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JPCA Show - United We Stand

June 15, 2011 11:01 am | by Matthew Holzmann, Christopher Associates | Blogs | Comments

The near-term viability of the Japanese manufacturing infrastructure has been shrouded by a lack of information, bureaucracy and factors such as limited power output. JPCA was the first occasion for many observers to observe and report on industry conditions with a wide range of first person input.

Double or Nothing in This High-Stakes Industry

June 7, 2011 4:50 am | by Scott Fillebrown, Automated Circuit Design (www.acd.biz) | Blogs | Comments

As the president and CEO of Automated Circuit Design, I’m always looking for ways to keep the company one step ahead of competition, building on 27 years in business.

What Do Awards Really Measure?

June 2, 2011 8:18 am | by Joyce Yeung, TAOS (www.taosinc.com) | Blogs | Comments

Everyone loves to receive awards. It’s a feather in the cap. But it’s important that our opinion about a recipient of an award isn’t masked by the number of distinctions, but why it was awarded and who nominated them.  

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Is the 'Last Mile' going Wireless?

May 27, 2011 8:22 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon (www.alereon.com) | Blogs | Comments

Recently I read the April 2011 edition of the Deutsche Bank newsletter Signals to Investors that covered testing of cellular data speeds in various parts of the US

Collaborative Innovation Drives Economic Growth

May 19, 2011 7:58 am | by Tom Waechter, President and CEO of JDSU | Blogs | Comments

In my role as the CEO of a global technology company, I’m often asked to reveal the secret to market growth. When I think of what drives our brand and our interaction with customers two words come to mind: collaborative innovation.

Application Portfolio Management: New Path to Strength and Innovation

May 9, 2011 4:34 am | by Hayden Lindsey, IBM Rational | Blogs | Comments

If you’re part of a medium to large IT organization, it’s likely that you’re spending an increasing percentage of your application budget just to keep the lights on.

Palladium Energy’s Powerful Future

May 5, 2011 1:02 pm | by Arthur W. Salyer, Palladium Energy (www.palladiumenergy.com) | Blogs | Comments

Throughout my experiences, I have developed a passion for really cool electronic gadgets and the power inside that keeps the world in touch and up to date.  

Taming Quality in Chaos - Quality Management in Systems of Systems

April 28, 2011 11:08 am | by By: Bruce Douglass, IBM Rational | Blogs | Comments

From cars to consumer goods, to military equipment to ATMs, we’re all familiar with systems. Increasingly, smart, connected devices are embedded in common, everyday devices in addition to special purpose systems, enabling huge improvements in our ability to manage the complexities of modern life.

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Cottage industrial

April 22, 2011 4:28 am | by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

Our history is full of plucky individuals taking great risks to achieve even greater successes, and we are at a point in time where the ability to create something completely new is easier than ever before. Technology convergence is both a disruptive challenge and a great opportunity.

What the SiBeam Acquisition by Silicon Image Means

April 21, 2011 8:05 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon (www.alereon.com) | Blogs | Comments

I've been asked multiple times about the meaning, from a technology and market perspective, of the acquisition of SiBeam by Silicon Image. The answer is very simple – 60GHz is not ready for high volume in consumer products for many years to come. Period.

Three Ways Engineers Can Leverage the Web

April 12, 2011 4:50 am | by Chris Forbes, Knovel (www.knovel.com) | Blogs | Comments

With an array of interactive, on-the-go opportunities ranging from online collaboration and crowdsourcing to mobile platforms, engineers have a growing number of resources at their fingertips.

Today's Broadband ICs Address European Power Efficiency Requirements

April 6, 2011 10:55 am | by Scott Broughton, Analog Devices, Inc., www.analog.com | Blogs | Comments

Two important factors driving future technology developments in the broadband chip industry revolve around government regulations and market forces. The "EU Code of Conduct on Energy Efficiency of Broadband Equipment" was written to

The America Invents Act Will Not Encourage Innovation or Job Creation

April 4, 2011 9:25 am | by Dr. Alexander I. Poltorak, General Patent Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Recently American Innovators for Patent Reform joined eight other national organizations in a letter sent to the House of Representatives and House Judiciary Committee Staff that details objections to the House’s version of Senate bill S. 23, the America Invents Act, H.R. 1249.

