mannerisms

Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.

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NXP Buys Freescale

NXP is going to buy Freescale for $11.1 billion. Freescale, which has been buffeted by re-org after re-org for the last decade, must now be braced for the re-org to end all re-orgs…

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China Turns The Screw

China is turning the screw on US tech companies. Cisco, Apple, McAfee and Citrix have all had their names removed from the list of approved suppliers to China government departments…

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Infineon Raises €800m

Infineon has raised €800 million in the bond market to pay off the debt incurred by acquiring IR.

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The Altruistic Gambler

When WWII broke out, Tom Watson Senior offered IBM’s factories to the US government to make armaments…

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Stamps

The cost of a stamp has gone up to 63p today.

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ARM Goes Cloudy

ARM is limbering up for ubiquity. Last week it was IoT, this week it’s The Cloud.

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Fable: Darwinism

60 years ago this year, Ohio had a top ten semiconductor company.

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Saved

Phew. We’re saved. All that gloomy stuff about being taken over by robots has been rubbished by Britain’s greatest AI practitioner…

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Wireless Tbps Achieved By Surrey University.

Tbps speeds for 5G have been demo-ed over 100 metres at Surrey University by a research team from the university’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) headed up by Professor Rahim Tafazolli…

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Continent No Longer Isolated From UK Tech

For many years UK companies have  disdained to take part in EU R&D programmes. This is partly because of UK government meannesss about funding, partly because of UK government imposition of restrictions and partly because of the perceived complications of the paperwork…

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TSMC Runs 1000 EUV Wafers In A Day At 90W

TSMC told the SPIE Lithography conference that it has exposed 1022 wafers in 24 hours with an ASML NXE:3300B EUV machine with a  source power of 90W and that it has achieved several 400+ wafer per day results…

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Telephone Week

Figures showing the growth of the telephone service were given in the Commons by the Post-Master General Mr Reginald Bevins.

So, 54 years ago, starts a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of April 5th 1961…

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Silicon Valley Plans First IPO In Two Years

eASIC, the 16 year-old Silicon Valley quick turnaround ASIC company, is to IPO, but whether this is a sign of good times to come for the IPO-starved semiconductor industry is problematic…

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Shades

It’s strange that one of the commonest human activities attracts the most amount of human curiosity…

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Too Many Cooks

There have been scores of reasons given for Nokia’s demise – a refusal to utilise its own inventions like touchscreens, ignoring its engineers’ recommendations, the ‘warring tribes’ syndrome caused by over-segmentation, neglecting innovation, miss-reading the shift to mobile computing and social networking, recruiting a raft of non-technical…

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