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Sine and cosine wave generation in FPGAs
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/14/2008   Post a comment
A reader asks how this can be achieved in the most efficient manner possible...
Non-combustion cars getting attention, in non-obvious ways
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
9/14/2008   1 comment
Electric cars, air-powered cars: what's next to catch the media's attention?
Opinion: It's a Chinese thing. You wouldn't understand
Blog  
9/14/2008   2 comments
Capitalism's love affair with communist China, as exemplified by a panel of China specialists at IBC 2008, is compared to American Left's discredited affection with the Soviet regime under Joseph Stalin.
Misinformed Australian
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/12/2008   Post a comment
This is one of the funniest things I've seen for a long time... I'm still chuckling as I pen these words.
The Integrated Circuit is 50 years old today!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/12/2008   Post a comment
Yes, believe it or not, it's the 50th anniversary of the first IC!
The Doomsday List
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/11/2008   Post a comment
Here's a list of predicted "end-of-the-world" scenarios that failed to live up to expectations (if you'll forgive the pun).
REACHing for the facts
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
9/10/2008   Post a comment
This brief article is meant to highlight some of the fallacies that have circulated about the impacts of REACH so that businesses can move beyond the scoping stage and towards action; something that should have happened a long time ago.
Viewpoint: Engineers need to move up the design value chain
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9/10/2008   1 comment
To support innovation and sustainable product differentiation into the future, traditional industry specializations must be replaced with more "value-added" design strategies.
Comment: Let Steve Jobs pick the music you play, buy
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9/10/2008   Post a comment
The new Genius feature on Apple's iTunes 8 is like having Steve Jobs flip through your record collection and then make you a mix tape.
Tools that let you make anything
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/9/2008   Post a comment
These low-cost fabrication tools - both open-source and commercial - promise to make the ability to manufacture almost anything available to anyone.
The End is Nigh (Part Deux)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/9/2008   Post a comment
Is the end of the world scheduled for Wednesday 10th September 2008 when the Large Hadron Colider (LHC) is powered-up? I don't think so...
"Your Inner Fish" and other books
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/9/2008   Post a comment
In which I waffle on about books in general and the ones I've just read (or am in the process of reading) in particular.
3DTV: The next format war?
Blog  
9/9/2008   1 comment
Sales of 3DTV sets are predicted to grow to 28 million by 2012 -- up 9300% from 2007.
Fingers crossed
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
9/9/2008   Post a comment
CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's most powerful particle accelerator, producing beams seven times more energetic than any previous machine and around 30 times more intense when it reaches design performance, probably by 2010.
Final Crossword Puzzle
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9/8/2008   Post a comment
Okay sleepers, here's your last chance to get your own copy of Introduction to Wireless Systems.
The End is Nigh!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/8/2008   Post a comment
Here's a link to the "official" magazine of the apocalypse (get it now before it's too late)!
The sounds of silence; or, the law of unintended consequences
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
9/8/2008   4 comments
Are hybrid cars too quiet, and if so, what should be done about it?
Is that a real smile or a fake?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/5/2008   Post a comment
View these videos to see if your instincts are correct...
Yet more nuggets of arcane USB knowledge
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/5/2008   1 comment
Well, we certainly seem to have opened the floodgates with our discussions on USB...
Las Vegas RFID Scavenger Hunt
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9/4/2008   Post a comment
The first person to bring me a casino chip with an embedded RFID chip inside while I'm in Las Vegas next week wins.
Which DSP wins in the ST-NXP-EMP merger?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
9/4/2008   Post a comment
Forward Concepts puts its money on NXP's Embedded Vector Processor (EVP).
Trojan Horse in our cars
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
9/4/2008   2 comments
Once in a sudden, everybody is talking about cars taking online. Navigation systems, Stolen Vehicle Tracking (SVT) applications, automatic emergency calls, road toll systems. But these systems have their downsides.
Special audio section in EE Times highlights AES
Audio DesignLine Blog  
9/4/2008   1 comment
A special section on "advanced audio" in the September 8th issue of EE Times offers a selection of articles from AES contributors on topics ranging from PC audio and ADC buffer design to balanced audio and even one designer's musings on his six biggest digital audio mistakes.
Lots of interesting "stuff"
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/4/2008   1 comment
There's so much interesting "stuff" out there that I can no longer keep up with it all...
When atoms count
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9/4/2008   1 comment
The smaller device geometries are approaching the atomic limit for device construction.
M2Z wants to support Martin's free wireless push
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9/4/2008   Post a comment
M2Z Networks wants to bid on the AWS-3 spectrum and launch an ad-supported free wireless network. But the M2Z plan is to offer rates at the slow end of what a DSL connection might offer. And surely the M2Z ads will have to occupy part of what would be a browser window.
Google announce new web browser called Chrome
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/2/2008   Post a comment
Google's new Chrome web browser is claimed to combine a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.
Where are you?
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9/2/2008   Post a comment
Over the past few weeks I've published Wireless Words Puzzles 3 and 4. The third puzzle was a killer--only one person completed it--David Springer.
Happy Birthday to the LEGO Mindstorms Robotics kit
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/2/2008   Post a comment
Launched ten years ago, LEGO Mindstorms has inspired some pretty amazing robotics projects. Here are short videos of a few of them, including a LEGO auto factory, Rubik's Cube solver and a self-parking car.
An interesting problem to ponder
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/2/2008   1 comment
The response to previous problems I've posed has been extremely enthusiastic, so here's another poser for us to peruse and ponder...
Microbatterries open up new horizons
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
9/2/2008   Post a comment
MIT researchers are now using viruses to construct microbatteries that are half the size of a human cell.
Smart machines - "stupid" people?
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/1/2008   Post a comment
Machines become increasingly smarter but the education system at least in Germany is old-fashioned and does no address the challenges of the future any longer. Will this lead to unskilled "stupid" people?
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