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HSDPA has arrived
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8/30/2006   Post a comment
Samsung and Cingular announced the launch of the first commercially available HSDPA phone for the US market.
RFID's next big payoff: Blood, books and beer
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8/30/2006   Post a comment
Pharmacies might expect to see a two- to three-year payback on investment just by detecting counterfeiting.
Smaller is better
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8/30/2006   Post a comment
A consortium has introduced a design kit for low-power 45 nm process technology. Do we need it so soon?
China, not India
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8/29/2006   Post a comment
U.S. engineering jobs are being lost to China, not India, writes one reader, who cites an email from a previous employer.
Age discrimination, not shortage
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8/28/2006   Post a comment
There is no shortage of engineers in U.S., just age discrimination against engineers over 50, a reader writes.
A sad state of affairs
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8/28/2006   Post a comment
Engineers have become the whipping boy, and they've done it to themselves, a reader writes.
Don't look at India as low-cost talent
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8/28/2006   Post a comment
The electronics industry should not look at the talent pool in India as a low-cost solution, writes an Indian-born engineer.
Small companies innovate
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8/28/2006   Post a comment
Most Indian companies right now are young and innovative, giving them a leg up, writes a reader.
DSP shipments on the rise
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8/28/2006   Post a comment
DSP shipments in the second quarter are up 14.7% over the same quarter last year.
Hong Kong tries again for piece of tech pie
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8/28/2006   Post a comment
The slogan "build it and they will come" symbolized much of the tech boom of the late 1990s. But the mantra didn't quite work for the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park.

The reasonable facsimile
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8/28/2006   Post a comment
Robert K. Hoffman, the least-known of the troika that founded National Lampoon magazine, recently died of leukemia.

State of the Engineer: Readers respond
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8/24/2006   Post a comment
Reader's respond the the "EE Times 2006 State of the Engineer Survey."
Fried Apples
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8/24/2006   Post a comment
Apple, on the heels of Dell, is recalling 1.1 million battery packs because of Sony batteries and the potential for fire.
OSDL and LiPS collaborate on mobile Linux efforts
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8/24/2006   Post a comment
The OSDL and the LiPS are joining forces to give device makers an alternative to proprietary OSs.
TiVo: Bully of DVR design?
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8/24/2006   Post a comment
TiVo threatens to really put the nail in the coffin of any future DVR innovation. Isn't the ability to simultaneously record and play on a hard disk really a generic capability of any DVR?
You go, Qwest
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8/23/2006   Post a comment
In a world where every time I turn around I hear, 'There should be a law against...' Qwest's stance on whether or not legislation is required to keep subscriber data for a year is refreshing.
LCD Displays, Blu-ray, and HDMI 1.3, oh my!
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8/23/2006   Post a comment
With August winding down and Labor Day only a couple of weeks away, there's not a lot of news on the Digital TV front right now. Obviously, this will pick-up in mid-September at C.E.D.I.A. as we hear more about Blu-ray Disc, 1080p plasma displays, and version 1.3 of HDMI. Right now, however, much of the news seems to be centered on LCD displays.
Engineers without borders
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8/23/2006   Post a comment
Engineers will preview innovative ways to help disaster victims with wireless communications and other technologies.
Needed: clear thinking about multithreading and multi-core
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8/23/2006   Post a comment
For Kevin Kissell of MIPS, decisions about multi-core or multithreading are more than just either/or
The NFC specs have arrived (on schedule)
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8/21/2006   Post a comment
In June, the NFC Forum, said they would be releasing a series of specifications relative to the technology. They've delivered.
I do not enjoy doing this
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8/21/2006   Post a comment
Cadence's decision to exclude its major competitors from CDNLive! continues its bewildering behavior that ignores functioning traditions in the EDA industry
The 21st century Lucky Strike
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8/21/2006   Post a comment
When I observe standard mobile-phone behavior among the natives of most Western nations--from France to Italy to the U.S.A.--I can't help but think of arctic wolves prowling the tundra, peeing on shrubs.
Reference designs are mightily important
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8/17/2006   Post a comment
I happen to be a firm believer in reference designs, as they can take a lot of the guess work out of a design.
Look at what NFC does for diabetes
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8/16/2006   Post a comment
Cambridge Consultants unveiled an innovative medical device concept for managing diabetes that uses NFC, the close-proximity wireless communications standard, to integrate glucometers and insulin pumps.
A future of 3D viewing
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8/16/2006   1 comment
I had an interesting meeting this week with the Philips 3D Solutions group. Ever since I was a kid, 3D has held a certain fascination for me. I remember seeing "The House of Wax" in 1953 with Vincent Price. From that day onwards, 3D has always stuck with me.
Dicey times for RFID
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8/16/2006   Post a comment
If ISO doesn't accept the EPC standard, the industry will have a lot of backfilling to do.
Q2 was good to Moto
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8/14/2006   Post a comment
Motorola shipped an industry-leading 5.8 million mobile handsets more than the previous quarter, putting the company in second place overall.
Here's another man's opinion on the Sprint-Nextel WiMAX decision
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8/10/2006   Post a comment
It's time I weigh in on the Sprint-Nextel decision to deploy WiMAX.
Fallout
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8/9/2006   Post a comment
The ink hardly dried on the complaint that Nokia filed against Qualcomm in a Delaware state court before Nokia announced it would drop half its San Diego workers in restructuring.
An early look at C.E.D.I.A
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8/9/2006   Post a comment
Just when you think its calm and you can focus on writing stories and columns, I am starting to hear from PR companies already about C.E.D.I.A (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Assn.) show, which will be held in Denver, CO next month.
The power of Green
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8/9/2006   Post a comment
It's nice to see somebody deploying wireless technology to benefit some of the world's poorest people.
Commentary: WiMax puts the cart before horse
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8/9/2006   Post a comment
Can Intel make carriers adopt mobile WiMAX by manipulating Wall Street?
IPTV avalanche: Let the disruption begin!
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8/8/2006   Post a comment
IPTV is fundamentally different from other recent developments in consumer video, like hi-def DVD or H.264. Those are evolutionary developments. IPTV is disruptive.
India is coming on strong
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8/7/2006   Post a comment
I've been saying that India is the "next China" for some time now.
Getting closer to a GPS in every handset
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8/3/2006   Post a comment
GPS technology is far from new and is getting cheaper. The result of this drive to low cost is that GPS is finding its way into a higher percentage of handsets.
Blackberry wrist disappears for a few Silicon Valley commuters
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8/3/2006   Post a comment
Now this is cool. According to Rachel Konrad at AP, the first mass-transit train with wireless Internet whistled through Silicon Valley this week. Gone will be Blackberry wrists for commuters as they wield mighty laptops from their backpacks.
RTLS is RFID on steroids
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8/2/2006   Post a comment
Look for RTLS to grow to a very significant portion of the active RFID market in the future.
The dog days of summer
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8/2/2006   Post a comment
These are the dog days of Summer with temperatures in the upper 90s and low 100s. It's a time when many people go on vacation or "go on holiday" --as some like to call it.
Design Chain Management isn't for the 'Stupids'
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8/1/2006   Post a comment
Leading edge designs need the successful integration of design, mask, process, and package skills in order to meet their target functionality, schedule, and cost objectives.


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