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HD: Improvement or tradeoff?
9/30/2009   Post a comment
The HD QoS dilemma comes down to this: Does high definition represent an improvement over standard definition, or is it more a tradeoff?
Mayan calendar predicts demise of Moore's Law
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/30/2009   2 comments
Many have unsuccessfully predicted the end of Moore's Law. But what about predictions made before the law even existed?
One analyst takes on the PM market
Power DesignLine Blog  
9/30/2009   Post a comment
Global sales of digital power semiconductors are set to increase to $821 million in 2013, up from $127 million in 2008, according to iSuppli Corp. The most rapid growth will be in DCPs.
Documentary -- Supercar: Building the Car of the Future
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
9/30/2009   4 comments
The Green SupplyLine wants to share with you an interesting Canadian documentary on the development of alternatives to fuel-based vehicles.
Future robotics technology
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/29/2009   Post a comment
One thing that I was asked to do for the "Dissecting the Bot" article was make some predictions on what future robotics technology will look like. I have my thoughts, what are yours?
EDA can be a fun thing
9/29/2009   Post a comment
There is an EDA application that runs on Apple Inc.'s iPhone. iWafer, was created by Michael Sanie, a 20-year EDA and semiconductor industry veteran.
Updated: Is Intel making a foray into France?
9/28/2009   Post a comment
In 2009, Intel Corp. has made several moves to position itself in the French market, including an investment in a laboratory specialized in High-Performance Computing near Paris and the opening of a new design center in wireless technologies in Sophia Antipolis. Recently, speculations have emerged that Intel plans to purchase Freescale Semiconductor's wireless operations in Toulouse. Is this pure coincidence or full of sense?
How to make your next design succeed by really mattering
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/24/2009   1 comment
Would anyone shed a tear if your company went away tomorrow? If not, then you've made the mistake of not fully leveraging the power of good design to get you and your product to the point where you actually matter to anyone, according to Robert Brunner, an industrial designer of such product lines as the Apple II, Macintosh, Newton and PowerBook. But there's an answer.
Robotics Quest - brief update
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/24/2009   Post a comment
Despite a distinct lack of progress, the quest for a robotics project for my 15-year old nephew continues.
Speaking His Mind on Innovation and Patent Reform
9/23/2009   Post a comment
Steve Perlman came to ESC Boston 2009 with two obectives: to speak about Mova CONTOUR facial imaging and to rail against changes in patent law
The perils of pre-disposition
9/22/2009   1 comment
Robert Brunner's ESC keynote was 21st century all the way, including hip-hop videos for Dr. Dre's "B" brand headphones, and promos for carbon fiber faucets, a $3,500 outdoor grill, Lady Ga Ga's fashion jewelry ear buds and Regen solar-powered consumer electronics.
T-Minus 1 and Counting
9/21/2009   Post a comment
Even without the exhibits in place there was plenty to see, do and learn at the Hynes Convention Center on Day Zero of ESC Boston.
Observations from Day 0 at ESC Boston
9/21/2009   1 comment
FPGAs vendors are distributers are collaborating far more than I imagined.
Day 0 at the Embedded Systems Conference
9/21/2009   Post a comment
The first day at ESC is an intense educational day, starting with the first hands-on look at the latest version of Windows Embedded Standard.
The path to money in medical systems design
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
9/21/2009   Post a comment
Between government stimulus packages, an aging population, exploding healthcare costs and increasing need for better remote diagnostics, it's understandable that engineers looking for the next big opportunity would look up and cry: "Thars gold in them thar [medical] hills." But not so fast.
Green power in the future
Power DesignLine Blog  
9/18/2009   Post a comment
Sharp Microelectronics reported its first loss ever this year so the company is investing in a future "green" to ensure it keeps its competitive edge.
Fate and Opportunity in EDA
9/18/2009   Post a comment
Evatronix SA of Bielsko-Biala, Poland has appointed Carsten Elgert as its Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Elgert was with Mentor Graphics European division.
MCU Table
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/18/2009   3 comments
TechInsights cannot tell you exactly which MCU device will be the best for your specific application. But what we can do is profile some of the recent MCU releases in this table.
Next steps for Ethernet. Join the conversation
9/17/2009   1 comment
We want to hear your comments on what's the next big step for Ethernet--400 Gbits/second or a terabit rate.
Cypress looks to change the game with new PSoC product line and design software
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/16/2009   Post a comment
With the announcement of two new families of programmable system on chip (PSoC) devices, along with a new development environment, Cypress is looking to change the way people do system design.
Sometimes it pays to know
Power DesignLine Blog  
9/16/2009   Post a comment
A new report from Databeans has a bunch of good data that might just serve power management circuit designers well.
Analysis: Gloom vs innovation in the automotive industry
9/16/2009   Post a comment
At the Frankfurt motor show it became apparent that the real challenges are yet to be faced for large parts of the automotive industry. But at the same time, the way out of the situation is becoming visible.
