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3-D bandwagon keeps rolling
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
The missing link is the big home screen -- the 3-D version of the living room TV.
Sprint lights Baltimore WiMax network
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Sprint is pricing the service right. The WiMax modem sells for only $50. The cost of entry is way below the cost for the much slower 3G broadband technology offered by mobile service providers today.
Comment: Do we really need a cellular broadband awareness campaign?
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Do we really need a mobile broadband awareness campaign?
A few words about standards
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9/30/2008   1 comment
IBM definition of how it will participate in standards development sheds light on the process within the EDA industry.
SlingCatcher tops my tech wish list
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
We need more companies like Sling Media. Frankly SlingBox is the last great consumer product that I've seen from a technology startup. I expect the same from SlingCatcher.
Forget the lipstick, break into the piggy
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
I get that the stock market would naturally bounce around based on bank failures, and bailouts. Today, however, Apple is down 15% after several firms cut back recommendations on the stock.
Opinion: Investor greed underlies financial system fiasco
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9/29/2008   3 comments
Before we spend too much time in the bank-bailout hearings arguing about CEO salary caps and the types of hedge funds to be banned, let's think about root causes of our current mess.
Opinion: $700B bailout plan repeats subprime mistakes
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9/25/2008   3 comments
It seems we haven't learned anything from the ongoing real estate and financial investment debacle facing the United States.
Viewpoint: The rise of the Chief Wireless Officer
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9/25/2008   Post a comment
Pick up the daily newspaper, peruse the business section and a strange sight greets you: "Wanted, Chief Wireless Officer."
On yer bike!
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9/24/2008   Post a comment
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has developed Murata Girl, a unicycle-riding robot which uses gyro sensors, Bluetooth and ultra sound to stay upright and move around.
White space clash looks like a long battle
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
In any given market, many channels lay unused and the buffer bands between channels add to the potentially available spectrum. White space proponents see that unused spectrum as a resource that should be leveraged and claim no negative impact of doing so.
Analysis: Capitalism's raw edge on display
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9/23/2008   1 comment
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says the era of "raw capitalism" is over. He is mistaken.
Viewpoint: Innovation is being delivered by plug-and-play start-up solutions
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
For an EDA start-up company to add value to today's semiconductor designers, the start-up company must provide additional value above and beyond the algorithms and solutions available within these large, single vendor product portfolios.
Oh oh, a shocking Apple iPhone adapter recall
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
This just might affect you. If you bout a 3G iPhone in North America or Japan and got an 'ultracompact' USB adapter, the results could be shocking--you.
PCB West: a brief encounter
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
PCB West was an interesting conference showing the contrast between PCB and IC design communities.
RFID Crossword Puzzle
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9/19/2008   Post a comment
Do you like to solve word problems? Here's a crossword puzzle to test your RFID skills.
Commentary: Who needs operators?
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9/19/2008   Post a comment
For sure, Hollywood studios, broadcasters and service providers are still the glamour part of the news, and they do indeed exert huge influence over the adoption of specific technology standards. But it dawned on me, while in Amsterdam last week covering the International Broadcast Conference (IBC), this service provider-driven mentality is flawed, and it may be finally fading to black.
Worried about a little netbook? Don't be
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9/19/2008   Post a comment
The spigot is barely open, yet already the early trickle of netbooks is triggering one of the livelier debates the industry has seen this year.
Minneapolis Interstate 35W Bridge Opens
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9/19/2008   Post a comment
The bridge contains 323 sensors that collect data on how it handles the stresses of heavy traffic and Minnesota's harsh climate.
IBC 2008 reporter's notebook: 3-D in many flavors
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9/17/2008   Post a comment
Highlights from the show floor include 3-D, UltraHD, and more 3-D.
Magma: a mirror on EDA
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9/15/2008   2 comments
The problems faced by Magma are common to all companies in EDA. It is time to think outside the box.
Opinion: Philips to blame for NXP's problems
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9/15/2008   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductor didn't need enemies, competitors or bad financial advisers -- not with parents like the ones the Dutch IC vendor had at its birth in late 2006.
5 rules to qualify a startup opportunity
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9/15/2008   Post a comment
Recently I discussed the challenges in today's financial climate with semiconductor startups and valuations relative to capitalization at liquidity.
Opinion: It's a Chinese thing. You wouldn't understand
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9/14/2008   2 comments
Capitalism's love affair with communist China, as exemplified by a panel of China specialists at IBC 2008, is compared to American Left's discredited affection with the Soviet regime under Joseph Stalin.
Viewpoint: Engineers need to move up the design value chain
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9/10/2008   1 comment
To support innovation and sustainable product differentiation into the future, traditional industry specializations must be replaced with more "value-added" design strategies.
Comment: Let Steve Jobs pick the music you play, buy
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9/10/2008   Post a comment
The new Genius feature on Apple's iTunes 8 is like having Steve Jobs flip through your record collection and then make you a mix tape.
3DTV: The next format war?
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9/9/2008   1 comment
Sales of 3DTV sets are predicted to grow to 28 million by 2012 -- up 9300% from 2007.
Final Crossword Puzzle
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9/8/2008   Post a comment
Okay sleepers, here's your last chance to get your own copy of Introduction to Wireless Systems.
Las Vegas RFID Scavenger Hunt
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9/4/2008   Post a comment
The first person to bring me a casino chip with an embedded RFID chip inside while I'm in Las Vegas next week wins.
When atoms count
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9/4/2008   1 comment
The smaller device geometries are approaching the atomic limit for device construction.
M2Z wants to support Martin's free wireless push
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9/4/2008   Post a comment
M2Z Networks wants to bid on the AWS-3 spectrum and launch an ad-supported free wireless network. But the M2Z plan is to offer rates at the slow end of what a DSL connection might offer. And surely the M2Z ads will have to occupy part of what would be a browser window.
Where are you?
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9/2/2008   Post a comment
Over the past few weeks I've published Wireless Words Puzzles 3 and 4. The third puzzle was a killer--only one person completed it--David Springer.


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