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Neanderthal
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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.
Radio partitioning: RF to "bits"
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10/31/2006   Post a comment
When you have a 1-V supply, dividing the analog signal into, say, 10 segments makes for a pretty dicy proposition.
Analog TV for handsets won't fly
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10/30/2006   Post a comment
Telegent Systems' combination of analog TV reception with digital on a single chip won't kickstart the still-floundering mobile TV market.
What I learned in Iceland
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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?
Kudos Metro Ethernet Forum
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10/25/2006   Post a comment
According to Nan Chen, president of the MEF, the MEF 14 Certification is a groundbreaking service provider program.
The little engine that could
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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.
The femtocell option
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10/17/2006   Post a comment
It will be interesting to see if the femtocell idea has a half life of more than a femtosecond.
And now for something completely different
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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
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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?
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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?
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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'.
Watch out NFC, here comes Bluetooth
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10/12/2006   Post a comment
What's up with Near Field Communication? Bluetooth has made significant strides in file transfer capability, something NFC could do last year but hasn't made further strides.
Quarter-mile dilemma
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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?
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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.
WiMAX World rant
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10/11/2006   Post a comment
Most people I talked to at the show today had the feeling they had arrived a day early.
Will the real DFM please stand up?
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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
RoHS isn't just inconvenient; it's potentially deadly
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10/9/2006   Post a comment
"Suppliers feel chill, brace for the fall" [Sept. 25, page 1], by David Roman and Mike Clendenin, was interesting in what it did not mention: RoHS.
The answer to my Venn Diagram query!
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10/6/2006   Post a comment
I was right - using cross-hatching in a Venn Diagram can have meaning beyond simple shading!
Battle of the titans
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10/5/2006   Post a comment
Nokia and Qualcomm are in a tug-of-war over Mobile TV.
Will OLEDs really grab hold in mobiles?
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10/5/2006   Post a comment
Market reports say that OLEDs are ready to shine and shine big, at the dimming of the LCD market for mobile displays. Is OLED hype real?
A small EDA company needs your help
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10/5/2006   Post a comment
Can you spare a few moments to complete a survey on OASIS for a small EDA company (they would be ever-so-grateful)!
Move over Scotty
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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).
Blog: Wireless parking tickets
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10/4/2006   Post a comment
With the proposed system I might have a meter maid or two speeding in my direction as soon as I leave the car.
A call to arms - I need your help!
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10/4/2006   Post a comment
Sometimes it's incredibly important to press the buttons to rate articles you read on the web; for example, a recent piece of mine own.
Living HP's vision of the HD lifestyle
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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
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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.


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