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Exciting times for Digital TV
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5/31/2005   Post a comment
Well, this is an exciting time for Digital TV, and, of course, our new Digital TV DesignLine. Where do we begin? Everyone said that CRT was dead, but it continues to flourish in both direct-view and rear projection permeations as manufacturers strive to find the lowest price points with entry-level models.
You can whine the days away or jump ship
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5/30/2005   Post a comment
It was a different world when I got my BSEE 50 years ago. As I recall, the best minds wanted to go to work for IBM or Bell Labs, and military programs were the engine that drove the industry.
H-1B, education and the tech job debate: Are we working too hard . . .
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5/30/2005   Post a comment
I have been following the H-1B visa debate for years. It is interesting, but the fact is that in the United States, scientists and engineers have never been seen as valued members of society.
Time for a decision
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5/27/2005   Post a comment
IEEE 802.11 group needs to resolve the final technical issues and approve the 802.11n spec.
Letter from Orlando
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5/26/2005   Post a comment
A DSO reality check from Wind River's first user conference.
The organizational side of power management: One engineers perspective
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5/24/2005   Post a comment
Even with jobs going overseas, the age-old conflict between engineering and marketing has not diminished. In this departure from diodes, MOSFETs and loop currents, Sanjaya looks at the organizational side of power management projects. The vocal, technology-grounded engineer may too often be the unwanted child in a "King's Court," he worries.
I hate to complain, but
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5/24/2005   Post a comment
Simplifying the task of setting up a wireless LAN in your home has been the recent goal of most of the 802.11 hardware vendors.
Image Sensors, Displays, and Everything In-Between
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5/24/2005   Post a comment
I've got CMOS image sensors on my mind. Once clearly inferior to CCD image sensors, CMOS has made big improvements of late -- so much so that both Ikegami and Sony are using them in their latest high-end cameras
Hybrid technology driving X-by-wire to broader auto markets
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5/23/2005   Post a comment
Hybrid vehicles will exert increasing influence on the "by-wire" movement.
The vortex in the design
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5/23/2005   Post a comment
n the mid-1990s, just as the electronics industry was heading into a wonderful resurgence, I attended a lecture by Gordon Moore.
FCC makes right move on VoIP 911
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5/20/2005   Post a comment
FCC's call for VoIP 911 support should be applauded, not frowned on.
« Les innovations devraient faire baisser le coût par fonction au-delà de la loi de Moore »
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5/20/2005   Post a comment
Le coût par fonction des puces devrait continuer de baisser longtemps après que la loi de Moore sera devenue obsolète, grâce aux conceptions futures et à diverses innovations de fabrication, a déclaré Walden Rhines, Président-directeur général de Mentor Graphics Corp.
Welcome, Device Software Optimizers
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5/19/2005   Post a comment
Welcome to a brand new site and a brand new blog!
Is it possible that I was wrong?
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5/18/2005   Post a comment
The subject of the moment is UWB, and if you've spoken to me over the last six months or so, you'd know that I have not had a seat on this technology's bandwagon.
Two Steps Forward, One Back: Video Electronics and the Blue Ray / HD DVD Blues
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5/17/2005   Post a comment
It hangs over 2005 like a flashback to the late 70s, threatening to ruin a long-lasting peace: A video format war. True, there have been skirmishes since MiniDV and DVDs were introduced -- remember the old meaning of Divx? But not since VHS vs. Beta has the "main" format been so up for grabs. One big difference though, this time around, is the possibility of a multi-format HD disc drive.
Technological spelunking anyone?
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5/16/2005   Post a comment
All I can say is, "Wow!"
Rhetoric on engineering crisis from policy wonks, CEOs and journalists does more harm than good
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5/16/2005   Post a comment
So Bill Gates says we should eliminate the annual H-1B caps while improving K-12 education in the United States, as Richard Wallace relates in his May 2 opinion piece ("Mr. Bush, tear down this wall," page 4).
