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ESC: Embedded helping to harness medical data explosion
4/29/2010   Post a comment
The proliferation of portable medical devices and the explosion of new patient data wrought by widely available imaging technologies are forcing medical electronics designers to devise new ways of integrating diverse biotechnologies with electronics while curtailing power consumption.
Opinion: Palm won't give HP helping hand anytime soon
4/29/2010   6 comments
Hewlett-Packard's $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm could result in a winning combination but it will require one key ingredient—time, and lots of it.
ESC: Bioengineer calls for personal health devices
4/28/2010   2 comments
A growing set of nano-scale devices are emerging from the lab that someday will power handheld devices that can provide custom health care advice by marrying novel bioengineering components with existing computer and consumer technologies, said Luke P. Lee, professor of bioengineering at a talk at the Embedded Systems Conference.
ESC keynoter Kaku beams audience back to the future
4/27/2010   2 comments
Physicist Michio Kaku, keynote speaker at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, offered his audience a feast of futurism, predicting extraordinary advances in medical technology, and science-fiction turned reality in areas like teleportation, invisibility and molecule-size computers.
ESC SV, Day -1
4/25/2010   Post a comment
The excitement of ESC hasn't yet begin, but the pre-show buzz is astounding.
Opinion: Why everyone loves Pasquale Pistorio
4/22/2010   9 comments
Pistorio Pasquale, the honorary chairman of STMicroelectronics, will be next week in San Jose, Calif., to receive the Life Time Achievement Award at the EE Times' Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards ceremony.
Opinion: 3-D TV can't make your kids sick. . . can it?
4/20/2010   6 comments
In almost all cases, factors that influence eye strain, nausea or headache in 3-D viewing are neither 3-D displays nor 3-D glasses. But they are [related to] content creation, post-production and mastering processes used in 3-D video production. Here's a three-step plan to prevent 3-D disaster.
Multicore processor selection: A method to the madness
4/20/2010   Post a comment
Half-day tutorial sheds light on the art and science of selecting an embedded processor.
Panel to explore real-world challenges of multicore debug
4/19/2010   Post a comment
Multicore software developers share their experiences at the Multicore Expo.
Happy birthday to Algol, and is the Agile hype over?
4/19/2010   8 comments
You may be more familiar with Algol than you realize.
Comment: Has Intel's Android move wrong-footed Microsoft?
4/16/2010   4 comments
The news that Intel has got the Android mobile software stack from Google running on Atom-based smartphone designs as well as being important in its own right, could also be a sign of a break in the log-jam over Big Windows and ARM processors.
Multicore Expo: Panel to challenge the state-of-the-art in parallelization
4/15/2010   2 comments
Don't look for the Silver Bullet to remove software complexities of multicore.
Find out EDA startups on EE Times' Silicon 60 list!
4/14/2010   Post a comment
The EE Times List of 60 Emerging Startups has been updated to version 10.0. It includes 21 new startups.
Needed: A U.S. space strategy for reaching Mars
4/14/2010   4 comments
As he prepares to visit Florida's Space Coast, President Obama must lay out a national strategy for U.S. manned exploration of Mars and the solar system.
Point/Counterpoint: The future of U.S. manned spaceflight
4/14/2010   20 comments
We present a debate on the future direction of U.S. manned spaceflight, where to go next and how to get there.
Is EDA innovating enough?
4/9/2010   5 comments
Much has been written and said about the travails of the EDA industry. Some industry leaders are shrinking in size and losing money. The industry as a whole is not growing and prospects are not promising. Part of the problem can be explained by the fact that we are just coming out of one of the worst recessions in history that has impacted most industries. Yet, most observers agree that the industry's struggles can't be explained by the economy alone.
A stellar lineup will discuss all aspects of intelligent motor control
4/9/2010   Post a comment
EE Times' latest virtual conference covers the topic of motor control with an all-star cast.
Email: Google PowerMeter not altruistic, just ahead of the game
4/8/2010   Post a comment
A reader makes the point that standards come in different forms at various stages in a technology's evolution driven by the economic conditions around its introduction. He considers Google is not being altruistic with their proposed PowerMeter, even if the company thinks it is.
Small motor control efficiency gains deliver big energy savings
4/7/2010   Post a comment
Virtual Conference Keynote Address details global energy usage to power motors.
The global village comes to the new EE Times
4/6/2010   6 comments
By engaging more closely with our readers, we hope to foster a real engineering community that serves the needs of all its members.
Join the Conversation: Are you ready for IPv6?
4/5/2010   Post a comment
The pool of available Internet Protocol addresses could run out before the end of 2011 under today's IPv4 software, prompting a widening circle of companies and organizations to press for support for Internet Protocol version 6 in anything connected to the Net.
ESC: Is the smart grid a little too smart for your own good?
4/5/2010   11 comments
The smart grid promises worthwhile energy savings as well as market opportunity for our industry, but it has some potential privacy and compulsive issues, as well.
Comment: Scaling, collaboration are keys to maintaining U.S. cleantech edge
4/1/2010   Post a comment
Scaling existing technologies and collaboration among industry, gvernment and universities is the best way for the U.S. to maintain its edge in clean-energy technology.

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