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Commentary: What's in a name? Plenty
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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!
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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
Bluetooth SIG picks WiMedia Alliance's MB-OFDM UWB
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3/30/2006   Post a comment
The Bluetooth SIG has determined which flavor of UWB it will adopt.
US engineering crisis
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
Are you coming to ESC? If so, plan on attending the Engineering Humanity Panel on Thursday, April 6 from 10-11 am.
HDMI problems
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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
Standards for sale at IEEE?
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
There are free elections and then there are really free elections. IEEE standards committees practice the latter and it's not always democratic.
Highlights of ESC
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
The Embedded Systems Conference is being held next week in San Jose.
Commentary: Litigation threatens innovation, growth
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
EDA patents are overly restrictive, disrupt the flow of innovation and will further complicate legal matters as foreign EDA vendors become significant players, writes Gabe Moretti, veteran editor and technologist.
DSO provides a rational model of software development
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
DSO group claims to offer the most rational model for software development.
No complaints from Spansion
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Spansion has signed a pair of keys deals that should result in meaningful partnerships.
Handset developers found 3G software company in China
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3/23/2006   Post a comment
Qualcomm and TechFaith Wireless Communication Technology (based in China) have founded a new company that will focus on the development of application software for wireless devices.
Guilty!
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
Today, three Samsung executives pleaded guilty to conspiring to fix DRAM prices, and will serve jail time in the US
WiMAX demands innovative filtering
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
You can't easily use SAW filtering because it's hard to support a large array of RF bands from one IF frequency.
A portable video ecosystem, from Echostar
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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.
Creating an M2M giant
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
The M2M interface could be a few different things, depending on who you're actually talking to.
Reflections from a 50-year veteran
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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.

Don't let whining by multinationals undo 200 years of patent progress
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
All this talk of "patent trolls" is a red herring, fabricated by large multinationals to divert attention from the real issue--that they have no valid defense against charges they are using the technology of others without permission (see "Crackberry and the patent mill," Jan. 30, page 4).
Sony, Blu-ray, SXRD oh my!
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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.
Changing the removable storage paradigm
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3/16/2006   Post a comment
One vendor thinks it can change the way people look at and use removable storage.
2006-The year for SFP+
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3/15/2006   Post a comment
I met with Dr. Paul Voohis, CEO of ClariPhy last week at OFC/NFOEC for interesting conversation regarding the progress of SFP+. Although
Woefully wired
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3/14/2006   Post a comment
All my life, I've lived with the fear that I'd perish in the electric chair.
The eye of the handset storm
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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.
UWB radio for dummies
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3/10/2006   Post a comment
Who do they think they're kidding?
The problem of SED
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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
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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.
I should'a stood in bed
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3/8/2006   Post a comment
Sometimes it just doesn't pay to turn your cell phone on in the morning. Today was one of those days.
Which Bluetooth is under the hood?
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3/8/2006   Post a comment
The product I recently tested was a set of Motorola Bluetooth stereo headphones, model HT820.
Commentary: The sorry state of U.S. health care IT
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3/7/2006   Post a comment
A recent Intel press briefing highlighted the sorry state of IT in U.S. healthcare, where the application of technology commonly available and at use in other industries could save lives and reduce costs.
A terabit challenge
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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.
Today's SIM card looks too much like yesterday's SIM card
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3/7/2006   Post a comment
The SIM card is a storage device that's in a very high percentage of phones, yet is optimized (or unoptimized) to store very limited information.
What drives the innovator
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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
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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.
Comment: EDA needs 'sea of change' in mentality
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3/3/2006   Post a comment
Stuck on $4 billion annual revenue and challenged by reduced ASPs and cut-throat competition, EDA needs collaboration and change, according to Sang Wang, former CEO of Nassda and Epic Design (shown).
Wonderfully wireless
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3/3/2006   Post a comment
Wireless is good on the pocketbook because my sometimes employer doesn't fully cover ER visits.
Immortal Works
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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.
UWB in flux: When CSR moves, Bluetooth follows suit
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3/1/2006   Post a comment
Since CSR owns the lion's share of the Bluetooth market, its installed base will help WiMedia
Math and science reform
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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.


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Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

Max Maxfield

Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
Max Maxfield
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

Karen Field

July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
Karen Field
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Steve Jobs allegedly got his start by dumpster diving with the Computer Club at Homestead High in the early 1970s.

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