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So, do you want to meet?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/31/2005   Post a comment
This week Celoxica announced the results of a survey Rosy future yet 86% of designers report no ESL training indicating a major disconnect in ESL training although ESL use will dramatically increase.
The excitement of blinking some LEDs
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8/31/2005   Post a comment
I've just put together a ZigBee-based network.
| Anyone for lunch?
Audio DesignLine Blog  
8/29/2005   Post a comment
Bleep,bleep bleep. Cell phones are everywhere. And so are their annunciators. Unfortunately many cell phone users haven't read "Miss Manners" on cell phone etiquette.
Life remains beautiful for neighborhood kids
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8/29/2005   Post a comment
I was born in a world locked in the Great Depression and later engaged in a world war.
Corporation plays a heavy hand
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8/29/2005   Post a comment
Several weeks ago, the communications trade press revealed that Cisco Systems Inc. had taken unprecedented measures to keep certain security flaws involving buffer overflows from being discussed at a Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas.
Digital home's still a tough sell
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8/29/2005   Post a comment
I've secretly been in the employ of Intel and Microsoft for the past three years. My mission is to proselytize the digital home, and I've been working like a bugger to get my friends on board.
Coverage of Mohsen case confuses picture for Altavion's CEO
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8/29/2005   Post a comment
An online article published on eetimes.com on July 28, 2004, titled "Former Aptix CEO indicted for plot to kill judge" (search www.eetimes.com for article ID: 26100298) has created personal and business complications on an ongoing basis, as this article is a primary search response from search engines performing a search on the combined items "ali moussa" and "altavion."
Bluetooth headphones: Almost there
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8/29/2005   Post a comment
CSR has a product that enables high-quality wireless headphones.
Remember Bill Joy's Fear?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/25/2005   Post a comment
So, I know you're going to increasingly be experiencing the joy of designing FPGAs into the zoomiest applications. News is coming out fast and furious regarding that fact and I'm very excited as well.
Firmware vulnerabilities between keyboard and chair
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8/25/2005   Post a comment
Attacks against clients are on the increase. What does this mean for designers?
HomePlug finally gets some juice
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8/25/2005   Post a comment
For the first time in years, the HomePlug camp can once again stand tall.
Simulation expands
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
8/25/2005   Post a comment
One of for designers of complex systems like production lines, perhaps one of the most important payoffs from Moore’s Law is the ability to examine a complete design before casting it into a prototype.
Thwarting IP Hackers
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/24/2005   Post a comment
Seldom do companies write complete articles to answer my Blogs. This week, Actel did. Last week I asked, "Given Actel's announcement this week (Actel Turns Security up a Notch) of secure in-system programmability based on 128-bit AES encryption, it made me just a bit curious as to where are programmable device security breaches to date?"
All-day computing on one charge? We'll see.
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8/24/2005   Post a comment
Intel has signed an agreement with Matsushita to create batteries that will enable laptops to work all day on one charge.
Marry an engineer?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
8/24/2005   Post a comment
Think about those characteristics as engineers that drive our spouses or loved ones crazy.
Medieval audio
Audio DesignLine Blog  
8/24/2005   Post a comment
Medieval audio? What can possibly be learned from old technology? Quite a lot it turns out.
Too good to be true, but why not shown?
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8/24/2005   Post a comment
The difference amplifier circuit seemed to work well; it was nice and linear in fact. But there was something not quite right: There would be attenuation at certain frequencies. Not very much, but troublesome nonetheless. It had something to do with balancing the resistors in the compensation loop, Bill Klein concluded. Watch him go to work on "A Call We Took Last Week."
The IPTV hockey stick
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8/23/2005   Post a comment
According to a new report, published by Telecoms & Media, IPTV will grow by 1000% over the next 10 years.
Biowha?
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8/22/2005   Post a comment
In which your humble scribe explores brave new worlds.
Coast to coast power
Power DesignLine Blog  
8/22/2005   Post a comment
Trade shows are powering up in September and you won't want to miss out on discussions, technical sessions, and how-to seminars presented at two of the important events to kick-off the back to school season.
The survey says, we need more wireless education
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8/22/2005   Post a comment
A recent survey on wireless data-comm usage showed some interesting results.
Wow? Or same old, same old?
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8/22/2005   Post a comment
As backers of the competing next-generation DVD formats, Blu-ray and HD-DVD, ratchet up their marketing debate — each insisting their content-protection scheme kicks the other guy's butt — you can't fault innocent bystanders (and the press) for covering their ears and asking, "Who cares?"
