Corporation plays a heavy hand Blog 8/29/2005 Post a comment Several weeks ago, the communications trade press revealed that Cisco Systems Inc. had taken unprecedented measures to keep certain security flaws involving buffer overflows from being discussed at a Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas.
Digital home's still a tough sell Blog 8/29/2005 Post a comment I've secretly been in the employ of Intel and Microsoft for the past three years. My mission is to proselytize the digital home, and I've been working like a bugger to get my friends on board.
Too good to be true, but why not shown? Blog 8/24/2005 Post a comment The difference amplifier circuit seemed to work well; it was nice and linear in fact. But there was something not quite right: There would be attenuation at certain frequencies. Not very much, but troublesome nonetheless. It had something to do with balancing the resistors in the compensation loop, Bill Klein concluded. Watch him go to work on "A Call We Took Last Week."
Wow? Or same old, same old? Blog 8/22/2005 Post a comment As backers of the competing next-generation DVD formats, Blu-ray and HD-DVD, ratchet up their marketing debate each insisting their content-protection scheme kicks the other guy's butt you can't fault innocent bystanders (and the press) for covering their ears and asking, "Who cares?"
Different visions of TV display futures Blog 8/17/2005 Post a comment This past week I spent a couple of days at Sony's Technical Center in Pittsburgh as they unveiled their new line of Grand Wega SXRD Micro-Displays. They were certainly a sight to behold producing stunning 1080p screen resolutions.
Cell phone video vs. the iPod model Blog 8/17/2005 Post a comment Cell phone video -- the live transmission of TV images, or streaming video on-demand -- is a very different vision of multimedia's portable future than the video version of the iPod (or whatever the public ends up calling a portable media player). So which way is it going to go?
When your company is for sale... Blog 8/17/2005 Post a comment Agilent's sale of its semiconductor products group (SPG), and the subterfuge that surrounded it, reminded Steve Ohr of the times he spent reassuring a panicky staff what it meant to wear a "for sale" sign. Let's hope the new management will allow SPG employees breath a little easier, he says.
The boom that wasn't Blog 8/15/2005 Post a comment So the Semiconductor Industry Association assures us that 6.5 percent growth worldwide in the first half of the year is prima facie evidence of an economy that's firing on all cylinders.
Killing the messenger, Google style Blog 8/15/2005 Post a comment Many years ago I witnessed a car crash on a Massachusetts highway late at night. No one was killed or seriously injured, but one of the cars ended up stalled in the middle of a dark part of the roadway.
One format... one world... one blue? Blog 8/9/2005 Post a comment I was having dinner with an old friend last week, who works for a major CE company, and deals directly with the movie studios. He confirmed my earlier suspicions that the unified blue laser talks were -- in fact -- continuing.
How dare you call my girlfriend ugly? Blog 8/2/2005 Post a comment Steve Ohr is continually amazed by the diversity of the feedback he gets from his personal blogs and columns — as well as those of other Planet Analog contributors. In one case, Ohr angered audio component vendors who felt he was being unfairly negative toward Class D amplifiers. In another editorial, this one about the acceptable responses to terrorism, Ohr triggered a lengthy "means-vs.-ends" discussion — as well as number of personal recollections from readers. Here is a little sa
Have bricks hit the wall? Blog 8/2/2005 Post a comment Over the years bricks have become smaller to save space. Sixteenth brick modules have been on the market for two years, yet haven't taken off. At the other end of the spectrum 500W modules are too powerful for most applications. Have bricks hit the wall?
Lean Manufacturing needs Lean Design Blog 8/1/2005 Post a comment If companies are to prosper in the Lean Manufacturing environment they must find a Lean Design process that allows them to get innovative new products to market in the shortest possible time at the lowest possible price.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...