First Blog Entry, should be deleted
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5/12/2005   Post a comment
This program is designed to query the major search engines and produce a report of the ranking of various pages. Specify your research keywords and the top 25 results are reported for each engine, combined and sorted by what pages appear most often in the top 25. The output from this tool may be analyzed in the Keyword Density Analyzer tool via a provided link.
More companies are plunking down money for analog engineering talent
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5/10/2005   Post a comment
In case you haven't noticed, Planet Analog uses a wide variety of sources - financial research analysts, in addition to company managers, spokespersons and hands-on bench engineers - to assess where our analog industry is heading. Lately, the indicators are mixed: Never previously has the semiconductor industry shipped more product with less confidence about the future. In this environment, recruitment is a clear indicator of business confidence (or lack of it), but our analog specialist, Gary F
Will NED and SED Flat Panels Be The End of the Road, For A While?
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5/10/2005   Post a comment
There's something different about these new competitors: They look better, and they're cheaper than LCD and plasma (PDP) technologies.
Let's stop writing Steve Jobs a blank check for coolness
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5/9/2005   Post a comment
Shortly after the debut of the Macintosh 20 years ago, a minority of those of us who loved the architecture and user interface were nevertheless exasperated with boosters who tried to paint the executive staff of Apple Computer Inc. as somehow different from those stiff, button-down types at IBM.
Somewhere over the rainbow
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5/9/2005   Post a comment
When I was a kid, broadcast TV was king. We would wait all week for The Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday night, and all year for the networks to show The Wizard of Oz again.
'No worries' coverage of offshoring is irresponsible
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5/9/2005   Post a comment
I'm an advocate of promoting healthy ways to keep engineering jobs in the United States.
Immortal Works 109
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5/9/2005   Post a comment
All you innovators who toil in anonymity, here's your opportunity to become instantly famous, courtesy of EE Times.
Bei 90 Nanometer ist vieles neu - aber dennoch vertraut
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5/9/2005   Post a comment
In Regionen unterhalb von 100 Nanometer wird für Chipdesigner alles anders... oder vielleicht doch nicht? Unser Gastbeitrag zeigt, welchen neuen Herausforderungen sich der Entwickler gegenübersieht – und welche vertrauten Probleme ihn weiterhin begleiten.
Bluetooth profiles and UWB: A match made for PANs
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5/4/2005   Post a comment
Bluetooth, UWB alignment is really a win for backers in both camps.
Home Entertainment Show Ramblings: Will There Always Be High-End Video?
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5/3/2005   Post a comment
New York again hosted the Home Entertainment Show (previously called The Hi-Fi Show) this past week, dedicated to high-end home theater gear, where I got a taste of the future of home media servers. It also started me thinking about mass production, and the constant flow of engineering from esoteric high-end consumer equipment one year, to mass market products the next. Read more about it in Dispatch from the Home Entertainment Show.
First World's technocrats don't understand Third World's ills
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5/2/2005   Post a comment
Regarding Richard Goering's March 21 interview with Eric Brewer (page 1): Misguided technologists like Mr. Brewer make plain that what the Third World truly needs is to be saved from the First World.
Engineers should help defuse debate on alternative energy
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5/2/2005   Post a comment
Regarding "Tech can fuel energy solution" (Opinion, April 11, page 4): We do not need "moon shot initiatives" or any other nonexistent technological developments to fend off an energy shortage, address environmental pollution and reduce our dependency on foreign oil.
Are we taking too much on faith?
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5/2/2005   Post a comment
There is much talk today about faith-based science.
Mr. Bush, tear down this wall
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5/2/2005   Post a comment
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates got caught up in a media circus last week thanks to a seeming flip-flop over his support for state legislation that would ban discrimination against gays and lesbians.
One thing's certain: the need to design for uncertainty
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5/2/2005   Post a comment
If there was a message for chip designers from two recent industry conferences, it was this: Get used to uncertainty. The era of "design for variability" is here.
What a great year it's shaping up to be
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5/2/2005   Post a comment
This is my 50th year in the electronics business and the 25th year writing this column. How time does fly when you're having fun.


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