New on EDA Blog – 2006.12.08

  • WiMAX Challenging 3G
    According to a report by Pyramid Research, 78% of operators surveyed said they have considered an investment in WiMAX. Sixty-two percent of those operators plan to invest in WiMAX as soon as next year, with nearly 10% suggesting an investment level of more than US$100 million.
  • Testing Medical Devices with Cocktail Napkins
    I am disturbed that medical devices (5.5%) rank so low for the use of test automation tools. Even consumer electronics rank higher than medical devices at 13.9%. Hmmm. I guess that means someone designing a device like an iPod is more likely to use test automation than someone developing something like a heart defibrillator. So, what do engineers use for testing medical devices? Cocktail napkins and slide rules?
  • DVI and HDMI – A Tale of Two Digital Interfaces
    In-Stat has an interesting report on Digital Visual Interface (DVI) and High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI). DVI and HDMI are both high-bandwidth digital interface specifications aimed at transmitting uncompressed video. DVI is aimed primarily at PCs and PC peripherals, while HDMI is aimed at the consumer electronics (CE) market. According to In-Stat, both interfaces saw record numbers of products ship in 2005, and 2006 numbers should be even higher. However, in 2007, the two standards are headed in different directions.
  • Symposium on Industrial Embedded Systems
    The IEEE Symposium on Industrial Embedded Systems (SIES) will take place July 4-6, 2007 in Lisbon, Portugal. The purpose of the symposium is to bring together researchers and practitioners from industry and academia and provide them with a platform to report on recent developments, deployments, technology trends and research results, as well as initiatives related to embedded systems and their applications in a variety of industrial environments.