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Smart motes mean new life for 8-bit MCUs
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1/31/2005   Post a comment
Consider, if you will, the lowly 8-bit microcontroller. To many designers, it is the epitome of the bad old days-the days when not only performance, but I/O configurations and even processor architecture were dominated by the constraints of a minuscule transistor budget. "Never again" might well be the vow of hardware designers and programmers who have wrestled a slow and helpless 8048 or 6805 MCU into a mildly demanding application.
Pocket Convergence
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1/27/2005   Post a comment
What was once a cell phone is now a cell phone, address book, portable game player, digital camera, camcorder, and GPS location device. Audio MP3 jukebox will be next, followed by video multimedia jukebox, and TV.
Wireless home automation battles heat up
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1/27/2005   Post a comment
Despite pressure from competing technologies, ZigBee will still win the home automation market.
Databeans says the Semiconductor Market needs to stabilize in 2005
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1/26/2005   Post a comment
Databeans says 2004 was a huge growth year for the semiconductor industry. All of the excitement seems to have passed. The semiconductor market needs to stabilize itself in 2005.
Intel's reinvention
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1/24/2005   Post a comment
Chip giant Intel Corp. went back to the future in a reorg last week that effectively returned the company's ambitions in communications silicon to about 1998. Tucking its wireless and wired comms business units inside the more traditional and successful notebook and server groups, Intel once again looks like a PC giant dabbling in related comms businesses.
Databeans says the Semiconductor Market needs to stabilize in 2005
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1/21/2005   Post a comment
Databeans says 2004 was a huge growth year for the semiconductor industry. All of the excitement seems to have passed. The semiconductor market needs to stabilize itself in 2005.
Embedded systems disaster stories
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1/21/2005   Post a comment
To err is human, to learn from other's mistakes divine. Here in the Soapbox you can go one step further -- learn and share. We challenge you to share your embedded systems programming mistakes, disasters, and near misses whether they pertain to team miscommunication or technical errors.
Fed meddling won't help solar era dawn
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1/17/2005   Post a comment
As David Lammers' interview with Richard E. Smalley makes clear (see Dec. 6, 2004, page 1), when it comes to solar energy, Professor Smalley gets some things right and some things wrong.
Opinion
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1/17/2005   Post a comment
A growing chorus of informed voices is calling for change in the U.S. patent system. Some charge that huge companies protect their markets with massive portfolios of broad patents. A newcomer with limited legal resources, facing the threat of perpetual litigation, could feel compelled to cross-license or even abandon its technology. That punishes innovation instead of rewarding it, violating the very purpose of patents.
Selon le PDG de National, « la technologie personnelle » devrait dynamiser le secteur des circuits intégrés
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1/13/2005   Post a comment
La demande future de circuits intégrés ne devrait pas être dynamisée par les technologies de l’information, mais plus vraisemblablement par la technologie personnelle, a déclaré le Président-directeur général de National Semiconductor Corp. le 11 janvier 2005.
It's not a straight line: Computing the Correct Drain to Source Resistance from V-I curves
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1/12/2005   Post a comment
Is the V-I curve of a MOSFET switch really a straight line as we imagined? The RDSON is clearly a function of the current through the MOSFET. But with the device alternating between peaks and valleys, what current value do we use? We can do a "worst-case analysis" based on the highest RDSON (an instantaneous value) along the V-I curve. But is that value really "worst case", or is it even worse than "worst-case"?! Power supply guru Sanjaya Maniktala celebrates his ann
Baisse des livraisons de circuits intégrés en novembre mais progression de l’analogique
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1/11/2005   Post a comment
Selon certains analystes, les livraisons mondiales de circuits intégrés ont affiché une baisse en novembre 2004, mais les stocks démesurés de puces commencent à s’épuiser au profit de quelques produits spécifiques sur le marché.
Mobile expert predicts a brain storm
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1/10/2005   Post a comment
Jeff Hawkins thinks he is on the verge of two breakthroughs.
A fresh perspective
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1/10/2005   Post a comment
Yes, we do look a little different this week. It's the culmination of a year's worth of hard work and decades of evolution in the information publishing business.
Looking glass
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1/10/2005   Post a comment
Another year, and January dawns foggy, gray and drizzly. The rebound we enjoyed (did we really enjoy it?) was about as fast as that blackbird that zips by and disappears into the mists.
Des analystes prévoient une hausse de 11 % du marché des circuits intégrés en Chine
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1/10/2005   Post a comment
Un récent rapport d’IC Insights prévoit une hausse de 11 % du marché des circuits intégrés en Chine, qui devrait atteindre 34,3 milliards de dollars en 2005. Ce marché deviendrait ainsi le plus grand marché régional de circuits intégrés au monde.
MIMO set to soar in 05
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1/7/2005   Post a comment
If CES is an indicator, then MIMO will be one of the hot technologies in the WLAN sector in 2005.
A plague on the industry
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1/1/2005   Post a comment
For years, the semiconductor industry coped with counterfeiting by burying its head in the sand. The word was rarely uttered in the boardroom or to suppliers, and never within earshot of a customer. It was the industry's version of "Don't ask, don't tell."
China's challenges
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1/1/2005   Post a comment
Founded a mere 20 years ago, Cisco Systems Inc. is an adolescent compared with its older siblings in the electronics industry. But when president and CEO John Chambers speaks, many in the global manufacturing economy pay close attention.
Virtual companies, virtual profits
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1/1/2005   Post a comment
The primary reason for operating a for-profit enterprise is profit, which is defined as the difference between a product's manufacturing cost and its selling price. Therefore, at least in theory, reducing product costs generates additional profit-and generating profit is a good thing, isn't it?
5 forecasts for '05
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1/1/2005   Post a comment
We're midway through the first decade of the new millennium, but first a bit of recent history. 2004 picked up where 2003 left off: The economic recovery continued, with strong corporate earnings and a surging job market. However, unlike '03, political concerns, high oil prices, inflation and the war on terror held equity markets back in '04. Nevertheless, Bush was re-elected and Martha Stewart went to jail, so we're hopefully safe from terrorists and homemaker merchandise moguls.


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