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3/3/2016 07:15 PM EST
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rick merritt
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rick merritt   3/8/2016 11:23:37 PM
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@Traces  Ouch!

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Traces   3/8/2016 3:14:27 PM
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Rob,

You can guess what's likely to happen by sorting business activities into "revenue growth" and "sustainable franchises" and selling off and/or laying off all the former. Good times.

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Susan Rambo   3/8/2016 2:37:14 PM
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I agree with you completely. And thank you so much for sticking with it, even though it's less than less than ideal. I know it is maddening. We are fixing it for our next site redesign to be easier to use all around.

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jnissen   3/8/2016 12:50:28 PM
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Hi Susan, Yes I see the link. It's just that more than often there is NOT a link to detailed images. It seems to be hit or miss and dependent upon the editor at the time. Why even allow a clikable link on the photo if all you get is the same small image? My gripe is that you should not even have to have the seperate text for "larger image click here" if you allow the photo itself to be new larger image. Yes this is nitpicking but anoys me and others. There was an earlier comment thread that had numerous replies in the same vein. 

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Susan Rambo   3/8/2016 11:43:04 AM
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@jnissen Hi...Did you find the link to click to expand the graphic? We apologize for poor image functionality on our site. You will find under most unreadably small images that the editor will put a link to "click to enlarge" the image. (Notice if you click on the image itself, it starts a "slideshow' in another browser window -- at the original size: too small to read. Counterintuitive for modern websites.) We are aware of the limitations and are in queue to have it fixed. As you may guess, developers want to limit the size of your images to keep down the "weight" on the system.

--Susan Rambo, executive editor

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Tim R Johnson   3/5/2016 11:18:52 PM
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The miniture picture is expandable.  The standard EE Times practice is to place a link under the caption in blue "Click here for larger image", which is present.

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jnissen   3/5/2016 10:07:39 PM
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Rick I know you didn't create the web interface but... the minitature picture is worthless to the story if you can not click on it and make it full size. Completely baffles me that a tech publishing company like yours can not fix simple things like this. Worthless pictures.

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rick merritt   3/4/2016 8:14:09 PM
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@moronda  Your link didn't work, but doing a Google search I found this story:

http://www.bizjournals.com/losangeles/news/2016/02/11/broadcom-plans-nearly-700-layoffs-in-irvine.html

Which says Broadcom notified CA state officials of plans "to lay off about 850 workers statewide, including 180 in San Jose, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale and 689 in Irvine."

There's a similar report here:

http://www.ocbj.com/news/2016/feb/10/big-job-cuts-broadcom/

These mergers often come with big layoffs, usually focused mainly on redundant operations such as HR/PR etc. My interest is what is happening and will happen in engineering.

Broadcom created one of the better SoC design and reuse operations in semiconductors. But Wall Street is rewarding consolidation big time, and it loves layoffs.

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rick merritt   3/4/2016 8:06:57 PM
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@Traces  Interestingly the CEO's goal is sustainable 5% revenue growth which is the industry average. Also worth noting is Avago's sales for the qtr were down 4% while the industry average last year was down 2%.

The goal doesn't strike me as terribly ambitious. I wonder about the likelihood of surviving of any risky programs aiming at new markets, such as that ARM server SoC.

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rick merritt   3/4/2016 8:03:30 PM
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@markwrob

I made the correction, thanks

I have again requested an interview with the CEO and/or CTO. While we wait for responses, I'd love to hear from anyone who knows what groups have been IDed for cuts and any other details either here or at rick.merritt@ubm.com

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