Intel's a victim of its own success Blog 4/26/2004 Post a comment About six years ago, in the wake of the AMD-Cyrix P-rating controversy, Intel briefly found itself in a situation similar to one that its competitors had confronted: Its products could not keep pace on clock rate.
Hello, Bangalore Blog 4/26/2004 Post a comment I am whole again. I have a broadband connection once more in our home, from which we were displaced last fall as part of a rebuilding project.
Reliability and redundancy Blog 4/26/2004 Post a comment An interesting discussion has emerged about the resistance of various kinds of system-level ICs to single-event upset (SEU) and whether this is an important to system reliability.
Re-inventing the Wheel... as a square Blog 4/20/2004 Post a comment We've all seen renderings of the disconnect between marketing, engineering and customers in product development - using a child's backyard swing as the example. "What marketing requested" shows a three-tiered swing, with cushions and lollypop dispensers. "What engineering came up with" shows a rocket-propelled platform, springing back-and-forth through a steel-reinforced tunnel. "What the customer really wanted," of course, was a truck tire hanging by a rope from a tree limb. This month, Sanjaya
Where have the optimists gone? Blog 4/19/2004 Post a comment Living in a connected world is depressing. And that's true whether you're connected to the news from Iraq, Afghanistan, Mexico or Washington; or scanning the local news in your daily paper.
We're not down yet Blog 4/19/2004 Post a comment Heading east on I-70 into the Denver metro area, one encounters several large, blinking signs telling truckers that steep grades into Denver last longer and are more treacherous than they look.
Some assembly required Blog 4/12/2004 Post a comment Buying unassembled toys for your kids is always risky. Although the package may assure you of "quick and easy assembly," those of us who have had to put the darn things together know better.
Design myths surround strained SOI Blog 4/12/2004 Post a comment Some industry observers believe strained silicon is preferable to silicon-on-insulator or strained SOI at 90-nanometer design rules, citing SOI, which often requires new design libraries, as being more difficult to integrate.
Vendors team on manufacturability Blog 4/12/2004 Post a comment A design-for-manufacturing standard-cell library solution specifically targeted at improving yield has been created by Prolific Inc., Circuit Semantics Inc. and Legend Design Technology Inc.
Broadband promise Blog 4/12/2004 Post a comment Three weeks ago, President Bush made a lofty promise about the future of broadband technology in the United States, saying his administration would work to ensure that homes across America are broadband-enabled by 2007.
Old school rules, for now Blog 4/5/2004 Post a comment In Europe the old school has reared its head once again, as Ulrich Schumacher discovered when his got put on a pike. Schumacher's sudden resignation as CEO of Infineon Technologies suggests that North American- or Asian-style management still doesn't cut it in his society, where unions, reduced workweeks and old ways still hold sway.
Rethinking an engineer's education Blog 4/5/2004 Post a comment In my composite role as administrator of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) and engineering educator, I am greatly concerned about the impact of outsourcing on the engineering community, both in the short term and in the very long term.
China sets erratic course for IP Blog 4/5/2004 Post a comment Kay Das is an R&D manager based in Singapore at an STMicroelectronics research center there, and China's push to develop its own standards for graphics processing, third-generation cell phones and other areas is causing him to learn fast about China's intellectual-property policies.
Wind River looks to Linux era Blog 4/1/2004 Post a comment Wind River is focusing on Linux for select applications. Chuck Murray finds out what's ahead in an interview with Wind River's chief marketing officer, Dave Fraser.
A new tool for your business Blog 4/1/2004 Post a comment We live in a tumultuous age in which reinvention is a necessity for survival. The magazine you hold in your hands is both a product of this tumult and a tool with a mission to help you navigate through your own reinvention. Above all else, we are launching Electronics Supply & Manufacturing to provide you with "actionable" editorial that, if applied and used, will lead to improved business performance for your company and for your supply and design chains.
Perspective: Mastering supply chain politics Blog 4/1/2004 Post a comment The rising role of electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers and original design manufacturers (ODMs) in the electronics industry has spurred a power shift in electronics supply chain management. In supply chains where EMS providers or ODMs play a role, OEMs and their purchasing departments no longer hold dictatorial authority over decisions regarding which component suppliers to work with and which parts to buy. Instead, EMS and ODM companies have achieved parity with many OEMs when it
Game Theory in supply chain management Blog 4/1/2004 Post a comment An analysis of supply chain politics can benefit from applying game-theory concepts extensively. Game theory, according to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, studies the ways in which strategic interactions among rational players produce outcomes with respect to the preferences (or utilities) that none of those players might have intended. In simpler terms, game theory tries to explain the results of interactions between people or groups whose motives are opposed, or at least not identical
Last word: Watching for red flags Blog 4/1/2004 Post a comment Two seemingly benign announcements made in the fall of 2000, when fundamentals appeared to be stronger than ever across the supply chain, turned out to be major red flags that perhaps things were not so rosy.