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Samsung BDP-3600 BluRay Player
6/30/2009   Post a comment
As a precursor to my surround sound purchase I did end up buying a BluRay player over the weekend. I picked up the Samsung BDP-3600 from the local FutureShop.
Design trust and verification
6/30/2009   Post a comment
It's generally acknowledged that we have entered the 45 nm processing node era. It's also well known that at this node the mantra among SoC designers should be "verify!, verify!, verify!"
Customization is everywhere
6/29/2009   Post a comment
What this did raise in my mind, however, was the amount of customization that is available in all of the consumer product I have. I just never really sat down and thought about how much almost everything I own is customized just for me.
Viewpoint: Diversification is not just about your money
6/26/2009   Post a comment
For a speech at my school commencement ceremony I on what someone who has have been working in the EDA industry for over a decade can tell engineering graduates: diversify.
Rising stakes in Imagination, won't spark fight for control - yet
6/26/2009   Post a comment
It would be easy to assume that the recently increased stakes in publicly-held graphics IP licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England) by Intel and Apple are the start of a battle for control for must-have graphics intellectual property.
Opinion: Inside Microsoft's Google-style Hohm
6/25/2009   Post a comment
The debut of Microsoft's Hohm says a lot about the dynamics of the software business today where Web 2.0 giant Google is writing the rules that impact software even in the emerging smart grid sector.
GM should kill the Corvette
6/25/2009   21 comments
Bankrupt GM needs to kill the Corvette and focus on energy efficient cars that can compete against Toyota and Honda.
Licensable IP houses leapfrogging DSP incumbents
6/25/2009   1 comment
Tensilica and ARC have recently launched radically new DSP-specific architectures, so Forward Concepts' Will Strauss began to wonder if the traditional DSP chip suppliers, Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, Freescale, LSI and NEC, are falling behind in their offerings.
BluRay Player vs. PS3
6/24/2009   Post a comment
Last week I talked about my start for a home audio system. It's a great project for me and one that I will go into further detail on as I get closer to a decision. But the other thing that this research got me thinking about was BluRay players. Currently I use my PS3 to watch BluRay movies, but this has created a few problems for me.
Time heals all wounds, and missteps?
6/23/2009   Post a comment
Top venture capitalists say the costs of bringing a new processor or system-on-chip to market are becoming prohibitive. Raising new funds to invest in high tech companies of any kind is getting increasingly difficult.
Viewpoint: Capture OCP systems in IP-XACT 1.4
6/22/2009   Post a comment
A complete standardization process describing how OCP cores and systems can be captured in IP-XACT is a desired end goal.
iPhone 3G S teardown
6/22/2009   Post a comment
The Apple iPhone 3G S has been torn apart to identify what was inside. Impressions on the phone.
Driving a slow Sebring in the Bay Area
6/22/2009   Post a comment
Whoever is making product decisions about Chrysler models in the new Fiat-Chrysler company has a problem they need to fix.
The sky is, literally, the limit
6/22/2009   2 comments
On July 20, 1969, as humans set foot on an astronomical body other than Earth for the first time, millions watched on television sets across the globe.
Viewpoint: Keep design innovation alive
6/17/2009   Post a comment
Take a higher level, holistic view of the aims of the entire product design experience. Reassess the design processes you use and how they map into today's technology and your customer's needs.
Comment: French workers strengthen culture of protest
6/17/2009   14 comments
Fear of unemployment is rising in France as recession takes hold. Strikes, riots and social unrest have gone to extremes as workers feel they are running out of options and, even worse, they have nothing to lose.
Home Audio for Grad
6/17/2009   Post a comment
This weekend I convocated from University to get my MBA. My wife kept asking me what I wanted as a present for all my hard work. She told me I could get anything I wanted, so naturally I ask for permission to set up a home theater in the living room.
Opinion: Winners and losers in Digital Britain proposals
6/17/2009   Post a comment
There were one or two big surprises in U.K. (departing) communications minster Lord (Stephen) Carter's final Digital Britain report, but on the whole, the word underwhelming and the phrase missed opportunity comes to mind.
Opinion: the Volt is not a dolt
6/16/2009   3 comments
A rebuttal of sorts to Mark LaPedus' article on the Volt being a Top 10 worthy engineering gaffe.
Virtual platforms, research & venture capital
6/16/2009   Post a comment
DAC this year has its work cut out for it. The recession has hit the EDA industry hard and every player is being frugal in evaluating expenditures. Nevertheless organizers of the 46th annual conference and exhibits will make the best of it.
