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


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BBC Micro Rides Again

In an age which knows the price of everything and the value of little, it’s uplifting to see the revival of a great initiative.

35 years ago, the BBC launched its micro. Loads of young people gained their first understanding of computers from the BBC Micro and its complementary…

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Semi Sales Up in US, China, Asia/Pac; Down In Europe And Japan.

May semiconductor sales were 2% up on April snd 5% up on May 2014, reports the SIA. May sales were $28.2 billion.

“The global semiconductor industry overcame lingering macroeconomic uncertainty to post solid year-to-year growth in May,” says SIA CEO John Neuffer, “year-to-year sales have…

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China should look to Russia for industrial example

ONE of  the big problems China is facing in her efforts to create an industrial society is to establish methods of standardisation. This applies with particular force in the manufacture of radio receivers.

So 54 years ago, starts a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of April 12th 1961…

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Intel Sinks To Third Place In Capex

Intel has sunk to third place in the capex league, reports Semico Research.

For many years Intel used to say it was a generation or more ahead of the rest of the industry on process but, whereas Intel has stuck to its Moore’s Law cadence of doubling density every…

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Uber Pooper

Over a dinner in the South of France last week the conversation naturally roamed to Uber which had just been banned by France’s Minister for the Interior.

The banker at the table argued that banning free competition was a bad thing.

I argued that an unregulated app competing with…

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Good For China

Good old China. As the owner of a Samsung phone I am well pissed off with the number of pre-installed apps on the phone which seem difficult or impossible to get rid of.

As well as taking up storage space they also, I suspect, suck both juice and data…

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There’s something exhilarating about the ‘No’ vote.

One thing about it is that we now get to see who was bluffing – do the EU institutions see keeping the Eurozone together as more important than imposing financial rectitude on Greece?

We shall soon see.

But the best thing about the…

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Did She Walk Or Was She Pushed?

Was she pushed or did she walk?

The semiconductor industry is wondering whether the departure of Intel’s president last week was her choice or Intel’s.

In the way of these things it looks like her choice.

She is staying on for six months to see through a transition…

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Instant Muscles

Are you a seven stone weakling? Do hunks kick sand in your face? Now there’s no need to go to Charles Atlas and spend months working out – Panasonic is about to sort your problem.

This could be the first useful wearable – if you can call it a wearable – an…

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Taiwan's Lock On Foundry Industry

Taiwan will account for 30% of the world’s spending on fab equipment this year, says SEMI.

The island now has 21% of the world’s chip manufacturing capacity and 25% of the world’s 300mm capacity.

This year Taiwan companies will spend $10.5 billion on fab equipment.


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Come Back Neelie

Post-Neelie Kroes the EC is taking its foot off the pedal in liberalising telecoms.

The rosming charge, due to dnd this year, won’t now end until June 2017.

As from April 2017 there will be a new cap on roaming surcharges of 5 eurocents per minute for calls…

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The Millennials

Late in the day I discover the ‘Millennials’ – a term used for 15-25 year olds who seem to have something of the 60s about them.

Millennials reject traditional employment in favour of a ‘passion career’ something they love to do which, ideally, also improves the world.

This, of course…

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IR Cameras May Beat Crime


was the headline, 54 years ago of a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of April 19th 1961…

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NEC Massively Accelerates Malware Detection

According to the Nikkei, NEC is to license software which allows companies to detect malware in a 100,000 networked server system in one hour instead of the usual two to three weeks.

NEC intends to license 200 Japanese companies during the fiscal year to the end of March 2016…

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The Democratisation Of Healthcare

AI has the potential to replace human workers with machines, and the idea that machines would usher in a life of leisure for everyone has been around for a century or more.

So far, it hasn’t worked out quite like that. Technology has meant a few people have had…

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Transistors were not exactly welcomed by many engineers and, in the early 50s, IBM engineers were no exception…

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