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

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The Technology That Took 20 Years To Become Mainstream

53 years Frank Wanlass had the idea of putting negative and positive transistors on the same chip.

Wanlass filed a patent on it but his employer, Fairchild, never thought it worthwhile making CMOS. RCA did.

Two years after Wanlass’ patent filing RCA had produced a working CMOS chip and the…

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Crolles Attracts Buying Interest

ST’s digital products division (DPG) has attracted interest from a potential acquirer, reports the French business magazine Challenges.

However the potential acquirer may be no more welcome to ST employees than he is to the French finance ministry.

The possible buyer is Yazid Sabeq, a former Commissioner for Diversity…

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More Jam For Jha?

Is Sanjay Jha preparing for another mega exit?

Jha took a bankrupt Motorola Mobility and flogged it to Google for $12.5 billion.

Now, with China prepared to pay silly money for chip assets, the GloFo boss may be lining up another big exit for the Abu Dhabi-owned foundry…

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Wobbling Your Scooter

Imagine, if you will, being President Francois Hollande toying with his escargots amid the gilt and mirrors of the Elysée Palace before calling for his scooter to pop round to his pièce de crumpet for the cinq à sept.

Very agreeable, you might think, if it weren’t for…

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Is 6S Sinking SOX?

Either Apple’s effect on the chip industry is pretty huge or there’s general gloom out there, but many of the suppliers of ICs for the new iPhones have seen their stocks fall.

Against a 2% dip in the SOX, iPhone suppliers NXP, ADI, Qorvo, Cirrus, Fairchild, and Avago…

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Fable: The Pragmatic Statistician

36 years ago a mathematician worked for the government of the Soviet Union tasked with producing statistics which showed that living standards in the Soviet Union were superior to living standards in America.

Unconvinced by the stats he emigrated to America with his wife and six year-old son.


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VR – The Perennial NBT

Here we go again – one of various NBTs being touted around is Virtual Reality.

26 years ago one of various NBTs being touted around was an Inmos spin-off called Division which was pursuing Virtual Reality. Founded in 1989, Division listed on the stock exchange in 1993.

Those were heady…

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Semiconductor Intelligence Finds Supply Chain Inventories Under Control

Despite alarm about the state of semiconductor inventories, particularly from the foundries, Bill Jewell’s Semiconductor Intelligence says that: “Semiconductor inventories appear to be under control throughout the semiconductor device supply chain.”

At the semiconductor manufacturers inventory ratios have been stable for eighteen months, says Jewell

Exceptions are Intel and…

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A Libor Or Anti-Freeze Moment?

This year is the 30th anniversary of the Austrian anti-freeze scandal.

In 1985, it was discovered that Austrian wine-makers had been lacing their products with a chemical which was also used to make anti-freeze.

It killed the Austrian wine industry stone dead.

In 1985, Austria exported 45…

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Crolles’ Future Rests On Hollande

The French business weekly magazine Challenges reports that the future of ST’s digital division is now in the hands of President Francois Hollande.

The French Economics Minister and the Defence Minister have reviewed the possible divestment or closure of Crolles, the Finance Ministry has had it say, the CFE…

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The arrogance of Uber knows no bounds.

Despite being fined €500,000 by the Dutch, it still operates its Uberpop service, which uses unlicensed drivers, in four Dutch cities.

The company’s offices in Amsterdam were raided yesterday for the third time this year.

In London, TFL is considering insisting…

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Top Ten Flash Storage Vendors

Thanks to IDC and Gartner for this one – the top ten suppliers of flash-based storage systems:











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Is LTE-U Complementary To WiFi or A Threat?

A coalition in the US to try and stop the FCC regulating LTE-U has been formed consisting of carriers, trade organisations, Alcatel-Lucent and Qualcomm.

Called EVOLVE, the members are: The Competitive Carriers Association, The CTIA, Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Qualcomm, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

There are fears…

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