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Are cell phones headed for a holiday shortage?
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11/24/2003   Post a comment
Instead of a brand new cell phone under the Christmas tree, will Santa Claus be leaving an IOU? Already strained by shortages of color screens, image sensors and NOR flash, the handset supply chain is being additionally stressed as the scarcity of parts spreads to other commodity areas. Crista Souza has this snapshot of the market.
What's alternative power's environmental impact?
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11/20/2003   Post a comment
The flood of e-mails I've received following MGE's announcement of a hydrogen based backup source for UPSes tells me that engineers are rightfully confused, writes eeProductCenter's power mavin Vince Biancomano. We need some basic answers from the experts, he says, except they don't have a firm grasp, either.
By sharing its cards with suppliers, Motorola pushes for stronger hand in price negotiations
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11/18/2003   Post a comment
You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, Know when to walk away and know when to run. Motorola knows. For a corporation that has struggled to adapt to the rapidly changing communications market, the Shaumburg, Ill., giant is finally playing its hand with vigor and decisiveness.
Filtering issues still dog digital amplifier rollouts
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11/12/2003   Post a comment
Switching amplifier techniques promise 100-watt AV receivers and home theater systems that smaller and lighter than ever before. But output filtering remains the key to audiophile sound quality. Steve Ohr has this analysis.
Not spam: EE Times' article said "size matters"
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11/11/2003   Post a comment
Switching amplifier techniques promise 100-watt AV receivers and home theater systems that smaller and lighter than ever before. But output filtering remains the key to audiophile sound quality. Steve Ohr has this analysis.
The West shouldn't be pushing the Chinese economy too far, too fast
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11/10/2003   Post a comment
China is taking a lot of flak these days. The U.S. government wants the Asian country to let its currency appreciate against the dollar to help reduce the growing trade deficit the U.S. runs with China. Recently, the Semiconductor Industry Association called on China to eliminate tariffs on chips imported into the country. For many electronics industry executives, China is a puzzle. It is a potential revenue generator and a definite strain on resources. Tapping China's low-cost manufacturing opp
Is the worst over for analog and mixed-signal IC price erosion?
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11/3/2003   Post a comment
After suffering through sharply falling prices, analog and mixed-signal IC vendors report that tags are stabilizing. But will lead times now begin to stretch? eeProductCenter's Gina Roos did this research.
Positive outlook helps buyers negotiate the hairy edge of recovery
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11/3/2003   Post a comment
Pedaling into the home stretch and it's still anybody's guess what the economy will hold in the year ahead.


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My Mom the Radio Star
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I've said it before and I'll say it again -- it's a funny old world when you come to think about it. Last Friday lunchtime, for example, I received an email from Tim Levell, the editor for ...

Bernard Cole

A Book For All Reasons
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Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...

Martin Rowe

Leonard Nimoy, We'll Miss you
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Like many of you, I was saddened to hear the news of Leonard Nimoy's death. His Star Trek character Mr. Spock was an inspiration to many of us who entered technical fields.

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Making the Grade in Industrial Design
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As every developer knows, there are the paper specifications for a product design, and then there are the real requirements. The paper specs are dry, bland, and rigidly numeric, making ...

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