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Retired

It’s been a fun and rewarding 30 years, but I’m currently officially retired and no longer managing this site. I’m leaving it up as it does contain a large number of excellent technical articles that are still valuable. Enjoy, and … Continue reading

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Build Your Own Personal Drone

When I was a boy I loved flying model airplanes. I’d laboriously build them from balsawood kits; cover them with tissue; and add a noisy .049 gas engine. Then I’d go to the neighborhood schoolyard and get dizzy flying them … Continue reading

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Low Energy ANTs?

As we noted elsewhere Nordic Semi has just launched its nRF51 Series of multi-mode, ultra-low-power (ULP) wireless SoCs. The first two ICs to debut in the nRF51 Series are the nRF51822, a multi-protocol Bluetooth low energy/2.4GHz proprietary RF SoC, and … Continue reading

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Synopsys Buys Magma—But Will the Marriage Last?

By John Donovan Synopsys yesterday (11/30/2011) announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to buy Magma Design Automation for $507 million, the largest acquisition in the EDA industry in many years. The acquisition will strengthen Synopsys’ position in both … Continue reading

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Defunding Innovation

By John Donovan I read two articles this morning that together bookend a singularly bad idea: defunding scientific R&D just when other countries – China in particular – are making it a national priority. Chinese Incentives The first was an … Continue reading

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Cadence Advocates Application-Driven Design

At last week’s CDN Live event, the Cadence team detailed their vision for the future of the EDA industry: not point tools for engineers but standards-based, end-user oriented application–driven design. CEO Lip-Bu Tan pointed out that the $350B electronics industry … Continue reading

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Bluetooth Low-Energy: An Introduction

This week the Bluetooth SIG formally adopted Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.0, which adds Bluetooth Low-Energy (LE) to what’s now being called Classic Bluetooth or Basic Rate (BR), namely what you have in your Bluetooth headset. Designed to work from … Continue reading

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The New Publishing Paradigm

Early this year my old boss and friend John Reardon, CEO of the RTC Group, and I had it out on Rick Jamison’s Synopsys blog over the future of print vs. online journalism. While not quite accusing John of an … Continue reading

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ARM CTO Warns of Dark Silicon

Moore’s Law keeps marching relentlessly forward, thanks to engineers conjuring up increasingly clever tricks to push back against the laws of physics. According to ARM, in the last seven years mobile phones have shown a 50X improvement in talk-time per … Continue reading

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Print vs. Online: Finding the Way Forward

[Continuing the debate on Rick Jamison’s Listening Post blog:] I don’t think any of us are predicting the death of print, just its decline, which means an old business model needs to be retooled. What we’re witnessing is the acendancy … Continue reading

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