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Gaming’s Entitlement Mentality

March 29, 2011 7:00 am | Blogs | Comments

At the Games Developer Conference 2011, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata discussed the figurative “race to the bottom”, wherein the low-ball pricing structure of iOS (iPhone Operating System) apps erodes the perceived value of AAA games.

Nuclear Power Station Problem Foreseen

March 17, 2011 9:34 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

My PhD thesis from 1967 showed that well-used water-cooled nuclear reactors had a vulnerability. The zirconium alloy used to clad the nuclear fuel becomes more chemically reactive after a prolonged and massive dose of neutrons caused by very extensive use.

Don't be so Glum, Britannia!

March 16, 2011 6:47 am | by Rupert Baines, Picochip (www.picochip.com) | Articles | Comments

The Daily Telegraph in the UK has recently run a blog post titled, "No wonder the UK lags behind America: we're a bitter and broken nation," and I couldn't disagree more.

A New World Order for Tech Computing

March 14, 2011 11:02 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon (www.alereon.com) | Blogs | Comments

This years CES and the recently completed Mobile World Congress in Barcelona indicate that we are be on the verge of a tipping point in the computing ecosystem versus what we have known for the past 20 years.

How much is a pay phone call these days, anyway?

March 9, 2011 11:17 am | by Charles Birkhead, Macrovision, Inc. (www.macrovis.com) | Blogs | Comments

I don’t even know. I’ve used a pay phone once in the last 15 years when I was running a grocery errand for my wife and forgot the list she gave me along with my cell phone. I stood there peering at the phone in front of the 7-Eleven to find out how much change I needed (35 cents, at that time.)

Step 1: Piracy, Step 3: Profit

February 22, 2011 7:03 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

An article in the e-zine “Gamasutra” urges game developers to “love their pirates.” Rather than endeavoring to defeat piracy, developers ought to embrace theft (i.e. piracy) as a viable advertising tool. The article is based on a number of myths and logical flaws that I’d like to address.

Energy 113: Fossil Fuels

February 17, 2011 4:12 am | by Ken Johnson | Blogs | Comments

This will be the last of my 13 ‘Soapbox’ episodes dealing with ‘Energy’ systems, most of which I consider as “exotics”, in that they are interesting oddities that could be used as energy sources, however, fossil and nuclear fuels are safe, cheap, and plentiful, so why bother?

We need an Advanced Research Project Effort for the Manufacturing Sector

February 15, 2011 5:28 am | by Jerry Rosenstein, Pioneer Magnetics (www.pioneermagnetics.com) | Blogs | Comments

Of all the economic components driving our financial system, the manufacturing sector is among the most important and now perhaps the most vulnerable to financial firestorms. Though recent economic figures show improvement, we have a long road to travel.

The weaponized Internet

February 11, 2011 5:46 am | Articles | Comments

One could say that the Internet is a weapon that got out of the control of its creators. When the ARPANET was created, its intent was to provide a secure, dynamic, robust, and flexible communications system for universities and laboratories that would be resilient and functional even in the face of wartime disruption. It was never intended for civilian use.

Intel Wireless Display - Nice, but 'Where's the Beef?'

February 7, 2011 5:22 am | Blogs | Comments

In a similar vein of the brouhaha in the news about Taco Bell's meat product, Intel's new WiDi-2 Intel Wireless Display seems to be a case of taking some liberties with the technologies' naming

Cyberwar goes mainstream

January 25, 2011 11:38 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Once upon a time thoughts of computer warfare were restricted to science fiction stories. The role of the computer in warfare, both traditional and non-conventional, has grown and expanded as technology enhanced capability. Now cyberwar has matured to the point where a recent virus attack on the Iranian nuclear program...

Say Hello to Stricter TV Standards

January 25, 2011 3:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Two years ago, I described the ENERGY STAR® designation for television sets. Last month I explained how the Federal Trade Commission is requiring manufacturers to place yellow EnergyGuide labels on all television sets beginning later this year.

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