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The next 'killer app'? Pet electronics
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12/30/2009   1 comment
For too long, pet electronics have been ignored. Those days are over.
Why Johnny can't stand one-size-fits-all 3-D glasses
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12/29/2009   5 comments
The CE industry always talks about offering "better experiences" via brighter, larger-screen flat-panel TVs or ever smaller mobile phones. If they really mean it, then, why are they forcing everyone to wear 3-D glasses which will be -- for most people -- an uncomfortable experience?
The gift of 3-D vision (if you're willing to risk the surgery)
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12/22/2009   5 comments
Funny man David Benjamin has stumbled upon a technology that will make those goofy 3-D glasses a thing of the past -- maybe.
Comment: Chip market positioned for growth in 2010
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12/18/2009   1 comment
The coming year will bring a return to reality for the global semiconductor market, no longer driven by bubble economics that fostered the illusion of wealth.
CES 2010: A wireless OK Corral
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12/17/2009   Post a comment
Pre-CES is always a heady time in the wireless home video space, but never so much as this up-coming event, what with wireless LAN, 60 GHz, ultrawideband, standard and non-standard multimedia distribution schemes vying for attendees' attention--and dollars. So I sat down Asaf Avidan, VP of marketing for 'long-time' UWB chip provider, Wisair, to see where UWB stood--or if it even could find a toehold--in the fray.
Comment: FTC's compiler attack on Intel is thin
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12/17/2009   3 comments
I am no lawyer, and indeed no processor designer or compiler author, but there is one aspect of the recently announced Federal Trade Commission suit that is being brought against chip giant Intel Corp. that, being embedded in processor engineering, is intriguing and appears weak.
Lowering test costs in the nanometer era
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
In this week's Guest Blog, Sanjiv Taneja, Vice President, Encounter Test, Cadence Design Systems, Inc., highlights the need to focus on Design for test (DFT) with a more holistic view of the economics of test.
Counterpoint: Samsung's foundry challenge will succeed
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12/9/2009   Post a comment
Samsung wants to rival $10 billion Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. at the foundry game? Is Samsung serious? And should others take them seriously? Here's the case in favor of saying yes and yes.
Panelists look at IP quality versus design productivity
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12/9/2009   Post a comment
A fundamental problem in the industry is to analyze and implement the tradeoffs between improving IP quality and losing design productivity.
Panelists question fabless model viability
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12/4/2009   Post a comment
Is fabless still fabulous? In a panel session at the IP-ESC 2009 Conference this week in Grenoble, France, panelists discussed the evolution of semiconductor business models and confronted views on whether the fabless model is dead or alive and kicking.


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Max Maxfield

Vetinari Clock: Additional Possibilities
Max Maxfield
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In my previous blog on the topic of my Vetinari Clock project, we pondered a number of possibilities for the positioning of switches on the front panel, and we ended up with a number of ...

Jolt Judges and Andrew Binstock

Jolt Awards: The Best Books
Jolt Judges and Andrew Binstock
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As we do every year, Dr. Dobb's recognizes the best books of the last 12 months via the Jolt Awards -- our cycle of product awards given out every two months in each of six categories. No ...

Engineering Investigations

Air Conditioner Falls From Window, Still Works
Engineering Investigations
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It's autumn in New England. The leaves are turning to red, orange, and gold, my roses are in their second bloom, and it's time to remove the air conditioner from the window. On September ...

David Blaza

The Other Tesla
David Blaza
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I find myself going to Kickstarter and Indiegogo on a regular basis these days because they have become real innovation marketplaces. As far as I'm concerned, this is where a lot of cool ...