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Are Red, Yellow, and Blue primary colors?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/30/2007   Post a comment
If printers use Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow (CMY) inks as primary colors, why do art teachers at high school say that the primary colors are Red, Yellow, and Blue (RYB)?
UWB test: Call for participation
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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.
FPGA Physical Synthesis, Part II
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Andy Haines replies to my blog on FPGA Physical Synthesis.
Refrigerators Manage Inventory
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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.
Readers respond to recent blog posts
Audio DesignLine Blog  
9/26/2007   Post a comment
A recap of reader feedback to recent blog posts on everything from subwoofers and tube audio to audio cables and fun with oscilloscopes.
SerDes: A new definition?
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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.
The future of TV and the end of programs: The ultimate convergence
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
A new free long-distance phone service from Pudding Media foreshadows the future of television. Convergence is not about what people will watch. It's about what's on the screen when they're not watching.
Item-Level Tagging
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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.
Competing in the FPGA physical synthesis market
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9/25/2007   Post a comment
Competition in the EDA industry happens in three dimensions: engineering, marketing, and sales.
Welcome To Your RFID World
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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.
It's the 25th anniversary of the origin of the smiley!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/24/2007   Post a comment
In which we discover emoticons, assicons, boobiecons, portmanteaus, neologisms, morphemes, and nonce words.
When FedEx sneezes
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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?
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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.
Steroids can boost home run output 50%
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9/21/2007   Post a comment
Homeruns are at the "tail" of a normal distribution of how far balls are hit, and tails are disproportionately affected by small changes in the distribution.
Bose speaker innovations
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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."
Stop kids being "cyber bullied"
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/21/2007   Post a comment
Here's a very interesting site that every parent and kid should visit in today's crazy mixed-up world.
Apple and O2 unleash iPhone in UK
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9/21/2007   Post a comment
The media swarmed to an Apple store on Regent Street, London, to hear Apple's Steve Jobs and Matthew Key of 02 discuss the exclusive deal O2 has on the iPhone.
Plug-in hybrid highlights ESC
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9/21/2007   Post a comment
Advanced battery packs improve Prius performance, but warrantee and liability issues could be roadblocks.
ESC Blog: UML for DSP
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9/20/2007   Post a comment
Usually not for the DSP crowd, UML may be a good fit for designers of telecom networks, which carry voice, data, and video traffic.
ESC Blog: Dealing with change in consumer electronics
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9/20/2007   Post a comment
Structured ASICs may be most advantageous choice based on price and flexibilty.
GHS makes SH726x a better DSP
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9/20/2007   Post a comment
Today Green Hills Software announced that it had ported velOSity to the Renesas SH726x.
Dealing with change in consumer electronics
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
9/20/2007   Post a comment
Dealing with change in consumer electronics
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.
The "Univers Revolved" 3D Alphabet
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/19/2007   Post a comment
Every now and then I run into something that provides a new way of looking at things and that makes me say: "Wow! How Cool!"
Are audio cables guilty of sonic differences?
Audio DesignLine Blog  
9/19/2007   1 comment
The case made by audiophiles attempting to prove that audio cables routinely sound different from one another wouldn't hold up in court.
Not your father's circuits
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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.
Bluetooth: No longer MuteTooth
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9/18/2007   Post a comment
Bluetooth now speaks. Bluetooth listens. Bluetooth also comprehends, more or less.
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?
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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
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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.
Verizon reverses course on 'open' spectrum
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
9/17/2007   Post a comment
Verizon's decision is making it a loser in the court of public opinion. Here's hoping that it loses in actual court, too.
CA bans teens from mobile phone use
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9/16/2007   Post a comment
Well, I say 'Hurray.' Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill that bans teens from mobile phoning while driving.
GM insider tells all
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
9/16/2007   Post a comment
In the past quarter century, GM's world market share was 54%; now it's down to 13. Why?
Comment: Malaise shrouds U.S.-Taiwan relations
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9/14/2007   Post a comment
As China becomes increasingly able to press its interests within our political system, U.S. relations with Taiwan are left in an increasingly precarious position, a pro-Taiwan group argues.
Taking bearings on conservation course
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/14/2007   Post a comment
Whether or not you are on the reduced greenhouse gases movement, it's hard to argue with products that cut energy expenses.
ESC Boston
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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
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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.
Is anyone looking for an FPGA designer?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/11/2007   Post a comment
The reason I ask is that I know a guy in Italy who is currently designing firmware, but who is looking for a design position with FPGAs.
When will the HD DVD War End?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
9/10/2007   Post a comment
The HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray battle has interesting parallels to the VHS/Betamax war, but the HD battle may drag out much longer.
CEDIA 2007 - Wrap-up
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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
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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.
Mobile phones cleared in U.S. bee decline
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9/10/2007   Post a comment
It seems, according to the BBC, that a virus called the Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV) is the likely culprit in the decline of the North American honeybee.
'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.
Analogies, Metaphors, and Similes (Oh my!)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/10/2007   Post a comment
English teachers from across the USA submit funny and amusing analogies, metaphors, and similes found in high school essays.
Comment: Knock off the Asian knockoffs
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9/10/2007   Post a comment
Cloning Western products won't advance China's standing in the global technology race; in fact, it's a setback.
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