Ford's recovery plan
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
9/16/2009   1 comment
Ford has a lot of work to do, but they didn't take a bailout and didn't bail out of the car business.
Yet another FPGA startup
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/15/2009   1 comment
A recent EE Times article revealed yet another FPGA startup, NuPGA.
Innovation vs. gloom
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
9/15/2009   Post a comment
At the Frankfurt IAA it become apparent that the challenges are yet to be faced for large parts of the automotive industry. But at the same time, the way out of the situation is emerging.
Commentary: ESL may be coming into its own
9/15/2009   8 comments
Four years ago at DAC two analysts, then at Gartner, predicted that electronic system level (ESL) design tools may return the EDA industry to double-digit growth. The ESL market is just as elusive now as it was in 2005.
From being in the red to making green
9/14/2009   Post a comment
While the semiconductor industry is showing signs of recovering from the recession, most design companies are still limiting new spending, according to Walden Rhines.
Power management or power avoidance - which should come first?
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
9/14/2009   2 comments
A recent poll of EE Times Europe readers, which represents a good sample of electronics design engineers, canvassed what they thought would offer the best energy-saving return on R&D.
Can anyone stop surging SoC cost? Join the conversation
9/14/2009   Post a comment
Engineering executives at chip vendors and electronic equipment makers are grappling with this question in the midst of a global economic downturn and as the ability to offer the best products at the most attractive prices becomes a major competitive weapon of choice for many in the industry.
Chip vendors making VCs redundant
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
9/11/2009   Post a comment
The next time you have a great idea for an end product, you should look at bit more closely at your choice of IC: the vendor-as-partner model can do more to realize your idea than any venture capitalist or angel investor ever could--without eating into your long-term profits.
Viewpoint: Why programmability is now a game changer
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/10/2009   2 comments
The common wisdom these days says that the semiconductor industry is heading for the cliff. Some even say that we are like the cartoon character that went over the cliff and his legs are still moving, not realizing that there is no ground under him.
Readers sound off on 'Nokia + netbooks'
9/10/2009   Post a comment
Readers offered a range of responses to business editor Bolaji Ojo's analysis: "Nokia + Netbook = what exactly?"
Opinion: One big problem, eight vague options, no solutions for NASA
9/10/2009   8 comments
Our commentator says the Augustine Commission on the future of U.S. human spaceflight failed to tell NASA what it needs to hear.
An event like no other
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/9/2009   Post a comment
On Sept. 16, EE Times will present a virtual conference on designing next-generation SoCs that promises to explore the challenges faced by developers of both ASIC- and FPGA-based SoCs.
Ban the power for BANs
Power DesignLine Blog  
9/9/2009   Post a comment
Qualcomm described a new algorithm to lower the power of body area networks at a recent conference. The medical industry needs that to have sensors work 24/7 in regular living conditions without wireless packets getting lost.
One giant squeak for Mankind
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/4/2009   Post a comment
The Moon landing inspired generations of engineers, but magazines like 'Practical Electronics' should also take a bow. Kendall Castor-Perry revisits an audio circuit project from a May 1969 issue, discovering what would have been a boyhood revelation, despite the results being not quite sound!
Home alone, with a hangover
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
9/3/2009   Post a comment
With the scrappage incentives being phased out in Germany and the US, the industry has to reinvent itself amidst the crisis.
FGPAs to 'green' the web?
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/2/2009   Post a comment
Add this to the growing list of things people are counting on FPGAs for: "greening" the web by enabling faster searches using less power.
Managing waves and thoughts
Power DesignLine Blog  
9/2/2009   Post a comment
Bin He can point to a spot on the brain that gave off a sub-microvolt signal corresponding to a thought. The question now is can thoughts be managed with the same techniques used to manage power?
Rovi: Does Macrovision and TV Guide name change signify new mission?
9/2/2009   Post a comment
Rovi holds over 4,000 patents, including some of the most contentious patents in consumer electronics history.
COMMENTARY: VPX - Gaining on the battleground and driving VME
9/2/2009   Post a comment
In military/aerospace applications, embedded platforms such as VPX are picking up the slack - not replacing VME but rather offering options for rugged, high bandwidth processing.
COMMENTARY: Using model-based design to improve design quality in mil-aero embedded apps
9/1/2009   Post a comment
With model-based design, engineers can cycle through design iterations in a safe and less expensive modeling environment, resulting in an implementation that works the first time under a shortened development cycle and with improved quality.
Opinion: Mobile industry will eat Nokia's lunch
9/1/2009   6 comments
Once the darling of the booming cellular phone business and still the world's largest handset maker, Nokia has become a Finn sandwich that its PC and cellphone competitors will surround and slowly eat.

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