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6/29/2006   Post a comment
I recently attended a cellular technology conference, some interesting facts arose.
Verizon prorates exit fees
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6/29/2006   Post a comment
I'm moving from one mountain community to another. The areas I choose to live sort of resemble Ricola commercials. We tend to pace with our cell phones. 'Can you hear me now?' is not so much a commercial, but a daily conversation.
Musings on a lazy, hazy summer day
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
Forget the Age of Aquarius. We are now in the Age of Blue. What does that mean? I've no idea. It may be to quote the Old Bard, "Much Ado About Nothing." I spent several paragraphs last week on "Blue." I think its time to change the subject.
Eye on SDR
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
I used to think software-defined radio was a pretty exotic technology.
Get high-quality sound without breaking the bank
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6/25/2006   Post a comment
If you want to enhance your music platform while staying within budget, take a look at Freescale Semiconductor's DH1 reference design.
Actel CEO John East comments on the FPGA market metamorphosis
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
As FPGAs offer more capacity, performance, and capability along with increased integration and flexibility, these solutions provide a less painful route to design success.
Securing connected devices from the ground up
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
Dan Dodge of QNX promotes the idea of 'secure-by-design' as the way to protect connected systems and devices
Blue...blue...blue
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6/22/2006   Post a comment
Blueblueblue. It's all that I've heard about lately. I'm starting to turn blue. Last week, Samsung announced the official launch of their first Blu-ray player, which is scheduled for June 25th. Today, Panasonic also officially announced their first player -- model DMP-BD10 -- that will be priced at $1,299
Save your (or someone else's) life
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6/22/2006   Post a comment
CTIA-The Wireless Association published a pre-vacation checklist that very well may save your life. I've thought of doing these on my phone for the most part, but never thought to program my son's phone. Here's the safety list they provided:
San Andreas quake overdue
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6/21/2006   Post a comment
In a recent AP article by Alicia Chang, research shows the San Andreas Fault near LA is ready for a Big One. I was around for the Loma Prieta '89 quake and 'bigger' is unimaginable to me--at a magnitude of 7.1, that one was plenty big.
More misdeeds at IEEE
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6/21/2006   Post a comment
The one-person, one-vote balloting procedures of the IEEE need to be revised.
Securing connected devices from the ground up
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6/21/2006   Post a comment
Dan Dodge of QNX promotes the idea of 'secure-by-design' as the way to protect connected systems and devices
Operating systems on the rise
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6/21/2006   Post a comment
The 2006 results are in, and they're fascinating. Our annual survey covers operating systems, processors, compilers, development tools, budgets, and more. In this first installment we'll look at RTOS usage and where it's headed.
111-Megapixel image sensors and 500-GHz processors
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6/21/2006   Post a comment
If we look 50 years into the future of video technology, and imagine such superb image detail becoming commonplace, we'll of course need additional processing power to handle all the raw image data.
Global view is your future
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6/19/2006   Post a comment
What is a global company, and how should transnational businesses comport themselves in today's complex, intensely competitive and highly interdependent global community? IBM chairman Sam Palmisano suggests one big change: Drop the anachronistic colonial attitude many companies have toward operations outside the home country.

There's no such thing as a free lunch (or GPS in this case)
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6/19/2006   Post a comment
Qualcomm's gpsOne solution is widely deployed in the narrowband CDMA market, leaving the rest of the worldwide standards up for grabs in terms of GPS solutions.
1080p marches on
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6/14/2006   Post a comment
It seems that I've been talking a lot about 1080p these days. Well, it's on the mind of manufacturers also. Every meeting that I take with manufacturers it comes up. It can be about displays, connections, Blu-ray Disc, or whatever. The bottom line is that high-definition screen resolutions of 1920x1080 is either arriving now or next year.
Bluetooth and music: Not so perfect together
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6/14/2006   Post a comment
I recently purchased a Bluetooth headphone for my MP3 player and the results have been something less than perfect.
GlobalComm final notes
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6/14/2006   Post a comment
What a whirlwind week last week was. I'm still catching up. As with any show, there are always meetings and events that are particularly memorable.
Why reinvent the wheel?
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6/14/2006   Post a comment
It's an exciting time to be a gadget geek. From cell phones to multimedia players and HDTVs, consumer electronics (CE) devices are performing a wider range of tasks than anyone ever thought possible — all while getting smaller and easier on the wallet. Yet, there's the challenge for CE device designers. When new generations of products are introduced as often as every quarter, CE designers require a product development strategy that is flexible, fast, and low on cost.
Mobile handsets take first as audio IC consumers
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6/14/2006   Post a comment
I guess it was just a matter of time before mobile handsets became the Number 1 consumer of audio ICs.
This GPS works, but not for long
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6/12/2006   Post a comment
I recently tested the GPS functionality in "the v" and came away with mixed results.
News, served up fast, bland and insight-free
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6/12/2006   Post a comment
CMP Media's Information Week caused a stir when it reported on a study by market research firm Outsell that claims technology workers would rather get their industry news from corporate press releases than from the vertical sites and publications covering IT. It would be easy to dismiss the conclusion as self-serving market research, were it not for the apocryphal but persistent tales we hear of semiconductor design engineers who grab all their headlines from the press-release compilati
U.S. EDA monopoly may wane
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6/12/2006   Post a comment
While microelectronics is a global industry, a crucial enabling technology--electronic design automation (EDA)--has been largely a U.S. enterprise for several decades. Recent developments in Europe may challenge that dominance in years to come. At the recent Medea+DAC workshop in Prien, Germany, I was impressed with the depth and scope of EDA R&D efforts under way at large European IDMs, research institutes and startups. Cutting-edge work is going on in electronic system-level (ESL) design
TiVo finally delivers on WebTV's promise
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6/8/2006   Post a comment
With all the excitement about TV on tiny cell phone screens, it's nice to also see some progress from the world of TV on a regular TV screen, and TiVoCast is definitely a significant, though belated development.
New HD displays galore for 2006
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6/7/2006   Post a comment
As I wrote a few weeks ago, 'tis the season for line shows and product introductions. At the 2006 Home Entertainment Show last weekend, Sony and HP unveiled its new HDTV displays for 2006. Other companies will be announcing new products in the coming weeks including Pioneer, TiVo, Microsoft, Philips, Bose, Dolby, and Samsung among others.
Changing times
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6/7/2006   Post a comment
Nothing stays the same for very long and technology tends to be hyperactive in this regard.
Verizon Business takes MEF award
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6/6/2006   Post a comment
Verizon Business today walked off with an impressive (and attractive) “Best in Business—US Service Provider of the Year” award from the Metro Ethernet Forum.
How cool is this?
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6/5/2006   Post a comment
This is cool. At the private funded stage, Liquid-Cooled Embedded Computing (LCEC) is an initiative that will most likely work its way to a standard.
ULCH hits the market
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6/5/2006   Post a comment
ULCH handsets have a bill-of-materials below $20, and are targeted for places like China, Africa, and India.
Motorola's purchase could have lasting effect on handset competitors
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6/1/2006   Post a comment
Motorola is spending $193 million to acquire TTPcom. How does this effect Moto's competitors?
83% to implement SA Forum specs
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6/1/2006   Post a comment
According to a recent survey by the Service Availability Forum (SA Forum)--83% of the participants stated they are currently, or will be in the near future, implementing SA Forum specifications.


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