iPhone, what comes next?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
7/23/2007   Post a comment
If you're like me, you're sick of hearing about the iPhone. So let's forget about the iPhone and talk about what comes next!
Be careful what you wish for
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
The electronics industry, and the engineering that underpins it, has been fueled by risk, uncertainty, genius, hard work and occasional luck.
When an on/off switch really does that
Power DesignLine Blog  
7/20/2007   Post a comment
There are practical and psychological implications when on/off switches don't say what they mean, and don't mean what they say...
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Holidays in July - LG
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7/20/2007   Post a comment
Holidays in July continued with week with new offerings from Audiovox, Sony, and LG. This Blog will focus only on LG because it introduced several new flat-panel display products. Reminiscent of masterpieces by Da Vinci and Michelangelo, consumer electronics works of art by LG Electronics were on display last night (July 20) at LG's Summer Line Show held at the famed Christie's Auction House in New York City.
802.11n: Beast in the band?
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7/20/2007   Post a comment
We hear a lot about 802.11n's spectral efficiency. Could that also make it a beast in the band?
Going green yields green
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
7/20/2007   Post a comment
It's nice to see that electronic manufacturing companies recently got some kudos from no less than Greenpeace.
The "Ring of Steel" meets YouTube
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7/20/2007   Post a comment
What's not widely known about London's surveillance camera system is that ordinary British citizens who are captured by the system -- which includes just about anyone walking or driving in London -- have the right to obtain a copy of the footage in which they appear.
Hybrids 'round the clock
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
7/20/2007   Post a comment
Think hybrids are 'wimpy?' Well here's one that just won a 24-hour endurance race.
Yet another Gray code conundrum
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/19/2007   Post a comment
A reader has posed a new conundrum pertaining to Gray codes, and I must admit that this one has given me pause for thought.
More than meets the eye
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7/18/2007   Post a comment
There are many figures of merit for comparing wireless technologies, not just range and data throughput, although these might be the most important.
One Stop Shop
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7/17/2007   Post a comment
The three leading EDA vendors have made acquisitions since the close of DAC to better serve their leading edge IC design customers.
50% off hundreds of engineering books!
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
7/17/2007   Post a comment
I just heard about a great deal : 50% off 100s of engineering titles...
Is a GPS/Galileo agreement near?
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7/17/2007   Post a comment
According to Reuters, the U.S. and the European Union are close to an agreement that would have their respective satellite navigation systems work together.
Tough times ahead?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
7/16/2007   Post a comment
Why are TI and ADI selling off major parts of their businesses? The weakening chip market is undoubtedly a major factor.
In the good ol' summer (racing) time
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
7/16/2007   Post a comment
There's nothing like the competitive challenge of racing to push the boundaries of technology while satisfying the competitive sporting urge.
Polluting the spectrum?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
7/16/2007   Post a comment
Today, EE Times Europe posted this email to the editor addressing interference from broadband over powerline systems from one of our friends at the National Association for Amateur Radio, the ARRL.
Achieving scalability with switch fabrics in CompactPCI
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7/15/2007   Post a comment
Why designers should consider the Compact PCI Serial RapidIO spec
Commentary: I offer you the Apple iGame
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7/13/2007   Post a comment
Who will win the video game console war? Nintendo? Microsoft? Sony? Or perhaps a lurking potential player? Let me suggest a company that might or might not be thinking about entering the video game box market. How about Apple Inc.? With its flair for great design, application integration, promotional drama, marketing savvy, the Steve Jobs appeal, intensely loyal customer base and interest in the consumer sector, I dare say Apple could introduce a game console that could turn the whole market on
50% off hundreds of great engineering books!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/13/2007   Post a comment
I just heard about a great deal; 50% off 100s of engineering titles from Elsevier, Academic Press, Butterworth Heinemann, and Newnes (but only until the end of July).
Holidays in July - Samsung
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7/13/2007   Post a comment
Every year at this time, CE companies like to celebrate the holidays. Yes, that's right -- almost six months early. CE manufacturers like to re-fresh the memory of journalists, and remind them of what products will be out in the 4th quarter of the year around the holidays. Well, Samsung surprised me yesterday by actually introducing new displays.
Wow, a USB-based ultrasound probe!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/12/2007   Post a comment
Would you believe that everything you need to implement a state-of-the-art ultrasound probe can be run from the scant five volts trickling through a USB cable?
Pay-by-portable phone
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7/11/2007   Post a comment
I've blogged about cell-phone purchasing before -- but always in the context of a sophisticated technology rollout such as NFC plus an augmented credit-card infrastructure
Magic Wheel looks mega-cool
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/11/2007   Post a comment
This definitely comes under "The-Kids-Will-Want-One" heading. Consisting of a really big wheel and a smaller wheel, this is sort of a cross between a unicycle and a skateboard.
Infineon Buys TI DSL
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
7/10/2007   Post a comment
Infineon is acquiring TI's DSL business, leaving Conexant and Broadcom as its only real competitors.
It's all about the iPhone
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
7/10/2007   Post a comment
This week has been full of news on what's inside the Apple iPhone, what people think of the iPhone, and what's next for the iPhone. I thought I would take a minute and compile a list of recent iPhone stories for you, in case you haven't had enough of it.
USB-based devices are taking over the world!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/10/2007   Post a comment
Would you believe a USB desk-top digital microscope, USB-based virtual girl and boy friends, and much, much more...
Baby, you can park my car
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
7/9/2007   Post a comment
Will high tech parking meters lead to even more harassment in our lives?
Femtocells hit London
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7/9/2007   Post a comment
More than 240 delegates from leading telecom companies just met at the Avren Events conference to discuss the technologies, business models and timeframes for the introduction of femtocells--router sized home basestations for cellular phones.
Bigger than the iPhone
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
7/9/2007   Post a comment
The iPhone got all the coverage, but the dual-mode cellular/WiFi phones announced last week may be more important.
Not your father's IC business
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7/9/2007   Post a comment
It's especially tough being an IC vendor these days. The development costs associated with EDA tools, masks and time are growing fast.
SOS for sinking design flow methodology
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7/9/2007   Post a comment
As we get down to 65-, 45- and 32-nanometer designs that are increasingly complex and harder to manufacture, we're assuredly going to run into design closure and manufacturability problems--to the extent that we'll effectively shut down chip design if we continue using our current design flows.
The EDA Dozen
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7/9/2007   Post a comment
There are a dozen EDA companies among the 60 recognized by EE Times as the emerging companies in 2007.
The neverending HD optical disc format wars
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7/6/2007   Post a comment
The next-generation high-definition optical disc format war is starting to sound like he said/she said argument. Every time I turn around, one camp or the other is claiming a new victory over the other. And, in the end, you don't know who to believe.
Would you believe a 10 cm x 10 cm die (silicon chip)?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/6/2007   Post a comment
In answer to a previous question about the largest die out there, I just received a rather interesting email...
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