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The death of Micro-Display is greatly exaggerated
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5/31/2006   Post a comment
Within the past couple of weeks, Micro-Displays (MDTVs) have been talked about quite a lot. And, I expect that they will continue to be on manufacturer's minds in the coming weeks also. About the only thing that most companies can agree about is that sales of Micro-Displays this year will reach approx. 2.2 million units in 2006.
Airgo's ambitious plans
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5/31/2006   Post a comment
It would have been simple to think that Airgo would limit its impressive 802.11b/g MIMO technology to access points for offices and home offices.
MIPI releases handset spec
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5/29/2006   Post a comment
The MIPI Alliance has released the Display Serial Interface Specification (DSI) for mobile handsets.
Why the 3G delay in India?
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5/25/2006   Post a comment
The Indian government has delayed the rollout of 3G services into the country.
User interfaces and patents
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5/25/2006   Post a comment
Last week's suit and counter suit between Apple and Creative Labs over patents pertaining to the user interfaces that each use for portable media players reminds me of some advice a lawyer gave me a long time ago: patents and user interfaces can create a category dominating combination.
Much Ado About Nothing? - Maybe
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5/24/2006   Post a comment
There's been a lot activity of various web sites these days about the Image Constraint Token or ICT, as it's called, and there's some interesting rumors coming out of Europe this week.
Why Bluetooth is a technology has-been
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5/23/2006   Post a comment
While BT has performed some mighty deeds, it is ultimately destined to die a lonely, quiet death.
Advancing NFC in Korea
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5/22/2006   Post a comment
One of my favorite technologies, NFC (near-field communications ), is in the news again.
Evangelizing Apple, then and now
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5/22/2006   Post a comment
I met Steve Jobs in the spring of 1976 when I was in the advertising business with Regis McKenna Advertising & Public Relations in Palo Alto, Calif., where I handled the Intel account. Steve and his partner Steve Wozniak had developed the Apple 1 computer, which they were selling at the local computer club for $666.66.

'Don't tug on Superman's cape'
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5/19/2006   Post a comment
I'm showing my age again…sigh…but there was an old song by Jim Croce with lyrics that went: "You don't tug on Superman's cape. You don't spit into the wind. You don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger, and you don't mess around with Jim."
Tis the season
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5/17/2006   Post a comment
Spring is the season for new products in Consumer Electronics. This Spring is no different than previous years. Although, as each year passes, we're getting closer and closer to full high-definition TV, 1080p displays, high-definition recording schemes, and playback mechanisms.
Whew, that was a close one
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5/17/2006   Post a comment
I wrote a blog the other day about a set of earphones, and thankfully I got interrupted before I could post it.
Rethinking System-on-chip design at 65 nanometers and below
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5/17/2006   Post a comment
Mirabilis CEO Deepak Shankar takes up the SoC hardware/software challenge issued by Mentor Graphics Wally Rhines and AMD’s Robert Ober.
Polar bulls
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5/16/2006   Post a comment
Polar modulation was once a bear to explain. Now it's the darling of investors.
Bluetooth qualification is on sale
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5/15/2006   Post a comment
The product listing price for Bluetooth SIG Associate and Adopter members who take advantage of the SIG's Profile Tuning Suite (PTS) has been reduced.
Lands of opportunity
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5/15/2006   Post a comment
Israel and the former Eastern Bloc nations have become beacons for the tech industry, as peaceful legions of investors, attracted by the countries' educated workers and aggressive government initiatives, descend on those nations to tap opportunities in their burgeoning electronics sectors.

