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House & Senate firm-up analog signal cut-off date
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10/31/2005   Post a comment
A milestone was reached this past week in Congress by the House's Energy and Commerce Committee along with the Senate panel in setting a firm deadline of April 7, 2009 requiring television stations to switch to all-digital broadcasts, and requiring that the airwaves be returned to the government.
Advisory panel misses the point on engineering
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10/31/2005   Post a comment
In "Countdown to mediocrity?" (see Oct. 24, page 28), I'd be willing to bet that the "government-funded advisory group" that wrote the National Academies' report [on the erosion of science and technology leadership] was packed with educators, executives and research directors instead of engineers.
Immortal Works
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10/31/2005   Post a comment
Gather 'round, engineering innovators, and listen as we reveal how you can achieve instant fame, courtesy of EE Times.
What's taking so long?
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10/29/2005   Post a comment
Now it's Monday, says the FCC, until it votes on Verizon's purchase of MCI and SBC acquisition of AT&T. It was supposed to be Friday but it seems more jockeying is taking place, excuse me, "reviewing and negotiating conditions."
Score one for GPS
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10/28/2005   Post a comment
More than 150 million handsets have been shipped with Qualcomm's gpsOne functionality.
Grumblings regarding Enterprise IPT
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10/28/2005   Post a comment
Xelor Software conducted a survey at VoiceCon to rate the satisfaction of network and telephony professionals with enterprise IP telephony (IPT).
Apple gets it right with iPod resolution, poising portable video for take-off
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10/27/2005   Post a comment
Apple's video iPod got it right, with 320 x 240 QVGA resolution, at 30 fps. That's television. By comparison, cell phone video provides only 15% as much video information as the iPod, under ideal conditions. That's not television. Even more important, Apple has content distribution firmly in place.
Protecting IP Globally
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
Today's news Industry groups seek to stem IP violations in China whereby China's IP enforcement efforts are being probed represents an interesting problem in a global environment.
Phone recognizes your walk
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Finnish scientists have invented a device that makes it harder to steal a mobile phone.
Immortal Works
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Gather 'round, engineering innovators, and listen as we reveal how you can achieve instant fame, courtesy of EE Times.
Engineering: It's still a man's world
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
When your headline is "EE schools: Where are the girls?" (Sept. 26, page 1), you continue to perpetuate one aspect of the problem.
CIA, FBI fund ZigBee R&D
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10/23/2005   1 comment
ZigBee is a very good chance of being deployed for national security and/or snooping, if one reads between the lines of a informative but not-too-informative news release on Ember Corp.'s Web site.
Convergence or divergence?
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10/20/2005   Post a comment
Sony recently announced its new VAIO XL1 Digital Living System along with its supposed vision for a CE future with Microsoft. Hah? I thought that I was transported to an alternate universe when I read the press release. Sony’s entrant into the digital living room category supposedly "breaks all boundaries" by managing both personal and downloaded multimedia content as well as pre-packaged audio CDs and DVD movies.
Test Automation Tools Taking Off
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10/18/2005   Post a comment
VDC report shows annual sales growth of nearly 20 percent.
NSDC Opens
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10/18/2005   Post a comment
The Network Systems Design Conference is opening its doors in San Jose today.
You don't need a cell phone to talk on a plane
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10/17/2005   Post a comment
If you have a VoIP phone, like Skype for example, you can hold a conversation at 35,000 ft.
Will WiBro eat WiMAX's lunch?
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10/17/2005   Post a comment
WiBro has built-in compatibility with mobile WiMAX (802.16e) and this, coupled with already-designed terminals and network equipment, makes it a de factor competitor for the WiMAX global market.
The myth of exceptionalism
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10/17/2005   Post a comment
The BBC seemed to derive great pleasure last week from two stories it aired back-to-back on an ascendant China. The first covered China's successful launch of its second manned space mission, while the following story related archaeologists' discovery of 4,000-year-old
Immortal Works
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10/17/2005   Post a comment
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TV on an iPod. Are handsets next?
