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Closer Look: Micron/Hynix deal leaves unanswered questions
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4/23/2002   Post a comment
The takeover of Hynix Semiconductor's DRAM fabs by Micron Technology may not bring the kind of stability in that market that many are counting on.
Closer Look: Where has the $40 billion gone?
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4/17/2002   Post a comment
Airport and airline security -- the very concern triggered by the 9/11 attacks -- has been slow to get off the ground. A few airports, such as San Francisco International, are exemplary by having almost total biometric personal identification systems for all secure areas. But numerous General Accounting Office reports and the Department of Transportation's own audits reveal still troubling security gaps in the majority of the nation' s air terminals.
Closer Look: Passives more important than ever in 3G phones
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4/10/2002   Post a comment
Here's a quick quiz for everyone connected with the next generation 3G cellular phone: what are the most critical parts in the new handset?Reminiscent of "for want of a horseshoe nail, a kingdom was lost," the absolutely critical parts are the lowly, mundane penny-cost passive components. And this is never more true than with the leading edge 3G handset with all its gee-whiz electronics.
Closer Look: Why you won't see 3G for awhile
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4/3/2002   Post a comment
Despite the hype, don't look for the U.S. to go rushing into the new high speed data Third Generation cellular phones any time soon. In fact, Europe and Asia will probably be well established in 3G before the U.S. ever gets started. The reasons are quite simple: * The U.S. telecom community, market and government are busy dodging the quintessential issue of who pays for installing the costly new 3G infrafrastructure. * American high speed, large file downloaders will probably use wireless PC
Valley View: Forget about conventional wisdom
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4/1/2002   Post a comment
Almost everyone in the electronics industry was caught off guard by the market meltdown of 2001. Widespread predictions of double-digit growth were turned on their head as the chip industry suffered its worst yearly decline ever. How could everybody have been so wrong?


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Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

Karen Field

July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
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Steve Jobs allegedly got his start by dumpster diving with the Computer Club at Homestead High in the early 1970s.

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