Academics, pundits don't have a clue what it's like for working EEs
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5/15/2006   Post a comment
Regarding the interview with professor Geoffrey Orsak ("Seeding new crop of innovators," April 10, page 24), I wondered whether Orsak and EE Times readers caught the fundamental contradictions in the U.S. government's meddling with the domestic EE jobs market--and whether anyone else was offended at being reduced to the status of a "crop."
Verizon sued for $50 billion over wiretap
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5/14/2006   Post a comment
Ah ha! I guess I wasn't the only one incensed over the telephone record news.
Thank you Qwest
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5/12/2006   Post a comment
Of the major phone companies told to turn over phone records of private citizens, only Qwest has so far refused, citing privacy and legal concerns. Bravo Qwest.
MP3 player/phone combos are coming
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5/12/2006   Post a comment
According to a recent report, handset/MP3-player combos will rival or surpass the standalone portable MP3 player as the music device of choice.
Apple, the perennial David, and France
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5/12/2006   Post a comment
Ever since 1984, when Apple launched Macintosh with a brilliant, shown-once only Super Bowl TV commercial that positioned them as the little guy sticking it to "Big Brother" IBM, they've repeatedly cast themselves as the biblical David up against the Goliaths of the world. First it was IBM. Then Microsoft. Now it's the French Government.
The future of EDA?
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5/11/2006   Post a comment
So why, you wonder, is a wireless guy writing about EDA?
Junk
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5/10/2006   Post a comment
We are buried in junk. Not only do we buy it, save it, store it, we create services to cart it away when we're finished.
Samsung and Motorola boost their handset market share
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5/10/2006   Post a comment
Samsung and Motorola have significantly boosted their market share.
NFC: Out of the starting gate
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5/10/2006   Post a comment
NFC's value lies in the ease-of-use its protocol provides for end users. It can configure and initialize on its own instead of making a user to navigate complicated menus.
What Sony hasn't told you about PS3!
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5/10/2006   Post a comment
With much hoopla this week Sony announced the prices and availability of its PlayStation3 gaming system, which is supposed to be a high-definition gaming system, to be used with a HDTV.
Right-brained programming
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5/8/2006   Post a comment
Rotating pixels, finding a square root, picking the length of a timeout on a watchdog timer--what do all these typical computing problems have in common? They're all likely to get you stuck in a rut, using the same boring algorithms. Knowing how to think creatively helps you solve all sorts of puzzles. Time to take a fresh look at some old problems.
I disagree; fuel cells can be the answer
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5/8/2006   Post a comment
A Nokia exec disputes the eventual usefulness of fuel cells for handsets.
We're in the iPod, we're out, we're in
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5/5/2006   Post a comment
The battle for the audio controller in the next generation of Apple's iPods sure has taken flight.
N+I
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5/3/2006   Post a comment
I've just spent three days in Las Vegas at Interop.
Boom times for flat-panel displays
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5/3/2006   Post a comment
Displays continue to be in the news especially flat-panels. News ranges from new chipsets being designed for better image quality to increased capacity at different fab plants or later generation fab facilities being created. This is all because the consumer's desire to own these super thin darlings.
Beyond blue screens and "system error"
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5/3/2006   Post a comment
Thanks to a friend at Altera, here are a few actual error messages seen on computer screens in Japan, where most are written in Haiku.
Video Warfare: More insulation from war's horrors
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5/3/2006   Post a comment
Video warfare is clearly here to stay. But one has to wonder, as this technology advances, whether the human suffering that war brings becomes even more abstract.
Handsets affected by Apple's decision
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5/1/2006   Post a comment
Does Apple's decision have a ripple effect on the handset market? You bet it does.
Mac artistes, get with the times
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5/1/2006   Post a comment
Communications service providers, from the CEO on down, understand the ubiquity of Internet Protocol and Ethernet. They may not have solidified their plans for moving today's networks from the hodgepodge of analog circuit switching and RF streaming to the nirvana of IP, but they have no doubt about the direction they want to go. Successive visits to the annual shows of the wireless-operator, cable TV MSO and broadcaster communities reinforce that message.

Fully buffered DIMMs: memory's next move?
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5/1/2006   Post a comment
The performance of high-end servers depends heavily on deploying lots of high-speed DRAM in registered dual-in-line memory modules. But because of the negative effects of bus loading as more RDIMMs are added, memory subsystems have reached typical capacity limits of about four RDIMMs per memory channel.



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