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New Year Resolutions
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/31/2008   1 comment
It's that time of the year again where we either set ourselves up for failure... or possibly for success...
Wire bonder vet forms new company
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Wire bonder expert Michael Whitehead has established a new company.
Vitesse posts fiscal year profit
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Vitesse Semiconductor said it posted a net income of $16.6 million, or 7 cents per share, on revenue of $228.5 million for the company's fiscal year, ended Sept. 30.
Dell reorgs amid slumping profits
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12/31/2008   Post a comment
Computer maker Dell Inc. has reorganized management around four global divisions amid declining profits and slowing revenue growth in the shakeup that includes the loss of two fairly recent additions to Dell's executive ranks.
Cheaper iPhone on the way, says analyst
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12/31/2008   Post a comment
A lower-cost version of Apple's popular iPhone, unofficially dubbed the "iPhone Nano" by some, could be hitting stores by the second quarter of 2009, according to a Wall Street analyst.
How to make a video 101 - Part 1 (Hardware)
Design How-To  
12/31/2008   4 comments
In which I reveal the various hardware and software products I've been acquiring and using to create videos (look out Ron Howard, here I come!)
Plastic electronics fab time cut
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Fabrication time for flexible electronics ranging from disposable displays to plastic solar cells could be reduced from 48 hours to 30 minutes, according to researchers.
Pure Wafer set to be acquired
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Welsh reclaimer of silicon wafers, Pure Wafer, has received a bid approach from an un-named party as it revealed a pre-tax loss of £800,000 for the year to June 30, compared to a profit of £3.6 million the year before.
Actions Semi lowers Q4 guidance
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Chinese fabless chip vendor Actions Semiconductor cut its guidance for the fourth quarter, saying it now expects revenue of $15 million to $16 million.
2008 year end review -- 1-10
Power DesignLine Blog  
12/30/2008   Post a comment
We posted how-to articles weekly throughout the year, and these garnered the most traffic among readers.
GaN-based power devices offer game-changing potential in power-conversion electronics
Design How-To  
12/30/2008   4 comments
A new power-device semiconductor process from International Rectifier promises substantial improvement in the key figures of merit
2008 Top Design Article Round-Up
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
12/30/2008   Post a comment
It's the end of the year and that means it's time to review the year's most popular design articles and tutorials.
Top Industrial Control How-To's of 2008 (complete)
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Here's the complete list of Industrial Control DesignLine's 20 most popular how-to articles of 2008.
Electrical noise and mitigation - Part 3: Shielding and grounding (cont.), and filtering harmonics
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
This excerpt from the book "Practical Grounding, Bonding, Shielding and Surge Protection" concludes with a look at the shielded isolation transformer, zero signal reference grounds and signal transport ground planes, and the generation of harmonics in electrical systems and how they can be filtered.
The Greenest Top 10 stories of 2008
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GSL looks back on 2008 with our pick of the Top 10 articles of the year ranked by readership. It's a hodgepodge but a trend does emerge.
CIA - The World Factbook
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Believe it or not, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is responsible for something we can all use...
Intel rolls new education PCs at CES
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Intel Corp. will make a fresh foray into low-cost PCs at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, launching a tablet-style netbook for students as well as a personal area network technology for linking Wi-Fi devices.
Top 20 predictions for semis in 2009
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12/30/2008   1 comment
To help sort out the confusion in the market, I have released my own chip forecasts--and other predictions--for 2009.
Free real-time HTML editor
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
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Here's a handy-dandy free tool that could be very useful...
Uncle Jay explains the news
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In this 2008 roundup, Uncle Jay helps little minds understand big news stories...
Good grief, is that the (Barycentric Dynamical) time?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
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I've just learned a whole lot of stuff I never knew I didn't know...
Top stories of 2008: Energy, memristors
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Renewable energy and emerging semiconductor technologies like memristors were among the top industry stories in 2008.
2008 a good year for US wind industry
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2008 was a good year for the wind power industry, thanks to the 11-hour renewal of the production tax credit by Congress.
Chip distributor inventories rising, analyst warns
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Thanks to weaker-than-expected shipments in November, inventories for Asian semiconductor distributors have reached far beyond desired levels, something likely to have a negative impact on overall chip shipments in the first half of 2009, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Wireless SBCs simplify connectivity and control
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
New wireless SBCs from Rabbit Semiconductor are designed to make it easy to add wireless connectivity and control to vision systems, industrial control systems, automatic meter reading devices, industrial ventilation systems and HVAC systems.
Virage Logic cuts quarterly guidance
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Citing the increasing effect of the global financial crisis, IP vendor Virage Logic lowered revenue and earnings guidance for the company's fiscal first quarter, which ends Dec. 31.
More than just another New Year's Eve?
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
12/30/2008   Post a comment
I spent New Year's Eve in Times Square once and vowed I'd never do it again. But I am reconsidering this year just to see the ball drop.
