mannerisms

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

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Inequality

Inequality of wealth is a bone of contention with the wealth held by the poorest half of the world’s population matching the wealth held by the world’s 85 richest people and with the heirs of Walmart founder Sam Walton having as much wealth – $69 billion – as the bottom…

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FCC Issues Net Neutrality Proposals

Net neutrality, the principle that the internet should be open to all on equal terms, is under threat in the USA as the FCC Commissioners discuss  new proposed  rules following its defeat in Verizon v FCC…

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No Hire Case Settled

The class action lawsuit against Intel, Apple, Google and Adobe alleging no-hiring agreements for each others’ employees has been settled…

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Fastest Growing Product Areas Last Year

The semiconductor market revenue was $318 billion last year – up 5% on 2012, says IHS. The top 25 companies had revenue of  $225.3 billion—71% of the total. The biggest % growth areas were: DRAM – 32.5. NAND -  24 Small signal FETS – 21.3 Wireless ASSPs – 15.3 Analogue ASSPs…

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Foundries Have Stepped Up To The Challenge, says ARM VP.

The foundry industry has motored to catch up with Intel on process technology. “In the last couple of years, with Intel being forthright about getting into in the mobile space and quoting process node advantage as a way to leadership in the marketplace, that has woken up the foundries to…

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Comms Drives ICs

Communications is the driving force for IC sales in three out of the four major global geographic regions and will overtake computer systems to become the largest system application for ICs for the first time in 2014, says IC Insights…

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SEMI B-to-B Trending Up

SEMI’s Book to Bill is trending positive with a 1.06 b-to-b for March after 1.04 in February, 1.01 in January and 1.02 in December…

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Components R&D Outside US Is 'Impressive'.

Components research outside the US is ‘highly impressive’. This is the assessment of Mr F.E. Wenger with the Washington DC headquarters office of the Air Force Systems Command speaking at the Electronic Components Conference. So, 53 years ago, started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of May 17th…

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Fable: The Man Who Did The World Some Good

There was once a Marquis who won the Nobel Prize.  Helped by his butler he built, at the age of 20, a device which could ring a bell by pushing a button on the other side of  a room without connecting wires…

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Tough Times For The EMEA Guys

Has the Arab Spring done anything for the electronics industry? According to a report from the Henry Jackson Society, absolutely not. If the acronym EMEA is in your job title, be warned…

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Asia Increases Share, says DECISION

Ten years ago, North America, Europe and Japan represented two-thirds of global electronic equipment production, says DECISION in a new report…

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