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Readers debate role of Russia, future of Qimonda
4/30/2009   Post a comment
Readers have been making use of the forum facility within EE Times Europe to comment on many of the articles that have appeared on our web pages.
Who needs wires to watch HD?
4/29/2009   Post a comment
A few years ago at CES I saw companies demonstrating wireless HD transmission. But these technologies had a number of issues, including relatively low range, signal degradation, latency and low resolution. Since that time, new technologies have come out, such as the Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) that offer a way to set up wireless systems that will deliver high quality signals, without latency, throughout the home.
Does the EDA industry have a roadmap?
4/27/2009   Post a comment
In the technology world, a roadmap is a living document that projects contexts, requirements, and potential solutions into the future. Every industry roadmaps its key technologies, products and markets, for several basic reasons.
Low-power arena heats up
4/27/2009   Post a comment
Microchip' NanoWatt XLP EXtreme low-power technology solution takes aim at TI's MSP430.
Protecting your devices
4/27/2009   Post a comment
There are a number of cases available to protect your mobile consumer products. One example is the OtterBox Defender case. Does it do the job and is it worth the money?
Letters to the editor: Sounding off on patent reform
4/24/2009   Post a comment
Readers comment on our recent coverage of attempts to reform the U.S. patent system.
Having a look at "Micro" electronics
4/22/2009   Post a comment
The laboratory facilities of TechInsights Services can provide an interesting view of the microelectronics world. Check out the Image of the Week, and take a unique peek at some of the electronics you help create.
Watching videos Online?
4/22/2009   1 comment
How much video do you watch online? There was an article about Canadian watching 3.1 billion videos online in February, which is 10 hours of viewing, up 53% from their average viewing time last year.
Food for thought: EDA roadmap?
4/20/2009   1 comment
Entire Ph.D. theses have been written on the technology roadmapping process alone, according to guest columnist Andrew B. Kahng. The DAC 2009 chairman explores the path to an EDA roadmap (click on "Guest").
Stress Testing Cell Phones
4/20/2009   Post a comment
How durable is your phone, and how does the company that made it find out how long it is going to last through typical wear and tear? Take a look through Nokia's test center.
Counterpoint: Silicon amnesia
4/20/2009   4 comments
Semiconductor technology has enabled our computers, the Internet and 50-mpg cars. Your cellphone has more computational power than the computers did on the Apollo moon lander. Yet in spite of the semiconductor's seminal importance, semiconductor history is neglected by historians as "too new" and by the business media as "old news."
Opinion: Engineers should stage a patent strike
4/20/2009   17 comments
Stop filing patents. Refuse to sign employment contracts that give your employer sole title to your inventions. Don't participate in any due diligence efforts on patent portfolios.
Food Safety and Traceability: A Global Concern
4/20/2009   Post a comment
Ann Grackin is putting the finishing touches on research that looks at a growing global problem, food safety.
Tweeting Touchatag On Twitter
4/15/2009   Post a comment
Advertising has been cozing-up to RFID and NFC.
How much do you expect to pay for a digital home?
4/14/2009   Post a comment
My first real experience with a digital home was three years ago at CES. At the show I sat down and watched a sales presentation at one of the many booths. This opened my eyes to the idea of what a digital home could do for me. I remember the presenter asked me why I did not have a digital home installed already. I answered because there was no time. The answer he was looking for was that it was too expensive.
Open-source OMAP boards target mid-volume apps
4/14/2009   Post a comment
The Gumstix boards make OMAP development a snap.
Commentary: Invest in transformation
4/14/2009   Post a comment
As instability continues to ripple through the global economy, it’s clear that no one is immune to the effects of tighter credit and slower consumer and business spending.
Who Killed My Battery?
4/13/2009   Post a comment
Notebook computers, with Intel x86 processors, can run for a few hours on a battery charge while mobile phones, with ARM processor based chips, operate for a few days. Despite what ARM might like us to believe, this has little to do with the processor in each machine. The difference between a few hours and a few days is a factor of about 24. The difference in area between the 3 inch display of a handset and the 15 inch display of a notebook computer is a similar factor of about 25. This is no co
A guy, a gal, a trip
4/10/2009   Post a comment
There's a guy out there who calls himself "Harry...the ASIC guy". He's pretty clever and apparently has a good following in the EDA community.
Letter to the editor: Natural gas is the 'real' smart grid
4/8/2009   1 comment
A reader argues that the U.S. natural gas pipeline network is the "real" smart grid.
Lightning Strikes for an Upgrade
4/8/2009   Post a comment
The house rocked with the impact, which woke everyone expect our 1 year old son, up. We heard an odd noise but could not find the source. Half an hour later we realized that our central vacuum, located in the garage, had turned on. We unplugged it but did not see any other signed of damage so tried to get some sleep. In the morning light things looked much different.
Edison and innovation: Lessons from the master
4/6/2009   1 comment
Sarah Miller Caldicott believes she has a new model for reinvigorating U.S. technology innovation: the same one developed by her great-granduncle, Thomas Alva Edison.
BlackBerry App Store Impressions
4/5/2009   Post a comment
RIM launched their App World to let users easily purchase and download programs to their BlackBerrys to compete with Apple's App Store.
Software delivery directions
4/3/2009   1 comment
The notion of software-as-service (SaaS) in EDA is being brought up again.
Counterpoint: Meeting with the unexpected
4/3/2009   4 comments
At trade shows these days, everyone wants to know the number of attendees. This tends to drown out a somewhat more important issue: the quality of the show. But when we walk into unexpected encounters with people we've never met before at a trade show, we are always reminded of one thing: This is why we travel.
Time to revisit Linux
4/2/2009   Post a comment
Why am I hearing so little about Linux? My chat with Wind River revealed some possible answers.
Track, Trace Food Recalls
4/2/2009   Post a comment
The salmonella outbreak in peanut butter sickened 691 people and may have contributed to the deaths of nine. Now we are looking at contaminated pistachios.
Multi-Room DVR a Reality?
4/1/2009   6 comments
For those of you that are unfamiliar with multi-room DVRs, this is a set top box that lets you watch stored content on another cable box in the home. So, for example, you can have the DVR in your living room recording your shows, but can watch them in your bedroom before you go to sleep. This is a great concept, and one that is starting to enter the industry.

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