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Texas Instruments Buys National Semiconductor, Re-learning the Lesson of the Osborne 1 and an O-Scope That Will Run on Your iPhone

In my Fish Fry this week, I try to unravel the complexities of Texas Instruments’ recent (planned) acquisition of National Semiconductor, celebrate the birthday of the world’s oldest portable computer and check out a new o-scope coming to your iPhone or iPad.

If you like the idea of this new series, be sure to drop a comment in the box below. I appreciate all of your comments so far, and we will be working to enhance the Fish Fry each week – as long as you’re watching.

 

 


 

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Fish Fry Links – April 8, 2011

Texas Instruments to purchase National Semiconductor

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Happy Birthday Osborne 1

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Jim Turley’s article: Convenience Trumps Quality, Every Time

Dick Selwood’s article: Putting The User First?

Oscium’s iPad/iPhone Mixed Signal Scopes

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Analog Evaluation Board – the MCP1640 Single Cell Boost Converter for Energizer MAX Alkaline

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