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Photo gallery: Paris Air Show 2011
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6/29/2011   1 comment
Taking place from June 20 to 26, 2011, at Le Bourget airport, near Paris, the Paris Air Show showcased some of the best flying machines conceived, built and operated in recent times.
Arcade-style gaming with your iPad!
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6/28/2011   7 comments
An old chum just sent me an email. The subject line was “iPad Space Invaders Console”; the body of the message contained a link and the text “Must get one!”
The interface roadblock
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6/28/2011   1 comment
Interface – verb: Interact with (another system, person, organization, etc); noun: A point where two systems, subjects, organizations, etc., meet and interact.
Open communications for the smart grid
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6/28/2011   3 comments
Here, Tony Paine, CEO of Kepware Technologies, explains that open connectivity is a critical element for a reliable smart grid and automated meter applications for the natural gas, water, and electric utilities.
Cooperation needed for HD video delivery over packet networks
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6/28/2011   Post a comment
As multi-gigabit HD traffic of the future moves to universal packet transport, video OEM system design engineers and mixing editors in the media studios need to come to a common understanding of how this kind of multimedia-heavy packet traffic can be monitored and controlled.
GPS an unreasonable search?
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6/28/2011   23 comments
Today the AP reported that the US Supreme Court will take up the case to decide whether the use of GPS devices violates the fourth amendment to the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches.
Does EDA matter anymore?
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6/27/2011   1 comment
EDA is still critical to chip design, but it's not keeping pace with increasing IC design complexity.
TI shows some very serious intent in analog-focused arenas
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6/27/2011   7 comments
Texas Instruments pushes ahead in diverse market areas and technologies, aided by investments in process, product, and people, as it strives to expand its market position and lead
Running around in ever-decreasing circles…
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6/23/2011   4 comments
I tell you, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to do all of the fun things that need to be done – so now I’m running around in ever-decreasing circles shouting “Don’t panic! Don’t Panic!”
Hail the bar code, despite its age--and alternatives
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6/23/2011   10 comments
This relatively ancient tag still has lots of life, and has spurred many sensing developments
I’m pining for the Norwegian fjords
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6/22/2011   6 comments
How exciting – I’ve just been asked to give the keynote presentation at next year’s annual FPGA-Forum, which is to be held in Trondheim, Norway.
Rapid prototyping with TI Stellaris: Easy and...fun?
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6/22/2011   11 comments
Think you've seen some awesome bachelor-party pranks? They're nothing compared to this...
Next-gen TVs and computer displays with six primary colors
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6/21/2011   6 comments
Traditional TV and computer displays are based on three primary colors (using RGB pixels). But I recently ran across a couple of papers describing prototype displays that are based on six primary colors.
Cloud Computing for EDA
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6/21/2011   Post a comment
Hype aside, cloud computing could shatter compute-resource limitations on EDA tools.
Sensors: More than MEMS
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6/21/2011   2 comments
The fact that I spend too much time focusing on consumer electronics was brought home to me vividly by a visit to the recent Sensors Expo 2011 in Chicago. Far from the niche show that I expected, it was swamped by over 4,000 attendees checking out 140 exhibiting companies, making navigating the aisles a good application for GPS, LIDAR, a 3-axis accelerometer and a collision-avoidance system.
Rumors abound with regard to Google’s Android@Home
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6/20/2011   19 comments
How exciting – I’ve discovered which secret wireless protocol was used in Google’s recent Android@Home demonstration…
Viewpoint: EDA vendors must focus on making silicon profitable for their customers
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6/20/2011   Post a comment
EDA vendors need to concentrate on providing differentiated solutions and technologies that address all of the main business issues facing their customers.
England raises security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved"
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6/20/2011   12 comments
I friend in England just sent me a rather funny email that describes the various terrorist threat levels used by different countries…
I feel like a fool…
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6/17/2011   6 comments
Here’s an old joke that usually gets a laugh. When someone says “I feel like a fool,” you should immediately reply, “So do I, but where are we going to find one at this time of the day?”
Applied's CMP announcement offers insights into 20-nm timing variations
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6/17/2011   Post a comment
Applied Materials' announcement of a new application for its Reflexion GT CMP system opens a window on the pitched battle that process and equipment engineers are fighting against process variations as the industry lumbers toward the 20-nm node.
