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A real digital home
Blog  
7/31/2009   3 comments
I have to be honest. I have never seen a place that takes advantage of available digital home technology. Sure, I've seen demonstrations at conferences and in stores, and I know a few people that have implemented a few aspects, but none that have an extensive amount of the technology that someone was actually living in. That was, until the other day.
ESL/HLS buzz at DAC
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/30/2009   1 comment
The buzz over electronic-system level design and high-level synthesis seems to have reached a new level at this year's Design Automation Conference.
Intuition for signal integrity
Power DesignLine Blog  
7/29/2009   Post a comment
The design process is a creative process and intuition is the most important skill you rely on first. Once you have a design, then you apply your analysis skills to evaluate the cost-performance tradeoffs.
Surveillance video standards promise easier entry
Blog  
7/28/2009   1 comment
Two new security video standards are not technically in conflict with each other, but reflect very different visions of the future of security video.
Instead of green cars should we focus on green driving?
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
7/28/2009   2 comments
In his blog entry, Allan Yogasingam wonders if installing fuel efficiency meters in vehicles would be suitable method of increasing fuel efficiency in vehicles.
One positive view on the increasing role of robotics in our society
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
7/28/2009   Post a comment
How many articles are there that talk about all the dirty, dangerous, and monotonous jobs that are now being performed by robots?
The 'big three' EDA execs speak in 'one voice'
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
EDA industry's "big three" held a panel session at DAC on the future of EDA and agreed that this is not "your father's recession." They offered some food for thought.
The TSMC Tsunami at DAC 2009
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
In a well-orchestrated and clearly scripted show of force, the CEOs of the three "largest" companies in EDA appeared together under the Big Top at the 2009 Design Automation Conference in San Francisco on Monday, July 27th, for a highly touted afternoon keynote panel purportedly addressing "Futures for EDA."
How small is too small?
Blog  
7/27/2009   8 comments
Are we at a point where we have to say "stop" to the ever increasing shrink of products, or should we keep designing to see how far we can push the envelope?
What's in your lab?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
7/25/2009   Post a comment
The electronics lab and test bench is a very different place than many places with the same name
Blog: Hearing Wednesday for IBM exec as PTO head
Blog  
7/24/2009   2 comments
Here's a briefing dossier for the confirmation hearings Wednesday of IBM's David J. Kappos as head of the beleaguered U.S. patent office.
FPGA nuggets from 2009 Embedded Market Study
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/23/2009   1 comment
There was some interesting data about FPGA to emerge from Embedded Systems Design magazine's 2009 Embedded Market Study, presented a couple of months back on TechOnline.
Processor architectures: Where will we be in 2020?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
7/22/2009   10 comments
In the first of a series of "2020 Vision" forward-looking perspectives by Texas Instruments' leading visionaries, TI Fellow Gene Frantz looks at where processors will be by then.
The business of IP: it ain't a bake sale
Blog  
7/22/2009   3 comments
IP vendors have long maintained that theirs is a product business model. In the face of rising complexity and shrinking geometries, however, selling IP may no longer be about baking up a plate of brownies, sealing it in shrink wrap, and putting it out there for sale.
Rolling back the years
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
7/22/2009   Post a comment
Japan's third-largest automaker, Nissan Motor Co., announced this week that the company will invest almost $700 million to build two plants in the U.K. and Portugal to produce lithium-ion batteries for electric cars.
Engineering lessons from Apollo, and for the future
Blog  
7/21/2009   1 comment
Engineering lessons from Apollo, and for the future: There are a few broad takeaway lessons from the success of the Apollo project and the space program, plus a few severe downsides.
Astronauts on Mars?
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
7/21/2009   Post a comment
On the 40th anniversary of the Apollo landing, I can't help but think about the current state of space exploration in regards to human travel.
Reduce, reuse, return
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7/20/2009   Post a comment
People are switching the cell phones more often today. In the past, prices and contracts had made it difficult for a person to decide to change their cell phone for a newer model, but with the quick changing in technology, a newer, better cell phone with must have features can be in the market only months after you made your purchase.
How a felt-tipped pen saved the Apollo 11 mission
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
7/20/2009   4 comments
Buzz Aldrin wasn't the first to "McGuyver" a solution to a difficult problem, but his use of a felt-tip pen to activate a broken circuit breaker to enable the Eagle to blast off from the moon surely ranks as one of the most dramatic.
What's a "system on a chip", anyway?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
7/18/2009   1 comment
My SOC is not necessarily your SOC
Managing your aspirations
Power DesignLine Blog  
7/17/2009   Post a comment
Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth man to walk on the moon October 1969. He also happens to be the only artist who paints the lunar surface based on personal observation.
Slideshow: Unique look at 'micro' electronics
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
7/17/2009   Post a comment
Our colleagues at Semiconductor Insights have pulled together a slideshow that brings the viewer much closer to the world of "micro" electronics.
Appreciation: Portrait of the astronaut as an artist
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7/17/2009   Post a comment
Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean is the only artist who paints the surface of the moon based on personal experience.
EDA design in the cloud
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
Apollo 11 landed with the first humans on the moon forty years ago July 20. The same year, in 1969, CAD industry pioneer Computervision took it first steps in computer-aided design.
