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Jim Williams Remembered

February 1, 2012 7:36 am | by Jon Titus, senior technical editor | Articles | Comments

Analog guru Jim Williams died in mid 2011, but his work lives on in circuits, magazine articles, books and photographs. Part of his lab lives on, too, in the exhibit, "An Analog Life: Remembering Jim Williams," at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.

Remote Testing: the Achilles Heel of Cloud Services

January 30, 2012 4:52 am | by Daniel Joseph Barry, Napatech (www.napatech.com) | Blogs | Comments

The availability of smartphones and the expectation of immediate and simple access are driving demand for centralization of IT services and the related competence required to support these effectively.

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.

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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.

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.

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...

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.

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Seeing Past the Clouds - PLM and what’s What?

December 29, 2011 4:52 am | by Eric Marks | Blogs | Comments

There is a lot of talk about cloud computing today, and its exponentially growing presence among enterprise technology, particularly Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).

Perspective, not Funding or Focus, may be what Education Lacks

December 27, 2011 9:01 am | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

Is learning from the past the key to the future, as philosopher Georges Santayana believed?  A former Lockheed-Martin CEO thinks so.

Poland a bright spot in EU fiscal woes

December 19, 2011 10:17 am | by Lou Covey, Footwasher Media | Videos | Comments

Footwasher Media's Lou Covey sat down with three Polish startup touring the Silicon Valley recently and talked about the health of the Polish entreprenurial environment.

Missives to the Future

December 19, 2011 4:29 am | by Alix Paultre, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

What legacy do you believe your work will leave? A lot of Jazz from the 20’s and 30’s gets played in my office, and I often reflect on its ability to entertain and inspire though the ages. Non-amplified transducer-based analog wax-cylinder playback became amplified, multi-tracked, digitally-based media presentation,

Spending bill temporarily averts incandescent ban

December 16, 2011 8:28 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The omnibus spending bill passed Thursday includes a provision that temporarily lifts the incandescent light bulb ban. Lawmakers inserted language into the 1,200 page bill that prevents funds from being used to implement the first phase of the ban...

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E-readers: Market Prospects and Technology Developments

December 16, 2011 4:25 am | by Dr Harry Zervos, Technical Analyst, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

Electronic paper technology has found its main application in the development of e-book readers, a market that has bloomed in recent years with successful devices such as the Amazon Kindle and the Barns & Noble Nook.

Good Politics

December 12, 2011 4:39 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

I don't normally do politics here but this is too good to pass up. And it is relevant to the work we all do. According to Wired Magazine and Senator Scott Brown himself, the Senator is sponsoring a bill to help little guys raise capital the same way the big boys do.

The Apple TV won't be AppleTV

December 8, 2011 4:14 am | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

The growing relationship between Sharp and Apple that was revealed last week put to bed conjecture whether Apple's next leap might be into television.  It is.  And that leaves an open question:Has Apple gone mad?

E Ink - A look at the Company Behind the E-Reader Screen

November 28, 2011 9:44 am | by Sriram K Peruvemba, E Ink | Blogs | Comments

First some definitions: E Ink is the name of the company. Electrophoretic is the name of the technology. Pearl is the brand name for the product. The product also has a generic name - ePaper or Electronic Paper.

Kindle Fire may change the game… but not for Apple

November 21, 2011 3:10 am | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

The web is awash with reviews of the Kindle Fire, many positive (some scathingly negative), and the comparisons to the iPad are just as plentiful.  The question that keeps coming up, however, is the Fire a game changer in the tablet war?

LCD Market Trends - Smartphones vs. TVs

November 14, 2011 5:11 am | by Gyan Tiwary, SVP and General Manager DC/DC Business, iWatt (www.iwatt.com) | Blogs | Comments

This past summer, for the first time in the history of LCDTVs, the average selling price (ASP) of a 42” LCDTV dropped below that of a Smartphone.

Can Solar Survive the Solyndra Aftermath?

November 3, 2011 1:17 pm | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

The recent collapse of a few high-profile solar energy companies, like Solyndra and Beacon Power, has caused even the most ardent fans of alternative energy to ask, "Can this industry survive?" The answer  all depends on what government does.

Great Expectations

November 3, 2011 8:41 am | by Rich Begen, VP of Distribution, Vicor (www.vicr.com) | Blogs | Comments

I have heard customers and suppliers express frustration about what they get or do not get from the distributors with whom they do business.

Addressing the Expanding Renewable Energy Marketplace

November 2, 2011 11:08 am | by Art Salyer, President and CEO, Palladium Energy | Blogs | Comments

According to a recent report by the Renewable Energy Policy Network, renewable energy now accounts for 20 percent of global electricity. 

The Fall of Solyndra was Expected and the DoD is Happy

November 1, 2011 3:14 pm | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

A closer look at the facts reveals that the reality of Solyndra and the solar industry is far from the speculation, especially when viewed from a military perspective.

Embedding Systems

October 28, 2011 6:59 am | by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

The impact of convergence on the design community is not just increasing in scope, it's also speeding up. Consolidation of functionality and integration of subsystems has meant that the very definition of what an embedded system is becomes more elusive.

Steve Jobs' Full Legacy Yet to be Written - What's Next?

October 28, 2011 4:27 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon (www.alereon.com) | Blogs | Comments

Steve Jobs’ has left a legacy that is hard to capture. His vision and product from Pixar to Apple are still growing.

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