Commentary: What's in a name? Plenty Blog 3/31/2006 Post a comment The semiconductor industry has turned to sophisticated naming and branding conventions in recent years, resulting in several company monikers that sound out of place. Bring back the straightforward company names of years gone by.
Advanced video codecs tutorial, and more! Blog 3/31/2006 Post a comment I'm packing my bags for the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, where I'll be program chair for the Consumer Video Design Seminar all day Thursday (April 6). One of the best aspects of the conference is that, amidst all the "latest developments" being discussed in the technical sessions, there's also opportunity to take a step back
HDMI problems Blog 3/29/2006 Post a comment First of all, let me say that all HDMI is not created equal. Frankly, I am very concerned about HDMI or the High-Definition Multimedia Interface. Why am I concerned? It's because that there are too many versions of this connector floating around starting with version 1.0. Different Digital TV and A/V products that have reached or will reach the market this year will all have different versions of HDMI, and one version may not work with other versions of HDMI
A portable video ecosystem, from Echostar Blog 3/21/2006 Post a comment Echostar has pioneered the first real portable video "ecosystem," and unlike the iTunes store, which is now selling subscriptions to The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, and unlike cell-phone video, consumers don't have to pay a second or third time for programs they're already paying to receive at home.
Reflections from a 50-year veteran Blog 3/20/2006 Post a comment Last year was my 50th year in the electronics business and last month Barbara and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. When I started in this business as a skinny 21-year-old beginning engineer, I was usually the youngest member of the staff. Now I'm older than the father of my boss. Time does fly, but this is still a fun business.
Sony, Blu-ray, SXRD oh my! Blog 3/19/2006 Post a comment Against the backdrop of the glitz of Las Vegas, the opulence of Caesars Palace, and the frenzy of March Madness, Sony held its annual Open House. The Open House has always been designed as the vehicle, in which Sony unveils its new line of TV, video and audio products.
The eye of the handset storm Blog 3/14/2006 Post a comment We're right between the two biggest handset tradeshows of the year, the 3GSM World Congress held last month in Barcelona, and the CTIA Wireless event, next month in Las Vegas.
The problem of SED Blog 3/10/2006 Post a comment According to the press release out of Japan this week, mass production will start in Summer 2007 with first shipments to begin in Fall 2007. Basically, what the press release is really saying is that SED is delayed again. I am just baffled.
Video design, big and small Blog 3/9/2006 Post a comment When a huge company like TI creates a program for the under-1,000 quantity crowd, it speaks on a broader level to the vibrancy and entrepreneurial spirit of the video design industry.
A terabit challenge Blog 3/7/2006 Post a comment At OFC/NFOEC, I had an opportunity to hear both Dr. Henry Dardy, a senior technologist and Navy Chief Scientist at the DoD, and Dr. Larry Smarr, professor of computer science and engineering at UCSD and Director of its CAL-IT2 project.
What drives the innovator Blog 3/6/2006 Post a comment
One vivid memory I have from my student days was dropping by the lab of a good friend who had gotten involved in medical research. I was curious to see what he was up to, because his new obsession seemed out of character. Outgoing and popular, into jazz and athletics, the guy didn't fit the techie mold. The night I stopped by the lab, he was there alone, working on a hunch about why cells become cancerous.
DRM and Image Constraints Blog 3/5/2006 Post a comment Digital Rights Management has been in the news in recent weeks. First, there was a lot of speculation about ACCS, which was premature. AACS is on target, and Toshiba will launch its first HD DVD in a few weeks. In turn, May 23rd will be Blu-ray day for Sony. And, happily, no Image Constraint Tolken.
Immortal Works Blog 3/3/2006 Post a comment Even if you're a wild outsider like Basquiat, your path to mainstream success can be easier than his, and much less lucrative, according to our learned judges.
Math and science reform Blog 3/1/2006 Post a comment I've recently pulled two of my children out of school, opting instead for a home-school model. Although the school enjoys a decent rating in Northern California, I can't figure out why.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 23 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 ...