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    by Published on 08-05-2013 10:13 PM
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    We all have a funnest bug we've been involved with. I don't think 'funnest' is actually a word but when my kids used to use the word 'funner' I didn't have a good argument as to why it wasn't a word, it just seemed a word I'd never heard. In fact I have no idea what the rules are for when you can add -er or -est to a word. Clearly you can't say complicatedest. So probably it has to do with syllables. But 'fun' only has one. And 'sunny' has ...
    by Published on 08-04-2013 05:30 PM
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    Gary Smith did a nice write-up on the current state of electronics media. It's posted on his Gary Smith EDA website. Traditional media certainly is in transition and there is more change to come, definitely. Gary lists me as one of the heroes carrying the flag which is very nice of him to say. In reality though, he missed Paul McLellan and Daniel Payne, who are also heroes of EDA media. ...
    by Published on 08-01-2013 02:00 PM
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    In the world of Tech Goliaths, the seemingly low tech, not for profit Amazon continues to amaze investors with a high and rising stock price. More so than Google, Amazon is considered to have retail all wrapped up with the end game being sky-high warehouses and continuous truck rolls up and down our scenic neighborhoods. Walmart is considered finished, not today but eventually. What if Time Cook has finally come to his senses and decides that the way to make Apple much more valuable is by driving sales through the roof by dropping margins to the floor. It would be un-Steve Jobs like ...
    by Published on 07-29-2013 02:49 PM
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    A SemiWiki member mentioned CircuitLab a few months back so I took a look at it today and share my first impressions.


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    by Published on 07-27-2013 10:08 PM
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    If you are my age, you know that the most influential book in that era on VLSI design was Carver Mead and Lynn Conway's textbook, blah VLSI blah. Nobody can remember exactly what its title was, it was just referred to as Mead and Conway. In my opinion it was the most influential book on semiconductor design ever. It opened up VLSI design to computer scientists, ...
    by Published on 07-20-2013 12:49 PM
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    I blogged seven months ago about the tremendous growth of SemiWiki compared to our friend John Cooley's site DeepChip. SemiWiki started out in January 2011 and probably caused DeepChip to start increasing their content to try and catch up. Let's look at the numbers at DeepChip to see how often publishing happens:



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    by Published on 07-18-2013 03:00 PM
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    Hands up! When preparing a customer presentation, who uses GPS and who uses a MAP?

    I thought so. Almost everyone
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    by Published on 07-16-2013 02:59 PM
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    Novati is a semiconductor company that you probably haven't heard of. It has its roots in Sematech back when Sematech was mainly in Austin rather than New York where it is today. The Sematech fab first became an independent company and then acquired by SVTC and operated under that name for 4 years. Finally, last the investors pulled the plug and SVTC ...
    by Published on 07-11-2013 11:00 AM
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    When I arrived for the first day of a 2-year “coaching skills” training course some time ago, I thought that I had stumbled ...
    by Published on 07-07-2013 10:00 PM
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    We have entered the Summer lull, the quiet period before what is likely to be Apple’s largest volume launch of smartphones ever. While the launches are coming in like clockwork, it is the magnitude of the ramp that is likely to surprise many and it will be due not just to the features of iOS7, but also to the adoption of a well-worn Microsoft strategy. ...

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