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The 700-MHz auction challenge
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10/30/2007   Post a comment
Watching Google's stock price is something of an obsession already among finacio-techies and I'm just not sure what the auctions are going to do to it.
Expanding the DFM market
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10/30/2007   Post a comment
Apache's acquisition of Optimal is another clear signal that the EDA industry is adapting to provide designers with tools that allow them to work on the entire system, not just parts that have different physical characteristics.
You're In The Money
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10/29/2007   Post a comment
EETimes released a salary survey based on responses from 1,600 engineers. Apparently, financially you're doing well. Where do RFID engineers fit?
The problem with high def discs
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10/29/2007   Post a comment
There are plenty of volleys going back and forth these days from the Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD camps about who is selling more titles or more players. To paraphrase the Bard, "It may be much ado about nothing."
Mobile phones to the rescue--coming to the aid of groping victims
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10/29/2007   Post a comment
Did you know that according to the Tokyo police more than 1,800 people were arrested for groping passengers in Tokyo in 2005? Me neither.
Tap-N-Go: Who's On Board?
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10/27/2007   Post a comment
The Smart Card Alliance announced its 2007/2008 board and seven-member executive committee Friday.
Fire Sensor Networks
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10/23/2007   Post a comment
California fires reducing homes to ashes could give RFID a reason to shine.
Greenpeace v. iPhone and BSEF
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10/22/2007   Post a comment
Recently, environmental group Greenpeace issued an analysis of the iPhone claiming it contains potentially dangerous chemicals. It seems that Greenpeace should research some facts, or back off.
Welcome home, RCA
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10/22/2007   Post a comment
RCA -- the Radio Corporation of America -- had its roots in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area in the earliest days of radio broadcasting. They owned the first TV station in the U.S. Against this backdrop, the return of a small piece of RCA to the New York area is a somewhat bittersweet welcome home.
WiMAX and the ITU
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10/22/2007   Post a comment
Lest we forget, OFDM is a basic technology for numerous standards--not just WiMAX.
Using the third dimension
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10/19/2007   Post a comment
IMEC has announced its intention to open a 3D-SOC design program. Using the third dimension is a promising way to improve integration.
The "intel" in Intel's numbers
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10/19/2007   Post a comment
There's a skunk in the numbers. Semiconductor giant Intel Corp. exceeded analysts' revenue and profit estimates for the third quarter and so did rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. We should be celebrating, right?
RFID Analyst Briefs
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10/18/2007   Post a comment
EPCglobal U.S. President Mike Meranda will step down to enter private business sector. Industry insiders expect a high frequency (HF) version of the Gen 2 standard ratified by January. Robert W. Baird analyst Reik Read offers some interesting insights in this month's RFID Monthly publication.
UWB on ice?
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10/16/2007   3 comments
Every new technology has some kinks it has to work out. So we gave CWUSB a pass. Now, more than 10 months have passed and the holiday buying season will soon be upon us. We're wondering what's up.
Innovations to improve LED Backlighing
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10/15/2007   Post a comment
While flat-panel displays and LCD TVs taking prominence in the DTV market, its interesting how companies are looking to improve these display architectures. In the past few weeks, there were two technologies introduced " one in Japan and one in Europe " that hope to build upon the improvements found in LED backlighting.
700 MHz: Mark your calendars
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10/15/2007   Post a comment
With the 700 MHz auctions around the corner, bidding for "beachfront spectrum" will be a fascinating event. Interesting auction twists never before seen include: strict bidder anonymity, anticollusion directives, and wellfunded but nontraditional players potentially taking the mound to throw some curveballs.
Nokia Theater L.A. Live
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10/13/2007   Post a comment
Will Nokia build a short-range near field communications (NFC) payment system into the new Nokia Theater L.A. Live complex set to open Oct. 18?
Apple's iPhone lockdown may have wider implications for consumer electronics
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10/12/2007   Post a comment
Combine Apple's hard-line lockout philosophy with DRM, and one can only shudder to imagine what may be next: DVD players that shut down and stop working if a consumer plays an unauthorized copy of a movie? iPods and other media players that permanently shut down if you play a single MP3 file downloaded from an unauthorized source? TV sets that stop working, permanently, with the display of any unauthorized material?
Low Power Designs from a CPF Perspective
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10/11/2007   Post a comment
Cadence provided a look at how the Common Power Format (CPF) is being used in IC design by hosting a web seminar featuring members of its Power Forward Initiative.
RFID Tracks Mercedes Benz
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10/10/2007   Post a comment
I'm positive that when Janis Joplin sang "Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz," she had no idea one day car dealerships would use RFID to track and locate cars on their lots.
Readers speak out on counterfeit parts sourcing
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10/10/2007   Post a comment
Once again, the topic of counterfeiting has struck a nerve with many of our readers after reading part 2 to the Semiconductor Insights article on counterfeit parts.
The death of IP has been greatly exaggerated
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10/10/2007   Post a comment
CEVA, a San Jose-based IP company that specializes in the DSP space, is defying the odds by be successful.
Look out iPhone, here's Japan's sweet response
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10/8/2007   Post a comment
At the Ceatec exhibition in Chiba, Japan, the Infobar 2 phone with its "melting candy bar" appearance created quite a stir.
Retail Store Lays Path to Item-Level Tagging
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10/5/2007   Post a comment
A retail store in Arkansas released interesting RFID news on Oct. 3. And no, it didn't come from Bentonville.
New DTV chipsets and really large displays
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10/5/2007   Post a comment
There were some interesting technology stories coming out of CEATEC 2007 this week. One in particular announcement from Dolby caught my attention. There were also some key chipset introductions -- specifically from companies like Analog Devices. At the same time, I was doing research on large-screen displays and found some interesting results
Sling, YouTube and video technology clampdowns
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10/3/2007   Post a comment
The announced intention of EchoStar, parent of Dish satellite-TV in the U.S., to buy the innovative and arguably disruptive Sling Media company is consistent with a pattern in video technology.
Embedded Software: it's the Firmware of old and powers your SoC
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10/2/2007   Post a comment
Generating embedded software from MATLAB is a major step forward in implementing true ESL.
NXP NFC In 8GB Pocket Payment System
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10/2/2007   Post a comment
Did you bring home malware, viruses or keyloggers from your last business trip? EncryptaKey claims to have the answer to keep files, applications and computers healthy. The Cypress, Calif.-company designed an 8-megabyte key fob, complete with microprocessor, non-writable embedded operating system, biometric authentication, and near field communication (NFC) technology payment system.


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