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An open letter to semi IP vendors
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8/10/2007   Post a comment
We have received a plethora of e-mails regarding my recent article, entitled "Semi IP sector is a lost cause".
The little engine that could - pt. 2
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8/10/2007   Post a comment
Well, this has been an interesting week for HD DVD. Besides Toshiba introducing three new players, Onkyo USA has finally launched its first model. What's significant here is the Onkyo is the first audio-only brand. So, contrary to what the Blu-ray Disc Association might tell you, HD DVD is not dead. I'm reminded of Mark Twain's famous quote, "the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."
More mega-cool USB-based "stuff"
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/9/2007   Post a comment
There are so many USB-based products out there that my head is starting to spin; some of these little rascals are way over the top, but every now and then...
Audio amp design: Do you tube? (Part 2)
Audio DesignLine Blog  
8/8/2007   Post a comment
More of my experiences with tube audio, including a DIY tube DAC unit.
Antennas " the ultimate mystery?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
8/8/2007   1 comment
My first experience with antennas for microwaves and RF systems came more than 12 years ago as I interviewed the CEO of a major antenna manufacturer. Seems like visitors to RF DesignLine have the same sort of fascination and sense of wonder on the subject of antennas.
802.11n face off favors Metalink
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8/8/2007   Post a comment
Metalink's WLANPlus chipset swept the field, delivering between 29 and 50 Mb/s data rates when operating in the 5-GHz band and 57 to 62 Mb/s in the 2.4-GHz band.
New Mobile Broadband SIG
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8/8/2007   Post a comment
On Tuesday, August 21st, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, there will be a WCA General Session: Mobile Broadband--Analyzing the Mobile Handset Value Chain.
Letter to the editor: Time machine model hyped?
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8/8/2007   Post a comment
A reader questions the validity of claims made by Israeli researchers about their time machine model.
Many cores, many challenges
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
8/8/2007   Post a comment
Multicore processors are going to be one of the biggest software challenges for this industry over the next few years.
Do plugfests provide answer for MicroTCA?
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8/8/2007   Post a comment
Europe is finally getting its own MicroTCA Interoperability Workshop.
Time for Structured ASIC?
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8/7/2007   1 comment
Structured ASIC methods grow in appeal as process features shrinkwith every new process node.
Mega-cool USB-based turntable
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/7/2007   Post a comment
Save your old vinyl records - convert them to MP3 or WAV files using this USB-based record deck.
Audio amp design: Do you tube?
Audio DesignLine Blog  
8/7/2007   Post a comment
Vacuum tubes had been relegated to the history books by the time I studied engineering. Had it not been for my interest in audio - and high-end audio in particular - I might never have experienced the fascinating world of tube audio design.
Qualcomm Chips banned from entering U.S.
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8/6/2007   Post a comment
A veto by President Bush on a ruling by the ITC that puts a ban on the import of many cellular phones using Qualcomm-designed microchips was not forthcoming.
Microchip launches chip Wiki
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/6/2007   Post a comment
New site allows engineers, students, and professors to collaborate online and share information on semiconductor products, applications, and best practices.
Biometrics: Will new Rx work?
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8/6/2007   Post a comment
The tales of the good, the bad, the ugly and the simply bizarre in security technologies are many and varied.
Electric cars rule!
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
8/6/2007   Post a comment
And when you think about the circumstances, it's easy to see why.
Google's cellular plan gets a win and a loss
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
8/5/2007   Post a comment
Google's plan to open cellular spectrum to competition won a partial victory. Let's hope this is the first of many changes to the US system.
M2M wireless: The value chain is broken
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8/5/2007   Post a comment
True machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is still in its infancy. It's been there, crawling around in diapers more or less, for quite some time.
Digital power comes full circle
Power DesignLine Blog  
8/4/2007   Post a comment
The architects of digital power see eye-to-eye in their efforts to solidify power management
The gloomy future of plasma
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8/3/2007   Post a comment
2007 has been an interesting year for plasma displays. On the one hand, we are finally seeing models with 1080p (1920x1080) resolution come to market in 50-in. and above screen sizes. On the other hand, we are seeing tremendous price drops in models with screen resolutions of 720p (1365x768). On top of that, when going head-to-head with LCD TVs with the same features (and possibility the same price), plasma can easily loose out.
The best "computing universe" diagram ever!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/3/2007   Post a comment
I'm the victim of my own success; folks like my "computing universe" diagram and paper so much that they keep on asking me to change them.
Electricity's flow through history
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
8/2/2007   Post a comment
I was pretty fascinated to read the Encyclopedia Britannica's discussion electricity, particularly since I've got the 1768 edition.
If evolution works, why are there so many idiots?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/2/2007   1 comment
As Albert Einstein once said: "Only two things are infinite - the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not so sure about the universe."
SDR on fire?
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8/1/2007   Post a comment
The study, which was commissioned by the SDR Forum industry association, cites sources that think as many as 11 radios may be integrated in future cell phones.
When FPGA I/O design becomes a necessity
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/1/2007   Post a comment
How to overcome the challenges of rising device complexities and higher costs when integrating programmable logic devices on the PCB.
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