Are you ready for C.E.D.I.A.? Blog 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.
The femtocell explosion Blog 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 Blog 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
The state of the TV market Blog 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.
DFM Economics Blog 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.
Tale of two tests Blog 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 Blog 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 Blog 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.
HDMI Licensing, LLC responds to blog on fees Blog 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."
The little engine that could - pt. 2 Blog 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."
The gloomy future of plasma Blog 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? Blog 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.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times