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Reading Cadence's tea leaves
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11/30/2008   Post a comment
Analysis of what might be Cadence next step.
Live 3-D football in theaters this week
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
Would people be willing to pay to go to a movie theater to watch a football game in 3-D?
Happy RFID Thanksgiving
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
Things I'm thankful for . . .
What happened to the article?
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
How and why an article dissapeared.
Viewpoint: EDA disconnected?
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
As much as it is every business' prerogative to decide who they should partner with, it is quite disturbing to analyze the implication of the "eviction" action by Cadence Design Systems in removing member companies from its Connections partner program, writes Yatin Trivedi, senior director for strategic industry alliances at Magma Design Automation Inc.
Don't miss: 'The Top Ten Articles Of 2008'
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
Aren't you curious to know what my readers (ahem, your competitors) read this year? Well, each year at this time, I post the top ten articles, during the last five weeks of the year. Now, here's the catch.
Intel's Barrett: Directing the passion
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
There's a fire in Craig Barrett's eyes as he describes his vision for equalizing the balance of opportunity around the globe--and for leveraging technology to accomplish it.
Chips in China: A mixed review
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
A report issued last week by market researcher iSuppli found there are more than 550 fabless semiconductor companies in China, but at least 100 will disappear within two years.
EDA must become a partner to its own customers.
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
The EDA industry must find new ways to extract itself from the economic downturn.
Commentary: Video analytics, from swords to plowshares
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11/20/2008   Post a comment
Video analytics is a vast and potentially limitless technology.
Will USB 3.0 deliver on specs where earlier versions haven't?
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
I'm still not sure why Intel is so insistent on pursuing a speed upgrade to a technology that as never very elegant or robust.
Bloggers show feathers at ICCAD
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11/18/2008   4 comments
How is blogging different from writing a column?
BASF Invests In Startup
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
BASF doesn't make the technology, but the investment makes it better.
Dedicated wireless email device looks for market
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
I would like to see what's inside the Peek. According to the Gadget's review it has a relatively low-performance 100-MHz processor -- presumably from Qualcomm. My guess is that Peek is hitting the $100 price point with no service contract by using older cell-phone chips that Qualcomm can't sell to other customers.
Electronica proves robust under economic cloud
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
With a decline of almost 8 percent, significantly fewer visitors found their way to Munich for Electronica than in 2006. However, fair organizer Messe Muenchen said it was satisfied that the show had held up well under difficult circumstances.
Viewpoint: Business as 'unusual' for chip makers
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
In a bad economy, semiconductor companies can no longer continue business as ususal. In the economic downturn, they need to adopt "business unusual" practices.
Holiday electronics spending forecast
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11/12/2008   Post a comment
Against the backdrop of a worldwide economic crisis, the consumer electronics industry continues to be one bright spot, says the Consumer Electronics Association.
T-Mobile G1 bests iPhone on teen wish lists
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11/10/2008   Post a comment
I told my teenage son to review the phones offered by Verizon and Sprint. I was shocked when he immediately said he wasn't interested because he had already decided that his next phone would be a Google or Android-based phone.
VMware acquires Trango
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11/10/2008   Post a comment
Hidden in a press release is the unannounced acquisition by VMware Inc. (Palo Alto, Calif.), provider of virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, of Trango Virtual Processors, French provider of embedded processor virtualization IP, last month.
UWB evolves
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11/9/2008   Post a comment
Before we close the books on UWB, let's remember that not all start-up companies are expected to survive when a new technology hits the streets.
Discussions in and around ESC Boston 2008
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11/7/2008   2 comments
Code reviews, statistics-based testing, and virtualization were hot topics at ESC Boston this year.
EDA and the road ahead
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11/7/2008   Post a comment
The present economic situation is a powerful stimulus to motivate the EDA industry to seriously consider new markets for its expansion.
Bluetooth low energy to transform RF remotes (and much more) within a year
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11/6/2008   Post a comment
There has been little publicity about the rollout of Bluetooth low energy wireless technology (formerly ultra low power Bluetooth) since the hype surrounding the merger of Nokia’s Wibree Alliance with the Bluetooth SIG back in June 2007.
Obama: America's first small-screen president
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11/5/2008   Post a comment
Among many other firsts that Barack Obama can claim, he is also the first winner of a U.S. presidential election to have mastered the small screen.
Analysis: Of elections and 'white spaces'
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11/5/2008   1 comment
On the same day that America elected its first African American president, the Federal Communications Commission voted to establish new rules for "white space" devices.
The network is the real-time processing system
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11/5/2008   1 comment
The community should embrace distributed common open architectures by providing the architecture and associated technology to enable design of highly scalable, distributed, open architecture, real-time processing systems.
Black & Decker Power Monitor audits the digital home
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11/4/2008   2 comments
The Black & Decker Power Monitor includes a sensor unit that you mount directly to your power meter. The sensor connects wirelessly to a remote display/control unit that lets you monitor power consumption in real time.
Cell phone: The new election campaign weapon
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11/3/2008   Post a comment
No matter whom or what you're voting for, the cell phone has earned a place as an effective campaign weapon in 2008.


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