Spring DTV introductions Blog 4/27/2007 Post a comment Spring is normally the season for product introduction, and this Spring is no different. This past week alone Samsung and Westinghouse Digital launched their new 2007 TV line. As well, Onkyo started shipping its first A/V Receivers that feature HDMI 1.3a bringing their audio products firmly into the high-definition TV universe.
Two- year anniversary Blog 4/20/2007 Post a comment Next month commemorates the two-year anniversary of Digital TV DesignLine. The subject of Digital TV could not be timelier than it is today as the analog TV transmission cut-off date is less than two years away as manufacturers have to come up with new products and chipsets that accommodate a new high definition signal standard. And, this problem is not isolated to the U.S., but it's a worldwide concern.
WiMAX ups and downs Blog 4/18/2007 Post a comment The problem with trying to sort out WiMAX's future success in the 4G space is that it's difficult to tell who is hedging their bet and who is really committed to the technology.
Opinion: Cell phone cameras and pocketknife safety Blog 4/18/2007 Post a comment To cell phone designers everywhere, I have a suggestion: Allow users to operate the digital still camera and camcorder and media player, while turning off the microwave radio connection to the cell carrier. Not only will you make all the safety nuts happy, there's also a wonderful engineering benefit: Power savings.
RAD Contest Blog 4/16/2007 Post a comment Hear ye, hear ye! Yes, I know you all are engineers, but you must know a ton of communications, computer science, and engineering students (worldwide) that are up for a contest. It seems RAD Data Communications is launching an international prize competition. Here's the scoop:
On the eve of NAB2007 Blog 4/12/2007 Post a comment It's that time of year again for the National Association of Broadcasters to hold their annual trade show in Las Vegas, NV. Billed as the world's largest electronic media show, it runs from April 14, 2007 - April 19, 2007. The NAB Show covers the entire spectrum of content creation, management and delivery.
Heroes Blog 4/11/2007 Post a comment I have a new hero. She lives fairly nearby in Chico, CA. Elsie McLean made a hole-in-one on a golf regulation course--Bidwell Park. So, you might say why would that make her a hero? She happens to be 102.
Epson's new 1080p projector Blog 4/5/2007 Post a comment Yesterday, I spent time with Epson as they introduced their new Cinema 1080 projector with HDMI 1.3. According to Pacific Media Associates, Epson is currently the number-one selling brand of front projectors worldwide (based on Q4 2006 numbers), and this interesting new 3LCD 1080p projector builds on that leadership.
nVidia comes calling Blog 4/4/2007 Post a comment As the computing, consumer and communications worlds converge it is not surprising that companies that have been hyper-successful in the PC and consumer space are salivating over a handheld market that easily numbers in the hundreds of millions.
The IEEE Controversy Blog 4/4/2007 Post a comment The IEEE Standards organization has unwillingly been pulled into the tug-of-war between the Common Power Format (CPF) and the Unified Power Format (UPF). The former, you probably remember, is sponsored by Cadence under the auspices of Si2, while the latter, developed in an Accellera working group is favored by the other "big three" EDA companies.
Comment: In China, always a quid pro quo Blog 4/2/2007 Post a comment There is an unwritten rule that multinationals must pay a hefty "cover charge" to do business in China. The latest example is Intel Corp., which last week confirmed it will build a $2.5 billion fab in China.