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RFID's global growing pains
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5/30/2007   Post a comment
When it comes to fish, however, RFID is swimming into a success story.
From Techie to Manager: now what?
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5/29/2007   Post a comment
TechiesOnTheRise is a teleseminar devoted to helping new and prospecitve managers improve their communication and leadership skills.
SED delayed again by Canon and Toshiba as best screen tease continues
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5/25/2007   Post a comment
Yet another delay has been announced in the ongoing saga of SED. Most experts, including yours truly, have seen SED and consider it superior in image quality to all existing flat panel technologies. The full story of the delay was carried on the Reuters newswire.
Be a Verizon Action Hero
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5/23/2007   Post a comment
Week after week, I have fun reading PLDesignLine's blog. Max never seems to fail to deliver really cool and fun stuff to do. So, hereI think this just might beat all (and even you Max):
WiMAX plugfest
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5/23/2007   Post a comment
Interoperability testing in France last week is a clear indication that WiMAX is gaining traction.
Multicore systems require architectural optimization
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5/22/2007   Post a comment
I expect that those DAC attendees focused in the present will want to talk about DFM and Power, while those looking into the needs for the next few years will want to debate multicore issues.
Mitsubishi launches all 1080p display line for 2007
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5/21/2007   Post a comment
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc. has launched a total of 17 new 1080p HDTVs for 2007. It is the only display manufacture to offer a 1080p only line of HDTVs. The manufacturer notes that all of these new fully featured 1080p DLP and LCD HDTVs are designed, engineered and built in North America.
802.11n: An impressive technology
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5/16/2007   Post a comment
Sometimes we take for granted that engineers can create new technologies that far surpass anything we may have thought possible just a few years ago.
YouTube on cell phones: Video's distribution-content chicken and egg dichotomy
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5/16/2007   Post a comment
Now the cell-phone camera and YouTube phenomenon are no longer separate developments, but are merged into one plugged-into itself universe.
The power of 14
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5/15/2007   Post a comment
Nevermind the challenges of a continued push to overseas manufacturing and design. The emerging issue, really, is design-for-14-year-old. It's whimsical, short-lived and really, really low-cost. And our industry is not even close to being ready to deal with it.
The wrooom in EDA
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5/15/2007   Post a comment
When DAC chose automotive electronics for this year's theme a few brows were raised. But the facts vindicate the executive Committee choice. Electronic subsystems are everywhere you look in your car.
Applications aspects to rule chip design, Cadence says
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5/15/2007   Post a comment
Applications expertise will become the differentiating factor in chip design, predicted Mike Fister, CEO of EDA software provider Cadence during the keynote speech to the company's in-house exhibition CDN Live. This applications expertise is what presently promotes European chip companies to play in the world's first league.
Let's rescale IC fab for desktop
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
We live in a world of miniaturization and personal power. From desktop publishing and printing in the 1970s, we've gone to individual cell phones, to your own portable music library via MP3 players and to desktop audio and video editing, to cite just a few.
Pioneer launches new 1080p plasma HDTVs for 2007
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5/10/2007   Post a comment
With ten years experience delivering flat panel televisions to the U.S. market, Pioneer continually looks to develop display technology that creates an emotional impact for the viewer with unrivaled picture quality. Pioneer Electronics came to New York City this week (May 9, 2007) to launch their new plasma display products for 2007.
Size does matter!
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5/10/2007   Post a comment
A recent study performed at the University of Minnesota reveals that the height of the ceiling may affect one's problem-solving skills and behavior.
Wow, that's fast
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5/9/2007   Post a comment
Today, Comcast unveiled a cable technology called channel bonding that allows a data download speed of 150 megabits pre second--25x faster than today's cable modems.
When standards stumble
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5/9/2007   Post a comment
Standards can become too general and too all-encompassing.
Patent reform: Is this the year?
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5/8/2007   Post a comment
Many people are optimistic that 2007 will be the year of patent reform. And the prospects do look favorable, with identical bills being introduced into the House (H.R. 1908) and Senate (S.1145) and associated bipartisan support.
Average engineers need not apply
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5/8/2007   Post a comment
Some EDA tools are too complex for average engineers to use due to the complexities of leading edge semiconductors fabrication processes. Vendors need to adapt their business strategies to this new market environment.
Vintage HD movie discs may be worth more
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5/7/2007   Post a comment
Let's assume this isn't a single isolated incident, and that it continues happening, and the "exceptions" list burned onto every Hollywood movie disc gets longer and longer.
Canon still hopes to sell SED TVs in U.S.
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5/4/2007   Post a comment
Nano-Proprietary, Inc. announced late this week that the jury has reached a verdict in its litigation against Canon, Inc. In its verdict, the jury decided that Nano-Proprietary was due no additional damages beyond those already received, which includes the right to keep the $5.5 million that it originally received and termination of the original license agreement.
EDA companies net worth may decline
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5/3/2007   Post a comment
The U.S. Supreme Court held that if a patent protects something that is "obvious" then the patent is invalid. How many patents iheld by EDA companies could be found "obvious" under the new definition of the term?
Comment: Why the DRM flap is like goverment secrecy
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5/3/2007   Post a comment
The notion that the onus is on the government and industry to protect secrets, and that journalists and hackers should not be prosecuted for trying to independently discover the core technologies behind such secrets, is not a popular one.
Senior care ZigBee style
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5/2/2007   Post a comment
Just got news of a technology trial in France that will keep tabs on elderly people using a ZigBee network.
Reaping the rewards of innovation
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5/1/2007   Post a comment
Innovation can be measured in many different ways, but the surest indicator of success is cash payback to your company's bottom line. There are 4 "S factors" to getting the job done right: startup costs, speed to market, scale to volume, and support costs.
Firmware is Silicon
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5/1/2007   Post a comment
Firmware will soon occupy the largest amount of silicon in an IC. Yet EDA companies continue to avoid addressing the problem of firmware design, development and debug in their apporach to system level design.


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