The fall has turned into its usual frenzy of activity, and so, trying to improve the signal-to-noise ratio this week, we find....
Hewlett-Packard Agilent announced this week it was
splitting its two major businesses. One spinoff, as yet unnamed with focus on
the test-and-measurement business that HP (from which Agilent was spun) was
founded. The other, to retain the Agilent name, will serve the
medical-equipment market. Rick Merritt gives the
rundown on EE Times, while T&M guru Martin Rowe gives
his take at EDN.
Pease on solder
Two of my favorite characters of all Silicon Valley time,
the late Bob Pease and Atmel's Paul Rako are reunited in Rako's affectionate
remembrance of the great analog engineer. He writes about Saar
Drimer's PCB homage to Pease that we
mentioned in GR 8-23-13. Check it out.
Here come the Indian fabs!
India's government has green-lighted
two 300mm fabs to boost the country's emerging electronics-design
infrastructure. One is backed by Jaiprakash Associates, along with IBM (USA)
and Tower Jazz (Israel); the other is Hindustan Semiconductor Manufacturing
Corp. (HSMC) along with ST Microelectronics (France/Italy) and Silterra
(Malaysia). Blogger Pradeep
Chakraborty writes about it this week and wonders whether it was the right
One from the archives
It's hard to believe in an era when print is fading as a source of technology information, but a half-century ago we welcomed these babies with open arms. Here's a shot of Electronics Weekly's inaugural edition, courtesy of Bob Jones and his pals at Publitek.
What kind of gesture?
Over at Intel Free Press, they're talking
about gestures controlling drone aircraft. Man, you know it's an amazing
time when that happens. But things may be getting a bit, shall we say, out of
hand. Detroit's now looking
at gesture control inside cars, specifically for the infotainment system,
according to Junko Yoshida at EE Times. Really? Is that safe? Smart?
I think there's really only one gesture that's effective in a driving situation
and we all know what that is...
Cloudy with a chance of clouds
There seems to be more uncertainty than ever as we gaze at
the industry's lithography roadmap, writes Semimd.com's Mark Lapedus. That's
because EUV still isn't ready for prime time. If not
that, then what?
Embrace the robots
Tim Worstall at The Register takes issue with concerns that
we're imperiling the human race as we enter the age of robots.
"We should be welcoming it in fact, welcoming it with not
just with open arms but hosannahs of praise. For
think about it a moment, we all like doing work so little that they actually
have to bribe us to turn up and do it. Work, a job, is a cost, not a benefit of
our lives. We would much rather that there were no jobs that humans had to do
at all—if we could find some other way of getting the things we want, that
Really? Well he's got
a pretty detailed commentary on it. I'm not sure he's playing the role of
Jonathan Swift or not.
Sure in the end it's promotional, but videos like this reinforce how pervasive our impact is. Share with it a kid in junior high or
high school and it may inspire a new engineer.
Tweets of the Week
--Bob Pease PCB; Secret Smart Watch; ESL Lives! (Great Reads 8-23-2013)
--Coolest System Design—Ever (Great Reads 8-16-2013)