Fox turning blue over next-generation DVD. Blog 7/29/2005 Post a comment In a surprise move, Twentieth Century Fox has announced that it will officially be releasing next-generation blue laser high-definition DVDs in the Blu-ray Disc format. According to Fox, the company will begin releasing new films, TV programming and other titles from Fox's vast celebrated library of best-selling film and television programming when Blu-ray hardware launches in North America, Japan, and Europe next Spring (2006).
Automotive Telematics Embrace Open Standards Blog 7/25/2005 Post a comment As telematics becomes a lower-margin, higher-volume business, the designers are seeing an increased need to support common hardware and software platforms to meet the increased demand for systems integration and rapid deployment.
To quote Shakespeare, "What's in a name?" Blog 7/25/2005 Post a comment Warner Home Video has commissioned a next-generation high-definition DVD study. This study was conducted with online respondents, who overwhelmingly preferred HD DVD (by 51-percent) to Blu-ray (25-percent).
How the Mad Hattress changed my life Blog 7/25/2005 Post a comment When I was a lad, my dad and all the men in the neighborhood wore felt hats in the winter and round, straw hats in the summer. The hat biz was a booming business until John (Hatless) Kennedy came to town.
Kodak's moment: From film to smart image sensors? Blog 7/19/2005 Post a comment It sounds like something out of a hi-tech turnaround fairy tale. Faced with declining film sales as the world switches to digital photography, Kodak adapts by selling the electronic equivalent of film: image sensors. There's just one glaring problem: While the typical film-based snapshot consumer will purchase several rolls of film per year, the digital snapshot consumer will only buy one digital camera -- and hence one image sensor -- every few years.
Time to hit the throttle Blog 7/18/2005 Post a comment You know you've been accepted into the club when they let you steer a loaded Hummer onto the floor of the largest semiconductor equipment exhibit and convention in North America.
Pssst...BPL's little secret Blog 7/15/2005 Post a comment Lot's of stories on broadband over power line (BPL) in the news lately. As far as I'm concerned, BPL will make it sooner or later. "How come, Annie," you ask.
CANopen safety chip simplifies safety-related development Blog 7/12/2005 Post a comment Safety-related devices are increasingly being networked together. Expensive safety controllers and safety monitors are available already, but the number of simple and inexpensive safety-related devices is still low. Networked safety technology makes sense only if the peripherals are available at acceptable prices.
The other computer inside Blog 7/6/2005 Post a comment Steve Ohr's commentaries have periodically examined how companies like Texas Instruments and National Semiconductor have re-focused their energies over the years to cope with ever-changing economic conditions, customer product demands and management strategy statements. Intersil has been repeatedly in focus through its mergers, acquisitions and business unit sales. Following the recent sale of its video businesses, Cirrus Logic now comes under the spotlight.
Les tendances mensuelles laissent présager un recul annuel du marché des puces dès juin Blog 7/6/2005 Post a comment Selon les statistiques de la Semiconductor Industry Association, la baisse constante des taux de croissance annuelle enregistrée sur les ventes réelles de semi-conducteurs entre janvier et mai, tant au niveau mondial que pour la région Asie-Pacifique, témoigne d’une évaporation de la croissance d’une année sur l’autre en juin et indique que le marché pourrait se trouver dans une période de déclin annuel.
KISS and the comfort zone Blog 7/4/2005 Post a comment I'd been using a first-generation cell phone longer than I probably should have when I was finally forced to give it up, unable to discover where I had last set it down.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.