Selling Your Brain

Patent Law is a Slippery Slope for Engineers

by Kevin Morris

Patent Law was created to protect and encourage inventors. The original intent is noble: when you invent something, the patent system is designed to give you a period of exclusivity where you can profit from your work and creativity without fear of someone copying your idea without compensating you.

However, the patent system didn’t contemplate the reality of today’s professional engineering environment, where the majority of engineers are employed in a work-for-hire situation by large corporations, and where those engineers frequently move from one large corporation to another. In that situation, our patent system breaks down badly.  Read More


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Rumors Intel Altera Deal is Close

posted by Kevin Morris

The NY Post reported today that sources told them that an Intel/Altera deal was close, and could be done by the end of next week. At the same time, we are hearing from multiple Altera customers who are opposed to the deal. (28-May)

Intel/Altera Agreement (Partially) Tells the Tale

posted by Kevin Morris

We did a lot of speculation in our recent articles about the rumored Intel bid to buy Altera. One of the areas of most intense speculation was the 2013 agreement the two companies signed - for Intel to manufacture 14nm FPGAs for Altera. More than two years after that deal was signed, Intel is rumored to be making an offer to buy Altera for upwards (maybe far upwards) of $10B. But, is the existing 2013 agreement potentially weakening Intel’s bargaining position? (4-May)

Intel Altera Deal Off?

posted by Kevin Morris

Multiple financial news sources are reporting today that talks between Intel and Altera have ended... (9-Apr)

Requirements Modeling and Simulation

posted by Bryon Moyer

Argosim’s new STIMULUS tool is intended to make sure requirements are solid before someone starts building from them. (2-Apr)

Intel Buying Altera? We Totally Called It.

posted by Kevin Morris

Rumors abound today that Intel is in negotiations to buy Altera - a deal that could be worth over ten billion. If so, it would be the largest acquisition in Intel's history. We have no confirmation from either company that such a deal is in play, but we did a pretty thorough analysis of the situation last June in this article: http://www.eejournal.com/archives/articles/20140624-intel/ What do you think? (27-Mar)

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IoT Security

Posted on 06/29/15 at 11:43 AM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
As stated in the article, the more complex the IoT solution is, the more points there will be for exploits.

The real problem is the complete lack of old school KISS -- Keep It Simple Stupid!!!

There is significant security in a $100 bill, targeted s…

After Intel and Altera

Posted on 06/27/15 at 9:46 AM by gobeavs

What will happen next is that Xilinx will get bought too. That seems to be the pattern in the semiconductor industry. If Broadcom and Altera can get bought so can Xilinx. Semiconductor industry is consolidating rapidly.

Maximizing Flash Lifetimes

Posted on 06/24/15 at 4:06 PM by Lord Loh.

Lord Loh.
http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/memory/flash-memory-survives-100-million-cycles

This article appeared in 2012. Macronix was annealing flash to extend it's life.

Does anyone know whether it has been commercialised yet? or Licensed out?

After Intel and Altera

Posted on 06/24/15 at 12:29 AM by beercandyman

Intel will use it's sales force to get FPGAs into places that Altera never sold into before. While Intel loves margins they can take lower margins with strategic accounts that Xilinx won't be able to match. Also Intel makes boards. Altera and Xilinx only …

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