Content posted in March 2008
The return of the robots
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 3/26/2008 Post a comment
Robots are back - today's robots start to become almost as smart and human as erly sci-fi writers described them. But it took - and still takes - huge efforts to make them really "smart".
It's out of my hands
RF & Microwave Designline Blog 3/26/2008 Post a comment
Recently, in my home state of NJ, police received the authority to stop and fine motorists for using hand-held cell phones while they drive. But are we actually safer?
In defense of low quality
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 3/24/2008 3 comments
With each new generation of consumer electronics, audio and video quality are getting worse. Here's why that's a good thing.
Carriers can't control content
Blog 3/21/2008 Post a comment
ABI Research recently released two reports. The first claims that carriers are losing control over mobile content. The second states that by 2013 one in three phones sold will be a Smartphone.
Productivity or flexibility? Both, please
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 3/20/2008 Post a comment
While high productivity and flexibility usually are regarded as incompatible targets, today's engineers increasingly are confronted with the challenge to achieve both. This target, indeed can be achieved. What's more: It will increasingly be the secret of successs for Europe's industry.
AES turns 60, celebrates with oral history project
Audio DesignLine Blog 3/19/2008 Post a comment
The Audio Engineering Society celebrated its 60th anniversary last week by screening excerpts from its Oral History Project - recorded first-hand recollections and anecdotes from those involved with important historical audio engineering events. You'll recognize many familiar names.
"Dialectize" any webpage
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 3/19/2008 Post a comment
Have you ever wondered what a website like CNN would look like in a redneck dialect (or Jive, Cockney, Sweedish Chef, ...)? Well, now you can see!
Will Blu-ray Survive?
Blog 3/17/2008 Post a comment
Good question. Maybe yes and maybe no. With the demise of HD DVD, some people think that just because the so-called HD Format War is over with Blu-ray the "de facto" winner that it's a done deal for Blu-ray. Well, I say " not so fast. There are a lot of mitigating factors to consider before we can say that Blu-ray will succeed or not.
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 3/17/2008 Post a comment
This is a rather interesting psychological test to see how much attention you're paying to what's going on around you.
Sensors become ubiquitous and intelligent
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 3/17/2008 Post a comment
While still far from covering the entire industrial value chain, the "digital factory" concept is gaining momentum. Industrial Automation " this is something that most often deals with factory floor topics, aiming at controlling all aspects of production directly via computer.
Building an infrastructure
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 3/16/2008 Post a comment
Manufacturing is slumping in many fields, but there's still some growth in at least one area. The makers of off highway equipment are still in an upturn, though sales have slowed in the U.S.
Happy Pi day!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 3/14/2008 2 comments
Yes, it's that time of the year again, March 14 when we celebrate the mathematical constant Pi (after all, where would we be without it?)
IP Adventures in EDA
Blog 3/13/2008 Post a comment
By their own actions in the last few weeks, Mentor, Magma, and Cadence, have reopened the debate on whether or not IP belongs in EDA. Their answers respectively are: no, yes, and "on my own terms".
Blog 3/12/2008 Post a comment
Will TI retire the spinning filter wheel that's used in most DLP-based rear projection TVs and projectors? The old filter wheel may still have one advantage: A richness of color.
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