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

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iTax

Poor old Apple – iOS 8, bendy phones and now taxes. 

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China Chips Coining Cash

Not many 17 year old chip companies IPO but one that plans to is the old NEC fab in Shanghai which is testing the waters about a plan to raise $300 million…

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The Universal Memory Which Isn't (So Far)

Over eight years ago, in April 2006, Nantero said that it had fabricated and tested a 22nm NRAM memory switch based on its carbon nanotube fabric.

“These results demonstrate that NRAM can be the standalone and embedded memory of choice. NRAM combines the non-volatility of flash with the speed…

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Fable: The Debtors

There was once a famous company which had 6,700 engineers working in R&D and annual revenues of $4.9 billion…

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Mobile Processor Vendors Scrabble For Share

Qualcomm’s Q2 market share in smartphone baseband processors was at a record 68%, says Strategy Analytics, with MediaTek in second place with 15% share and Spreadtrum at 5%. No.s 4 and 5 are Marvell and Intel. Fastest growing is Spreadtrum with 170% growth y-o-y…

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In Pursuit Of IoT

The Riddle of the Sphinx; Mona Lisa’s smile; what is IoT? All have puzzled mankind.

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Ten Unhappiest Cities In USA

Thanks to economists Edward Glaeser and Oren Ziv at Harvard University and Joshua Gottlieb at the University of British Columbia for this one – the ten unhappiest cities in America. The information is based on data from the US Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance System- a national survey run by the US…

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Phone Chip Bloodbath

The price of a chip-set for entry-level 4G smartphones has dropped to $8-9, reports Digitimes, heading towards $7-6 next year…

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Five Radio Receivers and Two TV Receivers Needed Per 100 People.

UNESCO have issued a report on the subject of mass communication which suggests that the minimal density per 100 inhabitants in underdeveloped areas should be five radio receivers and two television receivers (apart from newspapers and cinemas).

So, 53 years ago, started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of…

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CEOs Turned Technologists

Interesting to see Larry Ellison switch from CEO to CTO in the same way thst Bill Gates became chief software architect after being CEO…

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The Need For Something Special

“The VC funds are going out and raising money.  But semiconductor investment activity, in terms of the number of start-ups, is decreasing. It’s not for the faint-hearted,  it requires $60m to $80m to create a big business in semiconductor,” said Laurence Garrett, investment director at 3i, back…

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August SEMI B-to-B At 1:04

The SEMI book-to-bill was 1:04 in August, down from the 1.07 of July, the 1.10 of June and the 1.06 of March, but up from the 1.0 of May and the 1.03 of April…

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A Horrible Business To Be In

No one expected the Ericsson modem operation, repatriated from the wreckage of ST-Ericsson, to last very long. In fact it lasted 9 months and cost $240 million…

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Fable: The Sucker

Ten years ago last month, a famous company spun out of its parent with an IPO which priced the shares  at $13 putting a value on the company of $5.2 billion…

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A Cup Of Kindness

Whatever the Scots do today we should raise a cup of kindness to them tomorrow.

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