Panasonic and Plasma Blog 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.
HD DVD vs. Blu-ray Blog 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 Blog 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.
Tip of the Week--Really Blog 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 Blog 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.
MPEG LA vs. China Blog 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 Blog 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).
Marketing moves the world Blog 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 Blog 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.
Wireless spaghetti Blog 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 Blog 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 Blog 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 Blog 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.