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Innovate or die! A high-tech parable from this week’s Time Magazine

Today I was reading this week’s issue of Time Magazine while eating lunch in my secret fish-and-chips restaurant at an undisclosed location in Milpitas, California when I chanced upon a fascinating article about RIM, maker of the BlackBerry. The article’s … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Watch out Tom Cruise, Minority Report gesture recognition is near. Very near. And Cheap ($70)

A startup company named LeapMotion is now taking reservations for its motion-control gadget, Leap, which appears to replicate the gesture recognition used by Tom Cruise in the movie “Minority Report” using a USB peripheral device about the size (OK, well … Continue reading

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Tuesday DAC Photos: Cool Shoes and the transit of Venus across the Sun

Here are two photos from today’s DAC in San Francisco. The first photo is a pair of shoes worn by Susan Peterson of Cadence. We were told to wear black shoes for our show “outfit.” Too bad no one said … Continue reading

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Friday Video: How the iPhone saved a Corning glass factory in Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Here’s a video about a completely non-electronic product that’s intimately interwoven into the success of a highly electronic product. The non-electronic product is durable, scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass and the electronic product it was first associated with is the original … Continue reading

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Friday Video: New consumer technologies have disrupted businesses for 100 years

MIT’s Technology Review has published a 3-minute video that chronicles some of the cataclysmic business disruptions caused by the introduction of new consumer technologies. Watch:

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Software development for SoCs requires “bespoke” software enablement platforms

I’ve always wanted to use the British English word “bespoke” in a blog and Cadence Group Director of Product Marketing for the System Development Suite Frank Schirrmeister has now given me that opportunity with his EDPS forecast on system-level EDA … Continue reading

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After Silicon, SoC, and System Realization comes Dynasty Realization

The EDA360 vision document divides the world of electronic design into Silicon, SoC, and System Realization. It’s a product-oriented view and it has pushed all EDA vendors to embrace what designers always knew: product design is hard from the chip … Continue reading

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TI and Brookstone release $229.99 Picoprojector for Apple iPhone 4/4S

The new $229.99 picoprojector just announced by TI and Brookstone represents a real tour de force in System Realization. It combines a TI DLP (digital light processing) Pico light engine, video circuits, audio circuits, a 2100 mAh battery, and a … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Apple iPhone 4S teardown by iFixIt

If you’re curious about a range of Apple iPhone 4S technical topics from what’s changed from the Apple iPhone 4 to why can’t “lesser” iPhones run Siri, then take a look at this video from iFixIt:

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Want to guarantee that your next product is a huge success? Ask Apple’s Siri

Troy Wolverton is a News Columnist for the San Jose Mercury News and this morning’s paper carried his fascinating column on his growing infatuation with Siri, the intelligent assistant that lives inside of every Apple iPhone 4S. The column is … Continue reading

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Apple reports selling $1B of iPhone 4S Smartphones in three days. Is apps-driven design working as well for you?

Apple announced today that it has sold more than 4 million iPhone 4S smartphones since first product availability on Friday. That’s 4 million units in three days selling for $199 at AT&T to $649 for an unlocked iPhone 4S bought … Continue reading

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Apple iPhone 4S: How about a peek under the hood?

Friday was the first day to get your hands on an Apple iPhone 4S. I saw a photo in the San Jose Mercury News of Steve “Woz” Wozniak sitting in a lawn chair camped out at a local Apple store. … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Macworld’s Jason Snell has a largely successful conversation with Apple’s Siri intelligent agent

Here’s an 11-minute video showing Macworld’s Editorial Director Jason Snell putting Apple’s Siri, the intelligent agent residing in the company’s new iPhone 4S, through some paces. This is a longer demo than the one at the iPhone 4S rollout and … Continue reading

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Could 28nm be the gating factor for LTE handset deployment? Aftermath of the Apple iPhone 4S rollout

Yesterday, Apple introduced the iPhone 4S, an improved 3G phone. It’s not the 4G LTE phone many were expecting. Anand Lal Shimpi of http://www.Anandtech.com immediately published an article with a really interesting conjecture: LTE handsets await a mainstream 28nm process … Continue reading

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Today’s Apple iPhone 4S intro emphasizes apps. Built-in apps

With much of the expected fanfare, Apple introduced its next iPhone: the 4S. The iPhone 4S is a world phone with both GSM and CDMA capabilities, but it’s not a 4G phone. However, that probably doesn’t matter. With its usual … Continue reading

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Google’s planned purchase of Motorola Mobility is a pure EDA360 play: Software drives Hardware

When I told my good friend David Thon that Google’s planned purchase of smartphone maker Motorola Mobility was a pure EDA360 play, he invited me to explain. In simplest terms, EDA360 posits that software now drives hardware in the processor-centric … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Cool video tricks with the Apple iPhone 4’s CMOS camera and the rolling-shutter effect

Normally, a CMOS image sensor’s rolling “jello” shutter is a liability. Pan the camera too quickly and vertical straight lines become curved. That’s because there’s a time delay between the capture of one line of video and the next, and … Continue reading

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What’s the current cost of adding LTE to a mobile phone? $39.75 says an IHS report.

According to a report published recently by  the IHS iSuppli Teardown Analysis Service, it costs nearly $40 to add LTE wireless capability to a mobile phone handset. That’s the conclusion of a teardown report on the HTC Thunderbolt mobile phone, … Continue reading

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Lytro’s new camera will let you adjust focus point of an image long after taking the shot

This week’s announcement by Mountain View startup Lytro has literally set the photography world on fire. The company was founded by Ren Ng, whose Stanford PhD dissertation is all about the technology needed to create images from light fields—images where … Continue reading

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Want to know a secret about Apple’s iPhone apps? Things didn’t go exactly as planned according to San Jose Mercury News story

Chris O’Brien of the San Jose Mercury News often writes extremely interesting tech stories from Silicon Valley and today’s newspaper carried a page-1 story about Apple’s iPhone apps, as told to O’Brien by former senior director of worldwide product marketing … Continue reading

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Friday Video: App pours beer from phone

OK, can’t touch this, yet. Another fantasy from an American beer brewer. Tip of the hat to Steve Brown at Cadence for the lead to the video!

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Apps-driven: Are mobile phones the agents of creative destruction?

EETimes editor Dylan McGrath published a really interesting article today about the demise of the Flip video camera. The article is titled “What’s Next?” and it starts out by exploring Cisco’s sudden termination of the entire product line it got … Continue reading

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Apps Driven: Which smartphone lasts longest when grilled?

Charcoal grilling is not one of the more common applications when you think about smartphones. In fact, most engineers will flinch at the mental image of roasting three smartphones on a grill. That’ show I felt when I read that … Continue reading

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