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Women in engineering 28/02/2014

Last week saw Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg as the newest member of the female billionaires club. More and more women are making it to the top of ...

Will Europe’s semiconductor companies start making more ... 24/02/2014

Europe's semiconductor industry - or at least the 11 people representing it - has grasped the nettle offered by European Commission vice president ...

Phones do vary in performance, says researcher 19/02/2014

You will know the feeling. You're stood somewhere staring in desperation at your phone, wondering why it's not working as well as you expect, despite ...

Infineon boss says Europe ‘taking step in the right ... 13/02/2014

Infineon's chief executive Dr Reinhard Ploss may have lifted the lid just a little bit on the content of the report submitted to Neelie Kroes by the ...

IBM said to be considering sale of microelectronics business 07/02/2014

When the news broke that Lenovo was buying IBM's x86 based server business, I wondered whether the writing was on the wall for its microelectronics ...

Sony’s slide continues 07/02/2014

Not so long ago, if you asked the legendary 'man in the street' which consumer electronics company came to mind first, the answer would probably have ...

Google plays it smart as it retains $10bn worth of IP 03/02/2014

Onlookers might see the difference of almost $10billion between what Google paid for Motorola Mobility and what it got for the organisation from ...

Cash for quantum 03/02/2014

Was anyone surprised when the news emerged at the beginning of January – courtesy of whistleblower Edward Snowden – that the US' National Security ...

IBM maintains tradition as it demonstrates graphene chip 03/02/2014

Graphene has been tagged as the potential saviour of the electronics industry for some time. However, while it exhibits many interesting properties, ...

Apple under pressure after share price plunge 28/01/2014

Apple is facing dual pressure: to maintain sales and earnings growth and to come up with a new product category.

More engineering students, but electronics still struggles 28/01/2014

The latest figures from university application handler UCAS make interesting reading. Not only is the number of people applying to go to university ...

Makimoto's Wave suggests a new brand of technology will be ... 28/01/2014

Dr Tsugio Makimoto is one of the legends of the semiconductor industry; a man with more than 40 years of experience under his belt, including a ...

Is cooperation, rather than competition, the way forward? 27/01/2014

It wasn't long ago that one of the major beneficiaries of developments in electronics technology was the legal profession. The thinking went along ...

Might the hardware pioneer get out of the hardware business? 27/01/2014

Last week, Lenovo acquired another chunk of IBM's hardware business when it spent $2.3billion on the latter's x86 based server operations. Slowly, ...

FinFET yields caused Intel to mothball Fab42 22/01/2014

Industry watcher Malcolm Penn gave an interesting interpretation at his IFS 2014 event of why Intel has mothballed Fab 42. The company, he believes, ...
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Exposing EUV continuing uncertainties 20/01/2014

TSMC is not planning to use extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography at the 10nm node, according to co ceo Dr Mark Liu's response to a question at its ...

Intel mothballs fab, predicts ‘flat’ year, looks to shrink ... 20/01/2014

An interesting week for Intel, with the headline being its ceo's admission that it overestimated demand for pc processors.

Protect expensive semiconductors with pure silver 20/01/2014

"The silicon chip inside her head gets switched to overload," goes the lyrics for the Boomtown Rats song 'I Don't Like Mondays'. One way of avoiding ...

Microcontrollers head towards the bleeding edge 16/01/2014

When it comes to process technology, microcontrollers have generally been the industry's poorer relations. For many reasons, it made – and still ...

Internet of Things rekindles the Valley’s interest in ... 15/01/2014

The news that Google is paying $3.2billion in cash to buy a company making smart thermostats has taken a few by surprise. But the move suggests ...

Top tech trends of 2013 15/01/2014

Mike Powell, technical development manager for element14, provides an overview of the technology developments that had the biggest impact on the ...

What’s going on? 14/01/2014

We, as journalists, see an interesting flow of information. But every so often, something makes you scratch your head.

What goes around ... 14/01/2014

Back in 2006, Emerson acquired Artesyn Technologies, acknowledged at the time as a leader in the design, manufacture and sale of power conversion and ...

Smiles all round? 14/01/2014

The Electronic Components Supply Network (ECSN) believes sales through its member companies will rise by 5.2% compared to 2013. And, it says, with ...

What’s in a name? 08/01/2014

When Agilent announced in September 2013 that it was effectively cutting its electronic T&M operation adrift, it didn't give the spin off a name. ...