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The excitement of blinking some LEDs
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8/31/2005   Post a comment
I've just put together a ZigBee-based network.
Coverage of Mohsen case confuses picture for Altavion's CEO
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8/29/2005   Post a comment
An online article published on eetimes.com on July 28, 2004, titled "Former Aptix CEO indicted for plot to kill judge" (search www.eetimes.com for article ID: 26100298) has created personal and business complications on an ongoing basis, as this article is a primary search response from search engines performing a search on the combined items "ali moussa" and "altavion."
Life remains beautiful for neighborhood kids
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8/29/2005   Post a comment
I was born in a world locked in the Great Depression and later engaged in a world war.
Corporation plays a heavy hand
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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
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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.
Bluetooth headphones: Almost there
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8/29/2005   Post a comment
CSR has a product that enables high-quality wireless headphones.
Firmware vulnerabilities between keyboard and chair
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8/25/2005   Post a comment
Attacks against clients are on the increase. What does this mean for designers?
HomePlug finally gets some juice
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8/25/2005   Post a comment
For the first time in years, the HomePlug camp can once again stand tall.
All-day computing on one charge? We'll see.
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8/24/2005   Post a comment
Intel has signed an agreement with Matsushita to create batteries that will enable laptops to work all day on one charge.
Too good to be true, but why not shown?
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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."
The IPTV hockey stick
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8/23/2005   Post a comment
According to a new report, published by Telecoms & Media, IPTV will grow by 1000% over the next 10 years.
Biowha?
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8/22/2005   Post a comment
In which your humble scribe explores brave new worlds.
The survey says, we need more wireless education
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8/22/2005   Post a comment
A recent survey on wireless data-comm usage showed some interesting results.
Wow? Or same old, same old?
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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?"
And in 16th place, the US!
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8/19/2005   Post a comment
The U.S. ranks 16th in the world in broadband penetration.
Different visions of TV display futures
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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.
Faster Bluetooth doesn't help if it won't connect
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8/17/2005   Post a comment
Speed is not the issue here. Bluetooth is still not easy enough to use.
Cell phone video vs. the iPod model
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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...
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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.
Bringing back TV dinners (sort of)
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8/15/2005   Post a comment
The HomePlug PowerLine Alliance is on the verge of announcing its final HomePlugAV Standard.
The boom that wasn't
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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
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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.
Moving software beyond the Maginot Line
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8/15/2005   Post a comment
QNX's CEO Dan Dodge believes software developers must ramp up efforts to ensure products they unleash upon the world aren't compromised by poor design, bad code, or malevolent hackers.
Welcome to the Security DesignLine
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8/15/2005   Post a comment
Welcome to the security design line blog. I'm your editor, AJ Milne.
Getting my WLAN to work, part 256
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8/10/2005   Post a comment
Because 802.11g is backward-compatible with 802.11b, there should be no issues, just plug-and-play. Yeah right!
August rally
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8/9/2005   Post a comment
Hallelujah! I just read an AP story on Nortel Networks' second-quarter earnings report.
One format... one world... one blue?
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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.
Barrett needs to get the facts right about Cypress' success
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8/8/2005   Post a comment
I don't know why Intel's chairman, Craig Barrett, took a cheap shot at me and my company, Cypress Semiconductor, in EE Times (see July 18, page 1), but he should have at least used a few of Intel's army of PR flacks to get his numbers straight.
Immortal Works
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8/8/2005   Post a comment
All you innovators who toil in anonymity, here's your opportunity to become instantly famous, courtesy of EE Times.
Let me keep my "free" access
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8/8/2005   Post a comment
It seems as if there's a Wi-Fi battle brewing between my airline of choice and my airport of choice.
SIPpity-doo-dah
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8/4/2005   Post a comment
article published today, customer demand caused MCI to move up the availability of its VoIP products.
Even the experts need to bone up
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8/4/2005   Post a comment
The rest of the world has passed us by on many technology fronts.
Wireline communication equipment OEMs face uncertain future
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8/3/2005   Post a comment
The struggle for survival within the wired telecommunications equipment market is far from over, six years after the market peaked following the Internet and Y2k bubble of the late 1990s.
How dare you call my girlfriend ugly?
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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?
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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?
This wireless connection might have just enough muscle behind it
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8/2/2005   Post a comment
NFC allows for a secure connection between two devices.
Lean Manufacturing needs Lean Design
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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.
Telecom must shift focus to user, not profits
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8/1/2005   Post a comment
In his Opinion piece in the July 4 issue (see page 4), Chappell Brown considers the problems of developing user interfaces for the emerging converged communications devices.
China rises to strategy game
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8/1/2005   Post a comment
China is flexing its strategic muscles.
Grand slam for missing children
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8/1/2005   Post a comment
Canon USA is making good on its effort to help find missing children.


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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

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