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Wi-Fi for gamers
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1/31/2006   Post a comment
Nintendo is selling a USB Wi-Fi dongle that attaches to a gamer's computer and acts as a wireless router for multiplayer gaming.
And the winner is ... TD-SCDMA
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
The Chinese MII recently approved TD-SCDMA as a national technology standard for 3G mobile communications.
Packet Processing NetSeminar
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
Network Systems DesignLine will host a NetSeminar entitled "Reinventing Packet Processing for Broadband/Access Box Designs" on February 16, 2006 at 1pm PT.
Crackberry and the patent mill
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
Research In Motion Inc. has cried wolf so many times, it took a few moments after the market had opened Jan. 23 before investors realized that this time RIM might not be kidding.
Siberia, Armenia woo high-tech investment
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
Foreign investment in the independent republics of the former Soviet Union is becoming more commonplace. Last month the Business Information Service for the Newly Independent States, a unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce, reported on one particular special economic zone (SEZ) in Tomsk, a highly developed city in Siberia (a four-hour plane ride from Moscow). It was the only region in Siberia to be considered for technology development; other new sites included St. Petersburg, Zelenog
Immortal Works
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
Our impartial judges have picked a top-notch team to display its caption-writing talents to the world.
The end of programming as we know it?
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1/30/2006   2 comments
Morgan Björkander of Telelogic thinks it is time for embedded designers to commit totally to model-driven development in the face of the challenges that face them.
The trials and tribulations of Liquid-Crystal Displays
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1/27/2006   Post a comment
In the last couple of weeks, there have been several stories coming out of SE Asia and other parts of the world regarding liquid-crystal displays (LCDs). These stories range from CRT plant closings to flat-panel overcapacity to a strong consumer demand for LCD TVs.
Does UWB have a future?
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1/25/2006   Post a comment
The two UWB camps decided not to make a deal and neither was able to get the votes for ratification. This, in fact, may have been the best possible outcome.
Commentary: AMD positions Dirk Meyer as successor to Ruiz
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1/23/2006   Post a comment
What does AMD's decision to promote Dirk Meyer to president and chief operating officer mean?
TV on a handset industry group arises
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1/23/2006   Post a comment
We all knew it was just a matter of time before TV-on-a-handset had it's own industry organization.
Industry icon still has youthful drive
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1/23/2006   Post a comment
We celebrate a lot of electronics industry icons--the Sanderses, Corrigans, Moores et al of the 1960s. But one icon predates them all and he started a business about the time Shockley, Brattain and Bardeen invented the transistor.
EEs face low starting salaries, mismanagement, bad schools
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1/23/2006   Post a comment
In a Nov. 21 Crosstalk letter (page 26), Jason McCampbell notes the shrinking numbers of U.S. students going into engineering.
My barber's dream finally comes true
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1/23/2006   Post a comment
When I started writing this column 25 years ago, I often talked about my barber.
Stats, stats, and more stats
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1/20/2006   Post a comment
Half the world will use a mobile phone by 2009.
3-D LCD display from NTT uses no glasses
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1/20/2006   Post a comment
After more than a decade of 3-D LCD gadget goggles, and five decades of polarized-lens movie sunglasses, eyewear is not the future of three-dimensional television. What is? Well I'm unpacking a chachka that I got from NTT Cyber Space Laboratories at CES. It attempts to simulate a fantastic new type of 3-D video screen I saw a demo of.
The CES saga continues
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1/19/2006   Post a comment
We are now one week removed from CES giving us all a chance to reflect on one of the largest CES shows ever. With more than 150,000 attendees and over 2,500 exhibitors, CES 2006 was a monster to cover, and 2007 looks to be worse -- if that's possible.
When technology really works
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1/18/2006   Post a comment
Way to go. Based on ST's In-Check, an application is underway to identify if a patient has avian flu--in a single test and within an hour.
WiMAX: It's more than just hype
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1/18/2006   Post a comment
The most likely rollout scenario for WiMAX seems to be for national companies to offer combined WiMAX/VoIP service.
Righting a wrong
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1/17/2006   Post a comment
Unlike the NFL, where a right officiating call was reversed and changed to the wrong call, I'm going to right a wrong.
Multicores need a distributed object model framework
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1/16/2006   Post a comment
The Redplain CTO thinks distributed objects are the best way to deal with the complexities of programming multiple processors on a chip (MPoC).
"Best-efforts" networks not "good enough"
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1/16/2006   Post a comment
Today, IDT introduced a statistics engine that not only enables statistics tracking but results in packet processor cycles being significantly reduced (up to 90%) and an 87% improvement in QDR-II bandwidth.
