Could "bad" photos be good? Blog 12/31/2007 Post a comment Whatever happened to laughing at the goofy-looking photo? Red eye might not have been the best thing for the family photo on the holiday greeting card, but it sure was good for a laugh.
Reflections of 2007 -- Pt. 2 Blog 12/28/2007 Post a comment Originally, I had planned to write about set-top boxes and other product areas of DTV this week. However, I think that as 2007 comes to a close, we have to talk about LCD displays as they are rapidly becoming the display of choice for virtually all CE manufacturers worldwide
Russia nav system gets boost Blog 12/26/2007 Post a comment Russia launched a rocket on Christmas carrying three satellites that will separate from the booster on orbit to become part of a navigation system said to rival GPS in the U.S.
Get research out of development Blog 12/26/2007 Post a comment An engineer is a professional that uses available tools to develop the best possible solution to a problem. A scientist is a professional that explores new possibilities within a given field with the goal of creating new engineering tools.
Reflections on 2007 - Part 1 Blog 12/19/2007 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, but the major trends and developments in the CE and semiconductor industries.
Food Safety Blog 12/19/2007 Post a comment Considering this week's contributed piece by Michael McCartney, I found this USA Today article worth reading.
Solid state DVRs: I can't wait! Blog 12/17/2007 Post a comment Large-size flash memories are becoming viable alternatives to hard drives for notebook computers, and I want to encourage DVR designers to offer this quiet alternative.
Supply and demand conundrum Blog 12/17/2007 Post a comment The forecasts keep changing and with them the fiscal policies of the economic watchdogs. Electronic industry executives seem puzzled, too, wondering which demand environment they should be producing for: stable, declining, average or strong growth.
WiMedia's day in the sun: CES 2008? Blog 12/12/2007 Post a comment Competition and "letting the market decide" is important to achieving the best possible technologies and products. We should also remember that competition and market decisions are best based on facts, not PowerPoint presentations.
Nokia Leads NFC Investment Blog 12/11/2007 Post a comment Nokia's private equity and venture capital arm plans to announce Tuesday it has led a "Series C" investment round in Inside Contactless. Sweet!
The Farnsworth Invention Blog 12/10/2007 Post a comment Last week I had the pleasure of attending a new play, which opened on Broadway (in NYC) called "The Farnsworth Invention." The reason that I bring up a new play here is because it's all about the birth of television back in the 1920s and 1930s. If it had not been for Philo T. Farnsworth and David Sarnoff, many of us would not be working in this industry today.
AMD's asset-lite plan uncovered Blog 12/7/2007 Post a comment EETimes' Real, Clear Biz blog has discovered details of the fabless or asset-lite manufacturing strategy that Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has been developing over the last few months. A wayward stork sent by contacts within AMD dropped the package containing...
Dueling transcoders Blog 12/7/2007 Post a comment Transcoding video from one codec to another, such as from MPEG-2 cable-TV transmissions to H.264 for more efficient storage, is one of those thorny problems of the modern digital video era that many product designers would be happy to do without. Yet, to maintain compatibility and to more efficiently use resources, it's often a requirement. So design engineers should be delighted this week with news of two significant transcoder product introductions.
WiMAX revenues pick up steam Blog 12/4/2007 Post a comment Infonetics believes manufacturer revenue for fixed and mobile WiMAX equipment will grow at a 5-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 87% between 2006 and 2010.
Tracking Tax Records Blog 12/1/2007 Post a comment Imagine the U.S. government never losing the paperwork you send them. I think it's amazing that a 25-employee company developed the application to try and make it happen.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.