The politics of productivity Blog 3/29/2011 Post a comment Politics and productivity seem to go hand-in-hand in semiconductor R&D organizations, so it's hardly surprising that ostensibly poor performers use politics to avoid scrutiny.
‘Dear God…’ (From the Dog) Blog 3/26/2011 9 comments Over the years I’ve seen a lot of ‘Diaries belonging to the Cat’ and ‘To-do lists for the Dog’ type messages going around the Internet, but this was a new one for me and it made me smile so I thought I’d share it…
The quietly heroic Blog 3/23/2011 1 comment The sacrifices of Japanese engineers and technicians in fighting their nuclear crisis are truly noble.
Error messages we can all understand Blog 3/23/2011 14 comments Have you ever been working with a computer when something goes ‘pear-shaped’ and you receive an error message that might be written in Martian for all the good it does you?
May you live in interesting times… Blog 3/21/2011 1 comment When change happens, it usually hurts somebody, and that is why the expression ‘May you live in interesting times’ is usually seen as a curse, but I see this as an opportunity for EDA…
Smarter solutions for in-vehicle signage and infotainment Blog 3/21/2011 Post a comment This white paper at the Intel Embedded Community looks at an example using the Intel Atom E600 of how an industrial-grade solution can be deployed with in-vehicle digital multimedia applications to provide rich multimedia content for instant information and entertainment delivery.
Putting a face on the Anonymous 50 Blog 3/18/2011 22 comments Despite media’s blanket coverage on Japan’s runaway nuclear disasters, there is one thing that still remains invisible: Who are those 50 nameless people risking their lives while working around the clock on a radioactive tinderbox in Fukushima?
Don't call Japan, the line is busy Blog 3/13/2011 11 comments For as long as the first 18 hours after I learned about Japan’s tsunami, I was unable to track down my own family members back in Japan, find out where they were, and whether they were safe.
Silicon Valley's rise in wireless Blog 3/8/2011 1 comment With the value of smartphone sales poised to surpass that of personal computers around the globe, Silicon Valley has emerged as a major center of influence for wireless.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times