LONDON Semiconductor sales in March were 7.1 percent worse than the previous month, and not up 3.3 percent as reported, according to a reader who notes that March has 31 days while February only 28.
"One major point was missed in your article", notes the reader. "March has 10.7 percent more days than February and chip plants operate 24/7: hence March was in fact worse than February even though chip sales were up by 3.3 percent over February".
My thanks to Lindsay Leveen for pointing out this statistical anomaly.
No doubt the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization which collates the figures on behalf of several national and regional industry associations and is widely used by analysts and commentators will build the discrepancy that this can create into its analysis in the future.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.