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IBM said to be considering sale of microelectronics business
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 ...
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?
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?
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
Industry watcher Malcolm Penn gave an interesting interpretation at his IFS 2014 event of why Intel has mothballed Fab 42. The company, he believes, ...
Exposing EUV continuing uncertainties
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 ...
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
"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
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 ...
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
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?
We, as journalists, see an interesting flow of information. But every so often, something makes you scratch your head.
What goes around ...
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?
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?
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. ...
A Happy New Year for the UK’s electronics industry?
Britain's manufacturers are more optimistic about their prospects for 2014, according to a survey by EEF.
Here comes the sun powered car
With all the fuss about solar energy, it was only a matter of time before a car featuring solar panels was unveiled. Ford has done just that at the ...
Stronger yet weaker: the Blackberry conundrum
While not exactly bursting on the scene, Blackberry grabbed a leading market position by producing a device which was regarded by executives as a ...
Pioneers, arrows and the dangers of misjudging the market
There is a saying – somewhat politically incorrect nowadays – that you don't want to be a pioneer because they get all the arrows.