'Particles to man' evolution is only a theory-an absurd one
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1/16/2006   Post a comment
I find it laughable that evolution being under attack is a problem for future EEs (see By the Numbers, Dec. 19, page 28).
Most popular handsets
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1/16/2006   Post a comment
I received a market study that looked at which handsets were most popular for accessing mobile content.
Don't believe everything you read
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1/11/2006   Post a comment
Two conflicting reports came in today regarding sales of wireless and wired telephony.
Post partum CES
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1/11/2006   Post a comment
Well, I've just returned from Las Vegas and the Consumer Electronics Show. It was a tough show this year to cover. The two over-riding themes of the show was displays with 1080p resolution especially plasma, and the impeding optical disk format wars.
Advancing Ethernet
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1/10/2006   Post a comment
Unlike most alliances that are short-term in nature, designed to bolster the launch of a unique technology or segment, the Ethernet Alliance has long-term goals.
Looks like WiBro is real
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1/9/2006   Post a comment
WiBro has to find some usable spectrum if it's going to be successful and that is easier said than done. WiBro uses the 2.3 GHz band in Korea but that's not available in the U.S. or Europe.
It's time to get it done on next-gen WLAN
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1/9/2006   Post a comment
When the highly contentious IEEE 802.11n task group meets in Hawaii next week, it had better be to finalize the minutiae of how to get a 75 percent majority behind the much-awaited next generation of wireless-LAN technology.
Illegal immigration pressures San Diego's citizens, institutions
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1/9/2006   Post a comment
I would like to make a few comments about the issue of closing our borders (see "Latter-day Know-Nothings," Dec. 19, page 4).
Immortal Works
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1/9/2006   Post a comment
Score one for the engineer who's yearning for instant fame, courtesy of EE Times. Don't put your creativity on ice.
The challenges of change
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1/9/2006   Post a comment
The Consumer Electronics Show, which overtook Las Vegas last week, was an opportunity for the electronics design and manufacturing community to show off its wares and pat itself on the back.
SED shown to public for first time at CES
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1/9/2006   Post a comment
SED looks superb. In contrast ratio alone, these screens are fantastic -- the darkened screening rooms really made sense here, as they allowed ones' eyes to see incredibly fine gradations of black and dark gray in the darkest areas of the picture, while simultaneously discerning many subtle gradations of white. A 100,000:1 ratio is claimed, and I believe it.
Day 3 at CES: What's hot
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1/7/2006   Post a comment
This is day three at CES, and for me, it's getaway day.
Day 2 at CES: What it's not
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1/6/2006   Post a comment
I'm going against the grain on this one. I'm not going to talk about digital TV, which is by far the most hyped technology at this year's CES.
CES notebook: Portable players, SED at last
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1/6/2006   Post a comment
Greetings from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. I haven't seen it with my own eyes yet, but SED is indeed finally on display in the Toshiba booth. Portable video players are everywhere.
Day 1 at CES: Access denied
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1/5/2006   Post a comment
I’ve just started Day 1 at CES, and so far it’s off to a rocky start.
CES is upon us!
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1/5/2006   Post a comment
Today was Press Day at CES 2006, which is held annually in Las Vegas each January. There were eight major press conferences held by LG, Thomson, Toshiba, Pioneer, Sharp, Philips, Panasonic, and Sony. There were two themes that ran through most of the press conferences – 1080p displays and next-generation optical disc.
Ant demos Galio
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1/4/2006   Post a comment
ANT (I love that name), is demonstrating its Galio TV application Manager and S/W at CES this week.
CES: Day 0
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1/4/2006   Post a comment
I made it to Vegas for CES, but it wasn't easy.
2006: The year TV's walls start tumbling in the U.S.
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1/3/2006   Post a comment
Though it may seem obvious that someday people will be able to download their favorite TV programs to an iPod for portable viewing, or watch TV programs over the Internet, it was with some surprise and amazement that the networks chose late 2005 to start.
Is the chip industry too secretive?
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1/2/2006   Post a comment
Ghavam Shahidi, an IBM research manager, believes the chip industry "should work as a team" on common challenges and avoid "ridiculous secrecy."
Tapping Russia's talent pool
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1/2/2006   Post a comment
As Eastern European technology hot spots ride today's wave of international outsourcing, they are increasingly being considered as potential centers for more than just noncritical implementation work.
The New Year means it's time for CES
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1/2/2006   Post a comment
It's the New Year. That means it must be CES week.


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