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Another day, another low cost development platform

Another day, another low cost development platform - or so it seems. Although this trend appears to have started with the Raspberry Pi, it was the Beagle Board that set the pace back in 2008.

Focused around an OMAP3530 SoC from Texas Instruments, Beagle Board boasted an ARM Cortex-A8 processor, a capable 2D/3D graphics processor and a multimedia accelerator. It represented a significant break with the past. Previously, engineers had a choice of developing ...

Mixed messages

Buying another company is a complex and sensitive process. If one or both of the companies are listed on a stock exchange, then things have to happen in a particular way.

Infineon’s acquisition of IR boosts Europe’s power play

Over the last five years or so, Infineon has been rumoured to be poised to acquire a number of companies, but smoke was never accompanied by fire. On the list were companies such as NXP, Freescale and STMicroelectronics. But in what appears to be a break from tradition, it has acquired International Rectifier for $3billion with hardly a breath of intrigue. Only at the very last moment did the whispers of the deal emerge and, even then, many commentators identified Fairchild as the target.

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.

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.

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