Should smartphone OEMs design their own chips? Blog 2/23/2012 7 comments It’s amazing how often the argument for OEMs to design chips raises its ugly head in the electronics industry. You would think that at almost 40 years old, the semiconductor market would be mature enough to put this argument to rest, but the rapid pace of consumer device innovation manages to create micro-ecosystem lifecycles within the industry as a whole.
Why I don’t buy Eyal’s 40G story Blog 2/21/2012 4 comments The chief executive of Mellanox is pushing server makers to adopt this year his 40 Gbit/s Ethernet controller, but I see him facing a steep hill and a big new competitor.
Industry considers counterfeit risk analysis tool Blog 2/17/2012 11 comments Obsolescence, market shortages and price hikes are the key motivational factors for counterfeiters to target a part and make a quick buck, according to data compiled by electronic components database firm SiliconExpert Technologies.
ebuilding America: Follow the data Blog 2/14/2012 3 comments Laura D’Andrea Tyson should be listened to. Tyson is a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and served as chairwoman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton. She supports President Obama’s manufacturing initiatives.
Rebuilding America: Would Kurzarbeit work here? Blog 2/14/2012 50 comments The German system of "Kurzarbeit" (shorter work week) along with a demanding vocational training program have sustained its manufacturing base and much of its economy amid a growing European debt crisis. Would such an approach work in America?
Brief history of scopes Blog 2/8/2012 1 comment I have been serving as interim editor over at scope junction and wanted to share a little bit of history that I dug up on the oscilloscope.
Japan Inc. faces choppy seas Blog 2/7/2012 22 comments The blueprint for proposed merger/joint venture plan has fingerprints of Japan’s bureaucrats at Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (MEITI) all over it. Practically speaking, such business engineering makes little sense.
FujiPanaRene: clinging to the wreckage Blog 2/7/2012 14 comments The latest plan from Japan Inc., to merge the semiconductor interests of three companies, has signs of a top-down driven reactive disaster waiting to happen, according to Peter Clarke.
Viewpoint: How will the chip wars be won? -- Part 1 Blog 2/7/2012 8 comments For decades, silicon technology development has been shaped by the growth of the PC industry and the need to continuously increase the performance of digital transistors. A maturing PC industry and a rapidly growing mobile market are changing the dynamics.
The end users speak Blog 2/7/2012 Post a comment End users will sound off at the Ethernet Alliance's next Technology Exploration Forum in Santa Clara, Calif., on Feb. 16.
A cloudy future for AMD Blog 2/6/2012 1 comment On the heels of the company’s financial conference, there is a buzz in the air about AMD and its new management team headed by Rory Read. From the presentation material to the press reports, it would seem that AMD made all the right moves and said all the right things.
Thanks for the memories! Blog 2/6/2012 1 comment About a year and a half ago, I invited you to join me on the Memory Designline, a site/publication unlike any other, that was designed for people working with, designing, and selecting memory products
Book review: CHIPS 2020 Blog 2/6/2012 4 comments Peter Clarke reviews Chips 2020: A Guide to the Future of Nanoelectronics, which sets out to discuss the need for and means of a transition from nanometer electronics to femtojoule electronics.
Steve Appleton in retrospect Blog 2/3/2012 25 comments A retrospective on the career of Steve Appleton, Chairman and CEO of memory chip vendor Micron Technology, who died Friday in a plane crash.
Viewpoint: 'The R&D credit doesn't work' Blog 2/2/2012 60 comments The R&D tax credit does not increase U.S. R&D expenditures, and the $10 billion we spend each year on the credit is mostly a financial transfer from the government to large multinational corporations with no benefit to U.S. taxpayers.
Time to play hard ball on tech manufacturing Blog 2/1/2012 152 comments It's time for policy makers to play hard ball with multinational corporations that outsource manufacturing, design and R&D jobs. If they don't, manufacturing will cease to be the engine of U.S. economic growth.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 15 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...