Reading the tea leaves Blog 8/29/2008 1 comment The EDA industry is in the process of changing from focusing mostly on technology leaders to providing support to hte majority of IC designers.
iPhone’s insecurity Blog 8/28/2008 Post a comment It seems there's a bit of a flaw in the iPhone that enables easy access to such private information as emails and contacts. 'Lock the device,' you may say. Ah, well, it happens when it is locked.
Okay so this puzzle is easy Blog 8/25/2008 Post a comment I had only one winner for Wireless Words 3 Crossword Puzzle. What happened? Okay so if that one was way to difficult for most of you--except for my winner, David N. Springer--you're at least going to have to show some speed to finish Wireless Words 4 on time to win.
Opinion: The electronic car's the star Blog 8/25/2008 Post a comment In times when the public rages over skyrocketing prices for gasoline and diesel, a segment of the electronics industry hitherto working unseen and disregarded by most users suddenly finds itself in the glare of public interest: automotive electronics.
FCC Chairman continues free broadband wireless push Blog 8/22/2008 2 comments Going back to the 700-Mhz wireless spectrum auction earlier this year, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has made it clear that he views free broadband wireless service as critical to the future of the US. He defines the need for free broadband as a "social obligation." But how often is the access as opposed to a good PC the problem?
Laptop case rules will lengthen security waits Blog 8/18/2008 Post a comment New TSA rules may allow encased laptops through airport security. I couldn't visualize a suitable laptop case design when I read that an acceptable case must have a dedicated compartment for the PC, and that the case could have no pockets inside or outside that compartment. It sounded to me as if the rules describe a simple sleeve that certainly wouldn't serve the way my Swiss Army backpack serves.
Will the mobile modem become the computer? Blog 8/12/2008 Post a comment It wouldn't surprise me to hear Qualcomm state something akin to "the mobile radio is the computer." Of course computer is probably the wrong word there because the object of the sentence is really the all-everything wireless appliance that plays music, displays electronic books, plays interactive games and runs productivity applications.
News Around the Net Blog 8/6/2008 Post a comment Students create a virtual world in Second Life where they test RFID and other technologies. ThingMagic opens an online store where you can purchase a RFID reader development kit, RFID Revolution designs an online game to test your RFID knowledge.
Remote DVR ruling is great, but what about home servers? Blog 8/6/2008 Post a comment A number of news outlets reported in the last 24 hours on the fact that the U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that cable companies can offer DVR-like services with the video stored in the company's network rather than on a DVR hard drive. Certainly the ruling is correct. But I want the industry to take the next step. What about tying DVRs to home network storage?
Looking for opportunities Blog 8/5/2008 2 comments When looking at the near future of the semiconductor, and thus by implication the EDA industry, most people cite the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) report, but I think I found a more appropriate indicator: work on developing EDA standards.
Blu-Ray Struggles outside the Sony PS3 Blog 8/4/2008 4 comments According to ABI Research, more than half of consumers surveyed have no plans to buy a Blu-ray player, and 23% more won't buy one this year. That leaves a total market of about 25% of the consumer base that might buy. The ABI report does point out that Sony PS3 (Playstation 3) is a bright spot for Blu-ray. But I think the researcher missed on the cause and effect.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 21 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 ...