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Patient Foxconn Finally Bags Up Sharp

Both Foxconn and Sharp now say the deal is done and there will be a signing ceremony on Saturday. It’s been a marathon. When, in 2012, Foxconn started negotiating for a stake in Sharp, Sharp’s shares stood at 550 yen. The deal has now been done at 88 yen per share. Foxconn is to get two thirds of Sharp for ...

Sir Clive Rides Again

Sir Clive Sinclair has raised another £100,000 on Indiegogo to manufacture 2,500 low-cost games consoles. Called the Vega+, the console has a colour screen and 1000 games installed. It can run every one of the 14000 games developed for the Spectrum computer. Sir Clive had the same success with a previous console, the Vega, which also raised £100,000 on Indiegogo. ...

Amazon Diversifies Into Semiconductors

The pace of diversification of these U.S. tech firms is breathtaking. Starting as a bookseller, Amazon has become the largest supplier of cloud services, a space rocket operator and, now, a semiconductor supplier. You might think Amazon would want a chip company to support its cloud business but, it seems, Amazon wants chips to get into the home. In fact ...

Tech To The Rescue Of England Rugby Team

Our rugby team could be about to go hi-tech. God knows it needs something. One Tap Rugby could be it. The newly-appointed  England  coach Eddie Jones, formerly Japan’s coach, used a computer programme generated by a Japanese start-up company called Euphoria to monitor the condition of Japan’s Rugby World Cup squad in minute detail. The measure of its success was ...

Auto ICs Lead Semi Growth

The craze for stuffing cars with electronics may not benefit consumers plagued by hacking thefts, or VW plagued by dodgy programming, but it certainly benefits the chip-makers with the market for automotive ICs growing at  6.7% CAGR between 2014 and 2019, according to IC Insights. Automotive IC sales will represent 7.3% of the total $287.1 billion IC market this year ...

Life Is Better With An iPhone

Life is better with an iPhone. When 4G came along I chopped in my iPhone 3G for a Samsung Galaxy S4 chosen because of its big screen. Now I’m back to an iPhone and I’ve missed it. The S4’s dual home screen bugged me – when you saved a site to home-screen you never knew which home screen it was ...

IoT Product Which Makes Sense

IoT has given rise to a lot of jokes about toasters, connected cows and sock-matching services but earlier this week I met someone who’d founded an IoT-based company which actually made sense. Ayla Networks, which runs machine-to-Cloud-to-mobile device networks, launches a product next week which will allow machine manufacturers to monitor their products’ behavioural patterns and other characteristics after they’ve ...

Halve The Upgrade Cycle and Stuff The Carriers.

Having wittered on about the upgrade cycle yesterday I see that Apple has developed a witty plan to keep people on the annual upgrade path. This may not be unrelated to the revelation from Chetan Sharma that the US smartphone upgrade frequency has gone out to 26.3 months and rising. Apple’s cunning plan is an old idea – the Never-Never ...

Tits-Up

It’s all gone a bit tits up. The respected telecoms analyst Chetan Sharma Consulting says the smartphone replacement cycle in the USA is now 26.3 months. Five years ago it was 18.2 months. The foundries say that smartphone SoCs inventories are high and the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association says demand won’t pick up until Q2 next year. When was the ...

Auto-Eyes

Pioneer has developed vision system for autonomous cars that could eventually cost $80 instead of the $24-73,000 lidar 3-D systems being used in test self-drive cars today, reports the Nikkei. The downside is that Pioneer’s auto-eyes won’t hit the $80 price point until volume drives down cost which Pioneer doesn’t expect to happen until 2025; the upside is that, according ...