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Bluetooth means business
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1/31/2007   Post a comment
I think it has a lot to do with the "multiple radios on a chip" business that I've been talking about for the last few months.
Get progressive in telecom
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1/29/2007   Post a comment
The United States needs to rewrite two key parts of its telecom policy. Universal service must be brought into the 21st century to address not the lack of a phone line, but the lack of broadband.
Iraq chaos is what happens when modern, traditional societies collide
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1/29/2007   Post a comment
I am a graduate of the Air Force Academy and left the Air Force in 1984. I disagree with Loring Wirbel's Nov. 27 Opinion piece ("Myths of the powerful").
The new EE Times: more than a redesign
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1/29/2007   Post a comment
Next week you'll hold in your hands a new EE Times, one of the most significant redesigns we've undertaken in decades.
What is this GAAP thing, anyway?
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1/29/2007   Post a comment
GAAP and non-GAAP financial results may seem confusing. The purpose of the GAAP rule that changed reporting in June 2001 is explained.
Snafus, scandals, and dirt
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1/26/2007   Post a comment
Face it, we like to read about dirt, and we're hardly disappointed these days.
Circumventing the HD Format Wars
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1/25/2007   Post a comment
The HD Format War rages on, but some companies are finding innovative and compelling product offerings. LG made an announcement at CES 2007 launching their new dual-format high-definition DVD player that plays back Blu-ray Disc and HD DVDs. Warner Home Video did the same with their "Total Hi Def" disc.
Mobile video and cell phone radiation safety
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1/25/2007   Post a comment
If you're watching TV when a call comes in, what are you going to do, unplug the headset and switch to handset mode? More likely, you'll keep the headset on and just pause the show to take the call.
Future of fabs: The chip cartel
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1/24/2007   Post a comment
Analog processes are where the differentiating value lies, particularly in the wireless arena.
Low power standards ignore CEA's power directives?
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1/22/2007   Post a comment
If controversy is a measure of criticality, then the lack of a Low Power Standards is dooming many design in progress to failure. A letter writer suggests that EDA vendors are ignoring the users community in developing a low power standard.
GPS thieves nabbed: Guess how.
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1/19/2007   Post a comment
GPS thieves nabbed through own stupidity
Blue Line helps bottom line
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1/18/2007   Post a comment
In honor of CES, I've been putting up all kinds of home networking articles and info on how to ease the chore of networking everything together. Today I saw an announcement of an award for a technology that you might consider when you tie all of your home technology together.
CES 2007 -- Reflecting on displays
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1/18/2007   Post a comment
The best way to sum up CES 2007 is to quote Charles Dickens, "It was the best of times...It was the worst of times." There were several highpoints of the show with innovations coming from as far away as MacWorld. However, first and foremost, CES 2007 was about displays -- all types of displays.
Keep your eyes on Cambridge
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1/17/2007   Post a comment
Could it be that CSR + ARM = something to be reckoned with?
NXP withdrawal threatens ST's game plan
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1/16/2007   Post a comment
NXP's confirmation of what had been rumored, that it is pulling out of the Crolles semiconductor R&D alliance, is a problem for STMicroelectronics NV and could mean the end of the R&D alliance. It seems inconceivable that the alliance could continue into another phase as a duo of ST and Freescale Semiconductor Inc., with increased costs and lower economies of scale, which means ST must find new partners and quickly.
Farm labor not involved here
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1/15/2007   Post a comment
EDAC was accused of including Intellectual Property (IP) revenue in the total revenue for EDA, and of "cherry picking" by inflating said revenue by including companies that are not members of the consortium in the total figure.
Small town is gone from big cities
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1/15/2007   Post a comment
In my Dec. 11 column, I shared my warm feelings about the nice folks in Ashland, Wis., a small town on the banks of Lake Superior.
CES product that 'demagnetizes LPs' works as well as snake oil
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1/15/2007   Post a comment
I was ROFLOL when I saw that a product that "demagnetizes LPs" was given an award for innovation by the Consumer Electronics Show (Jan. 1, page 20).
CES Wrap Up: Fine and 3-D displays, shallow projections
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1/13/2007   Post a comment
By the end of the show Sharp had fixed their Super High Resolution 8.84-megapixel 4k LCD demo (eliminating the subtle horizontal streaking problem I had seen earlier), and I must say it was among the finest non-theatrical displays I have seen. I stood there, about a foot from the 64" screen mesmerized by the detail.
Yeah, but will my Blackberry work?
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1/12/2007   Post a comment
Here we go again. AT&T announced that it would phase out Cingular, and reclaim the wireless brand.
