| 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.
Corporation plays a heavy hand Blog 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 Blog 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.
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.
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?"
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? Blog 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."
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.
Wow? Or same old, same old? Blog 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.
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 Blog 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.
Cell phone video vs. the iPod model Blog 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... Blog 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.
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.
The boom that wasn't Blog 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 Blog 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.
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.
One format... one world... one blue? Blog 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.