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Hi, I'm brand director for UBM Tech, Electronics, including EETimes, EDN, Planet Analog, EBN, Embedded, TechOnline,&, where I'm responsible for ensuring the brands remain true to their promise to the communities they serve, both sponsors and members/users. Since graduating with an National Diploma in Electronic Engineering in 1987 (Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland), I've been either doing or covering technology, design, and learning and have a passion for developing ideas, content and platforms that help engineers and innovators connect and get from concept to reality as quickly as possible -- and have a little fun in the process. When not thinking about that, I like to explore the boundaries of my wife's patience and tease my two little ones til they cry'uncle'and can't take it anymore. That makes business travel a lot more attractive for everyone involved. I also like running, lots of music, reading (philosophy, biographies, mostly), hiking, home improvement (technology and reconstruction), playing with media, and gadgets.


's contributions
    • To address better the issues of cost, connectivity, power efficiency and ease of development for industrial, medical, communications and audio applications, Texas Instruments has announced four new processors that add SATA and uPP support and dynamic voltage and frequency scaling to fixed- and floating-point capabilities--with code reusability.

    • Emphasizing low power, low cost and greater integration, Texas Instruments has added two devices to its 'C5000 line of digital signal processors that are aimed squarely at battery-driven applications such as headphones, voice, biometrics and portable medical devices.

    • After tearing down the latest crop of advanced gaming platforms, from the Playstation 3 to the Xbox 360 Elite, analysts at Semiconductor Insights took a scalpel to the original game console: the Atari 2600. See just how far the technology and business models have come.

    • Nokia has announced the availability of the Open C plug-in extension for the S60 third edition software development kit (SDK). The plug-in simplifies the porting of Linux-targeted open-source projects to Symbian OS-based S60 smartphones and enables increased productivity for developers of mobile applications running on S60 devices.

    • Semiconductor Insights got hold of some of the first PS3s and videotaped as they took it apart. Find out what they discovered inside.

    • Hey all, Part 1 went really well and we got to most of your questions: Thanks for submitting and for joining in during the event. We're lining up Part 2 now, so let us know what you'd like to see addressed as we get more specific on items such as thermal management, optics, lighting design etc..

    • Hi Deepskiri, thanks for your support! We're looking to do a follow-up to this Android course, so if you or anyone else have suggestions on what Part 2 should discuss, please, let us know. Very best regards, Patrick.

    • Hi Steven, delighted you enjoyed the course! Unfortunately we don't make it available as a downloadable file, but as a registered user you can jump in at any time and pick up the course in its entirety or at specific points as a refresher. Best regards, Patrick

    • Hi all: We're delighted you're enjoying the Fundamentals of USB course, but unfortunately we can't make it downloadable at this point, for many reasons. We hope that doesn't detract too much from the learning experience. Keep in mind, that you can pause and come back to the course at your leisure. Best regards!

    • Hi all, we're delighted you've enjoyed the course. Due to copyright issues we cannot distribute the course per your requests, but it will be here on EETimes whenever you need it. Best regards to all. Patrick

    • Hi mrwonderful. Course materials, as a general rule, are not downloadable due to internal copyright as well as distribution agreements we have with many presenters. Best regards, Patrick

    • Hi Sheetal, glad you liked the course. For SI issues with PCBs, I'd recommend you take a look at Fundamentals of PCB Design here: Best regards, Patrick

    • you say early in the story: "It was the natural evolution for us to move up to support our customers who wanted to be on that path." That's always a good thing (responding to customers' needs). But why now? What took so long? People have been doing 32-bit for years. did they only now realize that they were going to get their lunch eaten if they didn't cave and get off the 8-bit rock?