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New vision needed at Sanmina-SCI
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6/29/2007   Post a comment
Many star athletes know when to quit. Others just don't know when to hang up their shoes until they've been beaten to a pulp and have to crawl away. So it goes in the corporate world where only a firmly planted boot would get some CEOs out of the corner office. One such event is playing out in the contract-manufacturing world.
Where have all the rear projection TVs gone?
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6/29/2007   Post a comment
To paraphrase "Where have all the flowers gone," where have all the rear projection TVs gone? And it begs the question, "Is the demise of the rear projection TV on the horizon? Its been an interesting week with television announcements from several companies. While flat-panel TVs from Hitachi and Toshiba are proliferationg across product lines, rear projection models from those companies are disappearing.
The iPhone and shopping with Mom
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6/28/2007   Post a comment
When I was a kid, my mom loved to shop sales at the large department stores in downtown Cleveland. Higbee's, the May Company, Taylor's--we hit them all.
How serialized video saves power
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6/28/2007   Post a comment
A parallel interface showing a static image burns about 10mWatts. This same interface burns between 100-150mWatts showing full motion video.
802.11n gets rolling
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
I, for one, am looking forward to seeing what sort of data rates are actually achieved in real world situations.
Commentary: SystemVerilog enables design with verification
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6/26/2007   Post a comment
SystemVerilog is closely linked to the continuing evolution from "design for verification" to "design with verification."
DAC: IP and Power. Then and now
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
DAC left issues in Intellectual Property quality and Power Format standardization unresolved.
Innovation is 'one-way trip'
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
We tend to sometimes look no further than we can see. And we call those who claim to see beyond what's visible--visionaries. How droll!
UWB's traction toubles
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6/22/2007   Post a comment
Alereon's sampling of a chip set that operates up to 10GHz is likely to shape the competitive landscape for some time to come.
Welcome to v2 of WirelessNet
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6/21/2007   Post a comment
More content for EEs who want to improve their design skills. Now at your fingertips.
Nokia going back to basics
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6/21/2007   Post a comment
Nokia's latest round of reorganization comes with a certain feeling of déjà vu. In effect, the Finnish mobiles giant is returning to the group structure it had before 2004, when it operated as Nokia Mobile Phones and Nokia Networks.
Bright ideas
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6/20/2007   Post a comment
Grand prize is $500 worth of Z-Wave equipment. Second prize is $250 worth of equipment, and third prize is $100.
TVs are busting out all over
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6/20/2007   Post a comment
This Spring and early Summer has been an exciting time for TV introductions. So far, Pioneer, Sony, Sharp, JVC, and Toshiba have announced and have or will start shipping 2007 TV displays. In the coming weeks, we will see new models from Philips, Hitachi, HP, and others on the horizon.
Shining a light on camera phones
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
On the heels of Kodak's announcement of an advance that more than doubles the light sensitivity of CMOS or CCD image sensors, OmniVision, a CMOS player, launched the first fully integrated 3-megapixel CameraChip sensor in a quarter-inch format--which can be used to upgrade existing handsets.
Change is the only constant
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
It's hard to read news of the electronics industry these days and not want to develop a drinking problem.
EDA Shocked Into Action
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
Coverage of the EDA industry is shrinking to the levels justified by advertising revenues, endangering the quality of coverage. Changes are required by both EDA vendors and publishers.
"Stay Tuned!"
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
For all the traditions and gimmicks of TV news and talk programs that they've mocked on "The Daily Show," there's one they still hold sacred: Keep the guest seated going into the commercial after the interview.
The Week after DAC: some lingering thoughts
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6/15/2007   Post a comment
DAC continues to be the true mirror of the state of EDA.
Canon remains bullish on SED
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6/14/2007   Post a comment
According to reports coming out of Japan, Canon believes that consumers will wait for better television, and that "patience is a virtue. Tsuneji Uchida, Canon's president, says he remains committed to entering the market in spite of legal patent issues with Nano-Proprietary, which has been delaying the company's plans of introducing SED HDTV in the U.S. and the world.
Bluetooth and WiBree
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6/13/2007   Post a comment
The merger protects Bluetooth's "low-power" position just as the SIG's deal with the WiMedia Alliance protected its "higher-data-rate" position.
Mentor Ate The Donut
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6/11/2007   Post a comment
Mentor acquired Sierra Design Automation to complete its Design to Manufacturing flow for leading edge IC designs.
Don't dismiss DAC; re-create it
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6/11/2007   Post a comment
Is the Design Automation Conference still relevant? The industry has asked itself this question at every recent DAC, and this year's event in San Diego was no exception.
New display features for 2007
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6/7/2007   Post a comment
New features on 2007 displays seem to be focusing on two areas for flat-panel displays and micro-displays. Last year (2006) the big display story was the beginning of the migration from 720p screen resolutions to 1080p, This year the focus is on 120Hz refresh rates and slimmer cabinetry for micro-displays.
Resurrecting weekend reading
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6/7/2007   Post a comment
Until recently, on another DesignLine, I published each Thursday or Friday a list of compelling articles that I thought my readers might enjoy.
When design becomes fun
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6/6/2007   Post a comment
Open, extensible and eminently hackable, Chumby might be viewed as a "stem cell" for an electronic appliance.
Surveillance Camera Players under surveillance
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6/6/2007   Post a comment
We've mentioned The Surveillance Camera Players in this space because they call attention to something many engineers who read this column are well aware of, but that the general public is largely unaware of: the dramatic rise in the use of surveillance video cameras in recent years.
How about contributing?
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6/4/2007   Post a comment
Hi, I've just taken over as editor of Mobile Handset DesignLine and am really excited about providing you great content.
New projectors for digital cinemas and home theaters from DPI
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6/1/2007   Post a comment
Digital Projection International (DPI) offers up their new LIGHTNING 30-1080p and LIGHTNING 40-1080p projectors that mark the launch of DP's Pro Series II, which are the next generation of the company's projectors for digital cinemas or home theaters.


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