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posted in November 2012
Silicon Valley Nation: Lobbyist optimistic on fiscal cliff
Blog  
11/30/2012   2 comments
An insider's view of Inside-the-Beltway politics and its impact on the electronics industry.
Youth, execs meet at chip gala focused on STEM
News & Analysis  
11/30/2012   6 comments
Students from San Joseís Lynbrook High met FIRST organizer Dean Kamen at the annual SIA dinner, where STEM education was in the spotlight.
ST sets date for strategy announcement
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11/30/2012   Post a comment
Struggling European chip manufacturer STMicroelectronics will announce details of its strategic plan on Dec. 10.
Time for engineers to weigh in on immigration
Blog  
11/28/2012   42 comments
The IEEE-USA has teed up for EEs the big political debate of 2013óimmigration. Like it or not, itís time to sort out and share your views.
Chip market to fall in 2012, rise in 2013
News & Analysis  
11/27/2012   6 comments
The WSTS industry organization has revised its previous forecasts down and now predicts a weak end to the year for the global chip market.
China fabless exec looks West as mobile slumps
News & Analysis  
11/26/2012   5 comments
Union Semiconductor, one of China's biggest fabless chip companies, is seeking new sockets in the West as Chinaís mobile business sags.
Report: Rising GDP set to boost chip markets
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11/23/2012   Post a comment
The IC market will grow 6 percent in 2013 on the back of an improving global gross domestic product, according to market analysis firm.
Gratitude List, 2012
Blog  
11/21/2012   7 comments
Here are a few items torn from my 2012 Silicon Valley work-related gratitude list, along with my best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.
Contract manufacturers are one key to innovation
Blog  
11/21/2012   3 comments
Outsourced resources provide high skill for low cost. At the heart of those resources are contract manufacturers that are U.S.-based, highly competent and as entrepreneurial as their clients.
Counterpoint: R&D tax credit spurs innovation
Blog  
11/19/2012   12 comments
The U.S. R&D tax credit corrects a serious market failure and spurs U.S. companies to invest in more R&D, creating more jobs, more competitive companies and a stronger U.S. economy.
Silicon Valley Nation: Buckyballs, PCB scavengers and hypocrisy
Blog  
11/16/2012   12 comments
Should we think more about the consequences of our designs even if it's not directly our problem?
Infineon cuts workers hours ahead of downturn
News & Analysis  
11/16/2012   6 comments
Reinhard Ploss, incoming CEO at Infineon, said the German chip maker is reducing hours for some employees and postponing or cancelling projects as part of attempts to weather a forthcoming "economic storm."
Micron teams with Cypress unit on non-vol DIMM
Design How-To  
11/14/2012   Post a comment
U.S. memory chip vendor to collaborate with AgigA Tech to jointly develop non-volatile dual in-line memory module products.
Apple, HTC patent deal may not open Android door
News & Analysis  
11/13/2012   1 comment
With its HTC deal, Apple cracked open a door to licensing its smartphone patents, a new twist in the global patent wars with Android backers.
Silicon Valley Nation: Immigration do-over?
Blog  
11/12/2012   3 comments
Old engineering immigrants may be asking themselves, "Would I do it the same way all over again?"
Yoshida in China: Beijing's U.S. investments and economic security
Blog  
11/9/2012   7 comments
Chinese investment in U.S. companies was "hardly noticeable before, but now it is rising sharply," according to a report to Congress.
Brazilís electronics story told by accidental engineer
Blog  
11/9/2012   5 comments
The tale of a TV producer who became a set-top box developer exemplifies the opportunities and challenges of Brazilís fledgling electronics industry.
HP and the vanishing systems engineer
Blog  
11/7/2012   18 comments
Systems engineers are a vanishing breed at Hewlett-Packard, and I suspect at many OEMs. Iím concerned with what that means for the future.
Electronica 2012 highlights mobile, embedded
News & Analysis  
11/7/2012   1 comment
The theme for Electronica 2012 is "Inside Tomorrow," an appropriate reference to the rise of embedded systems and machine-to-machine communications.
VC confidence up despite tech IPO busts
News & Analysis  
11/2/2012   8 comments
A quarterly survey of Silicon Valley venture capitalists found some reasons for optimism as innovation grows and new technologies are rolled out.
Kidnapped engineers enslaved by drug cartels
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/2/2012   21 comments
Engineers are being kidnapped by Mexican drug lords like the deadly Zetas to build shadow communication networks to allow the cartels to communicate.
Micron's Elpida buy approved by Tokyo court
Design How-To  
11/1/2012   1 comment
Court says Micron's $2.5 billion bid to acquire bankrupt Japanese DRAM vendor can be submitted to creditors for approval.


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