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Agilent splits; Great Pease's Ghost; India fabs (Great Reads 9-19-2013)

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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.bob pease

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 technology choice.

electronics weekly first print copy

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 is."

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. 

Silicon everywhere

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


Related stories:

--Bob Pease PCB; Secret Smart Watch; ESL Lives! (Great Reads 8-23-2013)

--Coolest System Design—Ever (Great Reads 8-16-2013) 


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