This all makes me chuckle. I simply don't understand why the move in consumer electronics is toward cables that are incredibly small and, more importantly, incredibly lossy at high frequencies compared to garden-variety coaxial cable. Does a consumer make a buying decision based on a 0.1" diameter cable as opposed to a 0.24" diameter one? We're not connecting micro-sized equipment together here! I think high-speed ethernet over coax is the most sensible idea I've heard in a long time. Anyone can make custom cables with existing, easy-to-use tools. I'm starting to believe that what HDMI is really about is the "hidden policeman" that's a little-talked about but extremely trouble-prone "feature" of the dastardly scheme! So, now we get micro-miniaturized, highly lossy twisted pairs and we're saddled with repeater amplifiers if we want to use reasonable lengths of it. Baah, humbug!!
As we unveil EE Times’ 2015 Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. Panelists Dan Armbrust (investment firm Silicon Catalyst), Andrew Kau (venture capital firm Walden International), and Stan Boland (successful serial entrepreneur, former CEO of Neul, Icera) join in the live debate.