Protectionism won't help Blog 2/28/2005 Post a comment If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the sight of nearly 200 government agents raiding the offices of foundry United Microelectronics Corp. this month, looking for evidence of China investments, couldn't have said it better: Taiwan's restrictions on semiconductor investment in China have got to go. They're shortsighted, antithetical to the Darwinism of free markets and an ineffective tool for maintaining Taiwan's technical leadership in Asia.
WAPI's promise Blog 2/28/2005 Post a comment Remember the hoopla over China's proprietary wireless-LAN standard, aka WAPI? One can be forgiven for thinking WAPI was dead.
At DVCon, a push for getting it right to begin with Blog 2/21/2005 Post a comment To break the functional verification bottleneck, you must improve the quality of design, speakers told last week's Design and Verification Conference (DVCon) here. They called for a new design methodology that will result in fewer bugs in the first place.
It's official: Nano era has begun Blog 2/21/2005 Post a comment Call it a coming-out party for nanoelectronics. While the nano prefix is bandied about by every business and consumer publication now that serious money is being thrown at "nano" endeavors great and small from health care to light, durable tennis rackets the semiconductor industry has been steadily progressing toward the 10- 9 world with every innovation since the dawn of the transistor some 50 years ago. Without fanfare.
Is broadband sector doing its last tango? Blog 2/21/2005 Post a comment When Qwest Communications made its "secret" $6.23 billion bid for MCI in early February, the Denver Post dredged up a 1950s file photo of a 4-foot-2-inch boy in an ill-fitting suit gallantly asking a 5-foot-9-inch girl to dance. The implication was, with attractive beaux like Verizon waiting in the wings, why look at Qwest?
Where rubber meets the road Blog 2/14/2005 Post a comment Ask any driving enthusiast-and I would be one myself if I didn't live in Boston-what the single most important improvement to his or her car might be, and I'll bet you the answer is new tires. I discovered this long ago, in the prekids years, when I replaced the stock tires on my sports car with a suitably high-performance set. Night and day.
'Economic freedom' at what cost? Blog 2/14/2005 Post a comment Brian Fuller's editorial, "Red, blue, altered states" (Dec. 13, 2004; page 46) seems to agree with the Pacific Research Institute's nutty "economic freedom" rankings and links the so-called economic freedom of states to their voting for Bush.
Consider the greater good Blog 2/14/2005 Post a comment King Solomon was inspired when he resolved an argument over who was the true mother of an infant by threatening to divide the child in two.
Blame the board Blog 2/14/2005 Post a comment One thing that's gnawed at me for years is one word under the Hewlett-Packard logo on Page Mill Road in Palo Alto: "invent."
Ground-floor opportunity Blog 2/11/2005 Post a comment The first International Workshop on Reversible Computing kicks off in May 2005. An exciting group of top-notch presenters will be there and some ground-floor opportunities are still available to sponsor the workshop for some forward looking corporations.
Following the beat of a different drum Blog 2/7/2005 Post a comment My new friend the engineer and former drummer has eight chil-
dren, lives in the shadow of Yosemite and is living life the way he always wanted to live it. But that is getting ahead of the story. When he was 17, his mother died of cancer. A short time before her death, his father had earned VP stripes at one of the most successful companies in Silicon Valley. He had worked long hours, made frequent business trips and his work had been his life. But now, looking back, his dad shared his fee
Taken to task for soft pedaling the bounceless rebound Blog 2/7/2005 Post a comment I am responding to David Lammers' "Rebound without the bounce" (Dec. 13, 2004; page 35) from the perspective of an unemployed American high-tech worker. I became a victim of terrorism when my employer's Manhattan agency in the World Trade Center complex burned on Sept. 11. I am also a victim of the offshoring of high-tech work to India. I have been seeking work for 163 weeks.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 2 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...