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posted in June 2008

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Seven things you need to know about Nokia-Symbian deal
News & Analysis  
6/25/2008   Post a comment
There are seven things you need to know about the Nokia-Symbian deal. Will the Symbian Foundation support only one browser? How is this open-source mobile platform better than others? And there's more.
Will Scalado help boost megapixel camera phones?
Design How-To  
6/18/2008   Post a comment
With the average resolution of camera phones fast approaching 3 Megapixels, handset designers need to design mobile phones that can efficiently handle large image files — increasing in size — without having to add more memory and processing power.
Can Samsung sue digital TV off the air?
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6/17/2008   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics has become the second company, after Zenith Electronics, to file a patent infringement suit, related to the U.S. digital TV standard, against Polaroid Corp. and Westinghouse Digital Electronics. Expect the U.S. digital TV patent battle to get even hotter in the coming months and year.
Mobile growth: 'Exponential curve' or Dead Man's Curve?
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6/12/2008   Post a comment
The top five threats to wireless growth identified by panelists at the Design Automation Conference ranged from regulatory issues to mobile phone users, complexity of software concurrency and verification of mobile chips.
Energy-scavenging cellphones: Don't hold your breath
News & Analysis  
6/11/2008   3 comments
Will we see the energy-scavenging cellphone? Semiconductor and cellphone experts like Sanjay Jha, chief operationg officer at Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, were almost dumbfounded at the suggestion.
It's crunch time for HDMI in the digital home
Product News  
6/11/2008   Post a comment
Analog and mixed signal chips are the foundations that determine many digital consumer systems' time to market. This theory is what Analog Devices Inc. is banking on after announcing recent design wins with Yamaha and Hitachi.
The truth about last year's Xbox 360 recall
News & Analysis  
6/10/2008   11 comments
Microsoft's global recall of Xbox 360 one year ago happened because Microsoft designed the graphic chip on its own, cut a traditional ASIC vendor out of the process, and went straight to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., according to Bryan Lewis, research vice president and chief analyst at Gartner. The graphic chip turned out to be the source of the game console's heat problem.Microsoft's effort to save tens of millions dollar ASIC design cost backfired, because it ended up paying more th
The flop of the Flip: A cautionary tale
News & Analysis  
6/8/2008   6 comments
When something goes wrong with a digital consumer device that needs to be connected to a computer, no one can determine whether it's a problem with the computer or the consumer device. Manufacturers and retailers, maybe, should be paying a "refund" for the time and effort the buyer wastes trying to get the thing to work " all in vein. I joined the "refund" camp after buying a brand new Flip Video last week. My Flip flopped.


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