Neanderthal Blog 10/31/2006 Post a comment I knew it. Dismissing the possibility of Neanderthal and modern humans interbreeding seemed like saying the continents didn't fit together before plate tectonics proved they did.
What I learned in Iceland Blog 10/30/2006 Post a comment The European Union is using busses to test the reliability and life cycle of hydrogen fuel cells. How can EDA companies partecipate in such futuristic projects?
The little engine that could Blog 10/25/2006 Post a comment Blu-ray Disc was again in the news this week. We had all waited with baited breath for the launch of Sony stand-alone BDP-S1 Blu-ray Disc player, but it didn't happen. They say that three times is charm, but for Sony I'm not so sure. The BDP-S1 has been delayed three times so far.
Gemstar, suing Digeo over EPG patents, resumes battle Blog 10/25/2006 Post a comment Having extracted roughly $40 million from Microsoft back in the 90s, Gemstar is now taking on the other half of the original Microsoft duo, Paul Allen, by suing Digeo and indirectly, Charter Communications, his cable company, which uses Digeo's Moxi guide. Between Gemstar's claims to own the essence of what an EPG does, and TiVo's claims to own the essence of what a digital video recorder (DVR) does, I pity today's designers of video equipment. In an era that should be rife with innovation, we f
Hedging the WiMAX bet Blog 10/24/2006 Post a comment There was once a time when if you had to bet your company on a technology, you'd also like to have Intel blow on the dice before you rolled them.
Life without Dataquest Blog 10/23/2006 Post a comment Gartner Dataquest will terminate its coverage of the EDA industry at the end of October 2006. Gary Smith and four other analysts will be laid off.
Internal antennas are a waste of space Blog 10/19/2006 Post a comment A real-world comparison of an implementation of an external antenna on an inexpensive Motorola V180 and a Samsung SGH X507 showed them both to have greater range than the Nokia E70 with internal antenna--at almost one third the cost.
3-D moves forward with new LCD technology Blog 10/19/2006 Post a comment The announcement of a 3-D LCD screen using polarized glasses for viewing -- the same kind they use in the 3-D movies -- is very good news. Millions of people have already demonstrated a willingness to wear the lightweight polarized glasses.
What's in name? Blog 10/18/2006 Post a comment You know, I was talking to someone the other day about displays. The subject of plasma TVs came up. It's surprising that when people think of flat-screen displays, they automatically think that everything is plasma.
And now for something completely different Blog 10/16/2006 Post a comment Over the last couple of years, midrange cellular handsets have expanded their appeal by packing on features. And it can be fun, cool and even convenient to have your phone double as a camera or a music player. But let's face it: Given today's technology, a phone is unlikely to displace a digital camera or an iPod in your "digital lifestyle" arsenal. A phone is--and should be--designed, above all, to be a phone.
Further thoughts on CEATEC 2006 Blog 10/13/2006 Post a comment CEATEC 2006 was held last week in Makuhari (near Tokyo) last week (Oct. 3 - Oct. 7, 2006). According to published reports, there were more than 40,000 attendees almost every day. The show covered a four-day period, and is normally a good barometer for the types of products that will appear at CES 2007.
Does ESL need another language? Blog 10/13/2006 Post a comment Systems architects need to describe the requirements and architecture of a system without the limits imposed by a presumed implementation choice. Some of the projects aiming to develop a true architectural language for the ESL market show both technical and financial promises.
EIT: Europe's technology dream or white elephant? Blog 10/12/2006 Post a comment The in-fighting about the funding and structure of the EU's proposed European Institute of Technology (EIT) is all too predictable after the cold response from industry and the feeling amongst many academics across the Community that it is a 'white elephant'.
Quarter-mile dilemma Blog 10/11/2006 Post a comment I'm hoping that TI's UR8 residential gateway architecture, and one of the five chipsets announced today will help me get the reception I need going from my cell phone in my car to my home-office phone.
Internet TV from... the TV? Blog 10/11/2006 Post a comment A small news item this week, unnoticed by most major media, could have huge repercussions for the future of television, and the long anticipated Internet-TV connection. It's coming not from cable-TV, or telco-delivered IPTV, nor from a small startup like Akimbo or web-rooted video services like YouTube or Real.
Will the real DFM please stand up? Blog 10/9/2006 Post a comment A strict definition of Design-forManufacturing (DFM) requires a large scale modification of the EDA flow to enpower designers to be manufacturing aware throughtout the entire design process
Move over Scotty Blog 10/5/2006 Post a comment I confess, I used to love Star Trek. I didn't go so far as to go to the conventions or dress the part (although I did have one of those little beeper noise pins).
Living HP's vision of the HD lifestyle Blog 10/4/2006 Post a comment "The High-Definition Lifestyle" is HP's vision of digital entertainment for inside and outside the home for today and tomorrow. In that vein, HP introduced numerous new products for an HD lifestyle including their first HD DVD products.
I've moved on Blog 10/2/2006 Post a comment The only sure thing in life is change and that applies here. I've moved to a new position within our organization.
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