Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

January 2015, The new Common Core guidelines for math and science seem to be flawed. At the middle school levels, the guidelines call for students to show mastery of the content by being able to prove that a digital representation is the best one. This contention might be true if you are talking bit-level accuracy [...]

December 16, 2014, IEDM, Sn Francisco—Chih-Ming Hung from MediaTek talked about the changes in architectures to implement RF transceivers to minimize the effects of device variability and process variations. The added intelligence is still constrained by the need for some device matching and device level enhancements. The strong demand for high performance affordable handsets has [...]

September 11, 2014, Intel Developers Forum, San Francisco—A collection of audio experts talked about new approaches for improving audio. These new approaches can change how we interact with our various devices and enable novel capabilities. Novel applications for voice and audio include security, privacy, and diaries and improved transcription. The voice can be a part [...]

namm 2014 – Anaheim January 23-26 January 7, 2014, Joe Lamond presented an overview of NAMM and its upcoming show. The show takes thousands of people to make it happen and demonstrates new ideas, shares best practices, and offers an opportunity for the music merchants and industry to get together. The annual event has taken [...]

October 5, 2013, IEEE Communications Society and Consumer Electronics Society, Santa Clara, CA—Michail Tsatsanis from Entropic talked about the silicon innovations that enable the next generation cable architecture. The cable systems are facing challenges due to the changes in their media mix. Now the cable is not just for delivering video to the TV, but [...]

September 23, 2013, Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, San Jose, CA—Mark Horowitz from Stanford described the steps needed to increase analog design reuse and facilitate greater design automation. As ICs grew from simple SSI chips to today’s SoCs, the tools for digital design enabled much higher levels of abstraction, which allowed for greater automation and design [...]

July 2013 – At the 44th Comic-Con in San Diego, the crowds were the largest ever. As show that started as a celebration and community sharing artistic creativity in form of print comic books and artwork, has become an increasingly electronic centric show. The expo now features TV, movies, web shows, video games, and electronic [...]

April 8, 2013, National Association of Broadcasters, Las Vegas—Some film experts demonstrated some movie clips and explained why a film or digital style worked for that shot. Carol Littleton from Industrial Light and Magic showed the chase scene from “ET” where the boys and ET eventually fly away from the authorities. In ’82 when this [...]

April 23, 2013, IEEE CE Society, Mountain View, CA—Perry Goldstein from Marshall Electronics talked about the evolution of audio and video in the digital age at the local society meeting. The talk featured a historical overview of consumer media products and some thoughts on their future. After working in various segments of the consumer A-V [...]

March 19, 2013, OTTCon, Santa Clara, CA– Drew Baldwin from TubeFilter held a fireside chat with Lance Sloan from Warner Bros. The main topics included the future of entertainment programming, what is working in digital distribution and what isn’t, the impact of different digital platforms, and future prospects for over-the-top and other platforms. So how [...]