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

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ST Seeks Return To Revenue Growth

STMicroelectronics reported 2014 sales of $7.4 billion for a net profit of $128 million and Q4 sales of $1.83 billion for a Q4 net profit of $43 million. It expects a 5% drop in revenues in Q1…

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European VC Investments Sharply Up

€7.9 billion of VC money was invested in Europe last year, up from €6.3 billion in 2013 but down from the record-breaking €10.6 billion of 2001, says Dow Jones VentureSource…

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High Vacuum Variable Capacitors Manufactured In UK

ENGLISH ELECTRIC

announce the first

HIGH VACUUM VARIABLE CAPACITORS

developed and manufactured in Britain

So, 54 years ago, proclaimed an advertisement in Electronics Weekly’s edition of March 29th 1961…

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Cave Graecos

I read that the biggest fear in the gilded halls of the Eurocracy is that the Greeks repudiate their debts, get kicked out of the euro, then prosper mightily…

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Dirty Tricks At IBM

Employee-stuffing during M&A is the latest dirty trick being used to get rid of employees in failing companies, according to SemiWiki.

https://www.semiwiki.com/forum/content/4211-ibm-humiliate-20%-workforce.html…

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CNTs Go 3D

The search for silicon’s successor is generally thought to lie in carbon but carbon structures are taking longer to master than was originally expected…

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The Hungry Customer

“When I was CEO of Intel, I had an unusual experience while visiting a customer,” recounts Andy Grove, “it was during a period of tight availability of microprocessors, our main product. This was not an unusual state of affairs. Supply and demand ebbed and flowed as the computer business had…

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Funding European Fabs

How could Europe fund fabs? There has been a lot of debate around the issue ever since Neelie Kroes announced her intention for Europe to gain a 20% share of the world semiconductor market…

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EU Semi Funding "As Healthy As It Has Ever Been", says Bryant

Fourteen semiconductor pilot lines have been set up under the Euros 6.6 billion Key Enabling Technologies (KET) programme, Mike Bryant, CTO of Future Horizons, told IFS 2015 in London, on Tuesday. ”European funding for semiconductors is now as healthy as it has ever been,” said Bryant…

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The Big Flash Bet: 3D NAND

The flash industry is making a big bet on a technology which may be no good. Usually, when you build a new fab you know that, if the product you intend to put in it is a bummer, then at least you can put another product through it…

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