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

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French Government Tips ST Into Profit.

Thanks to a payment of $100 million from the French government under the Nano2017 R&D support programme, STMicroelectronics recorded its first quarterly profit for 11 quarters in Q2…

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Top Ten O-S-D Suppliers

Thanks to IC Insights for this one – the top ten suppliers of opto, sensor/actuators and discretes last year…

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ARM Stalks Servers

v8, ARM’s 64-bit processor, looks like a hit. Seven licences were signed in Q2, making 50 in all. “50 v8 licences signed – 100 to go,” says ARM evp Pete Hutton…

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The Democratisation Of Funding

The democratisation of funding means that entrepreneurs can pitch for funds to a wider variety of potential backers than ever before, writes Linda Bernardi in the Washington Post…

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Wafer Prices Rising As Supply Lags Demand

According to the two Taiwan newspapers the Commercial Times and the Economic Daily News  the Taiwanese foundries are swamped with orders, customers are offering a premium for wafers and prices are climbing…

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Wearables Bollox

Wearables were, IMO, bollox until I got my Gear2 – and now I would not be without it.

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Alibaba's Amazing Arithmetic

In Q4 2013, 15 year-old China e-merchant Alibaba’s buying and selling deals were worth $85 billion which is why the company’s NYSE IPO planned for September is going to value the company at anything from $100 billion to $250 billion…

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The Pulsing Power Supply.

Sir Clive Sinclair nearly made the first pocket calculator. HP beat him by three months with its Model 35 launched in July 1972. Sinclair’s calculator, called Executive, launched in October  1972…

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Killer Accountancy

The International Civil Aviation Authority warned airlines in April “of the possible existence of serious risks to the safety of international civil flights” and advised them to find alternative routes to Ukrainian airspace…

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Poor Old Nokia

Poor old Nokia. After being decimated by shocking leadership and sold off to the Yanks now comes the kicker – 25% of the Finnish workforce in the old handset business are to be sacked…

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Si Valley VC Funding Back to 2001 Level

Silicon Valley VC investments were $7.4 billion in Q2, reports Dow Jones VentureSource, out of a total of $13.8 billion in VC investments across the whole of the US…

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Fable: The Two Sick IC Companies Which Made A Healthy One

27 years ago there were a couple of sick companies. Although two sick semi companies don’t usually make a healthy one,  they merged to create a company which had annual sales of $850 million, annual losses of $200 million and debt of $650 million. “Everyone was betting that within…

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G-Men For Dublin

Edward Snowden remains America’s most influential man. For the country whose business is business, Snowden has raised a thorny dilemma…

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The Wages Of Sin

Jolly good results from Intel on the back of the corporate PC resurgence but poor little Cinderella – the MCG (the Mobile and Communications Group) –  had revenues of only $51 million in Q2 even though it shipped 10 million tablet processors…

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