UWB test: Call for participation Blog 9/30/2007 Post a comment I'm happy to report that an unbiased performance test is being coordinated by industry expert Fanny Mlinarsky, a highly-regarded consultant with more than 24 years of senior R&D expertise in wireless technologies.
Refrigerators Manage Inventory Blog 9/27/2007 Post a comment On Wednesday, in the most unlikely place, DEMOfall 07 in San Diego, Calif., I struck up a conversation with Adam Metz, a media releations person at LaunchSquad, who attended the show representing Attendi, a New York startup founded by i33's Drew Rayman.
Metz mentioned during the interview that he and his wife have plans to remodel their kitchen in summer 2008, and contemplated installing an RFID-equipped refrigerator. I believe it's the first time I had heard of someone seriously considering
Can you invent a better smiley? Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/27/2007 Post a comment Following my earlier blog on "The 25th Anniversary of the Smiley", one reader suggested a rather clever new design, which set me to wondering...
Robots get simpler, cheaper Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 9/27/2007 Post a comment National Manufacturing Week opened near Chicago against the backdrop of the brief UAW strike over job security. Robot makers on the floor are touting a technology that they think can help keep jobs of automakers and other in the U.S.
The Sounds of Silence RF & Microwave Designline Blog 9/26/2007 Post a comment I'm the first person to celebrate the always on connectivity of having a mobile phone. But I have to confess, I miss the sounds of silence.
SerDes: A new definition? Blog 9/26/2007 Post a comment The mission of engineers is to find a better way and that might be what Align Engineering has done with its Align Lock Loop (ALL) technology.
FPGAs look for a lingua franca Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 9/26/2007 Post a comment ESL tools have made FPGA design a lot easier, but the lack of a common design language means the learning curve is still too steep.
Item-Level Tagging Blog 9/26/2007 Post a comment Have you ever bought or sold an expensive item on eBay or any other online auction site?
Last year at the local Salvador Ferragamo store I bought an expensive classic purse that I wore for one month before deciding the strap was too short. So, I wrapped up the purse and stuck it in a drawer thinking it would never again see the light of day.
Welcome To Your RFID World Blog 9/24/2007 Post a comment Guess who? Yep, me. I'm back to bring you all the RFID-related news and interesting tidbits on privacy, piracy, investments, retail and government mandates, as well as healthcare and automotive initiatives from around the world.
SerDes on the cheap Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 9/24/2007 Post a comment Startup Align technologies today revealed a technology that promises to greatly reduce the cost and complexity of SerDes solutions.
When FedEx sneezes Blog 9/24/2007 Post a comment FedEx has just cut its financial forecast for the current fiscal year citing the "sluggish" U.S. economy. Any decline in sales expectations at logistics companies that is not a result of operational missteps should be a warning sign to the rest of the economy.
Facebook or Face Off? Blog 9/24/2007 Post a comment Over the past several weeks Microsoft expressed an interest in investing in Facebook. Now, the company is in talks to buy the startup, and in the process give it a value in excess of $10 billion.
Bose speaker innovations Blog 9/21/2007 Post a comment Earlier this week, I spent time with Bose Corp. at The Mountain in Framingham, MA. Bose introduced new speaker technology that (in my opinion) that has significant implications for Digital TV audio technology. Bose introduced what they call a "Computer Music Monitor."
UML for DSP Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 9/20/2007 Post a comment I had a quick chat with Telelogic, a company that makes UML modeling software. The company recently released a modeling package for telecom infrastructure.
Not your father's circuits Blog 9/19/2007 Post a comment The presenters at CICC are pointing out that some ofthe problems found at very-deep-submicron processes can be solved at the architectural level.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/18/2007 Post a comment Don't forget that 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).
Microsoft vs EU antitrust ruling : A precedent too far? Blog 9/17/2007 Post a comment It did not take long for EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes to put the boot in. Minutes after the European Court of First Instance handed down its significant judgment against Microsoft, she fired a warning shot across the bow of other high-tech companies that may be thinking of ignoring its antitrust strictures.
IBC notebook: EBU, supporting progressive scan, trashes 1080i Blog 9/17/2007 Post a comment On the final day of IBC I made my way to the EBU demo, comparing 1080i, 720p, and 1080p after being encoded by H.264 at various bit rates. It was an impressive and carefully prepared demo, and unlike similar comparisons I've seen previously in the U.S., this one had a very clear message: 720p is better than 1080i.
ESC Boston Blog 9/11/2007 Post a comment Product and technology hype is inevitable no matter where you go but at ESC the credibility level is still pretty good because the audience is so well informed.
Marketing to Customers: the Growth of Users Groups Blog 9/11/2007 Post a comment If you take the list of the top two hundred electronics companies in the world you have the EDA RAM (Relevant Available Market). Companies not on the list are not, with very few exceptions, going to provide a significant revenue stream worth the focused attention of the big four EDA vendors, who collectively control about 80% of the total industry's revenue.
CEDIA 2007 - Wrap-up Blog 9/10/2007 Post a comment With the C.E.D.I.A. Show finished for another year, I'm sitting back and wondering about what the show was all about. I'm still wondering. Unlike previous years, many products were introduced prior to the show. While there were certainly new products introduced this year, they were in much smaller numbers than in recent years.
IBC notebook Blog 9/10/2007 Post a comment IBC highlights this year include 3D LCD screens from Philips that are truly "almost ready for prime time" (no glasses!), holographic storage that puts over 300-Gbytes on a 5-inch disc (and Ikegami, with no legacy tape format loyalty, is the first to offer it), and NHK's ultra high speed camera demo that shoots one million frames per second.
'Go Ahead Punk ... Make My Day!' Automotive DesignLine Blog 9/10/2007 Post a comment Think this phrase came from the big screen? Originally it did. Now, however, thanks to Horntones, the familiar voice blares out from under the hood of your car.