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

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EC IC Manufacturing Boost May Need Foreign Investment

If the European semiconductor companies don’t invest in semiconductor production facilities in Europe then the EC will support investment by foreign companies, Khalil Rouhana, Director for Components & Systems in the EC’s DG CONNECT project, told the European Nanoelectronics Forum 2014 in Cannes this morning…

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The Importance Of  Kitchen Tables And Pubs

The Importance Of Kitchen Tables And Pubs

The kitchen table, the pub and money are the ingredients for getting the European nanoelectronics industry to thrive, Ben Verwaayen, former CEO of BT and Alcatel Lucent, told the European Nanoelectronics Forum 2014 in Cannes this morning…

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Micron Strikers Out In Catania

Micron workers went on strike again yesterday with three quarters of the company’s workers at its Catania site going out on strike…

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The Ten Smartest Companies

Thanks to the MIT Technology Review 2014 for this one – the ten smartest companies:

 

Illumina

Tesla Motors

Google

Samsung

Salesforece.com

Dropbox

BMW

Third Rock Ventures

Square

Amazon…

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EU Fund To Kick-Start Growth

The EU will set up a €21 billion fund to kick-start public-private investment projects, reports Bloomberg…

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Micron Strikes Return To Italy

The ugly spat in which Micron Technology planned to sack 419 ex-STMicroelectronics Italian research staff who were transferred to  Micron with the Numonyx sale, has resurfaced with strike action planned at three Micron sites…

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The Importance Of Circuit Designers

Rich Beyer, CEO at Elantec, Intersil and Freescale and now on the boards of Micron and Dialog, knows the importance of circuit designers…

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1099

I may be way off the pace but I’ve only just come across this phrase the ’1099 economy’ which refers to the growing amount of low-ish paid people who work as independent contractors in jobs which have traditionally been full-time employment jobs with legally protected benefits like…

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Is It Stupid To Accept Upgrades Of Mobile OSes?

The latest ‘upgrade’ to screw up mobile devices is Android 5.0 which goes by the endearing monicker of ‘Lollipop’ but makes tablets run slower, crash, and delete Adobe Air-created apps…

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Fable: The Soul-Catcher

Eighteen years ago a highly respected research lab revealed that it was working on  a chip which it called the ‘Soul-Catcher…

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RIP Glassholes

Product death is not a pretty sight but I hope the reports of the death of Google Glass are not exaggerated…

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Imec To Make Plastic NFC ICs

Imec To Make Plastic NFC ICs

Chips in bank notes have come a bit nearer as a result of  research by Imec subsidiary Holst Centre with the Dutch research institute TNO, and games manufacturer Cartamundi. They are co-developing ultra-thin flexible NFC tags.using  metal-oxide (IGZO) thin-film transistor (TFT) technology on plastic film…

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The Class Act

What do you think about a $10 billion company when you see a co-founder behind the reception desk on an exhibition stand meeting and greeting the punters…

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Intel's Fudge

Intel is up to its old trick – if you you can’t make it, fudge it.

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