Content posted in February 2006
It's that time of year
Automotive DesignLine Blog 2/28/2006 Post a comment
With the last icy blast of winter running through the Northeast right now, what better time for this year's Winter Vehicle Awards?
Engineers on the scrap heap
Audio DesignLine Blog 2/26/2006 Post a comment
Engineering jobs are on the upswing, or so many would have us believe. It's true. But, the job growth is mostly at the junior end of the scale - meaning that many of the older engineers have fewer opportunities.
Facts and rumors
Blog 2/24/2006 Post a comment
Interim licensing agreements are now in place for those manufacturers and suppliers of hardware and software of AACS so that HD DVD can launch in March. And, to that end, Toshiba announces late March availability of HD DVD.
Life imitates art
Audio DesignLine Blog 2/21/2006 Post a comment
In a curious twist, one of the most outlandish "fictions" of Star Trek is on its way to reality. Science has created a neutron source using dilithium crystals - and a non-sustainable nuclear fusion reaction.
Testing, 1, 2, 3
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 2/21/2006 Post a comment
Virtual testing and constantly improving manufacturing technqiues haven't reduced the need for product testing, but they have certainly made it more difficult.
Great Firewall of China
Blog 2/20/2006 Post a comment
Key words: freedom, democracy, Taiwan independence. Counterproductive, grandstanding, baloney. The first few key words are just a test to see if I'll be able to read this story when I head to China next month. I'll search for it on Yahoo! and Google to see if they are fulfilling their promise to the Chinese government to filter out "politically sensitive" material.
The great underhanded set shot
Blog 2/20/2006 Post a comment
When I was a lad, I was nutso for basketball and we played ball at Morrill playground. There were two baskets, one on the Rockwell Street side of the playground and the other on the Maplewood Street side--with a half city block between baskets. Needless to say, a fast break was an exhausting experience. We limited full-court games to one a week.
Satellite radio falling short
Audio DesignLine Blog 2/20/2006 Post a comment
As XM and Sirius Satellite radio duke it out for increased growth rate, their expense rate has analysts worried. One Director has already resigned.
Why people prefer watching TV on TV
Blog 2/20/2006 Post a comment
As TV begins to migrate from the big 35-inch screens of the living room to the tiny 2-inch screens of cell phones and portable media players, it should be clear that there's nothing undesirable about the intermediate 17-inch screen size of the PC.
DoD to the rescue
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 2/14/2006 Post a comment
RFID tags, already gaining broader acceptance in factories, should get a nice boost from moves by the Department of Defense, Mastercard and others.
Power saving gets real
Power DesignLine Blog 2/14/2006 Post a comment
Power adapters are in the news again with the California Energy Commission. Only this time the CEC is saying we must slay the energy vampires.
I want a "find problem" button
Blog 2/14/2006 Post a comment
Three of my five children still live at home, and my mom just moved in as well. Today Agilent announced that with event identification software, it can identify signal integrity problems.
RTOS designed for multicore systems
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 2/13/2006 Post a comment
I find it relatively easy to wrap my brain around the concept of an operating system running on a single processor. But what about a system containing multiple heterogeneous CPU and DSP cores?
Humans still thrive on decimals
Blog 2/13/2006 Post a comment
When it comes to representing, storing and manipulating numbers in computers, most engineers use some form of binary (base-2) representation. This is especially true when performing engineering or scientific calculations, in which case binary floating-point representations adhering to IEEE 754 are the norm. Binary floating-point representations have the advantage of being very efficient in terms of storage requirements. Furthermore, calculations performed on these representations are usually
Legal reform needed?
Audio DesignLine Blog 2/10/2006 Post a comment
Ever the source of demands for legal reform, the Auto Industry's LaSorda demands legal reform of the lawsuit system to reduce costs.
What happened to the 42V auto?
Automotive DesignLine Blog 2/10/2006 Post a comment
Why didn't this prediction materialize? More puzzling, how have the dire problems, that were predicted if we stayed with 12V systems, been avoided?
The path for Mobile TV
Blog 2/9/2006 Post a comment
Mobile TV seems to crank up the propaganda wheel at the industry's largest trade shows, such as the 3GSM World Congress and the CTIA event.
HD DVD's and Blu-ray Disc's dirty little secret
Blog 2/8/2006 Post a comment
This week I want to talk about the trusty Component Video connector that we've become accustomed to over the past 10 years, and how it relates both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Forgetting the impeding 'Format War' for a moment, one of the big problems with both of these formats is Component Video.
Fragility of technology
Audio DesignLine Blog 2/6/2006 Post a comment
Politics sometimes plays a bigger role in technology than the technology itself. Few technologies have a greater political risk than eavesdropping.
The demise of CableCARD
Blog 2/2/2006 Post a comment
I've been going through various press material from CES over the last couple of weeks, I've noticed a trend among many TV manufacturers for their upcoming 2006 models. It appears that many brands a removing the Digital Cable Ready with CableCARD functionality from many of its new HDTVs.
Silicon MEMS microphone resources
Audio DesignLine Blog 2/1/2006 Post a comment
Silicon MEMS microphones are a new technology that promises size, cost, and audio quality advantages. You'll find URLs for information on Electret and Silicon microphones in this blog.
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