House & Senate firm-up analog signal cut-off date Blog 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 Blog 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 Blog 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? Blog 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."
CIA, FBI fund ZigBee R&D Blog 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? Blog 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.
Will WiBro eat WiMAX's lunch? Blog 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 Blog 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 Blog 10/17/2005 Post a comment In an intensely competitive field, the following have been judged Immortal Captions and their authors are acclaimed as official Immortal Caption Writers, worthy of their fame and honor.
Breaking the 3Gb/s barrier Blog 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.
Like a soap opera, the saga of high def DVD continues Blog 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?
Point: Shoot: Upload. It's another cute Wi-Fi app Blog 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.
Spectrum allocation pot boils - again Blog 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.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times