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Know Your Surroundings

By Malcolm Fuller, Contributing Writer Ever felt self-conscious or felt like everyone was watching you as you struggle to parallel park? You back in, don’t quite get the turn right; pull out, try it again. And again. And again until you give up. Well, with new parking-assist technology emerging, you may not ever feel those emotions again when parking. And


Faster (and more) signalling on the same channel

By Brian Fuller SANTA CLARA, Calif.–A quick history lesson from the heart of the Silicon Valley. We all remember the emergence of low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) in the mid 1990s. The idea was to be able to move digital signals very high speeds to enable higher resolution monitors and better user interface experience with computing, among other things. Two years


Why we need more chip startups

There’s growing concern that the U.S. is losing pace in semiconductor start-ups (although we’ve seen intriguing outliers leveraging crowd-funding to make products). Rick Merritt at EE Times, in a recent piece, quoted Cadence CEO Lip-Bu Tan as framing a more dire situation than most have suspected. According to Merritt: “China and India are pouring money” into semiconductors and “the U.S.


Cold house? Electronics to the rescue!

By Malcolm Fuller, contributing writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. – You wake up in your chilly San Francisco apartment (or any chilly place for that matter), and your first instinct is not to crank up the thermostat several notches (too expensive!). Instead you go to your closet, rifle through an array of sport coats and collared shirts. You pull out your

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Want to innovate? Try spending some money

By Brian Fuller Innovation is about a lot of different things. Partly it’s about flexible thinking, being creative. Partly it’s about taking risk. One thing that often gets overlooked in innovation is raw spending power. If you put  money into R&D, the odds are that you are going to be a little bit more innovative than the next company. One


The Moore’s Law offramp

We worry a lot about Moore’s Law running out of gas right about now. Now comes former AMD CEO Hector Ruiz with this piece on Harvard Business Review’s blog: “There, however, is a possible “off-ramp” to Moore’s Law that offers new hope — not just of continued improvement in semiconductors but of an open, competitive playing field unlike the Intel-dominated

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Building a culture of innovation

By Brian Fuller If you followed us for the past couple of years on drive for innovation, this info graphic should come as no surprise. A lot of what we’ve covered, the interviews we’ve done, and the insights we’ve heard from the road tell us how to build a culture and from innovation. But I have to say that this


The Future of Demand Response Technologies

LOS ANGELES–So often, we get ahead of ourselves a consuming public, especially when it comes to technology innovation. Take power generation and smart-grid management. We know that electronics that drive enormous efficiency gains on the grid. After all, our smart phones can guide us to someplace we’ve never been, so why not immediately optimize all our home appliances to help

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Belly Up To The Bar (Code)

By Malcolm Fuller, Contributing Writer SURREY, B.C.—Most revolutionary inventions come from years of grueling research and hours in a lab, but not the bar code. N. Joseph Woodland was sitting on a beach drawing lines in the sand with his finger. Woodland left a historic legacy in his wake, when he passed away on Dec. 8, 2012 at the age of 91.

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