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HD: Improvement or tradeoff?
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
The HD QoS dilemma comes down to this: Does high definition represent an improvement over standard definition, or is it more a tradeoff?
EDA can be a fun thing
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
There is an EDA application that runs on Apple Inc.'s iPhone. iWafer, was created by Michael Sanie, a 20-year EDA and semiconductor industry veteran.
Updated: Is Intel making a foray into France?
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
In 2009, Intel Corp. has made several moves to position itself in the French market, including an investment in a laboratory specialized in High-Performance Computing near Paris and the opening of a new design center in wireless technologies in Sophia Antipolis. Recently, speculations have emerged that Intel plans to purchase Freescale Semiconductor's wireless operations in Toulouse. Is this pure coincidence or full of sense?
Speaking His Mind on Innovation and Patent Reform
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9/23/2009   Post a comment
Steve Perlman came to ESC Boston 2009 with two obectives: to speak about Mova CONTOUR facial imaging and to rail against changes in patent law
The perils of pre-disposition
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9/22/2009   1 comment
Robert Brunner's ESC keynote was 21st century all the way, including hip-hop videos for Dr. Dre's "B" brand headphones, and promos for carbon fiber faucets, a $3,500 outdoor grill, Lady Ga Ga's fashion jewelry ear buds and Regen solar-powered consumer electronics.
T-Minus 1 and Counting
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
Even without the exhibits in place there was plenty to see, do and learn at the Hynes Convention Center on Day Zero of ESC Boston.
Observations from Day 0 at ESC Boston
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9/21/2009   1 comment
FPGAs vendors are distributers are collaborating far more than I imagined.
Day 0 at the Embedded Systems Conference
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
The first day at ESC is an intense educational day, starting with the first hands-on look at the latest version of Windows Embedded Standard.
Fate and Opportunity in EDA
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9/18/2009   Post a comment
Evatronix SA of Bielsko-Biala, Poland has appointed Carsten Elgert as its Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Elgert was with Mentor Graphics European division.
Next steps for Ethernet. Join the conversation
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9/17/2009   1 comment
We want to hear your comments on what's the next big step for Ethernet--400 Gbits/second or a terabit rate.
Analysis: Gloom vs innovation in the automotive industry
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
At the Frankfurt motor show it became apparent that the real challenges are yet to be faced for large parts of the automotive industry. But at the same time, the way out of the situation is becoming visible.
Commentary: ESL may be coming into its own
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9/15/2009   8 comments
Four years ago at DAC two analysts, then at Gartner, predicted that electronic system level (ESL) design tools may return the EDA industry to double-digit growth. The ESL market is just as elusive now as it was in 2005.
From being in the red to making green
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
While the semiconductor industry is showing signs of recovering from the recession, most design companies are still limiting new spending, according to Walden Rhines.
Can anyone stop surging SoC cost? Join the conversation
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Engineering executives at chip vendors and electronic equipment makers are grappling with this question in the midst of a global economic downturn and as the ability to offer the best products at the most attractive prices becomes a major competitive weapon of choice for many in the industry.
Readers sound off on 'Nokia + netbooks'
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9/10/2009   Post a comment
Readers offered a range of responses to business editor Bolaji Ojo's analysis: "Nokia + Netbook = what exactly?"
Opinion: One big problem, eight vague options, no solutions for NASA
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9/10/2009   8 comments
Our commentator says the Augustine Commission on the future of U.S. human spaceflight failed to tell NASA what it needs to hear.
Rovi: Does Macrovision and TV Guide name change signify new mission?
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9/2/2009   Post a comment
Rovi holds over 4,000 patents, including some of the most contentious patents in consumer electronics history.
COMMENTARY: VPX - Gaining on the battleground and driving VME
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9/2/2009   Post a comment
In military/aerospace applications, embedded platforms such as VPX are picking up the slack - not replacing VME but rather offering options for rugged, high bandwidth processing.
COMMENTARY: Using model-based design to improve design quality in mil-aero embedded apps
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9/1/2009   Post a comment
With model-based design, engineers can cycle through design iterations in a safe and less expensive modeling environment, resulting in an implementation that works the first time under a shortened development cycle and with improved quality.
Opinion: Mobile industry will eat Nokia's lunch
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9/1/2009   6 comments
Once the darling of the booming cellular phone business and still the world's largest handset maker, Nokia has become a Finn sandwich that its PC and cellphone competitors will surround and slowly eat.


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