mannerisms

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

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Wozzie

Woz has become an Ozzie. Apple employee No.1 has taken Australian citizenship partly for the curious reason that he can’t get a broadband connection in California…

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Another Good Year To Come For Chips.

A positive for the semiconductor industry this year is that it is the industry with the least correlation with the oil price,  says Bank of America Merrill Lynch Bank in its 2015 Semiconductor Playbook…

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Cheap Placcy Chip

Imec has produced a cheap plastic RFID transponder IC which could run for 20 years on an AAA battery…

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The Technologist Whose Market Grew Too Fast

Hal Philipp, founder and CEO of  charge transfer capacitive sensing specialist Quantum Research, sold his business to Atmel for $88 million.

 

“I’m more of a technologist”, said Philipp in 2008, the year he sold QR to Atmel,, “I like the technology side. The business side has become almost…

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Fable: The Fateful Blow

Half a century ago, the UK government was spending a third of what the US government was spending on semiconductor R&D…

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The 8Tb Memory Chip

Crossbar, the RRAM specialist, says it has solved a major obstacle to RRAM’s commercialisation – what Crossbar calls ‘sneak path current’ (aka leakage…

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Bio Systems Show The Route To Self-Organising Instrumentation

The control mechanisms inherent in biological systems can act as a guide in the development of self-organising instrumentation systems, Professor Arthur Porter, Dean of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, said in London last week.

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

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Idiots

The surprising thing about BT’s negotiations to buy a mobile carrier are the prices being bandied about…

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So Who's Ahead On 14nm?

“If Intel’s 14nm process is so superior, how come Intel execs didn’t convince Apple to dump frenemy Samsung?” asks Jean-Louis Gassee in his Monday Note this morning…

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Bend It Like Crocus

Crocus, the magnetically enhanced IC specialist, has prototyped a bendable display using flexible sensors and is looking for applications and customers for it…

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Putting Jobs Where People Are.

The investments made by STMicroelectronics in Catania, which have become news-worthy in the last six months with Micron Technology trying to displace researchers located there, were prompted 60 years ago by social conditions in Italy…

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A Magna Carta For The Web

The Internet is a massive breeding ground for porn, a facilitator of terrorism, an enabler of state surveillance. It is the strongest force ever seen for mass communication, the provider of access to the greatest repository of knowledge  ever assembled and the most powerful medium for sharing ideas ever invented…

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Wanted: Ideas

You’d think putting a silicon incubator in Silicon Valley is like taking coals to Newcastle, but TSMC and Synopsys think it’s worth doing…

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