mannerisms

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

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ARM's Charm

ARM is patting itself on the back for the success of its 64-bit architecture which was conceived seven years ago and announced in late 2011…

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When 4bit-per-cell Flash Looked Possible.

A decade ago, people were talking about 4bit-per-cell flash. As we all now know, we are only now getting to 3bit-per-cell flash. But in the bright new dawn of 2005, there were hopes of much better things…

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The WPU

After the MPU, CPU and GPU, now comes the WPU – the Wearable Processing Unit – a multi-core co-processor which adopts ARM’s Big-Little strategy of having multiple cores for different work-loads…

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Intel-Spreadtrum?

Intel’s China strategy is either fiendishly clever or a sign of desperation. The rumour now is that it’s getting into bed with Chinese fabless mobile chip company Spreadtrum…

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CSR In Play

After rejecting an offer from Microchip Technology to buy the company, CSR is very much in play. It has appointed bankers to oversee a transaction. Microchip has a month to come back with a better offer or walk away…

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Final Roll Of The Legal Dice For Intel

Intel is having one last throw of the dice in its anti-trust row with the EU – it is appealing to the final court of appeal – the European Court of Justice – on a point of law…

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Goodbye To Logic IDMs

There will be only two IDMs making logic at the 22/20nm node – Intel and Samsung, observes IC Insights…

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Every Cloud . . . . .

Essential though it is to the IC industry, and expensive as it tools are, the EDA companies commonly like to portray themselves as unsung, under-valued and under-rewarded…

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Is Intel Going Vulgar?

One of the nice things about tech consumer goods is that they’re made for Joe Soap. There’s usually no turbo-charged, top-of-the-range version for Lord Soap…

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Pass On Knowledge, says Duke of Edinburgh.

As I and 2,400 other members of the Institutions of Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers listened to the talk by the Duke of Edinburgh earlier this month, we were left in no doubt of what he believed an engineer’s educational responsibilities were.

So, 53 years ago, started a…

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The Assumptive Close

37 years ago the Semiconductor Industry Association was founded. The SIA web-site states that the co-founders were Bob Noyce, CEO of Intel, Wilf Corrigan, CEO of Fairchild, Charlie Sporck, CEO of National and Jerry Sanders, CEO of AMD. But it wasn’t quite as simple as that…

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The IP Dilemma

China’s dilemma over IP as it industrialises was explained nearly a decade ago to Doug Dunn, CEO of Plessey Semiconductors, Philips Semiconductors and ASML…

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