Content posted in September 2006
Challenging young engineers
Automotive DesignLine Blog 9/29/2006 Post a comment
Summer jobs and co-op assignments put student engineers in the real engineering worldbut the Challenge X competition takes that experience even further.
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 9/28/2006 Post a comment
Change is one of the constants on the factory floor. Keeping everyone up to date will become even more critical in the future.
Is TI kidding?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 9/28/2006 Post a comment
TI says its has the lowest-cost floating-point DSP, but ADI wins that contest hands-down. What's going on here?
Thoughts on CEATEC
Blog 9/27/2006 Post a comment
With CEDIA just ending over a week ago, everyone is now gearing up for CEATEC in Japan. While CEDIA is geared towards high-end audio, video, and displays along with the custom installer, CEATEC takes on a much larger world view.
The Tertiary Period no longer exists!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/27/2006 Post a comment
Geologists have recently gone through a fairly thorough revision of the time scale; the Tertiary Period (from 65 to 1.8 million years ago) has been given the boot!
The most amazing visual illusion!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/25/2006 Post a comment
Called the "Rotating Turtles" illusion, this static image appears to move in front of your eyes to the extent you can become dizzy looking at it!
Embedded Systems Week
Blog 9/25/2006 Post a comment
In honor of the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston this week, I would like to draw your attention to a few articles very recently published on Embedded.com.
The new Internet revolution
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 9/24/2006 Post a comment
After years of talk, communications services based on Internet Protocol (IP) technology are finally moving into the mainstream.
California sues carmakers
Blog 9/20/2006 Post a comment
Today, six of the world's top automakers were sued by California over global warming. The first of its kind, the lawsuit is based on holding the carmakers responsible for the damages caused by their vehicle's emissions.
Reflections of CEDIA 2006
Blog 9/20/2006 Post a comment
Reflecting on CEDIA EXPO 2006 finds me noting that the show continues to grow and grow. Clearly, it's becoming a "Mini CES." I don't know if that's good or bad. Certainly, its' a harbinger of "things to come" in terms of 1080p, flat-panel displays, front video projectors, next-generation optical discs, audio technologies, and video processing.
Let's surprise Gabe Moretti!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/18/2006 Post a comment
The editor of our sister DesignLine site, EDAdesignline.com, is on vacation - the silly sausage has left me in charge - let's surprise him on his return!
IBC Footnotes: Where's VC-1, what's IBC?
Blog 9/18/2006 Post a comment
On my last day at IBC, someone mentioned a codec I had somehow completely forgotten about for four days. Yes, it was no doubt there at IBC, I just hadn't seen any big signs for it or heard anyone talking about it, the way H.264 and MPEG-4 and even On2's VP6 had some buzz. That almost unspoken codec was VC-1.
The OS comes first
Blog 9/17/2006 Post a comment
In the PC world, the OS has become more important than the hardware. The same phenomenon is coming to the DSP world.
CEDIA - Day 2
Blog 9/16/2006 Post a comment
At CEDIA today, the central hall was fairly crowed. With a larger venue than last year in Indianapolis, it's hard to tell. Although, if I remember correctly, there were more than 26,000 attendees last year. I expect that those numbers will rise this year, and could possibly top 30,000 or so.
CEDIA - Day 1
Blog 9/15/2006 Post a comment
CEDIA officially opened today at the Denver Convention Center. For the past several years, CEDIA was held in Indianapolis, IN.
Press day at CEDIA 2006
Blog 9/14/2006 Post a comment
Today was press day at CEDIA, which is being held in Denver this year. We heard about new front 1080p projectors, new LCD HDTVs, high-end audio products, and the 'Connected Home.'
Blog 9/13/2006 Post a comment
So many choices and so little time. How's a design engineer to decide which test platform is best?
Automotive DesignLine Blog 9/13/2006 Post a comment
Audi's A3 S line quattro brings together two technologiesthe Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) transmission and adaptive headlights.
The Khronos 4D projector
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/12/2006 Post a comment
Named after the personification of time in ancient Greek Literature, the Khronos Projector provides a new way to manipulate pre-recorded movie content.
Two arms, no hands
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 9/11/2006 Post a comment
Robot technology continues to evolve, automating more jobs that were previously done by hand.
Flying on 9/11
Audio DesignLine Blog 9/11/2006 Post a comment
What's the difference of flying on 9/11, 7/4, 11/24, 12/25, 1/1 or any other day? As for me, I think that if someone is determined enough there's no security tight enough to stop them. So I'll just take my chances and fly.
Why outsource the interconnect?
Blog 9/11/2006 Post a comment
The widespread use of wireless communications and the rise in digital content consumption in handsets are creating new opportunities and correspondingly new system design challenges for OEMs. In these systems, one key design challenge revolves around how designers can continue to integrate more system functions and yet maintain affordability and acceptable ergonomics for mass markets.
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 9/10/2006 Post a comment
If you want to succeed in China's fast-growing markets, the first thing you should do is ignore China's standards.
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