Actel names CFO
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
7/15/2009   Post a comment
Former Kulicke & Soffa executive Maurice Carson will join Actel company as executive vice president and chief financial officer effective Aug. 17.
Large power plays
Power DesignLine Blog  
7/15/2009   Post a comment
There always seems to be enough money to support large programs. Until the programs run out of money to support.
Surround sound search begins!
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
The start of the set up was quite painful, but only because it took me 3 hours to find a flashlight so that I could run the 14 gauge wires through the walls.
EDA and the financial meltdown
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7/14/2009   Post a comment
Patrick Groeneveld, Technical Program Co-Chair of this year's DAC, thinks the EDA industry can learn a few things from the ongoing meltdown in the financial community.
We need your help! Product Environmental Compliance Research -- Take our survey
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
7/14/2009   Post a comment
In an effort to get a better understanding of the challenges, capabilities, and future plans of manufacturers in addressing environmental compliance during product development, we need your help with this survey. The results will be used for a future story. Thanks!
Netbooks taking on smart phones with wireless access
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
Over the past little while wireless carriers have started subsidizing netbooks in conjunction with a data plan on their network. AT&T are offering service on 3G networks. And now even Rogers in Canada is offering HP netbooks. Is there a competition between the smart phone industry and the netbook?
Electronic design is at the crossroads? It's much worse than that!
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
7/13/2009   3 comments
The fundamental truth of today's electronics design industry is that rapid and ongoing technological change is inevitable.
Parasitic extraction: 3D or not 3D, that is the question
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
Designers should have two extraction tools in their toolkits for today's advanced nodes: a field solver and a pattern-matching tool. Here's a review of these technologies and how they apply to advanced nodes.
Imagine Cup's many payoffs
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
7/13/2009   Post a comment
Microsoft won't say how much it shelled out for the five-day shindig.
It's staycation time for U.S. electronics industry
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
The dog days of summer are at hand, and we remain under the unhealthful haze of a recession that has lingered like a stalled air mass over the economy.
RF links come home
Blog  
7/11/2009   4 comments
Even simple wired links in the home are succumbing to the lure and benefits of basic RF connectivity
The invention of the electric motor
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
7/10/2009   2 comments
I just wanted to point people to an interesting article from Mechanical Engineering regarding the invention of the electric motor by Thomas Davenport.
Opinion: Applying the lessons of Apollo
Blog  
7/10/2009   2 comments
We must muster the political will and the technological innovation to apply the organizing principles of the Apollo program to today's problems.
Guardian Angel, off-guard
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
7/9/2009   1 comment
Electronic live saving systems such as antilock brakes or airbags are reliable? This is what most of us like to believe - and what the industry says. Statistics disprove it.
LED or LCD?
Blog  
7/8/2009   17 comments
So my question to you is "Will LEDs replace plasma and LED TVs in the near future, are they going to co-exist, or is something else going to come in and take over the industry?".
Make engineering fun again
Power DesignLine Blog  
7/8/2009   Post a comment
"Students are in great position to solve some problems because they are untainted by the knowledge of what can't be done," said Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect in Cairo, Egypt.
Car songs
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
7/8/2009   3 comments
As car songs go, the collection on Neil Young's recent album, "Fork in the Road," isn't bad.
Tips on choosing the right development board
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
7/8/2009   Post a comment
Saurabh Gandhi shares some of his hard won on the job experience as the senior member of the technical staff at ThinkLabs concerning the selection of development boards
Opinion: In 'phoney war' Intel attacks ARM at home
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7/8/2009   Post a comment
Nokia’s strategic relationship with the world’s largest chip maker Intel, announced last month, may be very forward-looking and not about to worry any incumbent wireless chipset suppliers, but it is nonetheless threatening to Europe’s local hero, ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England).
SemiSerious Blog: Getting to the bottom of TSMC's 40-nm issues
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7/7/2009   Post a comment
Reports of low yields on its 40-nm process technology have placed TSMC in the technology spotlight.
Comment: Nokia calls it right denying Android connection
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7/7/2009   Post a comment
Nokia put out an unusually stern and definitive denial after reports suggested it is readying a smartphone or mobile Internet device that would work on the Android operating system.
2020 Vision: Transistors a buck a billion
Blog  
7/7/2009   3 comments
By 2020, a billion transistors will cost a single US dollar: TI Fellow Gene Frantz ruminates on what that means for designers in terms of design opportunities, functionality, power consumption and performance, as well as on how it may unlock creativity. Or not.
Green spam!
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
7/7/2009   1 comment
Can PCB manufacturing be looked at as "eco-friendly"?
Valley of Darkness
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
7/7/2009   Post a comment
The gloomy forebodings in the automotive industry have gotten a name. It is a study by Alix Partners on the industry outlook for 2009 and the coming years. Already its headline "Even though I walk through the Valley of Darkness" is a portent of depression.
HP meets iPhone with the 15C
Blog  
7/6/2009   3 comments
The calculator that comes with the iPhone is pretty basic okay, very basic. And for most people that is all they need. Simply something to do rudimentary calculations. But that does not suit the needs of all people, particularly engineers. For us, we need a scientific calculator, and for years many of us have turned to HP.
Recovery readiness
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7/6/2009   Post a comment
A crisis should never go unused and is an opportunity to put incremental changes to one side and think fundamentally about how to change things for the better, to rethink everything for recovery readiness.
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