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Crossword Champs
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7/31/2008   Post a comment
Wireless Words #2 has three winners--and I thought I made it too tough. Just wait for the next one.
Does electronics make life boring?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
7/31/2008   Post a comment
In the earlier days, in-car electronic systems never failed since cars went without them. Driving, thus, was more interesting — but not necessarily more enjoyable.
3-chip vs. 1 image sensor
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7/30/2008   Post a comment
Why high-end pro video cameras continue to use three image sensors, while pro-quality DSCs use a single high-megapixel sensor.
Too Difficult?
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7/30/2008   Post a comment
I must have made the crossword puzzle too difficult this time. Unlike last week when people seemed to jump on it, well, I guess you're still working on it?
"Secret Agent" sunglasses with hidden camera
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/30/2008   Post a comment
Good grief, I would have given almost anything to have these when I was a kid...
Nuclear energy: Technological victim
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
7/29/2008   4 comments
In the U.S., nuclear energy has been a victim of technological ignorance and bad science.
Calculate your individual ecological footprint
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
7/29/2008   Post a comment
EBV has launched the ecological footprint calculator Now, users can calculate their own annual greenhouse gas emissions (their ecological footprint) by entering details of their household and travel activities.
A geeky way to track exercise and weight-loss goals
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/29/2008   Post a comment
Here's an interesting way to map out walks and bike rides and view them in 3D.
What would you do with free floating-point?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
7/28/2008   1 comment
TI's C674x offers floating-point performance for about the same price and power as a fixed-point chip. What would you do with the "free" floating-point?
And the winner of the free Verilog book is...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/28/2008   Post a comment
Good grief... making a final decision was a lot harder than I expected...
New Crossword Puzzle--Wireless Words #2
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7/28/2008   Post a comment
Ta da. Here we go, this week's Wireless Words #2--the Crossword Puzzle you've been waiting for.
Animator versus Animation
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/28/2008   Post a comment
Here's a very clever Flash animation created by a very gifted young artist.
Commentary: The creative computer
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7/25/2008   Post a comment
In an issue of the French magazine La Nature dated June 7, 1890, I found an article about a competition for the design of a tower for the Paris World Exhibition in 1889.
Commentary: This just in--Crisis mongering reaches crisis proportions!
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7/25/2008   Post a comment
Maybe it's just my imagination, but it seems as if both the number and intensity of proclaimed "imminent" or "looming" crisis warnings are rising.
The Great Zero Energy Media Wall of China
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
7/25/2008   Post a comment
The GreenPix - Zero Energy Media Wall " aims to spotlight what the future holds for LED display and photovoltaic technologies.
Androids - are they already amongst us?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/25/2008   Post a comment
Here are two more thought-provoking videos that, well, make one think provoking thoughts...
Here's the answer to CRC-7 algorithm for the SD Card
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/25/2008   1 comment
I think the student who posed the original question is going to be a very happy camper...
Dancing robots - this is a MUST SEE!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/25/2008   Post a comment
In which we discover a robot fish, a bicycle-riding robot, some fighting robots, and some amazing dancing robots!
Verilog versus VHDL (which is best?)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/24/2008   65 comments
A reader who knows a little Verilog and a little VHDL is trying to plot his future course; which language should he learn in detail?
Navigation system mysteries
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
7/24/2008   Post a comment
Automotive navigation systems pose the consumer into an inextricable conflict: Either he (or she) wants a user-friendly, powerful device with unacceptable estetic constraints, or he gets an outdated device at an equally unacceptable price.
Wireless network supports uncompressed video in a compressed world
Blog  
7/24/2008   13 comments
According to a spate of news stories this week, major players in the digital-home-entertainment segment have yet again found a technology that the group thinks can move HDTV video around the home -- wirelessly. The heavyweight supporters include Sharp, Hitachi, Motorola, Samsung, and Sony. And I'm about to tell you why the concept is fatally flawed.
Two "jokes" - one happy, one sad
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/24/2008   1 comment
Here are two items of interest that I bet you'll be telling to someone you know before the day is out...
We Have Crossword Puzzle Winners
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7/23/2008   Post a comment
Thanks to all who played the first crossword puzzle (Wireless Words) ever to appear on Mobile Handset DesignLine. The first three to have all of the answers correct are:
How to increase your productivity and fitness at the same time (seriously)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/23/2008   Post a comment
I've discovered a way to increase one's productivity at work while at the same time increasing one's fitness and losing weight.
Pass the Popcorn--it's the Nokia and Qualcomm show
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7/22/2008   Post a comment
Beginning July 23, the bitter feud between Nokia and Qualcomm will come to an office (or living room) near you.
