Who needs wires to watch HD? Blog 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? Blog 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.
Protecting your devices Blog 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?
Having a look at "Micro" electronics Blog 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? Blog 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? Blog 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 Blog 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 Blog 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."
How much do you expect to pay for a digital home? Blog 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.
Who Killed My Battery? Blog 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 Blog 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.
Lightning Strikes for an Upgrade Blog 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.
Counterpoint: Meeting with the unexpected Blog 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.
Track, Trace Food Recalls Blog 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? Blog 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.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...