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What designers know, and don't, about batteries
Power DesignLine Blog  
8/30/2008   Post a comment
Study by Nexergy advances designers' preferences, exposes gaps in knowledge
Nerdiest music ever?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
8/29/2008   1 comment
Here's a video that combines the two of my favorite things: music and old-school technology.
Lowdown on the ST-NXP-EMP merger
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
8/29/2008   Post a comment
Here's a quick summary of the ST-NXP-EMP merger.
Bebop to the Boolean Boogie EDITION #3
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/29/2008   Post a comment
The only electronics book where you can simultaneously learn about state machines, musical socks, Reed-Muller logic, and the best time of the day to eat smoked fish!
Reading the tea leaves
Blog  
8/29/2008   1 comment
The EDA industry is in the process of changing from focusing mostly on technology leaders to providing support to hte majority of IC designers.
Cool application for iPhone and iPod touch : FatWatch
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/29/2008   Post a comment
This software tool looks rather cool; if I actually owned an iPhone or an iPod touch I would certainly use this little rapscallion!
The Hacker's Diet (Part Deux)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/28/2008   Post a comment
I've started to use some free weight-logging tools and they are really useful!
USB History and Direction
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/28/2008   Post a comment
My blogs on USB seem to have sparked a flurry of interest and responses...
It’s time to vote...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/28/2008   Post a comment
...on a new tagline for Newnes' engineering books. Here are the top 10 entries, now it's over to you...
iPhone’s insecurity
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
It seems there's a bit of a flaw in the iPhone that enables easy access to such private information as emails and contacts. 'Lock the device,' you may say. Ah, well, it happens when it is locked.
Handbags and horsepowers
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
8/28/2008   Post a comment
A study has investigated the differences between the genders regarding the car of their dreams. The results are surprising well, somehow.
USB 2.0 may not be "High Speed"; USB 3.0 may not be "SuperSpeed"
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/28/2008   Post a comment
A reader notes that although "High Speed USB" = USB 2.0, the opposite is not necessarily true; that is, a USB 2.0 compliant device may not support "High Speed."
Medical Cabinet Takes Inventory
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
It's really not such a far-fetched idea. For years, hotels have had a sensor-based application that records when someone removes a product from the mini bar.
Clones R Us
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/27/2008   1 comment
Have you visited the Dream Technologies International website, which boasts that you can order human or animal clones...
The Hacker's Diet
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/27/2008   Post a comment
The definitive guide on how to lose weight and hair through stress and poor nutrition!
3-D Television: 15 articles on 3-D display design and technology
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
A roundup of some recent articles covering 3-D display technology and developments
4 (2 x 2)
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
8/26/2008   Post a comment
Driving impressions of four four-seaters we've recently tested.
A goat by any other name...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/26/2008   Post a comment
It's not often a joke makes me laugh out loud, but this one managed the trick...
Is there a specification for writing specifications?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/26/2008   3 comments
A reader poses an interesting problem for us to ponder...
Industrial engineers: Future world overlords?
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
8/26/2008   3 comments
A timeline to 2084 of future developments in robot policing predicts advanced humanoids by then, but warns that humans will still be the ones to fear.
Know your British Policeman
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/25/2008   Post a comment
A friend just sent me a link to a hilarious website that had me chortling happily and brightened my afternoon.
Okay so this puzzle is easy
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
I had only one winner for Wireless Words 3 Crossword Puzzle. What happened? Okay so if that one was way to difficult for most of you--except for my winner, David N. Springer--you're at least going to have to show some speed to finish Wireless Words 4 on time to win.
Back to the drawing board
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
8/25/2008   Post a comment
Silver-zinc batteries, which feature a water based chemistry and have the added benefit of being recyclable, may prove a solution in the long-term but it will be several years before they have proven themselves in consumer applications around the globe.
Opinion: The electronic car's the star
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
In times when the public rages over skyrocketing prices for gasoline and diesel, a segment of the electronics industry hitherto working unseen and disregarded by most users suddenly finds itself in the glare of public interest: automotive electronics.
Commentary: Carbon credit trading, the green movement and the demise of Milton Friedman
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8/25/2008   2 comments
The green movement, though, is challenging free-trade notions by incorporating the idea of social responsibility on the part of individuals and corporations.
Commentary: Is Internet TV yet another would-be wedding?
