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Infineon buys IR, stops editor in his tracks

Every so often, a news story pops up which stops you in your tracks. Infineon's acquisition of International Rectifier is one of those stories. The $3billion acquisition is as close as you come to a blockbuster in the dog days of August.

The industry indulges in a continuous round of speculation about who might buy whom and the majority of these rumours come to nothing. The interesting thing about this deal is that there wasn't a whisper. IR has been pursuing ...

What do your mobile apps say about you?

There has been a lot of talk recently about Facebook's new messaging app. Like many people I wondered why on earth the company would make its 1billion users download a seperate app just for private messaging, but was soon told about its apparent invasive spyware reasons.

20 years of the Hype Cycle

It's 20 years since IT market researcher Gartner launched its Hype Cycle, in which it places a particular technology at one of five points on a curve: technology trigger; peak of inflated expectations; trough of disillusionment; slope of enlightenment; and plateau of productivity. Alongside that, it provides some indication of when the technology might reach the next stage of the cycle.

What next for the dev kit?

Dev kits are fast becoming an essential part of almost all designs. Recent research found that almost half of designs now rely on dev kits and this is a trend that's only set to continue. So how did we get to this point and what does the future hold for the dev kit?

Active engineers

Here we are, half way through the summer holidays (or at the end of them if you are in Scotland) and, apart from those times when we are on holiday ourselves, it is a very productive time of year. No traffic jams getting into work and a tendency for people to leave each other alone to get on with whatever it is that needs to be got on with.

Business is good defence

Britain is very good at making equipment for the world's armies. Numbers vary depending on the source, but if we take the figures used by David Cameron when announcing a new programme to support the UK's defence sector last month, the total global equipment spend is £82billion and the UK's portion of this is £9.8bn.

Verification and validation of autonomous systems software

From smartphones to power stations, airliners to e-commerce, our economy and society is increasingly dependent on software running on a variety of devices. However, these devices will become increasingly autonomous, performing everyday tasks from domestic chores to driving cars. The trustworthiness of the software is thus an underlying concern for those who commission, write and use it.

ARM continues to diversify its business

ARM's latest financial results seem to have brought a smile to the faces of those habitual wearers of red braces in the City of London. Revenues in the second quarter – on a dollar basis, because 90% of the company's sales are conducted in that currency – were up by 17% compared to Q2 2013. The boost in revenues was also accompanied by a larger than would be expected tranche of licencing activity, reflecting 'strong demand' for its latest technology.

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