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I have a question about Venn Diagrams
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
I know, I know, these representations are intrinsically simple in concept, yet I have a niggling memory of something that, well, I can't quite remember!
Comment: BenQ gets hard lesson in brand building
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Taiwan's BenQ is learning some hard lessons following the failure of its BenQ-Siemens brand, but its vision to build a global brand remains intact.
Pixel stacks may end 3-chip camcorders
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9/28/2006   Post a comment
Foveon, creator of the "X3" image sensor technology, says it eliminates the color sampling artifacts found with other image sensors.
Bluetooth bites Bluebird
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Interoperability, honor, theft of IP, and money were all at stake in the raid on a Chinese manufacturing plant.
Thoughts on CEATEC
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
With CEDIA just ending over a week ago, everyone is now gearing up for CEATEC in Japan. While CEDIA is geared towards high-end audio, video, and displays along with the custom installer, CEATEC takes on a much larger world view.
OpEd: An EE's guide to selecting test equipment
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Specs are important but three criteria used to determine cost of ownership are key to making test equipment productive over the long haul.
The Tertiary Period no longer exists!
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Geologists have recently gone through a fairly thorough revision of the time scale; the Tertiary Period (from 65 to 1.8 million years ago) has been given the boot!
The most amazing visual illusion!
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9/25/2006   Post a comment
Called the "Rotating Turtles" illusion, this static image appears to move in front of your eyes to the extent you can become dizzy looking at it!
Embedded Systems Week
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9/25/2006   Post a comment
In honor of the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston this week, I would like to draw your attention to a few articles very recently published on Embedded.com.
Mobile TV provides a real side-by-side comparison
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9/24/2006   Post a comment
Thanks to mobile TV, there's a simple way to measure the quality of a handset.
A reader responds to 'seeing schematics in color'
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9/21/2006   Post a comment
I just heard from an electronics engineer who reports experiencing seeing the wires linking logic gates in color (this is in schematics printed in black-and-white).
Disaster response done right
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9/20/2006   Post a comment
Rapid deployment of wireless technology has a spotty record at best. Sometimes they are not much help at all. Why is that?
California sues carmakers
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9/20/2006   Post a comment
Today, six of the world's top automakers were sued by California over global warming. The first of its kind, the lawsuit is based on holding the carmakers responsible for the damages caused by their vehicle's emissions.
Reflections of CEDIA 2006
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9/20/2006   Post a comment
Reflecting on CEDIA EXPO 2006 finds me noting that the show continues to grow and grow. Clearly, it's becoming a "Mini CES." I don't know if that's good or bad. Certainly, its' a harbinger of "things to come" in terms of 1080p, flat-panel displays, front video projectors, next-generation optical discs, audio technologies, and video processing.
Fast and free Acrobat document viewer
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9/20/2006   Post a comment
This free viewer overcomes the two problems that make me rant and rave; the time it takes to open a PDF and the PDFs I can't open.
It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
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9/19/2006   Post a comment
Seriously, September 19 is one of the now-classic geek holidays and ranks right up there with 'Pi Day' (14 March) and 'Pi Approximation Day' (22 July).
IBC Footnotes: Where's VC-1, what's IBC?
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9/18/2006   Post a comment
On my last day at IBC, someone mentioned a codec I had somehow completely forgotten about for four days. Yes, it was no doubt there at IBC, I just hadn't seen any big signs for it or heard anyone talking about it, the way H.264 and MPEG-4 and even On2's VP6 had some buzz. That almost unspoken codec was VC-1.
Gabe's away and Max will play!
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9/18/2006   1 comment
The full-time editor of EDA DesignLine, Gabe Moretti, has left on vacation, leaving me in charge of this site (be afraid, be very afraid).
Soon you can trust your handset
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9/18/2006   Post a comment
The TCG's Mobile Phone Work Group has created an industry-wide approach to securing data, transactions, and content, for mobile handsets.
Opinion: When design R&D budgets fade, what happens?
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9/18/2006   Post a comment
When budgets are tight, partnering with a pre-configured group of companies makes sense.
The OS comes first
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9/17/2006   Post a comment
In the PC world, the OS has become more important than the hardware. The same phenomenon is coming to the DSP world.
CEDIA - Day 2
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9/16/2006   Post a comment
At CEDIA today, the central hall was fairly crowed. With a larger venue than last year in Indianapolis, it's hard to tell. Although, if I remember correctly, there were more than 26,000 attendees last year. I expect that those numbers will rise this year, and could possibly top 30,000 or so.
CEDIA - Day 1
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9/15/2006   Post a comment
CEDIA officially opened today at the Denver Convention Center. For the past several years, CEDIA was held in Indianapolis, IN.
Press day at CEDIA 2006
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9/14/2006   Post a comment
Today was press day at CEDIA, which is being held in Denver this year. We heard about new front 1080p projectors, new LCD HDTVs, high-end audio products, and the 'Connected Home.'
Testing times
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9/13/2006   Post a comment
So many choices and so little time. How's a design engineer to decide which test platform is best?
Cadence shows leadership
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9/11/2006   Post a comment
Cadence shows leadership by introducing token based pricing
Here comes India
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9/11/2006   Post a comment
India, in a very short time, will become a power in the electronics marketplace.
Why outsource the interconnect?
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9/11/2006   Post a comment
The widespread use of wireless communications and the rise in digital content consumption in handsets are creating new opportunities and correspondingly new system design challenges for OEMs. In these systems, one key design challenge revolves around how designers can continue to integrate more system functions and yet maintain affordability and acceptable ergonomics for mass markets.

IBC Notes: Ultra Hi-Def, mobile TV, wavelets on steroids, DVR design freedom
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9/11/2006   Post a comment
There's nothing like seeing with your own eyes, and the experience of seeing the Ultra High-Definition TV System demo at the IBC convention in Amsterdam was up there near video nirvana.
Comment: HP leak probe, 'stupid cubed'
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9/8/2006   Post a comment
A new and disturbing twist surfaces in the Hewlett-Packard leak probe.
Letter: EDA has leadership, needs more
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9/8/2006   Post a comment
I strongly disagree with Naveed Sherwani's statement that the EDA industry lacks leadership, a reader writes.
Programmed cellular relief
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9/7/2006   1 comment
Some jerk sits down next to you, pulls out a cell phone, and begins yacking at the top of his lungs. You'd like to kill him. But isn't there a better way?
The law of demand and supply
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9/6/2006   Post a comment
EDA companies are often accused of not being creative in expanding the market they serve. But their behavior is justified by economic imperatives.
Minneapolis falls in line
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9/6/2006   Post a comment
Minneapolis is the latest in a number of cities around the world to embark on a wireless future.
The bigger the better
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9/5/2006   Post a comment
Last week I had a chance to spend time with the good folks of Optoma learning about their company and their products.
Telephone telepathy--the ultimate wireless
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9/5/2006   Post a comment
According to a Reuters report, scientist Rupert Sheldrake claims he has proof that telephone telepathy exists. The phenomenon of having a person you just thought about call you, telephone telepathy extends to email as well.
This service is a scream. Literally.
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9/4/2006   Post a comment
This "tool" causes your handset to scream if it's stolen.


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