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ASICs decline, FPGAs ready to step in
3/30/2009   Post a comment
According to market research firm Gartner Inc. FPGAs now have a 30-to-one edge in displacing ASICs in design starts. The firm predicts the trend in 2009 will be exacerbated by the global financial crisis.
Mobile Applications Review
3/30/2009   Post a comment
Is there an app for the iPhone or BlackBerry that you think might be interesting and useful, but not quite willing to spend the money to find out? Let me know and each week I will take a look at one app and let you know how useful I found it, and if possible, talk to the creator to get their view points on why the app was created and some of the trial and tribulations from the development.
WiMedia and UWB: where to from here?
3/30/2009   Post a comment
This week, we're pleased to present a guest commentary on the future of UWB, by Eric Broockman, CEO Alereon, Inc, commenting on and extending the recent news about this technology and its future. . . .
Letter to the editor: Engineering's branding problem
3/26/2009   4 comments
I found your article "Engineering is not boring" interesting in what you did not explore: that is, whether engineering is still a rewarding profession for those of us practicing it (as opposed to editing techie magazines), and thus worthwhile recommending to the younger generation.
The Laptop Remote?
3/25/2009   Post a comment
With the decreased cost, and increased functionality, of laptops, particularily the introduction of the netbook, is the next remote for your home a laptop?
EDAC scans the piracy scene
3/24/2009   2 comments
The EDA Consortium's Anti-Piracy Committee recently delivered an update on the EDA industry's approach to piracy over the years, how the piracy scene works and current activities by the committee.
Ten sites with engineering appeal
3/20/2009   Post a comment
Allan Yogasingam polled his colleagues at Portelligent and Semiconductor Insights to discover the sites most frequently visited by their staffs of engineers and other tech specialists.
Counterpoint: Does innovation need a reality check?
3/20/2009   9 comments
Progress is good, but sometimes you have to be careful about what you wish for.
Bold or Curve?
3/19/2009   3 comments
So my BlackBerry has finally bit the dust or in my case, a rock. The choice is narrowed down to two - Bold or Curve 8900?
'Hello' and Introduction
3/19/2009   1 comment
Greg Quirk talks about what is going to be found within his blog on the Digital Home DesignLine site.
Stay in Touch
3/17/2009   Post a comment
After nearly two years on the Mobile Handset site, and four years with the DesignLine group covering Network Systems DesignLine and Programmable Logic DesignLine in the past, I am leaving TechInsights.
EDA 3.0: EDA startup guidelines
3/17/2009   Post a comment
The days of throwing money at startups and hoping they succeed are long past. Startups, their founders, executives, and investors need to take a more strategic approach, ideally before any code is written, but certainly before any significant investment occurs.
Comment: This too shall pass?
3/14/2009   1 comment
Though their speaking topics and presentation slides differed, executive after executive who took the podium at the Semico Summit 2009 said, essentially, two basic things: "This is the worst we've seen" and "Semiconductors remain critical to solving the world's problems and will grow again."
KSW Microtec Expands Presence In EMEA
3/12/2009   Post a comment
Dresden, Germany-based KSW Microtec AG, and ARE CON GmbH & Co. KG have signed an agreement to support activities for leading edge transponders, specifically smart card manufacturers throughout Europe and the Middle East.
Cadence back at DAC
3/11/2009   2 comments
Cadence will sponsor the User Track and Management Day at the 46th DAC.
Videos about video technology
3/9/2009   Post a comment
How well are companies who make video chips, IP, and other related technology utilizing video themselves?
A better way to distinguish Wi-Fi's flavors
3/9/2009   Post a comment
Good, better, best. Anyone who's ever set foot in an electronics store--let alone designed or packaged consumer technology merchandise--understands this fundamental tenet of product marketing.
Comment: It's about passion, not the money (thankfully)
3/6/2009   Post a comment
For one ACE Award nominee, it's about the work, not the money.
UPM Raflatac RFID
3/5/2009   Post a comment
Tags provide access control at men's Alpine Ski World Cup.
Analysis: Why NXP should opt for bankruptcy
3/4/2009   10 comments
NXP's management should begin seriously considering filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in order to improve its chances of surviving and emerging stronger from a rapidly deteriorating semiconductor market.
Can anyone get antivirus software right?
3/3/2009   5 comments
Once the antivirus and security software wrests control from the user, the PC becomes almost unusable.
I wish I had good news
3/3/2009   1 comment
The news continues to be mostly negative, in spite of everyone good intentions.

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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