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Panasonic and Plasma
3/30/2007   Post a comment
Yesterday, Panasonic officially announced its new HDTV line for 2007. Leading the pack of product introductions was plasma displays. Panasonic looks to continue its dominance for 2007 and beyond by producing a total of 11.5 million unit panels from four existing plants.
Why cable-TV is promoting the antenna
3/29/2007   Post a comment
I once worked for a cable-TV company that offered to remove a customer's rooftop antenna when they installed cable service, so the headline, "Cable-TV Promoting Antenna TV" sounded like "Man Bites Dog" at first glance, but it makes perfect sense in 2007. Here's why.
RIO 1.3 Approved
3/28/2007   Post a comment
RapidIO Interconnect Specification 1.3 is now approved as a new ANSI standard.
GPS in hand-helds at zero cost?
3/27/2007   Post a comment
A GPS solution that does virtually all the GPS function in software and (if all goes as planned) will result in GPS for an additional dollar.
IP revenue: reality tromps wishes.
3/27/2007   Post a comment
Mentor introduction of a IP product that provides an entire USB subsystem further indicates that IP belongs in EDA.
Let there be solid-state light
3/26/2007   1 comment
The Lighting Efficiency Coalition wants the U.S. marketplace to transition fully to energy-efficient lighting products by 2016.
HD DVD vs. Blu-ray
3/21/2007   Post a comment
There have been a lot of reports recently regarding Blu-Ray Disc (BD) and HD DVD. As a product reviewer, I've had the opportunity to evaluate both formats. I also have several titles from Warner Home Video and Paramount that are in both HD DVD and Blu-ray. So, I'm in a position to comment on which format looks better to the eye.
CTIA sleepers
3/20/2007   Post a comment
Glitzy phones and mobile TV will have the limelight but I'm going to try to spend a bit more of my time looking at GPS, NFC, memory, and, yes, open systems.
EDA is not dead; change is an indication of life.
3/20/2007   Post a comment
Some people are quick to pronoune EDA dead. In fact it is in a period of transition. It can either grow larger than ever or shrink to a quarter of its size.
Tip of the Week--Really
3/19/2007   Post a comment
Okay I'm committed, and I know you'll hold me to it. I'm going to print a 'Tip of the Week' on this site--and shoot for every week. After all, it doesn't say 'Tip of the week sometimes,' now does it?
Open IPTV Forum launched
3/19/2007   Post a comment
Nine companies joined forces including Ericsson, Matsushita, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Siemens AG, Sony, AT&T, Telecom Italia, and France Telecom, to set a single global standard for IPTV.
Commentary: EDA is dead, software lives
3/16/2007   Post a comment
With fewer and fewer chips being designed, there's less need for EDA tools and more need for embedded software development, says Paul McLellan, vice president of marketing at Virtutech Inc.
MPEG LA vs. China
3/15/2007   Post a comment
Will this current round, over set top box license fees, be a re-play of what MPEG LA went through several years ago, with DVD movie players, which arguably culminated in China's creation of its own, homegrown DVD format?
The SED soap opera continues
3/15/2007   Post a comment
Here it is mid-March 2007, and the SED soap opera continues. We are still in limbo with regards to the relations between Canon and Nano-Proprietary. The controversy swirls around a patent license for flat-panel displays covering surface-conduction electron-emitter displays (SED).
Do you want to go to MIT? Now you can.
3/14/2007   Post a comment
Imagine sitting in a remote corner of the world and having access to Circuits and Electronics, Linear Algebra, Physics, and more at MIT.
WiMAX tsunami
3/14/2007   Post a comment
WiMAX will be making a big splash at CTIA in Orlando the last week March (an extension of March Madness, some might say).
Comment: Is Intel evil?
3/14/2007   Post a comment
Now that China has approved Intel's plan to build PC chips in China, the question that should be asked is: Will the U.S. grant its approval?
Wi-Fi network performance is a disgrace
3/13/2007   Post a comment
The poor performance of the Wi-Fi network at this year's 3GSM conference was an affront to the many engineers who gave life to the IEEE 802.11 standard.
Marketing moves the world
3/12/2007   Post a comment
A company can build the most technologically exciting product and still go broke, while another prospers while developing run-of-the-mill gadgets. . In our industry you can count on one hand the number of companies that became successful solely on the strength of their technology, and even then, market timing played a major role.
TV Databases
3/9/2007   Post a comment
This past week I've been updating my TV databases, which I keep up-to-date on all screen sizes as new models are introduced. It took me ages to get all of the new 2007 models into the databases from the 2007 CES. It helps to know every single model that will be introduced in the coming months.
$58M--An expensive slap on the wrist for a low-cost telephone company
3/8/2007   Post a comment
It wasn't the $197 million that Verizon wanted from Vonage for infringing on three of its patents, but a $58M judgment is no small change to the low-cost telephone service provider.
Wireless spaghetti
3/7/2007   Post a comment
As is usually the case, advancing technology has, in fact, just raised the rat's nest problem to a higher level of abstraction.
A deep sense of place
3/5/2007   Post a comment
Is geography destiny? A recent New York Times article by Stanford's G. Pascal Zachary examines the issue but doesn't answer a more fundamental question.
A different ESL
3/4/2007   Post a comment
Traditional EDA companies have approached the ESL market by presuming that RTL engineers will embrace higher levels of abstraction in design under the weight of complexity. On the other hand, two companies that have served system designers for some time, National Instruments and The Mathworks, have taken a different approach that is proving quite successful.
Thoughts on the 2007 Sony Open House
3/2/2007   Post a comment
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to attend the Sony 2007 Open House, which was held in Las Vegas, NV. While Sony launched several new Bravia TVs and Home Entertainment products, Sony also unveiled its new BRAVIA Internet Video Link module that will ship in July and retail for about $300. It's an interesting little gizmo.
TV bargain hunting proves frustrating as FCC digital tuner mandate passes
3/2/2007   Post a comment
Bargain hunter that I am, I couldn't resist trotting down to my local Best Buy on the evening of February 28, looking for deals on big screen TVs with analog-only tuning. After all, come midnight, those TVs would be illegal -- high-tech contraband (see Analog TV sets cannot be sold in U.S. beginning Thurs. March 1.) I asked a salesperson where the analog clearance TVs were.

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