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Hard-drive makers push fundamental limits
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6/29/2000   Post a comment
Recent talk of approaching fundamental limits in hard disk storage have fueled the hopes of those pushing such alternative approaches as optical storage, holographic storage, perpendicular recording and atomic probe storage. The market involved is huge. More than $40 billion worth of hard disk drives and subsystems were sold last year. Prices per megabyte have been falling by a factor of two per year; capacity per disk has risen at the same rate. Any roadblock to continued progress in this techn
Switched-Capacitor Filters Beat Active Filters at Their Own Game
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6/29/2000   Post a comment
Switched capacitor filters are growing increasingly popular because they have many advantages over active filters. Micro Linear's Charles Yager and Carlos Laber explain why switched-capacitors filters beat active filters at their own game.
Consumer electronics resist job growth trends
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6/28/2000   Post a comment
There's much good news in the U.S. economy, but apparently not in consumer-electronics employment, according to the American Electronics Association (AEA) in Washington.
Europe gains as consumer electronics leader
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6/28/2000   Post a comment
The pull for mobile connectivity is tugging the center of activity of consumer electronics design from Japan and the United States to Europe. In enclaves like Lund, small university town 300 kilometers south of Stockholm, engineers like Michel Saboune of Ericsson are brewing up concepts for families of wireless gadgets in which beefy CPUs take a backseat to clever design in RF, miniaturization and user interfaces.
Trade-offs for mobile broadband
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6/19/2000   Post a comment
Toward high-availability designs
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Broadband takes portable slant
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Backbone prepares for wireless
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Designer has passion for work, apathy for gizmos
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6/15/2000   Post a comment
Gabriel Rincon-Mora spends his days designing ICs and some of his evenings writing about voltage references and linear regulators, but he's not exactly a heavy user of technology.
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