InterDigital, ModeLabs seal patent licensing pact
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12/30/2008   1 comment
French mobile device developer ModeLabs Group has become the latest in the wireless sector to take a license for some of InterDigital's patents related to 2G and 3G cellular technologies.
Medical giant designs in Amimon wireless
Product News  
12/30/2008   8 comments
Stryker Corp., a large medical electronics company, has struck an exclusive deal to use proprietary wireless technology from startup Amimon for its operating room systems, a second major design win for the company which is the midst of a battle with multiple short-range, high bandwidth wireless technologies.
Rumor mill: TSMC, Micron-Nanya eye ProMOS
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There appears to be a potential bidding war for Taiwan DRAM maker ProMOS Technology Corp.
AMD adds 100 to planned layoff
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Seeking to cut more costs, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) has reduced its headcount by approximately 600 employees--about 100 more jobs than expected, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
New Sony PS3 cuts costs with 65-nm chips
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12/29/2008   Post a comment
The second generation of Sony's PlayStation 3 gaming console features a new design and carries a bill of materials that is 35 percent lower than the original model, according to a teardown analysis by market research firm iSuppli.
Will Ethernet AV help unify home networks?
Design How-To  
12/29/2008   1 comment
IEEE 802 working groups are in the process of completing Ethernet AV, a set of modifications to existing Ethernet standards to make the protocol "rock solid" for transmitting streaming audio and video. Some are betting on Ethernet to become the answer for home networks by late 2009 and beyond.
Best of '08: DesignLines, TechOnline
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12/29/2008   Post a comment
Here are the 2008 top-rated and "editor's pick" feature articles from the TechOnline DesignLine sites and TechOnline webinars.
New year, new opportunities for video and imaging designers
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12/29/2008   1 comment
Ten reasons design engineers involved with video and imaging can be hopeful looking to 2009 and beyond.
Nanotubes shown to boost neuron signals
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Researchers explain how carbon nanotubes could someday bypass faulty circuitry in the brain, for instance curing Parkinson's disease, as well as to repair spinal cord injuries and eventually to augment and enhance cognitive functions.
DARPA chief reviews legacy
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The head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency reflected on his nearly eight years at DARPA, refuting charges the agency has tightened spending on basic research.
If programming languages were religions...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/29/2008   Post a comment
Lisp would be Zen Buddhism (some say that it's not a language at all; others say that it's the only language that makes sense)...
Keep it simple, stupid!
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
12/29/2008   2 comments
Consumers love easy-to-use electronics. Here are the secrets to design success.
Important safety instructions
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/29/2008   Post a comment
Sometimes the safety instructions that come with today's products make you shake your head in disbelief...
Taser Stun Gun ... a great gift for the wife?
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12/29/2008   Post a comment
Hmmm, do we all remember the quote: *If you think Education is difficult, try being stupid!*
Measuring the stability of EDA vendors
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12/29/2008   1 comment
The amount of revenue generated per employee is a measure of the efficiency of a company and an indicator of its viability in a difficult market.
CEO interview: with John Daane of Altera
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Despite economic difficulties across the chip industry, FPGA makers didn't have it so bad in 2008. Altera Corp. announced increases in sales and net income for Q3 2008 over Q3 2007. John Daane, president, CEO and chairman of Altera, asserts that market slowdowns can be growth opportunities.
Interview: The Google is flat
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12/29/2008   1 comment
Google provides lessons in the advantages of flat organizational structures and modern programming techniques.
Samsung preps WiMax, LTE chips
News & Analysis  
12/29/2008   1 comment
Samsung Electronics is expanding its portfolio of silicon for cellphones with basebands for Long Term Evolution and WiMax and media accelerators at a time when its handset division is tapping a broader set of chip vendors.
Trends in RFID--Part III
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12/28/2008   Post a comment
Here are the answers to adoption questions around design, hardware, software, hype, reality, catalysts and more that continually come up with RFID. This segment looks at the architecture for the new network.
Demo platform claims world's smallest WiMAX solution
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12/28/2008   Post a comment
Coresonic AB's LeoCore WiMAX personality pack and associated firmware is designed to enable WiMAX connectivity to be added to any new chip design,
Avago Technologies releases first GPS RF front end module with FBAR filters
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12/28/2008   Post a comment
GPS low noise amplifier with integrated filters is well suited for S-GPS and small form factor designs
CML unveils RF quadrature modulator
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12/28/2008   Post a comment
CML Microcircuits has released the CMX993, a general-purpose I/Q modulator that offers 100MHz to 1GHz operation and is optimized for wide-band noise performance.
What Every RF Engineer Should Know: OFDM & WiMAX
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12/28/2008   Post a comment
OFDM and WiMAX are hot topics on the RF DesignLine, so I had a virtual "sit down" with some leaders in the industry to see where the technology is, and where they think it is going. Click here to find out more.
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