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I have a question about Venn Diagrams
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
I know, I know, these representations are intrinsically simple in concept, yet I have a niggling memory of something that, well, I can't quite remember!
I have a question about Venn Diagrams
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/29/2006   Post a comment
I know, I know, these representations are intrinsically simple in concept, yet I have a niggling memory of something that, well, I can't quite remember!
Challenging young engineers
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
9/29/2006   Post a comment
Summer jobs and co-op assignments put student engineers in the real engineering world—but the Challenge X competition takes that experience even further.
Comment: BenQ gets hard lesson in brand building
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Taiwan's BenQ is learning some hard lessons following the failure of its BenQ-Siemens brand, but its vision to build a global brand remains intact.
Managing change
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/28/2006   Post a comment
Change is one of the constants on the factory floor. Keeping everyone up to date will become even more critical in the future.
Is TI kidding?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
9/28/2006   Post a comment
TI says its has the lowest-cost floating-point DSP, but ADI wins that contest hands-down. What's going on here?
Pixel stacks may end 3-chip camcorders
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9/28/2006   Post a comment
Foveon, creator of the "X3" image sensor technology, says it eliminates the color sampling artifacts found with other image sensors.
Bluetooth bites Bluebird
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Interoperability, honor, theft of IP, and money were all at stake in the raid on a Chinese manufacturing plant.
Lock bumping opens locks in seconds
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Lock bumping opens locks in seconds. Simple tools and little training allows anybody to easily and quickly open most common locks.
Thoughts on CEATEC
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
With CEDIA just ending over a week ago, everyone is now gearing up for CEATEC in Japan. While CEDIA is geared towards high-end audio, video, and displays along with the custom installer, CEATEC takes on a much larger world view.
OpEd: An EE's guide to selecting test equipment
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Specs are important but three criteria used to determine cost of ownership are key to making test equipment productive over the long haul.
The Tertiary Period no longer exists!
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Geologists have recently gone through a fairly thorough revision of the time scale; the Tertiary Period (from 65 to 1.8 million years ago) has been given the boot!
The Tertiary Period no longer exists!
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Geologists have recently gone through a fairly thorough revision of the time scale; the Tertiary Period (from 65 to 1.8 million years ago) has been given the boot!
The most amazing visual illusion!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/25/2006   Post a comment
Called the "Rotating Turtles" illusion, this static image appears to move in front of your eyes to the extent you can become dizzy looking at it!
The most amazing visual illusion!
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9/25/2006   Post a comment
Called the "Rotating Turtles" illusion, this static image appears to move in front of your eyes to the extent you can become dizzy looking at it!
Embedded Systems Week
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9/25/2006   Post a comment
In honor of the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston this week, I would like to draw your attention to a few articles very recently published on Embedded.com.
They don't make cars like they used to
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
9/25/2006   Post a comment
Thank goodness they don't, because today's autos are cleaner, safer, more efficient, and more reliable.
The new Internet revolution
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
9/24/2006   Post a comment
After years of talk, communications services based on Internet Protocol (IP) technology are finally moving into the mainstream.
Mobile TV provides a real side-by-side comparison
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9/24/2006   Post a comment
Thanks to mobile TV, there's a simple way to measure the quality of a handset.
A reader responds to 'seeing schematics in color'
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9/21/2006   Post a comment
I just heard from an electronics engineer who reports experiencing seeing the wires linking logic gates in color (this is in schematics printed in black-and-white).
A reader responds to 'seeing schematics in color'
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9/21/2006   Post a comment
I just heard from an electronics engineer who reports experiencing seeing the wires linking logic gates in color (this is in schematics printed in black-and-white).
Disaster response done right
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9/20/2006   Post a comment
Rapid deployment of wireless technology has a spotty record at best. Sometimes they are not much help at all. Why is that?
California sues carmakers
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9/20/2006   Post a comment
Today, six of the world's top automakers were sued by California over global warming. The first of its kind, the lawsuit is based on holding the carmakers responsible for the damages caused by their vehicle's emissions.
Reflections of CEDIA 2006
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9/20/2006   Post a comment
Reflecting on CEDIA EXPO 2006 finds me noting that the show continues to grow and grow. Clearly, it's becoming a "Mini CES." I don't know if that's good or bad. Certainly, its' a harbinger of "things to come" in terms of 1080p, flat-panel displays, front video projectors, next-generation optical discs, audio technologies, and video processing.
Fast and free Acrobat document viewer
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9/20/2006   Post a comment
This free viewer overcomes the two problems that make me rant and rave; the time it takes to open a PDF and the PDFs I can't open.
Fast and free Acrobat document viewer
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9/20/2006   Post a comment
This free viewer overcomes the two problems that make me rant and rave; the time it takes to open a PDF and the PDFs I can't open.
