The Internet of Things (IoT) is a stunning advancement of technology. Like a lot of us, I follow it closely, and the details of how things are done have held me in their thrall. But there are times when I need to step back and look at the big picture – and this is one of those times. After all, when we’re building these systems, it helps to know … Read More → "Giving Consumers a Say"
The seed of a technology startup has always been the same – expertise plus idea. Someone with a particular skill or expertise (and some entrepreneurial spirit) comes up with a novel idea and decides to “make a go of it” – creating a new company. The first part is easy, as most engineers are working completely in their comfort and competence zone. They get a couple of laptops, scopes, … Read More → "The Shifting Startup Scene"
Another day, another patent lawsuit. It’s just one of the many tools in the Silicon Valley (and any other global Silicon Situ) toolbox. So an announcement by Nikon that it is suing ASML and Zeiss shouldn’t raise too many eyebrows, right?
Well, yeah, except that, in this case, Nikon … Read More → "Nikon vs. ASML"
“Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth.” – Khalil Gibran
What follows is wholly uninformed speculation. I hereby declare that I am not competent to render legal judgments. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. Do not place any weight behind this argument. Now, having said all that…
Two high-tech … Read More → "Whose Product Is It, Anyway?"
Over the past five-plus decades, Moore’s Law has taken us on a remarkable rocket ride of complexity. With the number of transistors on a chip approximately doubling every two years – and we’re up to 26 of those “doublings” now – we’ve seen an increase on the order of 67 million times the number of transistors on a chip, giving us processors with over seven billion transistors, FPGAs … Read More → "Magnitudes of Mystery"
The VP was obviously impressed. In fact, “blown away” wouldn’t have been overstating it. The demo had gone perfectly, and even when he’d asked questions that took us off script, we were able to show what he wanted to see. His excitement was palpable. I knew before he walked out the door that we’d get what we wanted.
Funding.< … Read More → "The 90 Percent Trap"