mannerisms

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

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Physics

Physics is the ideal background for a businessman, reckons David Potter, founder of Psion.

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Fumus et Umbra

Insofar as it’s impossible to tell what a 10nm process is any more or to give credence to any of the projections about future migrations to new nodes, it is difficult to know what significance to attach to Samsung’s announcement that it will have 10nm “in full production…

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The Stonking Six

Six top 20 companies had 20%+ growth in Q1 compared to Q1 2014, reports IC Insights. Mediatek entered the top 10 while ST dropped out. Sharp and UMC moved into the top 20 while Nvidia and AMD moved out…

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Patent Fees

UK Patent attorneys are warning that setting high fees for the new European Unitary Patent risks destabilising the patent system across the continent…

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Fable: The Engineer Who Thrived In Austerity

69 years ago, at a time when today’s austerity would seem like a life of unimaginable luxury, an engineer invented a finger ring which would hold a cigarette so that it could be smoked right down to the bitter end…

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Industrial Semis Top $40bn

Industrial semiconductor revenues grew by 18% after 13% growth in 2013. in 2014, according to IHS. It was the highest annual growth since the 36% boom in 2010. The sector is now worth $40 billion a year…

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Top Ten IC Vendors

Thanks to Gartner for this one – the top ten semiconductor vendors in 2014:

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Fluffy Techies

After getting inveigled into attending an event called ‘The Next Billion’ in an old church in the Marylebone Road, it occurs to me that the modern techie is a fluffy creature…

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TV Studio Opens At Elstree

Definition Choice for TV Studios

ATV open at Elstree

 were the headlines, 54 years ago, on a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of April 19th 1961…

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McKinsey/GSA Lukewarm On IoT

Gung-ho IoT acolytes will be miffed that only 17% of GSA members think IoT will be the chip industry’s top growth driver…

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Cash-Flow

Businesses, especially new businesses, are all about cash-flow and this was something Sir Clive Sinclair recognised from his first entry into business – selling transistors…

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Blow For Rinky-Dink Tax Havens

At long last governments are accepting that they are to blame for the tax avoidance practices of the big tech companies…

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The Technology Election

It’s amusing to see the Labour Party wrestle with itself over what went wrong in the election.

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Avago On A Buying Spree

Avago, thwarted in its aspiration to acquire Freescale, is now eyeing other possible targets including Xilinx, Renesas and Maxim, reports Re/Code…

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Fable: The Brothers-In-Law

70 years ago, a guy borrowed a factory from his brother-in-law and set up as a bicycle generator lamp manufacturer.

He was so ambitious that he named his company Three Oceans signifying that he wanted to sell products across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans.

He fulfilled his…

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