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Reader poll: Obama tops McCain
10/31/2008   1 comment
Democratic Senator Barack Obama outpolled GOP Senator John McCain in our reader survey.
Sneak preview: The future of wireless
10/30/2008   2 comments
Here's a solution that might bring software-defined radio to a handheld consumer device near you.
Customized campaign videos provide glimpse of targeted TV's future
10/29/2008   Post a comment
The world's first individually customized political TV commercial?
Wal-Mart Pulls Eggs in China
10/29/2008   Post a comment
First milk, now eggs. Wal-Mart Stores Tuesday pulled a major brand of eggs from its stores in a country it has yet to deploy RFID throughout the supply chain.
Opinion: Tech needs R&D funds, not government handouts
10/28/2008   Post a comment
Technology companies don't need a cash handout. What they really need is government support for risky basic research that will yield big dividends for the entire ecomony down the road.
Performance not cost holding IEEE 802.11n from broad success
10/27/2008   Post a comment
Now the final chapter of the "n" story will not be written for some time. But I know from personal experience and that of friends that poor performance has held the "n" products back and in fact resulted in many returned products including a couple on my part.
Nokia disdains Samsung's 'flower-to-flower' design strategy
10/24/2008   Post a comment
Nokia's executive vice president Kai Oistamo compared the company's new multi-sourcing commercial chip set strategy with that of Samsung.
Outlook: Don't panic, it's not 2001
10/24/2008   Post a comment
The looming economic downturn is unlikely to be as devastating as the 2001 because the electronics supply chain and manufacturers are in relatively stronger financial shape.
IDT's Silicon Optix and Zoran's Let It Wave: "orphaned" video processors find homes
10/22/2008   Post a comment
The rush to be the lowest cost supplier combined with the pace of video technology itself can leave makers of really good video processing products in the dust.
Early reports put positive spin on Sprint WiMax experience
10/20/2008   Post a comment
WiMax is a shared-media service. As more subscribers use the service, the bandwidth available to any given subscriber will be limited just as it is in cellular 3G networks.
Analysis: AMD, Intel face 'murky' Q4, uncertain '09
10/17/2008   Post a comment
The two fiercest rivals in the semiconductor market appear to have something they can both agree upon: The forecasting environment just got murkier.
Opinion: Tech won't be starved for investment
10/16/2008   Post a comment
Funding isn't going to trip up tech companies in the current credit meltdown. What could leave them reeling is being unprepared either for a softening market or the eventual economic upturn.
Cadence: sartorial elegance falls short
10/16/2008   2 comments
Corporate marketing and public relations are not enough to change a company.
RFID Gaining Adoption
10/15/2008   Post a comment
Interesting stories from around the Web suggest RFID is gaining adoption.
Commentary: 3-D will conquer the home screen last
10/14/2008   Post a comment
3-D will catch on for cell phones and media players before it catches on for big screen home TVs.
3-D will conquer the home screen last
10/14/2008   Post a comment
3-D will catch on for cell phones and media players before it catches on for big screen home TVs.
FCC opens AWS spectrum against T-Mobile's wishes
10/14/2008   Post a comment
If M2Z was here today with a $30 wireless service that was ubiquitous and really speedy, then M2Z would have a winner. I suspect, however that the competition will be stout by the time the AWS service is ready to roll.
Are mobile navigation services finally taking off?
10/13/2008   Post a comment
A new report by Berg Insight AB, and offered by Research and Markets says they are, based on the introduction of GPS handsets.
Mentor acts out of the box
10/10/2008   1 comment
With the acquisition of Flomerics Mentor offers a more complete solution to the system level design market segment.
AMD foundry exec downplays IP issue, seeks new customers
10/10/2008   Post a comment
The success of Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s bold plan to spinoff its capital-intensive semiconductor manufacturing operations rests on the shoulders of Doug Grose, a 20-year IC industry veteran.
Opinion: Winners, losers in AMD fab deal
10/8/2008   Post a comment
AMD plans to spinoff its manufacturing arm into a new foundry vendor, with financial help from the Abu Dhabi government. This will turn troubled AMD into a pure design house. Who are the winners and losers in this deal?
Advancing HDMI friendliness, Silicon Image ups ante (and exclusivity) for DTV design
10/7/2008   Post a comment
SI has to stay one step ahead of the game, as do DTV designers.
Commentary: Advancing HDMI friendliness, Silicon Image ups ante (and exclusivity) for DTV design
10/7/2008   Post a comment
As the first company with HDMI silicon -- but now joined by many competitors -- SI by necessity has to stay one step ahead of the game.
Analysis: AMD stops bleeding, but still has long way to go
10/7/2008   Post a comment
AMD's decision to spin off its manufacturing facilities in a joint venture qualifies as the most significant event in its history. It's debatable, as company executives contend, that deal rises to the level of other seminal events in the history of the semiconductor industry.
XBox gains in Japan while the PC slumps worldwide
10/7/2008   Post a comment
In a healthy tech economy, Holiday shopping would already be boosting chip sales even if the real shopping was just getting started. PCs and consoles may face tough fourth quarter.
RFID Crossword Puzzle No. 2
10/6/2008   Post a comment
Here's another crossword puzzle to test your RFID skills.
Comment: A skeptic's view of the Microchip/Atmel merger
10/3/2008   3 comments
With this history as a guide, if Microchip's acquisition of Atmel is successful, Microchip will have to make choices about which architectures to support fully and which to either let die for lack of support or sell off to interested buyers.
Crossword Puzzle Winner Revealed
10/1/2008   Post a comment
Drum roll, please. And the winner is . . .

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