Weighing Protection of the OtterBox Defender Case for the Curve 8900
6/15/2009   Post a comment
Does the weight added for the OtterBox Defender case for the BlackBerry Curve 8900 outweigh the protective benefits?
Is summer the new Christmas for phone releases?
6/15/2009   Post a comment
High profile phones are coming out in the summer. What are you looking forward to seeing?
Viewpoint: Opportunity to win on different design fronts
6/12/2009   Post a comment
The broader aspects of semiconductor process development may not grab the headlines as often but they are no less important to the long-term success of final products in the market.
Hot papers at 2009 VLSI Technology Symposium
6/11/2009   1 comment
Hot papers from this year's VLSI Technology Symposium include three nonvolatile memory advancements: Toshiba' BiCS Flash, Samsung's vertical-stacked transistor structures and Hitachi's PCRAM. Two papers on advanced logic processes include: Intel's" High-k/Metal Gate Stacks" and IBM's "32nm SOI CMOS with Highk/ Metal Gate."
UWB is dead! Oops, sorry: It's alive again!(?)
6/11/2009   Post a comment
There's been a miracle at Computex: It seems there's have been enough prayers to breath life back into UWB, at least according to second-hand accounts by a remote witness reading show lineups.
Open source EDA software defeats Lock-in: Dream on
6/10/2009   2 comments
Today, through a nexus of the open source software movement and the difficulty of developing tools to address the problems of leading-edge designs, there are EDA tools out in cyberspace that you can download for free, customize, and utilize to create your latest designs.
EDA industry riding on own waves
6/9/2009   Post a comment
The EDA industry is making waves but the waves are not reaching the business shores. Both encouraging news about funding and discouraging news about consolidation keep the EDA industry in constant state of bobbing.
Comment: retrain and retain engineers in Europe
6/9/2009   5 comments
With European students turning their backs on science and engineering degrees and European higher education of science and technology being partially filled by Asian students, one can see that the YOUNG European engineering candidate supply could become restricted.
Google and the Internet caused the economic crisis
6/8/2009   Post a comment
It came to me as I was talking to Maria Marced, European president of chip foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
The next Silicon Valley
6/8/2009   3 comments
The next Silicon Valley? You're kidding, right?
RF4CE vs IR: the next remote-control "battle"?
6/6/2009   4 comments
IR remote controls have a viable, up-and-coming, RF-based competitor--maybe
Analysis: Intel rides Wind River beyond the PC
6/4/2009   Post a comment
Intel's acquisition of Wind River is another indicator of the sea change occurring inside the world's biggest semiconductor maker—along with the rise of Linux across all markets.
New Products Announced at E3
6/3/2009   Post a comment
A lot has been happening at E3 this year, especially compared to last year. But how does that tie in with the digital home concept? Simple, in my home video games are a main consideration for how things are set up and the systems I use, especially now that all of the TV shows have run their season finales and I can play games without being interrupted with a request to watch a show even if I should be enjoying the weather a bit more.
Extending Battery Life on the iPhone
6/1/2009   Post a comment
With the more advanced features being implemented in smart phones, the devices are being used for much more than just as a phone. I watch movies, play games, surf the web using WiFi, check e-mail you name it chances are I'm doing it on my phone. But this also means that I have to charge it much more often, usually every night. And that is just from intermittent use throughout the day. The next time I have to travel, while I will be entertained, I don't expect my phone to have any charge left

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ESC Silicon Valley 2015 Sneak Peek! Using Arduinos & ChipKITs for Rapid Prototyping
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When it comes to my hobby projects, I'm a huge fan of Arduino and ChipKIT microcontroller development boards. One of the big attractions is the huge ecosystem that's grown around these ...

Bernard Cole

A Book For All Reasons
Bernard Cole
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Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...

Martin Rowe

Leonard Nimoy, We'll Miss you
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Like many of you, I was saddened to hear the news of Leonard Nimoy's death. His Star Trek character Mr. Spock was an inspiration to many of us who entered technical fields.

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Making the Grade in Industrial Design
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As every developer knows, there are the paper specifications for a product design, and then there are the real requirements. The paper specs are dry, bland, and rigidly numeric, making ...

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