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Acquisition fever?

There is nothing new in companies buying other companies; it's been going on since the concept of business was first developed. And there has been a rash of acquistions of late in the electronics industry. In March, NXP announced its merger – an acquisition in all but name – with Freescale. Microchip is buying Micrel, Cypress has acquired Spansion and is trying to do deal to buy ISSI. Distributor Arrow Electronics has made a couple of deals and is expected to make further ...

Wood you believe it?

Over the years, the electronics industry has thrown up some strange things. The idea that the lens from a lobster's eye could be used as part of a lithography system is just one example and something that still makes me shake my head in disbelief, even after 15 years or so.

The 'can do' approach will still drive electronics forward

It's no surprise that the 50th anniversary of what has become known as Moore's Law has been widely celebrated. Moore's observation that the number of transistors per unit area of silicon was doubling on a regular basis and was likely to continue was adopted by the industry as its engine of progress.

What will it take for skills to get to the top of the agenda?

SEMTA is calling for an 'industrial revolution' when it comes to equipping people with the skills needed by advanced manufacturing and engineering companies in the near future. It's the latest in a long line of similar demands and one which, in all likelihood, will receive the same treatment – some kind of bland Government statement, followed by nothing.

How to make your head hurt

Process technology is fine until you start to think about the dimensions involved. I suspect it's something like being scared of heights and being told not to look down – you're OK until you do.

Circuit protection technologies safeguard automotive electronics from damaging load

Safety is critical in automotive design. Cars aren't cheap, so it's necessary to protect the investment of the vehicle's owner. Most important, people's lives are at stake. That's why modern automobile manufacturers incorporate various safety features, including airbags, stability control and tire pressure monitoring. But safety in design goes beyond those obvious protective systems. Safety is a central design consideration for any piece of electronics within the automobile – no matter how large or small.

Over-delivering on thin promises

As this issue of New Electronics goes to press, the 2015 General Election campaign has ended. The smoke and mirrors of the past few weeks have given way to … well, we don't really know: a hung Parliament looks to be favourite.

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