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

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Q2 Breaks The Semi Record.

Q2 semi sales rose 1% over Q1 and 2% over Q2 2014 to reach an all-time sales record for Q2 of $84 billion.

June sales were down 0.4% on May but up 2% on June 2014 reaching $28 billion.

Year-to-date sales are 3.9% higher than…

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Murky Memory

The memory business is getting complicated.

Hard on the heels of Intel and Micron announcing they will sample a 128Gbit crossbar (Is it phase change? Is it ReRam?) memory by year-end, we get Toshiba announcing it will sample a 256Gbit TLC, 48-layer, V-NAND/3D NAND memory next…

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PO To Build 500ft Tower

The proposed 500ft tower to be built in London by the Post Office is in answer to the “threat to TV and telephone services by new building,” the Postmaster-General announced last week.

So, 54 years ago, started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of February 5th 1961.

The…

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Drone-Downers

As was widely predicted, people are shooting down drones and, as might be expected, the initial drone-downings have been in America.

So the US courts will probably lead the way in deciding the attitude of the law towards drone-shooting.

The US Federal Aviation Authority has declared shooting down…

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Is Un-Hackable IoT A Pipe-Dream?

TI reckons it’s the go-to guy for IoT and it certainly has all the building blocks, so I asked its svp for embedded, Greg Delagi, the big one: are TI’s IoT offerings unhackable?

“Unhackable is a word we wouldn’t use,” replies Delagi, “though we believe we…

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Five Eyes

It will come as a surprise to no one that, for eight years, America has been spying on the Prime Minister of Japan, Japanese Cabinet Ministers, the Governor of the Bank of Japan, the Japanese Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, numerous officials in the Japanese Ministry of Finance and…

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Intel's Marketing Wiz

The founders of Intel are usually cited as Noyce, Moore and Grove with Fairchild marketing wiz Bob Graham omitted…

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OMG: There's A Plague Of IoT Hacking

The new craze, it seems, is showing how shitty the security on IoT deployments is.

A couple of hours ago, the latest example was the $100 gadget from OwnStar to unlock any GM car.

Now it’s hacking into self aiming rifles to change their targets.

If IOT is not…

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Car-Hack4U

Thsnks to Dr Bob for this one – it seems that car hacking just became commoditised – open to all and sundry with a $100 gadget from OwnStar which can unlock any OnStar-enabled GM-made car.

Here’s the reference:

http://www.zdnet.com/article/ownstar-the-gm-onstar-connected-cars…

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The Computer Race

There used to be a Space Race now there’s a Computer Race.

Yesterday President Obama announced an initiative to build an exascale computer by 2025.

That’s a computer capable of an exaflop meaning a quintillion calculations a second which is ten to the power of eighteen calculations a…

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Fable: The Singer Who Invested In Technology

There was once a famous American singer who was fed up with having to do dual shows – one for the West Coast and one for the East Coast – whenever he sang on radio.

So he invested money in a 6-man start-up developing recording tape based on technology brought…

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Infineon Goes From Strength To Strength

Infineon is looking to grow 34% this year. It had calendar Q2 revenue of €1,586 million – up 7% on calendar Q1 – for a profit of €245 million at a margin of 15.4%. Infineon expects a 1% revenue increase in calendar Q3.

Between its four main operating units, revenues…

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Daft Strategies

One of the bad things about being a CEO is having to pay lip-service to daft trends.

Analysts repeatedly ask CEOs what they’re doing about the latest craze, be it IoT, wearables or consolidation.

To reply “nothing” is to depict oneself as behind-the-times. Not with it…

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A Good Time To Raise Start-Up Money

There is a change in the air in financing start-ups. There seems to be more money chasing entrepreneurs than vice versa. There are anecdotal reports of activist potential investors – both angels and VCs – aggressively scouting opportunities.

One reason is there’s more money around, another is that there aren…

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Ten Richest Guys

Thanks to Bloomberg for this one – the ten richest people:

$bn

Bill Gates 85

Anancio Ortega 70

Warren Buffett 68

Carlos Slim 65

David Koch 50

Charles Koch 50

Jeff Bezos 47

Larry Ellison 43

Mark Zuckerberg 43

Ingvar Kamprad 43…

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Intel, Micron To Sample 128GBit Cross-Point Memory By Christmas

Back in the Wild West days on the Silicon Frontier, when your share price needed a boost you announced a ‘breakthrough’. Sometimes this would be a ‘revolutionary’ device sometimes it would be a stunning process tweak that delivered more speed and density.

Usually the analysts fell for it, they knew…

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Trimming Lords

They say that, at 800, the House of Lords has too many peers.

Well now there’s a simple way to trim it.

The precedent has been established that a Lord who has sex with a prostitute has to resign.

Hands up all you Lords who’ve had sex with…

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Transitron Seeks Engineers

Transitron

Electronic Engineers

The rapid expansion of the European operation of the
Transitron Electronic Corporation, the world’s largest
manufacturer of quality semi-conductors has created
many interesting vacancies and applications are invited
for the following posts:

So, 55 years ago, opened an advertisement in Electronics Weekly’s edition of…

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Go East Young Man

Complaining about slow mobile networks the Premier told his Cabinet: “Our information infrastructure is backward.”

Great, now something may get done about slow and problematical mobile network service.

Trouble is, it’s not our Premier who said it, it’s China’s Premier.

What’s more the Premier’s remarks…

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Schizo

It’s a funny old world when the US government considers a bill to stop car hacking while a Las Vegas convention tells everyone how to hack cars.

In a week when 68000 Land Rovers and 1.4 million Fiat Chryslers have been recalled because their vulnerability to hacking has…

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