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10/14/2005   Post a comment
Experts say that people won't watch television on a 2-1/2-in. screen. That's now being put to the test with Apple's latest iPod.
Breaking the 3Gb/s barrier
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10/13/2005   Post a comment
You've seen it happening for sometime now, design engineers are replacing shared parallel buses for a variety of products including servers, entertainment products and telecom systems with high-speed point-to-point serial buses. However, it's a double-edged sword reducing traces but causes challenges for enabling reliable signal transmission. Ansoft's Larry Williams offers his thoughts on resolving this dilemma.
Home again
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10/13/2005   Post a comment
So, here I am, your new site editor.
Blog rebuttal: will they or won't they use camera phones
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10/12/2005   Post a comment
Glenn Paul, chairman and CTO of dotPhoto, disagreed with my assessment that camera phoines will soon be going away.
Like a soap opera, the saga of high def DVD continues
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10/11/2005   Post a comment
Will HD DVD be dead-on-arrival? At first, you may think that this is a pessimistic question especially since Microsoft and Intel have announced publicly that they are both backing Toshiba's HD DVD format as the next-generation high-definition DVD format of choice. But does it really help this fledging format?
ARMed and Ready
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10/11/2005   Post a comment
Enea demos OSE for TI OMAP; ARM reveals other Cortex licensees; EMF helping NASA adviser.
Safe (legal) and hands-free
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10/10/2005   Post a comment
Now that I'm Bluetooth-enabled, I can take advantage of Parrot's Easydrive kit.
The other China opportunity
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10/10/2005   Post a comment
I had the privilege of working in Hong Kong from the summer of 1988 until the spring of 1993. It was a vibrant and bustling place in those days.
When health care was a simple business
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10/10/2005   Post a comment
I'm an only child, and my parents were married 16 years before I was born.
SIA: Call for U.S.-funded research speaks of innovation, not handouts
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10/10/2005   Post a comment
A recent essay by George Leopold (Opinion, Sept. 19, page 4) urged the Semiconductor Industry Association to focus on innovation, not government handouts.
Point: Shoot: Upload. It's another cute Wi-Fi app
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10/9/2005   Post a comment
Electronic shutterbugs don't have to hassle with sliding memory cards into their PCs anymore. Nikon and Kodak have recently released Wi-Fi enabled digital cameras that transmit pictures straight from the camera to your computer or printer through an adaptor.
Staying an ARM's length ahead of the curve
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10/5/2005   Post a comment
ARM's latest core, the Cortex-A8, was announced at the company's developer conference.
Congrats on the milestone!
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10/5/2005   Post a comment
I just read that Aclatel has shipped it's 70 millionth DSL line.
Linux for the Little Guy
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10/5/2005   Post a comment
Wind River announces consumer-products Linux platform; Green Hills/I-Logix deal gets VDC's blessings.
SEDs: Are they a plasma killer in Japan?
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10/5/2005   Post a comment
With Canon set to launch an SED TV by year end, some are wondering whether SED will displace plasma displays in the Japanese market.
Spectrum allocation pot boils - again
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10/4/2005   Post a comment
Looks like the pot is starting to boil in spectrum allocation again (as if it ever stops!). This is good news for companies that design wireless products, of course, because it means the market will keep growing.
DVD format war mongering (and peaceful co-existence?)
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10/3/2005   Post a comment
The news this week that Paramount Studios will be releasing movies in BOTH Blu-ray and HD DVD formats pretty much seals the deal here -- there really IS going to be a good old-fashioned format war for high def DVD.
Longtime U.S. resident made to feel like a stranger in a strange land
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10/3/2005   Post a comment
I read Ron Wilson's article about the Semiconductor Industry Association (see Sept. 19, page 1) and would like to share my experiences regarding a problem faced by some workers in the semiconductor industry.


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