Mannerisms – ElectronicsWeekly Just another WordPress site Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:24:22 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 ElectronicsWeekly 125 75 Just another WordPress site China To Feel Qualcomm’s Legal Lash Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:24:22 +0000 The Chinese are about to feel the lash of Qualcomm’s fearsome legal department. At the height of Qualcomm’s litigious spree towards the end of the last decade the company was spending $200 million a year on legal fees trying to assert its rights to exploit CDMA technology which it was obliged to license under FRAND ...

China To Feel Qualcomm’s Legal Lash

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One Of The Seven Most Influential Scientists Since WWII. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:21:27 +0000 Microprocessor inventor Dr Marcian E. (Ted) Hoff Jr. was dubbed by The Economist “one of the seven most influential scientists since World War II”. His originality surfaced early earning him a couple of patents before he’d completed his education. Working in college holidays at the General Railway Signal Company he designed a circuit that detected ...

One Of The Seven Most Influential Scientists Since WWII.

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The Will Of The People Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:31:42 +0000 Crikey. No one expected that. Cameron’s gamble of offering a Referendum to keep his party together before the 2013 election has come massively unstuck. One suspects that the Cameron/Osborne/Johnson tendency to see politics as a game without consequences, has led England into a potentially dangerous situation. The EU is also to blame. At heart it ...

The Will Of The People

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Volatility Within Flat Auto IC Market Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:50:18 +0000 Despite being seen as a leading semiconductor market driver, the automotive IC market grew only 0.2% last year, says IHS, though the fortunes of the major players were very mixed. The top ten players were: ($bn) NXP 4.2 Infineon 2.9 Renesas 2.7 ST 2.1 TI 1.9 Bosch 1.5 ON 1.1 Micron 0.66 Toshiba 0.65 Osram ...

Volatility Within Flat Auto IC Market

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Fable: The Fall-Out Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:19:33 +0000 A team of engineers was once assembled to start a chip company. Heading it were a CEO, an exec vp and three vps. Within three years of founding the company, two of the vps, both of equal status, fell out. The crunch came over the data sheet for what was to become the company’s turning-point ...

Fable: The Fall-Out

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Alms For Oblivion Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:14:14 +0000 Silicon Valley-ites giving to the poor? It’s like a cat swimming. But an organisation called Y Combinator is giving 100 families in Oakland $1000-2000 a month each. Oakland is that place you end up in if you take take the wrong turn off the Embarcadero and end up going over the San Francisco Bay Bridge. ...

Alms For Oblivion

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The Big Play Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:15:12 +0000 As Peter Thiel’s book Zero to One points out there’s no point starting a business where there’s loads of competition. You can’t make money. Taxi-hailing apps are a business which has attracted a large number of competitors, yet Uber has raised $15 billion in backing. Don’t Uber’s backers realise that any cab company can run ...

The Big Play

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Top Ten Automotive IC Vendors Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:18:22 +0000 Thanks to IHS for this one – the top ten automotive semiconductor suppliers last year: $bn NXP 4.1 Infineon 2.7 Renesas 2.7 ST 2.0 TI 1.8 Bosch 1.5 ON 1.1 Toshiba 0.7 Micron 0.7 Sanken 0.7

Top Ten Automotive IC Vendors

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An Old Wheeze? Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:22:12 +0000 Problems at fabs making commodity chips have always attracted a question mark. Some years ago Samsung saw its share price go up and the DRAM price rise when it said it had suffered a power outage at a Korean DRAM fab. Later on, Korea’s electricity suppliers said there had been no power outages. So, in ...

An Old Wheeze?

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The Season Of Goodwill – But Not For TV Industry Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:20:16 +0000 This is the season of Goodwill towards all men (and women!). But a suspicion of bitterness has crept in. Colour television has been banned for at least three years whilst the Pilkington Committee deliberates on it and on other broadcasting matters. So, 55 years ago, started the leader column in Electronics weekly’s edition of December ...

The Season Of Goodwill – But Not For TV Industry

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