Happy new year! As is our custom, actually we started it last year here are my fearless picks for the semiconductor industry's Top 10 news stories of the year. There definitely was no shortage of news in 2001--the year was a reporter's delight. Less so for most companies and market researchers, however.
Dissecting the news of the past year again was a bit of a shock. For example, I couldn't find anyone at the start of 2001 who had a clue as to what kind of a year it was going to be. Nearly everyone was bullish. My Top 10 list is not rocket science--I'm sure some readers will disagree with my choices. Indeed, I'd like to hear from anyone who has his or her own candidates and why they should be top ranked. E-mail me at email@example.com.
One of several stories that nearly made my list was a bizarre one. The curtain rang down on the Avanti source-code-theft case and the EDA company had to pay $195 million in restitution to Cadence Design Systems. Several of its senior executives and co-founders were on their way to jail. At yearend, Avanti was about to be acquired and its chairman was nowhere to be found.
Click headline for details on each of the top 2001 news stories.
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.