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3-D bandwagon keeps rolling
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
The missing link is the big home screen -- the 3-D version of the living room TV.
How to profit from fear and panic
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/30/2008   Post a comment
"Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful." - Warren Buffett.
USB in GM automobiles?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/30/2008   Post a comment
Once again, a visitor to Programmable Logic DesignLine asks us to plumb the depths of our collective consciousness...
Sprint lights Baltimore WiMax network
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Sprint is pricing the service right. The WiMax modem sells for only $50. The cost of entry is way below the cost for the much slower 3G broadband technology offered by mobile service providers today.
Comment: Do we really need a cellular broadband awareness campaign?
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Do we really need a mobile broadband awareness campaign?
A few words about standards
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9/30/2008   1 comment
IBM definition of how it will participate in standards development sheds light on the process within the EDA industry.
Student completes his MP3 project
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/29/2008   Post a comment
With the help of the readers of Programmable Logic DesignLine, a student learns about the CRC-7 algorithm used by SD Cards and successfully completes his project.
Forget the lipstick, break into the piggy
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
I get that the stock market would naturally bounce around based on bank failures, and bailouts. Today, however, Apple is down 15% after several firms cut back recommendations on the stock.
SlingCatcher tops my tech wish list
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
We need more companies like Sling Media. Frankly SlingBox is the last great consumer product that I've seen from a technology startup. I expect the same from SlingCatcher.
What power development would you invest in?
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
9/29/2008   Post a comment
The pressure keeps building on power management engineers to produce a breakthrough in energy efficiency performance that will sweep the market forward. But are there any real contenders out there that will have a major impact in the future?
Opinion: Investor greed underlies financial system fiasco
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9/29/2008   3 comments
Before we spend too much time in the bank-bailout hearings arguing about CEO salary caps and the types of hedge funds to be banned, let's think about root causes of our current mess.
Solar will burn you if you don't turn it on
Power DesignLine Blog  
9/28/2008   2 comments
Initiate a strong national effort right now for alternative energy, notably solar, that outdoes what Europe can do, and we might well reclaim our economic status.
I never knew that!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/26/2008   Post a comment
Someone just told me the most amazing (incredibly simple) secret that will be of interest and use to almost everyone I know...
Rocket science in the truck industry
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
9/25/2008   Post a comment
For trucks, for a long time electronics seemed a thing of another world. Now the truck vendors have discovered that they can reduce accidents by electronic controls and assistants
Opinion: $700B bailout plan repeats subprime mistakes
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9/25/2008   3 comments
It seems we haven't learned anything from the ongoing real estate and financial investment debacle facing the United States.
Viewpoint: The rise of the Chief Wireless Officer
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9/25/2008   Post a comment
Pick up the daily newspaper, peruse the business section and a strange sight greets you: "Wanted, Chief Wireless Officer."
FPGA Lab Liquidation Sale
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/25/2008   Post a comment
Hardware at clearance prices -- buy now before it all goes!
Tilera = 15X better than TI? (updated)
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
9/25/2008   Post a comment
It's not that simple, but the 64-core Tilera processor is darn impressive.
On yer bike!
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9/24/2008   Post a comment
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has developed Murata Girl, a unicycle-riding robot which uses gyro sensors, Bluetooth and ultra sound to stay upright and move around.
Spain rains on solar market
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
9/24/2008   Post a comment
Global photovoltaic (PV) suppliers are worried about lower demand and oversupply in 2009 as governments contemplate cutbacks in support tariffs for solar energy.
Infrared Night Vision Goggles for only $89.99
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/24/2008   1 comment
Yes, it's true; you can now purchase true infrared night vision, for the price of a toy (imagine my happy dance)!
Free webinar on new Virtex-5 TXT FPGAs
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/23/2008   Post a comment
Virtex-5 TXT devices offer single FPGA solution for 40Gb and 100Gb telecom equipment.
Real-life robots obey Asimov's laws
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/23/2008   Post a comment
European researchers are developing technology designed to create robots that are intrinsically safe to humans.
White space clash looks like a long battle
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
In any given market, many channels lay unused and the buffer bands between channels add to the potentially available spectrum. White space proponents see that unused spectrum as a resource that should be leveraged and claim no negative impact of doing so.
Analysis: Capitalism's raw edge on display
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9/23/2008   1 comment
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says the era of "raw capitalism" is over. He is mistaken.
Viewpoint: Innovation is being delivered by plug-and-play start-up solutions
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
For an EDA start-up company to add value to today's semiconductor designers, the start-up company must provide additional value above and beyond the algorithms and solutions available within these large, single vendor product portfolios.