What am I holding in my hand?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/22/2008   2 comments
Close, but no cigar - it's actually an $84.95 book that provides a hands-on introduction to Verilog synthesis and FPGA prototyping and I'm giving it away...
3D control surface allows real knobs on LCD virtual controls
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
7/22/2008   Post a comment
This control surface prototype lets you place and use physical knobs on the virtual controls displayed on your laptop's LCD screen to control an application, instead of using a mouse or keyboard. See how it works in the short video demo.
Correction
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7/22/2008   Post a comment
Thanks to Buster, I found out that two of the clues to this week's crossword puzzle were missing from the image that I posted in the previous blog. Well, here they are.
Cadence greener grass
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7/22/2008   1 comment
Cadence's efforts to acquire Mentor Graphics are of course motivated by more than greed.
Jalapeno Pepper Recall
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7/22/2008   Post a comment
Early on the FDA linked the salmonella strain to fresh tomatoes, taking a 40% chunk from California's tomato sales. RFID to the rescue?
DVR and STB designers rejoice: Gemstar is kinder and gentler (again!)
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7/21/2008   Post a comment
Macrovision recently purchased Gemstar-TV Guide.
Thoughts from the road
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
7/21/2008   Post a comment
Here's a vehicle worthy of Colin Powell.
Octopus eats shark - Fish eats duck
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/21/2008   Post a comment
YouTube is an extremely "sticky" website; once you go in, it's very hard to come back out again...
Trying to understand CRC-7 for the SD Card
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/21/2008   3 comments
A student in Canada has run into a problem on his MP3 player project and is asking for our help...
Global warming revisited
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
7/21/2008   8 comments
Here's what you had to say about global warming, and more detail on the subject.
Do a Wireless Crossword Puzzle--Win Free Stuff
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7/21/2008   Post a comment
I love games. I will sit happily for hours if someone gives me a riddle to solve or twisted metal pieces to take apart. I've even been known to take a stab at the New York Times Crossword Puzzle, that really difficult and frustrating weekly challenge.
Commentary: What price entrepreneurship?
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7/21/2008   Post a comment
We've all heard about or possibly even participated in the exciting world of startup companies. But what is it that drives our interest in these endeavors?
Commentary: Lessons of an earlier Olympics--Let the change begin
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7/21/2008   Post a comment
"The 1964 Summer Olympics was a powerful turning point for me and for my homeland of Japan," writes EE Times editor in chief Junko Yoshida. "As I reflect on the experience, I can't help wondering what effect Beijing '08 will have on China."
Commentary: AMD's Ruiz finally finds his calling
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7/18/2008   Post a comment
Hector Ruiz's legacy at Advanced Micro Devices Inc. will be defined both by the company's loss of market value as well as the Intel Corp. anti-monopoly fight, which the chip industry veteran is staying on to champion as executive chairman.
Reciprocating windmill
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/18/2008   Post a comment
Have you seen all of the things going on in "Eco-Geek" space?
Becomes energy the future bottleneck for industry?
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
7/18/2008   Post a comment
The cost for energy is increasing dramatically in general. The European industry in depends heavily on the cost of energy. How can the industry react to avoid future issues due to either energy shortage or unaffordable prices?
Building an Archimedes Death Ray
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/17/2008   Post a comment
In which Rob from Cockeyed.com builds a functional Archimedes Death Ray using an old satellite dish.
Collaborative Design, Touchscreens, and RF
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
7/17/2008   1 comment
What's next for collaborative design? Check out this really cool tabletop designed for mulitple users to work together, and it's enabled with RF technology!
Self-delusion in the tier one camp
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
7/17/2008   Post a comment
According to recent anylysis, the tier one camp has improved its position in the struggle with automotive OEMs. But the improvement might not last for long.
Co-design is not a mystery
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7/17/2008   1 comment
EDA companies need to increase their involvment in software design and development.
ODIN, Unisys Protect Borders
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7/17/2008   Post a comment
The Customs and Border Protection division of Homeland Security plans to combine RFID applications with License Plate Recognition in an effort to improve security along U.S. borders.
Cadence's new website is rather spiffy
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/16/2008   Post a comment
In addition to being clean, sharp, and easy to navigate ... Cadence's new website employs some very cool technology that makes it interactive and interesting.
Computer archeology
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/16/2008   Post a comment
I just saw an interesting article on reconstructing the Apple I BASIC from an antique cassette tape.
Latin quips for all occasions
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/15/2008   Post a comment
I just read a book containing a plethora of witty Latin sayings by some jolly wise Romans.
10 things you don't know about robots
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
7/15/2008   Post a comment
If you know who coined the term "robot" and are familiar with the "Uncanny Valley" theory and the term "proprioception," then you're probably already a robot expert and can stop here (although you might find the "Puppy vs. Robot" video amusing).
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