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

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Phone Chip Bloodbath

The price of a chip-set for entry-level 4G smartphones has dropped to $8-9, reports Digitimes, heading towards $7-6 next year…

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Five Radio Receivers and Two TV Receivers Needed Per 100 People.

UNESCO have issued a report on the subject of mass communication which suggests that the minimal density per 100 inhabitants in underdeveloped areas should be five radio receivers and two television receivers (apart from newspapers and cinemas).

So, 53 years ago, started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of…

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CEOs Turned Technologists

Interesting to see Larry Ellison switch from CEO to CTO in the same way thst Bill Gates became chief software architect after being CEO…

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The Need For Something Special

“The VC funds are going out and raising money.  But semiconductor investment activity, in terms of the number of start-ups, is decreasing. It’s not for the faint-hearted,  it requires $60m to $80m to create a big business in semiconductor,” said Laurence Garrett, investment director at 3i, back…

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August SEMI B-to-B At 1:04

The SEMI book-to-bill was 1:04 in August, down from the 1.07 of July, the 1.10 of June and the 1.06 of March, but up from the 1.0 of May and the 1.03 of April…

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A Horrible Business To Be In

No one expected the Ericsson modem operation, repatriated from the wreckage of ST-Ericsson, to last very long. In fact it lasted 9 months and cost $240 million…

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Fable: The Sucker

Ten years ago last month, a famous company spun out of its parent with an IPO which priced the shares  at $13 putting a value on the company of $5.2 billion…

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A Cup Of Kindness

Whatever the Scots do today we should raise a cup of kindness to them tomorrow.

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The Datenkraken

Facebook, Google and Amazon now have a collective noun to describe their genre thanks to the Germans – they are the Datenkraken…

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Bio-Diversity Comes To EDA

Bio-diversity is the future for EDA – with the mammals going one way and insects going another, says Chris Rowen, founder of Tensilica who sold his company to Cadence and is now CTO at their IP group…

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Ten Happiest Cities In USA

Thanks to economists Edward Glaeser and Oren Ziv at Harvard University and Joshua Gottlieb at the University of British Columbia for this one – the ten happiest cities in America. The information is based on data from the US Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance System – a national survey run by the US…

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The Apple-China Pas De Deux

Apple has told China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom that it won’t be selling iPhone 6s in China just yet…

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Engineers Wanted For Pleasant Country House Location

ELECTRONICS RESEARCH

ELECTRONIC ENGINEERS

AND PHYSICISTS

was, 53 years ago,  the headline of an advertisement in Electronics Weekly’s edition of April 12th 1961.

 

The ad continued:

‘required for interesting research work in a variety of fields at a small research establishment, with the backing of a large industrial…

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Awa' A'noo

So Thursday’s the day. If the Scots go will the Welsh and Northern Irish go? And then the North of England and the Cornish…

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Memory Marches On

Moore’s Law may falter but SanDisk’s half terabyte SD card shows that ingenuity pushes progress on.

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The Standard Programmable Part

“It was 1972 when I graduated and artificial and intelligence and robotics had always been a fascination”, says Professor David May FRS, Professor of  Computer Science at Bristol University and co-inventor of the Transputer, “robotics is a parallel world. Robots do multiple tasks simultaneously. So my world was a…

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Tech Industry Creates Useful Product

In a week when the world’s most valuable company unveils a phone which was much the same as its last phone plus a problematic electronic watch, it’s reassuring to see that the industry can produce useful products…

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