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

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Lithium Anode Made Possible By Stanford

A lithium anode has been made possible by inventing a film made from carbon nanospheres to protect the unstable lithium as it expands during charging and contracts while discharging…

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Airfield Bird Dispersal System Under Evaluation

Worldwide interest has been created by the airfield bird dispersal system ‘Sappho’ being developed by The Trix Electrical Co Ltd in collaboration with the Ministry of Aviation. The system utilises specially recorded bird alarm and distress calls. So, 54 years ago, starts a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of…

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Wacky Wodge

A new wheeze has emerged in California of entrepreneurs getting their money out before the IPO by taking a cut of the VC money…

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Eagles And Chicks

In a world of couch potatoes, it’s too much of a fag to go to a live sporting event so wouldn’t it be nice to be able to chant, swear at the ref, cheer and do Mexican Waves from the comfort of your sofa…

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MediaTek Senses Opportunity

Although TSMC is said to be so short of capacity that customers are offering to pay 5% extra to secure contracted wafers, its Hsinchu City neighbour MediaTek has managed to get its normal 100k 28nm wafers per quarter allocation upped to 110K for Q3, reports DigiTimes…

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Yanks Can Unlock Phones

In the Land Of The Free they can now unlock mobile phones without committing a criminal offence.

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Cynking

If you want a diversion today as you wait for the weekend starting bell, watch Cynk shares.

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The CEO Who Missed The Point

2007 was remarkable for two events in the mobile universe: Nokia made its biggest ever profit and Apple launched the iPhone…

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Analogue Out-Pacing IC Industry

Analogue is outpacing the industry. Average annual analogue IC unit growth rate is forecast by IC Insights to be 8.9% between 2013 and 2018 compared to 7.2% growth forecast for the industry as a whole…

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Life's Better On The Side Of The Angels

UK tech execs who raised money last year are a chirpier bunch than their US counterparts because UK execs rely more on angels whereas the Americans rely more on VCs…

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French Government Tips ST Into Profit.

Thanks to a payment of $100 million from the French government under the Nano2017 R&D support programme, STMicroelectronics recorded its first quarterly profit for 11 quarters in Q2…

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Top Ten O-S-D Suppliers

Thanks to IC Insights for this one – the top ten suppliers of opto, sensor/actuators and discretes last year…

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ARM Stalks Servers

v8, ARM’s 64-bit processor, looks like a hit. Seven licences were signed in Q2, making 50 in all. “50 v8 licences signed – 100 to go,” says ARM evp Pete Hutton…

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