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Are you ready for C.E.D.I.A.?
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8/31/2007   Post a comment
I don't know about you, but I have been inundated with emails and calls regarding seeing all of the new DTV and A/V products that will be unveiled next week. If I took 30-minutes for each company that had asked for a meeting, I would be spending the next couple of months in Denver, CO instead of just five days. C.E.D.I.A., in its own way, has become as important as CES for those of us who cover CE in all of its forms.
Diesels keep rolling
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
8/31/2007   Post a comment
Will these cars never die?
Is 60 GHz home video networking safe?
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8/30/2007   Post a comment
60 GHz is already used in computer data networking to provide point-to-point links, such as between buildings on a corporate or college campus. But is it really safe for home use?
The cost of news on the Web
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8/30/2007   Post a comment
This week's issue marks the departure of Greg Lupion, executive editor of EE Times.
Linley dishes on wireless
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
8/30/2007   Post a comment
The Linley Group's latest newsletter is full of insight on Nokia, ST, and Infineon.
Power JFETs: Good news for audio amp design
Audio DesignLine Blog  
8/29/2007   Post a comment
Power JFETs - yes, JFETS - are available again, and offer some intriguing advantages over MOSFETs in audio amp design.
Oscilloscope waveforms as 'art'
Audio DesignLine Blog  
8/29/2007   Post a comment
And you thought oscilloscopes were only good for test and measurement?
Can anyone learn to design with FPGAs?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/29/2007   Post a comment
The answer according to ASIC designer Sven Andersson is yes, and he's documented his experiences to prove it!
Phones, BackPacks, Cheating, and YouTube
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
8/29/2007   Post a comment
While we take great pride in the latest RF devices that enable communications at lower and lower costs with higher functionality, sometimes there can be some "collateral damage."
The femtocell explosion
Blog  
8/29/2007   Post a comment
There's no doubt that femtocells are a promising technology. Having your very own mobile communications in your home will solve a lot of problems.
The Dependency Problem
Blog  
8/28/2007   Post a comment
Kits offer a structured channel to sell IP and consulting services which may otherwise be more difficult to sell, and they tie the customer to the company more closely than what a tool license can do
Check out these online labs
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
8/27/2007   Post a comment
If you haven't checked out TechOnline's VirtuaLabs, now is a good time to do so.
Boys on sugar, or Incredible edible batteries
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8/27/2007   Post a comment
Doctors have told me that sugar really didn't make my boys hyped up. I've never bought that it didn't affect them--in fact, just ask any mom.
Hybrid limits?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
8/27/2007   Post a comment
If more people want hybrid cars, they may not be able to get them.
Total Lunar Eclipse Aug 28th
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/27/2007   Post a comment
What are you doing in the wee hours of the morning of Tuesday 28th August (surely you weren't thinking about sleeping)?
Sound effects gone wrong
Audio DesignLine Blog  
8/27/2007   Post a comment
A major financial news channel uses sound effects to less than good effect.
Ethernet everywhere
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
8/24/2007   Post a comment
Standardization around the PC and related technologies has brought huge benefits to many industries, primarily in cost savings and simplifying maintenance.
The state of the TV market
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8/24/2007   Post a comment
Well, it's been an interesting week with regards to flat-panel TV sales esp. LCDs. At the beginning of the week, iSuppli came out with its Q2 2007 numbers, and shocked many people. Vizio in the second quarter shipped 606,402 LCD-TVs in North America, up a stunning 76.4 percent increase from 343,704 in the first quarter 2007 to become number 1.
Vendors not the sole cause of declining DAC attendance
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8/24/2007   Post a comment
The contents of DAC's technical program are as much if not more to blame for its declining attendance than the tools featured on the exhibit floor.
Baseband strategies revealed
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
8/23/2007   Post a comment
Here's what's behind the moves at LSI, Infineon, and Qualcomm.
Turning technology into dollars
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8/23/2007   Post a comment
So-called disruptive technologies, which we tend to think of as being "bolts from the blue" that nobody could have predicted, are, in fact, very predictable.
New York City planning limits on citizens' "right" to shoot video
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8/23/2007   Post a comment
Recording images on the streets of New York City will become a whole lot more difficult for amateur film/video makers, and even still photographers, if a new regulation goes into effect limiting such activities to no more than two people for no more than ten minutes.
Google notes mobile surge
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8/22/2007   Post a comment
For the first time, Google saw a surge in computer-based Web surfing during the traditional slow months of summer.
Hollywood, Harry Potter and High-End Audio
Audio DesignLine Blog  
8/22/2007   Post a comment
Are these all guilty of contributing to science illiteracy? And who/what is high-end audio's Lord Voldemort?
USB-based CD/DVD Destroyer
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/22/2007   Post a comment
Destroys the surface of CDs and DVDs rendering their data-bearing surfaces unreadable within five seconds!
