Content posted in March 2006
Commentary: What's in a name? Plenty
Blog 3/31/2006 Post a comment
The semiconductor industry has turned to sophisticated naming and branding conventions in recent years, resulting in several company monikers that sound out of place. Bring back the straightforward company names of years gone by.
Advanced video codecs tutorial, and more!
Blog 3/31/2006 Post a comment
I'm packing my bags for the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, where I'll be program chair for the Consumer Video Design Seminar all day Thursday (April 6). One of the best aspects of the conference is that, amidst all the "latest developments" being discussed in the technical sessions, there's also opportunity to take a step back
Blog 3/29/2006 Post a comment
First of all, let me say that all HDMI is not created equal. Frankly, I am very concerned about HDMI or the High-Definition Multimedia Interface. Why am I concerned? It's because that there are too many versions of this connector floating around starting with version 1.0. Different Digital TV and A/V products that have reached or will reach the market this year will all have different versions of HDMI, and one version may not work with other versions of HDMI
The thin man is squeaking!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 3/24/2006 Post a comment
The Multicore Expo is over, and - if nothing else - I now know that there's a lot more things I don’t know anything about!
Which way to turn?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 3/23/2006 Post a comment
It's day 3 of the Multicore Expo, and there are so many papers and tracks that it's difficult to know where to go and what to see!
Microwave eavesdropping question
Audio DesignLine Blog 3/22/2006 Post a comment
A reader question offers opportunities to talk about how Cell Phone, 3G, WiFi, and other microwave sources might be used to eavesdrop on conversations.
Walking the show floor
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 3/22/2006 Post a comment
What’s perhaps most intriguing about manufacturing shows is that there are always new exhibitors, representing new classes of services.
Real men multi-task
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 3/22/2006 Post a comment
Part 4 of Max's epic trek through the wonders and delights of the Multicore Expo 2006 (in which we're poised to start day 2).
A portable video ecosystem, from Echostar
Blog 3/21/2006 Post a comment
Echostar has pioneered the first real portable video "ecosystem," and unlike the iTunes store, which is now selling subscriptions to The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, and unlike cell-phone video, consumers don't have to pay a second or third time for programs they're already paying to receive at home.
I'm off to see the wizard...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 3/20/2006 Post a comment
As I pen these words, I'm poised to close down my computer and board a plane to fly out to the Multicore Expo in Santa Clara.
Reflections from a 50-year veteran
Blog 3/20/2006 Post a comment
Last year was my 50th year in the electronics business and last month Barbara and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. When I started in this business as a skinny 21-year-old beginning engineer, I was usually the youngest member of the staff. Now I'm older than the father of my boss. Time does fly, but this is still a fun business.
Sony, Blu-ray, SXRD oh my!
Blog 3/19/2006 Post a comment
Against the backdrop of the glitz of Las Vegas, the opulence of Caesars Palace, and the frenzy of March Madness, Sony held its annual Open House. The Open House has always been designed as the vehicle, in which Sony unveils its new line of TV, video and audio products.
The Multicore Expo Draws Nigh!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 3/16/2006 Post a comment
My excitement is mounting, because the Multicore Expo 2006 (where I'm going to be hosting a "Birds of a Feather Get Together" meeting) is just next week!
2006-The year for SFP+
Blog 3/15/2006 Post a comment
I met with Dr. Paul Voohis, CEO of ClariPhy last week at OFC/NFOEC for interesting conversation regarding the progress of SFP+. Although
Know any good books?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 3/14/2006 Post a comment
I'm looking for suggestions for books on design, programming, languages ... anything suitable for beginners. Do you have any recommendations?
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 3/14/2006 Post a comment
The virtual aspect of manufacturing continues to grow in importance, and engineers are benefitting from advances.
The eye of the handset storm
Blog 3/14/2006 Post a comment
We're right between the two biggest handset tradeshows of the year, the 3GSM World Congress held last month in Barcelona, and the CTIA Wireless event, next month in Las Vegas.
The problem of SED
Blog 3/10/2006 Post a comment
According to the press release out of Japan this week, mass production will start in Summer 2007 with first shipments to begin in Fall 2007. Basically, what the press release is really saying is that SED is delayed again. I am just baffled.
Here we go again - battery life blues
Power DesignLine Blog 3/10/2006 Post a comment
Microsoft and Intel et al have combined to introduce the ultra-mobile PC with a 7-inch screen, lots of capabilities and a stuck to a wall-wart blues battery life. What can engineers do to improve it?
Black magic improves efficiency
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 3/9/2006 Post a comment
The black magic of analog may not progress at the same speed as microcontrollers, the continuing advances make it possible to keep improving efficiency on production lines.
Video design, big and small
Blog 3/9/2006 Post a comment
When a huge company like TI creates a program for the under-1,000 quantity crowd, it speaks on a broader level to the vibrancy and entrepreneurial spirit of the video design industry.
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