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Examining a technology sample kit: IBM components from 1948 to 1986

Examining a technology sample kit: IBM components from 1948 to 1986
by Ken Shirriff on 01-31-2021 at 10:00 am

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I recently received a vintage display box used by IBM to illustrate the progress of computer technology. This display case, created by IBM Germany1 in 1986 included technologies ranging from vacuum tubes and magnetic core memory to IBM’s latest (at the time) memory chips and processor modules. In this blog post, I describe… Read More


Author Interview: Bernard Murphy on his latest book

Author Interview: Bernard Murphy on his latest book
by Daniel Nenni on 01-04-2021 at 10:00 am

The Tell Tale Entreprenuer

Over the last 40 years, Bernard has worked with semiconductor and EDA companies in hands-on, management and consulting roles in engineering, sales and marketing. He most recently co-founded Atrenta where he created and led the development of SpyGlass, retiring as CTO when Atrenta was acquired by Synopsys. Post-retirement,… Read More


SemiWiki in 2021!

SemiWiki in 2021!
by Daniel Nenni on 01-01-2021 at 6:00 am

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Today is SemiWiki’s 10th anniversary so an extra special Happy New Year to all! It has been an exciting 10 year adventure for sure and I hope it can continue for another 10 years, absolutely.

2020 brought in a record amount of content, readers and members. Our readership grew 70% YoY in 2020 according to Google Analytics which is a big… Read More


Quantum Teleportation: Facts and Myths

Quantum Teleportation: Facts and Myths
by Ahmed Banafa on 12-28-2020 at 10:00 am

Quantum Teleportation Facts and Myths

Quantum teleportation is a technique for transferring quantum information from a sender at one location to a receiver some distance away. While teleportation is portrayed in science fiction as a means to transfer physical objects from one location to the next, quantum teleportation only transfers quantum information. [1]… Read More


Quantum Internet Explained

Quantum Internet Explained
by Ahmed Banafa on 12-06-2020 at 10:00 am

Quantum Internet Explained

Building a quantum internet is a key ambition for many countries around the world, such a breakthrough will give them competitive advantage in a promising disruptive technology, and opens a new world of innovations and unlimited possibilities.

Recently the US Department of  Energy (DoE) published the first blueprint of its… Read More


The Tell-Tale Entrepreneur, An Easy New Year’s Resolution

The Tell-Tale Entrepreneur, An Easy New Year’s Resolution
by Bernard Murphy on 11-19-2020 at 6:00 am

The Tell-Tale Entrepreneur

Wondering what you might do to up your game this year? What about improving your communication skills? Soothing an angry client, trying to find appeal for a product that’s not exciting customers, or finding the right investor? Working through a growth challenge you under-estimated, or generating excitement in an audience you… Read More


How to multiply currents: Inside a Counterfeit Analog Multiplier

How to multiply currents: Inside a Counterfeit Analog Multiplier
by Ken Shirriff on 09-27-2020 at 10:00 am

Inside a Counterfeit Analog Multiplier

A recent Twitter thread about a counterfeit analog multiplier chip attracted my attention since I’m interested in both counterfeit integrated circuits and how analog computers multiply. In the thread, John McMaster decapped a suspicious AD633 analog multiplier chip and found an entirely different Rockwell RC4200… Read More


Innovating to Survive

Innovating to Survive
by Vivek Wadhwa on 09-27-2020 at 8:00 am

Innovating to Survive

The global COVID-19 pandemic has almost shut down entire industries, forcing companies of all sizes to adapt and evolve. It has also done incredible things for a pivot to innovation.

Safety has had to come first. And for many, that meant changing how they worked, using technology to power a shift to remote work and servicing of customers.… Read More


Inside the HP Nanoprocessor: A High-speed Processor That Can’t Even Add

Inside the HP Nanoprocessor: A High-speed Processor That Can’t Even Add
by Ken Shirriff on 09-06-2020 at 10:00 am

Inside the HP Nanoprocessor

The Nanoprocessor is a mostly-forgotten processor developed by Hewlett-Packard in 19741 as a microcontroller2 for their products. Strangely, this processor couldn’t even add or subtract,3 probably why it was called a nanoprocessor and not a microprocessor. Despite this limitation, the Nanoprocessor powered numerous… Read More


Appraising the Health of Early-stage Startups

Appraising the Health of Early-stage Startups
by Richard Curtin on 08-02-2020 at 10:00 am

APGAR Point Scoring System

Investors of capital, whether financial or human, utilize numerous methods to decide to participate with an early-stage / seed-stage technology company. The risks are, by definition, much higher than later stage companies pursuing investment in their Series B/C or beyond rounds. It is helpful to establish consistent “health… Read More