Electronic Yarns

Bossy Boots

Woodside in Silicon Valley is where many techies aspire to live.

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The Spirit Of Mission W.

In 1981, Tsuyoshi Kawanishi became CEO of Toshiba’s Semiconductor Group and then began a period of successful expansion…

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Monopoly

The downside of patent law, increasingly felt today, was seen in the pre and post 1893 spread of telephones in the USA…

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The Scientific Imperative

War has always stimulated science probably because science becomes vital to survival during war-time…

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The Trauma Of New Nodes

The trickiest task in the chip industry has always been to introduce a new generation of process.

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The Altruistic Gambler

When WWII broke out, Tom Watson Senior offered IBM’s factories to the US government to make armaments…

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Too Many Cooks

There have been scores of reasons given for Nokia’s demise – a refusal to utilise its own inventions like touchscreens, ignoring its engineers’ recommendations, the ‘warring tribes’ syndrome caused by over-segmentation, neglecting innovation, miss-reading the shift to mobile computing and social networking, recruiting a raft of non-technical…

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The Superiority Of Semiconductors

Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, former CEO of Infineon, always thought of the IC business as superior to other parts of  the electronics industry…

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The UK Science/Technology Dilemma

David Potter, who founded Psion which became a FTSE 100 company while he was CEO, has a good take on the UK’s attitude to the relationship between science and technology…

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The Hungry Customer

“When I was CEO of Intel, I had an unusual experience while visiting a customer,” recounts Andy Grove, “it was during a period of tight availability of microprocessors, our main product. This was not an unusual state of affairs. Supply and demand ebbed and flowed as the computer business had…

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