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


Fable: The Kind Sonofabitch

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil — for I am the meanest son of a bitch in the valley,” was displayed on the office wall of one of the semiconductor industry’s greatest CEOs…

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FTDI Chip adds EVE Screen Designer

Bringing more comprehensive support to its Embedded Video Engine (EVE) product offering, FTDI Chip introduces EVE Screen Designer – which is available to download for free…

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Cars Which Can't Speed

The idea of having cars which can’t exceed the speed limit has been around for years and dismissed as electorally unpopular by politicians, but in August Ford is to sell an S-Max series car that can read road signs and adjust a car’s speed accordingly…

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The Bollox Club

There’s an amusing piece in the Washington Post today about what it calls:
‘The Super Rich Technologists Making Dire Predictions About Artificial Intelligence club…

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The Top 10 For Capacity

Thanks to IC Insights for this one the ten largest capacity companies in the industry:


Samsung 985

Micron 627

Toshiba/SanDisk 525

Hynix. 470

TSMC 430

Intel 350

GloFo 193

UMC. 110

Powerchip. 90

TI. 61

Nanya. 61

The top 10 account for 93.2% of world capacity…

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Party Time

Now is the time to IPO with the Hedgies, unusually for them, piling into the IPO market and prepared to pay up to 18x one year-ahead projected earnings for IPO shares, reports Bloomberg…

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Understanding Computers

55 years ago, the Quote of the Week in Electronics Weekly’s edition of November 30th 1960 was:

“Experts will say that it would take two or three months to explain how a computer works,. I’ll tell you in 75 seconds. All it is is a shell of steel…

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Imec Honours Morris Chang

Imec will present its lifetime innovation award to Morris Chang at its June Technology forum in Brussels…

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ST's Crolles Site Goes On Strike

STMicroelectronics’ Crolles site is on strike. Apparently workers at Crolles downed tools on Wednesday afternoon, Thursday morning and Thursday evening.…

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The Scientific Imperative

War has always stimulated science probably because science becomes vital to survival during war-time…

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Google Screws You, says FTC.

Google artificially skewed search results to favour its own commercial interests and screwed its customers by unilaterally reducing their revenue share percentages, according to the US FTC as reported in the Wall Street Journal…

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It's a Dog

The new tag for start-ups is the ‘sharing economy’ of which the latest example is pet-sitting.

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Techies have always aspired to change the world and, in the 50s and 60s, they did by developing the transistor and the IC which revolutionised computing, communications, military hardware, space travel, cars, aircraft etc etc…

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Fable: Historic Tinkering

57 years ago a man wrote: “My duties were not precisely defined, but it was understood that I would work in the general area of microminaturisation. Soon after I started, I realised that, since the company made transistors, resistors and capacitors, a repackaging effort might provide an effective alternative to…

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The Can Of Worms

If the law can’t or won’t protect you, should you be entitled to retaliate?

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