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Are you ready for C.E.D.I.A.?
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8/31/2007   Post a comment
I don't know about you, but I have been inundated with emails and calls regarding seeing all of the new DTV and A/V products that will be unveiled next week. If I took 30-minutes for each company that had asked for a meeting, I would be spending the next couple of months in Denver, CO instead of just five days. C.E.D.I.A., in its own way, has become as important as CES for those of us who cover CE in all of its forms.
Is 60 GHz home video networking safe?
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8/30/2007   Post a comment
60 GHz is already used in computer data networking to provide point-to-point links, such as between buildings on a corporate or college campus. But is it really safe for home use?
The cost of news on the Web
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8/30/2007   Post a comment
This week's issue marks the departure of Greg Lupion, executive editor of EE Times.
The femtocell explosion
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8/29/2007   Post a comment
There's no doubt that femtocells are a promising technology. Having your very own mobile communications in your home will solve a lot of problems.
The Dependency Problem
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8/28/2007   Post a comment
Kits offer a structured channel to sell IP and consulting services which may otherwise be more difficult to sell, and they tie the customer to the company more closely than what a tool license can do
Boys on sugar, or Incredible edible batteries
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8/27/2007   Post a comment
Doctors have told me that sugar really didn't make my boys hyped up. I've never bought that it didn't affect them--in fact, just ask any mom.
The state of the TV market
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8/24/2007   Post a comment
Well, it's been an interesting week with regards to flat-panel TV sales esp. LCDs. At the beginning of the week, iSuppli came out with its Q2 2007 numbers, and shocked many people. Vizio in the second quarter shipped 606,402 LCD-TVs in North America, up a stunning 76.4 percent increase from 343,704 in the first quarter 2007 to become number 1.
Vendors not the sole cause of declining DAC attendance
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8/24/2007   Post a comment
The contents of DAC's technical program are as much if not more to blame for its declining attendance than the tools featured on the exhibit floor.
Turning technology into dollars
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8/23/2007   Post a comment
So-called disruptive technologies, which we tend to think of as being "bolts from the blue" that nobody could have predicted, are, in fact, very predictable.
New York City planning limits on citizens' "right" to shoot video
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8/23/2007   Post a comment
Recording images on the streets of New York City will become a whole lot more difficult for amateur film/video makers, and even still photographers, if a new regulation goes into effect limiting such activities to no more than two people for no more than ten minutes.
Google notes mobile surge
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8/22/2007   Post a comment
For the first time, Google saw a surge in computer-based Web surfing during the traditional slow months of summer.
DFM Economics
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
I believe that the motivation for Cadence to purchase Clearshape was solely motivated by business reasons and in particular the viability of Clearshape as a stand alone company.
Viewpoint: Delivering concurrency in multicore software design
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8/20/2007   Post a comment
Multicore processors are adding a new dimension of performance to the traditional realm of embedded software design.
Debugging bridge collapse
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8/20/2007   Post a comment
There are similarities between bridge failure analysis and electronic system debug, but also significant differences.
Tale of two tests
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8/19/2007   Post a comment
It is no secret that 802.11n is hot. The release of two recent tests comparing systems based on Draft 802.11n chip sets elicited a lot of interest from readers over the past two weeks.
The coming of age for Blu-ray
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8/17/2007   Post a comment
Last week I wrote about HD DVD and characterizing it as "The Little Engine That Could." Many of my colleagues believe that this is wishful thinking on my part. They believe -- and probably rightly so -- that Blu-ray Disc will eventually succeed over HD DVD. It doesn't matter that picture quality (in my estimation) is better than Blu-ray because as well all know, it's not a deciding factor.
An Unclear Shape
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8/17/2007   Post a comment
Cadence's acquisition of Clear Shape has done little or nothing to clear up the situation in the DFM market.
Fluidity justifies a common platform
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8/16/2007   Post a comment
Cadence and Mentor have agreed to develop a common verification environment called Open Verification Methodology (OVM).
Sea change in cellular
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8/13/2007   Post a comment
It takes a bit of effort to think of a mobile phone as a software platform but that might be where we are headed.
HDMI Licensing, LLC responds to blog on fees
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8/13/2007   Post a comment
From Les Chard, president of HDMI Licensing: "HDMI Licensing would like the opportunity to address some of the issues you raise in your article... Please be aware that the HDMI requirements for compliance testing do not include SimplayHD testing. The testing fees described in your article are all fees related to the SimplayHD testing program, which is again an elective, optional program for HDMI products."
An open letter to semi IP vendors
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8/10/2007   Post a comment
We have received a plethora of e-mails regarding my recent article, entitled "Semi IP sector is a lost cause".
The little engine that could - pt. 2
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8/10/2007   Post a comment
Well, this has been an interesting week for HD DVD. Besides Toshiba introducing three new players, Onkyo USA has finally launched its first model. What's significant here is the Onkyo is the first audio-only brand. So, contrary to what the Blu-ray Disc Association might tell you, HD DVD is not dead. I'm reminded of Mark Twain's famous quote, "the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."
802.11n face off favors Metalink
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8/8/2007   Post a comment
Metalink's WLANPlus chipset swept the field, delivering between 29 and 50 Mb/s data rates when operating in the 5-GHz band and 57 to 62 Mb/s in the 2.4-GHz band.
New Mobile Broadband SIG
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8/8/2007   Post a comment
On Tuesday, August 21st, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, there will be a WCA General Session: Mobile Broadband--Analyzing the Mobile Handset Value Chain.
Letter to the editor: Time machine model hyped?
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8/8/2007   Post a comment
A reader questions the validity of claims made by Israeli researchers about their time machine model.
Do plugfests provide answer for MicroTCA?
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8/8/2007   Post a comment
Europe is finally getting its own MicroTCA Interoperability Workshop.
Time for Structured ASIC?
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8/7/2007   1 comment
Structured ASIC methods grow in appeal as process features shrinkwith every new process node.
Qualcomm Chips banned from entering U.S.
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8/6/2007   Post a comment
A veto by President Bush on a ruling by the ITC that puts a ban on the import of many cellular phones using Qualcomm-designed microchips was not forthcoming.
Biometrics: Will new Rx work?
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8/6/2007   Post a comment
The tales of the good, the bad, the ugly and the simply bizarre in security technologies are many and varied.
M2M wireless: The value chain is broken
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8/5/2007   Post a comment
True machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is still in its infancy. It's been there, crawling around in diapers more or less, for quite some time.
The gloomy future of plasma
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8/3/2007   Post a comment
2007 has been an interesting year for plasma displays. On the one hand, we are finally seeing models with 1080p (1920x1080) resolution come to market in 50-in. and above screen sizes. On the other hand, we are seeing tremendous price drops in models with screen resolutions of 720p (1365x768). On top of that, when going head-to-head with LCD TVs with the same features (and possibility the same price), plasma can easily loose out.
SDR on fire?
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8/1/2007   Post a comment
The study, which was commissioned by the SDR Forum industry association, cites sources that think as many as 11 radios may be integrated in future cell phones.


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