It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/19/2006   Post a comment
Seriously, September 19 is one of the now-classic geek holidays and ranks right up there with 'Pi Day' (14 March) and 'Pi Approximation Day' (22 July).
It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
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9/19/2006   Post a comment
Seriously, September 19 is one of the now-classic geek holidays and ranks right up there with 'Pi Day' (14 March) and 'Pi Approximation Day' (22 July).
Robots drive away from autos
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/19/2006   Post a comment
Robots are becoming far more cost effective, letting them move into non-automotive applications.
Let's surprise Gabe Moretti!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/18/2006   Post a comment
The editor of our sister DesignLine site, EDAdesignline.com, is on vacation - the silly sausage has left me in charge - let's surprise him on his return!
IBC Footnotes: Where's VC-1, what's IBC?
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9/18/2006   Post a comment
On my last day at IBC, someone mentioned a codec I had somehow completely forgotten about for four days. Yes, it was no doubt there at IBC, I just hadn't seen any big signs for it or heard anyone talking about it, the way H.264 and MPEG-4 and even On2's VP6 had some buzz. That almost unspoken codec was VC-1.
Soon you can trust your handset
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9/18/2006   Post a comment
The TCG's Mobile Phone Work Group has created an industry-wide approach to securing data, transactions, and content, for mobile handsets.
Gabe's away and Max will play!
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9/18/2006   1 comment
The full-time editor of EDA DesignLine, Gabe Moretti, has left on vacation, leaving me in charge of this site (be afraid, be very afraid).
Opinion: When design R&D budgets fade, what happens?
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9/18/2006   Post a comment
When budgets are tight, partnering with a pre-configured group of companies makes sense.
The OS comes first
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9/17/2006   Post a comment
In the PC world, the OS has become more important than the hardware. The same phenomenon is coming to the DSP world.
CEDIA - Day 2
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9/16/2006   Post a comment
At CEDIA today, the central hall was fairly crowed. With a larger venue than last year in Indianapolis, it's hard to tell. Although, if I remember correctly, there were more than 26,000 attendees last year. I expect that those numbers will rise this year, and could possibly top 30,000 or so.
CEDIA - Day 1
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9/15/2006   Post a comment
CEDIA officially opened today at the Denver Convention Center. For the past several years, CEDIA was held in Indianapolis, IN.
Press day at CEDIA 2006
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9/14/2006   Post a comment
Today was press day at CEDIA, which is being held in Denver this year. We heard about new front 1080p projectors, new LCD HDTVs, high-end audio products, and the 'Connected Home.'
Testing times
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9/13/2006   Post a comment
So many choices and so little time. How's a design engineer to decide which test platform is best?
Building a spectrometer from a CD and a cornflakes box
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/13/2006   Post a comment
This interesting and easy-to-build home experiment may provide a hint on the path to solving a question I've been pondering (or not as the case might be).
Technology convergence
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
9/13/2006   Post a comment
Audi's A3 S line quattro brings together two technologies—the Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) transmission and adaptive headlights.
The Khronos 4D projector
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/12/2006   Post a comment
Named after the personification of time in ancient Greek Literature, the Khronos Projector provides a new way to manipulate pre-recorded movie content.
Two arms, no hands
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/11/2006   Post a comment
Robot technology continues to evolve, automating more jobs that were previously done by hand.
Cadence shows leadership
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9/11/2006   Post a comment
Cadence shows leadership by introducing token based pricing
Flying on 9/11
Audio DesignLine Blog  
9/11/2006   Post a comment
What's the difference of flying on 9/11, 7/4, 11/24, 12/25, 1/1 or any other day? As for me, I think that if someone is determined enough there's no security tight enough to stop them. So I'll just take my chances and fly.
The 'box' that broke the Enigma code is rebuilt
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/11/2006   Post a comment
Also, I'm more than a little surprised to discover that the 'machine' I'm currently using to as a door stop to keep my office door open may be worth $50,796!
Here comes India
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9/11/2006   Post a comment
India, in a very short time, will become a power in the electronics marketplace.
Why outsource the interconnect?
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9/11/2006   Post a comment
The widespread use of wireless communications and the rise in digital content consumption in handsets are creating new opportunities and correspondingly new system design challenges for OEMs. In these systems, one key design challenge revolves around how designers can continue to integrate more system functions and yet maintain affordability and acceptable ergonomics for mass markets.

IBC Notes: Ultra Hi-Def, mobile TV, wavelets on steroids, DVR design freedom
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9/11/2006   Post a comment
There's nothing like seeing with your own eyes, and the experience of seeing the Ultra High-Definition TV System demo at the IBC convention in Amsterdam was up there near video nirvana.
Ignore China
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
9/10/2006   Post a comment
If you want to succeed in China's fast-growing markets, the first thing you should do is ignore China's standards.
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