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Very cool (and free) graph paper printer software
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/31/2006   Post a comment
Instead of trying to create a logarithmic scale from the ground up (for use in an illustration), I queried the web and ran across this little rapscallion!
A sound idea?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
8/31/2006   Post a comment
The press release I just received noted the design and building of the Auto Sound Museum.
HSDPA has arrived
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8/30/2006   Post a comment
Samsung and Cingular announced the launch of the first commercially available HSDPA phone for the US market.
RFID's next big payoff: Blood, books and beer
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8/30/2006   Post a comment
Pharmacies might expect to see a two- to three-year payback on investment just by detecting counterfeiting.
The Daily Farce (a satirical and distorted look at the news)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/30/2006   Post a comment
Read all about it: Apple Announces New iPod For Deaf People; NASA sells space shuttle on eBay; high school textbooks in California limited to only 200 pages...
Smaller is better
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8/30/2006   Post a comment
A consortium has introduced a design kit for low-power 45 nm process technology. Do we need it so soon?
From dark matter via perpetual machines to a flat earth
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/29/2006   Post a comment
An unbelievable assortment of original documents on diverse subjects that will keep the average techno-weenie-geek busy for at least a month!
China, not India
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8/29/2006   Post a comment
U.S. engineering jobs are being lost to China, not India, writes one reader, who cites an email from a previous employer.
Age discrimination, not shortage
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8/28/2006   Post a comment
There is no shortage of engineers in U.S., just age discrimination against engineers over 50, a reader writes.
A sad state of affairs
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8/28/2006   Post a comment
Engineers have become the whipping boy, and they've done it to themselves, a reader writes.
Don't look at India as low-cost talent
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8/28/2006   Post a comment
The electronics industry should not look at the talent pool in India as a low-cost solution, writes an Indian-born engineer.
Small companies innovate
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8/28/2006   Post a comment
Most Indian companies right now are young and innovative, giving them a leg up, writes a reader.
How to get ahead
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
8/28/2006   Post a comment
The typical DSP engineer is unlikely to rise past the level of senior engineer. Find out why, and learn how to climb higher on the corporate ladder.
Wheels within wheels!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/28/2006   Post a comment
I've just been introduced to a company that creates the most amazingly intricate motor cycle wheels - you really have to see these little rapscallions to believe them!
DSP shipments on the rise
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8/28/2006   Post a comment
DSP shipments in the second quarter are up 14.7% over the same quarter last year.
The reasonable facsimile
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8/28/2006   Post a comment
Robert K. Hoffman, the least-known of the troika that founded National Lampoon magazine, recently died of leukemia.

Hong Kong tries again for piece of tech pie
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8/28/2006   Post a comment
The slogan "build it and they will come" symbolized much of the tech boom of the late 1990s. But the mantra didn't quite work for the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park.

Closer association
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
8/25/2006   Post a comment
In a future release, Autodesk will make it possible to maintain 3D associations when files are changed to 2D.
65 Optical illusions and visual phenomena
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/25/2006   Post a comment
Michael Bach has put a phenomenal amount of work into creating a website that provides incredibly cool examples of 65 different visual illusions!
State of the Engineer: Readers respond
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8/24/2006   Post a comment
Reader's respond the the "EE Times 2006 State of the Engineer Survey."
Fried Apples
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8/24/2006   Post a comment
Apple, on the heels of Dell, is recalling 1.1 million battery packs because of Sony batteries and the potential for fire.
OSDL and LiPS collaborate on mobile Linux efforts
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8/24/2006   Post a comment
The OSDL and the LiPS are joining forces to give device makers an alternative to proprietary OSs.
It's official - Pluto is no longer a planet!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/24/2006   Post a comment
After a turbulent week of discordant debate, the International Astronomical Union has stripped Pluto of its planetary status.
TiVo: Bully of DVR design?
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8/24/2006   Post a comment
TiVo threatens to really put the nail in the coffin of any future DVR innovation. Isn't the ability to simultaneously record and play on a hard disk really a generic capability of any DVR?
Last of a species
Audio DesignLine Blog  
8/24/2006   Post a comment
There's a lot of similarities between the Shakers of the 1940s and engineering today in the US. History can be a great teacher. Too bad we're deaf to its lessons.
You go, Qwest
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8/23/2006   Post a comment
In a world where every time I turn around I hear, 'There should be a law against...' Qwest's stance on whether or not legislation is required to keep subscriber data for a year is refreshing.
LCD Displays, Blu-ray, and HDMI 1.3, oh my!
