mannerisms

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

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The Assumptive Close

37 years ago the Semiconductor Industry Association was founded. The SIA web-site states that the co-founders were Bob Noyce, CEO of Intel, Wilf Corrigan, CEO of Fairchild, Charlie Sporck, CEO of National and Jerry Sanders, CEO of AMD. But it wasn’t quite as simple as that…

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The IP Dilemma

China’s dilemma over IP as it industrialises was explained nearly a decade ago to Doug Dunn, CEO of Plessey Semiconductors, Philips Semiconductors and ASML…

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Problematic Processes

NAND process geometries have become as problematic as logic process geometries with the advantages of further scaling – especially as 3D NAND approaches – being questioned…

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IR Bought After 67 Years Of Independence

Infineon is to buy the world’s oldest independent semiconductor company, International Rectifier, for $3 billion. The deal is 50% above IR’s market cap yesterday…

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Poor Old Bankers

70% of tech M&A deals worth over $100 million this year have been done without the use of an investment bank, points out Dealogic…

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The Player

One of the world’s great players is Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO of SoftBank, who bought 80% of Sprint for $20 billion, bought Vodafone Japan for $15 billion and owns a stake in Alibaba worth $56 billion…

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Britain's Space Programme On Schedule

Britain’s space research programme is going ahead on schedule. In two months’ time the integration of the British experiments with the American Scout rocket components will take place.

So, 53 years ago, started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of April 26th 1961…

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Mythical Empires

There’s no idea like an old idea. 26 years ago Echelon set up to connect things in the home. It had demos showing the lights being switched on, curtains opened and drawn, gates and garage doors opened and shut – all remotely…

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TSMC Developing FD-SOI

TSMC is looking at FD-SOI. That’s not news, but the fact that TSMC has started filing patents on FD-SOI technology is news, and this was reported by Eric Esteve on SemiWiki.

Esteve quotes from a patent filed by TSMC: “Devices formed on SOI substrates offer many advantages…

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The Changing Shape Of Intel's Fins

The Changing Shape Of Intel's Fins

Intel’s 14nm process has done something which is “almost a miracle – extremely impressive,” says Professor Asen Asenov, Professor of Electrical Engineering at Glasgow University  and CEO of  statistical analysis specialist Gold Standard Simulations (GSS…

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Wild West

Fairchild Semiconductor in its declining days was a frightening place to be.

 

“It seemed like every other Friday somewhere in Fairchild there were layoffs,” recounts John East, CEO of Actel whose first job was at Fairchild, “everyone would go straight to the cafeteria Friday mornings. No one even bothered…

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The Kiss Killer

Michael Crichton’s 2002 science fiction novel Prey became a little less fiction and a lot more science yesterday with Harvard announcing it had created a Kilobot Swarm…

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Fable: The Screw-Up

Once upon a time some of Apple’s top engineers span-out a company which captured the industry’s imagination to such an extent that its backers included Sony, Motorola, AT&T, Philips, BT, Matsushita and others.

A rabbit roamed the offices.

The product was to be a personal…

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TSMC Approves $3bn Capex

TSMC’s board has passed a resolution to “approve appropriations of US$3,054.7 million for expansion of advanced capacity, conversion of certain logic capacity to specialty technologies, building and facility installation as well as capacity setup for advanced packaging and assembly, and fourth quarter 2014 R&D…

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