Collision of sound
Audio DesignLine Blog  
8/21/2005   Post a comment
Home theater provides wonderful sound and an incredible entertainment experience. But there's plenty of room for conflict.
And in 16th place, the US!
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8/19/2005   Post a comment
The U.S. ranks 16th in the world in broadband penetration.
Audio for the deaf?
Audio DesignLine Blog  
8/18/2005   Post a comment
There’s lot that can be done to aid our hearing impaired friends while maintaining great audio for the rest of us. It just takes a little thought and planning.
Hot Dog! it's NI Week
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
8/17/2005   Post a comment
NIWeek is a time when thousands of users of National Instruments equipment decide there’s little better to do in August than to see if Texas heat is indeed unbearable.
Different visions of TV display futures
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8/17/2005   Post a comment
This past week I spent a couple of days at Sony's Technical Center in Pittsburgh as they unveiled their new line of Grand Wega SXRD Micro-Displays. They were certainly a sight to behold producing stunning 1080p screen resolutions.
Faster Bluetooth doesn't help if it won't connect
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8/17/2005   Post a comment
Speed is not the issue here. Bluetooth is still not easy enough to use.
Cell phone video vs. the iPod model
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8/17/2005   Post a comment
Cell phone video -- the live transmission of TV images, or streaming video on-demand -- is a very different vision of multimedia's portable future than the video version of the iPod (or whatever the public ends up calling a portable media player). So which way is it going to go?
When your company is for sale...
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8/17/2005   Post a comment
Agilent's sale of its semiconductor products group (SPG), and the subterfuge that surrounded it, reminded Steve Ohr of the times he spent reassuring a panicky staff what it meant to wear a "for sale" sign. Let's hope the new management will allow SPG employees breath a little easier, he says.
What's in a name?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
8/16/2005   Post a comment
If you're like me, you may have thought the Audi brand name is an acronym.
Security--What Holes?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/16/2005   Post a comment
I hate to shop. Although I know that there is a certain level of risk in doing business online, I still do a ton of it. I love Amazon.com, BN.com, Ebay, and Coldwater Creek. So far, I've been lucky that my transactions have remained secure; at least I think so.
Bringing back TV dinners (sort of)
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8/15/2005   Post a comment
The HomePlug PowerLine Alliance is on the verge of announcing its final HomePlugAV Standard.
The boom that wasn't
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8/15/2005   Post a comment
So the Semiconductor Industry Association assures us that 6.5 percent growth worldwide in the first half of the year is prima facie evidence of an economy that's firing on all cylinders.
Killing the messenger, Google style
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8/15/2005   Post a comment
Many years ago I witnessed a car crash on a Massachusetts highway late at night. No one was killed or seriously injured, but one of the cars ended up stalled in the middle of a dark part of the roadway.
Moving software beyond the Maginot Line
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8/15/2005   Post a comment
QNX's CEO Dan Dodge believes software developers must ramp up efforts to ensure products they unleash upon the world aren't compromised by poor design, bad code, or malevolent hackers.
Welcome to the Security DesignLine
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8/15/2005   Post a comment
Welcome to the security design line blog. I'm your editor, AJ Milne.
Profinet's bright future
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
8/13/2005   Post a comment
Given the established base of Profibus networking and the rapid growth of Ethernet in factories, it’s no surprise that the Profinet protocol is gaining traction.
Audiophile Overkill
Audio DesignLine Blog  
8/12/2005   Post a comment
Henry goes on an audio adventure involving a home theater, a small TV room, and audio voo doo. The impact of when sales folks over sell audio equipment and under deliver on installation help.
Where No FPGA Has Gone Before
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/10/2005   Post a comment
This week Mitrionics announced the ability to push-button program FPGAs in software for such lofty supercomputing computational-intensive applications as the human genome project, oil and gas exploration, aerospace, and finance.
The beast within
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
8/10/2005   Post a comment
The 2006 Charger R/T I drove lives up to the reputation of its predecessor.
Getting my WLAN to work, part 256
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8/10/2005   Post a comment
Because 802.11g is backward-compatible with 802.11b, there should be no issues, just plug-and-play. Yeah right!
Cast your bait here
Audio DesignLine Blog  
8/10/2005   Post a comment
Audio technology infrastructure knowledge s being used to create new streaming and casting services including video.
August rally
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8/9/2005   Post a comment
Hallelujah! I just read an AP story on Nortel Networks' second-quarter earnings report.
One format... one world... one blue?
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8/9/2005   Post a comment
I was having dinner with an old friend last week, who works for a major CE company, and deals directly with the movie studios. He confirmed my earlier suspicions that the unified blue laser talks were -- in fact -- continuing.
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

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