CES 2007 - Highlights from the floor on Day 3
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1/11/2007   Post a comment
Well, I spent today wandering the Central and South halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show. I stopped to visit with several manufacturers to talk about products and trends for 2007.
Commentary: DVD crossfire at CES targets consumers
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1/10/2007   Post a comment
The snake oil being foisted upon the unsuspecting customers at this year's Consumer Electronics Show is the dual format, high-definition DVD player.
CES Blog: Dispatch from the format wars
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1/10/2007   Post a comment
Many homes in the U.S. are already wired with coax, originally for distribution of cable-TV. Now two competing standards for taking advantage of that installed network for home A/V signal distribution are engaged in yet another standards competition, and they've got cable-TV companies lined up taking sides. In the HANA camp, Cablevision and Charter. But in the MOCA camp, heavyweight Comcast, with quite a few more homes.
Apple polishing
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1/10/2007   Post a comment
While everybody else is raving about the splash Steve Jobs and company made with the i-Phone, I'm thinking about the future of the company's PC business.
CES 2007 - Day 2
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1/10/2007   Post a comment
Impressions of Day 2 of the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show. CES can be characterized as the largest and most attended to date. The show floors and public spaces are crowded as I've never seen them before. I've been coming to CES for the past 25-years, and I've never seen it so crowded.
At CES: Panasonic and Sony camcorders, Sharp displays
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1/9/2007   Post a comment
Panasonic introduced a new compact 3-CCD high def camcorder that records on flash memory cards, holding roughly 20-minutes at highest quality on a 2-GB SD card (and handling larger cards). The best thing for consumers, though, is that Panasonic is also making HDTVs with built-in SD card readers. So the hi def recordings play back directly on the TV, no special player required.
CES 2007 - Day 1
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1/9/2007   Post a comment
Unlike yesterday, which has been dubbed Press Day, Monday, January 8th was the official opening day of the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show. This Blog covers Hitachi, EchoStar, and DirecTV.
Technology's march into tomorrow threatens principles of today
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1/8/2007   Post a comment
Recent letters in Crosstalk (Dec. 11, 2006, page 30), especially those responding to Loring Wirbel's "Myths of the powerful" Opinion piece, are ignoring huge technology groundswells that have caused some basic moral principles to become obsolete.
What's ahead for passives in 2007?
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1/8/2007   Post a comment
The passives components market has revitalized itself with new products and supply chain services since being devastated by the industry's worst downturn seven years ago, What's next for 2007? John Denslinger, Murata's executive vice president, talked in an interview about how 2006 wrapped up and where he thinks 2007 is heading.
CES 2007 - Press Day
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1/8/2007   Post a comment
Traditionally, the day before CES opens there are numerous manufacturers who hold press conferences making product or technology announcements. This year was no different, and there were approx. 15 press events today. What I will try to do with this and subsequent Blogs is offer highlights and insights of what I've seen each day.
Getting ahead of "green" regulations
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1/8/2007   Post a comment
In the view of Michael Kirshner, with the many enviironment-focused initiatives, the electronics industry has a lot to do before it can consider itself "green."
A memorable week
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1/8/2007   Post a comment
The death of Richard Newton and a redefinition of ESL from ARM are the most important news of this week.
CES Day Zero: Two big no-shows -- SED and Apple
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1/7/2007   Post a comment
Apple is about to launch what will arguably be the biggest thing in Internet-delivered television yet, their iTV set top box. Maybe the launch will be next week -- they like to keep this stuff secret until it's announced. If they do, it will most certainly grab some of the spotlight away from Vegas, and point it on San Francisco. That's an unfortunate competition. CES should be a big tent, and Apple belongs inside it.
Welcome to 'NSDL Weekend Reading'
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1/5/2007   Post a comment
So, I've noticed that a lot more of you are logging into the site over the weekend. I thought I'd provide a recap of awesome DesignLine-wide recently published articles.
CES 2007 Preview
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1/4/2007   Post a comment
Well, in a couple of days, I leave for Las Vegas, NV to attend the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show or CES as we call it. Coming from the East Coast, you need to arrive on Saturday to attend all of the press conferences on Sunday
Whither 802.11n?
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1/3/2007   Post a comment
This month's CES will give us some clues but one never really knows what sorts of smoke and mirrors and involved in demos on the floors of trade shows.
My New Year's Resolutions: 1080p, 1080i
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1/2/2007   Post a comment
It's not a question -- as Microsoft used to postulate it a few years back -- of, "720p versus 1080i: Which looks better?" It's a question of scaling. Scaling may keep getting better, but no one would argue that 1080i scaled to a 720p display looks better than 1080i on a 1080i display.


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