New vision needed at Sanmina-SCI Blog 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? Blog 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.
Nokia going back to basics Blog 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 Blog 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 Blog 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 Blog 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.
EDA Shocked Into Action Blog 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!" Blog 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.
Canon remains bullish on SED Blog 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 Blog 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.
Don't dismiss DAC; re-create it Blog 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 Blog 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.
Surveillance Camera Players under surveillance Blog 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.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.