Ah, Electronic News. Alas, we hardly knew ye. A venerable institution within the chip industry, you were around for decades, the semiconductor industry trade pub of record, before succumbing to the financial, social, and technical realities of the Information Age you helped usher in.
I worked for Electronic News from January 2000 until May of 2006, covering process technology and the capital equipment that used that technology to turn silicon and metal into chips. It was a crazy ride.
The dotcom boom’s bubble was peaking and poised to burst, leaving barely anyone in Silicon Valley unscathed by its financial shrapnel, myself included. But we didn’t know that then, back in the halcyon days of ’00. The print edition of Electronic News folded in December of 2002; I was laid off and subsequently rehired to work on the online edition of Electronic News — now truly electronic – and remained there until I was laid off again in 2006. It has since been absorbed into a sister publication EDN — Electronic Design News.
Below are all of the clips I have harvested from my E-News days to reside here, sorted chronologically in reverse — blog entries, editorial columns, new stories and whatnot.
Again, if you’re looking for some more granularity, you can use the categories and tags over to your right, or use the links below.
Startups all across China in the technology sector are looking for seed money and second-and third-round investments, and are courting foreign as well as local investors, particularly U.S.-based venture firms. But are the American VCs interested? Do they share in the buzz, the excitement about China? They most certainly do; the answer is definitely yes. But it’s a qualified yes. American VCs aren’t just handing out money at the drop of a Chinese hat. While there is perhaps a bit of a gold rush mentality in the semiconductor...read more
So you’ve decided you need to have a presence on the ground in China. Or you’ve decided it’s time to move some manufacturing to China, or expand the sales offices you have there. Then the question becomes where do you go in China to set up shop? It’s a big question, and not one with the clear-cut answers it had just a few short years ago. At first glance, it might seem obvious: if you’re talking about electronics manufacturing, then Shenzhen, China’s richest city, is the place to go. If you’re talking...read more
Beware the 800-pound gorilla. And beware nervous investors with itchy mouse fingers and analysts that shoot advice from the hip and and ask questions later.. The news that Intel Corp. was pairing up with U.S. memory maker Micron to make flash memory – and scored a lucrative deal with Apple Computer in the process – sent shares of other flash memory makers tumbling on financial markets around the globe Monday. The tumble continued today. All the leaders in the flash memory market got hammered. Samsung Electronics, for example, saw its stock...read more
SHENZHEN, China — Software is a hard sell in China — in a country that understands the physical aspects of manufacturing inside and out, the concepts surrounding software are perhaps somewhat esoteric. Furthermore, while system integration is something the Chinese technology industry is adept at, design is still relatively weak by comparison. This may make China an unlikely place to launch an embedded software and hardware company centered on microcontroller development kits, but on the other hand, that would make you the only...read more
SHENZHEN, China — It seems wherever you go in China’s cities, north south, east or west, business and government are looking for foreign partners and investments. Start-ups, local and central government, well-established domestic companies alike, all discuss the possibilities of establishing a win-win relationship with companies from the West, particularly the United States. These efforts are still relatively nascent in China’s chip industry, with a few notable exceptions like foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing...read more
CHENGDU, China — While in China this past month, Electronic News Editor Jeff Chappell sat down with the founder and current board chairman of Chengdu Kingtype (Electronic) Group Co. Long Yon Gaing to talk about China, its burgeoning electronics industry, standards, and, specifically, the market for cable, digital and satellite television electronics. Kingtype, the biggest manufacturer of CATV equipment in China, is one of the first domestic, privately held companies to form under China’s economic reforms of the early 1990s. In...read more