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posted in December 2010
Big stories to track at CES 2011
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12/29/2010   4 comments
Big stories to track at CES are the rapid proliferation of tablet computers; new “superphone” devices and applications; the changing operating system landscape; and the decline of the video disc and rise of streaming video services.
Report sees 1.7B USB 3.0 devices in 2014
News & Analysis  
12/22/2010   6 comments
Despite a slow take-off, 1.7 billion USB 3.0 devices will ship in 2014, up from a slower than expected 14 million this year, according to an In-Stat report.
Low-power HDMI receivers deliver enhanced A/V system performance
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices has introduced what the company claims is the industry’s smallest, single-chip receivers to incorporate HDMI version 1.4a support for 3-D display resolutions and extended colorimetry.
IEEE drafts hybrid home net standard
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12/14/2010   10 comments
Companies including Atheros, Broadcom and Cisco have agreed to draft a standard that could help unify fragmented wireless and wired home networks.
Hardware and software considerations in secure passive immobilizer design
Design How-To  
12/10/2010   2 comments
While top level functionality of a vehicle immobilizer is simple to describe, the underlying technology is intriguing and sophisticated. This article discusses hardware and software aspects of vehicle immobilizer systems with emphasis on design and security considerations.
Broadcom rolls Ethernet timing chips
News & Analysis  
12/10/2010   5 comments
Broadcom is sampling a set of chips to enable a new IEEE standard for precise timing over Ethernet targeting a range of systems for service provider, data center and smart grid networks.
The case for stand-alone reset timers in mobile devices
Design How-To  
12/9/2010   5 comments
Stand-alone reset timers offer the most reliable resolution to the 'white screen of death' problem in mobile devices.
Rambus sues six top chip makers
News & Analysis  
12/2/2010   12 comments
Rambus Inc. has filed multiple suits asking courts to bar imports of a wide range of chips—and systems using them--from Broadcom, Freescale, LSI, MediaTek, Nvidia and STMicroelectronics it claims infringe its patents.


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The Other Tesla
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Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...