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Last minute deals open opportunities for 2007 and beyond
12/31/2006   Post a comment
In the week between Christmas and New Year, a semiconductor equipment company purchased an EDA company, and an EDA company increased its ESL expertise with the acquisition of a British company. And both events have given pundits cause for judgments, predictions, and the usual doomsday scenario. I thought the combined news exciting and full of promise.
Reflections of 2006 - Part 2
12/28/2006   Post a comment
At time of the year, we have a tendency to reflect and look back on the events of the past year. I'm not just talking about the most popular stories that folks like you read such as "The Promise of 1080p," but the major trends and developments in the CE and semiconductor industries.
My five resolutions for the New Year
12/27/2006   Post a comment
Each year I bravely write down my resolutions. This year I thought I'd share:
Triple play spells chaos?
12/27/2006   Post a comment
The race to develop the best in-home router technology for next-generation applications (spelled V-I-D-E-O) may be a squeaker.
OpEd: 10 predictions on service provider networking for 2007
12/27/2006   Post a comment
The voice, multimedia, data "triple play" touted by network service providers will most likely bring home routers to their knees.
Commentary: Java is ready for real time
12/22/2006   Post a comment
With new standards efforts and millions of Java-savvy developers, Java is ready for real-time embedded systems development, says Gary Cato, manager of strategic alliances at Aonix.
Further delays for SED
12/21/2006   Post a comment
Originally, this week I was going to talk about my Reflections of 2006 -- part II. However the announcement today by Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. regarding SED troubles me greatly. As a big fan of SED technology, I've been waiting for quite awhile for this new and exciting display technology that combines the best of flat-panel and CRT technologies.
Three letters acronyms: ESL, RTL, DFM and Verification as well
12/21/2006   Post a comment
Important news and product announcements make the last few days before the holidays interesting in the EDA industry.
CES beckons, again
12/21/2006   Post a comment
Conventions come and go, even big ones like Comdex, which in its heyday counted something like a quarter million people in attendance. But CES -- the Consumer Electronics Show -- has staying power.
Phone companies closer to turning on TV
12/20/2006   Post a comment
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 to approve a plan that will shorten the time it takes for phone companies to be approved to offer subscription TV.
WiMAX: On a roll
12/20/2006   Post a comment
The WiMAX gold rush has officially begun. The line for hot-shot entrepreneurs winds out the door and around the corner at Intel Capital HDQ in Santa Clara.
2007: A wireless cornucopia--but watch out for WiMAX
12/19/2006   Post a comment
2007 will see a lot of 3G technologies deployed, but IMS will play a key role in determining the future of IP-based technologies such as mobile WiMAX and converged cellular/Wi-Fi networks.
Taiwan's DRAM makers bet on strong '07
12/16/2006   Post a comment
Taiwan's club of second-tier DRAM suppliers is betting big on a strong memory market in 2007, as evidenced by the flurry of announcements regarding billion-dollar investments and deals to expand production — but will sales live up to their expectations? PowerChip Semiconductor Corp. of Taiwan and Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. last week announced a joint venture to build what the companies billed as the world's largest memory fab in the Central Taiwan Science Park.
Slim HD-ILAs and HDMI 1.3
12/15/2006   Post a comment
Originally, I was going to write about Reflections of 2006 - Part II, but I will put that off till next week. Instead, I want to write about JVC and HDMI. Why? Simply because Silicon Image and JVC made noteworthy announcements in the arena of Digital TV this week. And, they are a harbinger of future trends, and things to come at CES 2007. CES will be upon us in about three weeks with many of us arriving on January 7, 2007 in Las Vegas
Fearless forecast: Best and worst of times for wireless
12/15/2006   Post a comment
All in all, it looks like 2007 will be a wild and wooly year for wireless. We could call it a "www" year but that acronym has already been spoken for.
UWB stumbles at starting gate
12/13/2006   Post a comment
What a difference a week makes.
May you live an interesting week
12/9/2006   Post a comment
The week of December 4, 2006 was an interesting week in EDA. From product announcements that improve ESL utility to news about offshoring, to indications of the future of the DFM market and more.
Better codecs, forever?
12/8/2006   Post a comment
Just as H.264 is becoming mainstream, it was inevitable that better, more efficient codecs would threaten to replace it.
Reflections of 2006 - Part 1
12/7/2006   Post a comment
We started a new series this week in the newsletter called the Top 8, which are the top 8 Digital TV DesignLine stories for 2006. These were eight most read stories this past year, and they're an eclectic bunch. We started from number 8 and number 7 this week.
12/7/2006   Post a comment
I'm buried under files, news, product launches, articles...I know the site is online, but the visual helps. It used to be that Decembers were painfully quiet as far as events, news, etc. That's no longer true.
UWB bolts from the starting gate
12/6/2006   Post a comment
Technology competence can's be ignored but we can consider the WiMedia Alliances PHY blessing as the "technology cut."
Qualcomm's Airgo acquisition a shrewd move
12/4/2006   Post a comment
Qualcomm's acquisition of Airgo Networks is a shrewd move that portends a rapid acceleration toward cellular/Wi-Fi convergence on laptops and handsets.
Moscow and its WTO seat
12/4/2006   Post a comment
Taking the next step for Moscow's entry into the World Trade Organization after 13 years of trying, Russia and the United States signed a long-awaited bilateral deal last month in, of all places, Vietnam's capital of Hanoi.
Smaller fabs face 300-mm quest
12/4/2006   Post a comment
It's a question most of the smaller chip manufacturers must face sooner or later: Is migration to processing chips on 300-mm-diameter wafers possible for such companies, or should they get off the escalator of ever-increasing economies of scale?
Gemstar-Digeo EPG patent dispute update
12/1/2006   Post a comment
From the ever-contentious world of EPGs (electronic program guides) and the precarious legality of trying to build a DVR or set top box that does not pay Gemstar-TV Guide for their patents, comes an update I received recently from a Digeo spokesperson. Digeo, you'll recall, filed an antitrust suit against Gemstar after refusing to come to terms with them, a somewhat pre-emptive move that was followed by Gemstar's patent infringement suit. Here's Digeo's letter.


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