If you can't drive a Chevy Volt, drive a plug-in Prius
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6/17/2011   38 comments
The Prius Plug-In Hybrid is the car I'm driving for a week. Give me any questions or comments you may have.
OMG – I just saw the most amazing video!
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6/17/2011   4 comments
My erstwhile next door neighbor Dave just emailed me with a link to the most AMAZING video on YouTube – this one literally had me saying “Wow!”
Moore's Law, the bifurcation of the semiconductor industry and 3-D integration
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6/16/2011   9 comments
With all the gloom and doom facing the semiconductor industry and especially with the "end of Moore's Law" coming up soon as many experts predict, let's look at several facts relating to the unbelievable ride the industry has had for the last 40 years.
ASICs versus SoCs – is there a difference?
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6/16/2011   7 comments
Now, before you say “The boy’s an idiot, of course there’s a difference,” perhaps you should hear me out and then tell me what you think…
Why AMD is opening up Fusion...
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6/16/2011   6 comments
The transition to many-core processing is going be accompanied by a step up in abstraction. As CPU and GPU become the new chip building blocks AMD is trying to take the higher ground with is Fusion System Architecture.
The inventor of the bagpipes…
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6/15/2011   7 comments
I had a rather interesting time yesterday evening, because I was invited to give a presentation on the use of social media to a group of inventors in Birmingham, Alabama.
A prediction ahead of its time?
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6/15/2011   3 comments
Weeks before DAC this year, I made the bold prediction that this would be the year in which the FPGA-based prototyping woke up from its sleepy position.
ESC Silicon Valley Virtual Event
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6/15/2011   Post a comment
Sad to relate, I didn’t manage to attend ESC Silicon Valley this year (it was on May 2–5), but I just heard that UBM Electronics is offering a virtual version of this event…
Should Google be in 'white-space' radio?
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6/15/2011   4 comments
Five companies founded the Bluetooth special interest group. Peter Clarke asks who would be the modern-day equivalents for a SIG to support the roll out of the white-space radio Weightless standard.
What are the best iPad apps?
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6/13/2011   9 comments
I finally broke down and purchased an iPad 2. Now I'm pondering which apps I need to download. Any suggestions?
Video: I’m so happy with my (now working) Geiger counter
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6/10/2011   3 comments
My (now working) Geiger counter is sitting on my desk happily clicking away to itself and I wanted to bring you up to date with the current state of play…
It’s the Software … Unless It’s the Hardware!
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6/9/2011   3 comments
What is the embedded systems developer to do in an application environment in which hardware has become software-differentiated and software is depending more than ever on powerful hardware to run on
Two sides of Apple's circular headquarters
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6/9/2011   39 comments
Apple plans for a spaceship headquarters in Cupertino holds pointed lessons on corporate culture and Silicon Valley history
Who Woz that masked man?
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6/7/2011   3 comments
It’s day #2 of DAC 2011 and I have to say that I’m having a wonderful time, not the least that yesterday I got to meet “The Woz” (Steve Wozniak – the co-founder of Apple Computers).
Apple iCloud's starts air war with Google
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6/6/2011   44 comments
With iCloud, Apple and Google have met in the middle for what will be quite a battle for the hearts and minds of the technorati.
IMS2011 issues graduate student challenge
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6/5/2011   Post a comment
Somewhere out there is a lucky and talented team of graduate students who will take home a $2000 prize at IMS2011
Cree announces lineup for IMS2011
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6/5/2011   Post a comment
GaN transistors and high power MMICs are the order of the day.
Art is important for our next generation of engineers
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6/2/2011   13 comments
For the past week, I have been working for a non-profit organization, raising money to put some art education back into schools. Why is art important?
Talk, talk, talk...
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6/1/2011   2 comments
It is a myth that the IEEE makes decisions regarding standards, and the importance of opportunities for the industry to gather and drive toward consensus cannot be overstated.
What else can you do with our ubiquitous PC-board material?
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6/1/2011   25 comments
Our common substrate and cladding has so many non-electronic uses
A distant view of sexy, smoggy Computex
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6/1/2011   3 comments
I think Taiwan's ODMs could play a big role in the mobile mania heating up over the next few years as the definitions of PCs, handsets and tablets blur.


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