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8/23/2006   Post a comment
With August winding down and Labor Day only a couple of weeks away, there's not a lot of news on the Digital TV front right now. Obviously, this will pick-up in mid-September at C.E.D.I.A. as we hear more about Blu-ray Disc, 1080p plasma displays, and version 1.3 of HDMI. Right now, however, much of the news seems to be centered on LCD displays.
Engineers without borders
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8/23/2006   Post a comment
Engineers will preview innovative ways to help disaster victims with wireless communications and other technologies.
From tiny dice to pyramid-shaped-watermelons!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/23/2006   Post a comment
There are some mega-interesting websites; for example, the "Pink Tentacle" site has all sorts of cool stories, from microscopic dice to mermaid mummies!
Needed: clear thinking about multithreading and multi-core
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8/23/2006   Post a comment
For Kevin Kissell of MIPS, decisions about multi-core or multithreading are more than just either/or
Watching Big Brother (sort of)
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
8/22/2006   Post a comment
Now motorists will know if their car is equipped with an Event Data Recorder that some OEMs have been installing to record crash data.
Big boys like big toys!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/22/2006   Post a comment
Are you looking for an inflatable referee's costume, a water bomb-launching sling, or something warm to cuddle up in bed with? Well, look no further...
The NFC specs have arrived (on schedule)
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8/21/2006   Post a comment
In June, the NFC Forum, said they would be releasing a series of specifications relative to the technology. They've delivered.
I do not enjoy doing this
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8/21/2006   Post a comment
Cadence's decision to exclude its major competitors from CDNLive! continues its bewildering behavior that ignores functioning traditions in the EDA industry
The 21st century Lucky Strike
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8/21/2006   Post a comment
When I observe standard mobile-phone behavior among the natives of most Western nations--from France to Italy to the U.S.A.--I can't help but think of arctic wolves prowling the tundra, peeing on shrubs.
Prepare for Failure
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
8/21/2006   Post a comment
Watching a project die is never fun. But if you plan ahead, you can turn a failed design into a springboard for new successes.
What an amazing optical illusion!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/18/2006   Post a comment
I've just been exposed to a rather cunning optical illusion in which a black-and-white image appears to be in full color; you can check it out for yourself!
NASA have misplaced original Apollo 11 tapes!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/17/2006   Post a comment
I don't believe it - apparently no one knows where the original video tapes of the Apollo 11 moonwalk currently reside - and I thought I had organizational problems.
Special reports now online
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
8/17/2006   Post a comment
I just posted a series of special reports on DSP. Check out the Tech Library for a handy index.
Reference designs are mightily important
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8/17/2006   Post a comment
I happen to be a firm believer in reference designs, as they can take a lot of the guess work out of a design.
Look at what NFC does for diabetes
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8/16/2006   Post a comment
Cambridge Consultants unveiled an innovative medical device concept for managing diabetes that uses NFC, the close-proximity wireless communications standard, to integrate glucometers and insulin pumps.
A future of 3D viewing
Blog  
8/16/2006   1 comment
I had an interesting meeting this week with the Philips 3D Solutions group. Ever since I was a kid, 3D has held a certain fascination for me. I remember seeing "The House of Wax" in 1953 with Vincent Price. From that day onwards, 3D has always stuck with me.
Dicey times for RFID
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8/16/2006   Post a comment
If ISO doesn't accept the EPC standard, the industry will have a lot of backfilling to do.
Can't sleep? Then learn to play the didgeridoo!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/16/2006   Post a comment
I just ran across a study published by the British Medical Journal showing that regularly playing the didgeridoo reduces snoring and daytime sleepiness.
Right to repair?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
8/15/2006   Post a comment
Have today's cars become so electronically complex that only factory trained technicians at dealerships should repair them?
Factories to the rescue
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
8/15/2006   Post a comment
Maybe it's time for factory automation managers and designers to start helping the cell phones and Internet services industries improve their quality.
The return of 'Digital Journal Online'
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/14/2006   Post a comment
My old chum Bijan Tehrani (film maker extraordinaire) has just launched a film-related website featuring news and events, interviews and reviews, and all sorts of other content.
Q2 was good to Moto
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8/14/2006   Post a comment
Motorola shipped an industry-leading 5.8 million mobile handsets more than the previous quarter, putting the company in second place overall.
Engineering for fun and profit
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
8/14/2006   Post a comment
There is a wide-spread belief that stock options motivate innovation. Personally, I question this idea. In fact, stock options can be a bad thing.
The 25 greatest PCs of all time
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/11/2006   Post a comment
A friend just pointed me at a very interesting article that wades through reams of history to pick the top 25 PCs of all time (plus a lot of "runner-ups").
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