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

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Oh To Be In The Doghouse

At least it’s not IoT but it’s almost as silly – Samsung has prototyped a £20k kennel.

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Top 10 Recipients Of US Patents In 2014

Thanks to IFI Claims Patent Service for this one – the top ten recipients of US ‘utility’ patents in 2014. Utility means technology inventions rather than aesthetic designs…

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Italy PM Rats On Micron Promise

The Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi, appears to have ratted on his promise to reinstate sacked Micron by Christmas…

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Freescale-NXP - The Overlap

One Who Knows tells me that there is considerable overlap between the product lines of Freescale and NXP which will be a major determinant of the number of people who will be sacked after the merger…

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Matchstick-Sized Blood Pressure Transducer

A blood pressure transducer the size of a match-stick and an ultrasonic blood flow measuring device were among topics discussed at a meeting between leading British heart surgeons and engineers in London last week.

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

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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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