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posted in October 2012
Innovation requires less talk, more action
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10/31/2012   10 comments
An initiative will seek to launch 10,000 startups. Most will fail, but failure teaches us far more than PowerPoint presentations.
Post-election push seen for innovation ecosystem
News & Analysis  
10/29/2012   7 comments
Venture capitalists are calling for a renewed push for an U.S. innovation ecosystem in the aftermath of a divisive presidential campaign.
China innovation drive defies conventional wisdom
Blog  
10/26/2012   9 comments
The views of a leading scholar on the nature of Chinese innovation runs counter to the conventional wisdom in the West about what makes the Middle Kingdom tick.
TSMC surprises with record sales
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10/25/2012   Post a comment
Foundry giant beats analysts' expectations for third quarter on strength of mobile IC demand.
Yoshida in China: Which candidate can save U.S. jobs?
Blog  
10/25/2012   22 comments
The presidential candidates talk tough on China trade policy. How will they translate their rhetoric into concrete policies that will help the U.S. compete and create jobs.
Power controller gets Cortex makeover
Design How-To  
10/24/2012   2 comments
Active-Semi's latest platform is a departure from the traditional “bag of chips” approach to power electronics.
Yoshida in Japan: Tokyo scuttling tech bailouts
Blog  
10/22/2012   8 comments
Japan's insular ministries have moved in recent weeks to block several efforts by private equity firms and U.S. companies to acquire ailing Japanese tech counterparts.
Why Microsoft’s Surface will be no-show in Japan
News & Analysis  
10/21/2012   13 comments
Is Microsoft snubbing Japan because of its growing irrelevance as a market? Or is Microsoft wary about its Surface tablet flopping in Japan?
Change drivers in high-tech supply chain
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10/19/2012   Post a comment
Survey finds optimism around the 2014 U.S. export goal projected in the National Export Initiative.
What were they thinking: long distance irrigation
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10/19/2012   7 comments
We have an Arthur Paul Pedrick to thank for an invention that could save the world from famine. He describes an arrangement for conveying unsalted water to a region of the Earth…
Yoshida in China: Time for Japan to exit TV market
Blog  
10/18/2012   18 comments
Slumping sales of Japanese-made TVs in the vital Chinese market underscore why Japan should get the hell out of the TV business.
Rare earth alliance seeks to avert supply shortfalls
News & Analysis  
10/17/2012   5 comments
An industry alliance that includes producers and users of rare earth materials has begun formulating strategies to avert future supply chain disruptions.
There’s an upside to A123’s bankruptcy
Blog  
10/16/2012   20 comments
Bankrupt battery developer A123 Systems has reached the end of the road, but the sale of its auto assets to Johnson Controls could help scale advanced battery development.
SunPower to idle manufacturing lines, cut jobs
News & Analysis  
10/16/2012   1 comment
Solar panel maker to cut 900 jobs, idle six of 12 manufacturing lines in the Philippines.
Has the West given up on manufacturing?
Blog  
10/15/2012   5 comments
The World Manufacturing Forum aims to help boost the position of the Western world in global manufacturing.
Gov't mandates driving smart grid deployments
Design How-To  
10/15/2012   1 comment
Smart grid mandates in emerging markets like China and Brazil are drumming up business for U.S. suppliers like Echelon Corp., taking up some of the slack in slowing western demand.
Cisco, Huawei and trade wars
Blog  
10/12/2012   16 comments
Reports allege that a Cisco-led lobbying effort prompted a scathing U.S. report on the national security threat posed by China's Huawei. This is how trade wars start.
Slower growth in China sparks M&A trend
Blog  
10/12/2012   1 comment
Like other segments in China, the country's semiconductor distribution industry is today growing more slowly than in previous years.
Buyout scheme said to include Freescale deal
News & Analysis  
10/11/2012   6 comments
Several private equity firms have been accused of agreeing not to compete with each other on buyout deals, including the 2006 buyout of Freescale Semiconductor.
Yoshida in China: Going public would demystify Huawei
Blog  
10/11/2012   20 comments
With growing U.S. concerns about cyber warfare, there's little incentive to do business with Huawei, a company that is not listed on New York or London exchanges.
Lip-Bu Tan bullish on Indian chip industry
Design How-To  
10/10/2012   4 comments
Cadence CEO Lip-Bu Tan (shown) said he sees the pieces of an Indian semiconductor ecosystem slowly falling into place.
Slideshow: China and the future of solar power
Design How-To  
10/9/2012   25 comments
Chinese solar vendors dominated a recent solar exhibition in San Francisco, but the Chinese industry is now facing the same market problems as its competitors.
Yoshida in China: $400 iPhones and skewed trade stats
Blog  
10/9/2012   7 comments
When an iPhone 5 is sold in the U.S., trade statistics count it as $400 credit to China’s side of the ledger. Is this right?
U.S. warns telcos not to buy gear from China's Huawei, ZTE
News & Analysis  
10/9/2012   39 comments
Congressional committee report cites potential threat to national security from Huawei, ZTE.
Silicon Europe seeks to boost R&D, manufacturing
Design How-To  
10/8/2012   2 comments
Four European organizations join forces to address declining manufacturing through an initiative to coordinate investment in electronics.
Silicon Valley Nation: California's slow bleed
Blog  
10/5/2012   22 comments
"California is one of the most hostile places to do business on the face of the earth," says Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers.
China, trade and solar politics
Blog  
10/5/2012   10 comments
After moving decisively to dominate the renewable energy sector, China's solar industry is now scaling back production. What happened?
Samsung seeks to reinvent itself in Silicon Valley
News & Analysis  
10/4/2012   4 comments
Samsung is planning to open several innovation centers outside South Korea as part of a project to reinvent the company, according to Young Sohn, Samsung's chief strategy officer.
Baidu founder calls China's tech experts home
News & Analysis  
10/2/2012   1 comment
Robin Li, China's most successful tech entrepreneur, told Chinese tech experts there are still plenty of opportunities on the mainland.


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Book Review: Controlling Radiated Emissions by Design
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