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
A marriage of TV and Internet has been on the minds of many for more than 15 years. Why should we believe Intel's Canmore is better positioned than others to solve the fundamental Internet TV problems the CE industry couldn't figure out for years?
Intel aims at set-top-boxes
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
8/22/2008   1 comment
Intel's new processor takes aim at the set-top-box market. Will set-top-box king MIPS fend them off?
Mentor acceptable results, more speculation on Cadence
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8/22/2008   Post a comment
Mentor and Cadence continue to give us things to ponder, but their roads are diverging in more than one way.
Now, this is getting creepy...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/22/2008   Post a comment
Have you seen the "Emily Isn't Real But Would You Have Guessed?" article and video? This is strangely creepy and weird...
FCC Chairman continues free broadband wireless push
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8/22/2008   2 comments
Going back to the 700-Mhz wireless spectrum auction earlier this year, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has made it clear that he views free broadband wireless service as critical to the future of the US. He defines the need for free broadband as a "social obligation." But how often is the access as opposed to a good PC the problem?
USB 3.0 is almost here and I can't wait!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/21/2008   Post a comment
USB 1.0 was pretty clever; USB 2.0 really made my world a happier place; and now USB 3.0 is set to blow my socks off!
Car electronics and innocence
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
8/21/2008   Post a comment
With car-to-car communication, automotive electronics suddenly requires secure platforms and encrypted channels. Are we paranoid?
Free web-based screen reader for the visually impaired
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/20/2008   Post a comment
Do you know someone who has problems seeing/reading computer screens and who travels a lot? If so, this could be very interesting for them...
Bring back sprocket holes
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8/20/2008   Post a comment
The A/V sync problem...
Small talk with machines
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
8/20/2008   Post a comment
Human machine interfaces (HMIs) enable the interaction of humans with computers, systems and computerised machines. Now innovations in speech control could replace traditional HMIs by enabling talking to the machines.
Half-price FPGA "How-To" training videos
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/19/2008   Post a comment
What do the Beijing Olympics have to do with a special half-price offer for nineteen step-by-step FPGA "How To" training videos? Read on...
10 good reasons to invest in robots
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
8/19/2008   1 comment
Making the business case for robots: Some PDFs, a video and a Robotic System Value Calculator spreadsheet.
Who's the biggest looser?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/19/2008   Post a comment
Well, it's taking a lot of work, but I'm getting there...
Shhhh..It's just a Dream
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8/19/2008   Post a comment
The FCC bestowed approval for HTC to meet iPhone on its turf--the U.S.--with Android-based Dream smartphone.
The Mojave Experiment
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/18/2008   1 comment
Well, I don't know about you, but this brought a wry grin to my face.
Laptop case rules will lengthen security waits
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
New TSA rules may allow encased laptops through airport security. I couldn't visualize a suitable laptop case design when I read that an acceptable case must have a dedicated compartment for the PC, and that the case could have no pockets inside or outside that compartment. It sounded to me as if the rules describe a simple sleeve that certainly wouldn't serve the way my Swiss Army backpack serves.
Spotlights, Excerpts and Wireless Words
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
As you know, I publish a wealth of book excerpts--chapters from recently published gems that run the gamut from a tutorial to solving a tough design challenge.
Analysis: A different kind of day at Cadence
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
August 15 was not supposed to turn out the way it did, if you were a member of the Mentor Graphics executive team.
A different kind of day at Cadence
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
Cadence abandons its effort to acquire Mentor.
Steam rollin'
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
8/18/2008   Post a comment
Driving a hydrogen fueled BMW is not so much a revelation as reaffirmation of its technology.
Now that's low power!
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
8/17/2008   Post a comment
You want low power? How does 27 uW/MHz sound? That's what Cambridge Consultants is claiming for its new XAP5 processor.
Commentary: If less is more, then zero is everything
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8/17/2008   Post a comment
Driving a component spec down to zero is an ongoing engineering challenge, but one that has esthetic and customer benefits
No Winners?
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8/14/2008   Post a comment
I think that I've finally stumped you. I have not had one entry for this week's Wireless Words Crossword Puzzle 3. What's up?
Foot prickle and multimedia
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
8/14/2008   Post a comment
Stimulus satiation is a big word — too big for some multimedia designers who are working to open up additional bandwidth in our nervous system. There are unused channels into our brains. Be ready to utilize them!
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