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

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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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Telephone Week

Figures showing the growth of the telephone service were given in the Commons by the Post-Master General Mr Reginald Bevins.

So, 54 years ago, starts a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of April 5th 1961…

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Silicon Valley Plans First IPO In Two Years

eASIC, the 16 year-old Silicon Valley quick turnaround ASIC company, is to IPO, but whether this is a sign of good times to come for the IPO-starved semiconductor industry is problematic…

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Shades

It’s strange that one of the commonest human activities attracts the most amount of human curiosity…

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Too Many Cooks

There have been scores of reasons given for Nokia’s demise – a refusal to utilise its own inventions like touchscreens, ignoring its engineers’ recommendations, the ‘warring tribes’ syndrome caused by over-segmentation, neglecting innovation, miss-reading the shift to mobile computing and social networking, recruiting a raft of non-technical…

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Fable: Change And Decay

In 1880 the French government gave a prize of 50,000 francs to a Scottish inventor who used the money to set up a laboratory named after an Italian inventor in the USA…

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The Show Goes On

The semiconductor show goes on with the development of a 140W light-source which makes EUV viable as a production tool…

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Why Oh Why?

To a technologist there’s nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come  – even if it’s a bad idea…

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Sound Joins Light To Enable Silicon Photonics ICs

Silicon photonics is a promising technology which has proved to be elusive but now Imec and Ghent University have demonstrated interaction between light and sound in a nanoscale waveguide which allows photons to control photons and may pave the way to production of silicon photonic ICs…

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Nuclear-Type Treaty Needed For Cyber-Security, says Obama

The world has to come to the same sort of agreement on cyber-security as it came to on the non-proliferation of nuclear arms, President Obama has told Re/Code. http://recode.net/2015/02/15/white-house-red-chair-obama-meets-swisher//”> &gt…

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The Superconductivity Phenomenon

That a superconducting substance will go normal when the current density in it exceeds a critical value is well known. The current needs to be of the order of 107 amp/sq cm.

So, 55 years ago, starts a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of October 5th 1960…

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