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Under the Hood: Uncovering hidden chip costs
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10/22/2007   Post a comment
The proportion of semiconductor content is increasing in almost everything we own. For some large manufacturers of consumer electronics, semiconductors are the single largest contributor to finished-goods costs.
Under the Hood: Gap narrows between plasma, LCD
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10/9/2007   Post a comment
A comparison of LCD versus plasma 720p and 1080p high-definition TVs shows that the only real differences come in the display format, contrast ratio and brightness.
Under the Hood Special: Counterfeit parts Part 2 -- Baiting the trap
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10/8/2007   2 comments
Many readers commented on the Semiconductor Insights article "Counterfeit parts, legitimate woes," so the authors took time out to explain how designers can so easily get caught in the counterfeit trap and how independent brokers play a role in catching unwary online parts shoppers.
Body fat meter is thinly priced
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10/8/2007   1 comment
There always seems to be some medical widget at David Carey's local Walgreen's that get the wheels of his curiosity turning. This time it was Omron's $50 (or less) HBF-306 personal body fat meter that drew the Portelligent teardown specialist's eye.


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