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Archive for March, 2008

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Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Ah, our updated Chip Design homepage is finally live! More content, better metrics, new features for multimedia editorial. Very nice….

30% of Ninth Graders Will Drop Out

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Federal figures gathered under the No Child Left Behind law hide a severe dropout epidemic, researchers say.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the presidential debates focused – I mean really focused – on something important like the dismal state of education in the US, or healthcare, or jobs creation? Our poor country is in serious trouble, but our leaders and future leaders seem oblivious to its plight.
Sorry, that’s my rant for the day.

Standards vs IP vs Patents

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Karen Bartleson has responded to a comment from me in her blog (The Standards Game) about the potential risks of participating in standards-setting bodies. My question rose from the recent legal spat over a Qualcomm employee attending an industry standards-setting body.

Check out Karen’s response. If recent off-blog email is any indication, then there is more to this matter than meets the eye. Let me know what you think.

Trends in EDA coverage

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Another great blog by Lou on the trends in EDA coverage. Not for the faint of heart.

Killing Trees vs Manufacturing Toxins from Chip

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

So which approach leaves a bigger ecological (system-wide) footprint: manufacturing print from trees or manufacturing on-line publishing devices from transistors, such as web-based Internet clients (laptops, smartphones, etc). Anyone who has worked in the wafer fab business will understand why I ask the question. Nasty business.
Is anyone aware of any studies?

EDN has a Potential Buyer?

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

From Min online:

Last week the B2B industry was shaken by the news that Reed Business Information was being put up for sale by parent company Reed Elsevier. Today, it was reported by the Times of London, that RBI might have a potential suitor: private equity firm Apax Partners. According to, a spokesperson for Apax’s New York office would not comment on this possible development.

Apax currently owns the B2B media company Incisive Media; in December, it acquired, in partnership wtih Guardian Media Corp., Emap’s B2B division. Last August Incisive purchased ALM Media for $630 million. (more)