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The Tinker's Toolbox - Andy Zynga of NineSigma on Product Development

January 23, 2012 7:53 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Andy Zynga of NineSigma on Product Development issues in the design community.

Premier Farnell Extends Line Card to Distribute ARM System Design Solutions in the Americas

January 23, 2012 3:36 am | News | Comments

Premier Farnell announced it has entered into an agreement to distribute ARM development tools, software, evaluation boards and debug hardware across the Americas through its Newark element14 brand.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Bart Giordano of Marvell on Wireless Systems

January 20, 2012 7:39 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Bart Giordano, Director of Product Marketing for Wireless at Marvell about wireless architectures, industry standards issues, and the rise of older tech in new places like beamforming in smaller systems.

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Build a Great Company to Build Great Products

January 20, 2012 4:42 am | by Aaron Partridge, Chief Science Officer, SiTime (www.sitime.com) | Blogs | Comments

Products do not stand on their own, but rather are only valuable in the context of their supplier.

Can VIZIO Cross Over from TVs to PCs?

January 19, 2012 10:56 am | by Chris Connery, DisplaySearch | Blogs | Comments

News that VIZIO plans to enter the PC market caught quite a few CES attendees off-guard, and it was a common topic of conversation at the show this week. The company announced plans to market all-in-one (AIO) and notebook PCs.

Does Amdahl’s law really help?

January 19, 2012 7:29 am | by Juergen Mathes, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

One of the first topics you stumble over when discussing multicore and performance is Amdahl's law. This law is often used in parallel computing to calculate the theoretical maximum multicore performance. For example, if your code is serial to 50%...

What is in a Cloud?

January 19, 2012 7:20 am | by Debbie Greenstreet, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

As I look out of the airplane window upon my return from the two day, Linley Carrier Conference in San Jose, with clouds in view, above to the side and below us, I am reminded of my own presentation at this conference: Cloud base stations, Revolution or Evolution?

Observations of High Performance Computing

January 19, 2012 7:12 am | by Arnon Friedmann, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Being relatively new to the high performance compute market, I thought I might take some time to share some of my observations with others who might also be trying to understand the market and what's going on in this area.

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A Lovely Radio

January 18, 2012 9:23 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

The kit is designed to teach radio theory. If you want a general theory of superhetrodyne radios I think the Radio Amateurs Handbook is better because it covers the theory in both a more detailed and more general way. This kit does go into some detail...

CES 2012: Microsoft goes out with a whimper

January 16, 2012 8:29 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor, Special thanks to ECN's photographer, Andrew Maiman | Articles | Comments

For a company that changed the world with its PC operating systems and dominated CES for over a decade, Microsoft left a mute impression in its swan song at the world’s largest consumer electronics show. Even the star power of American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest

Four Things to Watch for on Smartphones

January 13, 2012 5:18 am | by Majeed Ahmad | Blogs | Comments

The year 2011 has unmistakably been the year of smartphone and ecosystems housing this magic gizmo.

Intel’s Thunderbolt Finishing Up Successful First Year

January 12, 2012 8:48 am | by Brian O'Rourke, In-Stat’s Digital Entertainment Group; www.displaysearchblog.com | Blogs | Comments

Introduced in February 2011, Intel’s Thunderbolt technology is near its first anniversary. And a successful first year it’s been. Initially adopted by Apple across its PC line, Intel has announced the adoption of the technology by more PC OEMs and PC peripheral makers. On the Windows side, Lenovo has

Qualcomm mirasol on Two More E-Readers

January 12, 2012 8:29 am | by Jennifer Colegrove, Vice President, Emerging Display Technologies at DisplaySearch, www.displaysearchblog.com | Blogs | Comments

At CES 2012, Qualcomm announced two more e-readers using its 5.7” mirasol display; these will be from Chinese companies Shanda and Hanvon. In November, Korea-based Kyobo released the first e-reader with mirasol display technology. 

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ZLG Partners with Energy Micro in China

January 11, 2012 12:55 pm | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

Energy Micro, the energy friendly microcontroller and radio company, has today announced the appointment of ZLG as an approved distributor of its ultra low power ARM Cortex based Gecko MCU and EFR4 Draco radio devices in China. 

What Smartphones Need Now

January 9, 2012 7:49 am | by Charles A. Riggle, VP Marketing and Business Development, SkyCross (www.skycross.com) | Blogs | Comments

News reports indicate that the iPhone 4S has stimulated users to increase mobile data usage by 1.6 times over that of the older iPhone 3G.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Ron Demko of AVX on the Latest in Passive Devices

January 9, 2012 5:03 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Ron Demko of AVX about the state of passive devices and their importance to the performance of any design.

The answer is ''42''. What was the question?

January 5, 2012 5:58 am | by Juergen Mathes, Senior Engineer, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

There is a lot of discussion in the industry about what programming language is best suited for multicore architectures and I'm wondering which one will prevail. The same goes for programming paradigms and tooling. Will there be a standard way of programming multicore architectures?

Do we really need 'Transactional memory'?

January 5, 2012 4:01 am | by Juergen Mathes, Senior Engineer, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Transactional memory seems to gain more momentum these days. But what is behind this terminology? Let me try to explain this in my humble and simple words.

Deconstruct to Construct

January 5, 2012 3:58 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor in Chief | Articles | Comments

Reverse-engineering something may be used mostly to copy someone else’s work, but it can also be used as a thought exercise to aid original design. The exercise of taking a system apart to see how it works also applies to the creative process to better serve application areas, improve subsystem design, and create new processes.

Samsung and Sony Close the S-LCD Joint Venture: What Next?

January 4, 2012 9:09 am | by David Hsieh – Vice President, Greater China Market, YS Chung – Director, Large-Area Displays & FPD Materials and Deborah Yang - Research Director Monitor & TV, DisplaySearch | Blogs | Comments

On December 26, Sony announced the end of S-LCD, their joint venture with Samsung, which entails Gen 7 and 8 TFT LCD fabs. The joint venture, which started in 2004 and was strengthened through agreements and investments in 2006, 2007 and 2008...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Brian Kumagai of Toshiba on Embedded Memory

January 4, 2012 8:24 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Brian Kumagai of Toshiba about embedded memory.

Will the Smartphone Kill the Laptop?

January 3, 2012 5:30 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon (www.alereon.com) | Blogs | Comments

OK, so maybe my headline is a bit of hyperbole – but then again perhaps not as much as you may think.

Xprotolab Live

January 3, 2012 4:24 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

A while back I wrote about one of the cutest test instruments I have ever seen. An oscilloscope that can fit in your watch pocket. Since I wrote that I have been looking at the Xprotolab manual...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Chad Hall of Ioxus on Ultracapacitors and Rugged Power Systems

January 3, 2012 3:29 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Chad Hall of Ioxus about ultracapacitors and their uses, particularly in rugged power systems.

The Ten Commandments of Digital Control (Part 5)

December 29, 2011 4:58 am | by Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

For those of you just joining our discussion, we have been counting down the “Ten Commandments of Digital Control” all this week, leading up to the number one commandment today. But before we get to numero uno, there is another very important aspect of digital control that we need to look at...

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