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AMD adds needed markets
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7/31/2006   Post a comment
The acquisition of ATI Technologies is, perhaps, an admission by Advanced Micro Devices that the lack of a graphics engine left a gaping hole in its product offerings for motherboard manufacturers.
Too much of a good thing
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7/31/2006   Post a comment
By now, millions of Chinese were supposed to be making calls using China's third-generation (3G) standard. Sales were supposed to be ramping up for wireless LANs using WAPI, another domestic standard, and millions were also supposed to be watching movies on EVDs--yep, another homegrown standard. None of this has come to pass. And it doesn't look like much of anything will happen anytime soon.

Linux continues to make strides
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7/31/2006   Post a comment
According to IMS Research, the role of Linux in mobile systems will maintain a steady growth path.
Day 3 at FTF: The stars come out
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
On the third day of the FTF, the celebrity factor was cranked up somewhat, with Jeff Greenfield, CNN's senior analyst and host of the network's CEO Exchange.
Targeted TV commercials coming, beware!
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
Cablevision announced they'll be rolling out a true targeted system, capable of individually selecting ads for each household, later this year to some 100,000 households, and plans to deploy to all their 3-million subscribers next year if it's a success.
HD continues to be in the news
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7/26/2006   Post a comment
As we enter the last sweltering days of July this year, our thoughts turn to HD. In the news this week, we heard about the government's plans for coupons to obtain converters for those folks who won't have an HDTV by February 2009.
Day 2 at FTF: A little bit of glitz
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7/26/2006   Post a comment
The second day of the FTF opened with the keynote address, given by Freescale's CEO Michel Mayer.
Wondering about Wi-Fi
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
Is Wi-Fi the wireless equivalent of the Swiss army knife?
FTF Day 1: A lively panel session
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
The highlight of my day at the FTF was a panel session that I moderated covering software for mobile consumer electronics.
FTF Day 0: The calm before the storm
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7/24/2006   Post a comment
Here's the report from Day 0 at the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF).
Design and win. Simple as that.
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments just launched the eZ Design Contest, and it's powered by the TechOnLine VirtualLab.
A day for veto
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7/19/2006   Post a comment
We all know about one veto for today, but here's one that you probably didn't hear about.
Thoughts and Musings about HD
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7/19/2006   Post a comment
Now that we've survived the latest heat wave, our thoughts turn to HD. And, not just HD, but "Christmas or Holidays In July." "Holidays in July" is the type of press event that manufacturers put on at this time of the year as many magazines are now planning their November and December issue.
HP's RFID chip opens new design vistas
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
HP's Memory Spot chip will take RFID systems to a new level of sophistication.
Wrong question, wrong layer
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7/17/2006   Post a comment
Carriers, standards bodies and equipment manufacturers like to draw battle lines among the varied flavors of broadband wireless. That became clear when Intel propped up the moribund 802.16a by dubbing the fixed broadband wireless standard "WiMax" and urging that its mission be broadened to include mobile client platforms.
Setting up a WLAN, the saga continues
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7/17/2006   Post a comment
Not satisfied with the souped-up version of my 802.11g wireless network, it was time to upgrade to the latest MIMO model.
Don't change that dial. Commercials are coming to your handset.
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7/13/2006   Post a comment
The mobile video market has arrived when the discussion of advertising revenue is starting to take place.
Is nanotechnology risky?
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7/13/2006   Post a comment
According to a report by Lux Research, titled Nanotechnology: A Research Strategy for Addressing Risk, nanotechnology will have a huge impact on the global economy, but may also be risky.
More blue news
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7/12/2006   Post a comment
Just when you think that you've heard as much news as you thought that you would about blue lasers, there's more news. I'm just getting blue over high-definition optical discs. Within 24 hours of each other, Ricoh and the proponents of HD DVD made separate and unrelated announcements about different aspects of next generation discs.
RFID blazes new trails
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7/12/2006   Post a comment
We will soon be seeing RFID/ZigBee, RFID/NFC, and RFID/Bluetooth technology combinations.
VoIP--Where's the pain?
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7/11/2006   Post a comment
Lately, several contributed articles by such companies as Texas Instruments, Centillium, and Mindspeed, as well as an excerpt from Internet Phone Services Simplified by Jim Doherty and Neil Anderson delivered a wealth of basic to advanced information on Voice Over IP (VoIP).
NFC is picking up steam
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7/10/2006   Post a comment
NFC has not caught on in the U.S. That could be changing.
Stay immune to handset viruses
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7/6/2006   Post a comment
Virus are spreading to mobile handsets, yet no one seems to be doing anything about it. Thanks to McAfee, that should be changing.
ReplayTV returns as PC software
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7/6/2006   Post a comment
ReplayTV, purchased in a bankruptcy sale about three years ago, quit the set top box business last December, and now Replay is being re-configured as software for PCs with TV tuner cards.
Intel and Motorola
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7/5/2006   Post a comment
Just musing, if Intel and Motorola ever combined would it be Mintel, Motel, or Interola or Inola? The possibilities are endless.
Trials and tribulations of DRM issues
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7/5/2006   Post a comment
Every so many weeks stories surface regarding some aspect of Digital Rights Management (DRM). This week there were several stories starting with one that I placed in the 'Top How To' section.
Qualcomm on the ropes?
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7/5/2006   Post a comment
Legal actions followed by a dip in its stock price have put the king of cellular on the defensive for now.
Mobile digital TV is picking up steam in the US
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7/3/2006   Post a comment
As evidenced by the recent demo I witnessed, the DTV Alliance, which is promoting DVB-H mobile TV in the US, is forging ahead.
Little exists today to train the mind to visualize and imagine
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7/3/2006   Post a comment
There have been several recent letters to Crosstalk regarding a lack of interest in engineering as a career (see June 19, page 28).
Software Standardization vs. choice
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7/3/2006   Post a comment
John Carbone of Express Logic thinks embedded design needs the enterprise level perspective of DSO.
Interesting times for print
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7/3/2006   Post a comment
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