mannerisms

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

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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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Microsemi, Intel and foundry.

It’s interesting that Microsemi has not made up its mind yet, or not made up its mind to tell Her Majesty’s Press, whether it’s going to make its FPGAs on Intel’s finfet processes…

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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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The Datenkraken

Facebook, Google and Amazon now have a collective noun to describe their genre thanks to the Germans – they are the Datenkraken…

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Bio-Diversity Comes To EDA

Bio-diversity is the future for EDA – with the mammals going one way and insects going another, says Chris Rowen, founder of Tensilica who sold his company to Cadence and is now CTO at their IP group…

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Ten Happiest 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 happiest 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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The Apple-China Pas De Deux

Apple has told China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom that it won’t be selling iPhone 6s in China just yet…

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Engineers Wanted For Pleasant Country House Location

ELECTRONICS RESEARCH

ELECTRONIC ENGINEERS

AND PHYSICISTS

was, 53 years ago,  the headline of an advertisement in Electronics Weekly’s edition of April 12th 1961.

 

The ad continued:

‘required for interesting research work in a variety of fields at a small research establishment, with the backing of a large industrial…

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