"Holy Socks, Batman, they've found a hole in Mars!"
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/21/2007   Post a comment
Have you seen this amazing NASA picture showing a hole in the planet Mars?
Howling at the moon!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/21/2007   Post a comment
Have you ever seen the moon rising just above the horizon and looking absolutely HUGE?
DFM Economics
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
I believe that the motivation for Cadence to purchase Clearshape was solely motivated by business reasons and in particular the viability of Clearshape as a stand alone company.
Skip school!
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
8/20/2007   Post a comment
A day on the track can be educational, as well as fun.
Viewpoint: Delivering concurrency in multicore software design
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8/20/2007   Post a comment
Multicore processors are adding a new dimension of performance to the traditional realm of embedded software design.
Debugging bridge collapse
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8/20/2007   Post a comment
There are similarities between bridge failure analysis and electronic system debug, but also significant differences.
When good technology goes bad
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
8/19/2007   Post a comment
DSP technology is changing the world--and not always for the better. As engineers, what is our responsibility for the downside of DSP?
Tale of two tests
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8/19/2007   Post a comment
It is no secret that 802.11n is hot. The release of two recent tests comparing systems based on Draft 802.11n chip sets elicited a lot of interest from readers over the past two weeks.
Extreme audio(philes)
Audio DesignLine Blog  
8/19/2007   Post a comment
You won't believe your eyes (and ears) as members of the Audiophile Club of Athens introduce us into the world of extreme audio in this short web film.
The Linley Group releases two cell phone reports
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
8/18/2007   Post a comment
The Linley Group is releasing a report on baseband and application processors, and another report on Bluetooth/Wi-Fi/FM radio chips.
The coming of age for Blu-ray
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8/17/2007   Post a comment
Last week I wrote about HD DVD and characterizing it as "The Little Engine That Could." Many of my colleagues believe that this is wishful thinking on my part. They believe -- and probably rightly so -- that Blu-ray Disc will eventually succeed over HD DVD. It doesn't matter that picture quality (in my estimation) is better than Blu-ray because as well all know, it's not a deciding factor.
Prospects good despite stock turmoil
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
8/17/2007   Post a comment
Though surveys coming out now were taken before the current woes in the stock market, they're showing a pretty upbeat year for U.S. manufacturers.
An Unclear Shape
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8/17/2007   Post a comment
Cadence's acquisition of Clear Shape has done little or nothing to clear up the situation in the DFM market.
Fluidity justifies a common platform
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8/16/2007   Post a comment
Cadence and Mentor have agreed to develop a common verification environment called Open Verification Methodology (OVM).
Engineer with a subwoofer
Audio DesignLine Blog  
8/15/2007   Post a comment
If you're going to wake someone up in the apartment next door at 3 AM in the morning playing loud video games, you'd better be sure they're not an engineer with a subwoofer.
Have you seen "The Device"?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/15/2007   Post a comment
"The Device Patented Process Indicating Apparatus" is an enigmatic beast; at first glance, one hardly knows what to make of it ... and at second glance things don't get much better.
Not so fast on nuclear
Power DesignLine Blog  
8/14/2007   Post a comment
Global power management is within our reach, but is the price too high to pay?
Great source for out-of-print books!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/14/2007   Post a comment
Lindsay reprints out of print and public domain technical manuals from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Movies on demand: we're almost there...
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
8/13/2007   Post a comment
There has been a lot of action in the movie download business, but most offerings still miss the mark. Amazon Unbox and Apple TV stand out as exceptions--here's why.
Sea change in cellular
Blog  
8/13/2007   Post a comment
It takes a bit of effort to think of a mobile phone as a software platform but that might be where we are headed.
HDMI Licensing, LLC responds to blog on fees
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8/13/2007   Post a comment
From Les Chard, president of HDMI Licensing: "HDMI Licensing would like the opportunity to address some of the issues you raise in your article... Please be aware that the HDMI requirements for compliance testing do not include SimplayHD testing. The testing fees described in your article are all fees related to the SimplayHD testing program, which is again an elective, optional program for HDMI products."
What were these people thinking!
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
8/13/2007   1 comment
If Lee Iacocca were dead, he'd be spinning in his grave.
Free guide to audio metering basics
Audio DesignLine Blog  
8/11/2007   Post a comment
A free downloadable guide on audio levels and metering covers basic terms and definitions as well as issues like loudness, A-weighting and how analog levels relate to digital scales.
AMAZING Victorian-styled computers!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/10/2007   Post a comment
I am completely blown away. I have just been exposed to the most amazing Victorian-styled computer keyboards, displays, cabinets ... and all sorts of things!
A bid for innovation
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
8/10/2007   Post a comment
One novel aspect in National Instruments' efforts to foster innovation is an idea market, based on the stock market.
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