Industrial software downloaded from the "cloud"
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/23/2008   Post a comment
System maintenance cost is increasing and counts today for up to 80 per cent of the entire system cost. The new concept of "cloud-computing" could cut these costs dramatically.
Stuff of dreams
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
9/22/2008   Post a comment
Why you've got to love this business.
Oh oh, a shocking Apple iPhone adapter recall
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
This just might affect you. If you bout a 3G iPhone in North America or Japan and got an 'ultracompact' USB adapter, the results could be shocking--you.
Patience is a virtue - I suppose
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
9/22/2008   Post a comment
New gallium nitride power devices promise performance improvements up to ten times that of existing devices with the main applications including AC/DC and DC/DC conversion, as well as Class D audio.
Squirrel Obstacle Course
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/22/2008   Post a comment
If things are going missing in your garden, this video might help explain why...
PCB West: a brief encounter
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
PCB West was an interesting conference showing the contrast between PCB and IC design communities.
RFID Crossword Puzzle
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9/19/2008   Post a comment
Do you like to solve word problems? Here's a crossword puzzle to test your RFID skills.
Magic Sine Waves
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/19/2008   Post a comment
I'm still trying to wrap my poor befuddled brain around all of this, so let me just quote from the executive (read "for those of little brain") summary...
Commentary: Who needs operators?
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9/19/2008   Post a comment
For sure, Hollywood studios, broadcasters and service providers are still the glamour part of the news, and they do indeed exert huge influence over the adoption of specific technology standards. But it dawned on me, while in Amsterdam last week covering the International Broadcast Conference (IBC), this service provider-driven mentality is flawed, and it may be finally fading to black.
Worried about a little netbook? Don't be
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9/19/2008   Post a comment
The spigot is barely open, yet already the early trickle of netbooks is triggering one of the livelier debates the industry has seen this year.
Minneapolis Interstate 35W Bridge Opens
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9/19/2008   Post a comment
The bridge contains 323 sensors that collect data on how it handles the stresses of heavy traffic and Minnesota's harsh climate.
Throw hydrogen across the fence, please
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
9/18/2008   2 comments
When the bigwigs of the automotive industry met this week on their annual FISITA conference, in the attached little expo one could see everything that makes the engineer's (and the automotive addict's) heart beat faster. What was not on display was the answer to the question of tomorrow's fuel.
Time to panic?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
9/17/2008   3 comments
The headlines are full of frightening financial news. How does it affect you? Here's a hint: you'd better update your resume.
Solar power to the rescue
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
9/17/2008   Post a comment
What's a better solution than nuclear power plants to meet growing energy consumption needs? Solar energy. This means no more oil worries, more disposable income, no more smog, and less global warming,
Sitting in the dark - not quite yet
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
9/17/2008   Post a comment
This week the European plant engineers' association VGB has urged European Union countries to quickly build new power generation plants to put in an additional 400,000 MW, or half the current total again, by 2020.
IBC 2008 reporter's notebook: 3-D in many flavors
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9/17/2008   Post a comment
Highlights from the show floor include 3-D, UltraHD, and more 3-D.
Win a free book on AI: Guess how well a Roomba cleans
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/16/2008   Post a comment
Win a free book on bio-inspired artificial intelligence by guessing how well a Roomba vacuum cleaner can clean up a "dirt"-covered floor in two and a half minutes (video hint included).
1.5 GHz FPGAs shipping now!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/16/2008   1 comment
How exciting! As I pen these words, the folks at Achronix have started to ship their 1.5 GHz FPGAs.
Magma: a mirror on EDA
Blog  
9/15/2008   2 comments
The problems faced by Magma are common to all companies in EDA. It is time to think outside the box.
This Week's Main Course
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
9/15/2008   Post a comment
Don't have the time or budget to travel? A new feature gives you a glance at the courses you might be missing.
Opinion: Philips to blame for NXP's problems
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9/15/2008   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductor didn't need enemies, competitors or bad financial advisers -- not with parents like the ones the Dutch IC vendor had at its birth in late 2006.
5 rules to qualify a startup opportunity
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9/15/2008   Post a comment
Recently I discussed the challenges in today's financial climate with semiconductor startups and valuations relative to capitalization at liquidity.
More nerdy music
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
9/14/2008   Post a comment
I thought I had found the nerdiest music video ever, but here's another contender. Enjoy!
50th Anniversary of the first IC (Part Deux)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/14/2008   Post a comment
A reader is perturbed by my failing to mention the contributions of Robert Noyce...
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